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Atlas Report: Arlington
With Lawson Bopping and Dean Wilson missing, Jason Anderson and Chris Howell were left to represent Atlas at the seventh fixture on the Monster Energy Supercross calendar this past weekend. Both riders impressed, as usual, and achieved more personal goals whilst running their brace.
What will happen if Jason Anderson gets a good start? That question has been asked countless times in recent weeks and, on Saturday night, we got an answer. Although ending lap one 6th wasn’t ideal, it meant he was slightly closer to the front than he has been thus far this year.
A track that was extremely difficult to pass on was no problem for Jason, as he sliced his way into fourth within four laps. After tracking down an old rival, he was then able to move into third on lap fifteen. That is where he eventually finished, meaning he took his Atlas brace up onto the podium for the first time since the season opener. This also marked his seventh consecutive top five finish! That consistency continues to aid him, as he sits third in the 450SX series standings.
Chris Howell scored more points in the 250SX main event earlier in the night, thanks to a twentieth place finish. That puts him twenty-second in the series, which is a position he’ll be eager to improve on once the 250SX West class returns from a lengthy break. Howell has been nursing an injured hand for a few weeks now, but that hasn’t stopped him from making a majority of the main events!
A new group of riders will take to the track when Monster Energy Supercross hits Atlanta this weekend, as the 250SX East class will be a part of the program for the first time this year. The class will, of course, feature title contender Martin Davalos, who will be proudly sporting his Atlas brace.