MOTOCROSS ACTION MID-WEEK REPORT PRESENTED BY MX-TECH
Rider: Justin Bogle
Bike: 2019 KTM 450SXF
Location: Oakland, CA
Event: Round 4 of the 2019 Supercross series inside Raiders stadium
Focal length: 300mm
Photographer: Daryl Ecklund
TWO-STROKE SPOTLIGHT: JAMES PAYNE 1989 HONDA MUGAN WALK-A-ROUND
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WOMANS TRACK DAY | FOX RACEWAY | photos by Dennis Stapleton
THEY SAID IT | 2019 OAKLAND SUPERCROSS
Chad Reed: “I really liked the Oakland track layout. There were nice whoops and ruts. Unfortunately, I again struggled with one-lap speed, but I felt like I would be okay for the heat race and main event. I had a decent start in the heat race and finished fourth. I was really enjoying the main event and began to find a rhythm. I was going to try and make some moves forward. Then I landed on Plessinger’s bike when he crashed in a blind spot. I fought back to ninth. I’m entering a new week with confidence. I have the pieces, but I need to start out the day better and carry that into the night show. We’re heading to one of my favorite races of the series this weekend. San Diego has always been a solid hunting ground for me.”
Jimmy Decotis: “Oakland was looking like a promising night for the whole JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team. I qualified third in both of my practices and won my heat race. I was feeling really comfortable and fast on my Suzuki RM-Z250. Unfortunately, I got off to a bad start in the main event and crashed in the whoops. It took me a while to get going and back on the track. I’m bummed on the result, but I feel like I’m riding really well right now. We are going to get the results. Thanks to everyone on the team for helping me all weekend. I love riding for JGRMX and having like-minded people in my corner.”
Dylan Ferrandis: “The YZ250F was awesome as always this season. It was also another demanding track this weekend, but I was feeling really good, really comfortable. My speed was great, but for sure with better starts it will be easier to win. I want more than second place, and that has had me frustrated, but I had some issues this week and didn’t train a lot. So, I’m happy to be on the box here in Oakland.”
Colt Nichols: “The track was just really rutty and really demanding. The heart rate was really high, so that’s what made it tough to do consistent laps. A solid podium though, can’t ever complain about that, but of course always want more. Once you’ve won that’s all you want to do, but I’ll take a third for tonight, that’s all I had and move on to the next weekend.”
Justin Barcia: “Wow. What a day. I had to be really mentally tough. I rode through a lot of pain, but made the best of it. Coming in I knew it would be difficult, but I was pretty optimistic about what I could handle. It was a crazy race for me. It was a difficult track, pretty rough, and I just had to push through the pain. It could have been a lot worse. After last weekend’s crash, I thought I wasn’t going to be able to race but I salvaged some points tonight. I feel like I just need to keep moving forward. Hopefully this week I can work on my body and keep feeling better. We’ll be back at it next weekend in San Diego.”
Aaron Plessinger: “Oakland Supercross was a pretty tough one. I was kind of struggling all day. I felt good in the last practice even though the times didn’t really show. In the main, I got a good start but then stalled it on the wall jump. I had to jump off, then someone landed on my bike and bent it all up. I had to pull in twice to straighten it out. I’m still happy with the way I rode and the progress we made on my starts, but stuff happens. We’ll move forward. Now that I know I can run with those guys, just need to keep the pace and keep working.”
Michael Mosiman: “The day was pretty good. Practice went well and I finished really well in my heat race. In the Main Event, I came into the first turn really bad, about 17th, and by the end of the first lap I had made my way up to fifth. I passed into fourth for a bit and the pace is really fast up there! It’s something I need to work on, learning to run that pace for a whole Main Event. I made a mistake and got together with another rider, which put me back a few spots and I ended up making my way back to seventh, which is the best Supercross finish of my career so far. Now I have something to build off of going into San Diego next week and we’ll try to get into the top-five.”
Cooper Webb: “Oakland was a great day for me. It was a perfect race – I was able to lead from start to finish. I had some pressure from Marvin at the end but I held on and was able to get a win, so I’m stoked. Two-in-a-row and the first time I’ve had the red plate in my career is pretty amazing, so hopefully we can keep it going. We’ve got a long season ahead but it’s been a great two weekends so we’ll get back to work on Monday. Thank you to the Red Bull KTM Team for believing in me and getting me back here. It was awesome to see KTM dominate tonight with 1-2-3 finishes and 1-2 for me and Marv the last two weekends.”
Marvin Musquin: “It was super intense and physically it’s tough out there, I’m definitely getting better. This week I was able to ride all week so I’m getting better and better. That track was definitely difficult for everyone and especially those whoops but I figured it out in the Main and I was able to pass some guys. It’s frustrating, I rode really well, I’m really happy but it could have been mine tonight but it happens, no excuses. I went down but I was the fastest and I was able to pass those guys and be a little more consistent. I’m a little bit bummed, finishing right behind cooper is not fun but it’s good, I’m making progress. Second place is good, it’s a lot of points but I want to win for sure.”
Ken Roczen: “Oakland started off pretty good. I felt super good in practice and was super-happy with the bike. I was confident going into the night show and happy to have first gate pick. We had a decent heat race, finishing in second. We had to do some little bike adjustments, just as the track changed. I didn’t have a great start at all but fought my way up to second for a bit. I was struggling in the whoops and started feeling uncomfortable and unfortunately, I went back to fifth. That’s not ideal but we’re leaving healthy. We lost the points lead but only by a couple points; it’s a long season, so if we can take this as our worst race, that’s pretty good. It’s time to regroup and hopefully get back on the podium in San Diego.”
Cole Seely: “I’m pretty happy with how today went overall. Obviously, my result in the main event didn’t show it as much, but we made a lot of progress. I’m not always the best at qualifying but today I was feeling good and able to get the second-fastest lap. My heat was good too. I was about fifth off the start and finished second so again had a good gate pick going into the main. I was running top-10 in the main when I went down in the sand and got a handlebar to the side. I did what I could to make up as many positions as possible but could only get to 11th. The season is still early and I know I’m building each week, but I really want to get back toward the front and be battling for podiums.”
Adam Cianciarulo: “The track was so demanding and kept your heart rate up the whole time,” said Cianciarulo. “There wasn’t any place to get a break and that whoops section kept deteriorating. To come out on top of this one makes me feel really good – proud of myself and my team. We have one more before the break and I want to make it count.”
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2019 PRO CIRCUIT HONDA CRF450 EXHAUST
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MXA TESTING | SLIPSHOT STARTING DEVICE
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