Timed qualifying has just come to a conclusion at the University of Phoenix Stadium, site of the 2018 Glendale Supercross and the fourth round of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross Series. A massive track has been built on the floor of the venue, featuring long rhythm lanes filled with technical obstacles and a wide-open start straightaway that will bring very high speeds. With the unpredictability that we’ve seen through the first few weeks, one can only imagine what will happen when the gate drops this evening.
250 CLASS | TIMED QUALIFYING REPORT
– Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Joey Savatgy was the only person in the 250 class to post a lap in the 55-second range. A 55.872 time on the very last lap of the final practice put the incoming co-championship leader at the top of the charts.
– Adam Cianciarulo was the fastest rider in the first Timed Qualifying session and looked set to take the top spot until Savatgy’s lap. Still, a 56.234 put him second overall.
– Justin Hill suffered a knee injury in a mid-week practice crash, but that didn’t seem to slow the Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing rider down much. A 56.820 put him third overall during the afternoon.
– Only 0.010 seconds separated Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Shane McElrath and GEICO Honda’s Chase Sexton on the stopwatch. A 56.840 time ranked McElrath in fourth while a 56.850 put Sexton fifth.
450 CLASS | TIMED QUALIFYING REPORT
– Jason Anderson controlled the charts in both sessions of timed qualifying. A 55.709 lap time was the fastest lap that the Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna rider put down in the final session.
– Team Honda HRC rider Ken Roczen was second-fastest in the class with a 55.793 lap time, while his teammate Cole Seely was third-fastest with a 55.952.
– Justin Brayton once again put his SmarTop/MotoConcepts/Honda near the top of the qualifying standings, as a 55.955 time put him fourth overall.
– Blake Baggett quietly posted the fifth fastest lap of the class, a 56.166, on his Rocky Mountain ATV-MC/WPS/KTM machine.
– This is the first race of the year for both Justin Bogle and Jake Weimer, as the two are returning from injuries suffered in preseason crashes. Bogle was seventeenth overall and Weimer twentieth.