2013 San Diego SX Review
Last Saturday night was Round 6 of the 2013 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series. The big winners? Davi Millsaps scored his second win of season in the 450 class, and Eli Tomac’s took home his fourth win of the season in the 250 West class. 55,361 people watched the racing in San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium.
450 Main winner, and 2013 series points leader heading into Dallas this weekend, Davi Millsaps: “What can I say about San Diego? When you’re able to pull the holeshot and ride 20 clean laps you make life a lot easier on yourself. It’s been a great start to the season and everyone is working hard to make this happen. You have to be there every week in order to have a chance to win this thing (the 2013 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series championship), and we’re doing our best to keep it out front. I’m doing the best I can. If it’s me winning, or me second or third, as long as I’m doing the best I can, I’m happy with it. I’m definitely pumped for the whole team, myself and everyone behind me. Just for everyone, it was a pretty cool night in San Diego. I think this win is a little cooler than the one at A1 as I’ve never gotten the holeshot and led all 20 laps of a Main Event before. For me, it was really special that I led the whole race without getting passed. You can’t take anything away from the Anaheim 1 victory though – everyone wants to come in and win that one. The season opener is a special one. The difference this year has been the preparation. I’m on a bike I love, that I’m comfortable with, a team that’s behind me, and willing to give me anything I need.”
Justin Barcia finished second in San Diego: “The track was very challenging. The whoops were a little sketchy and a majority of it was really tight and one-lined. I got a decent start and made my way into second after Reed went down in a corner. I tried to keep up with Millsaps, but the lappers made it tough. Overall, the night was awesome (with second place). I am really looking forward now to the east coast races. I think they will favor my style better, since I know the tracks and the conditions.”
Ryan Dungey finished third in San Diego. He said after the race: “I’m actually pretty happy with my ride tonight. It was a tough track to pass on and as I didn’t get a great start. I think I rode pretty strong to come through the pack and finish on the box. It would definitely make my life a little easier if I could keep getting a start like I did last week! But that’s just something I have to work on.”
Eli Tomac won the 250 West Main Event in San Diego. The West takes a break now until April 20 in Seattle, while the East starts their first race this Saturday in Dallas. Eli said after his win in San Diego: “It’s always nice to get a win, no matter when it happens, but to get another one before a really long break like we’ve got coming up here is nice. We gained a few points on Roczen but still have a lot to do in the final three races of the season to defend our title. I enjoyed myself tonight. I really liked this track. It was fun to ride. The only sketchy part was the whoops and I was getting lazy through there towards the end of the race but I saw that I had a big enough lead that I didn’t need to push it. Everything worked out well. I won here in 2011, got a DNF last year, and now won here again. We’ll go into the break with some confidence.”
Ken Roczen is the 250 West series points leader. He finished second in San Diego. Kenny said: “I’m actually really happy with the way I rode tonight. I was kind of uncomfortable on this track all day but I think I put together a good race come the main event. I guess my focus at this point in time is just to stay healthy and to keep things going the way they have been going at the races while our series is on a break and come out blazing again in Seattle.”
And here are some quotes from other riders after the San Diego event …
Chad Reed “There are definitely some positives to take away from the race tonight. I was up there challenging for the race lead but lost the front while trying to find a way around Davi. We are making gains, I am up there battling the guys at the front, now I just need a little luck to go my way.”
James Stewart: “This week before San Diego I was able to get in two days of riding. It’s tough when you’re not able to put in the work during the week. But this was the best I’ve ridden all year, so I’m happy about that. I had to work for the win but it was fun. In the Main Event, I got a bad start and was way back there. But I made some passes. Overall, it was good and the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 was running great. I felt stronger in the Main Event, I just wished I’d been able to open up and pass some people. But I can’t complain – two fourth places, top five. It’s better than where we were, but it’s still not where we want to be. Now we’ll go back and I’m going to focus on my starts and getting better for Dallas.”
Zach Osborne: “I felt strong all day and liked the way I was riding but once again the result wasn’t as good as I wanted. I’m going to use this break to regroup and work on my starts so I can finish out the last three races with some podium finishes. I also plan on working on some outdoor stuff. I’ll go back to the doctor and have my shoulder reexamined to make sure everything is right. I want to be 100 percent when we start racing again.”
Josh Hill: “It’s been a real, real rough couple of years. And then I get to Anaheim 1 this year thinking that everything was going to go good and I break my hand. For me to come back with only two days on the bike and make the Main Event, it feels good. And the way that I did it, I did it the hardest way possible by having to go to the LCQ and then win it. It feels great. I never felt that finishing 18th would feel so good, but that did.”
The Dallas Supercross is this coming Saturday. Coverage of it will be here on Supercross.com.
Davi Millsaps – big winner San Diego 2013
Eli Tomac on top of the box – 250 West SX San Diego