Hill & Tomac Posted The Top Qualifying Times At The 2018 San Diego Supercross
Timed qualifying has just come to a close at the 2018 San Diego Supercross, the sixth round of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross Series. Although San Diego is an iconic stop on the schedule, the move to Petco Park in the center of the city a few years back has drastically changed the feel of the event, as the baseball diamond is much smaller than the football field at nearby Qualcomm Stadium. Nevertheless, riders spent the afternoon learning the layout and posting incredibly quick times, all of which have us eager to see the gate drop in a few hours. Here’s a rundown of the results and stories from the day so far…
250 CLASS | TIMED QUALIFYING REPORT
– Just like at Anaheim One, Justin Hill waited until the very last lap of the final session to show his true speed on the track. The AutoTrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing rider topped the charts in the 250 class with a 51.131 lap time.
– Adam Cianciarulo set the pace for most of the day, as he was the first rider in the 250 class in the 51-second range. The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider ended the day second overall, thanks to a 51.575 time.
– GEICO Honda’s Christain Craig showed speed on the technical track, as a 52.257 put him third overall. An El Cajon native, this is a “home race” for CC.
– Incoming championship leader Aaron Plessinger has recovered from the illness that zapped him at Oakland and appeared much quicker in qualifying this afternoon. The Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Factory Racing rider was fourth on the day at 52.303.
– Alex Martin clocked the fifth-fastest lap of the day, a 52.350, on his Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM.
– Joey Savatgy had a hard crash in the morning Free Practice session that resulted in a badly swollen and injured hand. The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider sat out the first Timed Qualifying session but returned for the final chance later in the afternoon. A 52.998 time put him eighth in the overall standings.
450 CLASS | TIMED QUALIFYING REPORT
– Eli Tomac was the fastest rider of the entire day, as the Monster Energy Kawasaki rider was the only person in the field to clock a lap in the 50-second range, a 50.632.
– Jason Anderson hung near the top of the lap times throughout the day and a 51.046 lap put the Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna rider second overall in the class.
– Ken Roczen never held the top spot on the scoreboard during the afternoon, but that doesn’t mean the Team Honda HRC rider was off the pace. In the final results, Roczen was ranked third with a 51.109 lap.
– Justin Brayton once again ranked near the top of the results sheet, as the SmarTop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts/Honda rider was fourth-fastest in the class at 51.120.
– Marvin Musquin’s recovery from a shoulder injury seems nearly complete. The Red Bull KTM rider was fifth fastest in the class with a 51.215 time.