Timed qualifying has just concluded for the 2018 Anaheim Two Supercross, round three of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross Series. This weekend marks the very first running of the all-new Triple Crown format that will be used at select events this year and the qualifying process for the race was slightly different than what many are accustomed to. The fastest eighteen riders in the 250 and 450 classes were awarded spots in the night show based on their lap times, while the final four spots in both classes were determined via the Last Chance Qualifier races that took place in the afternoon. Complete results and recaps from all four sessions, plus the LCQ races, are posted below.
250 CLASS | TIMED QUALIFYING RECAP & RESULTS
– A 50.056 lap time late in the final practice session put Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM rider Shane McElrath at the top of the 250 class.
– Adam Cianciarulo posted a number of quick laps during the day but a hard crash late in the final practice required medical attention. Even with a 50.308 time, it’s unlikely if the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki will race tonight. UPDATE: CIANCIARULO WILL RACE THE MAIN EVENTS.
– Long whoops helped Christian Craig clock a 50.523 time, and with that, the GEICO Honda rider is third overall.
– Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Joey Savatgy clocked the fourth fastest lap, a 50.590.
– Mitchell Oldenburg stayed near the top of the board through the entire day and the Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Factory Racing rider was finally ranked fourth overall with a 50.682.
250 CLASS | LCQ RECAP & RESULTS
– Justin Hoeft and Cole Martinez jumped out ahead of the field and avoided the carnage that struck other riders that were vying for the final two transfer spots. A number of racers crashed out of contention but at the checkered flag, Ryan Breece and Chase Marquier claimed the last two gates in the night show.
450 CLASS | TIMED QUALIFYING RECAP & RESULTS
– Although multiple riders held the top spot in the final practice, Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna rider Jason Anderson’s 50.236 lap was the best of all.
– After a very uncertain week, both Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin and Monster Energy Kawasaki’ Eli Tomac were on the track and riding at a stunning pace in the practice sessions. A 50.302 put Musquin second overall and a 50.331 put Tomac third overall.
– Justin Brayton’s streak of stellar riding continues, as the SmarTop/MotoConcepts/Honda rider quietly clocked the fourth-fastest lap of the 450 class, a 50.521.
– Monster Energy/Knich/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia rounded out the top-five with a 50.667 lap.
– As expected, there were a few racers that missed out on the eighteen confirmed night show spots out of Timed Qualifying. Among them were Kyle Cunningham, Chad Reed, Matt Bisceglia, Ben LaMay, Fredrik Noren, Dakota Tedder, and Adam Enticknap.
450 CLASS | LCQ RECAP & RESULTS
Chad Reed aced the start on his CR22 Husqvarna and ran clear of the competition to win the LCQ. The battle for the final transfer spot came down to the last turn, as Ben LaMay ran it in on Matt Bisceglia to steal the fourth and final spot.