There was lots of excitement at the first 450SX round of Monster Energy AMA Supercross.
The Main of the opening round of the 2016 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series began with AutoTrader/Monster Energy/Toyota/Yamaha’s Justin Barcia grabbing the holeshot with Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna’s Jason Anderson and Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s James Stewart following closely behind.
Unfortunately, the race was restarted after Stewart crashed in the left-hand corner before the finish line after a collision with Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey on the first lap.
Stewart lay motionless on the track long enough for the organizers to decide to red flag the race. Stewart was escorted off the track by the Asterisk Mobile Medical Crew and was able to sit up under his own power, but understandably did not return to the gate for the restart.
On the restart, it was Team Honda HRC’s Cole Seely who took the early lead with Barcia and Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac giving chase. On lap five, both Team Honda HRC’s Trey Canard and Anderson would make their way past Tomac. From there, Canard would pass Barcia to take second place position on lap six.
Anderson, putting in the field’s fastest laps, passed Barcia on lap seven and got by Canard on lap eight.