Timed qualifying has just come to a close at the 2019 Anaheim Two Supercross, the third round of the 2019 Monster Energy Supercross Series. This is the first of three Triple Crown events for 2019 (Detroit and Houston are the other two) and there was extra importance on clocking a quick lap in qualifying today, as only the riders with the eighteen fastest lap times from each class are seeded into the night’s show. The rest had to race their way in by finishing in the top-four of the LCQ events.
Riders spent the afternoon learning the layout at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, which was not easy. Heavy rains all week soaked the Southern California soil, which made already technical layout of long rhythms, steep whoops, and interesting obstacles even more challenging. Read on for more news from the afternoon in Orange County…
250 CLASS QUALIFYING REPORT & LCQ RESULTS
Dylan Ferrandis was one of the first to crack the code on the track and the Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha rider’s best lap, a 58.637, came during the day’s first timed qualifying session. Ferrandis was again one of the faster riders in the day’s final session, but no one matched his earlier pace.
Like Ferrandis, Adam Cianciarulo’s best lap came in the first practice of the day and the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider was ranked second overall thanks to a 58.725. It’s worth noting that Cianciarulo was the fastest rider of the second session, but that his earlier time was still faster.
Ferrandis and Cianciarulo were the only 250 class riders to clock 58-second lap times.
Incoming championship point leader Colt Nichols continues to impress, as the Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha rider was third fastest in the class with a 59.173 time, which came during the first session.
RJ Hampshire continues to be one of the faster riders in the competitive class and with a 59.541 lap time, the GEICO Honda rider was ranked fourth overall in the time sheets.
250 B group riders Thomas Do and Carson Brown played the spoiler to a few riders in the 250 class, as the two snagged the final transfer spots into the night show with their lap times.
250 LCQ RECAP
Thomas Ravenhorst led the opening two laps but was passed by Mitchell Harrison midway through the moto, who motored away with the win. With the top spot decided, attention turned to the battle for the final transfer spots between Ravenhorst, Martin Castelo, Robbie Wageman, and Chris Howell. Castelo soon passed his way up to second place while Ravenhorst, Wageman, and Howell went to work on each other. The outcome of the race changed just two turns from the finish when Ravenhorst went down, which then allowed Howell to nab the final spot in the night show.
450 CLASS QUALIFYING REPORT & LCQ RESULTS
Marvin Musquin owned the final minutes of qualifying for the 450 class, as the Red Bull KTM rider used interesting lines and technique (tighter turns, more body language over jumps) to turn a 57.660 lap.
Eli Tomac stayed on the board through the day, as the Monster Energy Kawasaki rider was the fastest of the field in the first round of qualifying and held the top time at various points of session two. A 57.794 time was the best turned by Tomac in the second session and it put him second overall.
Incoming championship leader Ken Roczen was quiet but quick through the day and in the final times, a 58.381 ranked the Team Honda HRC rider third.
450 LCQ RECAP
Opening lap incidents claimed potential front-runners Kyle Chisholm, Adam Enticknap, Vann Martin, and Ryan Surratt. Back at the front, Ben LaMay was in complete control of the race and he led every lap over Angelo Pellegrini, Austin Politelli, and Ronnie Stewart. A late charge by Cole Martinez made it look like the final transfer spot could change hands, but it was too late to catch Stewart and with that, the roster was set.