And so it goes. The 2017 Monster Energy Supercross Series made the trek from Orange County to San Diego for the second round of the tour, and the hours and PetCo Park proved that the championships in both classes will be a battle until the final flag. Let’s recap what happened and get to the photos…
– Ryan Dungey and Ken Roczen were on another level during the 450 Main Event. The two rivals started at the front of the pack and thanks to a massive mistake by third place runner Marvin Musquin, the two title favorites were able to square up for the top spot. Dungey led until a block pass by Roczen in the early laps, and Dungey remained within a few feet of Roczen for the rest of the race. We expected to see a last-lap pass attempt from defending champion Dungey until a pair of small mistakes let Roczen get away with his second win of the season. Neither rider would say if that pace was truly “all-out” pace, but it was incredible to see nonetheless.
– There’s quite the rivalry building up between two young teammates in the 250 class. Keep an eye on that.
– A clutch malfunction is said to be the cause of Blake Baggett’s loop out at the start of his 450 Heat Race.
– Christophe Pourcel was hit with the flu between Anaheim and San Diego, and the Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna rider was unable to run his normal riding and training program during the week. His rhythm section crash in the Heat Race was the final straw in the bad weekend and he was advised by medics not to continue racing on Saturday.
– What a 250 Main Event! Jimmy Decotis got the action going with the holeshot and early lead, Martin Davalos led the most laps, and Shane McElrath and Justin Hill had the stadium on their feet at the finish line. The timed format certainly played a part in this, because if the checkered flag flew at fifteen laps, Davalos would have claimed the win.
– Did anyone expect the massive gap in points to come so quickly? A few riders that we figured would be title contenders are currently trailing their competitors by a large margin, especially in the 250 class. Anything can happen in the next few weeks, and for some riders a wild swing in results might be what keep their hopes alive.