The 2016 Monster Energy Supercross Series is back in San Diego, California, for the second and final visit to the venue this year. Considering how much has happened in both classes since the previous stop here about a month ago, we’re expecting quite a different night of racing at PetCo Park. A completely different track fills much of the stadium floor and will test riders with tight sections, massive obstacles, and deceivingly slick soil. Timed qualifying sessions filled the afternoon portion of the program, which was noticeably warm for February by the ocean. Temperatures will drop once the sun sets and the moist air will have an affect on the dirt.
250 Class Timed Qualifying
Considering the hard crash he had in Glendale, Zach Osborne came into the weekend as a question mark. The Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna rider answered any questions of his well being in the two timed qualifying sessions that ran through the afternoon, as posted the fast laps of the class in both outings. His best time, a 58.893, came early in the day and was almost a half a second quicker than anyone else in the field.
Co-point leaders Joey Savatgy and Cooper Webb were close on the clock in practice, ranking second and third, respectively. Savatgy posted a 59.403 on his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki while Webb turned a 59.796 aboard his Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha. The day wasn’t easy for either rider, however; Savatgy had bike issues in the first timed session and Webb ejected from his bike mid-air after making a mistake on the face of one small jump.
Christian Craig is carrying the momentum from last weekend’s win into San Diego, and the GEICO Honda rider was fourth fastest in the class with a 59.799 time.
Mitchell Oldenburg continues to run consistently at the front of the pack. The Troy Lee Designs/GoPro/Red Bull/KTM rider was the last person in the 250 class to turn a sub one-minute lap time, a 59.942, and was ranked fifth as a result.
NEWS AND NOTES FROM THE 250 CLASS
- Alex Martin completely missed the first timed session in the afternoon due to a mechanical issue with his Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha. The team remedied the problem by the next practice and Martin was able to post a 1:01.371 lap time, which put him ninth in the class.
- Fredrik Noren looked quick early in the day, but a hard get-off in the first timed practice has his status for the night show in question. He qualified twenty-third with a 1:03.965.
- Fifty-five riders signed up for the 250 class.
2016 San Diego Two SX | 250 Class Timed Qualifying Results
450 Class Timed Qualifying Session
Eli Tomac looked quick from the moment he rolled his Monster Energy Kawasaki onto the track. He posted his best time of the day, a 58.681, during the first timed practice session, when the track was most technical.
Ryan Dungey clocked his fastest lap of the day at the very last moment, one the checkered flag lap of the final session. The Red Bull KTM rider was second overall in the class with a 58.706.
Davi Millsaps hovered around the top of the board for much of the day, even holding the top spot for a few moments in the first timed session. A 58.833 put the BTO Sports KTM third in the 450 class.
Ken Roczen clipped nearly a second off of his fastest laps between the two practices. The best lap logged by the RCH/Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John’s/Suzuki Factory Racing rider in the final timed session was a 58.853, and it put him fourth in the class.
Chad Reed and the Monster Energy/360fly/Chaparral/Valli/Yamaha team went to work on the suspension between practice sessions and whatever setting they found certainly improved his pace on the track. Reed was ranked fifth for the afternoon with a 59.001.
NEWS AND NOTES FROM THE 450 CLASS
- After missing races early in the year, Trey Canard, Justin Bogle, Blake Baggett, and Andrew Short are all back in action tonight.
- A number of riders in both class cut through the inside of the turn before the finish line and shaved milliseconds from the lap times. It paid off for a lot of guys but completely sacrificed any chance of turning two fast laps in a row. It won’t be an option during the night’s racing.
- Forty-nine riders signed up for the 450 class.
2016 San Diego Two SX | 450 Class Timed Qualifying Results