TEXT | Curtis
PHOTOS | Swanberg
This one is far from over. Dominating wins at the opening round of the 2017 Monster Energy Supercross Series had many wondering if any rider could challenge Ken Roczen or Shane McElrath for the title in their respective classes, but the 2017 San Diego SX proved that the rest of the field is ready to fight for their spots at the top of the order.
250 Heat One
Shane Mcelrath lead heat one of the 250SX class from start to finish aboard his Troy Lee Designs/GoPro/Red Bull/KTM. Aaron Plessinger went down early in the race, but was able to work his way back up to an honorable third place finish. Hayden Mellross ended up in the tuff-blocks after being pushed wide by Josh Hansen. Despite his troubles early in the race, Mellross would race back into a transfer position. The rookie Jon Ames wasted no time aboard his new fill-in ride, and took the final transfer position into the main event.
Transfer to Main Event – McElrath, Davalos, Plessinger, Hansen, Taft, Mellross, Catanzaro, Chisholm, Ames.
Total Race Time – 6:22.070 minutes, 7 laps
Margin of Victory – 1.789 seconds
Fastest Lap Time – Shane McElrath, 53.489 seconds
250 Heat Two
GEICO Honda's Jeremy Martin captured the holeshot, but Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Austin Forkner and Justin Hill quickly got around him. Justin Hill made the pass on his rookie teammate, and began to checkout. Jeremy Martin and Austin Forkner battled to the very last corner for second place, but Jeremy Martin would end up with second. Justin Hill took the win with a 2.61 second gap on Jeremy Martin. Hill continued to show his speed after qualifying fastest in practice.
Transfer to Main Event – Hill, Martin, Forkner, Decotis, Bowers, Reardon, Nicoletti, Marquier, Auberson
Total Race Time – 6:24.867 minutes, 7 laps
Margin of Victory – 2.613 seconds
Fastest Lap Time – Justin Hill, 53.525 seconds
Justin Starling took the win with a gap of 3.078 seconds on Zac Commans, who finished in second place. Cole Martinez took the final transfer position.
Transfer to Main Event – Starling, Commans, Champion, Martinez
Total Race Time – 4:49.857 minutes, 5 laps
Margin of Victory – 3.078 seconds
Fastest Lap Time – Justin Starling, 56.849
250 Main Event
Jimmy Decotis came out of the gate like a rocket aboard his GEICO Honda, but after leading a substantial amount of the moto and a fierce battle for the spot with Martin Davalos, dropped down the running order. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's rookie Austin Forkner showed an aggressive side at the beginning of the race, when he pushed Shane McElrath wide and forced him off the track. McElrath jumped back on the track instantly and slammed the rookie for the spot near the front of the pack. Just as Martin Davalos looked to have the win, Shane McElrath caught and passed him in the closing moments of the main event, and was followed by Justin Hill and Aaron Plessinger. Justin Hill overcame a bad start and pulled even with McElrath for the lead in the final laps, but Troy Lee Designs/GoPro/Red Bull/KTM's Shane McElrath was able to hang on and take the win for the second week in a row. Jeremy Martin jumped the gate at the start, but raced his way back up to a solid seventh place finish.
Total Race Time – 16:39.591 minutes, 18 laps
Margin of Victory – 0.387 seconds
Fastest Lap Time – Aaron Plessinger, 53.658 seconds
250 Main Event Results
250 West Coast Championship Points After Two Races
450 Heat One
Eli Tomac battled with Jason Anderson till the very last lap, but it was Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna's Jason Anderson that ended up with the win. Anderson had the fastest lap of the heat, with a 52.528. Blake Baggett had a crash off the start, which took him out of the race. Christophe Pourcel had a rough crash after battling with Broc Tickle, while trying to keep third place. Justin Bogle took the final transfer position to the main event, right behind his teammate Broc Tickle.
