2020 AMA Supercross

Round One – Anaheim 1

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The 2020 AMA Supercross season has kicked off with Anaheim 1 over the weekend, with Justin Barcia claiming top honours in the 450SX main event, ahead of Cianciarulo, with defending champion Cooper Webb settling for third.

Justin Cooper proved fastest meanwhile, in the 250SX Main Event, from Dyland Ferrandis and Christian Craig, while Aussie young-gun Jett Lawrence put in a credible ninth for his first US main event appearance.


SX450

Heat One

Ryan Breece got a great start but lost the rear heading into turn one which caused Aaron Plessinger also go down, and the Yamaha man looked hurt. Chad Reed also got caught up a melee at turn one but quickly rejoined the action.

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Justin Brayton – 2020 AMA Supercross Round 1 – Anaheim 1

No such problems though for Australian Supercross Champion Justin Brayton, who was the early leader from Vince Friese. Eli Tomac got baulked in the whoops and was shuffled back down to sixth place. Ken Roczen quickly worked his way into third place but had Malcolm Stewart right on his tail and a charging Tomac determined to regain the ground he lost in that earlier clash.

Roczen then took second place from Friese and quickly closed in on Brayton.  Behind that duo Tomac put a hard pass on Stewart which put the Honda man on the ground, he got going again in seventh place, but Tomac was now a clear fourth and looking to steal the final step on the rostrum from Friese but ran out of time to get the job done.

Brayton was the heat one winner with Ken Roczen making it a Honda 1-2 and Friese in third.

Chad Reed had worked his way up to 12th place by the chequered flag after that lap one tumble and thus was headed for the LCQ.


Heat Two

Adam Cianciarulo had proved the fastest in qualifying while defending champion Cooper Webb was struggling with the flu and had been somewhat off the pace. It was Zach Osborne that scored the holeshot though from Justin Barcia while Cianciarulo, Justin Hill and Webb gave chase.

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Adam Cianciarulo – 2020 AMA Supercross Round 1 – Anaheim 1

Barcia got the better of Osborne on lap two while Cianciarulo made a mistake while battling with Hill and lost a place not only to the Honda man but was also usurped by Webb.

Cianciarulo regrouped and made his way past Webb once again. Webb then started to come under attack from behind by Jason Anderson.

The #9 Kawasaki of Cianciarulo stalked Osborne for a couple of laps and eventually the Husqvarna man succumbed to the pressure and went down fairly hard after jumping into the tough blocks and tumbling off the circuit. Osborne rejoined the race slowly in 13th place.

Justin Barcia had clear air out front and went on to take victory ahead of Cianciarulo while Webb managed to steal the third step on the podium from Justin Hill at the final juncture.


LCQ

Chad Reed got away well in the LCQ but it was Zach Osborne that squeezed through for the holeshot. The two finished in that order while Tyler Bowers and Aaron Plessinger also made it through to the main.

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Chad Reed – 2020 AMA Supercross Round 1 – Anaheim 1

Final


Vince Friese scored the holeshot from Justin Barcia and Justin Brayton while Adam Cianciarulo was in fourth.  Barcia took the lead from Friese halfway through that opening lap. Justin Hill was fifth at the end of lap one, ahead of Cooper Webb and Ken Roczen.

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Vince Friese – 2020 AMA Supercross Round 1 – Anaheim 1

Barcia was getting away while Brayton was hanging on to second place while being chased by Cianciarulo, while Friese, Roczen and Webb tripped each other up in their desperate quests to work their way forward in what was a busy pack. Barcia though had clear air up front and a 2.7-second advantage with 16-minutes remaining. Jason Anderson was eighth and Tomac was in ninth place.

Cianciarulo then got the better of Brayton to move up to second place and immediately pulled away from the Honda man. Cooper Webb was in fourth and despite battling the flu was clear of Ken Roczen and Blake Baggett.

Barcia looked safe up front but then a mistake with 12-minutes remaining saw the Yamaha man throw it all away! A 2.5-second lead turned into a 1.5-second deficit to Cianciarulo after Barcia’s clash with the tough blocks lost him his advantage.

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Justin Barcia – 2020 AMA Supercross Round 1 – Anaheim 1

Cooper Webb started to pile the pressure on third placed Brayton and with eight-minutes remaining the defending champ made his move to take that third spot. Brayton then had his hands full fending off the advances of Roczen and Baggett.

