San Diego Supercross 450 Class Photo Finish
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson achieved his second consecutive main event victory at round 6 of the AMA Supercross series held at Petco Park in San Diego, California. The Husqvarna rider worked his way from fifth to second by the end of the opening lap and his next pass would be on Team Honda HRC’s Cole Seely for the lead, which he executed just past the halfway point in the race. Anderson led the remaining 12 laps to take his sixth career victory.
“My starts saved me tonight,” Anderson said. “I felt great riding, but this track was hard to push on and make a pass. I had to be really patient, but I feel like I picked apart the lines and got by everyone. I felt pretty good."
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin battled with Monster Energy/Knich/Yamaha’s Justin Barcia early on for third and later with Seely for second, both of whom he would pass to take the runner-up spot in San Diego.
“It's great to be back on the podium,” Musquin said. “I’ve been working really hard and feel I've made a lot of progress. We made some good bike setup changes going into the main event, which really helped get me comfortable and have a good race. I’m looking forward to continuing to build from here.”
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-WPS-KTM’s Blake Baggett came across the finish line in seventh on the first lap and passed a slew of riders to make his way into fourth. From there, he and Seely engaged in a brief back-and-forth battle, but Baggett eventually made the pass stick and, in doing so, stood on the final step of the podium at Petco Park.
Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen had an eventful night in San Diego. The German rider crashed in the first turn and came together with Monster Energy/Knich/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb in the opening laps of the race, which ended his night and resulted in a 21st-place finish.
“I’m completely devastated with the outcome of tonight,” Roczen said. “The first thing I thought about on the ground was my team and all the hard work we’ve put in to get back to this point. I came into the corner with good speed, got on the gas, and then caught a ton of traction in the rut, lost my balance, and whiskey-throttled the bike into [Cooper] Webb. My arm went in between his wheel and swingarm.”
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac also had a night he’d rather forget having to pull off shortly after the start. “I got off to a decent start in the main event and ended up catching my handlebar on another rider in the first corner,” Tomac said. “[That] caused us both to go down. It's unfortunate these things happen, but it could be worse."