“Bam Bam” Garcia rallies to retake Anaheim lead, win opener
The dirt on the annual Monster Energy AMA Supercross season opener is always the same.
It’s 45,000 pounds of earth moved to make the erstwhile home of the Los Angeles Angels into the world’s coolest dirt track for two of the year’s first three weekends.
The major change last weekend at The Big A was the TV network.
NBC Sports is now the home of the world’s premier Supercross series, with Sunday replays on the Peacock and NBC Sports Network.
Defending Anaheim I winner Justin Barcia put on quite a show to welcome the new television partner.
Barcia grabbed the lead on the second lap.
Then he gave it right back by flying off the course in the kind of mistake rookie Adam Ciancarulo would be more likely to make.
Ciancarulo, the 2019 AMA 250cc national champion, rode up front all night in his Monster Energy AMA Supercross 450SX debut.
But then at the midpoint of the race, Ciancarulo went crashing off the course in the whoops section.
Garcia reclaimed the point, and never looked back.
He demonstrated for new fans of the sport why his nickname is “BamBam.”
“Anaheim is so huge every year,” Barcia said. “You always want to start the season with a win, but especially because of all the prestige of Anaheim I.
“I just feel so grateful to get this win the way we did. You keep making mistakes to hurt your chances, but then your never-saydie attitude kicks in.”
Defending champion Cooper Webb filled out the podium, making the season opener an all-Kawasaki affair.
Once Barcia and Ciancarulo checked out in their match race, Webb was the best of the rest.
The series moves on to the downtown dome in St. Louis for week two.
Then it’s back to The Big A for Anaheim II on Jan 18.
Anaheim I often lays out a roadmap for the season.
The 2020 roadmap suggests the rookie class will be heard from.
And, the defending champion’s not planning on getting out of anyone’s way, either.