Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Jason Anderson is showing himself to be a serious contender for the 2018 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series championship.
After posting a runner-up finish at the 2018 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series-opening Anaheim I Supercross and backing that up with a win in the Houston Supercross, the 24-year-old from New Mexico isn’t known as the most flamboyant rider or the smoothest talker. Instead, he prefers to do his talking on the track, with a straightforward, bull-in-a-china-shop riding style that has produced impressive results, including an AMA 250SX West Supercross title, and three Monster Energy AMA Supercross 450SX main event wins, including the Anaheim Supercross and the Las Vegas Supercross and berths on the US Team for the Motocross of Nations.
While he may not yet be a consistent winner… yet… Anderson has certainly been a consistent frontrunner, and 2018 may be the year that sees him achieve the dream of becoming Monster Energy AMA Supercross Champion. With the series point lead and with two of his main competitors—Eli Tomac and Marvin Musquin—both suffering early season injuries, it may be his best chance yet.
But even if Tomac and Musquin ultimately battle back and become factors in the title chase, and even if they’d never suffered their respective mishaps, Anderson would have to be considered a serious contender for the title. Here are five reasons why.
5. He trains hard.
Anderson has made sure that he is fit to perform at his highest level by signing on with renowned trainer Aldon Baker, who has trained some of the sport’s most prolific champions, including Ricky Carmichael, James Stewart, Ryan Villopoto and Ryan Dungey. Baker also formerly trained Ken Roczen. When not racing, Anderson has spent the majority of his time putting in the work at the Baker’s Factory compound in Florida, training and riding along with fellow professionals Marvin Musquin and Zach Osborne. With such a rigorous fitness regimen, it’s highly unlikely that Anderson will run out of steam during a moto or a supercross main event.