Cycle News Staff | June 17, 2020
Qualifying has just concluded at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah, for the third straight Wednesday Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series round and the 16th of the 2020 season. Weather returned to the area and dropped rain on the track earlier in the day. The track crew opted not to cover the track but instead let the water soak in to hopefully provide a little bit of loam for this evening’s race. The sun has since come out through the clouds and, as of now, no rain is in the forecast for the rest of the day and night.
The track layout is similar to last Sunday’s with the outside start straight and a few flat turns. Top lap times are in the low-to-mid 40-second range.
There are seven 450SX riders in the 43-second bracket, and leading the group is Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Jason Anderson who suffered a tough DNF at the last race. Right behind Anderson is Eli Tomac (Monster Energy Kawasaki) who could clinch the championship tonight. Sunday’s winner Ken Roczen (Honda HRC) is third, followed by Dean Wilson (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna), defending champ Cooper Webb (Red Bull KTM), Aaron Plessinger (Monster Energy Yamaha), and Benny Bloss (Rocky Mountain ATV-MC/WPS/KTM).
The 250SX East riders are back in action after a two-race break and defending champ Chase Sexton (Geico Honda) is more than a half-second quicker than the next-best rider Shane McElrath (Monster Energy/Star Racing Yamaha), the closes rider to Sexton, the series points leader, in the championship. Just three points separate the two title contenders.
Colt Nichols (Monster Energy/Star Racing Yamaha) is third, followed by Jo Shimoda (Geico Honda) and Pierce Brown (Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM).
Shimoda was impressive in qualifying, though he was shaken up in a big crash that saw him sit on the side of the track for a while before getting back on his feet.
Heat racing gets underway 5:05 P.M. local (MST).
2020 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series, an FIM World Championship
Round 16 of 17
Salt Lake City, Utah
Results: June 17, 2020
250SX East Qualifying
Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series Updated 2020 Schedule
|Round 1||January 4||Anaheim, California|
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