The opening round of the 2013 Monster Energy Supercross season could not have come any sooner, nor gone any better. Intense on-track action, a surprise winner, Trey Canard’s comeback, and the fact that we are back at the races gave everyone something to be happy about. Over the past week, we have put out a massive amount of content, and if you missed out, here are a few links you should check…
2013 Anaheim One Race Report
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Behind Bars: Ryan Villopoto’s Monster Energy Kawasaki KX450F
2013 Bikes Of Anaheim One
Anaheim One Gallery
The event was absolutely packed all day long, making walking through the pits a tall order. Anaheim I is usually one of the most well-attended events on the schedule, but even during the racing, there was barely an empty seat in the house.
Here's another photo of the crowd working its way through the tight confines of the pits and semis.
In our opinion, the track at Anaheim I was one of the best we've seen at the opening round in recent memory. It featured some rhythm sections, big bowl turns, whoops, sand, a technical scrub jump, and of course the big triples. It also produced some great racing action in both classes, with the battle of the night happening in the 450 class between Trey Canard and Davi Millsaps.
This is the aforementioned scrub jump and during practice it produced some of the coolest shots we got throughout the day. Here, Red Bull KTM's Ken Roczen scubs the jump on his way to the second-fastest qualifying time behind Geico Honda's Eli Tomac.
RCH/Suzuki's Broc Tickle had a night that he would probably rather forget. After qualifying to the main event with a sixth in his heat race, he finished 18th in the main event. Going into the weekend, it was reported that Tickle was riding really well and looking forward to the season. After a slow start last season, we're expecting the former 250 Class Champion to begin working his way towards the front of the pack.
James Stewart wasn't the only one running the trick yellow Showa SFF Air Forks this past weekend at Anaheim. Tickle also had them on his RM-Z450. His teammate Josh Hill, however, wasn't running the same forks. We've heard that the yellow color isn't just for looks and actually offers performance improvements.
Hill's mechanic Longhorn went the extra mile with the heat wrap on the radiator hoses. Fellow mechanic Tony Berlutti joked, "I told him he'd get extra attention from the photographers with that wrap."
In addition to the full-factory innards, the RCH Yoshimura engines feature copious amounts of magnesium goods on the outside.
On display out in front of the RCH/Suzuki rig was Ricky Carmichael's current RM-Z450 and his old two-stroke RM250. Ah, we remember the days of two-strokes blitzing the stadium whoops… There is no other sound like it.
Even though RC's two stroke is years old, the trick parts on it are timeless. This Pro Circuit R-304 carbon fiber silencer and its titanium end cap are just as eye catching as they were nine years ago.
The RCH/Sycuan Casino/Dodge/Suzuki pit area is unlike any other. The team brings two semis to the races, one for the bikes and one for the fans. Under the fan awning, one can register for a list of prizes, including a trip to Vegas and Fox gear, on these iPads.
Another area of the RCH/Sycuan/Dodge/Suzuki fan area is the “holeshot experience.” Tied to a dynometer is a Suzuki RM-Z450 and fans are able to feel what it is like to dump the clutch for a Supercross start.
The RCH holeshot experience takes place on a Dynojet dynameter. Dynojet is used by a number of companies and teams, including Bill's Pipes, who we use to chart the horsepower of our test bikes in our yearly shootouts.
The RCH bike is modified to accommodate the number of runs that are bound to take place on a daily basis. The rear shock is replaced with this rod and the engine is limited to only hit third gear.
Rockstar Suzuki's Ryan Sipes has a new mechanic for the year with the very capable Derek Brush spinning wrenches for him. Along with Sipes, Brush is new to the team for 2013. In the night's racing, Sipes finished a very respectable sixth.
One man that was all smiles throughout the day—and more so at the end of the night—was Davi Millsaps' Rockstar Suzuki mechanic "Scuba" Steve Westfall. Scuba has worked with Davi in the past while at MTF and is a long time friend of Millsaps'. Here, he checks the spokes on Davi's RM-Z before practice begins.
