After an exciting opening round in Anaheim Supercross trekked to Phoenix for its second round of the 2015 season.
A sticky, rutted track and a couple of tight passing areas made for a different experience than the boys are used to at Chase Field, but that didn’t stop the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team from putting in three solid rides in The Grand Canyon State.
Jason Anderson turned heads with his phenomenal opening round in Anaheim just one week ago, and he knew he had to keep the momentum going in Phoenix.
After a late-race incident in his heat, he displayed an impressive drive in his semi by finishing second and transferring to the 450 Main Event.
In the main, Anderson survived a crowded first turn, made smart passes, and charged through the pack to finish sixth. He and his Husqvarna FC 450 currently sit third in 450 championship point standings.
“My weekend was alright,” said Anderson. “I managed a bad start and ended up with a six. I’m still up there in points so that’s good. It was tough to pass on this track but you just have to force your moves every lap, which I think I did pretty well. I’m looking forward to next week – hopefully I’ll get a better start and be in the race.”
Phoenix was all about overcoming adversity for Zach Osborne after suffering from a broken thumb at the season opener in Anaheim. He rode hard in his heat race and, after an early-race incident that had him remounting near the back of the pack, he forged ahead and finished eighth to transfer to the 250 Main Event.
Osborne pulled the holey in the Main and kept his Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing FC 250 steady as he finished seventh at the checkered flag.
“Overall it was an okay day,” said Osborne. “It’s tough with the injury, but I’m trying my best to ride through it. My start was good, but I should have done a little better. I’m only nine points out of the lead and I’m ready to move on to next week’s race at Anaheim.”
Zach Bell displayed a consistent ride in his heat race as he moved through the pack and earned a fifth-place transfer spot to the 250 Main Event. In the Main, Bell charged into the top 10 after a mid-pack start and crossed the finish line in ninth.
“Today was okay,” said Bell. “I had a good heat race and finished fifth. I was riding really well in the Main and, after getting caught up in the start, I went from the back all the way up to ninth. Overall I felt good on the bike and I feel strong. I’m getting better and better each week I’m and looking forward to getting on the podium.”