Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia took the victory at the opening round of the 2019 AMA Supercross season at Anaheim 1. Barcia’s performance at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, marks his first 450SX class main event win since the Seattle Supercross in 2013 and the first win for Yamaha in the class since 2012, 93 races ago.
“Anaheim 1 was an awesome day,” Barcia said. “I had a lot of fun in practice. Then going into the heat race, it started sprinkling a little. I didn’t get the best start but made some good passes, got into the lead, and won my heat race, which was awesome. [The rain] was really pouring down in the main event. I got off to a pretty decent start and worked my way up to third by a little over half the race. I played it smart and tried to make no mistakes. One of the guys went down in front of me and then I was able to charge harder, catch the leader, make the pass, and ride a smooth race to the win. This is incredible for me. I haven’t won a 450 [Supercross main event] in over six years, so it’s a pretty awesome feeling. I couldn’t be much happier. I’m really excited to go to Phoenix. I just want to stay smart, smooth, fast, consistent, and focus on the championship plate.”
Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen finished in the runner-up spot in his first Supercross race since injuring his arm at the San Diego round last February.
“All in all, this is like a win to me,” Roczen said. “I mean, my first race back after my injury and I got a second here. I had to make a couple passes happen. [It’s] good to get out of here on the podium. We’re in a solid spot because for these kind of conditions a lot can go wrong.”
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac came back from a 10th place start to take the final step of the podium.
“[At the] first round, there’s always the nerves and just the hype from the race, so it was like a double whammy there [combined with the mud],” Tomac said. “I didn’t get the greatest start but just kind of relaxed, kept my vision clear, and was able to make the moves.”
Rockstar Energy/AGL/Ignite/Husqvarna’s Dean Wilson ended up fourth after leading the first 14 laps. Finishing in fifth place was Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb, who went down in the first corner and came back from 20th to round out the top five.
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