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Anaheim 1 By The Numbers - Supercross

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Angel Stadium Anaheim, CA Race Center: Anaheim 1 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship

The 2018 Monster Energy Supercross season kicked off last Saturday at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, and we decided to dig into the stats and find some interesting numbers from the opener. Check them out below and leave a comment if you find any interesting stats.

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Difference between first and third in first seeded 250SX qualifying session of the year. (Adam Cianciarulo first, Joey Savatgy second, Christian Craig third). 

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Straight years Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull KTM's Shane McElrath has won the 250SX West Region opener.

3

Times in the last four years the TLD team has won the 250SX opener. Jessy Nelson won in 2015, and McElrath in 2017 and 2018. Cooper Webb won the 2016 opener over Nelson.

3rd

Place finish for Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Adan Cianciarulo in his first Anaheim 1 appearance. Cianciarulo previously raced East Region in both 2014 and 2017 (his only two SX seasons).

Cianciarulo made the podium behind Shane McElrath and Aaron Plessinger.
Cianciarulo made the podium behind Shane McElrath and Aaron Plessinger. Simon Cudby

Times in his career that Chad Reed has finished outside the top ten at Anaheim 1—2005, 2010, 2017, and 2018. Reed had very little time on the bike entering the opener this year after undergoing off-season ankle surgery. 

7

Laps led by Monster Energy Kawasaki's Eli Tomac before he crashed in the main event. After a stop to fix his broken pants, Tomac eventually pulled out of the race due to a shoulder contusion, per the team. 

8th

Place finish for GEICO Honda’s Chase Sexton in his pro supercross debut. Sexton was injured in Atlanta qualifying in 2017 and missed the rest of the season. 

26

Total number of laps completed by Phil Nicoletti at A1, including untimed practice, qualifying, heat race, and main event.

52.406

Time set by Ken Roczen to claim fastest qualifier in 450SX. 

9th

Place finish for Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha’s Justin Cooper in his pro supercross debut.

Riders combined between the 450 and 250 class that list Florida as their home state.

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Riders combined between the 450 and 250 class that list California as their home state.

18

Of 18 laps led by Shane McElrath en route to the 250SX main event win.

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Points deficit for Eli Tomac based on his 22nd place main event finish and Marvin Musquin's win. Under the old points structure, the difference between first and 22nd was 24 points.

26

Points scored by Marvin Musquin for winning Anaheim. As the first race under the revised points structure, Musquin is the first rider to ever score 26 points in one night of supercross racing.

Musquin brought his successful off-season record into A1.
Musquin brought his successful off-season record into A1. Simon Cudby

Fastest lap set in the 450SX main event. Monster Energy Kawasaki's Eli Tomac set it on the second lap.

52.903

Time set by defending 250SX West Region Champion Justin Hill to claim fastest qualifier.

53.547

Fastest lap set in the 250SX main event. Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull KTM's Shane McElrath set it on the second lap.

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Days between races for Honda HRC's Ken Roczen. In his return from a career-threatening arm injury sustained at Anaheim 2 last year, Roczen was the fastest qualifier in practice and finished an impressive fourth in the 450SX main event. 

Will Roczen make the podium in Houston?
Will Roczen make the podium in Houston? Rich Shepherd

Days between podiums in 450SX for Monster Energy/Knich Factory Yamaha rider Justin Barcia. Prior to this third place finish at Anaheim, Barcia was last on the podium April 5, 2014, in Houston. He finished second to the now-retired Ryan Villopoto. 

Brand representation in the main events:

250s

8 Yamahas

4 KTMs

4 Kawasakis

2 Hondas

2 Husqvarnas

2 Suzukis 

450s

7 Hondas

4 KTMs

3 Kawasakis

3 Suzukis

3 Yamahas 

2 Husqvarnas