Barcia then got the better of Cianciarulo after the Kawasaki man made a big mistake that could have ended very badly but he managed to recover and rejoin the track 1.4-seconds behind Barcia.

Brayton then went from fourth to seventh in one corner after he was gazumped by Roczen and Baggett before then being used as a berm by Jason Anderson which put Brayton momentarily on the floor. Tomac then relegated Brayton further down to eighth place just ahead of Malcolm Stewart and Vince Friese.

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Jason Anderson – 2020 AMA Supercross Round 1 – Anaheim 1

Jason Anderson got the better of Roczen with two-minutes left to run to move up to fifth place. Up front Barica had a handy buffer over Cianciarulo who in turn had an even larger buffer over Cooper Webb. And that was how they finished, Barcia the winner of the A1 season opener, 450 debutante Cianciaurlo in second, while defending champ Cooper Webb rounded out the podium.

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Justin Barcia claimed the main event win from Adam Cianciarulo and Cooper Webb – 2020 AMA Supercross Round 1 – Anaheim 1

Blake Baggett clinched fourth place with a handy buffer over Jason Anderson while Ken Roczen claimed 17-points for sixth. Eli Tomac took seventh ahead of Justin Brayton and Malcolm Stewart, while Vince Friese rounded out the top ten.

In his record breaking 250th main event start Chad Reed finished in 18th place.

Results/Standings

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 Justin Barcia Yamaha YZ450F 22 Laps
2 Adam Cianciarulo Kawasaki KX450 +05.646
3 Cooper Webb KTM 450SX-F Factory Edi +12.693
4 Blake Baggett KTM 450SX-F FE +14.216
5 Jason Anderson Husqvarna FC450 Factory +18.187
6 Ken Roczen Honda CRF450R Works E +22.127
7 Eli Tomac Kawasaki KX450 +23.789
8 Justin Brayton Honda CRF450R +26.191
9 Malcolm Stewart Honda CRF450R +27.043
10 Vince Friese Honda CRF450R +32.922
11 Justin Hill Honda CRF450R +36.567
12 Aaron Plessinger Yamaha YZ450F +43.391
13 Dean Wilson Husqvarna FC450 Factory +48.030
14 Zach Osborne Husqvarna FC450 Factory +1:05.277
15 Martin Davalos KTM 450SX-F Factory Edi 21 Laps
16 Justin Bogle KTM 250SX-F Factory Edi +08.076
17 Tyler Bowers Kawasaki KX450 +09.922
18 Chad Reed Honda CRF450R +19.335
19 Kyle Chisholm Yamaha YZ450F +23.522
20 Chris Blose Honda CRF450R +37.803
21 Fredrik Noren Suzuki RMZ450 +39.930
22 James Decotis Suzuki RMZ450 20 Laps
Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 Zach Osborne Husqvarna FC450 Factory 7 Laps
2 Chad Reed Honda CRF450R +02.834
3 Tyler Bowers Kawasaki KX450 +04.743
4 Aaron Plessinger Yamaha YZ450F +05.412
5 Kyle Cunningham Suzuki RMZ450 +05.884
6 Benny Bloss Yamaha YZ450F +08.007
7 Ryan Breece Suzuki RMZ450 +14.076
8 Cade Autenrieth Honda CRF450R +16.713
9 Austin Politelli Honda CRF450R +20.165
10 Alex Ray Kawasaki KX450 +23.689
11 Jerry Robin Honda CRF450R +27.939
12 Justin Starling / +30.589
13 Joshua Cartwright   Tallahassee, FL Kawasaki KX450 +32.296
14 Joan Cros Kawasaki KX450 +34.831
15 Hector Assuncao Honda CRF450R +36.429
16 Cade Clason Kawasaki KX450 +36.904
17 Dylan Merriam Honda CRF450R +38.914
18 Jason Clermont Kawasaki KX450 +40.404
19 Nick Schmidt Husqvarna FC450 +42.420
20 Vann Martin KTM 450SX-F +44.195
21 James Weeks Yamaha YZ450F +49.950
22 Adam Enticknap Suzuki RMZ450 DNS
Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 Justin Barcia Yamaha YZ450F 8 Laps
2 Adam Cianciarulo Kawasaki KX450 +03.409
3 Cooper Webb KTM 450SX-F Factory Edi +09.690
4 Justin Hill Honda CRF450R +10.748
5 Jason Anderson Husqvarna FC450 Factory +12.489
6 Justin Bogle KTM 250SX-F Factory Edi +14.952
7 Dean Wilson Husqvarna FC450 Factory +23.184
8 Fredrik Noren Suzuki RMZ450 +28.096
9 James Decotis Suzuki RMZ450 +30.387
10 Zach Osborne Husqvarna FC450 Factory +46.432
11 Joshua Cartwright Kawasaki KX450 +47.866
12 Benny Bloss Yamaha YZ450F +56.343
13 Cade Autenrieth Honda CRF450R +59.122
14 Hector Assuncao Honda CRF450R +1:00.495
15 Dylan Merriam Honda CRF450R +1:20.192
16 Jason Clermont Kawasaki KX450 7 Laps
17 Nick Schmidt Husqvarna FC450 4 Laps
18 Austin Politelli Honda CRF450R 2 Laps
19 Alex Ray Kawasaki KX450 DNS
20 Adam Enticknap Suzuki RMZ450 DNS
Pos Rider Bike Gap/Time
1 Justin Brayton Honda CRF450R 8 Laps
2 Ken Roczen Honda CRF450R Works E +01.731
3 Vince Friese Honda CRF450R +06.776
4 Eli Tomac Kawasaki KX450 +08.440
5 Martin Davalos KTM 450SX-F Factory Edi +13.144
6 Blake Baggett KTM 450SX-F FE +15.286
7 Malcolm Stewart Honda CRF450R +19.268
8 Chris Blose Honda CRF450R +22.462
9 Kyle Chisholm Yamaha YZ450F +25.130
10 Tyler Bowers Kawasaki KX450 +28.649
11 Kyle Cunningham Suzuki RMZ450 +30.988
12 Chad Reed Honda CRF450R +31.432
13 Cade Clason Kawasaki KX450 +44.224
14 James Weeks Yamaha YZ450F +47.071
15 Ryan Breece Suzuki RMZ450 +50.353
16 Jerry Robin Honda CRF450R +52.158
17 Vann Martin KTM 450SX-F 7 Laps
18 Joan Cros Kawasaki KX450 +00.962
19 Justin Starling   DNF
20 Aaron Plessinger Yamaha YZ450F DNS
Pos Rider R1 Total
1 Justin Barcia 26 26
2 Adam Cianciarulo 23 23
3 Cooper Webb 21 21
4 Blake Baggett 19 19
5 Jason Anderson 18 18
6 Ken Roczen 17 17
7 Eli Tomac 16 16
8 Justin Brayton 15 15
9 Malcolm Stewart 14 14
10 Vince Friese 13 13
11 Justin Hill 12 12
12 Aaron Plessinger 11 11
13 Dean Wilson 10 10
14 Zach Osborne 9 9
15 Martin Davalos 8 8
16 Justin Bogle 7 7
17 Tyler Bowers 6 6
18 Chad Reed 5 5
19 Kyle Chisholm 4 4
20 Chris Blose 3 3
21 Fredrik Noren 2 2
22 James Decotis 1 1

