The 2018 Paris Supercross kicked off today in grand fashion inside the Paris La Defense Arena, and Americans Jason Anderson and Jace Owen dominated the results and lead the King and Prince of Paris SX standings, respectively, headed into Sunday’s finals.
Anderson’s day started off slowly, as he sat 19th in the timed qualifying session until the final lap. Apparently, the defending Monster Energy Supercross Champion was unaware that the finish line was the triple on the East side of the track, and not the large double in the middle, alongside the start straight. “I was going around and checking the board, and I was next to last, over and over,” said Anderson. “I was sure my transponder was broken, but then C-Lo signaled me ‘finish line at the triple,’ so I was able to get one lap in.” Anderson qualified eighth but found his form in the race that counted and his 1-3-1 finishes in the day’s three races earned him the top step of the podium on day one.
Illinois rider Jace Owen was the dominant rider in the 250 class and turned in 1-2-1 finishes in the three races; his only defeat coming at the hands of fellow American Cameron McAdoo. Owen fought through a lingering illness to emerge the day one winner aboard his Bud Racing Kawasaki KX250F, and hopes to repeat in Sunday’s final races.
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French rider Brian Moreau claimed the early lead in the evening's first full race and paced the pack that included Americans Jace Owen and Cameron McAdoo. A mistake by McAdoo dropped him down the running order in the early laps, but he later regrouped and raced back to the fourth place finish. Moreau experienced issues of his own as the race wore on and dropped from the top spot to fifth, while Owen worked up to first place and took the win over Adrien Escoffier and Anthony Bourdon.
Cameron McAdoo made up for his miscues in Race One by taking the win in Race Two over Owen, Thomas Do, Escoffier, Bourdon, and Lorenzo Camporese. With a second place finish and his Race One win, Owen maintained the overall lead heading into the final race of the night.
Owen was on the mark in the night's final moto as he claimed the early lead and avoided ay competition on his way to the win, a victory that gave him the night's overall victory and a massive advantage in the Prince of Paris category. McAdoo had issues that hindered his results, but he ultimately worked his way back to third place behind Escoffier. McAdoo and Escoffier's finishes tied them in points for the night, with second place going to Escoffier due to his better rank in the final race.
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Vince Friese and Jason Anderson were even through the opening lanes of the first race, a duel that ended when Anderson made a defining pass on the opening lap. Anderson inched away from the pack with every lap, which left Peick, Friese, and Ferrandis to duke it out for the spots in the running order. Peick claimed second with a forceful pass on Friese, while Ferrandis made a move of his own later in the race for third. Justin Hill and Zach Osborne finished sixth and seventh, respectively, which awarded them important points in the weekend's overall standings.
Ferrandis and Osborne got to the front of the field at the very start of Race Two, while Anderson reeled the duo in as the race progressed and made it a three-rider duel for a brief moment. Osborne kept his lap times short by clipping corners close and staying low over obstacles, which allowed him to make ground on Ferrandis, but Anderson was just as quick and closed in even more. A mistake by Anderson allowed the top two to pull back ahead while a last-lap mistake by Osborne was enough for Ferrandis to pull clear and take the win in front of his fellow Frenchmen.
Osborne and Ferrandis reignited their Race Two battle at the very start of Race Three, as Osborne got the holeshot and Ferrandis went in deep through the turn. As the lead group got through the opening lane of the track, attention was back at the first turn where Weston Peick was down after run-ins with other riders. He was escorted from the track with medical assistance as the race continued on.
Osborne and Ferrandis' battle was short-lived after he tucked the front-end in a loose turn and dropped down the running order. This allowed Anderson to go up to second place and the remaining minutes of the moto looked like a practice session at the Husqvarna track. Anderson's pace was quick and controlled on the slick French soil and within a few laps, he closed in and made the pass. Anderson took the night's overall victory with 1-3-1 finishes and held a three-point lead in the King of Paris standings. Ferrandis would eventually climb back to fourth place, which helped him hang on to second place overall, and Osborne's 6-2-2 scores put him third overall.