Another round of Supercross is in the books as the checkered flags flew Saturday night following both the 250 and 450 Main Events in San Diego. Friday rain threatened to create sloppy track conditions but the DirtWerx crew kept the racing soil covered until the winter weather passed. Clear skies on Saturday warmed the Southern California dirt and traction was better than expected. The layout did become very one-lined, however, on what was one of the more dry tracks we have seen so far this season. The Qualcomm Stadium track featured some incredibly technical sections, especially the whoops, which got the best of racers all night.
Round 6 belonged to the opening round winner, Davi Millsaps, as he grabbed the Nuclear Cowboyz Holeshot to lead the 450 main event flag-to-flag. Millsaps started off the night setting the fourth-quickest time in qualifying then went on to score a second-place finish behind fellow Suzuki mount James Stewart in 450 Heat 1.Pressured by TwoTwo Motorsports owner/rider for half the race until the Honda rider went down, Millsaps kept his cool to ride a solid race reminding everyone that Round 1 win wasn’t a fluke. Davi now leads the 450 Supercross points standing by 19 points over KTM’s Ryan Dungey.
“I could see Chad was behind me but it was tough because I couldn’t see my mechanic,” said the Rockstar Racing rider. “We don’t even use a pit board because I can’t see it so there’s no point. I could see his mechanic cheering for him as I went by so that told me he was behind me and I also knew Barcia was behind him. When Reed went down I could hear the fans go crazy but other than that I rode a good race. I rode a solid 20-laps and I’m pumped because this is the first time I’ve ever led a main event from start to finish. Now the plan is to focus on Dallas.”
Factory Honda’s Justin Barcia ended the night with a second-place finish after finishing third in the prior race. His season looks to be back on track after two DNF’s in a row got the best of him earlier this season at Rounds 3 and 4. Another podium finish puts the kid sixth in the point standings.
“The main event went well and I got out to a decent start,” explained the Honda ace. “I had to work my way through the pack a little but ended up settling in the third spot behind Reed until he went down. I tried to catch Davi but the lappers didn’t help me with that but the race was definitely good considering the challenging track tonight.”
Barcia almost ended his night early from an incident in the heat race. After grabbing the holeshot the Honda rider landed one of the triples and was bucked into a side-saddle position on his CRF450R, running wide and riding through the mechanics area. As he reentered the track he was nearly plowed by Chad Reed as they approached another big triple. Fortunately for the 450 rookie he was able to salvage a fifth place finish and advance to the main event.
“There were definitely some words said between me and Chad after that heat race that weren’t appropriate,” said Barcia. “I’m just a racer and I’m aggressive and I like to have fun but I came back onto the track pretty hot and came over on him a little and I obviously don’t want to come over on anyone in a way that can be dangerous but that’s a part of racing and sometimes it happens. I’m just glad I got through that heat race and into the main.”
After scoring his first ever win in 2013 last week at Anaheim 3, Factory Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey took that momentum to score the final 450 Supercross podium position in front of Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart. The third-place finish was good enough to secure the second spot in the championship point standings.
“I’m actually really happy with how I rode tonight,” said the Red Bull athlete. “The track was really hard to pass on tonight. I lost a lot of ground on the leaders at the beginning of the race but all in all I’m excited to head to the East Coast where the dirt is a little different but besides that we had a good night tonight. I had a consistent race but just wish I could have grabbed a better start at the beginning.”
A battle broke out in the 450 main for the fourth spot between reigning champ Ryan Villopoto, James Stewart, and Chad Reed after he rejoined the race following his crash out of second. The three riders went at it hard playing cat and mouse but in the end it was James Stewart with the advantage over Reed followed by Villopoto.
The 250 class saw Honda’s Eli Tomac back on the top step of the podium after scoring his fourth 250 Supercross main event win of 2013. Unlike his past three victories, Tomac was unable to run away with this one as KTM’s Ken Roczen kept the Colorado rider honest the entire race. At the finish, Tomac finished by just 0.2 seconds over the German rider. Although he has the most overalls, a DNF in Oakland has kept Tomac out of the points lead as Roczen now holds down the top spot with 138 points to Tomac’s 121.
“At this stage in the championship I just need to focus on going out and getting wins,” said the Geico Honda back rider. “Tonight I thought the track was a lot of fun, there was a few different line choices but not a ton so that made it tough but the whoops were by far the toughest, those things were sketchy.”
Also putting in a commanding race was Rockstar Racing’s Jason Anderson. Unable to keep the pace of Tomac and Roczen, the Suzuki rider’s consistent laps earned him a third-place finish, his second podium of the year.
“I’m so stoked to have grabbed the holeshot and lead the main event for a while,” said Anderson. “My Rockstar Energy Racing bike got me out front and I got a little tight out there, the whoops made me a little nervous but I’m more than happy to come out with a podium and I’m ready for the break.”
JDR/JStar/KTM’s Malcolm Stewart was in the mix behind Anderson at the beginning of the main event but the challenging whoop section got the best of him as he was spit off in a nasty fall mid-race. Stewart would eventually get up but was unable to continue due to damage to his KTM 250 SX-F.
The San Diego round concluded the California stops as the series now heads east for Round 1 of the East Coast 250 Supercross class and Round 7 for the big boys in the 450SX class. The first East Coast race will be held in Dallas, Texas at Cowboys Stadium. The Race will be live on SPEED at 9:30PM (EST). Don’t miss out on the action as riders including Dean Wilson, Justin Hill, and rookie Zach Bell take the stage in their first race of 2013. The West Coast class action will resume April 20th at its next stop in Seattle, Washington.