Wow. Just when we think we have the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross Series figured out, nights like the 2018 San Diego Supercross happen. Everything was in place for a typical day of on-track battles and pit area gossip, but once bikes hit the track, chaos ensued. Crashes and collisions shuffled the running order in the Main Events, tension from old rivalries finally snapped, and riders put in their best efforts on track before the series heads East for an extended swing.
450 MAIN EVENT CARNAGE
From the moment the gate dropped in the night’s final race, it was clear that things were going to get weird. Depending on who you talk to, one rider hit another who hit another, and before long, a good chunk of the front-runners were on the ground. Eli Tomac fared the worst in the fracas, as his Monster Energy Kawasaki got stuck in Josh Grant’s Monster Energy Kawasaki and ripped apart the throttle-side grip. Everyone else collected in the chaos (Stewart, Peick, Grant, Baggett, Tedder, Cunningham, Bloss, Wilson, pretty much half of the field) fared much better and were able to continue on with their race.
JUSTIN BARCIA’S BRAKE ISSUE
Justin Barcia got to the front of the field early in the race, but midway through the Monster Energy/Knich/Yamaha Factory Racing rider started going backward in the running order. We watched him and Dean Wilson duke it out for eighth place in the last two laps, because the two riders left it all on the track for the position. The highlight was when Wilson and Barcia collided in the turn after the whoops and then went off of the track, but Barcia managed to hang on to the spot. Barcia was clearly frustrated after the checkered flag, as he repeatedly banged his head and looked down at the bike as if there was a problem. Turns out that he lost his rear brake early in the race (maybe after contact with Musquin) and did all he could to salvage a finish.
JASON ANDERSON’S CONTINUED SUCCESS
Another week, another win for Jason Anderson. The Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna rider put in another classic “El Hombre” ride as he stayed in the front of the pack, reeled in the leader, and then pounced in the middle of the moto to take the lead. This win and issues that others in the field experienced helped Anderson put even more points on the competition in the championship.
MUSQUIN & ANDERSON TENSION
There’s no denying that there is an issue between Jason Anderson and Marvin Musquin. The two riders and their trainer, Aldon Baker, did their best to downplay the drama in recent weeks, but when prompted to address the problem in the post-race press conference, both riders stated that they did not train together while in California. Anderson even hinted at Musquin’s prior quote to Racer X that Musquin will soon put his own take-down move on Anderson when the opportunity presents itself. Seriously, you should watch the post-race press conference to hear the conversation.
Blake Baggett even got in on the antics by snickering into the microphone and dropping a few jokes at Anderson and Musquin’s new feud. After years of friendly rivalries, it’s interesting to see some trash talking amongst the top racers.