The main event was on for the 450’s and once again it was Davi Millsaps grabbing the holeshot ahead of Broc Tickle, Chad Reed, Justin Brayton and Justin Barcia. BTO Sports rider Matt Goerke would get a decent jump and start around 9th place. He and Villopoto would battle back in the pack with Goerke passing Villopoto back at one point for the number 7 spot. Meanwhile up front, series points leaders Davi Millsaps would begin to pull a 2 second lead ahead of Chad Reed. Stewart did not get the best of starts in this race and was battling around 5th thru 7th place for the opening laps. With a few laps in the books, the TwoTwo Motorsports Honda of Chad Reed would begin making a push on Davi Millsaps, almost challenging for the lead until he went down in the corner right before the whoops. It was unfortunate as Chad was the fastest guy on the track at this point and looked like he was going to make a pass for the lead. He would get back on the bike in 8th place. A bit ahead, Dungey would begin his move into the top 5 passing Stewart around lap 7. Villopoto would also charge past Stewart shortly after. Up front, Barcia was putting pressure on Millsaps but could make anything stick. While Villopoto was running in 3rd, he crashed allowing Stewart and Reed to get by him. Davi was on a mission this race from the second the gate dropped and did not let Barcia by. Davi would take the checkered flag for the first time since his main event win back at Anaheim 1. Barcia would finish 2nd and the KTM of Ryan Dungey would finish on the podium once again in 3rd place. Stewart was able to hold off the charging Reed for 4th place for the second week in a row. Davi has been consistent this entire year and a main event win only extends his points lead. Matt Goerke would have some bad luck in the race dropping back to 12th position by the end of the race. It’s a really unfortunate race for Reed as he set the fastest lap on the track. Reed has won 7 races here at San Diego and was well on his way to another race win until he crashed. Regardless of the crash, Reed proved that he still has the speed to run up front with the points leader. It’s still great series and we will see what happens at the next round in Arlington!!
The 250 main event got underway and it was the Rockstar Suzuki of Jason Anderson grabbing the holeshot and the lead followed by Martin Davalos, Eli Tomac, Malcolm Stewart, and Ken Roczen. Heat race winner Martin Davalos would go down in the rhythm section right away allowing everyone to pass. Cole Seely would also crash on the first lap. When the first lap was in the books, it was Anderson, Tomac, Roczen, Mookie, and Austin Politelli rounding out the top 5. Tomac would make the pass on Anderson for first and Roczen would do the same a few laps later. Kyle Cunninham meanwhile suffered a bad start and was charging through the pack, coming around in 9th around lap 8. Malcolm Stewart held strong in the main until he crashed hard right after the whoop section. It’s unfortunate for Malcolm as he was running in the highest position he has run this year. Late in the race, Kyle Cunningham was putting the pressure on Zach Osborne for 7th place and Osborne went down in a corner, allowing Cunnigham to pass by. Cunningham was not done and continued to charge, getting Baker near the end of the race to finish in 5th place. Tomac got caught up in some lapper on the last lap allowing Roczen to get on his back wheel by the end of the race, but Tomac held Roczen off for the win. Anderson would stay in third with Austin Politelli in 4th and Cunningham in 5th. Great race for Austin as this was his first finish inside the top 5 this year. Pro Circuit riders Tyla Rattray and Martin Davalos would finish 8th and 9th respectively.
450SX Heat Races
Heat #1 saw the red plate holder Davi Millsaps grab the holeshot followed by the Yoshimura Suzuki of James Stewart. Trey Canard, BTO Sports rider Les Smith and Ryan Dungey rounded out the top 5. Stewart looked on his game not letting Millsaps out of his sight and was applying pressure until he finally made the pass on lap 5. Millsaps was not done however and closed back in on Stewart challenging for the pass at one point but James was able to hold him off in the end. Trey Canard, Ryan Dungey, and 450 rookie Matt Lemoine would round out the top 5. Stewart looked smooth and confident on the bike and provided one of the most exciting heat races this year. It’s awesome to see James up front and if he can get a good start in the main, we can expect his first podium of the year.
The gate dropped for Heat #2 and it was the Muscle Milk Honda rider Justin Barcia with the holeshot and the early lead. Barcia was followed by Andrew short, Ryan Villopoto, and BTO Sports KTM rider Matt Goerke in 5th. Barcia made a mistake after the triple and was off the bike allowing everyone to move forward. Everything remained the same and an unfortunate scenario happened on lap 4 that saw Jared Browne go down hard causing the race to be red flagged. For the second time ever, the race would be restarted in a single file line on the start with 4 laps to go. Reed would move into 4th quickly ahead of Goerke and being to put pressure on Chris Blose in 3rd. Matt Goerke held the number 5 position for most of the race until Justin Barcia got him on the second to last corner to grab the spot. Ryan Villopoto would win while Andrew Short would stay in second, with Chad Reed, Chris Blose, and Justin Barcia rounding out the top 5. Jimmy Alberston, despite having the 5th fastest lap
250SX Heat Races
Heat #1 was off and it was the #38 of Kyle Cunningham grabbing the holeshot. Cunningham was followed closely by rookie Joey Savagty and GEICO Honda rider Eli Tomac. Tomac quickly made the move into second place but Cunningham had already started to put a gap on the field. Cole Seely was running around 6th when Scott Champion went down before the whoops and Seely had nowhere to go and tipped over. He would remount but not finish in a qualifying position. Meanwhile up front Tomac put in a late charge after Cunningham made a few mistakes but was not able to pass the Yamaha rider. This is Cunnigham’s first heat race win of the season and he is most definitely going to carry this momentum into the main event. If Cunningham can get the same start, expect his first podium of the year. After Tomac, Joey Savagty rounded out your top 3.
