What a difference a year makes. Cooper Webb scored his first career Supercross win in the 2019 edition of Anaheim 2 and went on to take the championship. Now Webb will attempt to put his bad finish from St. Louis behind him as the Monster Energy Supercross series heads back to Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif. for their second visit, Saturday January 18.
Justin Barcia’s solid performance in the first two races and Ken Roczen’s first win in three years has put pressure on a number of riders. The most recent four champions in 450 competition have each won one of the first three rounds. Eli Tomac, Jason Anderson and Adam Cianciarulo cannot afford to give up any more ground.
This race is critical for another reason: The winner of Anaheim 2 has won the championship in 14 of 21 seasons including a streak from 2003-2010. Webb won A2 last year.
Barcia is determined to hold onto the red plate. To do so, he will likely need to score three straight podiums for the second time in his career. The first time came late in the 2014 season.
If Roczen scores his fifth Anaheim victory, he will move into a tie for fifth on the all time list at this track alongside Ryan Dungey and Ryan Villopoto.
Cianciarulo has shown a lot of promise in the first two weeks, but after falling in Missouri and failing to sweep the top five, this could be an important race. He needs to show how rapidly he can put that hardship behind and concentrate on the current task.
The layout will be different than it was in Anaheim 1, but most of the riders remain familiar with the track since the industry is centered around Southern California.
One of the changes to the layout is a sharper Turn 1. Last week in St. Louis several riders had difficulty navigating an equally treacherous corner, so the starts to the heats and mains will require some extra concentration.
Fredrik Noren will miss Anaheim after sustaining an injury to his left leg at St. Louis.
Austin Forkner rebounded nicely last week and he still has a chance to establish early dominance in 250 points.
Coming off a career-first podium at St. Louis, Brandon Hartranft will focus on maintaining momentum while Michael Mosiman looks to rebound.
Cameron McAdoo will be out for the foreseeable future with a collapsed right lung and a partially collapsed left lung.
Ken Roczen beat Justin Barcia and Jason Anderson in the 450 class.
Austin Forkner beat Justin Cooper and Brandon Hartranft in the 250 class.
Last St. Louis race (March, 2018):
Cooper Webb beat Marvin Musquin and Eli Tomac in the 450 class.
Shane McElrath beat Dylan Ferrandis and Colt Nichols in the 250 class.
Justin Barcia (49)
Ken Roczen (43)
Jason Anderson (39)
Adam Cianciarulo (39)
Eli Tomac (35)
Justin Cooper (49)
Austin Forkner (44)
Brandon Hartranft (37)
Dylan Ferrandis (34)
Alex Martin (32)
(1) Justin Barcia (Anaheim 1)
(1) Ken Roczen (St. Louis)
(1) Justin Cooper (Anaheim 1)
(1) Austin Forkner (St. Louis)
(2) Justin Barcia
(2) Jason Anderson
(1) Adam Cianciarulo
(1) Cooper Webb
(1) Blake Baggett
(1) Ken Roczen
(1) Eli Tomac
(1) Zach Osborne
(2) Austin Forkner
(2) Justin Cooper
(1) Dylan Ferrandis
(1) Christian Craig
(1) Michael Mosiman
(1) Brandon Hartranft
(1) Alex Martin
(1) Jett Lawrence