Rookie leads 450SX and defending champion quickest in 250SX West.
Premier class debutant Adam Cianciarulo has dominated 450SX qualifying, as defending champion Dylan Ferrandis topped 250SX West at Anaheim 1’s 2020 Monster Energy Supercross opening round.
Monster Energy Kawasaki signing Cianciarulo was fastest in all three sessions this afternoon at Angel Stadium, his eventual qualifying benchmark of 56.678s leading teammate Eli Tomac by 0.498s.
Behind the Kawasaki duo, 2018 champion Jason Anderson (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) slotted into P3, edging Smartop MotoConcepts Honda teammates Malcolm Stewart and Justin Hill.
Sixth overall was Ken Roczen (Team Honda HRC), directly in front of Justin Barcia (Monster Energy Yamaha), Justin Brayton (Team Honda HRC), Dean Wilson (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) on return from injury and Vince Friese (Smartop MotoConcepts Honda).
Well outside of the top 10 is number one plate-holder Cooper Webb (Red Bull KTM), 15th overall and two seconds outside of Cianciarulo at the top of the time-sheets battling illness today. Entering his final season in the sport, Chad Reed (Mountain Motorsports CBDMD CR22) was 22nd today.
In 250SX West it was last year’s title-winner Ferrandis who went quickest, his 56.765s over half a second clear of teammate Justin Cooper.
While Ferrandis was the lone rider in the 56s bracket, Cooper’s result indicated that the pair will each be in contention for victory at the season-opener tonight.
Earlier pace-setter Christian Craig (Geico Honda) was third on combined times, joined in the top five by Alex Martin (JGRMX Yoshimura Suzuki) and Cameron Mcadoo (Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki).
Positions six through 10 were filled by Austin Forkner (Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki), Mitchell Oldenburg (Penrite Honda), Michael Mosiman (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna), Brandon Hartranft (TLD Red Bull KTM) and his teammate Derek Drake.
Forkner crashed heavily in the whoops during Q2 and was quickly attended to by trackside medical crew, but will race later tonight. Geico Honda rookie Jett Lawrence, who crashed in the same place earlier, was 11th overall.