Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The Others...A2 Triple Crown.

A new Triple Crown format brought excitement to Round 3 of the Monster Energy Supercross Championships. Back at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California things would be a little different and fans would be treated to some great racing.

Photo: SupercrossLive

Let’s be honest. For privateers this format kind of sucked. Day qualifying was set to send the top 18 directly to the 3 main event night show. An LCQ also would be ran during the day events to secure the last 4 main event spots. This in return would eliminate 18 normally night show quality guys from ever seeing the inside of the stadium under the lights. However what greeted the fans was a night full of quick and intense races. I’m normally not a big fan of the one hot lap qualifying but feel it was perfect for the Monster Energy Triple Crown. The 22 fastest, sprinters and able to throw down a heater at any moment guys had 3 shots to show their stuff. 

The new format seemed to add some stress to the qualifying procedure for some. A guy like Chad Reed had to use the 450 LCQ to get in the show. For others they’d feel like they had a chance on this night. The top 15 of the 450 class qualifying would be within a second on the time sheets. Husqvarna’s Jason Anderson would top that list. The top 18 250 class riders would be within 3 seconds after KTM rider Shane Mcelrath set the tone with his 50.056.

No heats. Just mains. 3 shots at a win. Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy has been there week in and out but this event gave him a chance to show his raw speed.  1-2-1 finishes have him the overall and a share of the 250 series points lead. We’ll have 2 red plates at Phoenix next week. Mcelreath would win Main 2 and take second overall. Consistency landed Geico Honda backed Christian Craig the final podium spot. 

In the 450 class, I thought this was Ken Roczen’s shot to put his Honda on the top step. It would have been story book. A2 is where Roczen sustained what most thought a career ending injury just a year ago. It didn’t go his way as maybe the intensity was a little much. The red plate is heavy and points leader Jason Anderson found himself in 7th at the end of Main 1. He’d get better as the night went on and win the final Main, securing third overall. Cole Seely looked to have it in the bag with a 1-2 going in to the final main. A 7th would push him back to 2nd overall and allow Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac to redeem an injury forced week off with an overall win with 5-1-2 Mains.

Impressive privateers. To me there are many levels of a privateer. Not every guy under a semi has it easy. Tyler Bowers is on a Triggr Racing Kawasaki, Cycle Trader’s Alex Ray and Dakota Tedder aboard his Monster Energy/Lucas Oil KTM all made the 450 mains in Anaheim. In the 250 class I was most impressed by 51 Fifty backed Hayden Mellross and AJE Motorsports teammates Justin Starling and Cole Martinez. 

Rider: Alex Ray | Photo: Eric Phalin

And now...The Others

This week “The Others” is a little different. They technically never even made the night show. Here’s your guys from 5 to 22 who made up the Last Chance Qualifiers.

  1. 141 Robbie Wageman 
  2. 138 Blake Lilly 
  3. 137 Martin Castelo 
  4. 275 Johnny Jelderda 
  5. 321 Bradley Lionnet 
  6. 715 Kele Russell 
  7. 77 Ryan Surratt 
  8. 271 Kyle Fry 
  9. 952 Ludovic Macler 
  10. 383 Casey Brennan 
  11. 117 Julio Zambrano 
  12. 122 Chris Howell 
  13. 427 Deegan Vonlossberg 
  14. 805 Carlen Gardner 
  15. 817 Jason Clermont 
  16. 149 Tallon Lafountaine 
  17. 150 Austin Walton 
  18. 188 Gage Schehr 

  1. 58 Matt Bisceglia 
  2. 37 Fredrik Norén
  3. 447 Deven Raper 
  4. 722 Adam Enticknap 
  5. 84 Scott Champion
  6. 723 Tyler Enticknap 
  7. 80 AJ Catanzaro 
  8. 330 Cade Autenreith
  9. 645 Cheyenne Harmon 
  10. 262 Connor Pearson
  11. 918 Michael Akaydin 
  12. 48 Henry Miller 
  13. 523 Miles Daniele 
  14. 471 Logan Karnow 
  15. 282 Bubba Pauli 
  16. 509 Alex Nagy 
  17. 981 Austin Politelli 
  18. 73 Brandon Scharer 

Next up we head to Glendale, Arizona and resume the standard Monster Energy Supercross format inside the University of Phoenix Stadium. 


-Kyle Pesci

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