Jason Anderson won the second of three Triple Crown formats taking Round 9 of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross season on Saturday in Atlanta and extended his Championship points lead to 42 over Marvin Musquin.
Anderson went 2-1-4 in the three Main event structure that's calculated based on Olympic style scoring awarding the round's winner to the racer with the least points totaled from their finish in all three races. His seven total points beat Musquin who went 4-5-1 for 10 points. Musquin also broke a trend of second-place riders ending their evening injured. Eli Tomac also stayed upright and though he didn't get his third straight win landed on the podium in third tying Musquin in Triple Crown points after a 5-3-2 evening. Veteran Justin Brayton won the opening race and finished fourth with a 1-6-6 night. Brayton finished fourth in the first Triple Crown race at Anaheim 2 losing out on the overall podium to a tie-breaker.
Blake Baggett finished seventh despite a hand injury and falls further behind Musquin but holds on to third place in the Championship standings with Brayton now just six points back in fourth. Tomac moves into fifth-place.
In the 250SX East class, Austin Forkner won for the second straight week taking the Triple Crown victory without winning a race. His 4-2-3 evening tied Zach Osborne (1-3-5) in points but his finish in the final race gave him the overall. Jordon Smith took third with a 3-4-6 night. Jeremy Martin (6-10-1) and Martin Davalos (8-1-17) each won a race but settled for fifth and eighth overall, respectively. RJ Hampshire (7-5-4) took fourth for the third straight week.
Osborne retains his slim two-point lead over Forkner in the 250SX East Championship standings with Hampshire holding on to third by two points over Smith.
Check out all the action from Atlanta. Photos by Ryne Swanberg.