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And just like that, we’re on the East Coast. For up-to-date stats and predictions about our favorite riders, as well as an interview with Damon Bradshaw, check out the video and article below.

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Tampa 2020 Track Map

San Diego Race Recap

  • Eli Tomac revved hard at Zach Osborne at the end of the first heat
  • Jason Anderson did not have a good night – worst finish of the year for him
  • Jason Anderson punted Justin Brayton off of the track and Brayton returned the favor
  • The 722 narrowly miss the main event again
  • Blake Baggett took the holeshot and finished in 3rd place
  • Justin Barcia and Eli Tomac had a battle on and off the track
  • Aaron Plessinger made an appearance up front for the first time this season
  • Benny Bloss and Tyler Bowers went at it in Ken Roczen’s GoPro footage

San Diego Results

  • 1st – Cooper Webb
  • 2nd – Adam Cianciarulo
  • 3rd – Blake Baggett
  • 4th – Eli Tomac
  • 5th – Justin Barcia
  • WC (8th) – Malcolm Stewart

2020 San Deigo Track Map

SXperts’ Points

  • Christian: 31 points, 186 total
  • Chase: 56 points, 291 total

RMFantasySX Stats

  • 57.7% of users had Eli Tomac picked for the win – only 16% had Cooper Webb
  • Average points for this week: 34.25
  • Highest WC correct percentage in RMFantasySX history – 31% for Malcolm Stewart in 8th
  • No perfect scores
  • Only 2% of users had Blake Baggett in 3rd place – 12.7% had him in the WC
  • Jason Anderson was in 80% of players’ top 5 picks

2020 San Diego Podium
Photo Credit: Kardy Photo

Tampa 2018

  • Featured a large sand section that a lot of riders struggled through
  • Justin Hill took 6th place in the 450 class
  • Eli Tomac and Marvin Musquin battled the whole race
  • Tampa 2018 Results
    • 1st – Eli Tomac
    • 2nd – Marvin Musquin
    • 3rd – Jason Anderson
    • 4th – Cooper Webb
    • 5th – Broc Tickle

Injury Report

  • Justin Bogle, Chris Blose, Jimmy Decotis

Track Trends

  • Look for a 250 West Coast rider to possibly race on a 450
  • It’s in the Raymond James Football Stadium
  • Features a split-lane sand section and sand bowl turn
  • Has a 180° turn immediately followed by a whoops section right before the finish line
  • The start straight is used after the finish line
  • Broc Tickle is BACK – look for him on a JGR Suzuki

Top Contenders

    Ken Roczen

    • Still has the points lead
    • Last three standard round overall finishes: 6-3-2
    • Average finish on the West Coast this season is almost the same as it was last season: 2020=3.6 2019=3.7
    • Did not win a race on the East Coast last year – had an average start of 7.5 and finish of 5.4
    • Still has the best average start (3) and finish (2.6) per gate drop this season
    • Hasn’t finished behind where he qualified this season

Ken Roczen at 2020 San Diego SX
Photo Credit: Kardy Photo

    Eli Tomac

    • Last three standard round overall finishes: 4-1-1
    • Last three standard round starts: 10-3-10
    • Has only started better than 10th in one of the last five standard rounds this year
    • Has qualified in 2nd place every round this year
    • Has the second best average finish per gate drop this year (3) but the eighth best starting average (8)
    • Finished an average of two spots worse on the East Coast than he did on the West Coast last season
    • Won Tampa in 2018 after battling with Marvin Musquin
    • Won three of the seven East Coast rounds last season

    Cooper Webb

    • Last four overall finishes: 1-2-4-3
    • Has only started worse than 6th one time in standard rounds this season
    • Had an average finish of 1.71 in East Coast standard rounds last year
    • Has the third best average finish per gate drop this year (4.75) and the third best average start per gate drop (6.13)
    • Is only nine points behind Roczen for the overall points lead
    • Had the lowest average lap time last week but the single fastest lap time of the night on the second lap
    • Has started in 2nd place in three of the last four main event gate drops (TC rounds included)

    Justin Barcia

    • Last three overall finishes: 5-6-5
    • Had a faster average lap time than Ken Roczen last round
    • Has been finished an average of six spots ahead of where he qualifies in standard rounds
    • Has the sixth best starting average (7.6) per gate drop
    • Has finished in the top 5 in four of the six rounds so far this season
    • Has finished better than where he’s started in every main event this season (TC rounds included)
    • Will likely finish on the podium if he gets a top-3 start in the main event

Justin Barcia at 2020 San Diego SX
Photo Credit: Kardy Photo

    Jason Anderson

    • Hit the dirt a few times last week – fell from 11th place to 20th then climbed back up to 14th
    • Last five overall finishes: 14-5-3-5-3
    • Took 3rd place in Tampa in 2018
    • Had a better average finish on the East Coast vs. The West in 2018
    • Only missed the top five once in the eight East Coast rounds in 2018 – only missed the podium in three of those races
    • Has the fourth best average start (6.5) and finish (5.3) per gate drop this season
    • A lower qualifying position for Tampa may indicate that he’s banged up or hurt from last week


