Anderson's title march heads to Tampa



Arlington's AT&T Stadium (aka Cowboys Stadium, aka The House That Jerry Built) is one of the most impressive venues on the AMA Supercross Circuit. For the past couple of years, the dirt here has been as unique as the structure, a mix of sandy red clay that creates loose berms and is always a challenge to keep together for a cohesive racing surface. What this means for the racing is that, well, things get interesting.


450SX points leader Jason Anderson had enough of a lead (28 points) heading into Dallas that he didn't really need to push his limits to maintain it. To make things easier, his nearest competitor (Justin Barcia) ended up getting injured early in the night, so that was one less reason to take any unnecessary risks on the track. Regardless, Anderson soldiered out a solid fourth-place finish and, as unlikely as it seems, extended his points lead over new runner-up Cole Seely. The gap now sits at 36. So, Anderson gained an 8-point advantage, even while finishing fourth! All he needs to do at this point is keep it on two wheels and keep solid finishes and this title is his.


Pre-season favorite Eli Tomac's epic inconsistencies took a swing for the positive side in Arlington, continuing his Win or DNF style for the 2018 season. Tomac was perfect all day. He was the fastest qualifier; he won his heat race; then he led every lap of the main event for a dominant night. Since he is so far out of the points race, we won't mention that, but we will say that Tomac has nothing to lose, other than win bonuses for the rest of the season, and you can expect him to be on the top step many more times.


As stated previously, Justin Barcia is now out of contention for the title, because he suffered a hand injury in Arlington that required surgery. The rider behind him in the photo above--Josh Grant-- suffered an injury, to his leg, which will preclude him from any more AMA Supercross races this season. It was announced that the replacement for Grant will be four-time AMA Arenacross Champ Tyler Bowers, who'd been going at it as a privateer in the series with positive results. No replacement rider for Barcia's factory Yamaha YZ450 has been announced yet.


The heir apparent to Barcia's runner-up spot in points is Cole Seely, who had been sitting just a bit behind in third thus far. Seely has a win in him, for sure, but he also needs a few puzzle pieces to go his way for it to happen. Otherwise, he's been consistent all season and, while not quite podium material every time out, he's always a good bet for Top 5. Now, with Barcia out, he's that much closer to a guaranteed podium spot and perhaps that will allow him to stretch out his narrow four point gap over Blake Baggett (who's also been on a podium roll as of late). It will be a tough road to hoe for Seely, so this will be a battle to keep an eye on for the remainder of the season.


The opener for the AMA East Regional 250SX series began last weekend, as well. As (somewhat) expected, defending champ Zach Osborne took the win, albeit with quite a battle for the entire night. Osborne made it all of the way from being involved in a first turn crash, to falling over in a turn, to forcing his way by several top opponents to run away with the win. It was a remarkable and very aggressive ride for the champ, setting us up for an equally remarkable Round 2 this weekend in Tampa.


The story of the night for the 250SX East opener, though, was a massive crash in turn one during the main event. The incident took down many (most) of the favorites for the title, or at least for the win. Getting a way clean were R.J. Hampshire and Sean Cantrell, but down in a heap were names such as Martin Davalos, Jeremy Martin, Dylan Ferrandis and others. The cause was a tricky S-style turn section that pushed riders from the inside out and, with the slick first turn area, a couple of riders went in too hot and took out everyone on the outside of them. The race was not red-flagged, as, well, this is racing, and these things happen.


Colt Nichols was one of the riders down in the first turn that was able to re-group and catch up to the front pack to end up on the podium. Nichols is in his sophomore year on the circuit and is a bit of an underdog on the Star Racing Yamaha team, playing second fiddle to Dylan Ferrandis. Things may change after his ride in Arlington though, as he was impressive every time he hit the track.


While Barcia and Tomac are out of the picture, Marvin Musquin has slowly been racing his way back to the top podium spot. Again landing on the podium in Arlington, Musquin sits fourth in points and is mathematically still in this thing if Anderson's luck runs out. Thirty-nine points down is quite a deficit, but he's one of the few in the Top 5 who have plenty of experience leading and winning main events in 450 Supercross, so he'll be right there this weekend, looking for a chance to maximize his points take as well as capitalizing on his competitors errors.


Also moving on up lately is the other Monster/Yamaha factory racer, Cooper Webb. Finally finding his mojo after a tough first two seasons on the 450, Webb is at least running the leader's pace for much of the race. While he's yet to get a whiff of the podium, he's been mixing it up quite a bit more lately with the top dogs and is beginning to hit his stride. With this now somewhat depleted field, Webb's chances or a podium are suddenly much better.

Heading into Round 8 for the 450SX title chase and Round 2 of 250SX East Region this weekend in Tampa, the sport returns to Raymond James Stadium after a long hiatus. Hometown of the series promoter Feld Motorsports, the race promises a huge crowd and (hopefully) great weather if not hot and humid. There's also plenty of sand mixed in to the surface, so it will be quite 'Florida-like", for certain. Check out the Live Timing and Scoring right here on, and check our Facebook and Instagram feeds for updates throughout the day and night. Also, see the TV schedule over on

Recent News

All News
American Motorcyclist Association New Member Benefit Announcement