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The 2024 AMA Monster Energy Supercross season opener took place at Angel Stadium this past Saturday, January 6th, 2024. The Annual A1 Supercross did not disappoint. The Fan Fest was packed and the stadium was sold out. All day long the rails of the Progressive Insurance ECSTAR Suzuki & Twisted Tea H.E.P. Suzuki were filled with fans leaning over, getting a closer look, collecting autographs, and cheering on #94 Ken Roczen, #11 Kyle Chisholm and #12 Shane McElrath.
In iconic Ken Roczen fashion, the #94 got out to a great start. Grabbing the holeshot in the first premier class heat race, Ken jumped out front to a commanding lead taking the win. By that point there was no denying, it was looking like Ken would go on to win, or podium at the very least least. However, In the main event, Roczen did not quite get the start he needed to holeshot. He found himself mid-pack. Amid the opening lap chaos, another rider crashed into Ken, knocking him off the bike and to the ground. A second rider crashed into Roczen; he quickly kicked the bike off as the tire spun into his legs. Fortunately, Ken was okay, he immediately got back up on his Progressive Insurance ECSTAR Suzuki but with significant damage to the bike, Roczen was forced to pull into the mechanics area. Billy Hartle, (#94 Mechanic) quickly made do with what he could fix, and Roczen continued to race. Determined, the #94 bike started from dead last and almost a full lap back. Ken made 12 passes and finished in 10th place. He was able to salvage the night in what could have ended very badly. He leaves Anaheim sore and with a few bruises, but with good points on the board and momentum on his side.
Kyle Chisholm had a solid opening round, but it did not come easy. Crashing in the opening lap of his heat race and forced to race the last chance qualifier; it was a long road to the main event. In the LCQ, Kyle got out to a great start and quickly locked in a transfer position with a 2nd place finish. Starting from the very inside with one of the last gate picks, Chisholm got out to a good start racing and a solid 20-minute race. He finished the main event in 18th place.
Exciting debut for Shane McElrath who’s with the team for the full year. The #12 Twisted Tea H.E.P. Suzuki presented by Progressive showed a lot of speed in the first round of supercross. McElrath: filling in for the team during Supercross in 2023, had a great year. In one of his final supercross races for 2023, Shane had a career best finish in the premiere class with 5th overall abroad his Twisted Tea H.E.P. Suzuki. Since then, he has raced for a different team and spent a lot of time off the bike. It’s going to take a few rounds for him to get back to that speed. He finished the day 17th overall. The result might not show it, but McElrath made a lot of progress and improvements this round that’s going to be in his favor this coming Saturday.
The opening round of the 2024 Supercross season gave us a glimpse of what can be this 2024 Supercross Series. Ken Roczen won his heat race in a dominant display of ability to power the RM-Z450 Suzuki and if it wasn’t for a crash in the opening moments of the main event it would have been a very different night. If last Saturday was any indication of what’s to come, you can guarantee Ken Roczen and his Progressive Insurance ECSTAR Suzuki is going to be a force to be reckoned with this year.
This Saturday, round 2 of the AMA Monster Energy Supercross series will be held at Oracle Park, in San Francisco. The fan fest will open at 10:30 AM PST till closing at 4:30PM. Opening ceremonies are at 5:00PM with the first race set to start at 5:30PM. You can catch all the action live on Peacock TV and for those who want an even closer look can follow us on Instagram or Facebook.
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