2015 Anaheim Two SX | Practice Report
Text – Antonovich | Photos – Swanberg
The 2015 Monster Energy Supercross Series continues its run around the West Coast, with this week's return to Angels Stadium of Anaheim. A much different course than our prior visit to Orange County has been constructed on the ball diamond floor, with shorter lanes and tight turns that have riders flying in every direction. Thankfully, the unique layout has resulted in longer lap times and for the first time this year the fastest time is still over a minute long. Warm weather forced the track crew to dump water on the course, which has made for soft corners, but the standard SoCal hard pack is evident in other sections.
Between timed practice sessions, the Dirt Wurx crew modified the layout and even eliminated obstacles from the course. As a result, the flow of the layout is much improved and has the top riders within the same second on the clock. Two new riders put their names at the top of the board, but the usual list of contenders were close by.
250 West Coast Regional Championship
Despite dealing with a broken thumb, an injury he received at the opening round, Zach Osborne has managed to ride through the pain. He and the Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna team tested during the week to find a way around the issue, and it allowed Osborne to post the fastest lap of the 250 class. Cooper Webb claimed second on the standings, the first time the Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha rider wasn't the fastest of the class this year. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki'sTyler Bowers claimed third on the sheet, while Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Red Bull/KTM's Jessy Nelson and Red Bull KTM's Justin Hill completed the top-five. Just how close were the top-five? Only .501 seconds separated them in the final results.
NEWS AND NOTES FROM THE 250 CLASS
– GEICO Honda's Matt Bisceglia was fast in the first timed session of the day, but a late crash in the whoop section had him walked off the track by the Asterisk Medical Crew. He was missing from the final practice session and more than likely sit out the night.
– Rockwell Watches-backed privateer Nico Izzi was a scratch on the night due to reported sickness.
250 West Coast Regional Championship Timed Qualifying Results
Monster Energy Supercross 450 Timed Qualifying
Justin Barcia was expected to be a major factor in this year’s championship, but issues have kept the AutoTrader.com/Toyota/Yamaha rider from reaching his potential at the first two rounds. Almost unexpectedly, he clicked off the quickest time of the day midway through the final 450 A practice session and held on to the top spot while the rest of the class attempted to counter. Current championship leader Ken Roczen came the closest, with the RCH/Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John’s/Suzuki Factory Racing pilot posting a lap just. 208 seconds slower. Team Honda’s Trey Canard and GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac were even closer on the clock, with the Canard just edging Tomac. Dean Wilson has experienced arm pump issues early this year, but the Red Bull KTM rider found his form for the fifth fastest time of the day, with teammate Ryan Dungey taking sixth. Once again, the top six riders in the class were separated by less than a second.
NEWS AND NOTES FROM THE 450 CLASS
– Despite undergoing surgery early in the week, Weston Peick could not overcome the pain of a broken foot for tonight’s race. The AutoTrader.com/Toyota/Yamaha is a scratch for the next few rounds.
– Martin Davalos has returned to racing, the first time since a practice crash killed his 250 East Coast SX championship run in 2014. The Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna is entered in the 450 class, where he timed 23rd fastest.
Monster Energy Supercross 450 Timed Qualifying Results