Supercross Glendale – Round4 “Focus Points”
Heading into Supercross Glendale there’s a few “Focus Points” that you want to keep in mind.
Dylan Ferrandis and Christian Craig
The social media platforms have been buzzing with feedback and opinions on last week’s race in Anaheim. The battle between Dylan Ferrands and Christian Craig could be a sore point that continues for the next few rounds. It wouldn’t be the first time a little retaliation gets handed out in the following rounds.
Fans and Riders have been very vocal about the incident in Anaheim. It’s definetly something we’ll be looking out for in tomorrow’s race. In either case it definitely adds to the flavor of this 2020 Supercross gumbo!!
Next, we need to take a moment and look at Austin Forkner’s current situation. Austin is quite possibly the most talented Rider in the 250 class however, he is behind in points and needs a little luck tomorrow. We all know the Supercross season is a points race and we’re already at the first Triple Crown of the season headed into the Supercross Glendale event.
Austin needs to make a statement tomorrow. A convincing win builds momentum but he also needs Justin Cooper & Dylan Ferrandis to have a subpar night. The East/West showdown can get crazy. He definetly needs to keep his composure.
Eli was great in Anaheim last weekend for Round3. Anyone who follows the sport knows Eli Tomac can get some momentum behind him and run away with the next few Supercross Rounds. Ken Roczen, Justin Barcia, Cooper Webb and the rest of the field could have thier hands full if Eli finds himself on the top spot again tomorrow.
We never quite know which Eli Tomac is going to show up, but this is a Triple Crown event and Eli is always up for the Big Show.
Riders In The Pack
There are a number of riders that we’re hoping to hear from over this weekend
- Aaron Plessinger
- Malcolm Stewart
- Justin Hill
- Zach Osborne
- Justin Bogle
Just to name a few. The 450 class is really stacked this year. Usually there are some major injuries by the first Triple Crown. So the pack is full of talent right now. Supercross Glendale could prove to be a great platform for some new names to pop up with some exciting rides.
Supercross 250 Main Round 3 Anaheim2
2020 A2 250 Main Recap
The 250 main looked like it was going to be a complete route by the Geico Honda team at the start. Christian Craig and Jett Lawrence were out front with a commanding lead and it looked like just a team race for a number of turns. Eventually, the young rider actually passed the Veteran rider Christian Craig.
Lawrence looks impressive, really really impressive and his talent fits a great backstory. He’s a sixteen-year-old rider that’s fully committed to the sport. With some impressive family sacrifices, all he has to do now is just prove himself. On Saturday that what was happening until he made a couple of costly mistakes.
As the 250 main came to a close there was no shortage of excitement, disgust, disbelief, and over all energy. You know the night was electric and pretty unbelievable when the crowd was full of boooooos but needed a break from the action.
Essentially, the 250 main event was one for the history books! After the qualifying rounds it looked like Austin Forkner was going to completely run away with the evening. I mean why wouldn’t he…… he essentially said he was there to crush the competition.
Unfortunately by the end of the night Austin Forkner was far from crushing said competition. He’s currently in a larger point deficit (but totally has the talent to dig out of that hole). The point standings don’t reflect how good this guy really is but it is a points race.
Main story of the night went to Mr. Dylan Ferrandis. Ferrandis had a run-in with Christian Craig (literally) and it pushed Craig off his bike and into the blocks. Ferrandis had a similar move on Austin Forkner earlier in the round. However, the angles were different and both riders stayed on their bikes.
Ferrandis went on to win the race and was showered with disapproving booos from the fans in the stands. Riders like to say “rubbing is racing” but depending on your angle that didn’t look like rubbing. I personally don’t think it was intentional but it looked bad and to make thing worse there was even more drama after the Craig crash.
Dylan will be under the microscope at this point for the rest of the season. At one point the incident was under review from the association. (The fans have no shortage of opinion on this event.
I’m attaching a post from Instagram so you can see some of the Supercross feedback that we got on the subject.
Final story of the night includes Dylan Ferrandis AGAIN. After getting up from the Craig Crash, he put together an impressive charge to battle the young Jett Lawrence. Dylan ended up with the lead and the win. The young rider all but had the race won until he went down. It had to hard to keep a good heart rate. He simply couldn’t regain composure before the end of the race.
At one point Lawrence almost had a 14-second lead. Dylan Ferrandis caught the young Rider and then began a battle that ended with him winning and Lawrence leaving on the Alpine medical mule.
Jett Lawrence went down hard in the closing stretch of the race. This also added to the Ferrandis Booooos from the crowd. The Dylan again the world race battle will be one that we talk about the rest of the season but a really talented sixteen-year-old rider almost won Anaheim 2.
So going into Glendale the points are not what anyone expected. now we have new names with multiple wins and large deficits for some of the top riders to overcome.
Points Going Into Glendale
Cooper leads Ferrandis by 12, Hartranft is two points further back, and now Forkner is a full 22 points down from the lead. Craig was credited with third at the opener, crashed out of last week’s race while in third, and was punted out of this week’s race while in second. It leaves him 15th in points after three races