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
Take Aways From 2020 Supercross Round 1 – Anahiem
2020 A1 Angels Stadium
The season started off absolutely Electric!! It’s hard to beat a good A1, the crowd is large and the fans are really really thirsty for some good competition from their favorite Supercross riders.
By the time A1 comes around, the outdoor season has been over just long enough for Riders to get into Supercross shape and begin testing new products on bikes. Teams have made personnel changes and new contracts have been signed.
So let’s start out by looking at the Podium results.
First, we have the 250 class
1st Place Justin Cooper
A young Rider who seems to fly under the radar, and that’s kind of odd for how good he actually is. He doesn’t keep a ton of hype around him.
However, he is someone that produces round after round and always seems to be consistent. It’s easy for fans to lose him in the course of a season because he doesn’t have that coveted hype. It feels like 2020 should be different as long as he stays healthy because he doesn’t back down from the competition.
2nd place Dylan Ferrandis
Dylan has been a good rider in the 250 class for a number of years now and his only Achilles heel seems to be his starts. Year after year it looks like he’s always fighting from within the pack.
If he can get good starts consistently then he usually stays out front and is super difficult to beat. “Starts”………. If Dylan could somehow figure out his starts, he honestly could run away with the entire season. He is that good!
3rd Christian Craig
Christian is probably one of the strongest riders in the field and he’s fast, he’s actually very fast and if he can stay injury-free, he will be a Podium contender every single round. He’s had some injuries and some bad luck. That’s a bad combo for any rider.
For Anaheim 1 Craig made the podium because of a mistake from Austin Fortner. Austin was penalized for re-entering the track incorrectly and lost two places. That bumped Christian Craig up to 3rd. Maybe that mans luck is changing!
Next, we have the 450 class
This year the ranks seem to be better than ever, every rider seems to be really happy with the adjustments, the engines, and the overall performance.
1st place Justin Barcia
For the second year in a row is Justin Barcia. Justin (Bam Bam) takes the top spot on the podium and he earned it. That was some dam good riding. Justin is also known as “Bam Bam” is one of the premier athletes in the sport. He could take the red plate and keep it. That actually would be a big surprise.
He really needs no introduction because over the years he’s really created a reputation and overall presence. The track at A1 seems to be his territory after back to back wins. His aggressive style of riding has built his reputation and definitely paid off in round 1.
2nd Place Adamson Cianciarulo
Adam is kind of a sport phenom. He’s been exceptional well before his rookie season in the 450 class. Cianciarulo is mature, he’s well-spoken, he handles his failures incredibly well on camera and appears to be really good with people. Adam’s performance in October during the Monster Cup weekend got everyone’s attention.
Adam Cianciarulo in the second-place spot on the podium field surprising but it’s only because it’s his rookie season and its A1. It really shows the rest of the field he’s here to compete this year. He has all the tools and experience to earn that spot.
3rd Place Cooper Webb
To some, the third-place finish could look like a disappointment. It honestly could be the most impressive ride of the weekend. Cooper Webb was under weather and still podiumed. That also sends a statement.
It lets everyone know the Cooper Webb wagon is alive and kicking. After his interview on the pulp MX show, I wondered if he was going to finish in the top five, just because he sounded so poor in health.
So as we head into the Round 2 in St Louis there are a number of smaller stories to think about
- Eli Tomac – Eli a fan favorite, is a man of very few words. He lets his riding do his talking for him. He has had streaks of racing that made him look unbeatable. Everyone is curious which Eli we’ll see in 2020. He’s teamed up with the young Phenom Adam Cianciaulo. Adam is really consistent and while he’s in the same camp the pressure will be on Eli even more.
- Ken Roczen – Ken is currently who I would consider one of the greatest comeback stories in all of sports. He’s had some crashes on the bike that probably should have retired him, but week after week he has found himself back into a competitive situation and after seeing him during the outdoor season I have no doubt that he will continue to find himself on the podium in 2020.
- Jason Anderson (El hombre) is a personal favorite out of the Albuquerque New Mexico area. Jason has a very laid back style that translates into his riding. He also is coming off of a recent season of success. He won the title in 2018, and I think the fans are curious if that’s something he can repeat. He has gone on record and stated he doesn’t like the pressure that comes with the red plate but he definitely rides well enough to have it and keep it.
- Blake Baggett is also a story I think should have more attention. Blake seems to really shine during the outdoor season but for one reason or another, the Supercross rounds have proven to be a little more of a challenge. The KTM Rider has a great team behind him and a team member in Justin Bogle. He could be a consistent top-five Rider.
- Last Malcolm Stewart and Justin Hill are two Riders who have every opportunity to shock the Supercross World. They have enough time on the bikes and they both have enough experience to succeed. If either of them start to break into the top five consistently, that would turn so many heads, both Riders are young and strong and really really talented. I personally think the sport would really enjoy watching them shake things up in the top five Riders.