Another round of qualifying sessions are over; we got your final 40 here in Houston! The biggest news out of NRG stadium however is that championship contender Eli Tomac is most likely not racing tonight. He attempted to ride the qualifying sessions, but could barely make his way around the track. Both sessions he pulled off very early, so chances are we won’t see him out there tonight.
In contrast, it was all positive for Rockstar Energy Husqvarna rider Jason Anderson and Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider Adam Cianciarulo. Both riders were the quickest in their respective timed sessions, and will be going into the night show with pole positions. Anderson was able to gain an edge on the competition by doing some clever rhythm combos that others weren’t doing. In the 250 class though, sheer speed through the whoops and corners propelled Cianciarulo to the front; most riders were doing the same rhythms in the 250s, so not much room for improvement.
Star Racing Yamaha’s rookie Justin Cooper was looking really good all day before a hard crash in the whoops (seemingly) knocked him out. The race was red flagged, but Cooper would eventually stand up and get helped off by the medic crew.
Here are the full qualifying results:
250 QUALIFYING RESULTS:S2QCOVR
450 QUALIFYING RESULTS:S1QCOVR
Uggghhhhhhh, Eli!!!!! Why?!! We’re only in the second round of the championship, but looks like his title hopes are already dashed. This shoulder injury is appearing to be worse than we all imagined. Such a shame.
However, I’m happy to see some great riding from the “championship trio” (they are the real contenders now) of Jason Anderson, Ken Roczen, and Marvin Musquin. Between these guys, I think we are all in for some great racing this year.
I continue to like what I see from Cianciarulo, Savatgy, Plessinger, and McElrath. These guys look super smooth, strong, and fast every time they hit the track. Add in Oldenburg, and perhaps the rookie Sexton and defending champ Hill (for real though, what’s wrong with him?), and we are in for some exciting racing in the 250s as well.
Let’s go racing!
Cover photo from Supercross LIVE