The 2017 Monster Energy Supercross Series has taken over PetCo Park in downtown San Diego, California, for the second round of the long championship. Heavy rains earlier in the week soaked the course and because of this, the morning free practice was cut from the schedule. When it was time for the first qualifying sessions, the SoCal soil had soaked up the moisture and challenged riders with soft transitions between obstacles and rutted corners. The layout is quick and technical, which will have an impact on the new timed racing format.
250 Class Practice Report
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Justin Hill was the one to watch in both practice sessions, as the former San Diego SX winner posted the top time of the 250 class in the second practice. His 53.165 time.was over a half a second faster than the nearest competitor.
Shane McElrath comes into the weekend with plenty of momentum and the red plate for his rank at the top of the championship standings. The Troy Lee Designs/GoPro/Red Bull/KTM rider was second on the chart with a 53.729 lap.
Jeremy Martin might be part cat. The GEICO Honda rider made a mistake at the end of a long rhythm lane and did a full somersault over the following bowl turn, but somehow landed on his feet. As if that wasn’t enough, he rallied after the incident to post the third best time of the class, a 54.220.
Martin Davalos knows how to put a fast lap in. The Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna rider stayed near the top of the scoreboard through the afternoon and in the end he was ranked fourth in the class with a 54.309 lap.
Austin Forkner’s learning curve with Supercross has been quite quick. The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider was fifth on the day with a 54.605.
NEWS & NOTES
Josh Hansen posted the tenth fastest time of the class, from the B Group.
450 Class Practice Report
Ryan Dungey was quietly quick through the entire afternoon, but the Red Bull KTM rider waited until the final moment of the day to show his true speed. On the last lap of the second session, Dungey nabbed the top time of the afternoon, a 52.352.
Jason Anderson posted the fastest lap of the day’s first practice session and until Dungey’s last-minute rally, looked set to take the second session also. The Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna rider was ultimately ranked second overall with a 52.571.
Ken Roczen comes into the weekend with lots of attention, especially after his performance at the Anaheim opener. The Team Honda HRC rider finished third in the day’s qualifying session with a 52.772.
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac is determined to overcome the arm pump issues that plagued him one week ago and the rutted soil in San Diego might help the most of anyone in the field. He was fourth overall on the day with a 53.054 time.
Marvin Musquin hovered around the top-five for the full afternoon, and in the end the Red Bull KTM rider finished fifth with a 53.193 time.
NEWS & NOTES
Jimmy Albertson is likely out for the night due to a practice crash which occurred in the same section as Oldenburg’s. After his incident, the Dirt Wurx crew changed the landing of the jump.