The first qualifying practice session of the year has come and gone in Anaheim. Here are the results:
My Opinion: Wow, how about Musquin?! He had a great off season, but I didn’t expect him to come out this fast. It’s always tough to tell in practice (especially this early in the year), but Musquin seems REALLY confident. Let’s all get past this Atlanta tragedy from last year… Musquin will get a win before we know it. Nice to also see Anderson and Seely in the top five. Note that all riders in the top five are new to the premier class within the past 4 years; is this the beginning of a new era for supercross? Are we finally going to see riders like Seely, Anderson, and Musquin rise to the top? WAAYYYY to early to tell, but it’s something to think about over the next couple of races; it’s bound to happen sooner or later.
In the 250 class, Jeremy Martin looks to have finally figured out supercross. Honestly, I’ve never seen him look this comfortable indoors before; a much needed change over his past few seasons. Another pleasant surprise: Mitchell Oldenburg. Qualifying in the top three is a great start to the series for him; he could very well be a silent shocker to grab a race win this year.
Lastly, the track conditions ended up being fine after rain earlier in the day. However, the wet weather did cause a delay in the program, only resulting in two practice sessions (versus the original three). Due to lack of track-time, I expect to see these fast times decrease throughout the night show as riders adjust to the track a bit more. Additionally, the track appears to be softer than the norm for Anaheim, causing ruts and choppy conditions. Could this favour guys like Plessinger and Tomac as the track wears down through-out the night?
Tune into FS1 tonight at 9:30 ET to watch the races live!
Cover Photo from Racer X Online by Steve Cudby