MARTIN DAVALOS FINISHES FOURTH IN 250 CLASS
San Diego’s Petco Park hosted the second round of the 2017 AMA Supercross championship series on Saturday. A rain-filled week leading up to the race made for a difficult track, but the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team arrived ready to work.
Jason Anderson posted the second-fastest qualifying time of the day aboard his Husqvarna FC 450 leading into the night show. He pulled the holeshot in his heat race and briefly fell back to second before nailing a clean pass for the lead to take his fourth career heat race win. He started in the top 10 in the main, hovered around seventh, and then put in a solid charge to finish fourth.
“I had to come through the pack again tonight,” said Anderson. “I got fourth, but I’ll be better next weekend. The track was kind of sketchy, but I’m pumped with how I rode. I just want to be up in the front."
Martin Davalos qualified fourth-fastest in the 250 class and was looking for a repeat of last weekend’s season opening heat race win to start off the night. He was second at the start of his heat but made a small mistake, which moved him back to fifth. He started advancing through the pack by the end of the first lap and eventually finished second to transfer to the main. He was second at the start of the main and immediately started fighting for position. He was settling into a nice rhythm and gaining ground aboard his Husqvarna FC 250. He stayed strong and made an impressive pass to overtake the lead with 5:30 remaining in the race. He was starting to pull away, but made a small mistake in front of a freight train of riders, causing him to fade back to fourth where he finished.
“I took some positive things out of this race,” said Davalos. “It’s still kind of frustrating that I lost the race with a lap and a half to go, though. I made a mistake twice in the rhythm section and it allowed the guys behind me to catch up. It’s only the second race, but I just wanted to win so badly. Hopefully we get some good weather this week so I can get some solid training in. I’m looking forward to the next round."
Christophe Pourcel was looking to redeem himself from last week’s race, but San Diego was no kinder. After starting around third in his heat, he made a mistake around a corner that put him on the ground. He remounted but was unable to finish the race, and would sit the remainder of the night out.
The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team will return to Angel Stadium in Anaheim next Saturday, January 21, for the third round of the 2017 season.
San Diego Supercross Results:
250SX West Main Event:
1. Shane McElrath
2. Justin Hill
3. Aaron Plessinger
4. Martin Davalos – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
250SX West Rider Point Standings:
1. Shane McElrath – 50 points
2. Aaron Plessinger – 42 points
3. Justin Hill – 38 points
4. Martin Davalos – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 38 points
5. Austin Forkner – 29 points
6. Jeremy Martin – 29 points
7. James Decotis – 27 points
8. Tyler Bowers – 20 points
9. Mitchell Oldenburg – 18 points
10. Dan Reardon – 18 points
450SX Main Event:
1. Ken Roczen
2. Ryan Dungey
3. Marvin Musquin
4. Jason Anderson – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
450SX Rider Point Standings:
1. Ken Roczen - 50 points
2. Ryan Dungey – 44 points
3. Marvin Musquin – 40 points
4. Jason Anderson – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 36 points
5. Eli Tomac – 31 points
6. Cole Seely – 31 points
7. Davi Millsaps – 27 points
8. Weston Peick – 27 points
9. Josh Grant – 22 points
10. Justin Bogle – 20 points