The fifth round of Supercross took place in San Diego on February 2nd. The track was one big mud pit, making it a slow and difficult run to the podium. To further shake things up, the main events were each shortened by five minutes, giving riders less time to make passes and recover from mistakes.


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450SX Report

By the start of the 450SX main, the track was the worst it had been all night. During the heats, the track had been wet and slick, but the rain had stopped and the 250SX main left the mud deep, sticky, and unpredictable. Two riders had been injured earlier in the night, too – Justin Brayton and Justin Hill – so they weren’t even lining up for the main event. That left all eyes on Ken Roczen and Eli Tomac, the heat race winners, and Cooper Webb, the points leader, as the gates dropped.


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With the main event lasting only 15 minutes, every second counted for the 450SX riders. Roczen got off to an early lead as he sped down the start to take the holeshot, but a spill in the first corner passed the lead off to Tomac. Roczen quickly recovered and resumed the race in 4th place, but was going to have to pass Justin Bogle and Justin Barcia in 2nd and 3rd if he was going to take back the top podium spot from Tomac.


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Elsewhere, the muddy track was starting to take its toll on the riders. Aaron Plessinger, who was riding in 5th place, went down and relinquished the position to Blake Baggett, while Webb slipped and struggled to make it out of 7th place. Marvin Musquin slid off of the track behind Webb, but quickly reentered and passed a whole group of riders to take over 6th place. Back up front, Barcia pulled off to the side of the track, mechanical issues claiming his bike and ending his race just five minutes in. This allowed Roczen to move up a spot into 3rd place.


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As the race wore on, the mud claimed a few more victims. Baggett and Webb both took a dive, shuffling the top 10 positions. Tomac, Bogle, and Roczen were still making up the podium, but they weren’t immune from the effects of the track. Bogle stalled his bike in the first set of whoops before the finish, making room for Roczen to scrape past. Bogle was in 3rd, but had to fend off Musquin who was putting pressure on the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS rider from 4th place.


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Tomac was still leading by the last minute of the race, maintaining a 25 second lead over Roczen in 2nd. Even though his bike got stuck on a tough block, the delay wasn’t long enough to lose his position. Roczen closed the gap by 10 seconds, but Tomac kept his cool through the last two laps to clinch 1st place and the points lead. Behind him, Musquin let it all hang out in the last lap and managed to pass both Bogle and Roczen before the checkered flag. The final podium ended with Tomac, Musquin, and Roczen after a difficult night of riding.

450SX Results

Pos.No. NameBikePointsOverall
13Eli TomacKawasaki26106
225Marvin MusquinKTM23102
394Ken Roczen*Honda21102
419Justin BogleKTM1950
522Chad ReedSuzuki1865
67Aaron PlessingerYamaha1766
717Joey SavatgyKawasaki1640
82Cooper WebbKTM1598
94Blake BaggettKTM1480
1043Tyler BowersKawasaki1333
1142Vince FrieseHonda1254
1215Dean WilsonHusqvarna1180
1371Cole MartinezSuzuki1018
1414Cole SeelyHonda965
1541Ben LamayHonda822
16805Carlen GardnerHonda718
1711Kyle ChisolmSuzuki621
18282Theodore PauliKawasaki55
1974Cade AutenriethKTM44
2062Alex RaySuzuki318
2151Justin BarciaYamaha274
2280Heath HarrisonKawasaki11

*Holeshot

250SX Report

As the gates dropped on the 250SX main, the riders slid off the start to make their way to the first corner. Adam Cianciarulo edged out the holeshot, leaving the other riders behind to battle for the final podium spots. Jess Pettis and Colt Nichols were bar-to-bar for 2nd, but quickly began scrambling to keep their balance in the deep, muddy ruts. Shane McElrath got his bike stuck in a particularly deep rut, while Pettis and Jimmy Decotis collided and went down coming out of a corner. Nichols went down, too, after a run in with Mitchell Harrison.


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Three minutes into the 10-minute main, Cianciarulo was leading by nine seconds. Pettis was in 2nd, but Ferrandis was closing in. The Yamaha rider had started the race in 10th place, but charged his way up to the front to fight for a spot on the podium. Meanwhile, the points leader, Nichols, was trying to move out of 7th place, while RJ Hampshire and McElrath were in 17th and 20th, respectively, following their dives in the mud.


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The clock was ticking down, and Pettis was trying to hold onto 2nd by holding off Ferrandis and Marchbanks, who were both close behind. Through the rollers, however, both riders made their pass on Pettis, securing 2nd and 3rd place and pushing Pettis back to 4th. Ferrandis didn’t keep 2nd for long though as Marchbanks pushed through the mud to pass him in a corner.


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With a minute and two laps to go, Cianciarulo was still in 1st, maintaining a 10-second lead over Marchbanks in 2nd. Ferrandis was three seconds behind in 3rd, but his bike got stuck and died right before the finish line. This credited Ferrandis with 7th, leaving Decotis to take the final podium spot. At the end of the night, teammates Cianciarulo and Marchbanks took 1st and 2nd, Decotis took 3rd, and McElrath and Pettis finished 4th and 5th to round out the top 5.

250SX West Results

Pos.No. NameBikePointsOverall
192Adam Cianciarulo*Kawasaki26114
261Garret MarchbanksKawasaki2371
364James DecotisSuzuki2173
412Shane McElrathKTM19106
5160Jess PettisKTM1866
672Martin CasteloSuzuki1751
734Dylan FerrandisYamaha16102
8221Mathias JoergensenKTM1521
944Cameron McAdooHonda1472
1039Colt NicholsYamaha13104
11111Chris BloseHusqvarna1270
1236Michael MosimanHusqvarna1166
13156Jacob HayesYamaha1065
14910Carson Brown Husqvarna923
1531RJ HampshireHonda875
16184Scott ChampionYamaha712
17621RJ WagemanYamaha66
18216Devin HarrimanKTM510
1967Enzo LopesSuzuki423
20427Deegan VonlossbergYamaha37
21952Ludovic MaclerKawasaki22
2235Mitchell HarrisonYamaha122

*Holeshot

The brutal conditions in San Diego led to a massive points shakeup for both classes. For the 450SX class, Tomac stole the red plate from Webb, who moved back to 4th in points standings. Cianciarulo claimed the red plate for the 250SX West class, pushing the previous points leader, Nichols, back to 3rd. We won’t see the 250 West class for a few weeks, so it’ll be interesting to see what happens when Supercross heads to the East Coast next week.

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