The answers to Friday's Burning Questions...
Q1. Now that that the tides have turned, can Eli Tomac take away Ken Roczen’s new confidence and chip away at the twenty-point gap?
A1. Tomac was able to chip away three points from Roczen. As far as taking away the German’s confidence, it was a fail. Ken felt that he should have won the race by the way he reacted over the finish line. It is a long shot for Eli to win the title, but this is motocross and anything can happen.
Q2. Will Chad Reed make it past the second turn and perhaps score a win in one of his favorite stops on the tour?
A2. Chad made it passed the second turn and was actually giving Millsaps fits for the first half of the main. Everything was looking nice for Team TwoTwo until he lost the front end in a corner. He fought back to fifth place, but it was a frustrating night for a guy who could have won.
Q3. Rumor has it that Josh Hill will return this weekend; can he finally end his bad luck and actually race?
A3. Josh was able to finally race a main event! For a guy who hasn’t been able to race a Supercross for so long it didn’t matter what he finished. San Diego was a win for the Hill camp.
Q4. James Stewart actually made a run at the podium at Anaheim, is this the weekend he gets on the box?
A4. No, JS7 did not make the podium, but he was very close. It’s weird writing about Stewart as the underdog. Here we are six rounds in and the former champion hasn’t made the podium yet. With two fourth place finishes in a row it leaves his fans saying “next week” once again.
Q5. Trey Canard lost second place in points to Ryan Dungey, can he find the podium once again?
A5. Trey was a victim of another bad start, which makes it two races in a row. He finished five positions away from the podium and is now tied for third in points with Villopoto. Turbo’s key to find the podium again relies in his starts.
Q6. Zach Osborne has been nursing an injury the past few weeks, will he be able to fight through the pain and get closer to the podium?
A6. If Zach is still in pain he sure doesn’t show it. The guy is a mad dog out on the track and just going for it. He taught Joey Savatgy to never keep the door open and made the pass for fifth. The next lap he would drop it in a turn and unfortunately only two laps remained at that point. Osborne finished four places from the podium in seventh.
Q7. Tyla Rattray and Malcolm Stewart each missed the main event; can they both put in a great comeback ride?
A7. Malcolm started the night off really well with some good speed in the heat race. Even when the main came along he was running strong until he crashed late in the race and ended up twentieth. As for Rattray he finished a very quiet eighth place. We’re betting Mitch Payton is happy the season is heading to the easy coast.
Q8. Ryan Dungey shrugged his bad luck off, but can he maintain a win streak?
A8. Ryan didn’t get a good enough start to back up last weeks win. He had to fight his way to the front with Stewart and Villopoto. Dungey got the better of all the former champions and grabbed the last podium spot. Millsaps now holds a nineteen point lead over him.
Q9. Travis Baker put in his best ride of the year with a sixth; will he show that he belongs up front every weekend without fading?
A9. Baker once again proves to be a very underrated rider in the 250 West. He matched his best of the season with another sixth in San Diego. Sometimes staying consistent gets you better results instead of being the fastest.
Q10. Can the TLD Honda team improve from last weeks 11, 12, 13 performances?
A10. It was another rough week for the Troy Lee boys. This week the finishes were more of the same. Jessy Nelson was the top finisher once again for the team, coming in tenth. Christian Craig and Cole Seely came in thirteenth and fifteenth respectively. The team with the most holeshots are now the ones struggling to get them.