Anaheim 2 Supercross Breakdown Report 2017 | Keefer’s Korner

DR test editor Kris Keefer gives insight on Round 3 of the 2017 AMA Monster Energy Supercross Series in Anaheim, California.

We had quite the night of Monster Energy Supercross on Saturday night at the Big “A”. Mother Nature provided us with a break in the rain just enough to get the racing in and what a night of racing it was. It wasn’t that the racing was spectacular, in fact, the actual racing was a little on the boring side, but there was plenty of drama. Let’s dive right in.

450 Class:

Ken Roczen: How scary was Kenny's crash? Team Honda says Roczen has a compound fracture of the arm a dislocated elbow and will be out indefinitely. Going back to the crash it looked like Roczen's weight on the bike was a little far forward for the tricky rhythm section that was filled with ruts. Coming off of the on/off section Roczen's weight was over the bars, as he jumped into the face of the next jump (which was cupped out) and the bike rebounded too quickly for his body to correct. This ejected Ken off of his Honda and into a violent body slam into an ensuing jump face. It was a simple mistake that proved very costly. Roczen is lucky it wasn't worse and a broken arm and dislocated elbow is all that he received. The likeable German has had the speed and fitness all year to keep Dungey stressing out and on his toes, but now it looks like we will have to wait until outdoors to see the battle we all were waiting for. Heal up quickly Kenny as all of us fans look forward to seeing you back out there again soon!

Ken Roczen, Anaheim 2 Supercross 2017
Ken Roczen, Anaheim 2 Supercross 2017Photo by BrownDogWilson
Ken Roczen crash, Anaheim 2 Supercross 2017
Ken Roczen crash, Anaheim 2 Supercross 2017Photo by Gary Bailey

Ryan Dungey: Coming from a Semi and getting a crappy pick on the gate to a holeshot and a win in the main event is a great way to end the night. Ryan Dungey proves once again why he is a three-time Supercross champion. Ryan had some bad luck early in his heat race, but flipped the script in the main to lead all 22 laps. Obviously the series is no where close to being done, but as good as Ryan is riding someone better win some races quickly before this thing gets out of hand now the Roczen is out.

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The Champ, Ryan Dungey, did not let the KTM crowd down and rode a brilliant race, avoiding any and all of the problems anybody else had to put his orange 450 on the top step!Photo by BrownDogWilson

Marvin Musquin: Marvin was only three seconds off from Dungey at the finish, but I think Ryan was in cruise control mode and just rode hard enough to win. I am not taking away the fact the Musquin is riding very impressively, but Marvin needs to get in the lead early to have a chance at beating Ryan in these next few races. Hopefully Arizona will prove to be a better race between the two teammates. At least we know it will be dry, right?

Jason Anderson: Let us get to the good stuff shall we? Mr. Anderson (in my best Matrix voice). I think JA reacted a little too aggressively on Vince Friese after the heat race. Vince was getting passed by a slew of riders and decided to cut off about 30 feet of real estate in the corner and slammed Anderson (which also took out Musquin). Now if you go back to all the Jason Anderson highlights in the past two years you will see that Anderson has cut off the same amount of real estate on other un-expecting riders. Now I am not saying it is ok for Friese to do this, I mean we all know how he rides right? But, what I am saying is just calm down Jason. Relax! Yes, you got "FRIESE'D" in the Heat race, but just ride the Semi and get your un-tucked jersey self into the main and DO NOT worry about Friese, because you will probably lap him in that main event. I mean if you are around that guy you know it might happen, correct? Is the crime worth the punishment that the FIM sent out? Yes! Live and learn! These riders aren't above life's lessons and you just can't go around slapping lids and crashing into the KTM Junior Supercross kids without some kind of punishment.

Cooper Webb: 14th to 4th is a great turnaround for Coop! The bike looked better and so did the rider. He had a great qualifying time and just looked fast and comfy all day. Maybe this is the time where we see more out of Cooper Webb. Just stop looking back so much Coop! Look forward!

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Cooper Webb had a night that was closer to what he was hoping for.Photo by BrownDogWilson

Weston Peick: Here we go again! Peick gets a fifth and is very quiet and subtle. Not flashy just grinds out the laps, makes passes and does not let anyone pass him. The Suzuki must be agreeing with the UFC-looking rider because he looks loose on the bike when you watch him ride. Note: Peick's post race interviews are usually the best ones. He's honest and doesn't hold back! Even if that means a couple swear words get slipped out! I'm all aboard the Peick train! CHOO! CHOO!

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Crowd favorite Weston Peick of JGR/Auto Trader Suzuki had a great night with a 5th overall, his best performance so far this season.Photo by BrownDogWilson

Adam Enticknap: The Seven Deuce Deuce made his first main event of the year and looked good doing it. Adam and his brother Tyler are regular test riders for us here at Dirt Rider and are proud of that he is riding so well this season. You will not find a more passionate rider in the pits than Adam. Stop by and say "hello" and see for yourself.

