450 QUALIFYING RESULTS | HOUSTON SUPERCROSS (UPDATED)
450 QUALIFYING RESULTS FROM HOUSTON
Qualifying is underway at round 13 of the 2019 Monster Energy Supercross in Houston, Texas. The first 450 qualifying session is over with and the pressure is on for the riders sitting around the 18th place so far. The Houston Supercross is the final Triple Crown event of the series and that means that only the top 18 from timed qualifying will go straight to the night show while the rest will go to the afternoon LCQ to battle for the four final four spots on the gate. For more info about the Triple Crown format, read about it at the bottom of this page.
In the 450 LCQ it was Carlen Gardner and Austin Politelli who were neck and neck for the holeshot. Politelli got out front and rode a solid race. Gardner was passed by Adam Enticknap and they would both hold on to finish second and third. The real battle was going on behind them, Ryan Breece, Scott Champion and Charles Lefrancois were going back and forth. Unfortunately Ryan Breece went over the bars and was ran over by Scott Champion, who also went down. Scott got up and finished the race while Ryan walked off the track sore. This allowed for the Frenchman, Charles Lefrancois to inherit fourth place and qualify for his first ever 450 Supercross main event.
450 OVERALL QUALIFYING RESULTS
The track is holding up nicely so far. There are a few ruts forming in some of the corners and on a few of the jumps. Dean Wilson was the fastest in the second qualifying session, but his time wasn’t quick enough to beat Ken Roczen’s 47.386 from the first qualifying session. After the session Dean mentioned in a Race Day Live interview that the sand section adds another level of difficultly when you’re trying to put a fast lap in. It’s very hard to be consistent in the sand.
The top 18 transfer straight to the main events.
Triple Crown Race Day format breakdown:
The top 18 from the overall fastest qualifying times during the day will advance straight to the main event. There will then be an LCQ that add four more riders for a total of 22 racers in the main event. During the night show, there won’t be any heat races or LCQ’s but each class will have three main events. The 250SX class will compete in three 10-minute main events, while the 450SX class will compete in three 12-minute main events. An Olympic-style scoring method will be used to determine an overall winner in each class from all three main events where the lowest combined score at the end will be awarded the overall win.
In the first 450 group A qualifying session it was Ken Roczen who jumped to the top of the board and laid down the fastest time. In an interview after the session, Ken said that the track is a lot harder than it was in 2018, but he also mentioned that it was pretty good and he liked it.
450 GROUP A SESSION 1 QUALIFYING RESULTS