The first qualifying sessions of 2018 have wrapped up here at Angel Stadium. And… he’s back!! Right where he left off, Ken Roczen is back in pole position. Even though it’s just qualifying, such an incredible feat to see him back and riding at the pace he left off at. I think he just proved a lot of people wrong.
In the 250 class, a last lap charge deemed the “death lap” by Justin Hill grabbed him the top qualifying spot. Hill looks comfortable and fast on the new bike with the new team. Most importantly, he looks happy!
The track is pretty tame, as per usual for the opening round. Jumps are nice and rounded with lots of room in the transitions. The first set of whoops have been giving some guys problems with a small run into them, but for the most part, the whoops are rounded nicely and not super deep; the top 450 guys are making them look like a flat section.
Here are the full qualifying results:
250 Qualifying results:S2QCOVR
450 Qualifying Results:S1QCOVR
Wow, wow, wooowww, wow, WOW! I know, I know, it’s just qualifying, but seeing Roczen back up there brings shivers to me. This will be the ultimate comeback story if he wins tonight, but the comeback is already real. This guy is here to race! I guess the one thing we have left to see is how Roczen can handle race pace for 20 minutes; are the mental and physical aspects there for him to push that long? I don’t want to doubt him any longer, but that remains the only unanswered question.
Speaking of comebacks, Justin Barcia has himself a mini-comeback here too. No factory ride entering the off-season, Bam Bam looks back to his old self. It would be nice to see a good ride from him tonight.
The PC boys in the 250 class look really fast, but Justin Hill was just a bit faster. All of the 250 riders were really close in lap times though.
Let’s go racing!
Photo from Supercross LIVE