SX250

Heat One

Alex Martin scored the holeshot from Austin Forkner as Justin Cooper and Jacob Hayes gave chase in Heat One. Meanwhile 16-year-old Aussie debutante Jett Lawrence managed to keep his nose clean and end the opening lap in tenth place.

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250SX Start – 2020 AMA Supercross Round 1 – Anaheim 1

Forkner went down on lap two and shortly thereafter Cooper took the lead from Alex Martin, while Forkner got up and running again in fourth place.

Jett Lawrence was working his way forward and with a minute remaining was up to sixth place, after moving past countryman Jay Wilson and Mitchell Falk.

Cooper continued to have the measure of Martin and went on to take a clear victory while Forkner rounded out the podium in third.

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Jett Lawrence – 2020 AMA Supercross Round 1 – Anaheim 1

Jett Lawrence had missed press day due to food poisoning but proved strong enough to qualify for the main on debut thanks to his sixth place finish ahead of Wilson who made it two Aussies promoted through to the main from the opening heat.

Countryman Aaron Tanti would have try his hand at the LCQ after finishing that opening bout in 15th place for Serco Yamaha.


Heat Two

Defending 250 West champion Dylan Ferrandis had dominated qualifying and turned that form into immediate race pace to score the holeshot and lead Christian Craig, Brandon Hartranft and Cameron McAdoo on the opening lap while Aussie Luke Clout had started strongly to be placing fifth.

