Kyle Chisholm somehow just keeps making it happen in American Supercross. Since 2006, Chiz has been laying down the law and continues to prove he belongs in the conversation. Saturday in Anaheim was no different as his speed was impressive as ever. Kyle qualified right where he wanted and began to calculate out his night. The sun went down and the lights came on but unfortunately, it didn't work out as he planned when racing began. He was shuffled back in his Heat quickly and punched his ticket into the dreaded LCQ. This race was stacked but you could see in his eyes that he had a plan. The gate dropped and Kyle took off. He found his way into the lead before the green flag waved and continued to put in impressive lap times. He would soar to the win and punch his ticket into the Main Event. A mishap on the start put him all the way to the back of the pack once again but Kyle had other plans. He continued to push and would end up a commendable 16th overall on the night.
Cade Clason has been surfing the bubble in and out of the premier class Main Events so far this season and was determined to prove to the industry he belongs on the upper side when the day began in Anaheim. His speed has been steadily improving and his week in and out experience has had a lot to do with it. The now veteran knows what to expect when it comes to the tracks and was ready to tackle the tricky Anaheim 2 track when practice began on Saturday morning. Cade qualified well as always and lined up to his Heat with confidence. He launched off the gate and began to do work. As the laps counted down, the qualifying spot was in sight, but he would come up just short by the time the checkers waved. With the number 1 gate pick for the LCQ, he chose his gate wisely and executed well when the gate dropped. He found himself once again right outside the bubble. Cade made his way into 5th position, just one spot out of qualifying position, and did everything he could to make up ground. Unfortunately, he was forced to settle for 5th and his night would end there.
Joan Cros continues to prove week in and week out that he is a serious contender for 450 Main Events for many years to come. His outstanding improvements the last few years have been noticed by many as he continues to be in the conversations during the week. Saturday was no different in Anaheim as Joan hit the track with confidence. He found his speed quickly and qualified with an impressive top 25 position. He lined up for his Heat and when the gate dropped, he did everything he could to keep a wheel on the field. He would eventually be pinched off and have to play follow the leader for a few laps while the traffic cleared. He would crawl his way up to 12th by the time the checkered flag waved and go on to the oh so familiar LCQ. Joan lined up on the very inside hoping to be the leader going into the first corner but would come up short by just a few inches. He rounded the first lap just outside the top 10 and began his work. By the end, he made his way up to 7th and would have to call it a night.
Bubba Pauli is becoming a legend of the sport. Saturday in Anaheim marked his 100th consecutive Supercross gate drop. Bubba not only owns his own team but continues to stay fit, stay focused, and stay injury free season after season. Bubba was excited to mark down the accomplishment and was looking Feisty when qualifying sessions began. He found his way around the incredibly difficult track with ease. He would qualify inside the top 35 and set his sights to the gate. When his Heat began, Bubba was pinched off quickly going down the start straight but in typical fashion, refused to give up. He would push all the way to the end, ensuring a decent gate pick for the LCQ. When this one began, Bubb was lined up just outside of his teammate, Joan, and was ready to follow him into the top ten. He did just that and began slicing and dicing his way around the track. His hunger led him to a solid 11th place finish in the final qualifier and he would cap his 100th career race with contentment.
Scotty Wennerstrom has been doing a pretty great job this season fielding his own efforts and making sure his pits and bike are all up to par. Scotty always looks good on the track as well in his solid gold Subverter. Scotty was excited to continue his efforts as the race day began on Saturday in Anaheim. The difficult track suited Scotty as his veteran experience led him around with ease. He qualified strongly and was ready to go under the lights in Anaheim. Scotty had impressive efforts in his Heat when the racing began as he came from behind to nearly a top 15 position. He would line up again for the LCQ and regain his focus. When the gate dropped for this one, Scotty did his best to avoid the familiar chaos that is the Last Chance Qualifier. It was now fight or flight and he did his best to move forward. He would come up just short of qualifying position but overall it was a good day for him.
Josh Greco continues to battle against his familiar 450cc competitors aboard his 250cc machine. His riding style suits the 250 better and in turn produces more corner speed leading to faster lap times for Josh. He was ready to give it his all once again as the practice sessions began in Southern California. Josh looked to become comfortable with the challenging track quicker than most. He turned some very impressive laps early on and would punch his ticket to the night show with a near top 30 fastest time. Josh’s starts would be the cause of his battles for the rest of the night as that is the only downfall of his smaller motored machine. He would do his best in both the Heat race and the LCQ but would come up just a bit short of the Main. All in all, it was a great day for the #976.
Addison Emory has been struggling with some insane injuries as of late. Some jaw issues and losing some teeth to name a few has made life miserable for him during the week. Nevertheless, he continues to line up and ride like a man possessed every time the green flag waves. His effortless smooth style is easy to spot and he let it guide him around the track as practice began in Anaheim. Addison looked comfortable but was unfortunately struggling with some pain. He would put his best efforts in but when it was all said and done, he would fall short of qualifying position by just a single position. On to his hometown race in Arizona.
David Pulley had a week from hell as engine problems plagued him. He was traveling through the night to and fro to resolve the issues and finally thought he had it figured out on Friday for press day. As soon as he got on the track the problem became clear and it was back to the drawing board for Pulley. Again he drove all over California chasing parts to resolve the issue and made it just in time for practice to begin on Saturday morning. David started out fantastic and was aiming to conquer the whoop sections as the sessions clicked off. Time and time again, he did his best to attack the dreaded section but unfortunately the Anaheim track would reach up and bite him. After some swelling in his knee, he decided to call it a night and would regroup for Arizona next week.