Kyle Chisholm was happy to be in Anaheim for the final time of the 2022 season on Saturday. He seemed to have a little bit of spunk about him and it showed when the qualifying sessions began. Kyle figured out the track immediately and found his flow in a serious way. He was feeling comfortable and was ready to go racing. When the gate dropped for his Heat, Kyle launched off the gate and did what he could to take the inside of the riders in front of him. He looked like a new man as he fought off the herd and punched his ticket to the Main with an impressive 9th. Unfortunately, when the Main began, Kyle was forced to take a soil sample of the Southern California clay, nonetheless, he brushed himself off and got back up to fight. He was over half a lap behind the entire field but he put his head down. He would claw all the way back to a very impressive 16th overall on the night.
Cade Clason continues to show he belongs with the best of them. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Well, this (not so old) dog is learning them all. His race craft and speed continue to improve with each week that goes by. Cade charged the track lap after lap when qualifying began. He learned from all the best in the A group practice and solidified his spot in the races with a top 20 qualifying time. It was going time for Cade when the Heat began and he was on the gas. He had a few spots to make up to get into a qualifying position and he did just that. He crossed the finish line and with that, punched his ticket to the Main. Cade was immediately pinched off when the gate dropped for the Main but he continued to push on. Hammering the tricky whoops for all 20 minutes and would end up a solid 21st on the night.
Joan continues to ride the Main Event qualification bubble and he’s doing his best to solidify his spot on the right side of it. Joan is showing major improvements in racecraft each week and every time the gate drops, his game face is put on. Joan qualified in typical fashion but was ready to go racing. When the gate dropped for his Heat, Joan launched off the gate with one of his usual great starts. Unfortunately, a mishap would push him to the back of the pack and he would channel his focus on the next one. When the gate dropped for the LCQ, Joan found himself right on the bubble again. As he fought for his spot, things began to get heated as the whoops suddenly took out two of the front runners. Now, Joan was in a qualifying position and was doing everything he could to hold it. Unfortunately, another rider suddenly got the chance and pushed Joan off the track with just a few turns to go. His night would end there.
Bubba Pauli has been at it strong for many many seasons now and another Saturday for Bubba is just another day to show everyone he’s not going anywhere. His speed has actually seemed to be improving in the last couple of weeks and he was ready to continue that in Anaheim. Bubba was ripping when practice began and he was gaining comfort with every lap. When the racing began, Bubba was ready to give it his all. His Heat race unfortunately did not go the way he wanted it to but he was ready for the next one. When the LCQ began, he launched off the gate and found himself right behind his teammate. He imagined it was another day at the test track as he followed Joan. Bubba kept his cool and avoided the chaos and just narrowly missed out on making the Main.
With everyone eager to get the west coast rounds completed, Josh Cartwright was excited to use A3 as a warm-up before he begins his fun on the East Coast. Hoping to get some nerves out of the way and with no pressure at all, Josh came out swinging when the day began in Anaheim. Josh elected to break in his 250 race bike against the 450s and despite the power disadvantage, he put in a lap fast enough for a very impressive 27th fastest. He was ready to carry his momentum into the night show and dust off the cobwebs. In the Heat, Josh was swallowed up by the 450 machines immediately. He rounded the first corner in the back of the pack and put his talent to work. He would claw his back to a solid 13th. It was a similar story in the LCQ and he would fall just short. On to 250 East next weekend.
Josh Greco has been living life to the fullest, traveling the West coast racing Supercross. The last stop of the west coast swing was Anaheim on Saturday night and he was ready to put a cherry on it. Josh did his best to figure out the extremely technical track and was feeling good. His bike was working well and he was looking aggressive. Josh qualified inside the top 40 and would go under the lights with confidence. When the races began, it was a similar story throughout as he once again struggled on the starts due to his 200cc less displacement motorcycle. Nevertheless, he let his talent do the talking as he began to make some passes. aHe would come up short of qualifying for the Main but all in all a good night for Josh.
Scotty is living the full private life as he travels race to race and promotes his sponsors. He is the whole package deal and his solid program is nearly mirrored in his riding. Scotty’s style is relaxed and fluid but always consistent and he was showing that once again in Anaheim on Saturday morning. The track was technical but he made due as he figured out all the main lines by the third session. He found himself on the bubble of qualifying and made one last push to get it done. Unfortunately he would land just outside the bubble and his day was done in Southern California.
Addison Emory has been steadily racing back into shape and it's beginning to show. His aggression and determination are easy to see when he throws his leg over the motorcycle and it's a beautiful sight to see him ride. It was no different when the day began in Anaheim, as he made his way through the steep and challenging track. He figured it out quickly and was looking very comfortable. His times for looking close to the bubble but Addison sneaked in it during the last lap push. In his Heat, Addison was just happy to be under the lights and gain experience. Despite being further back after the gate drops, He continued to push himself and learn everything he could. He would finish up 12th in the LCQ.
David Pulley was looking feisty once again when the day began in Anaheim. His work was finally beginning to pay off on and off the track and it was easy to see. He did his best to figure out the track quickly and by the second qualifying session, he was ready to put in some heaters. When this session began, David was only a fraction of a second out of the qualifying position. He began to lay down a heater and was looking strong. A smooth run through the whoops was all he needed and that is what he got. As he came around to a tricky triple-double section, David got on the gas a little too hard and spun his rear wheel off the face causing him to case the landing. This threw him end over end in a violent crash and he was forced to call it a night and rest up for the upcoming rounds.