Going into the weekend, Millsaps wasn't on many people's radar to be a top contender for the win. But after taking the win in his heat race, Davi jumped out to the early lead in the main event, lead until only a few laps remaining, then re-passed Honda Muscle Milk's Trey Canard on the last lap to take the first race win of the year. To say the entire Rockstar Suzuki team was happy would be an understatement. It was the team's biggest victory since its inception a few years ago.
Yoshimura Suzuki's James Stewart continues to have bad luck. During practice, Stewart dabbed his leg in a corner, lost traction, and badly tweaked his knee. Reports are that he didn't show up for opening ceremonies because he was icing his knee and keeping it elevated back at the rig. In his heat race, James led until ultimately finishing third. Then in the main event, he finished eighth. Throughout the evening, though, it was evident that he wasn't riding like himself.
In the weeks and months leading up to Anaheim I, it was questionable as to whether or not Josh Hansen would be lining up. Without a ride, Hanny continued to put in the work, pounding out laps at the tracks. After pulling together some sponsorship from Famous Stars and Straps, Jeremy "Twitch" Stenberg's Dirt Bike Kidz, and Shift, Hansen was able to also use the resources available at the former Jeff Ward Racing team shop to get a bike dialed in. As of now, the former team's shop is operating to keep a bike going for Hansen and plan to race the full Supercross tour, along with stops of the X Games world tour.
Top Gear's Rutledge Wood was on had at Anaheim to take in the action. During the racing, we also saw him and Miss Supercross Dianna Dahlgren doing TV work for SPEED.
Defending Champion Monster Energy Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto had a rather forgettable main event. After nearly winning his heat race, RV's main event didn't go very well, as he crashed twice and went off the track once. When it was all said and done, he finished the main event a very disappointing 16th. There have been previous years where he has climbed back from a severe point deficit, however, this isn't the way he had hope to begin his 2013 season.
While it hasn't been a major problem in the past, riders have accidentally—or on purpose—cussed during podium interviews. To prevent it from happening, it was announced during the riders' meeting that for every swear word spoken, a rider will be fined $2,000. Talk about an expensive swear jar donation.
We spotted this fledgling mullet as we walked into the pits in the morning.
Chad Reed’s Shift gear is some of the coolest we’ve seen from the company, and making it even cooler is the fact that it is now available to the public. Throughout the year, Chad will be introducing new colorways, which will then be available to the public the following Monday.
Anaheim I marked the professional debut of quick a few racers. Among them was Tyler Bereman. As a local Southern Californian, Tyler has been putting in a lot of work preparing for his debut. Unfortunately, he didn’t make the night show, however, that isn’t indicative of his riding ability. Expect to see him under the lights next week in Phoenix. We’re pulling for you, Tyler!
We saw this guy roaming around the pits. Dude has got a big head.
Villopoto actually debuted the new Thor helmet at the Monster Energy Cup last year, but here's a closer look at the new lid. Thor is staying tight-lipped on the new helmet, but said that we can expect a March release. As you can see, RV was also rocking the new GoPro Hero camera.
The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team is also using the new but still unnamed Thor helmet, and all riders on the team having matching apdesigns paint jobs. We like the use of metal flake in the silver and green details.
SOL REPUBLIC’s Marc Fiore was showing off these very cool custom Troy Lee headphones. Troy painted them for himself.
Talk about a pickupkit!
Gratuitous Monster Girl photo. You’re welcome…
FMF is making a massive push in 2013. They are now the official exhaust of Supercross, are aligned with numerous teams in the pit area, and have signature clothing lines with Davi Millsaps and their amateur crew, the “Octane Junkies.”
FMF pulled out all of the stops with the A1 presence, as they brought in Ronnie Mac from the plains of Oklahoma. Sadly, we missed his Pabst Blue Ribbon-fueled antics, but Ronnie left his mark on SoCal with a massive burnout.
