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There is so much that goes on at each Monster Energy Supercross round that it is inevitable that you will overlook certain things. That is where our regular ‘Stat Sheet' feature comes into play, however, as we focus on the details that you may have overlooked.

450SX

Holeshot:

Dean Wilson

Best Lap Times

Cooper Webb

1:02.476

Justin Barcia

1:03.362

Dean Wilson

1:03.548

Malcolm Stewart

1:03.548

Ken Roczen

1:03.652

Laps Led

Dean Wilson

14

Justin Barcia

6

– When was the last time that the two 450SX heat winners finished in first and second in the main event? It seems as though that is quite common, as it happened at the final round of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross series, but that is not the case at all. It happened at just two of the rounds last year (Houston was the other), so really is anomaly for two guys to be so dominant across the night programme.

(ConwayMX)

– Speaking of finishing orders, when was the last time that Japanese manufacturers swept the top three in a 450SX main event? It was not as long ago as one might think: It happened in Daytona, Florida, last year. It is worth noting that is also happened in Glendale a year ago, the same venue that the series is set to visit this weekend, so the Japanese do stamp their authority from time to time.

– Justin Barcia has had a turbulent time in recent years but completed that comeback with an emotional win on Saturday night. When did he last stand on top of the podium indoors? Two thousand and eighty-seven days had passed between his previous triumph, Seattle in 2013, and Anaheim 1 in 2019. That is quite the drought! That Seattle win was also on a wet track.

– Justin Barcia put his YZ450F onto the top of the podium, of course, but when did the blue crew last win a premier-class main event? It was when James Stewart claimed the win in the slop at Daytona back in 2012. Coincidentally, Justin Barcia (then on a GEICO Honda) clinched the 250SX East victory on that night. Two thousand four hundred and ninety-three days had passed since that point.

– After jumping into second on lap twelve of the premier-class main event, Justin Barcia really started to hammer down and hunt Dean Wilson. The lap times reflect that too; he really tore chunks out of Wilson in the three laps before he claimed the lead (on lap fifteen). Before lap twelve, which was the one where Malcolm Stewart crashed, the times between Wilson and Barcia were fairly similar.

Justin Barcia

Dean Wilson

Difference

Lap 11

1:04.823

1:04.151

+0.672

Lap 12

1:05.716

1:06.395

-0.679

Lap 13

1:03.735

1:05.255

-1.520

Lap 14

1:05.689

1:05.672

+0.017

Lap 15

1:05.189

1:09.456

-4.267

Lap 16

1:05.900

1:11.662

-5.762

(ConwayMX)

– Seeing Dean Wilson at the head of the field on lap one of the 450SX main event was an odd sight. Why? It so rarely happens! Wilson has never claimed the holeshot in a 450SX main event, firstly, and has only started inside of the top ten in nineteen of the forty-five mains that he has taken part in (counting the Triple Crown races as individual main events, that is).

– Diving a little deeper into the starts that Dean Wilson has had in his 450SX career now: #15 has had an average-starting position of eleventh in the forty-five main events that he has lined up for. The greatest starting spot that he had before Saturday night was a second at Daytona in 2014, which was his second race in class. Remember that he was a fill-in rider for TwoTwo Motorsports at that point.

– A final stat on Dean Wilson: Since moving into the 450SX class full-time at the start of the 2015 season, he has not ended the first lap of a 450SX main inside of the top five once. Not once! The results he has posted in that time have been solid, of course, but just imagine if he could start at the front of the pack frequently? It is quite clear that is a piece of the jigsaw that is missing.

– It was not Dean Wilson who finished second in the main, of course, as Ken Roczen clinched second in the end. This is not the first time that Roczen has ended up second in a premier-class main, it is actually the thirteenth time. Roczen has finished in second more than any other position during his time in 450SX. What does not that mean in the grand scheme of things? Not much, but it is interesting!

(ConwayMX)

– The difference between Justin Barcia and Ken Roczen at the chequered flag was just over three seconds in the end. It was certainly an enthralling end to a twenty-lap main event! When was the last time that the leaders were separated by so little at the end of the A1 main? Marvin Musquin and Jason Anderson were just two seconds apart a year ago, so it is common to have exciting conclusions at the opener.

– On a semi-related note, Honda had more bikes than anyone else in the 450SX main event. Seven riders were piloting the CRF450R. When was the last time Honda could boast about that? It was not too long ago: Honda had six bikes in the premier-class main event, more than anyone else, at the twelfth round of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross series.

– Much like Dean Wilson, it is rather rare to see Malcolm Stewart so close to the front of the field at the start of a 450SX main. Stewart ended lap one in second, which was a personal best for him in the 450SX class. Fifth was the best spot that he had occupied at the start of a main before Saturday night – he did that twice in 2017 and then once in 2018.

