When you’re on a heater, you’re on a heater. Dragon’s Jason Anderson, who is currently leading the 2018 Supercross 450 standings, is the latest cover boy of Racer X, an MX industry legendary publication. As the hottest rider on the circuit right now, there’s not reason not to put the Rockstar-Husqvarna rider on the cover.
Under the lights in San Diego, Dragon’s Jason Anderson took home his second consecutive Supercross win. The Rockstar-Husqvarna factory rider stayed under the radar most of the night en route to his win. And with so much drama throughout the 250 and 450 fields, Jason is just fine to escape the last two races on the top step.
With the win, Jason increases his lead in the Provisional standings to 28 points. The lead is far from safe, but a solid benchmark as he pursues his first 450 Championship title.
For gate drop five of the 2018 Supercross season, Jason Anderson regained his winning ways as he battled Ken Roczen to take the win in a wild, no-holds barred contest in the Bay. Besides winning, Jason increased his overall points lead and the red plate will travel with him to San Diego next weekend.
Jason had a scary moment early in the day as he went down in the first practice. “At the beginning of the day—the first practice—I endo’d so hard… all day my back was a little sore and honestly it kind of scared me,” Jason explained, post-race. “I was very hesitant all day, and even in that heat race I was like a 5th place guy.”
Anderson managed to qualify in his heat race and take the win despite a mediocre hole shot where he found himself in 6th. But in the last lap, there were two lead changes as Jason battled his points trailer, Ken Roczen. “That battle at the end of the race was crazy,” Jason said. “We were both making mistakes and the track was hard to [hit] your marks… it was insane, but it felt great.”
Jason and his 15 point lead head south for the sixth stop of the season at Petco Park next weekend. Dragon’s 250 rider Mitchell Harrison finished 9th, an improvement over his first few races this year. He’ll have his work cut out for him next week as it’s the first East-West shootout so the field will be stacked with more solid racers including 250 East champion Zach Osborne and fellow Dragon rider Michael Mosiman.
Keeping the momentum alive from the first two rounds, Dragon’s Jason Anderson finished 3rd overall at Anaheim 2 Supercross, despite the new Triple Crown format. Anderson came into the weekend with the red plate, and exits SoCal with the red plate still in his possession.
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This marks the third straight podium for Jason who is focused and hungry while his main competition of Eli Tomac, Marvin Musquin, Ken Roczen, and Justin Barcia have had uneven starts. He leaves Anaheim with 70 points towards the Championship, and sits in 1st place.
This was the first of three races that will feature the new Triple Crown format. Rather than a Heat Race and a 20-minute main event, the TC format has timed qualifying followed by three shorter main event races, with the overall podium determined by a combination of your results.
“The first race was tough because it was so short,” said Jason of the Triple Crown format. “IT’s all about the start but there’s a lot of racing and it’s kind of crazy and a curveball for us—and for me.”
Next on the docket will be in Arizona for round 4, about 1/4 of the way through the Supercross season. Rockstar-Husqvarna’s Mitchell Harrison raced despite taking a big crash in practice earlier. He finished 13th overall.
Riding the momentum from the season opener at A1, Dragon’s Supercross rider Jason Anderson never looked back en route to his win at stop 2 of Supercross, Houston. This is Jason’s first win of the season and second consecutive podium finish.
“Excited to come out with the win,” Jason told the post-race press conference. “But at the same time, you know, this is a step in the process and [I’m] excited to do battle the rest of the year with these two [podium finishers Ken Roczen and Justin Barcia].”
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This finish at NRG Stadium gives Anderson 49 points towards the a Championship, a small seven point lead over aforementioned Ken Roczen and Justin Barcia. The Supercross series heads back to Anaheim next weekend for A2. 250 West racer for Dragon, Mitchell Harrison, finished 13th and sits 12th in the points chase.
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The offseason run for Jason Anderson continues! The Dragon SX racer took the win in Night 2 of the Aus X Open, the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest Supercross race. The New Mexico product’s 2-1 finish comes hot off the heels of last month’s 2nd overall finish at Monster Energy Cup.
The folks over at GoPro have released a killer video of FMX rider Nate Adams, following him throughout a day riding his bike. The Dragon athlete showcases signature tricks and moves that show why he’s a 19-time X Games medalist and legend of the sport.
It’s been a while since Jason Anderson has raced—he had season ending surgery in August—but he came back and made sure everyone knew he was back. The big story was Marvin Musquin winning the Monster Million, but it was great seeing Jason back so quickly, showing he’s still one of the best in the 450 class. “Last night was fun. Time to look ahead,” Jason succinctly put on Twitter about the night.
More to come as videos come out, but congrats to Jason and the Dragon partnered Rockstar Husky racing machine.
The 71st running of the storied Motocross of Nations (MXoN) ran this past weekend, with Dragon’s Zach Osborne representing—and captaining—Team USA. Hot on the heels of his second consecutive Championship win in August, Zach was in peak form and performed the best of the underperforming US team. Osborne ended up taking 2nd overall in the MX2 category at Matterley Basin, ENG, with a podium performance in his second Moto.
“Overall [I’m] happy. It was a great experience,” Zach told RacerX’s Open Mic. “It was tough conditions for anyone today. It’s something we don’t see a lot in America. I hope to have the chance to come back again and get a little revenge. I think [sic] personally I rode well. In the second moto today I felt like I rode really, really good. Yesterday I felt like I rode really well also. It’s a tough race to win. It was going to be tough from the get-go for us period. So, it’s a bit disappointing but at the same time we can’t be too bummed.”
Osborne finished with a 10-3 stat line on the weekend, and while it pales in comparison to his 2017 results, he can walk away with his head held high. “All in all a great experience and I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to be here and ride for Team USA,” Osborne put.
A long time coming, Dragon’s motocross rider Ryan Sipes has won his first GNCC Overall in the XC1 class, at Mountaineer Run in West Virginia. “After four years of trying and to finally get here, this feels amazing,” wrote Ryan Sipes on his site about the win. ” I’m really proud of this one because it did not come easy and I’ve worked my tail off to learn off-road racing.”
The former Supercross and Motocross competitor has been cutting his cross country and off-road teeth on the GNCC and Full Gas Enduro circuits this year, with some solid success. “I’ve now won a Pro Supercross, ISDE, a National Enduro, and a GNCC,” Sipes said. “[It] feels good to check that last box.”