The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team had a podium night at the Monster Energy Cup, held at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nev. on Saturday. Jason Anderson earned second overall after three challenging motos encompassing a difficult Joker Lane that had to be taken by each rider once during every moto. Anderson rode strong despite limited seat time and brought home a well-earned second-place finish.
Anderson was third at the start of the first moto and made a calculated decision to take the Joke Lane earlier in the race. He lost a position in the third lap, but made a comeback and navigated his way back to the third-place spot. He held strong to finish third. He was forced to work his way through the pack after starting in the back of the pack in the second moto, but he went on a charge and made it to ninth by the fourth lap. He clicked off four more spots to finish fifth. He was top-five at the start of the final moto and rode strong the remainder of the race to gain one more position to finish fourth. The 3-5-4 finish gave him second overall on the night.
“The night went pretty well,” said Anderson. “I haven’t had a lot of time to prepare and today was pretty much my first day testing. I had two days on the supercross track then came here and was able to get second. I did a lot of battling but I feel like I still did really well and I rode my best.”
Jalek Swoll had an impressive night in the Amateur All-Stars class and finished 3-2 for second overall.
“It took me awhile to get used to the track,” said Swoll, “but once I did everything was great. My qualifiers set me up pretty well for the night show. I got a good start in both motos and came out with a third in the first moto and second in the second moto for second overall. It was a good night and I’m happy.”
Monster Energy Cup Results
1. Eli Tomac (1,1,1)
2. Jason Anderson – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing (3,5,4)
3. Joey Savatgy (5,6,2)
4. Justin Barcia (4,2,7)
5. Malcolm Stewart (7,4,6)
6. Josh Grant (8,3,8)
7. Vince Friese (10,7,5)
8. Chad Reed (9,16,3)
9. Jordon Smith (13,8,10)
10. Blake Baggett (11,10,11)
1. Jo Shimoda (1,3)
2. Jalek Swoll – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing (3,2)
3. Derek Drake (6,1)