Adam Enticknap
Adam EnticknapPhoto by BrownDogWilson

Davi Millsaps: A heat race win and a solid ninth place in the main makes me think we will see more of Davi up front soon. He finally is getting over his sickness (whatever it was) and his ribs are healing up. It wouldn't surprise me to see Davi up in the top five next weekend in Arizona where he always rides well.

Justin Brayton: If anyone sees Justin Brayton please tell him someone stole his bike and is riding it in the main's these past three weeks. I expect more out of Brayton and I am sure he does as well.

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Justin Bogle spent the night in the ER with some bruised lungs after his get off in his heat race.Photo by BrownDogWilson

250 Class:

Shane McElrath: Not going three for three but a podium will do. Consistency wins championships and this is what Shane is doing. Shane is also on a social media/internet strike until the season is over so he will not read this, but he is a well-spoken kid that others should strive to be like. Hard working, fast and humble in podium interviews makes me a fan.

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Shane McElrath rode well, but Hill had it going on Saturday night!Photo by BrownDogWilson

Justin Hill: Another well-spoken kid that is looking better every weekend is this guy Justin Hill. He doesn't have his brother's flash on the track, but he has his skillset. Getting in the lead and clicking off fast laps while Mcelrath and Plessinger were back behind him gave Hill a clean track to work with. Hill is plenty capable to win the next few races before the west coast break and look for him to get into a groove starting from here on out.

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Justin HillPhoto by BrownDogWilson

Aaron Plessinger: Plessinger was fast in his heat, but just couldn't quite catch onto the back of Hill in the main. He was making it all the way over this rhythm that was a small, big, small combo. Other riders would wheel tap this section, but Aaron would seat bounce all the way over. It was good for a few bike lengths, but was sketchy when he would clip it. Oh, and Aaron actually had good starts this weekend! Shocking!

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Star Racing Yamaha rider Aaron Plessinger keeps putting in solid rides and earned a 2nd overall.Photo by BrownDogWilson

Austin Forkner: The rookie is starting to get it. Slowly but surely he is getting closer to the front of the pack. Winning his heat race and a fourth place in the main will help his confidence and once he figures out how to go 15 plus one inside a stadium, the other guys better watch out!

Jeremy Martin: Please refer to what I said last week about Martin. Thank you.

Tyler Bowers: The 51 Fifty Energy Drink Yamaha rider was slated to do better in my fantasy league, but I will take this eighth place as a positive. I expected Bowers to be in the top five with the occasional podium but he is getting accustomed to his Yamaha and the high intensity race pace. He is looking better every weekend and hopefully there are big whoops in Arizona for the tall rider to lean bike and click fourth on. "The Bear" as he is known is like a gentle giant that you DO NOT want to make mad. I feel like "The Bear" needs to get mad and start slamming some dudes to get him pumped up to get better results. When "The Bear" is awoken the results improve. Just watch!

Ryan Surratt: The son of former AMA Supercross rider "Wild" Willy Surratt, Ryan is a rookie to the 250 SX class and received his first main event via a second place in the LCQ. A 17th place is a good building block for the young flashy rider. If you are ever at Glen Helen on a Thursday just watch this kid ride as his loose, flashy style is reminiscent of a young J-Law.

Notes From Anaheim 2 Supercross (Round 3):

250 Main Event Laps: 17

450 Main Event Laps: 22

Track Maintenance: Again, I think Dirt Wurx did an excellent job in getting the track in shape to race on, but they need to pay more attention to the transitions of the jumps in between main events. Some of the edges of the track had really bad kickers in them and could stand to be cleaned up a little.

Best Looking Gear Award: There wasn't much new gear this weekend, but I did like Thor's gear that the Star Racing Yamaha riders were wearing! It was like the 90's all over again. Where is Bret Michaels' "Rock Hard Ride Hard" Award when you need it?

450SX Class Results:

  1. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
  2. Marvin Musquin (KTM)
  3. Cole Seely (Hon)
  4. Cooper Webb (Yam)
  5. Weston Peick (Suz)
  6. Joshua Grant (Kaw)
  7. Chad Reed (Yam)
  8. Eli Tomac (Kaw)
  9. Davi Millsaps (KTM)
  10. Blake Baggett (KTM)

Western Regional 250SX Class Results

  1. Justin Hill (Kaw)
  2. Aaron Plessinger (Yam)
  3. Shane Mcelrath (KTM)
  4. Austin Forkner (Kaw)
  5. Martin Davalos (Hus)
  6. Jimmy Decotis (Hon)
  7. Dan Reardon (Yam)
  8. Tyler Bowers (Yam)
  9. Josh Hansen (Hus)
  10. Jeremy Martin (Hon)