It’s an early race today in Oakland, with qualifiers already finished and the gate set to drop for the night show at 7:00 pm ET.
The main topic of discussion during qualifying was the weather in Oakland, and how that’s going to effect the track. Oddly enough, the track has been covered at all California rounds this season, and Oakland was no different. Lots of rain throughout the week caused the track to be super soft this morning. On top of that, it continued to rain on and off throughout the day, and is expected to remain cloudy and rainy throughout the rest of the day. The track will be very soft and rutty for the main events later.
Here are the results:
WEBB!?!?! Wow… he dominated practice.
— Moto Now (@MotoNowBlog) February 4, 2017
Webb and Musquin were the only riders with sub 1 minute lap times; super impressive. This is a VERY talented field, so to be THAT much faster than everyone else is shocking. However, I just don’t see Webb carrying that over into the race tonight. He will be fast for sure, but other riders will pick it up when it comes down to it. Webb may be in for his first 450 podium, but not a win in my opinion.
I’m thinking that Eli Tomac will get another win tonight. He dominated last weekend, and these conditions suit him super well. If I had to guess the top 3, I would go with Tomac, Musquin, and Dungey in that order.
And how about Dean Wilson? I’m super pumped and impressed with his riding in practice. He only has a two days of riding the Husqvarna, but he’s looking very comfortable on it already; this was his best practice of the year so far, and I’m expecting that to carry over with his first top 10 of the year tonight.
In the 250s, a bit of a shocker to see Catanzaro with such a fast lap. Catanzaro was in the 250C group, so at first I thought that it must have been due to the track being in better condition before it started raining again for the 250A session. Although, upon closer inspection, none of the riders in that session improved that much, so perhaps it wasn’t the track. I don’t know, but regardless, I’m not expecting him to be this close to the front in the main tonight.
Once again, Hill, Plessinger, Forkner, Davalos, and McElrath all looking great in practice. These are your top 5 250 riders without a doubt. Perhaps Decotis can shuffle it up a bit given a good start, but I don’t think Decotis can get a win; all of these other guys could potentially win tonight. However, I’m predicting Plessinger with a win tonight… he’s surely super thirsty by now to get back to the top step of the podium, and this soft, rutty track definitely suits him.
Let’s get racing! Tune into FS2 at 7:00 pm ET to watch the racing.
Cover photo from Supercross LIVE