As for the rest of the field… Jason Anderson was the man on the move during the main event, stalking his training partner, Musquin, throughout the race and slowly but surely making up time on the leader. Anderson’s weak points of late have been his starts. If he can fix that issue the wins are sure to come.
Apparently Husqvarna believes the same thing as a couple days later they announced Anderson’s contract had been extended through 2022. Justin Barcia was another standout. After two years with the Joe Gibbs Racing squad that saw minimal success (compared to what Barcia was once accustomed to), the New York native was left without a ride coming into 2018. A one-off privateer effort on Hondas at the Monster Energy Cup was enough to get the attention of the factory Yamaha team when one of it’s riders, Davi Millsaps, was forced to the sidelines with an injury. Barcia is technically signed to a six race contract but after his third place finish in the main event (his first since 2014), he made a point of saying in the post-race press conference that Yamaha definitely has the resources to field a full three rider team for the entire season. If Justin can keep up his performances, it is doubtful that Yamaha would kick him out of the factory semi anytime soon.
So what’s next? Houston will host the second round of 2018 this coming Saturday, January 13, and the drama will continue to unfold. Unfortunately for Tomac, he cannot afford anything but top finishes from here on out if he wants any decent shot at the title. As the adage goes, you can’t win the championship in the first race, but you can certainly lose it. At the moment, we do not know the extent of Tomac’s, injury but that information will be forced into the light in the next couple of days.
Musquin and the rest of the field really only need to settle into their paces. Yes, it does make a difference if a rider wins (especially with the new points system that awards 26 points for a win versus the 25 points of yore) but more important is simply staying within the championship title fight. With another 16 rounds remaining, there will be plenty of challenges along the way. Consistency is king…just ask retired-but-current SX champ, Ryan Dungey who n
What is Anaheim 1? Although it is no more important than any other round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross series in terms of points, the opening round of the 17-round championship holds a certain prestige unlike any other. Pressure looms to prove all of the off-season hype and over the years countless riders have begun and ended their seasons during practice for this season kickoff. Anaheim 1 (the first of two rounds held at Anaheim Angel Stadium) is a chance to show off new gear and equipment, for new partnership announcements, and of course, for riders to prove their mettle on the track.