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And it’s on! The 2017 Monster Energy Supercross Series has kicked off with the 2017 Anaheim One SX, the first round of the seventeen-stop championship. The day at Angels Stadium of Anaheim started off a bit unexpectedly, as recent rain storms in Southern California soaked the freshly built track and required a little effort from the Dirt Wurx staff. Soft in some spots, dry-slick in others, it tested riders during the two timed qualifying sessions that each group were given during the afternoon. What’d we learn from the first laps of the year? That everyone, and we mean everyone, is hauling.

One quick observation: the track looks very tame by usual SX standards. The faces of jumps were fairly mellow and the whoops were not tall or trecherous, which is probably a wise move considering the longer main events and long season.

250 Class Practice Report

This is Jeremy Martin’s SX debut with the GEICO Honda crew, but it’s clear that the adjustment to the red bike has gone quite well for the multi-time MX champion. After a modest result in the first session of the day, Martin upped the intensity in session two and posted the top time of the class, a 1:02.925.

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Justin Hill was the most consistent rider of the afternoon, as he claimed the second fastest laps of both practices. And with that a 1:03.242 lap put him second overall.

Mitchell Oldenburg is known for quick qualifying laps and the Troy Lee Designs/GoPro/Red Bull/KTM rider did exactly at A1. His best, a 1:03.986, was the third best of the small-bore division.

Aaron Plessinger was always a topic in talks from the test track over the offseason, and the Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha rider matched the hype in the practice sessions. A 1:04.015 lap put Plessinger fourth in the final rankings.

When the official let riders on the track for both practices, Shane McElrath made sure that he hit the circuit before anyone else. The open track helped the Troy Lee Designs/GoPro/Red Bull/KTM rider and he was ranked fifth in practice with a 1:04.090 lap.


Where did the rookies rank?
– Austin Forkner: sixth, 1:04.260
– Bradley Taft: ninth, 1:04.833
– Jon Ames: twenty-ninth, 1:07.229
– Ryan Surratt: thirtieth, 1:07.247
– Tallon Lafountaine: thirty-eighth, 1:08.343


450 Class Practice Report

It was hard to predict what was going to happen during the 450 practice sessions. The pace picked and the standings shuffled every few seconds, but when time finally expired, Marvin Musquin emerged at the top of the board. The Red Bull KTM rider charged to clock a 1:02.011 lap in the middle of the final session.

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac was at his best at the very last moment of the afternoon and with a 1:02.100 time, he snagged second in the standings.

The surprise of the afternoon? Cole Seely, who bested some of his more-hyped competition to take third overall on his Team Honda HRC machince at 1:02.334.

Jason Anderson figured out the track quickly during the two sessions and a 1:02.364 put the Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna rider fourth in the standings.

Ken Roczen set the tone in the first timed session of the day and even upped his pace in the final outing, but the competition seemed to take cues from the Team Honda HRC rider’s early laps. He ultimately ranked fifth witha  1:02.428.


Rookie Cooper Webb was thirteenth in timed qualifying.