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San Diego SX Race Recap

San Diego SX Race Recap

This past weekend the 2019 Supercross series headed south to what would be the most challenging conditions this year. By race time, San Diego’s Petco Stadium was soaked to its limit, leaving a minefield of natural obstacles: huge puddles, thick bike-seizing mud, deep ruts, and badly worn jumps. Though challenging, some riders would rise to the occasion. The real story of the weekend was the Pro Circuit team as they went 1-2 in the 250 final.

 

250 CLASS
Adam Cianciarulo #92

In Heat Race 1, AC was in third after the first turn. He made the pass for second, and worked towards the leader (Dylan) but was never close enough to threaten for 1st. In the main, he wouldn’t have to fight from the back. He grabbed the holeshot and never looked back. AC road a nearly flawless race to take 1st, giving him 3 wins on the season and catapulting him to first in the overall standings.

Garrett Marchbanks #61

It was a challenging night for Marchbanks, but he persevered. A DNF in Heat Race 2 would force him to take the LCG route into the 250 final. The extra laps would serve him well though. He took the holeshot in the LCQ, rode a strong race, and finished first. He would ride this momentum into the final. In the main, Marchbanks found himself in the front pack after turn one. He kept a fast pace throughout the main - passing both Pettis and Ferrandis – and took second. A mistake-free ride kept challengers at bay – earning him the first podium of his Supercross rookie season.

Cameron McAdoo #44

McAdoo finished 4th in his Heat Race to qualify for the main. In the main, he had trouble in turn two – ending up backwards and stuck in the mud. The Honda CRF250 pilot would battle back from 16th to finish 9th.

Rj Hampshire #31

In San Diego, Hampshire was ready to make a run for the podium. He won his heat race after nailing the start. In the main, he would nail his start again and was riding with the lead pack before the mud took hold of his bike. It would take him almost a lap to free his bike and by then he was 22nd. He road on to finish 15th.

 

450 CLASS
Ken Roczen #94

The 450 riders had to contend with challenging conditions, a deteriorated track, and a shortened race format (15 mins plus one lap). Despite these difficulties, early on, Roczen looked poised to take his first win of the year. He got the holeshot in his qualifying race and took first. And when the gate dropped in the main, the German rocketed down the main straightaway and secured the lead. Unfortunately, he would fall in a slippery turn two, dropping to 5th. He rebounded quickly and work back to second but was overtaken by Musquin on the final lap, finishing 3rd.

Chad Reed #22

Chad Reed’s experience showed in San Diego, as the 6-time San Diego Supercross winner road a strong race to finish 5th. His best finish of the year.

 

450 Class:

  • 3 – Ken Roczen (+ 07.266)
  • 5 – Chad Reed (+ 43.520)

250 Class:

  • 1 – Adam Cianciarulo (9 laps)
  • 2 – Garrett Marchbanks (+ 08.574)
  • 9 – Cameron McAdoo (8 laps + 1.05.906)
  • 15 – Rj Hampshire (8 laps + 1.35.953)

 

WHAT'S NEXT

Next week (2/9) the 450 riders head to Minneapolis for Round 6 of the Supercross series. In the 250 class, we switch gears. The 250 west riders will get a three week break, and 250 East riders will start in Minneapolis.

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