Supercross Round 4: Oakland, CA
This past weekend, Round 4 of the 2019 Monster Energy AMA World Supercross came storming into Oakland, California. For the first time in many years the Bay Area would be blessed with dry weather the week leading up to the race. The dry Northern California soil would provide one of the best racing surfaces the series would see so far in 2019.
Forty-five 250SX athletes would travel from around the world to compete for the top spots in Oakland. As a Round 1 crash has left TXS' own Joan Cros (Spain) racing through pain each week. Coming into Oakland he would finally be feeling more like himself and came with something to prove. After qualifying 10th in his group and 30th overall he would race through the heat race to a 14th place finish. Advancing to the LCQ, Cros would come out of the first turn just outside the top 10. Hungry and determined, he would battle his way through the competition and cross the checkered flag in the 6th position. Now feeling healthy, Cros admits he is ready to be in the main events.
With three rounds down and fourteen to go, fifty-nine of the best 450SX Athletes from around the world would come to Oakland ready to battle it out. The TXS Race Team would once again have Theodore Pauli (Illinois) and Scotty Wennerstrom (Texas) lining up against stacked field. As the track broke down throughout the qualifying sessions, ruts and holes would get deeper, taking down riders left and right. Unfortunately, Wennerstrom would be one of the tracks victims early on in the final qualifying session. Despite some pain and a bent up motorcycle, Wennerstrom would remount and finish the session 5th in his group and 44th overall.
Pauli would fight hard all day. Making adjustments and dropping valuable seconds to his lap times, he would finish out the qualifying sessions 37th overall and advancing to the evening race program where he would line up in heat race number 2. After a mistake on the start, Pauli would make his way around a handful of competitors before the race was complete, thus sending him to the LCQ. Lining up in the LCQ between two former 250SX champions, Pauli, would battle it out with the best in the field. As his positions would change every lap, up and down, he would finish the race in the 10th position.
Healthy and hungry for main events, The TXS Race Team makes their way to San Diego, California this weekend for Round 5 of the Championship. If in attendance, please pay the team a visit as they appreciate all their fans and supporters!
The Team would also like to thank all of their personnel, partners and supporters for all the countless hours of work that goes into the program.