We won’t look back at San Diego 2019 in wistful reflection, this was a supercross to forget. The rain came, the track turned into a quagmire and in the nature of ‘the show must go on’ the riders did their best. But it was a joke. And what was the winning setup for the night? Long legs – on a green bike.
Eli Tomac. The dude has been looking for a win. But not like this, not in a comic novelty race. Still a win is a win, and a win puts ET3 to the top of the standings. He’s had worse days. Tomac rode the conditions with a little more confidence than most, extending his lead out to 25secs nearing the finish, which meant when he stalled within sight of the finish it wasn’t an issue, he had time to check his look before coasting over the line.
Marvin Musquin. Marv had a Marv ride. Crap start followed by a race-long push to make up the places. He was quick and confident though. When he passed teammate Cooper Webb, Webb tried for the tow but it was a mistake, he fell trying to match Marv’s pace. Marv rode in never say die mode and it paid off as he ambushed an unsuspecting Ken Roczen just yards from the finish line for the runner-up. Nice ride – if he’d got the start, it would have probably been a win.
Ken Roczen. New Ken continues to ride in the steady-away fashion he started the year with. He got the holeshot, but immediately slipped and half-crashed and had to accept fourth position for a while. He then rode steady as he does, looked set for runner-up until Marv carved him up. The plan is still paying though, he’s bang in contention and five races in he’s still here.
Justin Bogle. What is it with the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC guys this year? They’re loving the limelight. Bogle, a last-minute call-up for the team after Benny Bloss’ ACL injury, has been improving with every race, learning the KTM race-by-race, and perhaps inspired by his teammate Blake Baggett’s win at Glendale. So he cut himself a slice of the action at San Diego, running second there for a long while, before fading to fourth. Still, for Bogle this was a great turnaround compared to this time last year as it was San Diego where he crashed out of the 2018 season with a badly broken upper arm. Good for Bogle, good for Rocky Mountain, good for KTM.
Chad Reed. The old Aussie (36) will be pleased with this. Reed always rides well, is always knocking on the door, he’s an old dog but with two SX titles he doesn’t need new tricks, he can work with those he’s spent a long career refining. The JGR Yoshimura team will be thankful for the airtime he’s giving the brand while young hopeful Justin Hill comes up to speed – and thankful to Reed again after poor Hill got injured in qualifying. Yep, one up one down for Suzuki at San Diego.
Gotta feel for Cooper Webb. The rain put out his fire in a big way, and his short legs struggled – and failed – to keep him upright in the mud. Full credit to Coop, he never gave up and while 9th meant he lost the championship lead and slipped right back to 4th, as damage limitation goes, a good job. Rookies Aaron Plessinger and Joey Savatgy rode two very decent races, each has shown great talent already this season, it’s just a matter of sustaining that for a full race distance. Justin Barcia’s bad luck continues, there in the top-three when his Yamaha quit on him. Another round with no result.
RUST’s predictions for Minneapolis: We’ll go for Webb from Musquin. They like the fight and Webb needs to claw back lost points while Marv just wants it (needs it, to stay number one in the team). Expect Tomac and Roczen to stick to their near-identical plans. As Roczen said in a post-race interview, he doesn’t see the championship getting going until round ten, until then he’s just positioning himself...