San Diego 250 Supercross Results

Steve Cox | January 15, 2017

San Diego 250 Supercross Results: TLD/Red Bull KTM’s Shane McElrath was aware that weird things often happen at Anaheim 1, so when he won, he didn’t want to put to much thought into it. Actually, he said he wanted to forget about it and move on. He managed to do just that at Petco Park in San Diego, California, winning his second 250cc main event this season – and in his career. This time, McElrath had to fight his way to the front and then hold off the advances of Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Justin Hill and Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha’s Aaron Plessinger.

GEICO Honda’s Jimmy Decotis led over half of the race after snatching the holeshot in the main event, but he was eventually swallowed up by Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Martin Davalos, quickly followed by McElrath, Hill, Plessinger, and eventually Hill’s teammate Austin Forkner.

Davalos held the lead until the final few laps, when McElrath found his way by. By that point, Hill and Plessinger had battled there way up to McElrath’s rear wheel, and they followed him by Davalos in short order.

In the final laps, a costly mistake put Plessinger a little too far behind to strike at Hill, but Hill was giving McElrath all he could handle out front. But McElrath held on to take the win.

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“Last week, it’s one of those where a lot of people can say ‘you got lucky’ this and that,” McElrath said. “That’s what we’ve been working on. My Team Manager, he just tells me to apply myself each time and man, that was a really tough race, but we trained hard and it’s not supposed to be easy. The track is really challenging tonight. It’s really demanding and it’s really hard to pass on. There were so many places where I was ready to waive the white flag because I was going down, but thankfully I stayed up. All glory to God. This is unreal, to do it two weekends in a row. I didn’t get as much confidence as I probably should have after last weekend. Just tried to forget about it. We had a new race this weekend and a whole new job, new obstacles.” PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEVE COX

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“If I had a couple more laps, I’d either have won or I would have died out there,” Hill said. “I was leaving everything out on the track. I’m disappointed because of how hard I worked. Shane made me work really, really hard for a second place, but I’m happy. My dad and my brother and my mechanic have been helping me so much. We didn’t have a lot of time coming into this, coming off a broken shoulder and they helped me a lot – to get me confident, get me fit, as much as I can be. My trainer Johnny Louch worked hard and it’s starting to pay off. I can start pushing it in these motos.” PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEVE COX

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“I definitely would like to be winning, for sure, but Shane’s got that on lock right now,” Plessinger said. “I’ve just got to work on my starts. If I got a start I think I would have run away from these guys, but it’s hard. If it was easy, everybody would do it.” PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEVE COX

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