Round 3 of the 2020 Monster Energy Supercross season, held on Saturday at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA, offered lots of memories for fans and riders.
In the 450 class, Eli Tomac, the most dominant figure in Outdoors with glimpses of greatness Indoors the last few years, figured things out after failing to reach the podium the first two rounds. Tomac got his first win of the season in dominating fashion, passing Ken Roczen on Lap 8 and leading the rest of the way. Tomac now sits just five points from the top spot. Roczen, meanwhile, backed-up his first win in three years the week prior with a second-place and defending champion Cooper Webb appears past the hump of an illness that affected him to start the season as he grabbed third.
Elsewhere, Jason Anderson, the 2018 Supercross champion is the only rider with finishes in the Top 4 to start the year and he lurks large in fourth-place just nine points from the lead. Justin Barcia falls to second place in the standings thanks to a ninth-place finish at Anaheim 2 after starting the season with a win followed by a strong second-place showing in St. Louis.
The 250 West class provided lots of fireworks as defending Champion Dylan Ferrandis dumped Christian Craig on the first lap to take the lead which left Craig on the sidelines for the rest of the night. Ferrandis handled a rain of boos as he stood in the center of the podium at race's end but racing is racing as the aggressive riding helped him bounce back from a disastrous 12th place in St. Louis. Ferrandis climbs to second-place, 12 points behind leader Justin Cooper, who finished in second. Brandon Hartranft rounded out the podium again and holds on to third-place in the standings just two points back of Ferrandis.
Rookie Jett Lawrence from Australia was on his way to his first career win after leading 16 laps but on the final go-round the whoops got the best of him as he nose-wheelied and went over the bars into a face jump, breaking his collarbone. He's out for a while. Austin Forkner also hit the dirt a week after grabbing his first won of the year and the 17th place finish puts his Championship hopes in jeopardy.
Supercross stays on the West Coast for Round 4 on Saturday in Glendale, AZ. Until then, check out all the action from Anaheim 2. Photos by Ryne Swanberg.