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Anderson Rallies to Spectacular SX Win in Oakland!

| 7 February 2018 3:24 pm

Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series
Round 5: Oakland Alameda County Coliseum

Courtesy of Feld Entertainment
OAKLAND, CA, FEB. 3, 2018

Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship, hosted round five of the 2018 season in front of a crowd of 48,146 fans inside Oakland Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson rallied from a sixth-place start to meet Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen in a battle for the lead on the last lap, which ended with Anderson taking the win by less than a second.

Jason Anderson (21) finds first at round five of the Monster Energy Supercross in Oakland – and his second overall win of the season.

Jason Anderson (21) finds first at round five of the Monster Energy Supercross in Oakland – and his second overall win of the season.

“This was a big night for me,” Anderson said on the podium. “I didn’t start off too well… [but] that’s one of the best races of my life! I just want to keep it going. Everyone’s getting good. I’m excited to be up here.”

Last week’s winner, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac, started in seventh and struggled to a 13th-place finish.

Rocky Mountain ATV/ MC/ KTM/ WPS Team rider Blake Baggett started fourth and found his way to third for his first podium finish of the season.

The 450SX-class podium was comprised of winner Jason Anderson (center), runner-up Ken Roczen (left) and third-place finisher Blake Baggett (right).

The 450SX-class podium was comprised of winner Jason Anderson (center), runner-up Ken Roczen (left) and third-place finisher Blake Baggett (right).

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In the 250SX-class main event, Monster Energy/ Yamalube/ Star/ Yamaha rider Aaron Plessinger worked his way to the front after starting in sixth to capture his second straight win, leading eight of the 19 laps. Plessinger is the only rider to maintain the points lead for two consecutive weeks.

“I got off to a great start,” Plessinger said on the podium. “‘I’ve been sick since Thursday; I thought I had the flu. I had to work through it. It was probably the hardest race I’ve ever done in my life, but the guys tell me, ‘never quit.’”

Monster Energy/ Pro Circuit/ Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy earned his third podium finish of the season after a tight battle with Autotrader/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing’s Justin Hill, who earned his first podium of 2018 with a third-place finish.

With his second consecutive victory, Aaron Plessinger (center) maintains the Western Regional 250SX-class points lead, ahead of runner-up Joey Savatgy (left) and third-place finisher Justin Hill (right).

With his second consecutive victory, Aaron Plessinger (center) maintains the Western Regional 250SX-class points lead, ahead of runner-up Joey Savatgy (left) and third-place finisher Justin Hill (right).

The 2018 Monster Energy Supercross season will continues next Saturday, February 10, with round six in San Diego, California. Watch the action live on FS1 at 7 p.m. PT/ 10 p.m. ET.

For more information on the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, please log on to SupercrossLIVE.com, the official website of Monster Energy Supercross.

For official race results, please visit results.amasupercross.com.

Oakland Alameda County Coliseum
Oakland, California
Results: February 3, 2018 (Round 5)

450SX: 1. Jason Anderson (Hsq); 2. Ken Roczen (Hon); 3. Blake Baggett (KTM); 4. Marvin Musquin (KTM); 5. Justin Barcia (Yam); 6. Cole Seely (Hon); 7. Cooper Webb (Yam); 8. Broc Tickle (KTM); 9. Justin Brayton (Hon); 10. Joshua Grant (Kaw).

WESTERN REGIONAL 250SX: 1. Aaron Plessinger (Yam); 2. Joey Savatgy (Kaw); 3. Justin Hill (Suz); 4. Christian Craig (Hon); 5. Alex Martin (KTM); 6. Chase Sexton (Hon); 7. Adam Cianciarulo (Kaw); 8. Kyle Chisholm (Yam); 9. Mitchell Harrison (Hsq); 10. Hayden Mellross (Yam).

450SX Class Championship Points Standings (after 5 rounds): 1. Jason Anderson (115); 2. Ken Roczen (100); 3. Justin Barcia (98); 4. Cole Seely (87); 5. (TIE) Justin Brayton (82)/ Weston Peick (82); 7. Blake Baggett (78); 8. Marvin Musquin (73); 9. Joshua Grant (71); 10. Cooper Webb (68).

Western Regional 250SX Class Championship Points Standings (after 5 rounds): 1. Aaron Plessinger (118); 2. Joey Savatgy (110); 3. Shane McElrath (99); 4. Adam Cianciarulo (93); 5. Christian Craig (89); 6. Chase Sexton (86); 7. Justin Hill (79); 8. Kyle Chisholm (68); 9. (TIE) Mitchell Oldenburg (58)/ Mitchell Harrison (58).

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