Eli Tomac and Jett Lawrence took the early lead in the NBC Power Rankings with their wins at Anaheim 1 and here are some of the other numbers you need to know going into Supercross Round 2 at Petco Park in San Diego, California this weekend.
This is the 40th time Supercross has raced at San Diego in 39 seasons and the eighth time they have raced at Petco Park. Two races were held in 2016 (the second year the series ran at Petco Park) with Ryan Dungey sweeping the venue.
Tomac could struggle to get a second straight win in 2023 as it is his third-worst venue in terms of career average result. He has a 6.3 average over nine visits to San Diego, largely due to not starting in 2018 when he was credited with a 22nd place finish. On the plus side, Tomac has a win and two podiums to offset that disappointment.
Petco Park is a venue that doesn’t make it easy for it to repeat winners, making its offer for two more difficult. Another driver won the last five races there. In fact, no active driver has had multiple wins in San Diego, with Ken Roczen winning in 2017, Jason Anderson in 2018, Tomac in 2019, Cooper Webb in 2020 and Chase Sexton last year.
Tomac and Webb each have two 250cc wins at this track and Roczen has the most podiums (five) among active riders.
Second in the points classificationWebb also has a win and two top-five finishes in five starts in San Diego,
Third-place finisher Sexton has recent success at Petco Park; Last year he won his first Supercross race at this track. He finished on the podium seven more times last year, including second places in St. Louis and Salt Lake City, but wouldn’t move back into the top box until the Pro Motocross season.
Last year in San Diego there were first-time winners in both classes. Sexton won in 450s and Michael Mosiman in 250s. Sexton’s win made him the 65th rider to win in the premier class.
Another major storyline from last year was the temper spill as Justin Barcia and Justin Bogle skirmished throughout the race. Ultimately, Barcia cleaned Bogle and was disqualified after the race.
The egalitarian nature of San Diego carries over to the 250 class, which has not had repeat winners in its last seven races.
This will be the first time Jett Lawrence competes in San Diego. He competed in the East Division for the past two seasons while 2020 was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced the final three West Division races of 2020 to be held in Salt Lake City.
RJ Hampshire finished 15th at San Diego in 2019, the only time he raced in the 250 West Division.
Cameron McAdoo finished ninth there in 2019 and 22nd in 2020.
After the Oakland race was postponed last week, San Diego advances to the second round. Oakland will now run on February 18th, which was an open date in the schedule.
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