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WOZ UP: Anaheim 1 Short React – January 11


Woz Up! Monster Energy Supercross kicked off last Saturday night in Anaheim and while most moto die hards were glued to a stadium seat or a TV screen, I was in the middle of my weekend shift work at the warehouse catching little bits during my breaks. So, I didn’t watch the whole broadcast and caught some different looks through social media. (Note: I just got switched to a weekday work schedule starting in 2 weeks!) I did watch a good chunk of the Race Day Live show and they did an exceptional job with Daniel Blair and Jim Holley at the helm. Blair kills it and Holley is well, Holley. When talking about the recent passing of Tom White, one of the industry’s top pioneers (White Brothers, Dubya, and many, many more contributions he’s made to the sport), he kept saying “Tom Webb” rather than Tom White more than a handful of times. He did correct himself 5-10 minutes later but c’mon man!

For the racing, I didn’t watch the mains (working) so just caught the highlights. Marvin Musquin keeps the off season momentum rolling strong with the win. Jason Anderson moves up to finish 2nd (and solidify a 4 year contract extension in Husky world this week). And Justin Barcia happily landed on the podium with his new Yamaha factory ride. In the 250s, Shane McElrath has a Mr. Anaheim thing going on grabbing the win. Aaron Plessinger and Adam Cianciarulo rounded out the podium. Good starts for those riders in a series that’s short as well as throwing in an additional East/West showdown to mix it up just a bit more.

But it was a bad night for some. Eli Tomac continues to confuse fans on his inconsistency while showing off that buckling moto pants mid-race is harder than it seems. And add on top of it, Tomac suffered a shoulder contusion to end a night Tomac would love to forget. In addition to Tomac’s contused shoulder, injuries plagued riders at A1 for Dean Wilson, Benny Bloss, and Alex Martin to start their season. Nothing too serious and a get well to all. But those nasty wrecks were seen by many on TV…..

Speaking of the TV side of things, it looks like ratings are up for A1 this year compared to last year. A strong sign for the series and grabbing that mainstream exposure. While other sports are seeing plateaued or declines in viewership, SX seems to be going up and up over the years. And hopefully, we get to watch a battle down to the final lap in Vegas that we got treated to us on a silver platter this past May….twice in one night!

Next round hits Houston this weekend, an odd spot for round #2 compared to past years which always saw a southwest swing for the first 5-6 rounds of the season. Just one of many changes to this year’s stadium series!

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