Supercross Preview: Justin Barcia leads riders to Glendale

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On Saturday, Jan. 12 Justin Barcia and the rest of the Monster Energy Supercross riders head to State Farm Stadium in Glendale Ariz. for the second round of the 2019 season.

Barcia and Colt Nichols will bolt on red plates as the points leaders after scoring victories last week in Anaheim, Calif.  For Barcia, this is the first time in his career that he has been decked out in red.

With a retractable roof on State Farm Stadium, there will not be a repeat of last week’s muddy conditions, but Barcia has a good opportunity to replicate his performance and keep the top spot after finishing second in last year’s Glendale round.

Long whoops sections will require riders to triple-jump coming and going with sharp 180 degree turns providing dramatic passing zones.

Ken Roczen is looking for his first win in two years with his last coming in San Diego on Jan. 14, 2017. Roczen has four podiums in his last six events, including last week. He also stood on the podium last year in Glendale with a third-place finish.

Last year’s champion Jason Anderson struggled in the mud at Anaheim and dropped from third at the gate to 14th at the checkers. He finished fourth at Glendale last year, but it was a distant fourth nearly 12 seconds behind Eli Tomac and 15.355 seconds off the lead.

Schedule:

Qualifying: 3:00 pm on NBC Sports Gold
Race: 9:00 on NBCSN, or stream live by clicking here

Last Week:

Justin Barcia beat Ken Roczen and Eli Tomac in the 450 class.
Colt Nichols beat Dylan Ferrandis and Shane McElrath in the 250 class.

Last year:

Eli Tomac beat Justin Barcia and Ken Roczen in the 450 class.
Aaron Plessinger beat Shane McElrath and Adam Cianciarulo in the 250 class.

Points Leaders

450s:
Justin Barcia (26)
Ken Roczen (23)
Eli Tomac (21)
Dean Wilson (19)
Cooper Webb (18)

250s:
Colt Nichols (26)
Dylan Ferrandis (23)
Shane McElrath (21)
RJ Hampshire (19)
Adam Cianciarulo (18)

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Cooper Webb, Shane McElrath win Anaheim II Supercross

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Cooper Webb entered the Anaheim II weekend winless in Supercross. He left as a winner and did so in dramatic fashion. Webb was almost perfect in the Triple Crown format. He won the first two Mains and swept the podium with a third-place finish in the final.

Marvin Musquin was the only other driver in 450s to sweep the podium. He did not win any of the Mains, but with a finish of third in the first and second-place results in the last two, he was grabbed the second spot in the overall results.

Eli Tomac won the final Main after finishing fourth in the first two features, which put him third in the overall results.

Trouble continues for last year’s champion. With nine minutes remaining in Main 3, Jason Anderson got into a shoving match with Chad Reed. Knocked out of his rhythm, he finished 17th in that Main and was ninth overall.

Justin Barcia went down hard after being thrown from his bike with five minutes remaining on the clock. He got cross-rutted before being ejected. Barcia was helped from the track by the medical staff.

The 250 class featured three winners in the three Mains. Leading the points by one entering Anaheim II, Colt Nichols was determined to hang onto the red plate. He won the first Main, then finished third and fourth in his next two outings.

Dylan Ferrandis was the runner-up to Nichols in Main 1, but charged back to win Main 2. He finished third in the final Main.

The overall winner of the night, Shane McElrath just got better in every Main. He finished third in the first feature, was second in Main 2 and won the final. That elevated him to second in the points – two behind Nichols.

Nichols holds onto the red plate for the third straight week.

450s

Main 1: Cooper Webb won over Ken Roczen and Marvin Musquin. … Roczen took the hole shot and steadily increased his advantage until Lap 6. Webb was in a battle of his own with Eli Tomac, but still closed the distance and overtook him on the final lap. The two riders went handlebar-to-handlebar on the final lap with Webb grabbing the lead on the run up to the finish line.

Main 2: Webb (cumulative: 2 points) won over Musquin (5) and the opening round winner Justin Barcia (10). Emboldened by his Main 1 win, Webb led checker-to-checker. Running third on Lap 8, Roczen (7) went down after his foot came off the peg. He fell back dramatically, but held onto third in the class points through two mains. Tomas finished fifth in the Main and was fourth in class points. 

Main 3: Tomac (cumulative: 9 points) won over Musquin (7) and Webb (5). Tomac led flag-to-flag, building an advantage of 6.825 seconds at the halfway point. He did not need to keep pushing that hard and allowed Musquin to shave two seconds off his lead, but still had a dominant margin of 4.787 seconds at the end.

250s

Main 1: Colt Nichols won over Dylan Ferrandis and Shane McElrath. … Adam Cianciarulo took a fall after leading three laps and dropped 10 seconds off the pace, but he held on to finish fourth. … Nichols grabbed a lead of more than three seconds and cruised to victory.

Main 2: Ferrandis (cumulative: 3 points) beat McElrath (5) and Nichols (4). … Nichols led the first seven laps of 12 until he made a mistake exiting to whoops and fell. Ferrandis leaped past to take a more than two second lead. Cianciarulo (18) went off track while running fifth with less than a minute on the clock. He dropped to 14th. RJ Hampshire (9) was fourth in class after the first two mains.

Main 3: McElrath (cumulative: 6 points) won over Cianciarulo (20) and Ferrandis (6). Nichols got the hole shot , but Cianciarulo led the first four laps. He could not hold off McElrath, however, who had the overall victory in his sights. By winning the final Main, McElrath took the overall victory. RJ Hampshire rode a steady three races with results of fifth, fourth, and fifth to take fourth overall.

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Points Leaders

450s
Ken Roczen (63 points)
Eli Tomac (61)
Cooper Webb (57) (1 win)
Justin Barcia (56) (1)
Marvin Musquin (56)

250s
Colt Nichols (70 points) (1 win)
Shane McElrath (68) (1)
Dylan Ferrandis (63)
Adam Cianciarulo (62) (1)
RJ Hampshire (57)

Next race: January 19, Angel Stadium, Anaheim, Calif.

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