Jason Anderson (motorcyclist)

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Jason Anderson
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NationalityAmerican
BornFebruary 17, 1993 (1993-02-17) (age 29)
Edgewood, New Mexico
Motocross career
Years active2011–present
Teams
Championships
AMA 250SX West – 2014
AMA 450SX – 2018

Jason Anderson (born February 17, 1993) is an American professional Motocross and Supercross racer #21. He has competed in the AMA Motocross Championships and Supercross championships since 2011.[1][2] Nicknamed "El Hombre", he is the 2018 AMA Supercross and FIM World Champion, the 21st winner of the Supercross title.

Anderson currently competes with Monster Energy Kawasaki. Anderson competed for Rockstar for most of his professional racing career, only signing with Kawasaki in October of 2021. With Rockstar, he raced on Suzuki, KTM, and finally Husqvarna bikes.

He trained with Supercross Champion Ryan Dungey for three seasons[1] as well as Marvin Musquin, Cooper Webb, Adam Cianciarulo and Zach Osborne under the stewardship of professional motocross trainer Aldon Baker.[3]

Anderson has 5 career 250SX wins and currently, 14 450SX wins along with 19 podium finishes in the 450SX class. He was the 2014 Western Regional 250SX Champion and won the 2018 450 AMA Supercross and FIM World Championship.[4] In 2022, he earned his first overall win in motocross at Hangtown.

Personal life[edit]

Jason Anderson grew up in New Mexico, the son of Mike and Darla Anderson. He raced dirt bikes from a young age and was accompanied to races by his grandparents, whom he is very close to. He turned pro in 2011, and moved to Florida to train under Aldon Baker in 2014. In 2020, he left the Baker's factory and moved to California.

As of 2022, Anderson has moved back to his home state of New Mexico and trains there. He is married to his wife Kenzie (Meads) Anderson, who is popular on TikTok[5] and Instagram. They eloped in Las Vegas in 2021. Jason can be followed on his popular vlog channel on YouTube, Team Fried,[6] created with friends Matt Rice and Tom Journet.

Season results[edit]

Amateur[edit]

Anderson started riding at the age of seven. He has 72 amateur wins and 5 Loretta Lynn's Amateur Championships.[7] He was the 2010 AMA Horizon Award winner for motocross and 450A Class champion at Loretta Lynn's.[8]

2011 season[edit]

In Jason's first pro season in the 250 class for Rockstar Suzuki, he completed his supercross season with nominal results. He competed in most of the motocross races with similarly low results.

2012 season[edit]

Anderson finished his second pro supercross season with 1 podium and showed some improvement in his motocross season.

2013 season[edit]

Anderson showed promise in his supercross season with 2 podiums and a win in Salt Lake City. He stayed mostly in the top 10 motocross, ending the season with 1 podium.

2014 season[edit]

During this year, Anderson began training with Aldon Baker. The Rockstar team also switched to KTM bikes. For this season, Anderson raced with the number 14.

He and Cole Seely battled for the championship in the 250 SX-West. Anderson persevered throughout the season often stealing victories on the final lap, and locked down the championship in his final year in the 250 cc class[9] with 4 wins and 3 podiums.

He finished an up-and-down motocross season with 3 podiums.

2015 season[edit]

During this year, the Rockstar team switched to Husqvarna bikes. Instead of defending his 250 supercross title, Anderson moved into the 450 class. He finished 7th in supercross standings with 2 podiums and 6th in the motocross season with 3 podiums. He placed 3rd in the Monster Energy Cup.

2016 season[edit]

Anderson finished 3rd overall in the 450 Supercross Championship, winning both the season opener in Anaheim and the 11th round in Detroit. He made the podium 5 times.

He raced 5 races in motocross and made the podium once before a broken collarbone ended his season.

Anderson was chosen as a member of Team USA for the 2016 Motocross des Nations. During a practice crash, he fractured his foot, but decided to race. After a battle with Jeffrey Herlings, he won the second race and put team USA into the lead for the title. However, while celebrating his victory, Jason rolled the finish line jump and was then landed on by a lapped rider. He was not seriously injured, but could not compete in the third moto. France took the team win.[10][11]

2017 season[edit]

Jason Anderson finished the AMA Supercross season with a win at the last race in Las Vegas, securing him 4th overall in the season.

During the outdoor Motocross championship, he had a streak of 5 consecutive podiums. Anderson had a training accident before the Southwick race which kept him out of the races for the remainder of the season. He was 2nd in the Monster Energy Cup.

