Race Report: Anaheim 1

Race Report: Anaheim 1

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Photos by Simon Cudby

 

The first round of Monster Energy Supercross has a way of creating some crazy racing. Let's put it this way: As Chad Reed said in the preseason press conference on Thursday, "Shit happens at this race." Tonight, it was definitely a trend that held true.
 
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The 450SX main event started in the same way a whole lot of races did in 2013: with Monster Energy Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto jumping out to the immediate lead.

 

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With Villopoto in the lead, it looked like we might have a snoozer on our hands,
but Villopoto didn't pull a Villopoto and disappear.
Red Bull KTM's Ken Roczen was keeping him honest, and when Villopoto crashed in a corner Roczen snagged the lead and went to work on building a gap.
 
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James Stewart started in roughly seventh place and took a few laps to settle in,
but when he did he started picking guys off quickly.

 

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Chad Reed looked much more like the Chad Reed we've seen in past years tonight.
He was hanging with Roczen and Villopoto early on and held second
for a while after Villopoto crashed.

 

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Stewart got Dungey for third, and it looked like we might have a good old fashioned Stewart and Reed battle. But Stewart was on the move and got Reed in a hurry.

 

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After taking second away from Reed Stewart quickly closed on Roczen
and it was looking like A1 was Stewart's to lose.

 

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But the whoop section had other ideas.

 

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Stewart tried to get back on the bike and finish the race,
but his handlebars were absolutely mangled after this get-off.

 

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Dungey made a pass on Reed to get second and was closing slowly on Roczen at the end,
but it was too little too late. Roczen held tough to win the first 450SX race of 2013.
Dungey and Reed took the other podium spots.

 

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In 250 SX, Jason Anderson and Cole Seely were close in practice and it carried over into the main. Anderson would take the holeshot, but Seely would later pass him and pull away a bit. What's amazing is, these two would end up finishing the race about as close as they started it.

 

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Malcolm Stewart was making all sorts of passes early in the race. He went around Zach Osborne and Dean Wilson like they were standing still, only to have both riders come back and pass him several laps later. Late in the race a lapper crashed in front of Stewart, leaving Stewart with nowhere to go and he hit the downed bike and went down while running fifth.

 

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Osborne put in a charge that saw him pass Wilson for third. Then Wilson passed him back. And Osborne passed Wilson back. And on it went.

 

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Seely and Anderson staged a fantastic battle, racing side-by-side and swapping positions multiple times early on. Seely eventually built a comfortable gap, but it didn't last forever.

 

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Wilson had a big crash earlier this week and was riding hurt. In fact, he didn't even know if he was going to be able to race. Wilson ended up having a solid night with a fourth place,
with Osborne locking down third.

 

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Darryn Durham was holding his own but found himself on the losing end of battles with Cooper Webb and Justin Hill.

 

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Cooper Webb rode to a solid fifth place in his first career supercross race.

 

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Due in part to encounters with lappers, Seely's lead over Anderson was cut down to nothing on the final lap, and two turns from the end Anderson ran it in hard on the inside of Seely.

 

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The move stuck and Anderson took the win. If you're counting, that's a pair of wins and a 450SX runner-up spot for KTM at A1.

 

Main Event
1. J. Anderson
2. C. Seely
3. Z. Osborne
4. D. Wilson
5. C. Webb
6. J. Hill
7. D. Durham
8. M. Stewart
9. J. Nelson
10. A. Politelli
11. M. Leib
12. J. Canada
13. D. Tedder
14. D. Ferris
15. Z. Bell
16. S. McElrath
17. V. Teillet
18. Z. Freeberg
19. S. Champion
20. T. Ingalls
21. C. Martinez
22. P. Mull
450SX Main Event
1. K. Roczen
2. R. Dungey
3. C. Reed
4. R. Villopoto
5. J. Barcia
6. J. Brayton
7. J. Grant
8. B. Tickle
9. A. Short
10. J. Weimer
11. W. Hahn
12. M. Alessi
13. M. Moss
14. N. Schmidt
15. K. Partridge
16. W. Peick
17. J. Stewart
18. J. Hill
19. J. Albertson
20. V. Friese
21. M. Goerke
22. I. Tedesco

 

450SX Points
1. K. Roczen 25
2. R. Dungey 22
3. C. Reed 20
4. R. Villopoto 18
5. J. Barcia 16
6. J. Brayton 15
7. J. Grant 14
8. B. Tickle 13
9. A. Short 12
10. J. Weimer 11
11. W. Hahn 10
12. M. Alessi 9
13. M. Moss 8
14. N. Schmidt 7
15. K. Partridge 6
16. W. Peick 5
17. J. Stewart 4
18. J. Hill 3
19. J. Albertson 2
20. V. Friese 1
21. M. Goerke 1
22. I. Tedesco 1

 

250SX Main Event
1. J. Anderson
2. C. Seely
3. Z. Osborne
4. D. Wilson
5. C. Webb
6. J. Hill
7. D. Durham
8. M. Stewart
9. J. Nelson
10. A. Politelli
11. M. Leib
12. J. Canada
13. D. Tedder
14. D. Ferris
15. Z. Bell
16. S. McElrath
17. V. Teillet
18. Z. Freeberg
19. S. Champion
20. T. Ingalls
21. C. Martinez
22. P. Mull

 

250SX Points
1. J. Anderson 25
2. C. Seely 22
3. Z. Osborne 20
4. D. Wilson 18
5. C. Webb 16
6. J. Hill 15
7. D. Durham 14
8. M. Stewart 13
9. J. Nelson 12
10. A. Politelli 11
11. M. Leib 10
12. J. Canada 9
13. D. Tedder 8
14. D. Ferris 7
15. Z. Bell 6
16. S. McElrath 5
17. V. Teillet 4
18. Z. Freeberg 3
19. S. Champion 2
20. T. Ingalls 1
21. C. Martinez 1
22. P. Mull 1
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