2017 Anaheim Two SX | Race Report

Presented by Factory Effex

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2017 ANAHEIM TWO SX | COMPLETE ARCHIVE

TEXT | Curtis
PHOTOS | Swanberg

What a difference a day makes. Just when we thought we knew how the 2017 Monster Energy Supercross Series would unfold, a new winner has turned one division into a free for all while the other class saw the loss of one major championship contender. Wonder what happens next week…

250 Heat One

Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha's Aaron Plessinger took the early lead and was followed by Troy Lee Designs/GoPro/Red Bull/KTM’s Shane McElrath and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Justin Hill. The three riders remained in the same positions throughout the heat, with Plessinger taking the heat win and McElrath posting the fastest lap time. Ryan Surratt and Scott Champion battled for the final transfer position, and after a long fight, Champion advanced to the main event.

Transfer to Main Event – Plessinger, McElrath, Hill, Bowers, Mellross, Hansen, Nicoletti, McConahy, Champion
Total Race Time | 6:27.419 minutes, 7 laps
Margin of Victory | 1.112 seconds
Laps Led | Aaron Plessinger – 7
Fastest Lap Time | Shane McElrath, 55.547 seconds

250 Heat Two

Austin Forkner took the early lead aboard his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki, but immediately had pressure from Martin Davalos. The two battled and made some contact with each other, but rookie Forkner outlasted veteran Davalos and took the first heat race win of his career. Dan Reardon seemed to have settled into third, but a mistake by the Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha rider which allowed GEICO Honda’s Jeremy Martin to make the pass. GEICO Honda's Jimmy Decotis had to fight his way through the pack due to a bad start, and ultimately forced his way into a transfer position.

Transfer to Main Event – Forkner, Davalos, Martin, Reardon, Auberson, Starling, Decotis, Martinez, Chisholm
Total Race Time | 6:36.536 minutes, 7 laps
Margin of Victory | 1.902 seconds
Laps Led | Austin Forkner – 7
Fastest Lap Time | Austin Forkner, 56.747 seconds

250 LCQ

Bradley Lionnet took the early lead and was quickly passed by Bryce Stewart. Ryan Surratt eventually gave Stewart some pressure, but Stewart wound up with the LCQ win. Jon Ames finished in third, while Martin Castelo grabbed the final transfer position into the main event.

Transfer to Main Event | B. Stewart, Surratt, Ames, Castelo
Total Race Time | 4:51.731 minutes, 5 laps
Margin of Victory | 2.149 seconds
Laps Led | Bryce Stewart – 5
Fastest Lap Time | Ryan Surratt, 59.422 seconds

250 Main Event

Austin Forkner grabbed the holeshot, but quickly dropped to fourth. His teammate Justin Hill was able to grab the lead by the end of the first lap, and Aaron Plessinger followed in second place. Hill quickly built a gap between himself and Plessinger, and the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Justin Hill would end up with the win. Jeremy Martin was dead last by the end of the first lap, but worked his way through the pack to a tenth place finish. Shane Mcelrath passed Austin Forkner for third, which helped him keep the championship lead and the red plate. Scott Champion lost his silencer in the first lap, but continued to race till the checkered flag.

Total Race Time | 16:18.882 minutes, 17 laps
Margin of Victory | 5.335 seconds
Laps Led | Justin Hill – 17
Fastest Lap Time | Justin Hill, 56.269

250 Main Event Results

250 West Coast Championship Standings After Three Races

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450 Heat One

Justin Bogle took the early lead until a rough crash and slam into the handlebars sent him to the sidelines (he would attempt to line up later in the Semi, but the pain was too much to overcome). Vince Friese took the lead on the opening lap after that, but Ken Roczen nabbed the top spot just before the crossed the finish line for the first time. The Team Honda HRC rider checked out from the rest of the pack and went unchallenged to the checkered flag. A collision between Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna’s Jason Anderson and SmarTop/MotoConcepts/Honda’s Vince Friese had a major impact on the evening. The two came together in a tight turn and the impact left Anderson on the ground, and then hit by Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin. All three continued the race, but did not make it to transfer positions for the main event. After missing the first two rounds, Malcolm Stewart made his 450 class SX debut in stellar fashion. The Ride356/Stewart Racing rider avoided the aforementioned carnage in the early laps and slipped into second, which helped him advance directly into the main event.

