Round 5 of the 2018 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship wrapped up this weekend in Oakland.
It was an insane day of racing in both the 250 and 450 classes. The layout of the track seemed to not provide many passing options at first, but as the track wore down, the soft rutted conditions caused chaos. Many riders were crashing all over; in the 250s, Shane McElrath, Adam Cianciarulo, and Christian Craig were some of the notables riders that got taken down by the track, and in the 450s Tyler Bowers, Cole Seely, Weston Peick, Josh Grant, Marvin Musquin, and Eli Tomac all had their own crashes.
It was a devastating blow for Shane McElrath to end up outside the top 10. He took a while to get going from his crash, and now sits farther back in the points. Adam Cianciarulo also suffered points-wise from his crash, but his come from behind ride was incredible to get up to 7th. Adam was in dead last at one point, but was actually clicking off the fastest lap times for a large portion of the race.
Aaron Plessinger could barely walk around, let alone ride that’s how sick he was. Despite this, Plessinger rode his heart out, and adapted quickly to the rutted conditions to come through the pack and grab his third win of the season (two in a row as well). Plessinger now sits 9 points ahead of Savatgy in the season.
Behind him, JGR Suzuki rider Justin Hill finally found his mojo. Hill has been struggling all season, but thrived with the tough rhythms and ruts in Oakland. He passed Savatgy at one point, but Savatgy was able to get him back with some classic Supercross block passes.
In the 450s, it appeared to be Cole Seely’s night. Cole dominated his heat race, and opened up a small gap in the main event. He was looking flawless before the track came up and bit him, dropping him off the podium. His teammate Ken Roczen looked to take advantage of that, but small mistakes on the very last lap cost him the win; Anderson had come from behind, rode relatively error-free, and claimed the win.
Anderson wasn’t without drama of his own though. In his come from behind effort, he cleaned out his training-mate Marvin Musquin. Rumors already had it that these two weren’t getting along so well, so one can only imagine how frustrated Musquin will be at Anderson now. In a similar move, Justin Barcia took out Eli Tomac on his way through the field, ending Tomac’s win streak up until that point.
Here are the official results:
Cover photo from Supercross LIVE