    Adam Cianciarulo

    • Has qualified fastest every round this season
    • Had the fourth fastest lap last week – behind Cooper Webb, Justin Barcia, and Ken Roczen
    • Had the 3rd lowest average lap time last week
    • Has led the second most laps this season (27) behind Ken Roczen
    • Has the best starting average (3.6) in standard rounds
    • Tied with Cooper Webb for third best average finish in standard rounds (4.2)
    • He’s started in 1st and 2nd place over the last two rounds but still hasn’t won

Adam Cianciarulo at 2020 San Diego SX
Photo Credit: Kardy Photo

    Blake Baggett

    • Last three standard round finishes: 3-9-14
    • Has the fifth best avearge start (7.13) of all main event gate drops this season
    • Got his first holeshot since round 10 last year in San Diego
    • Didn’t miss the top 5 on the East Coast last season except for one crash: three 2nd places, three 4th places, one 5th place

    Zach Osborne

    • Last five overall finishes: 11-11-18-4-5
    • Has three top-5 starts in standard rounds this year – just hasn’t looked that good in the last two main events
    • Averaged a 5th place finish in his last four East Coast rounds last season
    • His fastest lap time last week wasn’t even close to what the top 5 were running

    Malcolm Stewart

    • Has finished within the top 10 in every round this year
    • Average finish per gate drop: 8.1
    • Had a 4th place start last week but still finished in 8th
    • Finished over six spots better on average on the East Coast than the West in 2018
    • Hasn’t finished more than two spots away from where he qualified in the last five rounds
    • Needs to qualify 7th or better to be picked for Christian’s top 5

Malcolm Stewart at 2020 San Diego SX
Photo Credit: Kardy Photo

    Justin Brayton

    • Has finished in 7th and 8th place two times each in standard rounds this year
    • His only top-5 finish last season was on the East Coast (Minneapolis)
    • Finished an average of two spots better on the East Coast than on the West last season
    • Is finishing less than one spot better than where he’s qualified in standard rounds this season

    Aaron Plessinger

    • Has the 7th best average start (7.75) per gate drop this year – better than Eli Tomac, Justin Hill, James Stewart, Justin Brayton, Zach Osborne, and Dean Wilson
    • Ripped a 3rd place start last week and was looking good before going down in a turn

Aaron Plessinger at San Diego 2020 SX
Photo Credit: Kardy Photo

Wildcard (15th)

Only three riders have taken between 14th-16th place more than one time this season:

  • Vince Friese: 4
  • Tyler Bowers: 3
  • Martin Davalos: 2
  • Justin Bogle (if he’s back this week): 3

    Vince Friese

    • Took 15th place last week
    • Has finished 14th overall three out of the six rounds so far this season
    • Started the season with three straight WC finishes
    • Didn’t take worse than 15th last season

    Martin Davalos

    • Has taken 15th place in two of the five standard rounds this season
    • Was with in 11th or 12th place for the entire race last weekend
    • Finishes an average of four spots behind where he qualifies

Martin Davalos at 2020 San Diego SX
Photo Credit: Kardy Photo

Tyler Bowers

  • Has only finished in 15th-17th this season
  • Has finished in 16th place in the last two rounds
  • 2020 average finish per gate drop: 15.57

SXperts’ Picks

Christian Chase
1st Cooper Webb Cooper Webb
2nd Eli Tomac Eli Tomac
3rd Ken Roczen Ken Roczen
4th Blake Baggett Adam Cianciarulo
5th Jason Anderson Justin Barcia
WC Martin Davalos Broc Tickle

Note: Christian and Chase reserve the right to change their picks.

450SX Podium at 2020 San Diego SX
Photo Credit: Kardy Photo

Prize Recap

  • 1 – Fox LE Gear Set – Up to $709.90 MSRP
  • 2 – Bell Moto-9 Flex Helmet – Up to $679.95 MSRP
  • 3 – Shoe VFX-EVO Helmet – Up to $529.00 MSRP
  • 4 – 2 Sets of Bridgestone Battlecross Tires – Up to $528.30 MSRP
  • 5 – OGIO Wheeled Rig 9800 Gear Bag – Up to $329.99 MSRP
  • 6 – Pro Honda Prize Pack – Up to $270.74 MSRP
  • 7 – $250.00 Acerbis Spending Spree
  • 8 – Schosche PowerUp 700 Portable Jump Starter & BoomBottle MM – Up to $229.98 MSRP
  • 9 – Fly $200 Casual Spending Spree
  • 10 – Dirt Tricks Zirconium Rear Sprocket and Front Sprocket – Up to $161.95 MSRP
  • 11 – 12 – $10 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Gift Card

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Fireworks at the Track at 2020 San Diego SX


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