As many already know, the 2013 Honda CRF450R features Honda's dual-exhaust design. While the factory team and Chad Reed will use the duals, some riders such as Jimmy Albertson, have opted for the traditional single-sided cans.
This is Cassidy and Katelynn. Cassidy listens to The Weeknd and Katelynn quotes Khalil Gibran. Use this to your advantage when you ask to have your picture with them.
The factory WP air shock on Ryan Dungey’s KTM 450SX-F takes “air spring” technology to the next level. “It’s good, it’s promising,” said Dungey. “We’ve got some work to do yet, but so far it’s really good.” We’re interested to see if the team continues to run the air shock in the AMA MX Nationals, as heat is surely a factor that will affect the unit.
We spotted a familiar face in a new spot on Saturday. Greg King, formerly the truck driver for the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki squad, is now piloting the Red Bull KTM transporter.
Marvin Musquin made the trip from Corona to the stadium Saturday morning aboard his road bike. We were impressed by the feat, but Marvin downplayed his trek over the hills. "It's only an hour!" says the East Coast 250 title contender.
Amateur phenomenon Joey Savatgy was one of the many riders making his pro debut at A1. The creator of the #armswag hash tag had a successful but rough night, as he turned in a 13th place finish in the main event after getting caught up in Jessy Nelson's first lap crash.
The J-Star/JDR/KTM team is typically the first to debut fresh color ways of the Bell Moto-9 helmets and at Anaheim One, they had orange versions of the Hurricane Carbon.
J-Star/JDR/KTM knows that marketing alongside a brand like Tilted Kit will get a certain level of attention. The team debuted their new "Dream Ride" video at one of the eatery's Anaheim locations on Friday night and had these two on hand Saturday.
For a second, we thought that Feld had recruited PSY to perform Gagnam Style at halftime, but then we realized that it was Thor’s Scott Kowalsky, hard at work shooting photos of their team riders Ryan Villopoto and Josh Grant, who debuted the newest line of Phase Coil racewear at A1.
Here’s a look at the back side of the new Thor Phase Coil gear that we just mentioned. RV wore this colorway during the daytime practice sessions, before switching into the red/yellow version for the race.
…and here’s the front side of RV’s new gear. Sean Estes and the crew from Specialized presented Ryan Villopoto with a bad ass custom-built mountain bike. A joint effort between Specialized and SRAM, the custom S-Works Epic was truly a work of art. “Mountain biking is a big part of my training program,” said RV. “Specialized is a great sponsor to have, and they provide me with great tools to get the job done.”
After years of strictly black and green, the Monster Energy Kawasaki team unveiled a new look for 2013. The team has added white details throughout the pit area, including on the semi's wrap, the stands, and these trick toolboxes.
Matrix Concepts is branching out from their plastic products and is slowly wheeling out traditional metal stands. Matrix Concepts stands are under 20 teams, including Monster Energy Kawasaki, Muscle Milk Honda, RCH Suzuki, and TwoTwo Motorsports.
Troy Lee was a busy guy on Saturday, as he kept constant track of his own race team both on and off the track, but also spent plenty of time checking in with his new business partner, James Stewart.
One should always expect the Troy Lee Designs race team to do something different from the norm. They commissioned Jeff Kardas to shoot their promo shots but printed these movie style posters instead of the standard berm and whip picture.
Kyle Chisholm and Bobby Kiniry made their debut on the new Velocity 3 Yamaha race team at Anaheim 1. “It was an easy transition for me to get back on the YZ450F,” said Chisholm. “And this bike works much better than the Yamaha I last raced for Motoconcepts.” Chiz finished 13th, while Kiniry struggled to 19th.
