Jason Anderson is coming off an electrifying 2018 campaign which saw him capture the Monster Energy AMA Supercross championship. Anderson gained control of the points standings in the 450SX division after the 2nd race of the season in Houston and never relinquished his lead throughout the season. A stellar season awaited “El Hombre” as he notched four wins, podiumed 11 races, and missed a top-four finish on only three occasions. The downhill stretch to the 2018 season became rocky after a wreck caused Anderson to finish 17th in Salt Lake City. His points lead was cut to 14 heading into the final showdown in Las Vegas, Nevada. Anderson capped off his stellar season with a 5th place finish at Sam Boyd Stadium and held off Marvin Musquin to win the championship by nine points. Anderson looks to repeat as champion in 2019 to begin a new dynasty in the 450SX division.
The 2018 AMA Supercross Championship was a thrilling accomplishment for the already stellar career of Anderson. The native of Edgewood, New Mexico has now tallied seven career wins in the 450SX class since turning pro in 2011. Before making the move to the 450SX division, Anderson tallied five career wins in the 250SX division. His stretch competing in the 250SX division was highlighted by his 2014 250SX Western Regional championship. Anderson’s talent and hard work were recognized when he received the chance of a lifetime to represent his country at the 2016 Motocross of Nations. He helped guide Team USA to a 2nd place finish in the event. Had it not been for a horrific injury Anderson suffered at the event, Team USA likely would have taken first place. Anderson was struck in the head by a lapped rider as he celebrated his victory in the 2nd race of the event. At the time of the accident, Team USA was in the lead and Anderson was forced to sit out the remaining races. France would go on to capture the championship.
Supercross was instilled in Anderson at a young age as he began riding at the young age of seven. In 2010, Anderson won the prestigious AMA Horizon Award for Motocross being tabbed as one of the next big stars in the sport of motorcycle racing. He followed up his award with a phenomenal performance at the 2010 AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships held at the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. At the event, Anderson won four out of six motos in the 450A and 250A classes. Anderson took home the championship for the 450A class.
The talents of Anderson are undeniable, but he has had outstanding mentors along his journey to the top of the Supercross world. He has been under the tutelage of well-known motocross trainer Aldon Baker. One of his training partners was four-time Supercross 450SX champion, Ryan Dungey. Some of Anderson’s current training partners include Marvin Musquin and Zach Osborne. Anderson has spent his entire career with the same team, but he has experience racing a variety of motorcycle brands. His team’s name presently is Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing with Husqvarna as the manufacturer for their motorcycles. Anderson has experience racing Suzuki and KTM motorcycles in addition to Husqvarna.
The 2018 AMA Supercross championship in the 450SX division solidified “El Hombre” as one of the premier riders in the sport of motorcycle racing at all levels. With the 2019 season quickly approaching, Anderson aims to follow up his historic 2018 campaign with an equally as impressive outing. Supercross fans will eagerly wait to find out if Anderson has what it takes to win back to back 450SX titles and earn legendary status.