– The greatest surprise was not that Malcolm Stewart started second in the 450SX main, but that he still occupied that spot ten laps into the race. It has been well-documented that he tends to fall back in the longer races, as heat races are where he has really shined in the past. What is the highest position that Malcolm Stewart has ever been in on lap ten of a 450SX main event? Sixth!

– To take the above statistic a step further, he has only been inside of the top ten on the tenth lap of a 450SX main event fourteen times in his career. Thirty-seven main events have been completed by him (counting the Triple Crown races as individual mains). Twelfth is where he has been on average on the tenth lap of those races. Additionally, his average-starting position was eleventh entering A1.

(ConwayMX)

– Cooper Webb was another unexpected star at Anaheim 1, following a first-turn crash, as he pushed up to fifth from the back of the field. The lap times that he posted whilst slicing past his competitors were phenomenal too. It is not quite fair to compare him to Justin Barcia, who had a clear track, so here are his times compared to Eli Tomac, who was making a similar push through towards the front.

Eli Tomac

Cooper Webb Difference

Lap 12

1:06.307

1:02.476

+3.831

Lap 13

1:06.237

1:04.569

+1.668

Lap 14

1:05.241

1:04.075

+1.166

Lap 15

1:06.233

1:07.428

-1.195

Lap 16

1:08.224

1:05.558

+2.666

Lap 17

1:06.572

1:05.078

+1.494

– The lap time that Cooper Webb recorded on lap twelve of twenty actually ended up being the quickest of the race. Webb also did his best time (the second fastest of the main) in the final sector on that lap. How did he manage that? #2 cleared the two doubles that gave many guys fits once the rain came down. Very few riders actually matched his speed through that section, as the fastest times from sector three show.

#15

26:714

Lap 02

#2

26:722

Lap 12

#27

26.971

Lap 03

#94

27.068

Lap 04

#51

27.097

Lap 09

#22

27.303

Lap 08

– It is worth noting that Cooper Webb set that sector time later than anyone else in the field too and, as the race went on, the rain really began to hammer down harder than it had done all night. The same could be said for the quickest lap time that Webb set. Just one man set a personal-best time later in the main than Webb. Who did that? Ken Roczen, who recorded the fifth-fastest time of the race on lap thirteen.

(ConwayMX)

– Although Cooper Webb had the best lap of the race on Saturday night, he was actually only the quickest man on track on four of the laps. Who managed to set the highest pace the most frequently? Eli Tomac, who was the quickest on track on five of the laps. Tomac was actually the only rider to manage that on three consecutive laps as well.  Ken Roczen (laps four and five), Malcolm Stewart (sixth and seven) and Cooper Webb (sixteen and seven) were the best on track for two consecutive laps in the main event.

Blake Baggett kept a streak alive by the slimmest of margins at Anaheim 1. Baggett had been inside of the top twelve in the last twenty-eight main events (dating back to Minneapolis in 2017) and extended that number to twenty-nine on Saturday night. Baggett had a gap of sixteen seconds over Vince Friese, who ended the main in thirteenth. No one else in the premier 450SX class currently boasts a streak of consistency like that.

– Jason Anderson had a dismal time at Anaheim 1, as he limped to fourteenth after starting inside of the top three. It was a shocking showing and one that has sparked debate across the globe. When was the last time a reigning 450SX champion performed so poorly at round one? It was not very long ago at all. Ryan Villopoto was sixteenth at Anaheim 1 in 2013, although that was after a series of falls. There were no known issues with Anderson.

The lap times below offer a good look at the speed that Jason Anderson possessed on Saturday night. Cooper Webb, who crashed in turn one, passed him on lap eleven of twenty. How did his pace compare to that of his training partner at that point in the main? The table below offers an in-depth look at what both guys were doing around the halfway mark. Remember, the time that Cooper Webb posted on lap twelve was the quickest of the race.

Cooper Webb

Jason Anderson

Difference

Lap 9

1:06.150

1:09:027

-2.877

Lap 10

1:04.196

1:08.811

-4.615

Lap 11

1:04.520

1:09.153

-4.633

Lap 12

1:02.476

1:13.898

-11.422

Lap 13

1:04.569

1:11.586

-7.017

Lap 14

1:04.075

1:12.899

-8.824

– A positive note to end the 450SX chapter on. Chad Reed set a new record on Saturday night, as he took part in the main event at Anaheim 1 for the eighteenth year in succession. What have his results at A1 looked like in that time? 6-1-1-16-2-3-1-3-19-5-2-4-3-10-6-20-15-9 is what his scorecard looks like. The first time that he competed at Angel Stadium in the premier class was back in 2002. Six thousand two hundred and twelve days have passed since then. Phenomenal.

