Supercross Round 5: San Diego, CA
Round 5 of the 2019 Monster Energy AMA World Supercross Championship took place at Petco Park in San Diego, California. Athletes, teams, and fans would all look forward to enjoying the regular Southern California weather one last time before the series headed East, unfortunately Mother Nature had other plans. Race day weather forecasts predicted the rain would start to fall late morning and continue to fall throughout the rest of the day. With this in mind, race directors made the decision to cover the track and leave it covered until the last possible minute. In order to preserve the track as long as possible, the typical qualifying schedule would be cut down to one single 10 minute session starting at 4:45 P.M.
As the competitors entered the stadium they were all aware of how critical it would be to have a clear track to log a fast enough lap time to qualify for the evening race program. TXS' Joan Cros would be in the first group of 250SX athletes to take the track. Cool, calm, and collected Cros would finish 7th in his group and 18th overall, a career best for Cros!
Thirty minutes later the 450's would take to the track where Theodore Pauli and Scotty Wennerstrom would be amongst the fifty-three competitors entered. The harsh conditions would be too much for Wennerstrom's machine, knocking him out competition due to a mechanical failure. On the other hand, Pauli, would pilot his machine to the 12th position in his group, safely securing his spot for the evening race program.
The main program would start at 6:30 PM and the rains continued to fall! 250SX heat 1 was first, Cros would fight hard passing his way up to the 11th, missing the main event by two positions! In the LCQ Cros would blast out of the gate and battle for the 4th and final transfer position. Unfortunately, early on he would connect with another competitor and they would both go down, sending them to the back of the pack. Fired up, Cros would charge back to the 11th position where he would finish his night.
By the time the 450's took the track the rains began to slow. In heat 1, Pauli would find himself in the 7th spot, with a lap and a half to go, he would tangle with another rider pushing him back to the 10th spot, where he would finish. Just one spot out from the main event!
In the LCQ Pauli would line up with first gate pick and with a big boost motivation and confidence! After a few quick passes, Pauli would complete lap 1 in the 4th spot. Within one more lap he would make his way into the 2nd position and catching the leader. Pauli would finish the LCQ in the 2nd position, thus sending him directly to his first main event of the 2019 season!
When the best 450SX athletes from around the world lined up on the gate for the main event they all knew it was about to be a three-way war against man, Mother Nature and machine. As Kawasaki's Eli Tomas would take the race win, TXS' Theodore Pauli would be on his way to a career best 16th place finish but with three turns to go he would go down trying to avoid a down rider. Pauli would end up finishing in the 18th place position, matching his career best and earning five championship points!
Round 6 will require the team to pack up and hit the road for a two-thousand mile journey to Minneapolis, Minnesota. As the East coast rounds start up, the TXS team will continue to support Joan Cros as he makes the jump up to the premier, 450SX class while the 250 West series takes a break. With 12 rounds to go in the 2019 championship, the team of Cros, Pauli and Wennerstrom are eager to keep improving each round! Like always the team would like to say thank you to all of their personnel, partners and supporters for making it possible to go racing. In addition, a special thank you to the mechanics; Jason, Jake, and Beeks who worked ever so hard to keep the athletes and machines on the track, even when Mother Nature was up against all!