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Supercross 2023: Results and points after Round 1 in Anaheim Dakar Rally 2023, Stage 8: Skyler Howes, Mason Klein keep American riders at front

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In his 10th attempt on the 450, Eli Tomac won the season-opening 2023 Monster Energy Supercross at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California as early results indicate this year could very well be the same as 2022 for the Yamaha rider. which may be in its last season. .

However, this was not easy for Tomac; he had to survive a mid-race crash while jumping into a tunnel and outlast three other leaders along the way. After that, in the post-race press conference, Tomac went on to say that he had no plans after the 2023 Supercross season as he did not have a contract to do so.

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As was his custom, Cooper Webb drove the race patiently and intelligently, refusing to fall into the chaos that characterized the race. In 2022, he struggled with a new KTM bike that didn’t handle the way he wanted, but his best result since last year’s Dayton race in March restored his confidence in many ways.

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Chase Sexton picked up where he left off in the 2022 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season and challenged Tomac for most of the 2023 Anaheim Supercross race. His results showed how important it is to fight a champion every week.

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Dylan Ferrandis missed several rounds of Supercross last year with an injury and was unable to regain his footing in the motocross season. After having one of his best seasons in 2021, he looked to reset his season and finished fourth in the standings.

During the off-season, Ken Roczen parted ways with Honda and signed with HEP Progressive Suzuki. This did not slow him down, and the rejuvenated German-born rider rounded out the top five.

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One of the themes of Anaheim 1 was that the more things change, the more they stay the same..

Last year’s 250th Eastern champion, Jett Lawrence, scored the first of many victories as he aims to become the Western champion in 2023.

After struggling in free practice (he crashed on the first lap as the track changed quickly from wet to dry) and had a poor start in his heat. But Maine was a typical game for Lawrence as he drove to the checkered flag with no alternative.

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The top three were evenly distributed, with RJ Hampshire finishing five seconds behind Lawrence on a track that got rougher as the sun went down. In comments after the race, Hampshire admitted that it was important to run his own race and not worry about what Lawrence was doing. Points and results will come later.

Cameron McAdoo and Hampshire survived an early race incident with McAdoo teammate Austin Forkner when three drivers ran out of room at the end of the gate. He finished third another five seconds behind Hampshire.

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Mitchell Oldenburg made an attempt to climb the podium, but rolled back and narrowly missed the penalty area. He finished fourth.

Looking for a few unmistakable races that keep him safe at arm’s length from injury, Max Woland rounded out the top five. His fifth place was the best of his career, ahead of a sixth place in the 2021 Houston third race when Supercross was forced to spend the season at the residences.

In his first career Supercross appearance, Hunter Cross finished 19th after exiting the LCQ.

On the rest day before the 2023 Dakar Rally, American riders Skyler Hawes and Mason Klein remained strong contenders for the championship after round 8.

Klein finished third in the 345 km Special Race and could have taken the lead overall. if it wasn’t for the 2-minute speeding ticket. Instead, he is on par with Kevin Benavidez, with both KTM riders trailing the overall leader from St. George, Utah by 13 seconds.

With six stages remaining, Hawes held the No. 1 ranking for the fourth straight day. The Husqvarna Factory Racing driver finished 20th on his 450 Rally Factory bike in Stage 8, a few minutes behind Benavidez and Klein.

Howes entered the stage 3 minutes 31 seconds ahead of two-time Dakar Rally champion Toby Price, who dropped to fourth overall after finishing 17th in Stage 8.

Hawes and Price were among the group of drivers opening the stage (generally considered more difficult to gain time).

“I thought we had a good pace,” Hawes said. “Today was definitely the day I felt like you could definitely lose him. I’d rather waste my time than go home. It was definitely easy and enjoyable, but I feel like we did a pretty good job with the navigation and just didn’t do it very quickly.

“The mud is really wet out there and we just leave the perfect marker for everyone else. It took us a long time to understand this and do it properly. The other guys could go full speed, because they saw our trajectory perfectly. It was definitely a tough day to open, but that’s part of the game and it will put us in a better position for the next stage, which should be tough.”

Ross Branch won a stage over Daniel Sanders and Klein, a native of Southern California, who was only second to start in the Dakar Rally.

“Today I tried my best and really wanted to win this stage,” said 21-year-old Klein. “Unfortunately, Ross just beat me up. Pretty sad. I think I’m leading the overall standings, which makes me very happy before the day off. It was a really good day.

“I did not expect (to be at this level), but I really wanted to. I had a big accident in the dunes, not a big one, but it could be very serious. I did a handstand for a very long time and landed with both feet on the left side of the bike, I used the front brake and I had to deliberately drop the bike and crash to avoid going over the edge. dune. It was pretty scary. I had to (pee) twice today. I blame it on why I lost.”

Klein and Hawes are in contention to become the second U.S. cycling champions in the 45-year history of the Dakar Rally.

Ricky Brabeck won the 2020 cycling race, becoming the first American champion in Dakar history.

Carlos Sainz (left) overtakes Simon Witse in his Audi RS Q e-tron E2 during Stage 8 of the Dakar Rally (Franck Fife/AFP via ).

In the car category, Sébastien Loeb won the stage by 2 minutes 11 seconds over Nasser Al-Attiyah, who maintained a stranglehold and led the overall standings.

“It was a good stage, a clean stage this time,” Loeb said. “Just one puncture. I had to change one wheel, but the rest is all right. We tried to make it big. It was good navigation. The stage was not so easy. I’m happy to be here.”

Having recovered from a terrible stretch of bad luck for the Audi team, Carlos Sainz finished third (and could have won the stage if it wasn’t for the 5-minute speeding ticket appreciated his RS Q e-tron E2).

“We had a good stage, a clean stage,” Sainz said. “Finally we got a chance to have some fun and get a clean run. Starting this far, we had no dust thanks to the rain.

“Before, I liked the Dakar a lot more. When a priority rider had problems, you were immediately placed in the top 15. I think this is not good for us or for others. I am very disappointed with all the problems we have. Bad luck for the whole team. I think we were unlucky, but we will continue to attack and enjoy the race.”

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Chasing his fifth Dakar Rally title, reigning car champion Al-Attiyah leads Toyota Gazoo Racing teammate Henk Lategan by 1 hour 3 minutes 46 seconds. Loeb is fourth overall, 1:52:06 behind the leader.

“We tried to avoid (punctures) until the last stretch of dunes and sand tracks where we were able to attack,” Al-Attiyah said. “I am quite happy. All our hard work early in the race is paying off. Now we have to try every day to be in the top three in order to earn as many points as possible for the championship. Next week I’ll be at home on the dunes. There will be many dunes, but you have to be careful and take them day by day.”

In the T3 Lightweight Prototype category, Joao Ferreira took his first stage win, with Mitch Guthrie finishing third. American Austin “AJ” Jones was fourth and Red Bull…


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