The 2018 Monster Energy Supercross World Championship has burst back into life after the winter break at the opening round in Anaheim, with Red Bull KTM racer Marvn Musquin taking tfirst blood in front of a sold-out crowd at the Californian round.
Eli Tomac was an early race leader until a mistake left him on the deck and nursing an injured shoulder - a mistake made worse by a bizarre wardrobe malfunction that saw him stopping to rebuckle his trousers trackside, before eventually retiring from the race.
That left the French KTM rider clear to pick his way through the field, holding off the advances of Jason Anderson in the final stages of the race. Justin Barcia rounded out the podium.
However, performance of the night went to returning champion Ken Roczen, who sat out most of last season with a broken arm but returned in style this year to finish a strong fourth place on his first time on the bike. Class veteran Chad Reed, starting his 22nd season of professional racing, came home in 15th despite only jumping on his new privateer Husqvarna this week after ankle surgery.