The Notebook: Anaheim 2

The Notebook Anaheim 2

January 22, 2013 9:15am
  • Two years removed from qualifying for every main in 2011 with Hart and Huntington, N-Fab/Ti-Lube Yamaha’s Chris Blose had failed to reach the main in two tries thus far. The Arizona native finally broke through in Anaheim, finishing 17th in the main.


  • Solid ride for BTOSports KTM’s Matt Goerke in Anaheim. The reigning MX1 Canadian Nationals Champion collected his first top ten of 2013 in the second trip to Angel Stadium.


  • One week after missing his first main of the year due to bad starts and crashes, Velocity3 Yamaha’s Bobby Kiniry was back in form at Anaheim. The New Yorker was back in the main, but would struggle, eventually finishing the night 18th.


  • Want some bench-racing ammo? We all know 2013 race winners Davi Millsaps and Justin Barcia lined up wheel-to-wheel in the LCQ, but Ryan Dungey was also out of qualifying position in his heat until a late rally. Can you imagine if Barcia, Millsaps and Dungey went to the LCQ knowing only two of them would get into the main?

Chris Blose made his first main of 2013 at Anaheim 2.
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  • Did you catch Davi Millsaps’ crash at the start of his heat race? His bike literally locked up going down the start straight, causing a chain-reaction crash that was both out of control and also out of Millsaps’ control. Luckily, they got the bike running for the LCQ and the main.


  • Tough break for MB1 Motorsports/Hyper X Racerwear’s Weston Peick in Anaheim. The SoCal privateer had moved inside the top ten, but lost his front end late in the race, relegating him to 13th.


  • Largest Slide in 450SX Points: Justin Barcia lost six spots in the point standings, second to eighth, after casing a triple in Anaheim and subsequently having to pull off with a bloody eye and possible broken nose.



Matt Goerke (front) secured his first top ten of the season in Anaheim. Meanwhile, Weston Peick (rear) lost a spot inside the top ten late in the race.
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  • Nicoletti missed the main after getting collected in the first turn pileup with Millsaps. He said he felt a little naucious after the crash and chose to sit out the LCQ.


  • For the second consecutive week, the entire Lucas Oil/Troy Lee Designs Honda squad—made up of Cole Seely (3rd), Christian Craig (6th) and Jessy Nelson (10th)—finished inside the top ten.


  • A week after a career-high ninth in Phoenix, J-Star/JDR KTM’s Joey Savatgy begun a chain-reaction crash on the first lap in Anaheim. Savatgy went flying over the bars in the first rhythm section, collecting the likes of Ryan Sipes, Michael Leib, Max Anstie, among others, with him in the process. All four of the aforementioned riders finished with a DNF at Anaheim 2.


  • Rookie privateer Tyler Bereman, who had failed to qualify for a main entering A2, held down a transfer spot on the final lap before crashing in the whoops, losing his spot in the main in the process. Bereman will continue his quest to qualify for his first main in Oakland.

Joey Savatgy had a rough night in Anaheim, a week after a career-high in Phoenix.
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  • Following his bizarre helmet incident in Phoenix, MotoConcepts’ Jake Canada bounced back in Anaheim—securing his first top five finish of the season. After the race, Canada spoke to Racer X's Jordan Roberts about his first solid ride of the season. "After two DNFs that ride meant everything for me. To get top five… I’m pumped right now. I came through the first corner good, but then I got shoved high and there was that pileup I kind of got caught in. I think I was in eighth maybe. I think I rode a little tight—I’m not too pumped on my riding—but the finish was great. [Zach] Osborne got by me and I kind of paced him the whole moto. We stayed pretty even, so I’m pretty mad I let him get by me. I felt I could’ve had fourth, but he was riding good. I definitely feel like this is something to hang my hat on."


  • Privateers Dakota Tedder (14th), Scott Champion (15th) and rookie Dillan Epstein (16th) all qualified for their first main events of 2013 at A2.


  • Largest Slide in 250SX Points: Max Anstie slid six spots in the point standings, eighth to thirteenth, after being involved in that big first-lap pileup. Anstie would not finish the race.


  • Largest Gain in 250SX Points: After failing to make the main in Phoenix, following a last lap crash in the LCQ, Rockstar Energy Racing’s Jason Anderson rebounded in Anaheim with a 7th—moving him up six spots in points, fourteenth to eighth. Anderson was also down on the first lap of the main, but got up okay and worked his way forward. Lucas Oil/Troy Lee Designs Honda’s Christian Craig also moved up six spots, eleventh to fifth, after a season high 6th at Anaheim 2.


  • Notables that failed to qualify in 250SX: Kade Mosig, Derek Anderson, Josh Cachia, Ricky Dietrich, Chris Plouffe, Austin Politelli and the aforementioned Tyler Bereman.