HOUSTON — In front of a crowd of 49,841 fans inside NRG Stadium, Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship, made an epic return to Houston Saturday night, with Jason Anderson winning round two of the series.
For Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Anderson, a win in Houston secured the 450SX Class point lead after he finished second in the season opener at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif.
At the start, Monster Energy/Knich/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia edged out Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen for the holeshot ahead of Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Weston Peick and Anderson in fourth.
While the leaders jockeyed for position, Anderson captured his first win of 2018 and second-consecutive podium ahead of Roczen and Barcia.
“That race was tough for me but at the same time I felt good all day,” Anderson said. “I’m just excited to come out with the win. I feel good. I’m riding good. I’m thankful to have these opportunities to keep achieving my goals, and I just really want to keep staying up here.”
Team Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin showed up to Houston with the 450SX Class point lead and a red number plate after winning the Anaheim opener, but a crash in the heat race put Musquin out of the night show and dropped him to 10th in points.
Last year’s championship runner-up, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac, opted out of competition while still recovering from a crash at the Anaheim opener.
In the Western Regional 250SX Class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy took the holeshot ahead of Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Shane McElrath and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo.
However, it was the Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing ride of Aaron Plessinger who battled from a 10th place start to eventually overcome the entire field and claim the win ahead of Savatgy in second.
For third place’s rookie Chase Sexton, it was his first career podium in his second professional start.
CREDIT: Feld Entertainment