On Social: Anaheim 1

A1 insight from the top ten 450SX riders

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The opening round of the 2019 Monster Energy Supercross series, Anaheim 1, is now in the record books and opinions are being shared on the countless social-media channels. What did the riders have to say about their own races though? Social-media posts from the top ten 450SX riders have been pulled out and placed in an easy-to-view-format below, so that you know exactly how everyone feels.

Justin Barcia

Who really had Justin Barcia down as the favourite to win Anaheim 1? The rain may have swayed the opinions of some, admittedly, but it still would have been a stretch to predict that Justin Barcia would win his first main event in two thousand and eighty-seven days. One would presume that he will not have to wait quite as long for his next triumph.

 

Ken Roczen

Ken Roczen has had an impeccable run at Anaheim 1 over the last six years, no matter if the event has acted as his return from injury or debut on a new manufacturer. Roczen always finds a way to get it done in a high-pressure situation. Saturday night was another positive experience in Angel Stadium and one that he later confirmed his excitement about.

 

Eli Tomac

Eli Tomac is typically quite reserved on social media. There is no doubt that his sponsors gain a lot more from his on-track performances than his social-media presence, but he did check in to state his pleasure with a third-place finish. Tomac gained a single point at A1 last year, but has twenty more than that this time around. Wouldn't you be happy with that?

 

Dean Wilson

There are so many mixed emotions when it comes to the way that Dean Wilson performed at Anaheim 1. A fourth place was amazing, especially as a privateer, but the win was within reach! It is important to not lose sight of the former though. Wilson has faced so much adversity over the last twelve months, but still prevailed. Incredible.

 

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A1 is in the books. Waking up this morning not gonna lie I’m slightly disappointed. Just because I felt like I had the best opportunity to win that race leading 15 minutes but then ran into lappers, and lost my rhythm and goggles last 5… just needed 5 minutes in me!! (That’s what she said) 😫😂Anyways I can’t be to greedy. I have came a long ways recovering from double ACL reconstruction on each knee and worked hard with good people and will continue to! 2nd in timed qualifying, 2nd in heat, led laps and 4th in main. That’s a great start. Once again I was blown away with all the support! Thank you all for supporting teamDW15 👊🏼 – – – @rockstarenergy @husqvarnamotorcyclesusa @onealracing @artificialgrassliquidators @ignite @ride100percent @alpinestars @bestmxinc @epoxy_it_so_cal @toyotaescondido @dubyausa @ethika @ridedunlop @wp_usa @ctikneebraces @protaper @fmf73 @guts_racing_inc @maximausa @galferusa @ridecalifornia @rekluse_motorsports @lavapropane @mechanix_wear @magiksc @rk_excel @nihiloconcepts @versatilewraps @acerbisusa @_xtrig_ @twin_air @taggerdesigns @docwobimports @temeculat_shirtprinters @superkels @mohead25 @bbhewitt @scuba821 @erickkozin39 @paulperebijnos @egrondahl351 @dillongeorgian @sarahvanicek @broctickle #tk 📷- @cudby

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Cooper Webb

Cooper Webb was arguably the most impressive rider at Anaheim 1, although his ride will undoubtedly get overlooked in all of the excitement that was going on at the head of the field. Webb crashed in turn one, which is typically a recipe for disaster in conditions such as this, but charged all of the way back to fifth in a phenomenal ride. Is this a sign of things to come?

 

Aaron Plessinger

The appreciation that Aaron Plessinger put into his social-media post really does come from the heart, it seems, as he did not expect to be vying for a position in the top five after what sounds like a difficult off-season. Plessinger spent some time off of the bike with a minor back injury and faced additional hiccups, so definitely could have entered A1 in a better spot.

 

Malcolm Stewart

Malcolm Stewart is always considered a bit of a question mark, as his raw bursts of speed do not always lead to impressive results. The new Bull Frog Spas Smartop MotoConcepts Honda rider made a statement at A1 though and almost claimed his first premier-class podium. A handful of mistakes cost him in the end, but there were still plenty of positives.

 

Marvin Musquin

Marvin Musquin had a difficult off-season, as a knee injury in November halted his progress. It turns out that he spent very little time on the bike during the winter and, bearing that in mind, an eighth place at the opening round of Monster Energy Supercross was not bad at all. It could have been worse, just look at Jason Anderson…

 

Chad Reed

Chad Reed broke more records at Anaheim 1, as he explains in the social-media post below, but was clearly not happy with his end result. A ninth is a solid way to start the season though, especially if you consider that he had to transfer through the last-chance qualifier. There is no doubt that brighter days are ahead.

 

Cole Seely

It seems as though some are disappointed with the way that Cole Seely rode on Saturday night, but this has to be put into perspective: Seely was not even sure if he was going to race again after that horrific crash in Tampa, Florida, eleven months ago. To slide into the top ten in his first race back from that injury is quite remarkable.

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: ConwayMX

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