Jason Anderson is always there to win it

Jason Anderson waves to the crowd at the Hangtown Motocross Classic after earning his first overall victory. (Align media photo)

At the last round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross at Fox Raceway in California, Jason Anderson might not be fighting for the title, but he was still fighting.

“I was kind of stuck in third place for points, but still wanted to have a good day,” Anderson said. “Eli [Tomac] and hunt [Sexton] I’ve been on another level this year, so for me, I was just trying to get closer and closer.

The first motorcycle in Pala, California didn’t quite catch on. With an early crash and temperatures over 100 degrees to contend with, Anderson recorded a fourth-place finish on his #21 Kawasaki Monster Energy.

In moto two, Anderson got off to a strong start after the gate crash and was in the lead, battling with points leader Eli Tomac as the Star Racing Yamaha rider tried to clinch his fourth Pro Motocross championship. Anderson eventually came out of the final round with a 4-3 result on the day and a third-place finish in the championship.

“For me to have a full, healthy season and finish the last lap like that is still good enough for me,” Anderson said.

The last two motocross seasons have been littered with injuries for Anderson and his former Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team. He hasn’t completed a full season since 2019, when he finished fourth in the standings.

While coming out of the summer healthy certainly gives Anderson peace of mind for next year, the Kawasaki rider has also managed to tick another box off his to-do list that only adds to his growing confidence.

At the Hangtown Motocross Classic, the second round of the season, Anderson earned his first career overall win – a win, no less, that took 12 years to achieve.

“It took me a long time to get there. For that to happen this year, just with the way everything is going, it was cool to get it,” Anderson said. “When it happened, it felt more like ‘it’s about time’ than excitement. It was almost a relief from my shoulders.

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Jason Anderson finished third in the Pro Motocross Championship this year. (Align media photo)

To further reinforce that this was his best season yet, Anderson took the win again eight rounds later at Budds Creek. His consistent 2-2 performance was enough to earn him another overall victory, and luckily it came on one of his favorite tracks.

“The first one was more of a shock to me because it was so much work to get there. And then the second one definitely came a little easier,” Anderson said. “Still shooting for maybe have more next year, but I’m grateful for what I got.”

Perhaps most impressive about Anderson’s stellar year – finishing the summer third in the championship and also taking second place in the Monster Energy Supercross Championship this spring – is that he did it with a new team and a new bike.

It’s been a year of progress for Anderson and Monster Energy Kawasaki, but looking back, it didn’t take long for them to find their groove together.

In Supercross and motocross, Anderson’s first victories with Kawasaki came in round two of each respective series, launching the No. 21 into two remarkable campaigns.

“With the direction my career was going in the previous years, I think if you had told me that I would have won, you know, nine races in total this year between supercross and motocross, and then second and third in the championship, I would have definitely been okay with that,” Anderson admitted. “But then when you’re in it, you’re like, ‘aww,’ you feel like you could have had a little more, maybe run better. “

As he said, there is always a time when the grass could have been greener.

But the truth is that in the 29 races this year, Anderson has worn Kawasaki colors on the podium 17 times. And next year, Anderson hopes to paint it all green team.

“I got better every round, I got better every time I got out on the track,” Anderson said. Looking forward to the championship in 2023, he added: “If things go my way, I could win it. And that’s what my focus is right now.

As he prepares to turn 30 in next year’s Supercross season, making him one of the veteran riders in the 450 class, Anderson plans to stay in contention for both titles and believes his better days are still ahead of him.

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