Yoshimura Suzuki's Brett Metcalfe just missed out on a top-10 finish in the opening round of the AMA/ FIM Supercross Championship at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Saturday night.
The 27-year-old Californian, who missed most of last season's series due to injury, put in a solid performance aboard the 2012 RM-Z450, finishing sixth in his heat race.
Rockstar Energy Racing's Martin Davalos celebrated an impressive win in his heat race, but experienced some issues during the 250cc Lites Main Event and dropped out of the fray. But team mate Jason Anderson, after finishing seventh in his heat race, raced to seventh overall in the 15 lapper.
"This was the first race of the season, so nerves were a little high," said Anderson. "But I had some good practice sessions. Then my heat race had a bunch of pile-ups, but I ended up doing pretty good and I made it to the Main. The gate-drop at the start of the Main was a little delayed and I struggled with that, but I came back and got seventh, so it was a decent night overall."
Supercross Main Event: 1 Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki), 2 Chad Reed (Honda), 3 Ryan Dungey (KTM), 4 Justin Brayton (Honda), 5 Jake Weimer (Kawasaki), 6 James Stewart (Yamaha), 7 Andrew Short (Honda), 8 Kevin Windham (Honda), 9 Mike Alessi (Suzuki), 10 Josh Hansen (Kawasaki), 11 Brett Metcalfe (Yoshimura Suzuki).