And when Anaheim 1 was a faint memory, the stadium
vacant with the staff picking up trash and the track
getting leveled for the next event, there was a sense
that 2018 will be…electric. Think about the basics—Eli
Tomac looks like a sure victor and pile-drives while
dancing with a six-second lead; he finishes last. Ken
Roczen makes a return to racing when less than a year
prior they didn’t know if he’d ever be able to toss a
ball with his left hand. He went out and set the fastest
lap in practice, nearly got taken out by Cooper Webb
several times in his heat and ends up fourth for the
night. Marvin Musquin came into the night the favorite,
as he’d dominated all action worldwide heading into A1.
But, he was off his game and struggling—until the main.
Then he walked the walk of a champion and separated
himself from the field.
The 450s thunder off the new metal-mesh starting grid.
Eli Tomac looked untouchable. His
demise came with an unforced error
and a soil sample that ended his day.
Justin Barcia, a man with a
shop ride at the MEC, took
his factory Yamaha to a
The chaos of lap one
shows just how important
the start is.
Jason “El Hombre”
Anderson is one of the
best starters in SX. His
second place looked
Ken Roczen made an
incredible return from
a near-tragic accident.
Fourth ain’t too shabby.