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- Ryan Dungey continues to tick every box, which is making him almost unbeatable. The defending champion may not have been the fastest rider on track, according to the above table, but he did more than enough on a track that could have reached up and bit him at any moment. Ryan also didn’t have a top two time in either of the four segments during the main, but his average lap time was still two tenths faster than Chad Reed in second.
- The gap between those Ryan and Chad was at its largest on lap eighteen, but it ended up being just under three seconds at the end as he backed it down. It was probably closer than Ryan would have liked, truthfully, as the riders behind him had to charge through to the end!
- A lot of eyes were on Chad Reed entering Anaheim 2, following his strong ride at the previous round and because of the fact that he had the chance to become the winningest rider in Angel Stadium. Reed is currently tied with Jeremy McGrath, Ricky Carmichael and James Stewart with eight wins and obviously came up just short of his ninth. Following thirteen years in the premier class, Reed has finished on the Anaheim podium twenty-seven times!
- Ken Roczen made his first trip to the podium this past weekend, which I’m sure is a little surprising to some. The speed is there though, as he was the fastest rider on track on more than a quarter of the laps in the 450SX main. His times only went above the fifty-eight second range on three of the laps too, which isn’t bad considering he was charging through the field. Just how bad have his starts been? On average, he has been eleventh at the end of lap one across the three main events. Presumably he has started even further back than that, too, as he more than likely made passes before crossing the line for the first time.
- Who joined Kenny in having their best race of the year? Davi Millsaps (seventh), Justin Brayton (eighth), Wil Hahn (eleventh), Christophe Pourcel (twelfth), Mike Alessi (thirteenth), Tommy Hahn (fifteenth), Vince Friese (sixteenth), Nick Schmidt (seventeenth) and Lawson Bopping (eighteenth)!
- Jason Anderson finished fifth for the second week in a row, but just cannot avoid a run in with the officials. This time it was during the day programme, as his fastest lap was taken away after he apparently cut the track. Still, it didn’t have too much of an impact on his day.
- Davi Millsaps obviously had his best night of the year, as he won a heat and led early on in the main. When did he last lead a main? It was actually at Anaheim 2 last year, when he led a single lap. Before that it was Toronto in 2013.
- Marvin Musquin moved forward the most in the 450SX main event, as he ended lap one last after running off the track in turn one. In the end he garnered his second successive ninth place finish, which bumped him up to tenth in the premier class standings.
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- Cooper Webb is on quite a roll right now and some may not even realise it. The last main event that he lost was in Oakland last year, so his streak currently sits at seven! Showing wisdom beyond his years, Webb has been patient at the three rounds this year and hasn’t actually led the most laps in any of the main events.
- When did a rider last win three main events to start the 250SX West series, like Cooper has? Eli Tomac did that in 2013. When did a west coast rider last have a lead this big in the championship after three rounds? That would be Jake Weimer, his lead sat at nineteen after sweeping the first three races in 2010.
- Webb did not necessarily seem like the fastest 250SX rider through the whoops, but despite that he was the fastest in segment two. The defending champ also had the quickest time in segment four, but was just behind Christian Craig in segment one. What about segment three? Kyle Peters and Hayden Mellross were the fastest riders! Who would have predicted that?
- Zach Osborne garnered his best result this year at A2, with a second in the main event. Who else achieved a similar feat? Christian Craig (third), Kyle Cunningham (seventh), Cole Martinez (eleventh) and Scott Champion (fifteenth).
- Jordon Smith, on the other hand, had his worst race of the year in sixth. Truthfully, #39 was lucky to leave the stadium unscathed after multiple crashes throughout the day. He did, however, admit in a team statement that he hurt his wrist. Cole Thompson also crashed hard during the day and tweaked his shoulder. After attempting to race, he elected to sit out as he realised it wasn’t safe. The Canadian has been cleared to race for this weekend.
- Mitchell Oldenburg quietly had an impressive main event, moving forward after a crash in the whoops very early on. Mitchell ended lap one twenty-first and charged forward to ninth by the end, which actually matched his best result of the year. Mitchell will be closer to the front once he can stay off the ground.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Image: Sean Ogden