ANAHEIM, Calif., (January 6, 2019) – After months of build-up to the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship opener in Anaheim, California, not even a rare California rain storm could force the thousands of racing fans in attendance to miss the action of opening night. Those fans were rewarded with a historic night on January 5 inside Angel Stadium, as Yamaha swept both classes for the first time since 2008.

When the gate dropped to start the Main Event, Barcia rounded the first turn just inside the top-five while DW15/Rockstar/AGL/Ignite Husqvarna’s Dean Wilson held the lead over Smartop/Motoconcepts/Bullfrog Spas Honda’s Malcolm Stewart and defending Supercross champion Jason Anderson (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna). Barcia made an aggressive pass on Anderson to take over third a couple of laps into the race, then waited patiently behind Wilson and Stewart until Stewart went down just past the halfway point. Seizing his opportunity, Barcia immediately applied pressure to Wilson before making the pass and setting sail for his first 450SX-Class Main-Event victory since the Seattle Supercross in 2013, and the first win for Yamaha in the class since 2012; 93 races ago. 

“I’m the proud of myself for being so calm and collected,” Barcia said. “In the beginning of the race, I really wanted to get in the lead fast, but I’ve kind of grown up a little bit. I was a smarter rider that race and that’s what got me that win. All in all, rode just a smart, smooth race. My whole Monster Energy Factory Yamaha Team did a great job today. The prep up to this, even last year being a fill-in guy, to winning A1, it’s incredible. I’m really stoked and just proud of my whole team, my family, my friends, my wife and everyone that’s been behind me and supported me.”

From left to right: Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen, Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia and Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac. Photo credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.

In the Western Regional 250SX Class, reigning champ Aaron Plessinger graduated up to the premier division for 2019, so there was a definite sense of urgency as the field jockeyed to see who would succeed him atop the division. At least at the opener, the successor was Plessinger’s former teammate, Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Colt Nichols. Nichols led every lap of the 250SX-Class Main Event on his way to his first-career victory. “This is a really, really big moment for me,” Nichols said. “I finally came into this season healthy. The last two years I’ve had big off-season injuries and it’s kind of been killing me… Looks like it’s going to be a dogfight between all of us and I can’t wait.”
Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Colt Nichols races to his first-ever 250SX Class Main Event win. Photo credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.

Nichols’ teammate Dylan Ferrandis came through for second place after passing TLD/Red Bull KTM’s Shane McElrath in the final few laps to take over the runner-up spot. “I had a rough day,” Frenchman Ferrandis said. “I crashed in practice, I had some issues with the bike in the heat race, and also a crash at the start, so to finish 2nd tonight is really good.” McElrath, who won this event the past two seasons, ended up third on the night. “I mean, this is A1,” McElrath said. “All the pressure is here. I was really nervous and everybody, they’re like, ‘Man, you’ve got to make it 3 in a row.’ And it’s like, you bet I wantto do that, but to finish up here on the podium… We’ll take a 3rd.” Barcia and Nichols will both be sporting red numberplate backgrounds on their Yamaha motorcycles for leading their respective championships as the series heads to round two at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, this coming Saturday night, January 12. For the latest media highlights, please click the links below:450SX Class Video Highlights250SX Class Video Highlights

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450SX Class Results

1. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., Yamaha2. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda3. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki4. Dean Wilson, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna5. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM6. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha7. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda8. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM9. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Suzuki10. Cole Seely, Sherman Oaks, Calif., Honda 

2. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda3. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki4. Dean Wilson, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna5. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM6. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha7. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda8. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM9. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Suzuki10. Cole Seely, Sherman Oaks, Calif., Honda 

450SX Class Championship Standings1. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., Yamaha (26)2. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda (23)3. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (21)4. Dean Wilson, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna (19)5. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM (18)6. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha (17)7. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda (16)8. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM (15)9. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Suzuki (14)10. Cole Seely, Sherman Oaks, Calif., Honda (13) 

Western Regional 250SX Class Results1. Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha2. Dylan Ferrandis, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha3. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM4. RJ Hampshire, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Honda5. Adam Cianciarulo, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Kawasaki6. Garrett Marchbanks, Coalville, Utah, Kawasaki7. Jimmy Decotis, Peabody, Mass., Suzuki8. Jacob Hayes, Greensboro, N.C., Yamaha9. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Husqvarna10. Jess Pettis, Prince George, Canada, KTM 

Western Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings1. Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha (26)2. Dylan Ferrandis, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha (23)3. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM (21)4. RJ Hampshire, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Honda (19)5. Adam Cianciarulo, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Kawasaki (18)6. Garrett Marchbanks, Coalville, Utah, Kawasaki (17)7. Jimmy Decotis, Peabody, Mass., Suzuki (16)8. Jacob Hayes, Greensboro, N.C., Yamaha (15)9. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Husqvarna (14)10. Jess Pettis, Prince George, Canada, KTM (13)

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