Exactly what Really Happened: Anaheim Two

Story and Photos by Shan Moore

The Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series celebrated 40 years of race with one of the most exciting 450 main events of all times, highlighted by Chad Reed schooling both youngsters and veterans to grab his initial win in two years. Meanwhile, Cole Seely avoided another last lap disaster by holding off Rockstar Energy KTM rider Jason Anderson in the closing moments of the two hundred fifity West Regional final to claim his first win of the time of year at Anaheim Two.

For the 40th anniversary celebration, Anaheim Two featured a retro-style monitor design, which provided a nice mixture of turn angles and jump styles that were different than the modern layouts. It was cool to see different ways to get about and over them, on the other hand, the track turned out to be a little one covered. On the third hand (what? three hands? ) the difficult transferring provided some serious action in the corners. Some riders liked it and some hated it.

Chad Reed got his first win in two years at A2. Photo By Shan Moore

Chad Reed got his first win within two years at A2. Photo Simply by Shan Moore

Wow, what a race Chad Reed turned in! At 31 years of age, Reedy certainly hasn’t lost any speed… or drive. The Discount Tire Racing/TwoTwo Motorsports rider (and team owner) masterfully used the edges from the track to find maximum traction, and used the left side of each sets of whoops to really obtain time en route the 42nd win of his career! Doing the triple step-on step-off was worth almost a second right there. Going outside plus tripling allowed him to catch the front pack. Truly, those final few laps from Reed had been the most impressive riding of the night. He rolls the corners better than anyone on the circuit. Listen to him roll the throttle on as he enters and leaves each corner. Those little details led to Reed turning the fastest lap from the race.

With all the win, Reed brought the competition amount of the series up a tick and added his name to the list of potential 2014 series champs. We spoke with Chad after the race, and he said the retro monitor was difficult, for sure. It was said to be based on the 2001 version of the Anaheim One course, and interestingly enough, Chad did the morning monitor walk with the architect of that ’01 track, Mark Barnett. After the race, Reed said he felt like this particular year’s track was way too quick and compared it to the monitor 13 years ago. “We were performing 51s tonight, and in 2001 they were doing 1: 02s, and that is not because the bikes are better. It’s literally because the tracks had been way more difficult; you had to be exact; you had to be technical. Now it’s just about going wide open, ” Reed told me.

James Stewart finished a solid second. Photo By Shan Moore

James Stewart finished a solid second. Photo By Shan Moore

To his credit score, James Stewart didn’t throw it away when Reedy challenged him for the business lead, although he couldn’t hold off the steam-rolling Kawi rider and had to stay for second. Like many of the riders, Stewart is still a bit under the climate and it just looked like he had nothing left for Reed. The chilly and flu bug has strike supercross hard the first three days of the series. Still, it was the very best race of the season for the Yoshimura Suzuki rider and I have no doubts he’ll be on top of the podium in the near future.

Do Ryan Dungey’s evil twin show up for A2? The “Dunge” had been noticeably more aggressive this weekend break and a good example was their rather forceful block-pass on Josh Hill in the final turn from the final lap of his temperature race. The Red Bull KTM rider also made a pretty intense move on Ryan Villopoto on the final lap of the main event, which place both riders on the ground. Dungey midway took credit for the mishap after the race. Rumor has it Roger DeCoster spoke with Dungey after the Phoenix arizona race last week about being a lot more aggressive and whatever he stated must have hit home. However , their tip-over while leading was quite un-Dungey-like, a sign that he is not completely comfortable in his new style away from assertive riding. The Red Half truths KTM rider is nowhere near out of the championship, though, so Dungey fans keep the faith.

Cole Seely finally held on to win a 250 main in 2014. Photo By Shan Moore

Cole Seely finally held on to win a 250 main in 2014. Photo By Shan Moore

Cole Seely seemed to be a little snake bit last week at Phoenix arizona. It almost seemed inevitable that Jason Anderson was going to work up plus pass the Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda rider by the end of the race. This week, Seely was able to build a little more of a cushion, thanks to a great start and the fact that Anderson was hidden in the pack on the first lap. Still, Anderson made up lots of floor and even looked as though he might possess a chance at catching Seely, but Seely managed to hang on for the win with Anderson in second. Anderson was docked two places after the race, however , for jumping to the red-cross flag, which relegated the Rockstar Energy Racing KTM driver back to fourth. The swap can make Seely the new points leader in the class. Oakland will be an interesting race for these guys.

Ryan Villopoto crashed out of a possible win at A2. Photo By Shan Moore

Ryan Villopoto crashed from a possible win at A2. Photo By Shan Moore

Villopoto was fast, but he was simply too aggressive for a slippery track like we noticed this weekend. The Monster Energy Kawasaki rider may have been a little too impatient when he was going after Stewart, and went down when he snagged his front wheel against the Suzuki rider. Villopoto certainly looked like the man to beat, though, after this individual re-passed Ken Roczen and set their sights on Stewie.

Justin Brayton is closing the gap on the lead pack. Photo By Shan Moore

Justin Brayton is closing the gap to the lead pack. Photo By Shan Moore

Fourteen days in a row, Justin Brayton demonstrated that he’s not afraid to look head to head with Ryan Villopoto. Which week, he took the Kawasaki rider to task in the heat race, passing him and beating him straight up. Brayton really likes their new Yammy and also his new KYB suspension. According to Brayton, this individual gets a lot more ‘personal, hands-on” support from the KYB guys, which is large. He also credits his new trainer and confidant Nathan Ramsey for his newfound confidence, which we all know at this level is 99% of the game. Brayton was quick in the whoops again and he is another guy I think will get a win or two before the end from the season.

40 years of Supercross champs. Photo By Shan Moore

40 years of Supercross champs. Photo By Shan Moore

40 years of AMA Supercross champions gathered to celebrate the series’ 40th anniversary.

Here’s a look at the cool, retro look JGR Yamaha had going on. Photo By Shan Moore

Here’s a look at the cool, retro look JGR Yamaha had going on. Photo Simply by Shan Moore

JGR Yamaha was one of the teams who took the retro style to heart, running a yellow colour scheme reminiscent of the 70’s.

Anaheim 2 Notes:

Ken Roczen was the beneficiary of all of the movin’ a shakin’ at A2. Together with his third place finish, the Reddish Bull KTM rider inherited the series points lead and together with it the red number dish.

Weston Peick turned in a tremendous ride for seventh, coming out on top of a race lengthy battle with Josh Hill.

Cooper Webb gets quicker with each new week plus seems to be getting his MyPlash/Star Yamaha dialed in.

450 Results

1 . Chad Reed (Kaw)

2 . James Stewart (Suz)

3. Ken Roczen (KTM)

4. Justin Brayton (Yam)

5. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)

6. Ryan Dungey (KTM)

7. Weston Peick (Suz)

8. Josh Hill (Suz)

9. Andrew Short (KTM)

10. Jake Weimer (Kaw)

250 Results

1 . Cole Seely (Hon)

2 . Jason Anderson (KTM)

3. Cooper Webb (Yam)

4. Malcolm Stewart (Hon)

5. Justin Hill (Kaw)

6. Shane McElrath (Hon)

7. Dean Wilson (Kaw)

8. Zach Osborne (Hon)

9. Michael Leib (Hon)

10. Jessy Nelson (Hon)

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