True to fashion, this year’s season opener was unpredictable and action-packed. Did 450SX rookie Adam Cianciarulo make the podium? Did a 250SX West Coast newbie take the win? Did Cooper Webb’s flu affect his title defense? It’s all included in the race report below, along with official results and some of the best pics from the night.

Start at Anaheim 1 2020 SX
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450SX Report

The action started right off the gate for the 450SX main event. Leading the pack into the first corner was Vince Friese. Close behind was Justin Barcia, Justin Brayton, Adam Cianciarulo, and Ken Roczen, all vying for a top position. Further back, notable riders like Jason Anderson, Eli Tomac, and Cooper Webb were taking a little longer to find their footing.

Justin Barcia at Anaheim 1 2020 SX
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It didn’t take long for those positions to switch, though. A few minutes in and Barcia had taken the lead with Brayton in 2nd and Cianciarulo in 3rd place. Webb had made his way into 4th place while Tomac was struggling to make his way out of 10th place. El Chupacabra had even snuck his way into 6th place right behind Roczen. There were mere seconds separating the top riders, and the intensity was electrifying.

Blake Baggett at Anaheim 1 2020 SX
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Eight minutes in and things weren’t slowing down. The crowd roared as race leader Barcia made a mistake that sent him off the track and behind a flying Cianciarulo. He lost a lot of time but didn’t lose more than one position. As soon as he reentered the track, Barcia got to work on the gap between him and Cianciarulo. It took a few laps, but the 2019 A1 winner eventually got close enough to end the 450SX rookie’s run in 1st place.

450SX Podium at Anaheim 1 2020 SX

Other podium positions were shuffling behind this battle for 1st – Webb finally made a pass on Brayton in 3rd and then Brayton went down, giving way to Roczen and Baggett. With roughly five minutes of racing left, there weren’t many other significant passes. Roczen slid back to 6th place behind Anderson in 5th, and Tomac never managed to make it out of 7th place. The final podium saw Barcia in 1st for the second year in a row with Cianciarulo in 2nd and Webb in 3rd.

450SX Results

151Justin BarciaYamaha2626
29Adam CianciaruloKawasaki2323
31Cooper WebbKTM2121
44Blake BaggettKTM1919
521Jason AndersonHusqvarna1818
694Ken RoczenHonda1717
73Eli TomacKawasaki1616
810Justin BraytonHonda1515
927Malcolm StewartHonda1414
1064Vince Friese*Honda1313
1146Justin HillHonda1212
127Aaron PlessingerYamaha1111
1315Dean WilsonHusqvarna1010
1416Zach OsborneHusqvarna99
1537Martin DavalosKTM88
1619Justin BogleKTM77
1734Tyler BowersKawasaki66
1822Chad ReedHonda55
1911Kyle ChisholmYamaha44
2049Chris BloseHonda33
2131Fredrik NorenSuzuki22
2253James DectotisSuzuki11


250SX Report

Tensions were already high going into the 250SX main event. Top contenders Justin Cooper and Austin Forkner collided in their heat race – Cooper cleaned Forkner out in a corner, leaving the young Kawasaki rider on the ground and salvaging a 3rd place finish. Another podium contender, Michael Mosiman, also ended up on the ground and had to qualify for the main event out of the LCQ. With fast rides from Dylan Ferrandis, Christian Craig, and Cameron McAdoo in the other heat race, it was clear every rider had something to prove in the main event.

Justin Cooper at Anaheim 1 2020 SX
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That said, it was Forkner out of the first corner first albeit flanked by Cooper. Forkner got the holeshot, but Cooper quickly took control of the lead. The two were still close, though, close enough for Forkner to take back the lead a few turns later. Behind them, Craig and Mosiman were battling for 3rd while Ferrandis, who had gotten a bad start, was just trying to work his way into the top 5.

Dylan Ferrandis at Anaheim 1 2020 SX
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A few laps in and Ferrandis had made his way into 5th place. The impressive charge didn’t stop there, though – Ferrandis quickly made his way past Mosiman and then Craig. Both riders put up a fight, but the defending champ had too much speed to hold off. Back up front, Cooper had reeled Forkner back in and was gearing up for a pass. It took him a few laps to strike, but Cooper finally pressured Forkner into a mistake. The Kawasaki rider clipped a Tuff Block on the landing of a jump, leaving him not on the ground but at a complete stop. Cooper and Ferrandis, who had closed the gap between 3rd and 2nd place, whizzed through the corner past Forkner, but Forkner did an about-face to cut the corner and rejoin the race ahead of Ferrandis. It was futile – Forkner needed time to speed up so Ferrandis passed him back anyways, and the cutting of the track resulted in an eventual penalty of two positions.

250SX Podium at Anaheim 1 2020 SX
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After that, the race calmed down. Cooper continued on to his first 250SX win with Ferrandis finishing in 2nd and Forkner finishing in 3rd. After his two-position penalty, though, Forkner got pushed back to 5th place and Craig and Mosiman got moved up to 3rd and 4th, respectively.

250SX West Results

132Justin CooperYamaha2626
21WDylan FerrandisYamaha2323
362Christian CraigHonda2121
428Michael MosimanHusqvarna1919
552Austin Forkner*Kawasaki1818
629Cameron McAdooKawasaki1717
730Brandon HartranftKTM1616
857Derek DrakeKTM1515
983Jett LawrenceHonda1414
1026Alex MartinSuzuki1313
1145Jacob HayesHusqvarna1212
12170Michael LeibHusqvarna1111
1372Robbie WagemanYamaha1010
1490Killian AubersonKTM99
1595 Carson BrownHusqvarna88
1640Mitchell OldenburgHonda77
17106Jay WilsonYamaha66
1888Logan KarnowKawasaki55
19227Derek KelleyHusqvarna44
2097Chris HowellHusqvarna33
21101Luke CloutHonda22
2260Mitchell FalkHonda11


Justin Barcia Whips at the Finish Line of the Anaheim 1 2020 SX
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If no one knew what to expect for A1, they definitely don’t know what to expect for St. Louis. It’s anyone’s game next week, and we’ll see you then with another race report!

Photo Credit for All Gallery Images: Kardy Photo