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Atlanta Supercross highlights and more…

Check out the highlights from the Alanta Supercross..

What you might have missed from Atlanta:

Justin Barcia’s faceplant

Due to the rain all practice sessions were combined into one qualifier, giving riders less opportunities to master the all-new track but that didn’t stop Barcia from getting on the gas right away as he assumed the early lead in the heat race aboard his MC 450F. While out front, Barcia experienced a spectacle of a crash that took him down hard on the second lap. Despite taking a hit to the face, he got up and pushed through to salvage a seventh-place transfer into the main.

Barcia received medical attention after the heat, including stitches in his lip, before heading to the line for the Main Event. He didn’t get off to a great start in the main but he rallied up to 12th by the halfway point and he held on to secure a top-10 finish for the night. 

Barcia:“It was a tough day for sure. I felt good at the start of the heat race but unfortunately, I had a crash early on that roughed me up pretty good. Luckily, I was able to salvage a qualifying position and get my lip all stitched up before the main but I was definitely feeling the effects from the crash all night. We’ll try to use the next couple days to recover and get back at it on Tuesday.”

Deano fails to qualify

It was a tough ending to the night for Dean Wilson, who started off on a positive note with a fifth-place qualifying position in the 450SX division. In 450SX Heat 2, Wilson got a 10th place start and he experienced vision issues that made it difficult to make passes in the muddy conditions. Ultimately finishing 11th, Wilson lined up for the LCQ, where he found himself in 14th off the start. After a series of crashes throughout the race, Wilson ultimately missed the Main Event by two positions. 

“The day started off good, I qualified fifth and I really liked the track and felt good on it,”  Wilson said. “First heat, I ran out of tear offs and I was really struggling with finishing because I couldn’t see. I put myself in a bad position for the LCQ and then I came together with another rider, went down, got up, went down again and that was it really. It’s a big disappointment but all I can do is come back on Tuesday fired up and ready to do well.”

El Hombre gets stuck in gear

Despite a chaotic start to the day with inclement weather conditions, Jason Anderson rose to the occasion as the fastest 450SX qualifier and heat-race winner before concluding the night just off the podium with a positive finish in fourth.  He lined up in 450SX Heat 2 where he got off to a sixth-place start. He quickly charged into third on the opening lap and he made his move into second with one lap to go. Keeping the momentum rolling on the final lap, Anderson overtook the lead just before the checkers to claim his third heat-race of the season.

In the Main Event, Anderson got tangled up in the first corner and started just outside the top-10 but he charged early on to bring himself into seventh by lap two. He continued to fight despite losing his shifter earlier in the race and he found himself just outside the podium battle heading into the final laps. He finished strong at the end to claim his second-best finish of the season with fourth. 

“Atlanta one was a good day for the most part,” Anderson said. “I qualified P1 in practice and went into the heat race and got first. In the Main Event, I got a little tangled up in the first corner and ripped my shifter off but I was able to get into third, manage my race and still get fourth so it was pretty good.”

Anstie’s spill

Max Anstie had a great start in the main but went down hard. He was helped off to the medical centre but it seems is not badly injured.