2020 Anaheim 1 Supercross 450 Class Race Report

Justin Barcia wins SX season opener for the second straight year.

Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia won the Anaheim 1 season opener for the second consecutive year.
Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia won the Anaheim 1 season opener for the second consecutive year.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia clinched his second consecutive Anaheim 1 victory in the 450SX class at round 1 of the 2020 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. Barcia piloted his YZ450F to a heat win early on in the night and followed that up with the main event victory in front of a sold-out crowd of 45,050 fans.

“I busted my butt in the off-season and worked so hard,” Barcia said. “That was just all strength through that whole race. I’ve definitely matured a lot and developed as a rider a lot. That was an incredible race. I didn’t want to win this race! [laughs] My goal was to get out of here safe, healthy, and I just want to be on the podium a lot this year and be in the fight for the championship because I haven’t been able to do that.”

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo led for part of the race, but fell back to second after casing a triple in a rhythm lane.
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo led for part of the race, but fell back to second after casing a triple in a rhythm lane.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo put his KX450 into second place in the opening laps of the race and moved into the lead after Barcia made a brief off-track excursion. While out front, Cianciarulo made a minor mistake when tripling out of a corner and came up short on the landing, relinquishing the lead to Barcia. The Florida native remained in second place in the closing laps to capture the runner-up spot in the 20 minutes plus one lap race.

“I fell in love with Supercross watching Anaheim 1 back in 1999,” Cianciarulo explained. “Ever since then, I’ve been dreaming about what I got to experience tonight. Everything from opening ceremonies to getting my first 450 podium. I was bummed we couldn’t capture the win, but regardless I am stoked on this result. It is a long season. I still have a lot to learn and build on from here, but I am already fired up to go racing next weekend in St. Louis.”

Despite being ill, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb rounded out the podium in Anaheim.
Despite being ill, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb rounded out the podium in Anaheim.Brown Dog Wilson

Despite having the flu and qualifying 15th fastest in practice, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb managed to secure the final spot on the podium at Anaheim 1. The reigning champ will hand the red plate over to Barcia for round 2 at The Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis.

“It’s been a struggle today with the sickness, but that’s what makes this sport so gnarly; you have to be able to go out on Saturday and perform despite how you’re feeling,” Webb said. “I’m just pumped to be on the podium. I feel like I dug deep and pushed through it tonight, and it’s a good start to the season for myself and the team.”

Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-WPS-KTM’s Blake Baggett took the checkers in fourth place position.
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-WPS-KTM’s Blake Baggett took the checkers in fourth place position.Brown Dog Wilson

Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-WPS-KTM’s Blake Baggett and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson rounded out the top five, respectively.

“My weekend went pretty decent,” Anderson said. “In the main event, I started in the back and I had to make some passes to get into fifth place. Once I got behind [Blake] Baggett and Cooper [Webb], that was all she wrote.”

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson rounded out the top five.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson rounded out the top five.Brown Dog Wilson

2020 450SX Class Championship Point Standings

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Justin Barcia Yamaha 26
2 Adam Cianciarulo Kawasaki 23
3 Cooper Webb KTM 21
4 Blake Baggett KTM 19
5 Jason Anderson Husqvarna 18
6 Ken Roczen Honda 17
7 Eli Tomac Kawasaki 16
8 Justin Brayton Honda 15
9 Malcolm Stewart Honda 14
10 Vince Friese Honda 13
Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen grabbed a sixth place result after struggling with bike setup. “Anaheim 1 started pretty good, but the main event was definitely not the greatest,” Roczen admitted. “We were a little off on our bike setup, with it being way too stiff. That really showed in the main because of the way the track deteriorated so much. I didn’t feel like I was able to keep a good flow or attack the track the way I needed to. For sure this is not the position we wanted for the night, but it’s good to get the first race out of the way and leave healthy. We know what we need to work on for the upcoming race and have a plan in mind moving forward to implement those changes. Overall, we're not going to let this first race get us down, and I’m looking forward to St. Louis.”
Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen grabbed a sixth place result after struggling with bike setup. “Anaheim 1 started pretty good, but the main event was definitely not the greatest,” Roczen admitted. “We were a little off on our bike setup, with it being way too stiff. That really showed in the main because of the way the track deteriorated so much. I didn’t feel like I was able to keep a good flow or attack the track the way I needed to. For sure this is not the position we wanted for the night, but it’s good to get the first race out of the way and leave healthy. We know what we need to work on for the upcoming race and have a plan in mind moving forward to implement those changes. Overall, we're not going to let this first race get us down, and I’m looking forward to St. Louis.”Brown Dog Wilson
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac finished in seventh at the opening round. “Man, the first race of the season is always an interesting one,” Tomac said. “The whole day is just chaotic. I started feeling a bit of a flow by the end of the last qualifying session today, but in both the heat race and main event tonight, I got decent starts but got shuffled back in the first turn and the way the track broke down tonight it became very one-lined and difficult to make passes. The competition this year is deeper than ever, so we will regroup this week and come out swinging in St. Louis next weekend.”
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac finished in seventh at the opening round. “Man, the first race of the season is always an interesting one,” Tomac said. “The whole day is just chaotic. I started feeling a bit of a flow by the end of the last qualifying session today, but in both the heat race and main event tonight, I got decent starts but got shuffled back in the first turn and the way the track broke down tonight it became very one-lined and difficult to make passes. The competition this year is deeper than ever, so we will regroup this week and come out swinging in St. Louis next weekend.”Brown Dog Wilson
Team Honda HRC’s Justin Brayton (10) won his heat race and captured eighth place in the main event. “I’m pretty happy with how tonight went overall,” Brayton noted. “To start the night with that heat win and Kenny [Roczen] and I going 1-2 was super cool. The biggest thing I’m really stoked about is my starts. All off-season, that was my main focus. I told myself that if we can start up front, we can win some of these races, and I think I really put a stamp on that tonight. Running top three for over half the race was great too; unfortunately, I got taken out, but it is what it is. I was still able to get up and get eighth. So a heat win, two good starts, and an eighth with a crash—I’d say I’m pretty happy. The bike was awesome too, so it’s only up from here.”
Team Honda HRC’s Justin Brayton (10) won his heat race and captured eighth place in the main event. “I’m pretty happy with how tonight went overall,” Brayton noted. “To start the night with that heat win and Kenny [Roczen] and I going 1-2 was super cool. The biggest thing I’m really stoked about is my starts. All off-season, that was my main focus. I told myself that if we can start up front, we can win some of these races, and I think I really put a stamp on that tonight. Running top three for over half the race was great too; unfortunately, I got taken out, but it is what it is. I was still able to get up and get eighth. So a heat win, two good starts, and an eighth with a crash—I’d say I’m pretty happy. The bike was awesome too, so it’s only up from here.”Brown Dog Wilson
Smartop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda’s Malcolm Stewart put his CRF450R in ninth place at the conclusion of the 20 minute-plus-one-lap race. “A1 is in the books,” Stewart said. “My starts held me back, but, man, it felt good to be back racing! I appreciate all the fans for coming out.”
Smartop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda’s Malcolm Stewart put his CRF450R in ninth place at the conclusion of the 20 minute-plus-one-lap race. “A1 is in the books,” Stewart said. “My starts held me back, but, man, it felt good to be back racing! I appreciate all the fans for coming out.”Brown Dog Wilson
Smartop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda’s Vince Friese rounded out the top 10.
Smartop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda’s Vince Friese rounded out the top 10.Brown Dog Wilson