By Glynn Guerra |Staff Writer|
The 40th Anniversary Monster Energy Supercross Race ignited the excitement of the 40,682 fans and filled the stadium with the overwhelming, yet fulfilling smell of race fuel.
The race was celebrated at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Saturday, Jan. 18.
Many of the bikes were restored back to their original vintage looks to celebrate the occasion.
Two of the sport’s most well known riders: Jeremy McGrath, known as the king of Supercross, and Ricky “The GOAT” Carmichael (nicknamed for being the greatest of all time) came out of retirement to ride a parade lap together to start the night off.
Every supercross event includes two different classes, a 250 class race, which are the lighter bikes, and a 450, which are the heavier bikes.
The 250 race includes two heat races and last chance qualifier (LCQ). The LCQ allows anyone who didn’t progress from one of the heat races one more chance to qualify for the main event.
Next there is a 250 main event that determines the winner of the 250 class.
The 450 race also includes two heat races, but they also have two semi races. Then, there is an LCQ and a 450 main event race.
Cole Seely started off and finished the 250 main event race in first place.
This was Seely’s first win of the season, so there was much excitement in the stands for him.
The 450 main event started of with Ryan Dungey in first place. Following closely behind Dungey were James Stewart, Ryan Villopoto, Ken Roczen and Chad Reed.
On the third lap, Roczen passed Villapoto and stole third place.
Dungey crashed in lap six, allowing Steward, Roczen, and Reed to pass.
On lap 14 Villopoto took a spill, which allowed Roczen and Reed to take over second and third place.
Reed passed Roczen in lap 15 and moved himself into second place.
Finally, with three laps to go on lap 17, Reed made his way past Stewart and took the lead in first place.
Reed threw his arms up as he crossed the finish line and held back no emotion about his excitement for his win.
According to supercrossonline.com, not only was this Reed’s first win since Jan. 21, 2012, but also his first win in Anaheim since Feb. 2, 2008. This made it his 42nd win of his career.
“Well, duh, it’s fun. It’s edge of your seat excitement, you never know if someone’s going to crash or if someone’s going to pass. There’s no predicting what’s going to happen,” said attendee Chris Siems, a lifelong supercross fan.
“It’s like one big party with everyone there celebrating the excitement together,” said Siems.
Siems description of the Supercross event gives an insight into the thrill of attending one of these events.
With your friends by your side, I think you will have a once in a lifetime experience!