2019 AMA SX ROUND 5: GREEN DAY IN SAN DIEGO

It’s a caring sharing world in AMA Supercross. Yamaha and KTM have already had their lock-out days this season, now in a sloppy San Diego it was Kawasaki’s turn, winning both mains plus a third podium...

Tuesday 5th February 2019

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.
 
450SX
 
1
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.
2
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.
3
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.
4
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.
5
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.


The others
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...

250SX


Like the 450 main, the 250 race was shortened, just 10 minutes and two laps. Adam Cianciarulo repeated his Oakland performance – taking the holeshot and running away. In his wake the 250 field were slipping and sliding in all directions and while Colt Nichols tried to go with AC, he ran out of grip, slid into the mire and was lucky to rescue 10th at the flag. Instead AC’s teammate Garret Marchbanks was able to push his way onto the podium giving Kawasaki much to be happy about on a rotten night. Jimmy Decotis allowed himself and Suzuki a much-needed podium attendance – a surprise one at that, for most of the race he was fourth and hadn’t seen Dylan Ferrandis sat with a dead engine on the last corner of the race... Meanwhile fair play to Shane McElrath who had a tortuous journey to 4th place, he was down more than he was up on the night, but again keeping-on does pay off.


RUST’s predictions for Minneapolis: Ahh, we head over to 250SX East this coming weekend. And all new field of riders, new championship getting started. We’re saying nothing (for now)

Results
2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross
Round 5, San Diego, CA
 
450SX
1. Eli Tomac Kawasaki 12 laps
2. Marvin Musquin KTM +4.199
3. Ken Roczen Honda +7.266
4. Justin Bogle KTM +28.366
5. Chad Reed Suzuki +43.522
6 Aaron Plessinger Yamaha +45.709.
7. Joey Savatgy Kawasaki +51.440
8. Cooper Webb KTM +55.260
9. Blake Baggett KTM +1:05.973
10. Tyler Bowers Kawasaki 11 laps
 
450SX standings after five rounds
1. Eli Tomac 106 points
=2. Marvin Musquin 102
=2. Ken Roczen 102
4. Cooper Webb 98
=5. Blake Baggett 80
=5. Dean Wilson  80
 
 
250SX
1. Adam Cianciarulo Kawasaki 9 laps
2. Garrett Marchbanks Kawasaki +8.574
3. James Decotis Suzuki +35.562
4. Shane McElrath KTM +38.720
5. Jess Pettis KTM +45.740
 
250SX West standings after five rounds
1. Adam Cianciarulo 114
2. Shane McElrath 106
3. Colt Nichols 104
4. Dylan Ferrandis 102
5. RJ Hampshire 75


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