This Saturday is Round 3 of the 2013 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series. It’s going to be at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.
First, let’s look back at what happened at Anaheim II of last year.
The first round in Anaheim two weeks ago had Davi Millsaps as the winner. Last week in Phoenix it was Justin Barcia. Who will it be tomorrow night?
Chad Reed, 2004 and 2008 AMA Supercross Series Champion, comments: “It’s early on in the season and we haven’t quite settled on a setup that is working yet. The team is working hard to find a balance, especially with the fork settings, and we made some pretty good progress at the test track this week which is encouraging. I can’t be too disappointed with the points I’ve collected so far but I really want to be more competitive than this. I’m confident at the start and able to put myself in a pretty good position, but haven’t found that rhythm over the race distance which is going to be important. It will be good to verify a few things at A2 and see if we have made the improvements we need to move forward.”
Ricky Carmichael, co-owner Team RCH Racing, and a 15 time AMA Supercross and MX Champion says “Last weekend in Phoenix wasn’t what Broc (Tickle) wanted. It’s a long season; I tell everybody this. There’s a lot of hype going on around our team. Let’s just see where we’re at around Round 12. That’s when you see the veterans separate themselves from the rest of the riders. Take a rider like Chad Reed, he’s just back there lurking. He’s got two fourth-place finishes but look where he is in championship points. A guy like Broc, he’s a slow starter but consistent. Most of the time, he capitalizes on everyone’s misfortune and that’s what I like about him.”
RCH’s other rider, Josh Hill, is out of action this weekend because of a fractured hand.
Martin Davalos, number 40 on Pro Circuit team: “A2 should be fun. I’m glad to be back here in Cali for a close race. I finished third last weekend, and I’m looking forward to improving this weekend. After my crash last weekend in Phoenix, this week was tough. I was very sore, but I’m very lucky to come out with just some scrapes and bruises. I got some riding in towards the end of the week and I’m looking to come out swinging at A2. I led for a while last weekend and felt really comfortable. It should be a good weekend. I did some testing and I feel pretty confident on the bike. I’m really looking forward to having some fun and racing on Saturday.”
Former MX2 World Motocross Champion and current Pro Circuit rider Tyla Rattray: “It’s going to be fun racing this weekend at Anaheim. We made some changes this week and I feel way more comfortable on the bike, so we’ll see how it goes. I’m looking to improve on last weekend at Anaheim 2. I worked hard this week, stayed focused, and will be looking for more at Anaheim 2. I like going back to Anaheim so I’m looking forward to it.”
Current Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series Champion Ryan Villopto says “Every weekend we’re moving in the right direction. Second place in Phoenix was really good and if we can stay on the box every weekend from here on out, win on our good weekends, and second and third on our bad weekends, we’ll be in a good spot.”
Notes on Anaheim courtesy of Feld Motorsports
* The first race was held on December 4, 1976, and Marty Smith won on a Honda
* This race marks the 59th time the gate will drop for a Monster Energy Supercross race in Anaheim
* From 2001-2010, Anaheim hosted three Monster Energy Supercross races. In 2011 and 2012, Anaheim hosted two races and will now host three races in 2013
* Anaheim holds the record for most Monster Energy Supercross races
· Chad Reed will be going for his seventh win in Anaheim
· James Stewart will be going for his 10th win in Anaheim
· Ryan Villopoto won both Anaheim races last season, can he win one of the three this year?
· Davi Millsaps won his first-ever season-opening race at Anaheim Race 1, marking the fourth win of his career, can he sweep Anaheim?
* This is the first time in Millsaps’ career that he is the points leader, riding with the red plated #18
* After missing most of last season and all of the motocross season with a back injury, Trey Canard finished second overall at the season opener in Anaheim
* Ryan Villopoto’s 16th place finish at the season opener was his worst since Jacksonville in 2011 when he failed to qualify for the Main Event
* In 26 years of racing, the winner of opening race did not win the second race of the season. Stewart was the last racer to win the first two races of the season (2007). In 1975, Jimmy Ellis became the first racer to win the first two races of the season.
450 SX Class: Wins by Brand in Anaheim: Yamaha: 20, Honda: 19, Kawasaki: 11, Suzuki: 8
450 SX Class: First time winners in Anaheim: 1979: Kent Howerton, 1982: Donnie Hansen, 1983: David Bailey, 1984: Johnny O’Mara, 1990: Damon Bradshaw, 1993: Jeremy Mcgrath, 2003: Chad Reed, 2009: Josh Grant
250 SX: Wins by Brand in Anaheim: Kawasaki: 24, Honda: 11, Suzuki: 8, Yamaha: 6, KTM: 3
450 SX Class Laps Led: Justin Barcia: 20, Davi Millsaps: 17, Trey Canard: 3
250 SX Class Laps Led: Eli Tomac: 23, Martin Davalos: 7
Who will be the winner tomorrow night? You’ll be able to find out here on Supercross.com
Ken Roczen, K-Roc, number 94 on Red Bull KTM 250 SX class