2018 season[edit]

During the 2018 Supercross championship, Anderson gained the points lead after round 2 in Houston. His points lead eventually grew to 41, aided by injuries sustained by main title contenders Eli Tomac, Marvin Musquin and Ken Roczen. He podiumed 11 times and was 4th or better in 14 of the 17 season races. However, his once-comfortable lead was drastically cut short during round 16 in Salt Lake City due to a crash which broke several spokes on his front wheel. After a pit stop for a new wheel, he was only able to get up to 17th. With the points lead reduced to 14, the championship was decided at the closing round in Las Vegas' Sam Boyd Stadium.[12] Anderson placed fifth, winning his championship 9 points over Marvin Musquin.

Jason raced 4 rounds of motocross and had 1 podium, though practice injuries removed him from most of the season. He again placed 2nd in the Monster Energy Cup. He also raced in the Australian supercross open and won.

2019 season[edit]

Anderson only raced 3 rounds of supercross, gaining 1 podium, before he broke his arm in two places and suffered a broken rib in a practice crash.

Anderson was able to complete a full motocross season and got 4 podiums. He was chosen again for the team USA for MXon, along with Zach Osborne and Justin Cooper. Jason went to Europe a month early with his team and Team Fried friends to train. Team USA finished 6th. He again competed in the Australian Supercross open in Melbourne and Auckland taking a 1st and 2nd.

2020 season[edit]

Anderson started his supercross season with mixed results, going on to place 4th after the Covid-forced residency in Salt Lake City. During this time, he announced he was parting ways with long- time trainer Aldon Baker, saying he needed a change of pace in training.

He competed in 3 rounds of motocross before having severe pain in his arm caused by a surgical plate from breaking his arm previously. After having surgery to remove the plate, he was out for the remainder of the season.

2021 season[edit]

Anderson had a tough supercross season, finishing 8th with 2 podiums. He only completed one motocross race before breaking his hand in practice accident which ended his season. In the fall, he announced he had signed with the Monster Energy Kawasaki team, which is the manufacturer he raced for during his amateur career.

2022 season[edit]

Anderson began the year on a Kawasaki with his new team. He started his supercross season with a 10th place finish in Anaheim, but won the next race in Oakland, ending a 47 race winless streak. He then picked up wins in Anaheim (Round 6), Minneapolis (Round 7), Atlanta (Round 14), Foxborough (Round 15), Denver (Round 16).[13] and Salt Lake City (round 17). Jason ended the supercross season with 7 wins, doubling his previous number of wins, and putting him on the all-time supercross win list at 18th with 14 wins.

Anderson started his motocross season out strong, gaining his first ever outdoor overall win at Hangtown. After a solid string of podium finishes behind front runners Eli Tomac and Chase Sexton, Jason pulled out another overall win at Budds Creek. He was able to complete his outdoor season without injury and ended up 3rd overall in his best motocross season.

AMA Supercross results[edit]

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2014 SX-W 1 1 4 1 5 2 - - - - - - - 1 2 - 6 2.56 67% 1st
2018 SX 2 1 3 4 1 1 4 3 1 7 2 4 2 2 3 17 5 3.64 65% 1st
2022 SX 10 1 8 2 4 1 1 2 9 21 6 2 4 1 1 1 - - -% 2nd

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Krammer, Andrew (14 April 2018). "Learning From The Best". Minneapolis Star Tribune. Retrieved 2018-04-16.
  2. ^ "JASON ANDERSON 21 - CAREER ACCOLADES". supercrosslive.com. Retrieved 2018-04-12.
  3. ^ "Jason Anderson Aims to Repeat as 450SX Champion". thesupercross.com. Retrieved December 13, 2020.
  4. ^ Kantowski, Ron (5 May 2018). "Jason Anderson clinches Supercross title at Sam Boyd Stadium". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 2018-05-05.
  5. ^ "kenziemeads (@kenziemeads) TikTok | Watch kenziemeads's Newest TikTok Videos". TikTok. Retrieved 2022-04-26.
  6. ^ "TEAM FRIED - YouTube". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 2022-04-26.
  7. ^ "Jason Anderson Bio". MotoUSA.com. Retrieved 2018-05-07.
  8. ^ "Jason Anderson Wins MX Horizon Award". AMA Racing. 20 August 2010. Retrieved 2018-05-09.
  9. ^ "2014 Motocross Season - The Vault - Historical Motocross & Supercross Results". vault.racerxonline.com.
  10. ^ "Jason Anderson hit in head by motorbike while celebrating MXoN win". FOX Sports. 25 September 2016. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  11. ^ Stallo, Chase (25 September 2016). "JASON ANDERSON UPDATE". Racer X. Retrieved 2018-04-14.
  12. ^ Bowyer, Andy (6 May 2018). "Anderson Wins 2018 Monster Energy Supercross Championship!". SupercrossLIVE. Retrieved 2018-05-07.
  13. ^ "Career Race Results". Racer X Online. Retrieved April 26, 2022.
  14. ^ "Jason Anderson - The Vault - Historical Motocross & Supercross Results". vault.racerxonline.com.