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A1 Recap | Supercross 2020

Anaheim One Recap Supercross 2020

The Stage is Set

Every year Anaheim One sets the stage for the start of a fresh season of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, and every year it seems to live up to its hype. This year was no different. Anaheim presented a challenging track that caused riders to constantly adapt, and kept everyone on their toes both in the stands and on the track. All the hype leading into this past weekend created a buzz that had athletes and enthusiasts alike anticipating the first gate drop for weeks leading up to the competition. 

With athletes like Star Yamaha’s 250SX rider Justin Cooper scoring his first win, 450SX legend Chad Reed competing in his 250th race, and Yamaha Factory Racing’s 450SX Justin “Bam Bam” Barcia taking home his second consecutive A1 win so the stage is set for the SX 2020 season. Make sure to stay tuned to the BTO Garage where you will find news, updates, and recaps regarding the Supercross 2020 season. BTO Sports is your one stop shop for Supercross.

From left to right: Cianciarulo, Barcia, & Webb gracing the podium at A1. Photo Credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.
450SX Class Overview

The 450SX class was a battle through the entirety of the race, and ended with Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia taking home first place for the second year in a row. While the holeshot went to Vince Friese from Motoconcepts Honda, Barcia recaptured the lead just a few moments after the start of the race and maintained that lead for a majority of the race. Though Barcia had the lead for just about every second of the race, Adam Cianciarulo stayed on his back tire through each turn, whoop, and jump which intensified the competition and really pushed Barcia to work for his first win of the 2020 season.

During the midway point into the race Barcia found himself off the track momentarily which granted Cianciarulo opportunity to take the lead. Although Cianciarulo gained the lead, a mistake of his own put Barcia back on top before the race came to a close. Defending champ Cooper Webb, who was riding with an apparent illness, and still managed to grab third place overall for team KTM and make podium at A1 this past weekend. Furthermore, veteran supercross rider Chad Reed had a somewhat disappointing start to what will be his final season on the supercross track. He was forced to attempt to qualify in the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ) due to a minor crash in the first turn of the first heat. After coming up short in both heat one and two of the qualifying rounds Reed is looking to improve this week in St. Louis. 

Justin Barcia celebrating his 450SX class win at A1. Photo Credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.
450SX Main Event Results:
  1. Justin Barcia – Yamaha
  2. Adam Cianciarulo – Kawasaki
  3. Cooper Webb – KTM
  4. Blake Baggett – KTM
  5. Jason Anderson – Husqvarna
  6. Ken Roczen – Honda
  7. Eli Tomac – Kawasaki
  8. Justin Brayton – Honda
  9. Malcom Stewart – Honda
  10. Vince Friese – Honda
From left to right: Forkner, Cooper, Ferrandis on Podium at Anaheim 1 2020. Photo Credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.
250SX Class Overview

As the Western Regional 250SX Class season got underway it seemed as if holeshot winner Austin Forkner was the favorite to win it after battling back and forth with Justin Cooper to finally take the lead. Even though Justin Cooper was behind Forkner, he stayed right behind his rear tire waiting for his chance to take over, and that is exactly what he did. After Forkner made the mistake of getting off his line, he made his way into one of the Tuff Blox causing him to dismount his bike. While Forkner attempted to remount, Cooper made his pass where he established himself in first place, and Forkner made the crucial mistake of cutting lanes that would later cost him. Last year’s reigning champion, Dylan Ferrandis, started slow but cut his way through the riders to ultimately establish second place overall, which gave team Yamaha first and second place in the A1 2020 standings.

Justin Cooper credits his Anaheim 1 success to his patience during the event, and being able to recognize that the majority of the riders were making mistakes that could help benefit him down the line if he were to stay within striking distance. That is what ultimately ended up happening as Cooper capitalized off of Forkner’s mistake about halfway through the final round.  He kept pressure on Forkner and forced him into a small error that ended up costing him placement. The 250SX class has multiple contenders that are looking to improve and rise in the standings this week in St. Louis for week two of the SX 2020 season.

Cooper Celebrating his Anaheim 1 2020 win in style. Photo Credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.
250SX Main Event Results:
  1. Justin Cooper – Yamaha
  2. Dylan Ferrandis – Yamaha
  3. Christian Craig – Honda
  4. Michael Mosiman – Husqvarna
  5. Austin Forkner – Kawasaki
  6. Cameron Mcadoo – Kawasaki
  7. Brandon Hartranft – KTM
  8. Derek Drake – KTM
  9. Jett Lawrence – Honda
  10. Alex Martin – Suzuki
Opening ceremony at Anaheim 1. Photo Credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.
James Day
Web Content Creator at BTO Sports Inc.