2020 Salt Lake City Seven Supercross | Qualifying Report
And that’s a wrap on practice for the 2020 Monster Energy Supercross Series. Riders spent morning hours in Utah figuring out the new track layout built inside Rice Eccles Stadium for the 2020 Salt Lake City Seven Supercross and then one-upping each other with quick and close laps in the two rounds of Timed Qualifying. As if the excitement of having all three champions up for grabs going into today’s race wasn’t already enough, we saw identical times by two of the title contenders in the 450 Class and that the front-runners in the 250 Class were faster than the entire 450 Class.
250 WEST COAST REGION | QUALIFYING REPORT
With two riders in the 48-second range and the top-nine riders with lap times under 51-seconds, the West Coast was clearly the quicker of the two regions in Timed Qualifying.
Dylan Ferrandis was the fastest of the entire 250 Class with a 48.346 lap that he put down during the second session. The Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha rider comes into today’s race with a seven-point lead in the 250 West Coast Region standings.
Jett Lawrence’s excellent rookie season continues as the GEICO Honda rider put in a 48.953 and finished the sessions ranked second overall in the 250 West Coast Region. That Lawrence doesn’t have a title on the line, but is one of the fastest in the pack, makes him one to watch in the Showdown.
Austin Forkner was the fastest rider in the first round of Timed Qualifying, but the pace increased in the second round. The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider found more speed but his best lap, a 49.262, was only enough for third in the region.
Justin Cooper was fourth-fastest in the 250 West Coast Region, thanks to a 49.473 that the Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha rider put in during the second session.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Michael Mosiman was fifth-fastest in both sessions of Timed Qualifying, so it should come as no surprise that he was fifth overall. Mosiman’s best time was a 50.010 in Session Two.
250 WEST COAST REGION | QUALIFYING REPORT
Chase Sexton was the only East Coast Region rider to put down a 48-second lap time. The GEICO Honda rider’s best run around the track was a 48.735, which was second overall in the small-bore division. In his post-ride interview on the podium after the final session, Sexton stated that some of his best laps were interrupted by McElrath. Sexton has a six-point lead in the 250 East Coast Region standings.
With a 49.585 time in the final session, Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Colt Nichols snagged second overall in the East Coast region. Like Lawrence, Nichols has no chance at a championship but is among the faster riders in the 250 Class, which could be a major asset for teammates Ferrandis and McElrath.
It was an eventful morning for Shane McElrath. The Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha rider was caught up in a hairy first-turn pile-up during the second round of Timed Qualifying, which left him a bit rattled for the rest of the session. His best lap, a 49.952, put him third in the East Coast Region and seventh overall in the combined times of the 250 Class.
Jo Shimoda’s quietly impressive rookie season continues. The GEICO Honda rider was fourth in the East Coast region with a 50.693.
Chris Blose has steadily improved since racing resumed in Utah and the Chaparral/FXR/Honda rider ended the morning ranked fifth in the East Coast region with a 51.099 time.
450 CLASS | QUALIFYING REPORT
The final 450 A Group Timed Qualifying session of the season sure was exciting, thanks to the exact same lap time that Eli Tomac and Cooper Webb clicked off. Both riders put down a 49.438, with Tomac doing it first on his eighth lap and Webb matching it on his ninth lap. Officials broke the tie by looking at each rider’s second-best lap and Tomac’s 49.658 gave him the nod over Webb’s 49.883.
Malcolm Stewart was around the top of the timesheet all morning and a 49.496 put the SmarTop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts/Honda rider third overall in the 450 Class. Can Stewart end his career-best 450 season with a podium finish
Dean Wilson was fourth-fastest in the 450 Class, thanks to a 49.604 in the final session. The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider has been quick during the stint in Salt Lake City, evident in his rank near the top of the field in multiple qualifying sessions and a Heat Race win at the previous round.
Okay, so the speed Benny Bloss showed at race five in Utah/round fifteen of the season wasn’t a fluke. A 49.630 put the Rocky Mountain ATV-MC/WPS/KTM rider near the top of the board late in the morning and fifth overall in the premier division.