Monday, February 15, 2016

The Others...San Diego Two.

San Diego slam. Track conditions were technical and offered up good battles through the night for round 6 of Monster Energy Supercross. The series would take over Petco Park in San Diego, California for the 2nd and final time as the sport recognized the United States Military.

Photo: Dave Prater
One of my favorite events of the year is the military appreciation round. Seeing all the teams and even privateers getting involved with custom gear and graphics to show respect for all divisions of the armed forces is an awesome respect to the United States and will offer great charity fundraisers and auctions in the upcoming days.

The track seemed slick and many riders looked eager to prove themselves. The combination put many riders in the dirt. The 212 of Chase Marquier found the ground on multiple occasions. We saw Cooper Webb tuck the front while pushing for the win and Noah McConahy did the same while passing for the the LCQ lead. The right handed first turn is nontraditional as well and would cause fits for a few. Riders were using each other as berms. All in all I fell the conditions and technicality gave up some good racing for the fans.

In like a lion. It's a saying to describe spring weather, it's also a nickname taken on my Pro Circuit's Joey Savatgy. The Lion is making a statement as he finds his grove right when it really counts. His win on Saturday night would give Savatgy sole ownership of the points lead. He came in to the event tied with Yamaha's Cooper Webb, who dominated the 250 West Championship early. Webb has struggled the last few weeks with his aggression and small mistakes that may be coming from panic of not being out front. His 2nd in San Diego put Los Webb 3 points out of the championship. Geico Honda rider Christian Craig rounded of the podium. What's more impressive may be the consistency from the number 69 of Colt Nichols. His 4th on the night puts him in the same spot in series points.

Joey Savatgy will have the red plate to himself next week. Photo: 317 Photos
 In years past we've heard that Ryan Dungey hasn't earned his championships. The Dungey haters stating that he's only win when James Stewart, Ryan Villopoto and other championship contenders weren't there. Well, this season Dungey is making a point. After 6 rounds he holds a 26 point lead  and looks hungry to defend his 450 championship. The RedBull KTM rider would win his heat and go wire to wire in the main event. Honda's Cole Seely is proving he'll be a threat for years to come. He found the podium once again as he's grab the 2nd step on the the night. The RCH Suzuki of Ken Roczen would round out the podium with a 3rd and moving into the number 2 spot in the championship chase.

As for privateers I'm continuing to be impressed by Chris Howell. The number 222 JMC Husqvarna was in the main once again. His 9th in heat 1 meant he'd see his 5th main in 6 rounds. Also the 733 KTM of Steven Mages would transfer from the LCQ and finish the night 16th.

And now...The Others

5. 82 Trevor Reis
6. 188 Dillan Epstein
7. 556 Brady Kiesel
8. 645 Cheyenne Harmon
9. 772 Thomas Do
10. 275 Johnny Jelderda
11. 383 Casey Brennan
12. 252 Kevin Weisbruch 
13. 715 Kele Russell
14. 460 Jake Mohnike 
15. 388 Brandan Leith
16. 321 Bradley Lionnet
17. 171 Cole Siebler
18. 792 Bracken Hall
19. 424 Tyler Custer
20. 96 Noah McConahy
21. 212 Chase Marquier
22. 138 Blake Lilly

5. 761 Cade Clason
6. 4 Blake Baggett
7. 247 Teddy Parks
8. 509 Alex Nagy
9. 713 Chad Cook
10. 291 Kyle White
11. 501 Scotty Wennerstrom
12. 192 Beni Williams
13. 571 Shawn Yarbrough
14. 918 Michael Akaydin
15. 240 Bryce Stewart
16. 619 Mark Weishaar 
17. 778 Lawson Bopping
18. 314 Alex Ray
19. 251 Kyle Gills
20. 542 Johnnie Buller
21. 447 Deven Raper
22. 282 Bubba Pauli

Michael Akaydin's KTM got some camo and military style numbers

Beni Williams showed love to his dad by running the Utah ANG graphics

Bracken Hall's graphics got some stars and stripes Photo: 317 Photos

Alex Ray went old school camo on his Spider Energy machine
The series will now head to Arlington, Texas for round 7 and things are looking to get interesting in the 250 championship.


-Kyle Pesci

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