Round 9 of the AMA Supercross series held for the first time at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta marked the second Triple Crown Event of the season. The Triple Crown is a three-city showdown that was introduced this year where both the 250SX and 450SX classes compete in three main events. At the conclusion of the night’s racing action, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson claimed his fourth victory of the season in front of 60,114 fans on his FC 450 Rockstar Edition.
“I was really able to pull through for the races,” Anderson said. “Practice didn’t go as well as I had hoped, but I pulled through. I was consistent during the races—that’s what helped the most. The whoops were sketchy, but I had enough of a cushion in the last main to not have to push it so hard and still come out with the overall.”
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin finished in fourth place in the first main event and fifth place in the second main event, but was able to put his 450 SX-F on the top step of the podium in the final main event of the night.
“It was a great track,” Musquin said. “The dirt was amazing and they made it super technical. I had the fastest qualifying time in the afternoon, which was awesome, but my starts were not so good tonight. It’s really frustrating when you know you have the speed and you’re behind those guys. Luckily, I was able to regroup for the last moto and we put ourselves in a better position off the start. I was more outside and I was top three right away. I was really happy about my riding tonight except for the starts in the first two motos. It was great to put myself in second overall, which is good considering my first two results of the night. I’m losing points on the championship [to Jason Anderson], that is the bad point of today, but my riding is good.”
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac finished the three main events in fifth, third, and second place, respectively, which put him and his factory KX450F in third overall at the end of the evening. Tomac is now ranked fifth overall in the championship standings after nine rounds.
“These triple-crown races are very intense and at times dangerous,” Tomac said. “So to make it out of here healthy and on the box is a positive. We’ll keep moving on to next weekend.”
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