Speaking of Chiz, congrats to his wife Britney Chisholm, who has found some great success in her acting endeavors. Last year at this time, we remember seeing “Miley” studying some acting textbooks. Now, she’s just recently wrapped up her first big time gig in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. “I play Peta’s stylist,” she said. “I’m really excited, as I had several scenes and even a couple lines!” Those who have read the popular trilogy should be extra excited for Mrs. Chisholm, as the stylist is also included in the third installment. A two-movie deal? Cha-ching! Congrats Miley!
Congrats to Weston Peick, who raced to an admirable 14th in the 450 main aboard his 100% privateer Suzuki RM-Z450. The SoCal rider qualified for the main with an eighth in the first heat race and looked solid in the main. Peick is sponsored in part by the members of ProRide.com, a Southern California motocross message board, and he certainly did them proud at the season opener.
Troy Lee Honda’s Jessy Nelson made his Supercross debut at Anaheim 1 and although the rookie finished 19th in the main after some crashes, he did make quite an impression on his competition by grabbing the holeshot in both his heat and the main event.
Come race day, Charles Dao of Icon Sports Alliance is one of the busier guys in the paddock. The leader of our Fast Lap Fitness Tips works with Cole Seely, (shown here), Jake Canada, and a slew of other California privateers. Want to become you best by next season? Go watch the full video series.
Monster Girls may run the show inside the stadium, but the Rockstar Girls rule the pits. Mmmm….
Showa SFF Air Forks were found on the front end of the majority of the team bikes, including James Stewart’s Yoshimura Suzuki. Stew’s forks featured the florescent yellow anodizing that has been used by the Japanese factory Suzuki team for a while now, and were definitely the coolest-looking of the bunch. Check out the factory triple clamps on Stewart’s bike and notice the steering stem pinch bolt that’s used to help keep the front end straight and true.
Last season, Troy Lee Designs brought an unknown band into the pits to play at the end of their semi area. One year later, Emblem 3 is at a whole different level, as the trio finished third in the popular X Factor TV show and has signed a recording contract with Columbia Records. One of the members, Drew Chadwick, is a life-long motocrosser and was on hand at Anaheim 1 to check out the action and cheer the Team TLD Honda riders on. We spotted Drew having a bench racing session with his own childhood hero, Jeremy McGrath.
While it seems like the trend among pro riders is to take off their neck braces, it was refreshing to see a rider who’s decided to put one on. Troy Lee Honda’s Christian Craig competed with an Alpinestars Bionic neck brace for the first time this weekend.
Do you follow @twmxdotcom on Twitter and Instagram? You should!
James Stewart had three Bell Moto 9s to choose from each time he took to the track. While waiting to grab an interview with Stewart, we noticed that each one of them is different. Can you spot the differences?
Eli Tomac gave the new Oakley Airbrake goggle a winning debut. Stay tuned for a full product review of the new goggle in TransWorld Motocross.
We noticed a surge in riders using Airoh helmets on Saturday night. From the Rockstar Suzuki 250 team to numerous privateers, the Italian helmets are now everywhere.
One round into the series and controversy abounds. Rumors about the Chaparral Motorsports/L&Mc/Honda and how much longer it will be together have spread in recent weeks. Although they attended at Anaheim with a full rig, a certain level of uncertainty remains.
Skullcandy recently debuted a new style of headphones, dubbed the Navigator. Using a tried and true marketing campaign, we expect to hear about high sales numbers after A1.
The DC Shoes photo booth has become a staple of the pit party. If it is part of your local round, do your best to hang on to Robbie Maddison's suspended before the shutter clicks.
You'd be surprised just how many moto celebrities are at Anaheim One. We caught freestyle rider Mat Rebeaud milling around and talked about his plans for the new year. He will contest the full Red Bull X-Fighters tour, which kicks off March 8th in Mexico City and hopes to hit the X Games world tour.
