San Diego 450 Supercross Results

Steve Cox | January 15, 2017

San Diego 450 Supercross Results: Everything changed but the finishing order at round two of the Monster Energy/AMA Supercross Series inside San Diego, California’s Petco Park. Instead of the slick, unforgiving surface at round one, San Diego’s rain-drenched track actually came together really well, providing plenty of traction for the world’s top 450cc racers. But in the end, Honda’s Ken Roczen took home the victory for the second time, followed to the line by Red Bull KTM teammates Ryan Dungey and Marvin Musquin just like last week. The difference was that this time Roczen didn’t cruise home over 16 seconds in front of Dungey, but rather had to fend Dungey off for the win on the final lap. Things are getting closer, but nobody has figured out how to beat Roczen just yet.

San Diego 450 Supercross Results

San Diego 450 Supercross Results
“It was tough,” Roczen said. “The track out there is super rough, but I actually was able to make a pass and stay in front of him. I was just trying to worry about myself and ride clean laps. It’s really tough out there since the track has broke down so much, but it was awesome. I think that’s what the fans want to see and I look good doing it. I’m actually happier with this weekend’s win than last weekend’s.”

Dungey was fastest in qualifying, and he got out front right away in the main event after his teammate, Musquin, took an off-track excursion and rejoined in third behind Dungey and Roczen. Roczen worked on Dungey for the first eight laps before he finally found an opening and made a pass stick for the lead, but unlike last week, he didn’t pull away. Dungey went to work, studying Roczen’s lines, and Dungey was in a position to strike on the final lap. He pulled alongside Roczen and seemed to be setting the Honda racer up for a pass, but rushed it and made a mistake in the track’s final rhythm section, giving Roczen all the breathing room he needed to take the second win of the season. Dungey finished right behind him, followed at a distance by Musquin, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Jason Anderson, Honda’s Cole Seely, and Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac – who, for the second week in a row, faded a bit late in the race when it seemed as if he tightened up again. Weston Peick, Davi Millsaps and Chad Reed rounded out the final racers on the lead lap.

San Diego 450 Supercross Results

San Diego 450 Supercross Results
“I just overcharged the rut,” Dungey said of his bobble on the final lap as he was pressuring Roczen for the lead. “I came in hot. I knew it was kind of my last chance. At the end of that rhythm lane I got really close to him and I thought maybe we could be in there the last 2 turns to make something happen, but we weren’t. Regardless, getting out front, leading some laps, we were pushing the pace. Regardless if he’s leading or I’m leading, we were dropping the hammer. He made the pass, there on the inside, clean and from that point forward I was focused on just staying on his rear wheel. We played cat and mouse for the most part, but overall I’m happy with tonight’s performance. My bike ran really well tonight. We made some small changes during the week, and then a little bit going into the Main Event. I liked where the bike was at and this was a step forward from last weekend too. We were pushing the pace and that’s what it’s about. It ain’t easy, but we’ll give it our all.” PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEVE COX

San Diego 450 Supercross Results

San Diego 450 Supercross Results
“When I crossed the finish line, I was happy with third but not happy because Ryan and Ken were really, really fast,” Musquin said. “Right before halfway through the Main, they started to gap me and I started to tighten up a little bit and slow down a little bit. So I’m not too happy, but we’ll take third tonight. I got a great start. When you see on the replay that first lap, it was so sketchy. I thought I was going to go down. Almost looped out and it was so scary, but I tried to be so aggressive and I tried to pass Ryan. But I jumped off the track and then I went through the mud, so my bike was actually slippery. The frame was slippery and the first few laps were a little sketchy. My speed was pretty good in the beginning, but like I said, I just couldn’t keep up with those guys, so congratulations to Ryan and Ken.” PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEVE COX
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Winner, Ken Roczen. PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEVE COX
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