Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The Others...A One.

We are back at it! Monster Energy Supercross kicked off the 2018 championships in Anaheim, California inside Angel Stadium. With only one returning champion in the premier 450 class and a 250 field hungry to prove themselves, we are in for an exciting season.

What is “The Others” you ask? In supercross we will highlight 5-22 in the Last Chance Qualifiers for each the 250 and 450 classes. These guys made the night show at a Monster Energy Supercross, no easy feat. The guys who transferred to the main via a top 9 heat finish or by finishing top 4 in the LCQ will will fill the result sheets post race, but this is our twist and giving “The Others” The attention they deserve.

The day started with hype that Honda’s Ken Roczen would live up to as he’d return from what most considered a career ending injury to set the fastest qualifying time amongst the 450 class. In 250 qualifying it’d be the defending champion, Justin Hill throwing down the fastest lap in the closing moments.

After the Heats and LCQ it’d be Main Event time. When the gate dropped on the 250 class, Shane Mcelrath would jump out front on his Troy Lee Designs KTM and never look back. Star Yamaha backed Aaron Plessinger and the Pro Circuit Kawasaki of Adam Cianciarulo would round out the podium respectively. On this night we all came for the 450 class. So many questions and we’d quickly get the answers. Eli Tomac started out front but it wasn’t long until the Kawasaki was on the ground. Justin Barcia is filling in at Factory Yamaha and I’d say came in as a bit of an underdog. He’d temporarily find the lead before finishing third. Husqvarna’s Jason Anderson looked strong on his way to a second. The man on the move was RedBull KTM’s Marvin Musquin and he’d quickly work through the field after a poor start and when the checkers flew the number 25 would heel clicker to the first win of the season.

250 Top Privateer: 11 Kyle Chisholm. 
Kyle has made the switch back to a Yamaha and the 250 class for 2018 with the support of the 51 Fifty Energy Drink team. He’d go on to finish 10th in the Main Event.

450 Top Privateer: 69 Tyler Bowers. There has been some doubt about the multi time Amsoil Arenacross champion. Many have all but written off the Kawasaki rider. With the help of Triggr Racing Bowers showed up at A1 and with an LCQ win would transfer to the main, where he’d go on to finish the night 14th.

Rider: Justin Starling | Photo: Brandon Schlegel
Being round one, we always hear how stacked the class is going to be. On paper a privateer really shouldn’t stand a chance at a Main Event. Especially early in the season with more healthy riders and factory guys who’ve had the upper hand on testing. So we’ve got to give some honorable mentions to Ben Lamay (17th), Alex Ray (18th), Dakota Tedder (20th) and Adam Enticknap (21st) innthe 450 class. Hayden Mellross (13th), Justin Starling (16th), Ryan Breece (17th), Killian Auberson (18th), Jean Ramos (19th) and Brandan Leith (20th) in the 250 class. Way to go boys! 

And now...The Others

  1. 122 Chris Howell 
  2. 77 Ryan Surratt
  3. 149 Tallon Lafountaine
  4. 715 Kele Russell
  5. 805 Carlen Gardner
  6. 240 Bryce Stewart
  7. 138 Blake Lilly
  8. 448 Broc Shoemaker
  9. 321 Bradley Lionnet
  10. 117 Julio Zambrano
  11. 141 Robbie Wageman
  12. 150 Austin Walton
  13. 383 Casey Brennan
  14. 137 Martin Castelo
  15. 81 Chase Marquier
  16. 188 Gage Schehr
  17. 792 Bracken Hall
  18. 75 Noah McConahy 

  1. 981 Austin Politelli 
  2. 80 AJ Catanzaro 
  3. 723 Tyler Enticknap 
  4. 73 Brandon Scharer
  5. 447 Deven Raper 
  6. 645 Cheyenne Harmon 
  7. 211 Tevin Tapia
  8. 214 Vann Martin 
  9. 282 Bubba Pauli
  10. 918 Michael Akaydin 
  11. 181 Dustin Pipes
  12. 262 Connor Pearson
  13. 471 Logan Karnow 
  14. 60 Benny Bloss
  15. 48 Henry Miller
  16. 509 Alex Nagy
  17. 15 Dean Wilson
  18. 84 Scott Champion 

The series will head to Houston for Round 2 of the Monster Energy Supercross. With the jitters out of the way, who will make a statement?

-Kyle Pesci

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