Fun at A1!

Fun at A1!

Photos by Casey Schneider


What should be considered a legal holiday in the motocross world was celebrated by the opening round of Monster Energy Supercross on January 7, 2016 in Anaheim California. We haven’t seen a gate drop since the Monster Energy Cup. Bikes, teams, gear and riding classes have been switched, changed and released in the past 3 months. The majority of the field of riders are healthy at the beginning of the season- with the exception of Justin Barcia who is out for the first four rounds.


Bright lights and big expectations surround the world’s top riders as the first gate drop of the year happens. Cooper Webb’s debut in the 450 class alongside teammate and legend Chad Reed were just one of the highlights of A1. The Stewart brothers announced they would be absent for opening round leaving a distinctive hole of both the 250 and 450 classes. Roczen on a new bike and new team set the bar high at press conference with his much publicized suit and tie. Dungey is ready to defend his title. The 450 field is fired up and ready to battle with a long list of podium winning riders!


The 250 West Coast lineup consists of rookie Austin Forkner making his debut on his ProCircuit Kawasaki going up for battle with some of the 250 heavy hitters including Jeremy Martin and Aaron Plessinger. We saw pro Sx debuts from Tristan Charboneau, Bradley Taft, Talon LaFountaine, Jon Ames and Ryan Surratt. So much talent aiming to qualify for those gates! As we saw last year the 250 Classes provide some wild racing and super gnarly battles. The A1 gate drop is just the beginning for all of these super talented riders!




Ken Roczen made his statement taking a 16 second lead over second place former champ Ryan Dungey in the 450 Class. Marvin Musquin took third right behind his teammate Dungey and Anderson and Tomac rounded out the top 5. We are sure to see lots of podium mix ups with this deep field but can Roczen’s opening round statement be challenged in Round 2?


The 250 saw Shane McElrath capture his first overall win of his career making Anaheim 1 a historic win for the Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM rider! Aaron Plessinger executed a super smooth qualifying run and went on to take second place and Davalos rounded out the podium in third. Austin Forker had a pretty wild crash but was able to get back up and finish 8th on a bent bike. Don’t miss the 250 action in San Diego!



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