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Jason Anderson held off a late challenge from Dean Wilson to take his fourth win in the Western Regional 250SX Class Championship’s return to action.
Photo Courtesy Simon Cudby
Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil Honda’s Jessy Nelson started the 15-lap Western Regional 250SX Class Main Event by grabbing the Nuclear Cowboyz Holeshot Award with Anderson and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Justin Hill in tow. Anderson made a pass for the lead by the time the field entered the second corner and opened a gap. Hill and his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki teammate Dean Wilson followed suit and took over second and third, with Wilson making the pass on Hill and setting his sights on Anderson out front. On lap four, Hill crashed in the whoops, giving up the spot to Troy Lee Designs/MAVTV Honda’s Malcolm Stewart.
Anderson maintained about a two-second margin for the bulk of the race, until Wilson started closing in as they approached lappers. Wilson put on the pressure over the final two laps, with mere bike lengths separating the two, but was unable to make a pass happen before the finish.
It was the first Western Regional 250SX Class Championship race since the San Diego stop on Feb. 8.
“It feels great to come back strong after such a long break. I’m super stoked to get the win,” said Anderson. “We did a lot of work over the break and it paid off. We killed it off the start and were able to run our own race. That’s going to be the key to winning this championship over the last few rounds, put myself up front and move into a position so we can do what we need to do.”
Wilson overcame a dislocated shoulder suffered in a crash during his Heat Race to finish second and grab his third podium in four races, while Stewart posted the third podium result of his career in third. Anderson’s main challenger in the Western Regional Championship standings, Cole Seely, finished fourth aboard his Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil Honda.
Anderson’s lead over Seely in the championship now sits at 11 points with two races remaining in the Western Regional 250SX Class Championship.