2018 San Diego 450cc Supercross Results

Steve Cox | February 11, 2018

2018 San Diego 450cc Supercross Results: When Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Jason Anderson took over the points lead early in the 2018 Monster Energy/AMA Supercross Championship, not even he probably thought he’d be pulling out to such a lead so quickly, but he is. In San Diego, he not only came away with another win (his third on the season and second in a row), but costly errors and injuries by his chief championship rivals worked in his favor as well.

2018 San Diego 450cc Supercross Results

2018 San Diego 450cc Supercross Results
Jason Anderson now has a commanding points lead after scoring his third main-event win of the season, and second in a row. PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEVE COX

Honda’s Cole Seely grabbed the holeshot in the main event, and he looked strong out front for the first half of the race, until Anderson caught him and passed him for the lead. Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin did likewise for second place a few laps later, and unfortunately for Seely, that freight train included Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM’s Blake Baggett, who went around Seely for third not long after that.

2018 San Diego 450cc Supercross Results

2018 San Diego 450cc Supercross Results
Marvin Musquin finished second after a hard-fought race through the top of the field in San Diego. PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEVE COX

Anderson went on to win the main event over Musquin and Baggett, with Seely hanging on for a disappointing fourth place. Then came Musquin’s teammate Broc Tickle in fifth – his first top-five of the series – and Motoconcepts/SmarTop Honda’s Justin Brayton in sixth, AutoTrader/JGR Suzuki’s Weston Peick in seventh, and then Monster Energy/Knich/Yamalube Yamaha’s Justin Barcia in eighth. Barcia ran as high as third until he encountered trouble late in the race.

2018 San Diego 450cc Supercross Results

2018 San Diego 450cc Supercross Results
Blake Baggett (4) scored his second podium in a row in San Diego. PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEVE COX

But the big news was the swing in the points, because Anderson’s two closest rivals coming into San Diego were Honda’s Ken Roczen in second and Barcia in third. Well, Roczen went down in the main event with Barcia’s teammate Cooper Webb and his right hand got sucked into Webb’s rear wheel, getting jammed between Webb’s swingarm and his spinning rear spokes. Early indications are a fractured bone in Roczen’s hand, which seems like a win with how dirty the crash looked on tape. Roczen scored a DNF.

2018 San Diego 450cc Supercross Results

2018 San Diego 450cc Supercross Results
Ken Roczen looked like he was hurt very badly in his crash, but in the end, it sounds like he will heal up pretty quickly. PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEVE COX

And then Barcia ended up eighth, while early-season favorite, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac, went down in the first turn and then pulled out of the race, reportedly citing a motorcycle that he didn’t feel safe riding because of how bent up it was.

Anderson now leads Barcia by 28 points with 11 rounds still left to run.

2018 San Diego 450cc Supercross Results

2018 San Diego 450cc Supercross Results

2018 San Diego 450cc Supercross Results

2018 San Diego 450cc Supercross Results

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