Round six of the 2013 AMA Supercross series went down on February 9 in San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium, and the Red Bull KTM duo of Ryan Dungey and Ken Roczen once again battled to solid podium finishes in their respective classes.
Fresh off of his impressive first win of the season last weekend in Anaheim, Dungey entered San Diego looking to keep the momentum. With the top five 450 riders all setting lap times within a half second of each other during timed practice, it was made perfectly clear that a great start would be mandatory for main event success.
Qualifying safely out of 450SX heat one with a fourth-place finish, RD cruised to the line for the main, focused and ready to go. After getting squeezed out in turn number one, however, he had his work cut out for him as he banged bars just inside the top 10 before settling into the sixth spot at the end of lap one.
With Suzuki’s Davi Millsaps grabbing the holeshot and riding a clean race out front, Dungey put his head down and picked off one rider at a time on his way to third.
Red Bull-backed Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart entered the event looking to improve on his series-best fourth-place finish from a week ago in Anaheim. Confident and determined to get on the box before the series heads east, JS7 posted the quickest lap time of the day during the 450SX practice sessions.
Unfortunately for Stewart, a good start would once again escape him in the premier-class finale, and he found himself battling just inside the top 10 as the pack crossed the line to complete the first of 20 main event laps. After a couple of intense battles and a bit of back-and-forth chaos as he worked his way through the pack, Stewart eventually finished the night in fourth, not far behind Dungey.
“That was a pretty crazy race,” Stewart commented at the end of the night. “I made some good passes, but then got passed back while trying to get by other guys. I collided with some lappers, and then had a huge save in the whoops. Overall it was a pretty exciting fourth, but that’s obviously not where I want to be. I’m looking forward to heading back east now and hopefully getting some wins under my belt.”
450SX MAIN EVENT RESULTS
1. Davi Millsaps
2. Justin Barcia
3. Ryan Dungey
4. James Stewart
5. Chad Reed
6. Ryan Villopoto
7. Justin Brayton
8. Try Canard
9. Andrew Short
10. Mike Alessi
WESTERN REGIONAL 250SX CLASS
When the gate dropped for the 250SX main event, last week’s winner Roczen raced out to a third-place start and immediately went after Suzuki’s Jason Anderson and defending champ Eli Tomac up front. Tomac made a break for the lead on lap five, but the tough-to-pass Anderson held Roczen off for another three laps.
By the time the KTM pilot made his way into second late on lap eight, Tomac had already opened up a comfortable gap. Roczen did work to get to within a second of Tomac at the finish, but runner-up honors would be his fate as the checkers flew.
“I’d obviously rather be talking about a win right now, but that was still a pretty fun race,” Roczen said from the podium. “The track was tough to pass on, and Eli [Tomac] did a good job to get by Anderson quicker than I was able to.”
With the series now heading east to Cowboys Stadium in Dallas for round seven, the Western Regional 250SX riders will go on hiatus to make way for Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin and the rest of the East Coast contenders.
WESTERN REGIONAL 250SX MAIN EVENT RESULTS
1. Eli Tomac
2. Ken Roczen
3. Jason Anderson
4. Austin Politelli
5. Kyle Cunningham
6. Travis Baker
7. Zach Osborne
8. Tyla Rattray
9. Martin Davalos
10. Jessy Nelson
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