Supercross season opener comes to Anaheim Saturday
Angel Stadium will once again be the site of the AMA Supercross season opener on Saturday, the first of two events at the stadium and three in Southern California.
It’s the start of a wide-open championship race as Ryan Dungey, who won the last three riding championships, retired after the 2017 season, which creates an opportunity for three riders from Southern California.
Blake Baggett of Grand Terrace, who suffered from a thumb injury most of the ’17 season, finished sixth aboard a KTM. Sherman Oaks’ Cole Seeley was seventh on a Honda while Josh Grant of Wildomar, who rides a Kawasaki, was slowed by nagging injuries. They’ll be competing against Eli Tomas (Kawasaki), Marvin Musqion (KTM) and Ken Roczen (Honda) for top honors.
As the Anaheim stops on the circuit are usually sold out, fans will notice a few changes in the series that has competed in Southern California for 40 years. It’ll be the debut of a new points system that organizers hope will create a more competitive race at each stop and for the season. Semifinal races have been eliminated, meaning the top nine racers in each heat advance to the main event and 10-20 to the last-chance qualifier.
A Triple Crown format will also be introduced with competition in Anaheim, Atlanta and Minneapolis. The 22 riders in the finals will compete in 8-, 12- and 15-minute finals (6, 10 and 12 for the 250cc class).
An Olympic-style scoring system will determine the main event winner, with the lowest combined score being declared the first-place finisher.
Doors open at noon for practice and qualifying, and pit passes are available for $10 for the “pit party” from noon to 6 p.m. A valid event ticket and Pit Pass are required for entry. Show time is 6:30 p.m.