Courtesy of RacerX
February 3, 2019 2:45am
by Aaron Hansel
If we’ve learned anything from the 2019 season of Monster Energy Supercross it’s that we really have no idea what to expect when the gate drops for the main events. The results have been anything but predictable lately and when the San Diego skies opened up and absolutely drenched the track right before qualifying, it seemed we were in for yet another night of uncertainty. So how exactly did it all pan out? Let’s get into it and find out!
First off, it cannot be understated just how muddy it was out there. The rain started at almost the exact moment the tarps came off the track, and after about fifteen minutes of steady, manageable precipitation it started coming down in earnest. It was like someone had turned over a gigantic bucket in the sky. Sheets of rain dropped from the clouds, completely ruining any chance the track crew had of preserving a decent race track. The sheer volume of rain eventually decreased, but it continued to fall for a few hours, which created a muddy mess of a track. It was so bad that the riders were rolling almost every single jump and everywhere you looked guys were falling down. In the KTM Junior Supercross Challenge the bikes didn’t even make it a quarter of the way around the track before every single bike got stuck. It was gnarly out there!
Not surprisingly, the track didn’t permit for any real battling and most of the guys were simply riding for survival. That’s probably just fine with Eli Tomac though, who was fastest in practice, won his heat race, and picked up his first 450SX win in 2019. The Monster Energy Kawasaki rider was able to get a good start, took the lead, and started checking out. It didn’t take him long to build a big lead either, which he’d end up needing because he made a mistake later and had a little mishap. He was able to get going again without losing the lead, but both Marvin Musquin and Ken Roczen closed on him quite a bit on the final lap.
“I thought I had a pretty sizable lead at one point, but I ended up catching a footpeg on a Tuff Block and had to pull it off,” Tomac said. “I was hoping that thing didn’t get sucked into the sprocket because if it did it would have been over! Then going into the turn before the triple I took a blast to the face from someone, I’m not sure who. I couldn’t see and had to stop and pull my roll off just to keep going. Luckily I had that little gap there.”
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