Anaheim 1 450 Supercross Results 2016

Byron Wilson | January 9, 2016

Rockstar Husqvarna’s Jason Anderson kicked-off his sophomore season in the 450 class with a win in the 2016 Supercross season opener at Anaheim, his first and Husky’s first in the 450 class. Defending 450 SX champion Ryan Dungey of Red Bull KTM finished in the runner-up spot followed by Honda HRC’s Cole Seely in third.

Jason Anderson Supercross 2016

Jason Anderson’s pre-season training paid off, propelling him to the 450 class in at Anaheim 1.

While the action in the main event was memorable, one of the moments likely to go down in Supercross history happened in the second semi-final of the night. The riders in question, Vince Friese and Weston Peick. It all started earlier in the heat races, when Friese pushed Peick wide and into the tuff blocks. In the semi, Friese made an even more aggressive inside move on Peick, and both riders were brought to the ground. Peick had had enough. He got off the ground and immediately started pummeling Friese with his fist, landing a number of blows to Friese’s helmet before finishing the fight off with a push. Friese eventually remounted and rode off, while Peick was slapped with a disqualification for his actions.

The night’s carnage didn’t stop there. JGRMX Yamaha’s Justin Barcia got a great start to take the early lead with Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart trailing close behind in second. Anderson was up in the mix as well with Dungey fighting to gain ground from fourth. Barcia stayed steady at the front while Stewart held off attacks from Anderson. On the second lap though, Dungey started to make a move, trying to cut up the inside of the Stewart/Anderson battle and he clipped Stewart’s rear tire. JS7 hit the ground hard and didn’t move at all for a few moments, knocked unconscious right in front of the take-off at the finish line. Officials were forced to red flag the race to give medics time and space to help Stewart off track, and with less than three laps complete a full restart was called.

In the second start, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac got a much better start, as did Seely and Honda HRC’s Trey Canard. Seely claimed the early lead, Barcia took second with Tomac in third, Dungey in fourth and Canard in fifth. Anderson, at this early point, lapped back in sixth-place.

The order remained the same for a few laps, but then Dungey got pushed up to the top of a berm by Canard and went down. Canard passed up to fourth-place while Dungey dropped back to seventh. Canard proceeded to pick-off Tomac for third and then Barcia for second. Meanwhile, Anderson was making up ground as well, getting to fourth-place by Lap 6.

Other notable riders, like Factory Yamaha’s Chad Reed and RCH Suzuki’s Ken Roczen, were making strides inside the top-10, but poor starts left both unable to challenge for the podium.

On Lap 7 Anderson had hunted down Barcia and made the pass for third and then on Lap 9 Anderson caught and passed Canard for second. At this point, Seely had more than five seconds advantage on Anderson.

The Husqvarna rider was on rails though and six laps later he was right on Seely’s tail. He made a quick pass on the Honda rider and never looked back.

“I got my first win!” said Anderson in a team press release. “Tonight at Anaheim 1 was awesome. I got off decent in the first start, but then they red-flagged it so I was a little bummed. My second start was mediocre, but I just started making my way forward and eventually took the win. I’m so pumped. The guys I was passing were waxing me last year, so to even be battling with them was a cool deal.”

Further back, Dungey was making up ground and in the final laps was able to track Seely down and steal second-place on the last rotation. Tomac finished in fourth-place followed by Roczen in fifth and Reed in sixth. Canard had an issue which took him off track during the second half of the race and he ended the night in seventh ahead of BTO Sports’ Davi Millsaps in eighth. Red Bull KTM’s Dean Wilson took ninth followed by Millsaps’ teammate, Justin Brayton, in 10th.

Class rookies, GEICO Honda’s Justin Bogle and Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin, finished in 13th and 14th, respectively.

Anaheim 1 450 Supercross Results 2016
1. Jason Anderson (Husqvarna)
2. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
3. Cole Seely (Honda)
4. Eli Tomac (Kawasaki)
5. Ken Roczen (Suzuki)
6. Chad Reed (Yamaha)
7. Trey Canard (Honda)
8. Davi Millsaps (KTM)
9. Dean Wilson (KTM)
10. Justin Brayton (KTM)
11. Broc Tickle (Suzuki)
12. Jake Weimer (Kawasaki)
13. Justin Bogle (Honda)
14. Marvin Musquin (KTM)
15. Justin Barcia (Yamaha)
16. Mike Alessi (Honda)
17. Wil Hahn (Kawasaki)
18. Christophe Pourcel (Husqvarna)
19. Kyle Chisholm (Honda)
20. Tommy Hahn (Yamaha)
21. Lawson Bopping (Yamaha)
22. James Stewart (Suzuki)

450 Supercross Championship Points 2016
1. Jason Anderson, 25
2. Ryan Dungey, 22
3. Cole Seely, 20
4. Eli Tomac, 18
5. Ken Roczen, 16
6. Chad Reed, 15
7. Trey Canard, 14
8. Davi Millsaps, 13
9. Dean Wilson, 12
10. Justin Brayton, 11

Byron Wilson

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