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The Monster Energy Supercross Championship resumed in San Diego’s Snapdragon Stadium after heavy rainfall forced the postponement of round two in Oakland, California, and the new venue proved to be a great location for the event. Though there were some parking issues for spectators who showed up late to the event, most of the racers and industry insiders enjoyed the fresh, new location. In addition to having the pits and stadium all together (in contrast to Petco Park’s two separate pit areas, located quite some distance from the venue), the new Stadium was clean, heated inside, and boasted a wide variety of restaurants for fans. Of course, it was the on-track racing that mattered most, and for the second race in a row, Eli Tomac and Jett Lawrence topped all challengers in the 450 and 250 Western Regional main events, respectively. You can find all the details and results in the San Diego SX Race Report by O’Neal, but here’s some other stuff we saw last weekend!

We were stoked for our pal Hunter Yoder, who qualified for his second main event of the year by winning the 250 LCQ. Though he lives in Murietta now, he claims San Diego as his original hometown and he was proud to put it in the main in front of his friends and family on hand.

 

 

Ken Roczen had a mishap in the first practice session of the day that saw him stall his bike in the whoops, then require what seemed like an eternity to get it fired back up. Because of his awkward position on the track, he had to shift the bike into neutral by hand, then push it to level ground to get good leverage on his highly polished kickstarter.

Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha teammates Stilez Robertson and Levi Kitchen both had a wild trip through turn one at the start of the 250 main event. Here’s a sequence of the mayhem that left Kitchen with a numb left arm after slamming his funny bone on the ground so hard that he could not continue. Thankfully, we’re told that he will be back in action in time for Anaheim Two this weekend.