Transfer to Main Event – Anderson, Tomac, Tickle, Bogle
Total Race Time – 6:15.813 minutes, 7 laps
Margin of Victory – 0.914 seconds
Fastest Lap Time – Jason Anderson, 52.528 seconds
450 Heat Two
Team Honda HRC's Ken Roczen continued to show his speed with a dominate start to finish lead and 4.204 second gap on Ryan Dungey and further back, Marvin Musquin. The Red Bull KTM teammates finished up second and third. Chad Reed took the final transfer position, while his teammate Cooper Webb dropped from third place to eighth. Webb would be forced to go to the semi. Cole Seely, Davi Millsaps, and Weston Peick would also finish outside of transfer positions.
Transfer to Main Event – Roczen, Dungey, Musquin, Reed
Total Race Time – 6:11.925 minutes, 7 laps
Margin of Victory – 4.204 seconds
Fastest Lap Time – Ken Roczen, 52.514 seconds
450 Semi One
Cooper Webb took the early lead, but was quickly passed by Davi Millsaps. Davi would end up taking the win, followed by Josh Grant in second. Cooper Webb transferred into the main event after finishing third. Blake Baggett came back from his crash off the start in his heat race, and took the final transfer position. Christophe Pourcel did not start the race after having a hard crash in his heat race.
Transfer to Main Event – Millsaps, Grant, Webb, Baggett, Weimer
Total Race Time – 5:26.377 minutes, 6 laps
Margin of Victory – 1.627 seconds
Fastest Lap Time – Blake Baggett, 53.331 seconds
450 Semi Two
Team Honda HRC's Cole Seely had a great start and immediately began to gap the rest of the pack as he rode towards his semi win. Weston Peick finished second aboard his AutoTrader/Monster Energy/Toyota/JGRMX/Suzuki. Dean Wilson took third place, followed by the Smartop/Motoconcepts/Honda teammates of Justin Brayton and Vince Friese. Logan Karnow and Theodore Pauli collided in a crash at the landing of the trip, and that marked the end of their nights.
Transfer to Main Event – Seely, Peick, Wilson, Brayton, Friese
Total Race Time – 5:26.617 minutes, 6 laps
Margin of Victory – 3.506 seconds
Fastest Lap Time – Cole Seely, 53.274 seconds
Alex Ray took the lead after passing Deven Raper, who had a great start, but unfortunately jumped off the track and fell to the bottom of the pack. After a long pursuit, Cade Clason got Tyler Enticknap for the final transfer position on the last lap.
Transfer to Main Event – Ray, Noren, Hahn, Clason
Total Race Time – 4:49.993 minutes, 5 laps
Margin of Victory – 1.868 seconds
Fastest Lap Time – Tommy Hahn, 56.320 seconds
450 Main Event
Red Bull KTM's Ryan Dungey captured the holeshot. His teammate Marvin Musquin followed, but flew off the track after almost looping out. Musquin’s mistake allowed Team Honda HRC's Ken Roczen to give chase to Dungey while the rest of the pack tried to avoid one another.Dungey led the opening laps of the race, but it was clear that Roczen was waiting for the right moment to make his move for the position. The lone pass of the lead came in the tight right hair-pin turn after the mechanic area, as Roczen slid his red bike underneath Dungey and forced the defending champion to check-up. Dungey didn’t let the pass rattle his confidence, and instead he ran within half a second to two seconds behind Roczen as they cut through the pack of lapped riders. In the closing moments of the race, it was clear that Dungey’s pace was slightly quicker than Roczen’s and the gap between them shrank. On the last lap Dungey looked ready to go for an attack in the middle rhythm lane, his strong spot on the night, but a small mistake kept him from setting up the pass. His next best option came two sections later, but another small bobble threw his rhythm off and allowed Roczen to jump away without worry for his second win in two weeks.
Total Race Time – 21:28.796 minutes, 24 laps
Margin of Victory – 2.589 seconds
Fastest Lap Time – Ryan Dungey, 52.490
450 Race Results
450 Championship Standings After Two Races