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The 2019 Anaheim Two Supercross once again proved that this early season has been one of the most unpredictable we’ve seen in quite some time. Three races are now in the books and there have been three different winners in both classes. Adding to the excitement of the night was the return of the Triple Crown format, which had changed slightly from the previous year. With three races of equal length in both classes, consistency would be the ultimate difference maker in the outcome of the night. Doing so was difficult, though, as a rainy week in Southern California led to a softer and ruttier Anaheim track that already featured a technical layout.
250 SX Main Event One
The first holeshot of the night would be awarded to Adam Cianciarulo, followed closely by Colt Nichols and Jacob Hayes. A mistake by Nichols would allow Cianciarulo to open a slight gap up. On the second lap, Ferrandis would capitalize on the three-way battle between Hayes, Decotis, and McElrath, moving up to fourth. A lap later, Ferrandis would apply the pressure to Hayes, eventually making the move. At the same time, Cianciarulo would end up going down and drop back to fifth. With three minutes and a lap left to go, McElrath would make the pass on Hayes for third. A minute later, Hayes would come under fire from Cianciarulo, who would waste little time making the move for fourth. Hayes would then lose another position to RJ Hampshire. At the checkered flag, it would be Nichols with the first win of the night, with Ferrandis and McElrath taking the other two podium spots.
250 SX Main Event Two
Following his win, Nichols would pull the holeshot in the second main of the night, with his teammate Ferrandis holding down second place. McElrath would hold down third place, sitting right on the rear wheel of Ferrandis early on. Chris Blose and Hampshire would battle over fourth in the opening laps, with Michael Mosiman and Cianciarulo also creeping into the picture. It would be Hampshire that would end up with fourth place and in a short matter of time he would open up a gap of around six seconds. Then, Mosiman would make a mistake, allowing Cianciarulo to pass him and then set sights on Blose. Soon, he made the pass for fifth, but Hampshire had continued to gain time and grow his gap. With three minutes to go, Nichols would lose the front end, forfeiting the lead to Ferrandis. Further struggles for Nichols would also give McElrath an opportunity to pass him for second. Further back, Cianciarulo had gone down and fallen back to thirteenth place with under a minute and a lap left. At the front though, Ferrandis would finish out the race without incident and take over the triple crown points.
250 SX Main Event Three
Nichols would grab the third and final holeshot of the night, but would get pinched off by Sean Cantrell and Cianciarulo. Cantrell had the lead initially, but then made a massive mistake in the rhythm section and nearly went down. He would drop back to twelfth, with Cianciarulo taking over the lead. Behind him, McElrath would make an early charge, passing Nichols for second place and taking over the triple crown lead. McElrath wasn’t done there, however, as he then would catch up to Cianciarulo and make the pass for the lead. Things were less settled behind him, as Ferrandis was now working his way forward and had to get by Nichols for third place. Ferrandis would use some creative lines to close in and make his move. With third place secure and Cianciarulo in his sights, the two would battle with three laps left to go. For Ferrandis, the difference wouldn’t just be for the position, but for the overall win. A lap later though, Cianciarulo would respond to the challenge and Ferrandis would make a mistake, costing him the time needed to close the gap on Cianciarulo. With that, McElrath would take the final win of the night and the overall tie-breaker victory.
450 SX Main Event One
Ken Roczen would collect the holeshot, backing up his good start in Glendale. He would have to face pressure immediately from Cooper Webb, who was closely followed by Marvin Musquin and Eli Tomac. Towards the end of the first lap, Tomac would pass Musquin for third. Meanwhile, Anderson and Baggett would start outside the top ten. Anderson would quickly make a charge forward though, climbing up to seventh place early on. At the front though, things would remain stable until under two minutes and a lap to go, when Musquin would close the gap on Tomac and make a pass around the outside for third place. In front of him, Webb would start creeping up to the rear wheel of Roczen with two laps to go. Then, at the white flag, Webb would drop the gap to just a few bike lengths. In the second to last rhythm lane, Roczen would make a slight mistake and Webb would jump by for the lead. The two would then race side-by-side through the next lane, but Webb would get a better drive through the whoops to take the win.
450 SX Main Event Two
Webb would get his second good start of the night, this time pulling the holeshot. His teammate, Musquin, would sit in third place once again, with Cole Seely separating the two in second. Anderson would get a much better start this time, holding fourth on the opening lap and challenging Musquin. Further back was Roczen, who started in sixth. After two and a half minutes, he would make the pass on Justin Barcia for fifth and start putting pressure on Anderson. A minute and a half later, he would make the move for third. Just up ahead, Musquin would find his way around Cole Seely for second place. Seely would then have to deal with pressure from Roczen, but a near-crash would cost him the position. At the five-minute mark, Roczen would go down in the whoops and drop back to ninth. Barcia would then inherit the third place spot. With two laps to go, Anderson had come under fire from Tomac and Roczen, with both riders getting by. Tomac and Roczen would then sit fourth and fifth. After facing brief pressure from Musquin, Webb would pull back away with the lead to take his second win of the night.
450 SX Main Event Three
Tomac would take the holeshot in the third main event, followed by Webb, Musquin, and Reed. Anderson would also be in the front pack, but would come together with Reed and drop back to twentieth. Roczen would once again be forced to make an early charge after starting mid-pack, but would find himself in fifth and challenging Reed just two minutes into the race. Reed would respond though and pull away slightly for a few laps. Roczen would end up taking the position away with just over five minutes and a lap left. Towards the front, Musquin would make the pass on Webb for second place, but Tomac was already six seconds ahead with the lead. Musquin would shave some time off of the lead, but the gap would be too great for him to overcome. As the clock wound down, the top five would be locked in place, with Tomac leading over Musquin, Webb, Roczen, and Reed, and that would be the running order at the checkered flag. However, the overall podium would be the reverse of the third main event podium, as Webb topped the box with Musquin and Tomac rounding out second and third.