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Jason Anderson's No. 21 Monster Energy Kawasaki in the pits in Atlanta. (Grace Woelbing photo)

Anderson Tops Qualifying, Plessinger Out In New Jersey

Jason Anderson turned a hot lap late in the second qualifying session of the day at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., to take his second fast-qualifier award of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross season.

The Monster Energy Kawasaki rider filed a 47.707-second lap time on his No. 21 machine.

Last week’s winner Chase Sexton was second with a 48.168-second lap time. Notably, the Honda HRC rider earned his first career Supercross victory in New Jersey in 2019 — while contending in the 250SX East class — so he’ll be looking to repeat some of the magic.

Justin Hill shot to third on the leaderboard, putting in a surprise performance on his No. 46 Team Tedder steed. H.E.P. Motorsports’ Ken Roczen qualified fourth, while Troy Lee/Red Bull/GASGAS rider Justin Barcia was fifth.

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Title contenders Cooper Webb and Eli Tomac were sixth and seventh. Tomac took a hard hit during the opening lap of the first qualifying session and did not ride the remaining nine minutes. He returned for the second round, putting in a best lap time of 48.930 seconds.

Red Bull KTM’s Aaron Plessinger did not ride either qualifying session, as he crashed in the rhythm section during free practice. He was helped off the track by the Alpinestars medical crew and has decided to sit out tonight’s main event.

250SX Overall Qualifying Results

The stage has been set for the first East/West Showdown of the year.

Both the 250SX East and West divisions were in action on Saturday afternoon at MetLife Stadium.

Honda HRC’s Hunter Lawrence, Star Racing Yamaha’s Jordon Smith and Fire Power Honda’s Max Anstie topped the 250SX East qualifying. Meanwhile, Honda HRC’s Jett Lawrence, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s R.J. Hampshire and Red Bull KTM’s Max Vohland were the top three in the 250SX West division.