Defending Japanese National champion and Factory Honda Japan racer Akira Narita is slated to contest the first five rounds of the 2013 Supercross season. Narita is no stranger to the US scene, as he raced for Factory Suzuki in the early 2000s and scored podium finishes both indoors and out. He was off the pace on Saturday and qualified 45th, five spots shy of making the night show.
One of TLD's many partnerships is with Specialized Bicycles, and they have designed the paint schemes for two models, this Stumpjumper and the Demo Carbon. They are a limited run, only 500 in all (300 of the Stumpjumper and 200 of the Demo), and are honestly too cool to bomb the hills with.
The amount of growth that 100% has experienced in the last year is impressive. At this time last year, they were just breaking into the market place and were seen on few riders, including Justin Brayton. This year they are the official eyewear sponsor of Supercross and have the full backing of Parts Unlimited.
Next to the Kawasaki rig were championship KX race bikes from the 90s, one of which Mike LaRocco used to win the final 500cc Outdoor Championship. Would you like to see these and other Kawasaki classics? Then pay a visit to the company's Irvine, CA, headquarters, where their heritage museum is now open to the public.
Over the course of the weekend, the staff at Dunlop will change between 200 and 300 tires, depending on conditions and soil. Between the four-person team, they figure they change between 50 to 70 tires each.
Toyota trucks are synonymous with Supercross racing, and they were everywhere in the Anaheim pit area. Word is that the Tundra will undergo a makeover for 2014 and may be debuted at the Chicago Auto Show, but there are no official images or information.
What was better about the pit area beer gardens: the endless stream of suds or the scenery?
At last Fall's Monster Energy Cup, we first heard about Tyler Evan's latest venture, a ministry. We chatted with him Saturday just before the night show started and from the sound of things, Evans has been extremely busy. Just weeks ago, he and Larry Linkogle traveled to Harlem and spoke with inner-city youth and the bike movement that is taking place there.
The Valli Yamaha rig has this charging area set up for those of us that run our cell phones batteries down at Supercross. Connected to a Yamaha generator, it has every plug style imaginable to give your phone quick boost for the night show.
SpeedTV’s presence in the pits is large and in charge. They even have a giant screen playing each practice session, Arenacross and old Supercross races. Giveaways, MCs, promo chicks, photobooth ops…you name it, they got it.
Tim Ferry is back at Trey Canard’s side this year. The two walk the track together, where Timmy can offer some veteran advice to his redheaded counterpart.
RV2’s wrench, Mike Williamson, took the opportunity to snap some photos of his own during opening ceremonies with photographer Simon Cudby’s Nikon. He clearly has used a DSLR before.
James Stewart’s gear line, Seven, made its official racing debut on Saturday. Although Stewart is the lone professional racer to done the gear on raceday, he will field a seven-man army of amateurs this year.
Before the main event, Troy Lee hand-painted a crucifix and chain on James Stewart’s Seven jersey. You can’t get more custom than that.
Monster Energy Pro Circuit’s Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett went down hard in the Lites main event, but continued racing. After the race, however, Baggett sported a sling to aid his injured right shoulder.
A big congratulations goes out to Davi Millsaps, Bobby Hewitt, and the entire Rockstar Suzuki squad on their first 450 Supercross win… In their own backyard, no less.
The only acceptable pick-up kit.
Justin Hill, Dean Wilson, and Darryn Durham make up Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s East Coast line-up. 2013 will be Hill’s rookie season, while Wilson and Durham are veterans of the class. DD’s achilles tendon injury has left him with a slight gangster limp, but he should be fine come Dallas.
JGR/Toyota/Yamaha’s Josh Grant has recently come under the watchful eye of Kyle Lewis. The former pro racer and Grant have worked together for just about a month, and numerous people within the team say that JG’s riding improved immediately.
2013 marks Pirelli’s third season working with the JGR team, and the Italian company says that their motocross products have improved substantially since the first ride. Now if we could only get on the Pirelli Calendar mailing list…
See you in Phoenix!