The incident between Friese and Anderson continued after the checkered flag, as Anderson slapped the helmet of Friese while in the tunnel and Friese’s mechanic shoved Anderson as he rode away. For his actions, Anderson was disqualified for the remainder of the race.

Transfer to Main Event | Roczen, Stewart, Reed, Seely
Total Race Time | 6:27.686 minutes, 7 laps
Margin of Victory | 7.313 seconds
Laps Led | Ken Roczen – 7
Fastest Lap Time | Ken Roczen – 55.738 seconds

450 Heat Two

Rocky Mountain ATV-MC/WPS/KTM's Davi Millsaps took the early lead, followed by his teammate Blake Baggett. The two teammates finished in the positions they started in, with Millsaps claiming the heat win. Ryan Dungey pulled off the track after a first turn crash busted the throttle housing on his Red Bull KTM machine. Eli Tomac made the pass on Cooper Webb for third place, and Webb took the final transfer position to the main event.

Transfer to Main Event | Millsaps, Baggett, Tomac, Webb
Total Race Time | 7 laps
Margin of Victory | 0.319 seconds
Laps Led | Davi Millsaps – 7
Fastest Lap Time | Blake Baggett – 56.089 seconds

450 Semi One

SmarTop/MotoConcepts/Honda rider Justin Brayton grabbed the holeshot and was followed by Red Bull KTM's Marvin Musquin. A series of passing shuffled the running order at the front of the field and eventually, Musquin was in control over Broc Tickle and Brayton. Ryan Dungey again had a bad start and spent his semi race battling through the pack, but ultimately worked his way up to third.

Transfer to Main Event | Musquin, Tickle, Dungey, Brayton, Weimer
Total Race Time | 5:31.983 minutes, 6 laps
Margin of Victory | 3.926 seconds
Laps Led | Marvin Musquin – 5, Justin Brayton – 1
Fastest Lap Time | Marvin Musquin – 56.356 seconds

450 Semi Two

Jimmy Albertson took the early lead after a great start, but washed out in a corner and gave Weston Peick the lead. After two bad weeks of crashes and illness, Christophe Pourcel set the fastest lap time of the semi and finished in second. Josh Grant battled through the pack after a bad start and worked his way into third place. Tommy Hahn made it into the main event with a fourth place finish, and Dean Wilson took the final transfer position.

Transfer to Main Event | Peick, Pourcel, Grant, Hahn, Wilson
Total Race Time | 5:37.622 minutes, 6 laps
Margin of Victory | 2.366 seconds
Laps Led | Weston Peick – 6
Fastest Lap Time | Christophe Pourcel – 57.033 seconds

450 LCQ

After a great star, Vince Friese took the early lead and rode unchallenged to the checkered flag. Jimmy Albertson and Cade Clason came together on the opening lap in a strange crash, and both ended up on the ground. Adam Enticknap settled into second place and qualified for his first main event of the year. Nick Schmidt made the pass on Ronnie Stewart for third place, however Stewart still transfered to the main event with a fourth place finish.

Transfer to Main Event | Friese, Enticknap, Schmidt, R. Stewart
Total Race Time | 4:52.481 minutes, 5 laps
Margin of Victory | 2.752 seconds
Laps Led | Vince Friese – 5
Fast Lap Time | Nick Schmidt – 59.078 seconds

450 Main Event

Despite his rough start to the night show, Red Bull KTM's Ryan Dungey led the 450 main event from start to finish and would capture his first main event win of the season. Ken Roczen started seventh but quickly made his way up to the front early in an effort to challenge the leaders. While in pursuit of Team Honda HRC teammate Cole Seely, Ken Roczen made a mistake in a long rhythm lane, ejected from the bike in midair, and suffered the hardest slam we have seen this season. Following a lengthy amount of time with Alpinestars Mobile Medical staff, Roczen was taken away from the track with a badly broken arm.
For multiple laps the field rolled through Roczen’s section without passes or conflict, and this seemed to change the dynamic of the remainder of the race. Marvin Musquin made his way up to second place and settled in behind his teammate, even closing on him near the end. Cooper Webb got a great start, held off a string of veteran racers and finished in fourth place, his best result of the season.

Total Race Time | 21:14.021 minutes, 22 laps
Margin of Victory | 2.725 seconds
Laps Led | Ryan Dungey – 22
Fastest Lap Time | Ken Roczen – 56.259 seconds

450 Main Event Results

450 Championship Standings After Three Races