2017 Monster Energy Supercross Series Underway

Kit Palmer | January 7, 2017

2017 Monster Energy Supercross Series Underway: It’s official, the 2017 supercross season is underway and the 450SX-class riders and 250SX West riders got the chance to take to the track for the first time under semi-sunny skies. Rain was in the forecast but not anymore, so it looks as though the opening round won’t be a mudder after all. Instead, after the plastic covering was removed over the track, dust was a slight issue in the first couple of practice sessions. A slightly altered schedule saw the cancellation of the first practice, so riders were on the clock right away for the first of two timed qualifying session.

2017 Monster Energy Supercross Series Underway

2017 Monster Energy Supercross Series Underway
Ken Roczen has adapted quickly to his new Honda. Photography by Kit Palmer

Aaron Plessinger set the quickest time in the first 250SX practice and Ken Roczen was the quickest in the first 450SX time practice. Justin Hill, Mitchell Oldenburg, Jeremy Martin and James Decotis filled out the top five in the 250SX class, and Marvin Musquin, Cole Seely, Jason Anderson and Ryan Dungey finished out the first five of the 450SX class.

James Stewart is not here, announcing on Instagram yesterday that he’s still trying to finalize his own team but will be back on the track soon.

More qualifying is ahead but again the good new is no rain is in the forecast for the rest of the day (at least at the moment).

2017 Monster Energy Supercross Series Underway
Ryan Dungey seemed to be playing it conservative the first time out.
2017 Monster Energy Supercross Series Underway
Who would’ve thought! Dust! Weather should be good for tonight’s race.
2017 Monster Energy Supercross Series Underway
Justin Bogle on the RCH Suzuki.
Jason Anderson is going for back-to-back A1 wins. He’s looking fast.
Jake Weimer, filling in for the injured Justin Barcia on the JGR Suzuki Team, is a little off the pace.
Yamaha-mounted Dean Wilson is back at it.
Cooper Webb made his official SX debut in the 450SX class. He was 11th quickest in the first session.
Chad Reed took it easy. He was 16th quickest the first time out.
It’s good to see Broc Tickle back in action.

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Kit Palmer | Editor Kit Palmer started his career at Cycle News in 1984 and he’s been testing dirt and streetbikes ever since – plus covering any event that uses some form of a knobby tire. He’s also our resident motorcycle mileage man with a commute of 120 miles a day.