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January 9, 2017
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Here is some motivation to get through Monday from last weekend’s opening round of Monster Energy Supercross!

Photos By: Travis Fant

tilly1 Phil Nicoletti back in the 250 class aboard a JGR SUZUKI RMZ.

tilly2Chad Reed rode great in his heat but struggled to get around Weston Peick in the Main with a crash and what looked to be some bike troubles.

tilly3Ryan Dungey didn’t get the greatest start in the Main Event but charged past some key competition to take 2nd and salvage a good finish for points.

tilly4Josh Grant returned back under the tent of Monster Energy Kawasaki this year .

tilly5Austin Forker had some ups and downs last night but showed real speed. He will be fighting for wins all season long and has the potential to get several.

tilly6Aaron Plessinger was another stand out in Anaheim. While TLD did take the win, Plessinger was fighting closer and closer to the front of the pack.

tilly7Shane McElrath rode solid through practice into the main event. Maybe not the first person you thought would win Anaheim 1 but definitely someone that is your radar now as the season progresses.

tilly8Martin Davalos has the speed to run with the front of the pack. He showed it through the day. Can he connect the dots in ’17 to get a title?

tilly9Blake Baggett is now on the RMATVMC team with Davi Millsaps. Look for Blake to get more comfy on the KTM as racing continues.

tilly10Jason Anderson had an ok start but with Roczen taking a commanding lead so early he had to put his head down and make a charge through Seely as well as Tomac.

tilly12Jake Weimer rode to an impressive victory in the Semi Race. Can he carry that momentum into San Diego?

tilly13Cooper Webb had a shakey Main Event with a bad start, but showed he can run with the fastest in the world during his Heat race and timed qualifying.

tilly15Justin Hill did not care who he was battling with, including his teammate Austin Forker. They fought a hard heat race together in Anaheim. Justin looks extremely comfortable and confident back on the Pro Circuit team.

tilly17Jimmy Decotis had a lot on his mind for the opening round, but weathered the storm by putting his best efforts in aboard his Geico Honda CRF250R.

tilly18Your 250 Podium (left to right) Plessinger, McElrath, Davalos.

tilly20Hold on to your hats because you may see a lot this in 2017. Ken Roczen got out front early and put a huge lead over the rest of the competition. It will be hard to beat Kenny if this is the tone he’s set coming into the season.