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What happened to Jason Anderson's bike at San Diego Supercross?

Jake Nichol January 24, 2022
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The Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship rolled into San Diego over the weekend, but what happened to Jason Anderson’s bike? Why was he unable to compete at the front?

For the third round of the season, the championship returned to California and San Diego after a two-year hiatus. Ken Roczen and Anderson shared the spoils in the opening two rounds of the season.

The New Mexico-native looked set for another strong result in the 450SX main event, but dropped out of contention mid-race. What happened to Jason Anderson’s bike at San Diego Supercross?

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Jason Anderson bike trouble

Anderson started his Kawasaki machine in the mid-pack and steadily moved his way through the field. With seven minutes of the main to go, he passed Eli Tomac for second and began to steadily reel in leader Chase Sexton.

However, Anderson’s bike then developed a problem. The machine began to smoke heavily after a radiator problem developed.

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After what had happened to Anderson’s bike, he began to slow, unable to keep pace with the leader. He eventually came home in ninth place – 32.936s behind winner Sexton in the 26-lap encounter. Tomac and Dylan Ferrandis completed the top three.

The results leave Tomac top of the standings on 59 points, one ahead of Sexton. The top eight are separated by just seven points.

After what happened to his bike, Jason Anderson is fifth in the standings on 54 points.

What comes next?

The Supercross series returns to Anaheim for a second time this weekend. Coverage will be on Peacock and CNBC. The main NBC channel will show delayed coverage of the action later in the evening.

Other highlights include trips to Daytona and Indianapolis before April for the east segment. East and west will race against each other in a showdown at Atlanta on 16 April.

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Jake can usually be found writing about or watching anything to do with motorsport – from Formula 1 to NASCAR to British Truck Racing. His work as a motorsport journalist has been published by the likes of Autosport, Motorsport.com and Motorsport News – all highly respected names. Away from racing he is a keen amateur astronomer, podcast listener and enjoys long walks in the park with his three dogs.