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The 2017 San Diego Supercross and round two of the 2017 Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship series, arrived at San Diego, California’s Petco Park and left everyone in attendance wanting more. In both classes, we saw some of the best racing in years. In the end, both HRC / Honda’s Ken Roczen and dark horse Troy Lee Designs / KTM’s Shane McElrath came away with their second wins of the season, but unlike at Anaheim 1, both Kenny and Shane were forced to fight for the wins.

Roczen was shadowed by Red Bull / KTM’s Ryan Dungey all the way to the checkered flag, while McElrath came from behind and had both Monster Energy / Pro Circuit / Kawasaki’s Justin Hill and Star Racing / Yamaha’s Aaron Plessinger breathing down his neck. The #94 and #28 left Petco Park with a perfect 50 points on the board and the red plates, but they also left knowing they’re in for the fights of their lives moving forward.

In the battle for fastest 450SX lap time at the San Diego SX, that trophy goes to the 2nd place finisher, Ryan Dungey (52.490). Early in the day Dungey set the fastest lap in qualifying, and he used that speed to try to get away from the German early on in the main event. With Dungey setting a blistering pace early on, Roczen shadowed the #1 and patched him at every turn.

Despite not having the fastest single lap, the #94 hunted down, passed and held off the #1 for a second straight victory.
Despite not having the fastest single lap, the #94 hunted down, passed and held off the #1 for a second straight victory.

On lap eight, Roczen made a pass stick for the lead on Dungey and, in the process, set the second fastest lap (52.623) of the main event on the same lap. Only Roczen, Dungey and Red Bull / KTM’s Marvin Musquin (52.882) were able to get their times down to the 52’s with Roczen doing it for five laps, Dungey doing it in four laps and Musquin—who finished third and had the third fastest lap time—being able to accomplish the feat just twice. On one of the gnarliest most deteriorated circuits we have seen in a while, both Roczen (53.576) and Dungey (53.725) had unmatchable average lap times. The two of them finished twenty-one seconds in front of Musquin in third and lapped all the way to tenth place.

Fourth place finisher in the main event, Rockstar Energy / Husqvarna’s Jason Anderson (53.485), and the sixth place finisher, Monster Energy/Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac (53.516), finished the main event with the fourth and fifth fastest lap times just ahead of HRC / Honda’s Cole Seely (53.561)—who finished the main event in fifth. These three have been in the 4-5-6 finishing spots at both rounds in 2017. All three of them are going to have to somehow find a second a lap if they’re going to get up there and battle with the #1 and #94. For Tomac, it looks like San Diego might have been the second time in a row he has suffered from arm pump. He once again found himself moving backwards at round two.


450SX Main Event Lap Time Graph. Click the riders name in the graph to add and remove them from the graph.

Top 10 450SX Times Top 10 250SX Times
1. 1. R. Dungey – 0:52.490
2. K. Roczen – 0:52.623
3. M. Musquin – 0:52.882
4. J. Anderson – 0:53.485
5. E. Tomac – 0:53.516
6. C. Seely – 0:53.561
7. B. Baggett – 0:53.799
8. C. Reed – 0:54.206
9. W. Peick – 0:54.242
10. D. Millsaps – 0:54.331
1. A. Plessinger – 0:53.658
2. S. Mcelrath – 0:53.690
3. J. Hill – 0:53.729
4. A. Forkner – 0:53.809
5. J. Decotis – 0:53.811
6. M. Davalos – 0:53.981
7. D. Reardon – 0:54.592
8. J. Martin – 0:55.026
9. P. Nicoletti – 0:55.591
10. T. Bowers – 0:56.253

Full 2017 San Diego SX results here>>>

Aaron Plessinger was the fastest 250 for the second straight week, but has not recorded a win in 2017 yet.
Aaron Plessinger was the fastest 250 for the second straight week, but has not recorded a win in 2017 yet.

For the second straight week in the 250SX class, it was Aaron Plessinger (53.658) recording the fastest single lap of the night. The winner of the main event, Shane McElrath (53.690), was just a tick off in second and less than a tenth of a second ahead of second place finisher Justin Hill (53.729). I cannot remember a time when the top three were quite that close in lap times, and you would also be hard pressed to find a main event where the top six finishers were as close in times as they were in San Diego. What makes this parity even more amazing is how rutted and inconsistent the soil was in San Diego.

While the top three were separated by less than a tenth of a second, the fourth, fifth and sixth fastest times were all right there as well. The fifth place finisher in the main event, Monster Energy / Pro Circuit / Kawasaki’s Austin Forkner (53.809), ran the fourth fastest. The sixth place finisher, GEICO / Honda’s Jimmy Decotis (53.811), had the fifth fastest lap and fourth place finisher, Rockstar Energy / Husqvarna’s Martin Davalos (53.981), had the sixth fastest lap—just three-tenths off the fastest lap of the race. Decotis used his newfound speed to lead the first ten laps of the main event with Davalos leading the next six and McElrath leading the two that counted the most: the final two.

Shane McElrath carries an eight point lead in the 250SX championship heading into A2.
Shane McElrath carries an eight point lead in the 250SX championship heading into A2.

If we have parity like this all season long, the Western Regional 250SX Championship is going to be the one to watch.


250SX Main Event Lap Time Graph. Click the riders name in the graph to add and remove them from the graph.

You can check out the top ten average 250 and 450 times from the 2017 San Diego SX below. Scroll down to see how the main events broke down lap-for-lap with MotoXAddicts’ lap-time comparison charts. Also, see how the top 3 250SX riders matched up against the top 3 450SX finishers lap-for-lap.


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Updated 2017 250SX West and 450SX Championship Points>>>

Top 10 450SX Avg Lap-Times Top 10 250SX Avg Lap-Times
1. K. Roczen – 0:53.576
2. R. Dungey – 0:53.725
3. M. Musquin – 0:54.448
4. J. Anderson – 0:54.674
5. C. Seely – 0:55.225
6. E. Tomac – 0:55.288
7. W. Peick – 0:55.288
8. D. Millsaps – 0:55.576
9. C. Reed – 0:55.655
10. J. Bogle – 0:56.177
1. J. Hill – 0:55.136
2. A. Plessinger – 0:55.210
3. S. Mcelrath – 0:55.215
4. M. Davalos – 0:55.603
5. J. Martin – 0:56.049
6. A. Forkner – 0:56.345
7. J. Decotis – 0:56.963
8. H. Mellross – 0:57.470
9. J. Hansen – 0:57.604
10. P. Nicoletti – 0:57.660


250SX vs 450SX Main Event Lap Time Graph. Click the riders name in the graph to add and remove them from the graph.


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