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Dylan Ferrandis – 2020 AMA Supercross Round 1 – Anaheim 1

Little changed throughout the whole race with the only shake up in that order from the opening lap being McAdoo getting past Hartranft for the final step on the podium. Ferrandis the clear winner from Craig.  Clout scoring fifth place well ahead of sixth placed Killian Auberson.


LCQ

After stumbling in his heat race Michael Mosiman scored the holeshot and made no mistakes in the LCQ to take the win and secure his transfer spot ahead of Mitchell Falk, Logan Karnow and Chris Howell.

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Michael Mosiman – 2020 AMA Supercross Round 1 – Anaheim 1

Australian Aaron Tanti went down early on in the bout after a clash with Martin Castelo and failed to complete a lap. Countryman Geran Stapleton scored an 11th place finish.


Final

Austin Forkner got a great run off the line but it was Justin Cooper out front ahead of Forkner, Christian Craig and Mitchell Oldenburg in the 250SX final. Luke Clout was in eighth place at the end of the opening lap while young countryman Jett Lawrence was running 11th in his first ever senior main event on American soil.

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Justin Cooper – 2020 AMA Supercross Round 1 – Anaheim 1

Michael Mosiman and Dylan Ferrandis pushed OIdenburg back to sixth place. Jett Lawrence got up to ninth place behind Clout but then dropped five positions after making a mistake that relegated him all the way back to 14th with ten-minutes remaining.

Forkner worked his way through to the lead after pushing Cooper back to second place, while with five-minutes remaining Dylan Ferrandis was in third place ahead of Christian Craig and Michael Mosiman. Luke Clout was now out of the race but Jett Lawrence had recovered from his stumble and was back up to ninth place.

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Dylan Ferrandis – 2020 AMA Supercross Round 1 – Anaheim 1

Forkner then made a mistake while under pressure from Cooper and ran into the tough blocks and then cut the track when he remounted. Ferrandis pushed Forkner further back to third place but it was also expected that Forkner would also be given some sort of penalty for cutting the track which would push him even further down the order…

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Justin Cooper – 2020 AMA Supercross Round 1 – Anaheim 1

Justin Cooper went on to take a clear victory over Dylan Ferrandis while Austin Forker finished in third place at the flag ahead of Christian Craig and Michael Mosiman. Ultimately though Forkner was relegated to fifth place for cutting the track after his crash, which promoted Christian Craig on to the podium and Mosiman to fourth.

Jett Lawrence finished his maiden AMA Supercross event with a ninth place finish, crossing the line 46-seconds behind the race winner. Countryman Jay Wilson finished 17th while Luke Clout went out early in the race.

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Jett Lawrence – 2020 AMA Supercross Round 1 – Anaheim 1

