A1! The 2018 Season has Begun!

By Martha Farmer




“The Luxury of Dirt”

· The dirt at A1 seemed to be the talk of the town, or maybe it was pre-race jitters that had everyone focused on “the dirt”. Word on the street is, it was sifted and some sand was added, nevertheless, the riders seemed very happy about the dirt.

· Ken Roczen’s return to racing was simply amazing. It’s been almost a year since he was injured, and there were a lot of naysayers that said he would never race again. Well, they were wrong!! KROC claimed the fastest in qualifying, showing everyone he was back with a vengeance.

· Shoulder injuries seemed to be the injury of choice for the night. (Martin, Wilson, Tomac)

· Stewarts were a No-Show.

Premier Class-450

· Million Dollar Marv came away with the victory in the first round of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross. Marvin did not get the best start, but slow and steady he picked off riders to get to the front. The #1 plate will be affixed to bike #25 for Houston, lets hope he does not feel the weight of the plate.

· Jason Anderson came out strong, winning Heat Race 1. Jason went on to claim the 2nd spot on the podium, he had the speed but just could not catch Marvin.

· Justin Barcia came out swinging. Winning Heat Race 2, he looked like the Old Barcia. JB would finish 3rd on the podium. Justin has a 6 week contract filling in for Davi Millsaps on the Yamaha Factory Racing Team.

· Eli Tomac pulled the holeshot and it seemed he was the sure winner of the first round of the 2018 Supercross season. Alas, it was not to be, a small error caused him to hit the dirt. Back on the bike, Eli would stop shortly thereafter to fix a gear malfunction, he then rolled the track and pulled into the mechanics area. Unfortunately, due to a bruised shoulder, he would not finish the race. Hopefully he is back for Houston.

West Coast-250

· Just like last year, Shane McElrath was the shining star, claiming the first victory in the 250 West Coast Class. Shane is a definite contender for the top spot.

· Aaron Plessinger road smooth and consistent and walked away with 2nd place. AP is not going to settle for second though; he is hungry and ready to steal that #1 plate from McElrath.

· Adam Cianciarulo claimed the 3rd place trophy. The effervescent Adam will dig deep in his off time and come back fighting in Houston!

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