(ConwayMX)

250SX

Holeshot

Shane McElrath

Best Lap Times

Adam Cianciarulo

1:01.432

Colt Nichols

1:01.447

Dylan Ferrandis

1:01.928

Shane McElrath

1:01.961

RJ Hampshire

1:02.134

Laps Led

Colt Nichols

16

– The 250SX rider with the quickest lap time, Adam Cianciarulo, went faster than all of the 450SX riders did in their main event. It is rather uncommon, unsurprisingly, but when did it last happen? It was over at the fourteenth round of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross series, Minneapolis, as Jeremy Martin set a faster time in the second Triple Crown main event than any of the 450SX guys did in theirs. It does happen from time to time!

(ConwayMX)

– Speaking of things that happen occasionally in the 250SX class, when was the last time Monster Energy had two riders sweep the top two positions in a main? That would have been at Oakland twelve months ago, if we are talking about 250SX West, as Aaron Plessinger and Joey Savatgy finished in the top two. The last time that it happened in the 250SX East class was in Tampa, Florida, eleven months ago. Austin Forkner and Dylan Ferrandis reached the chequered flag first on that night.

– Neither 250SX heat winner (Adam Cianciarulo and RJ Hampshire) finished on the podium at round one, which may seem a bit odd. It actually happened at the previous Monster Energy Supercross round that was run, Las Vegas in May 2018, as Joey Savatgy and Zach Osborne won their heat races and then went on to finish fourth and seventh respectively in the main event. Everything is a little more unpredictable in 250SX.

– How dominant was Colt Nichols in the 250SX main event? This should sum things up fairly well. Nichols was the fastest rider on track on thirteen of the sixteen laps in the main. Insane! The only times he was not the quickest were on laps three (Adam Cianciarulo), ten (Shane McElrath) and twelve (Dylan Ferrandis). The fact that he was even the fastest on the final lap, when he really could have backed it down, proves just how at one he was with the tricky surface.

– Speaking of that, the sixteen-second advantage that Colt Nichols had at the top was one of the biggest in recent memory. The mud was obviously the reason for that, as the last time that a rider had a gap as large as Nichols was Aaron Plessinger in the Seattle slop in April last year. Thirty-three seconds was his advantage. Before that race, the last time that a 250SX rider had an advantage of more than sixteen seconds was Marvin Musquin in Indianapolis in 2015.

(ConwayMX)

– Colt Nichols had only competed in twenty-one 250SX main events prior to Anaheim 1 and, surprisingly, only finished on the podium in three of those (once in 2016, once in 2017 and once in 2018). It is really fair to say that his victory was unexpected, although he was second at the 250SX East opener last year. High-pressure situations clearly do not get to the Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha star. It does not get much more intense than Anaheim 1 in the rain!

– Colt Nichols has never received as much hype as his counterparts, mainly because of a tough streak of injuries, but he has quietly pieced together a string of consistent finishes since he joined the Monster Energy Supercross series in 2015. Nichols has competed in twenty-two main events since that point, as mentioned previously, and has only dropped out of the top ten in four of those. The last time that he did not actually slot into the top ten was in St. Louis in 2015!

– All of the stats that have been outlined previously indicate that Colt Nichols was dominant at Anaheim 1, which he was, but there was one sector where his competitors seemed to have him covered. Nichols had the fastest times in sectors one and three yet was only the fifth-fastest guy in sector two. The best times from sector two, which covered the landing of the tunnel jump to the face of the big double, are listed below.

#92

17:807

Lap 06

#34

17:905

Lap 06

#31

17:966

Lap 06

#12

17:969

Lap 01

#39

18:240

Lap 03

#44

18:345

Lap 02

(ConwayMX)

– A final look at just how cool, calm and collected Colt Nichols was whilst en route to his maiden win in Monster Energy Supercross. The average lap times that the top-five guys posted in the main event are listed in the table below and, although it is very clear just how tough it was to be consistent in the slick conditions, Nichols managed to do it remarkably well. This information really paints a picture.

#39

1:02.734

16 Laps

#34

1:03.524

16 Laps

#12

1:03.822

16 Laps

#31

1:05.299

16 Laps

#92

1:05.342

16 Laps

– Finishing in first and second in the 250SX main was quite the achievement for the Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha team, but they have done it before. When did they last manage that? It was in St. Louis in 2016, when Jeremy Martin and Aaron Plessinger finished in first and second. There were nine hundred and ninety-five days between those two events.

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: ConwayMX

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