Results/Standings

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 Justin Cooper Yamaha YZ250F 17 Laps
2 Dylan Ferrandis Yamaha YZ250F +02.450
3 Christian Craig Honda CRF250R +13.581
4 Michael Mosiman Husqvarna FC250 +15.251
5 Austin Forkner Kawasaki KX250 +15.251
6 Cameron Mcadoo Kawasaki KX250 +21.244
7 Brandon Hartranft KTM 250SX-F Factory Edi +35.905
8 Derek Drake KTM 250SX-F Factory Edi +36.589
9 Jett Lawrence Honda CRF250R +45.924
10 Alex Martin Suzuki RMZ250 +55.420
11 Jacob Hayes Husqvarna FC250 +58.811
12 Michael Leib Husqvarna FC250 +1:01.665
13 Robbie Wageman Yamaha YZ250F 16 Laps
14 Killian Auberson KTM 250SX-F +08.082
15 Carson Brown Husqvarna FC250 +12.425
16 Mitchell Oldenburg Honda CRF250R +15.150
17 Jay Wilson Yamaha YZ250F +19.339
18 Logan Karnow Kawasaki KX250 +46.558
19 Derek Kelley Husqvarna FC250 +49.462
20 Chris Howell Husqvarna FC250 15 Laps
21 Luke Clout Honda CRF250R 8 Laps
22 Mitchell Falk Honda CRF250R DNF
Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 Michael Mosiman Husqvarna FC250 7 Laps
2 Mitchell Falk Honda CRF250R +23.625
3 Logan Karnow Kawasaki KX250 +27.366
4 Chris Howell Husqvarna FC250 +29.191
5 Taiki Koga Honda CRF250R +29.599
6 Mathias Jorgensen Kawasaki KX250 +31.891
7 Cheyenne Harmon Honda CRF250R +38.657
8 RJ Wageman Honda CRF250R +41.806
9 Dylan Woodcock Yamaha YZ250F +43.314
10 Lorenzo Camporese Kawasaki KX250 +45.023
11 Geran Stapleton Honda CRF250R +46.760
12 Devin Harriman Suzuki RMZ250 +48.847
13 Dare Demartile Honda CRF250R +49.549
14 Deegan Vonlossberg Yamaha YZ250F +51.661
15 Brian Marty Husqvarna FC250 +52.455
16 Chance Blackburn Yamaha YZ250F +56.302
17 Wyatt Lyonsmith KTM 250SX-F +57.124
18 Chase Felong Husqvarna FC250 +1:00.733
19 Kordel Caro   6 Laps
20 Ludovic Macler Kawasaki KX250 +55.379
21 Martin Castelo Husqvarna FC250 DNS
22 Aaron Tanti Yamaha YZ250F DNS
Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 Dylan Ferrandis Yamaha YZ250F 8 Laps
2 Christian Craig Honda CRF250R +05.288
3 Cameron Mcadoo Kawasaki KX250 +06.396
4 Brandon Hartranft KTM 250SX-F Factory Edi +25.146
5 Luke Clout Honda CRF250R +29.505
6 Killian Auberson KTM 250SX-F +42.281
7 Michael Leib Husqvarna FC250 +43.054
8 Mitchell Oldenburg Honda CRF250R +44.390
9 Carson Brown Husqvarna FC250 +45.320
10 Martin Castelo Husqvarna FC250 +46.988
11 Cheyenne Harmon Honda CRF250R +53.375
12 Dylan Woodcock Yamaha YZ250F +53.756
13 Logan Karnow Kawasaki KX250 +56.017
14 RJ Wageman Honda CRF250R +1:08.272
15 Deegan Vonlossberg Yamaha YZ250F 7 Laps
16 Lorenzo Camporese Kawasaki KX250 +10.775
17 Geran Stapleton Honda CRF250R +17.573
18 Chance Blackburn Yamaha YZ250F +21.228
19 Taiki Koga Honda CRF250R +26.053
20 Wyatt Lyonsmith KTM 250SX-F 5 Laps
Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 Justin Cooper Yamaha YZ250F 8 Laps
2 Alex Martin Suzuki RMZ250 +02.656
3 Austin Forkner Kawasaki KX250 +10.041
4 Derek Drake KTM 250SX-F Factory Edi +19.486
5 Jacob Hayes Husqvarna FC250 +21.762
6 Jett Lawrence Honda CRF250R +24.085
7 Jay Wilson Yamaha YZ250F +31.129
8 Robbie Wageman Yamaha YZ250F +34.373
9 Derek Kelley Husqvarna FC250 +37.625
10 Mitchell Falk Honda CRF250R +42.306
11 Michael Mosiman Husqvarna FC250 +44.313
12 Chris Howell Husqvarna FC250 +46.300
13 Ludovic Macler Kawasaki KX250 +49.613
14 Devin Harriman Suzuki RMZ250 +52.750
15 Aaron Tanti Yamaha YZ250F +57.892
16 Mathias Jorgensen Kawasaki KX250 +59.751
17 Brian Marty Husqvarna FC250 +1:05.856
18 Chase Felong Husqvarna FC250 7 Laps
19 Dare Demartile Honda CRF250R +03.183
20 Kordel Caro   +16.954
Pos Rider R1 Total
1 Justin Cooper 26 26
2 Dylan Ferrandis 23 23
3 Christian Craig 21 21
4 Michael Mosiman 19 19
5 Austin Forkner 18 18
6 Cameron Mcadoo 17 17
7 Brandon Hartranft 16 16
8 Derek Drake 15 15
9 Jett Lawrence 14 14
10 Alex Martin 14 13
11 Jacob Hayes 12 12
12 Michael Leib 11 11
13 Robbie Wageman 10 10
14 Killian Auberson 9 9
15 Carson Brown 8 8
16 Mitchell Oldenburg 7 7
17 Jay Wilson 6 6
18 Logan Karnow 5 5
19 Derek Kelley 4 4
20 Chris Howell 3 3
21 Luke Clout 2 2
22 Mitchell Falk 1 1