Crystal Anthony swept the women’s elite races at the Supercross Cup, after riding away from the field and taking the win at day 2. Rebecca Fahringer (Amy D. Foundation) and Jenna Greaser (JAM Fund/NCC/Vittoria) fought for 2nd and 3rd over the entire race. Their fight continued to the final meters, with Fahringer holding off Greaser in the sprint for 2nd and 3rd.
On the noticeably chilled start-line the usual suspects got premier call-ups, including: Anthony, Greaser, Fahringer, Brittlee Bowman (House Industries/Withings/SimpleHuman), and Kathleen Lysakowski (Joe’s Garage CX p/b BikeReg).
Course conditions were slightly less sloppy than Saturday, but still warranted mud tires for most racers.
Coming back down off the prologue loop and toward the start/finish stretch, Greaser was at work doing what she seems to do best: crushing the start, and forcing an early selection.
Greaser stayed at the front as the pack wound across the course over the first lap and dipped onto the backside of the course. As the leaders reappeared, Anthony had worked her way to the front and was going full-gas to escape her competitors. Behind her, small groups began to form:
Within a lap, Anthony had opened up a ~10 second gap on Greaser at one of the run-ups on course, with Fahringer another 5 seconds back on Greaser.
While Anthony was flying at the front of the race, the chase situation was beginning to get a little more interesting, as the gap between Greaser, Fahringer, and Maximenko was shrinking.
Coming back down from the higher section of the course involved this lovely, sweeping off-camber turn.Fahringer was cautious with the out-riggered leg, but had passed and was maintaining a lead on Greaser.
Coming back towards me on course, something looked amiss with Fahringer who was heading for the pits. Adjacent to a fast, sweeping paved section, and requiring an extra turn to enter, even the most efficient pit exchange would incur a decent loss of time.
Despite Greaser’s best efforts, within another lap, Fahringer had closed much of the gap to Greaser.
After Anthony rolled in for first, there was a pause to see who would drop down from upper section of course first before the final meters.
Despite Greaser’s final kick, Fahringer would hold her off for the 2nd spot on the podium, with Greaser taking 3rd.