Anaheim 2 Pre-Race PreviewSaturday, February 5, 2011 | 10:10 PM
Buzz, gossip, drama—all happening from the pits and on the track at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, for round five of Monster Energy AMA Supercross an FIM World Championship.
It stems from practice. First, Lites West points leader Josh Hansen set the fastest time in the final Lites practice session, and then crashed in the whoops hard on the next lap. He took a ride on the Asterisk Medic Mule and later emerged from the mobile medic center saying he had broken a bone in the top of his hand. He said he’s going to try to race tonight anyway.
In the Supercross class, points leader James Stewart set the fastest time in the first practice session, but elected to skip the second session. Reports from his team are that there’s no news to report—he’s not hurt, he just didn’t ride practice. And he’ll be racing tonight.
Tonight’s track is tight and technical, with the fastest lap times in the 56 second range. Timing through the rhythm lanes will be critical, as the first two sections offer an array of small doubles and triples that most riders will make small mistakes on from time to time. Consistent timing through those sections will be key. And the whoops are deep and gnarly. The cream will rise to the top tonight.
Ryan Dungey made his way to the top of the practice board in the second session, but times are close between everyone. Everyone is hoping that leads to some great racing tonight. Check out our practice report here:
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