Heat #2 saw the familiar Troy Lee Designs Honda up front but this time it was Christian Craig grabbing the holeshot with Rockstar Suzuki’s Jason Anderson right behind, followed by Martin Davalos, Ken Roczen, and Zach Osborne. Martin Davalos was on the move passing Jason Anderson in the whoops and race leader Christian Craig shortly after. He would put about a second on everyone and would win his heat race for the second week in a row. Jason Anderson never let Davalos pull away and would finish a close second followed by Christian Craig in 3rd, his best heat race finish of the year. Teammate Jessy Nelson went down early and would charge back to 11th, but unfortunately will be joining TLD teammate Cole Seely in the LCQ.
The second timed practice sessions have come to an end and once again, Martin Davalos took the top qualifying spot in the 250 class with a 47.934 followed by Zach Osborne with a 47.967 and Cole Seely rounding out the top 3 with a 48.145. Tomac and Malcolm Stewart would round out the top 5. This is the first time we have seen Malcolm this high in qualifying, can he carry this momentum into the main event tonight and get his first top 5 finish?? This track is very fast and only a few tenths of a second separates the top riders, we should be in store for some great racing tonight.
In the 450 class, Bubba Stewart threw down the fastest lap with a 47.344 followed very closely by Davi Millsaps with a 47.459 and Villopoto with a 47.635. BTO Sports KTM rider Matt Goerke would qualify in 12th again not far off the pace at all with a 48.672. The top 10 riders were only separated by just over a second so like I said before, we should see some close battles and great racing action in both the 250 and 450 classes tonight. The track has shaped up nicely for the main event and with no clouds in sight, it is going to be a great night of racing.
With the first set of timed practice finished up, BTO Sports – KTM rider Matt Goerke is looking good on the San Diego track, qualifying in the 12th spot. Matt looks comfortable and is ready to put the BTO Sports – KTM race bike in the top ten tonight.
BTO Sports – KTM rider Les Smith also looks good and qualified in the 19th spot. Les looks confident and in charge of the San Diego track. He is looking for redemption from last week, so look for Les to turn it up in session two.
In the 450SX class, Ryan Villopoto put down the fastest lap time with a 46.999 sec lap, followed by James Stewart with a 47.105 sec. lap time. Rounding out the top three is Justin Barcia with a 47.310 sec. lap time. The track has shaped up nicely and is fast! Chad Reed looks good, but needs to find speed somewhere if he is going to go for the win tonight. For the top 20 qualifiers in the 450SX class, click here
The 250SX class, Martin Davalos posted a 47.685 sec lap time for the top spot, followed by Eli Tomac with a 47.806 and Ken Roczen rounds out the top three with a 48.374 sec lap time. Roczen had a little get-off during the session, but got back up quickly. Davalos looks fast on the San Diego track. Can we see him on top of the podium tonight?
For the top 20 qualifiers in the 250SX class, click here
Justin Barcia stylin’ for the San Diego crowd
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Round 6 of the Monster Energy Supercross series heads down to America’s Greatest City, San Diego this weekend. This weekend will be big for a lot of reasons. One, we are 1/3 in to the season and with this being the last West coast round until Seattle in the middle of April, this will be make it or break it time for a lot of riders. The 250SX West series will be on a long hiatus until Seattle as well, so who wins here tonight will have a huge momentum swing going in to the break. There has been a lot of great racing and a lot of surprises in the first third of the season, and as the series picks up steam and heads to the east there is bound to be more.
The track here in San Diego looks to be a fast track and I predict we will see lap times in the low 50’s, maybe dip in the 49 sec. mark. For a preview of the San Diego track, check out the animated map below.
Weather has been a focus, as Feld has had the track tarped all day Friday and this morning as well. Weather reports have said the rain shouldn’t be an issue here tonight.
A few notes going in to San Diego:
– RCH’s Josh Hill is back in action. Hill has been out since the opener with a wrist injury. Let’s hope he can make it through practice this time around.
– Josh Hansen is still out and not racing tonight because he is still sick. Someone needs to get him a pack of EmergenC!
For Live Timing and Scoring for today:
Live practice and qualifying from San Diego starting at 12:30pm
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