Hailing from Edgewood, New Mexico, Jason Anderson will enter his fourth season in the premier racing division in the world, the Monster Energy Supercross 450SX class.
You can’t eat too far into the meat of an article on Anderson without using one word to describe his riding style – “Aggressive”. Jason fears no one and is arguably the last man you want behind you on the final lap of a main event. Aggression and pure speed catapult the No. 21 Husqvarna pilot into the forefront of the discussion of possible winners of the 2018 season opener in Anaheim.
Anderson has been a quick study to Monster Energy Supercross as he climbed the ranks in blazing fashion, earning the 2014 250SX Western Division Championship. However, the going was rather rough for Jason in his rookie season of 450SX competition, as it is with 99% of those who enter the class. Crashes thwarted his effort for a top overall finish, but flashes of speed here and there hinted that great things were to come. Coming into the 2016 Supercross season, few had their eyes on Anderson to take the victory at the season opener, but he did just that. After becoming Anaheim 1 Champion, Jason put forth a strong sophomore season, picking up another win in Detroit and bringing it home fourth overall in the 450SX final standings.
Enter the 2017 season and the pressure of expectation was placed on Anderson as he was officially one of the “main guys.” Normally an outstanding starter and winner of a Toyota Tundra at the 2015 Monster Energy Cup, Anderson encountered problems with his holeshots throughout his 2017 campaign. That said, Jason was able to nail down the victory in Las Vegas at the season finale and finish the 2017 450SX championship third overall. He also left pundits again looking at Anderson as a perennial contender for victories.
Rivalries make a sport great, and one of the most intense is between Anderson and Cole Seely. The two battled throughout their 2014 250SX championship and established a beef that is very much alive and well today. With Anaheim 1 only 38 days away, both Seely and Anderson have put down some of their best rides of their careers within Angel Stadium of Anaheim. You can expect both to be at the front of the pack and, if they engage each other, look for some plastic to be slammed and fireworks.
Fitness is another weapon in Anderson’s arsenal. A member of the Baker Factory in Clermont, Florida, Jason has been under the direct tutelage of world famous Supercross trainer Aldon Baker. Anderson puts in the work on and off the bike and rest assured that the 20 minutes plus two laps of racing heading his way on January 6 will be met by a man with plenty of stamina.
With a lot of attention on Eli Tomac, Marvin Musquin and Ken Roczen, do not forget that Jason Anderson knows the path to victory at A1 and he could very well open the 2018 season in winning fashion once again!