Gates dropped for the much anticipated 2020 Monster Energy Supercross season as Justin Barcia got a head start on the 450 class championship with a solid win for Round 1 on Saturday at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, CA.
Adam Cianciarulo, in his rookie year on the 450 bike, took second and led seven laps, finishing ahead of defending Champion Cooper Webb, who rounded out the podium. Perennial favorite Eli Tomac, who has yet to win the elusive premier class crown, suffered from arm pump and finished seventh, just behind Ken Roczen and 2018 Champion Jason Anderson.
And if you didn't think this year's class was stacked - Zach Osborne, Chad Reed, Tyler Bowers and Aaron Plessinger made the main event via last chance qualifier. Reed, in his final season, indeed qualified for his 250th main event and finished 18th.
In the 250 class, Justin Cooper edged out the defending 250 West class Champion Dylan Ferrandis for the win and Christian Craig took a distant third. Austin Forkner, who was well on his way to the 250 East class Championship last year before a crash ended his reign atop the points standings, took the holeshot and led 11 laps, then hit a tuff block allowing Cooper to pass. Forkner finished third but was docked two spots for cutting the track after his mishap.
Supercross heads east for Round 2 in St. Louis on Saturday but remains a West round for the 250 class. Until then, check out all the action from the opening round in Anaheim. Photos by Ryne Swanberg.