Qualifying just wrapped up in San Diego. The start of the day was once again delayed due to poor weather earlier, but the Feld Track Crew did an amazing job to turn the track around and get it into racing condition. It’ll be perfect tonight.
There was a bit of controversy over a particular rhythm section today: Mitchell Oldenburg and Jimmy Albertson both crashed hard on the same jump, causing red flags in their practices. Jeremy Martin also had a nasty-looking crash on it as well, but luckily was unscathed. Not so much luck for Oldenburg and Albertson though, as both riders will sit out tonight; Albertson walked away with unconfirmed injuries, but Oldenburg broke his collarbone. The Feld Track Crew eventually decided to tame-down the landing, so the section should be a bit safer for tonight.
Here are the results:S2QCOVR
Looks like we’re in for a great night of racing. A lot of these riders were very close in lap-times, with the pole position changing many times before the checkered flag finally fell in both practices.
The track is technical, with quite a bit of open turns and passing opportunities. It’s also quite soft (not muddy, but definitely soft) from lots of rain earlier in the week. Anaheim last week was unusually rutty and got choppy; the track in San Diego tonight will be even more so. A lot of these rhythm sections are technical as is, but the transitions will get kicked-out and rutted, making them super technical by the end of the night. It will be a challenge to stay consistent for all 20 minutes, which makes me think that some riders who excel in these conditions (ahem Tomac and Plessinger) may be able to come through the pack to grab a win.
My picks for the top three tonight? Plessinger, Hill, McElrath. Roczen, Dungey, Tomac.
Tune into FS1 at 9:30 to catch the action… let’s go racing!
Cover photo from Racer X Online by Jeff Kardas