With the 2019 Supercross season fast approaching, let’s look back at some of the biggest moments from last season. Wins, losses, crashes, changes, and even some funny moments too – it’s all included below.

The Start at Oakland SX 2018
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Triple Crown Format

A huge change to the 2018 season was the introduction of the Triple Crown format for three of the main events. Much like the format of Monster Energy Cup, each class races three main events. For the 250s, main one was six minutes plus one lap, with main two being ten minutes plus one lap and main three twelve minutes plus one lap. The 450s raced eight minutes plus one lap for main one, twelve minutes plus one lap for main two, and fifteen minutes plus one lap for main three. Triple Crown events were also scored differently. At the end of all three mains, the riders’ finishes are totaled up to see who has the lowest score, that rider being the winner. Qualifying procedures also got rewritten, new rules dictating two heat races and one last chance qualifier (LCQ). In the heats, the first nine riders in their respective races qualify directly for the main event, while everyone else battles it out in a longer LCQ. From the LCQ, only four riders make it to the main. Changing the racing format did a few things, but a big one was bringing different riders into the spotlight. Podiums and top spots are largely dominated by the same names every season, but the Triple Crown highlighted other racers like Cole Seely and Justin Brayton. Seely took a podium in the first Triple Crown at Anaheim 2 while Brayton finished fourth in all three Triple Crown events. Whether it was due to stamina, good starts, or endurance, the new style of racing shook up the stage a little bit. Most importantly, however, it dialed up the pressure to qualify and to win. Pushing riders to their max, the new format is meant to show true colors and make true champions.

The Start at Dallas SX 2018
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Tomac’s Mistakes

Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac is arguably the fastest rider out on the track. Just glancing over season stats, he had eight impressive overall wins – double that of his two closest competitors. And yet, Tomac still lost the overall points battle by thirty eight points, all due to inconsistent results in key races. At Anaheim 1, he took the holeshot with a five second lead, holding that lead for seven laps until he crashed not once, but twice, never to recover his good standing. He then received a DNS for missing round two in Houston. And, although he won the overall at Anaheim 2 and the main event at Glendale, his thirteenth place at Oakland and DNF at round six in San Diego didn’t do him any favors. The Kawasaki rider got off to a more than shaky start, one that made it impossible for him to ever close the points gap and win the title, regardless of the six other races he went on to win. Speaking of Tomac’s mishaps…

Eli Tomac at Vegas SX 2018
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Tomac’s Pants?

After his first crash at Anaheim 1, Tomac was a little on edge. Everyone watching was too, especially when Tomac pulled off the track for no apparent reason. Confused, audiences tried to make sense of the situation until the announcer blurted, “His pants? His pants are undone!” How #3’s pants came undone may always be a mystery, but serve as a good reminder that literally anything can happen in Supercross.

Eli Tomac at A1 SX 2018
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Roczen’s Injury

After his gruesome crash at Anaheim 2 in 2017, many wondered if Ken Roczen would ever race again. All eyes were on the Honda racer as he returned to the sport in 2018 just waiting and watching to see what would happen next. Five rounds in and Roczen was just fifteen points behind points leader Jason Anderson, solidly in second place. This all changed in San Diego, however, when a crash with Cooper Webb took #94 out for yet another season. Roczen was closing in on Webb and made an aggressive turn to get ahead, which instead resulted in him whiskey-throttling his Honda right into Webb. The German racer’s arm got caught in between Webb’s wheel and swing arm, sending him right back to surgery and the sidelines.

Ken Roczen at San Diego SX 2018
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Mudder at Seattle

Every season seems to have that one, weather-stricken race, and round thirteen in Seattle was 2018’s. The mud was deep and slippery, causing a chaotic mess of crashes. Compared to the riders’ usual speeds too, they were snails, just rolling over whoops and jumps. Just because things went slow doesn’t mean they were boring, however. Notable moments included Savatgy getting pinned under his bike, Anderson getting his Husqvarna stuck over a tuff block, and Chad Reed blowing up his Husqvarna at the finish line.

Through the steam, however, Reed managed to push the bike to the timing line, earning a seventh place and his best finish of the season. The night ended with 250 winner Aaron Plessinger hyping up the audience and jumping into a sizable puddle at the finish, making light of what was a difficult race for a lot of riders.

Tickle’s Suspension

A huge surprise of the 2018 season was the suspension of Red Bull KTM rider Broc Tickle following a doping charge from the FIM and World Anti-Doping Agency. Accused of using methylhexanamine, a prohibited supplement, Tickle was provisionally suspended from all AMA events. This provisional suspension, although frustrating, could be better than the usual four year ban that comes with that doping charge, depending on what happens with the claim. Insisting he never used (at least purposefully) the drug, Tickle is trying to appeal the decision. His status is still up in the air as a final ruling has not been made. When or if he comes back, he will need to find a new sponsor as he has been dropped from the Red Bull KTM team.

The Pits at A1 SX 2018
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Musquin’s Dirty, Dirty Pass

At Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, Eli Tomac and Marvin Musquin were the two contenders for first. After a clean pass by Tomac with only two laps to go, it seemed like he had the win in the bag. Then came Musquin, or, more accurately, his back wheel in an oh-so-dirty block pass on Tomac. Musquin continued on to victory while Tomac gave him a sarcastic thumbs up before picking up his Kawasaki. Seeing Musquin take first garnered some mixed reactions. At the very least, his aggressive pass tainted his victory, with many thinking he didn’t even deserve the win at all.

450SX Podium at Foxborough SX 2018
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Consistency for the Win

Where Tomac was all over the place, Jason Anderson was a consistent, reliable rider. Out of the seventeen races, the Husqvarna rider got first place in four of them, still taking the podium in second or third in another seven. So, eleven out of seventeen races, Anderson was on stage, not to mention the championship title he clinched in Vegas. When Anderson didn’t podium, he was only off by one or two spots with the exception of two races where he place seventh and seventeenth. Aside from those outliers, Anderson could always be found at the front of the pack. His persistence and consistency is reminiscent of Ryan Dungey’s. Thinking back on his incredible three championship wins in a row, it’s not hard to envision Anderson going in the same direction.

450SX Podium at Las Vegas SX 2018
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With a season chock-full of impressive and unexpected rides, it was hard to just pick a few moments. Did we miss some of your favorites? What was the best part of last season? What was the worst? Reminisce with us in the comments below.

The 450SX Start at Foxborough SX 2018
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