Round 7 of the 2017 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season got underway today in Minneapolis, MN as qualifying is all done. For two weeks in a row now, the race is once again tape-delayed. It starts at 8:00 pm ET, but won’t get aired on Fox Sports until 10:00 pm ET.
Here are the qualifying results:
250 East:250 east Minneapolis
My Opinion: Once again we have a track with soft dirt that looks like it is going to break down fairly easily. There was already parts of the track that were breaking down right to the concrete. This will be a huge factor later on in the night program. The lap times are short so this also means more laps on the track causing the surface to break down even more. In my opinion this really helps Marvin Musquin and Eli Tomac, who happened to run 1-2 in the qualifying results.
Musquin is coming off his first win has all the confidence and momentum in the world and with this track getting beat down for the mains, we could see him win back to back races. The whoops in the first set of practices were definitely going to help Musquin as they broke down quick and everybody was trying to jump through; however, the track crew decided to tame them a bit so while they will still break down it won’t be nearly as much as they could have.
Musquin definitely looked good practice, but Tomac was on another level as he pegged a full second faster than Musquin. I think the race will come between these two riders, but if we go off qualifying then Tomac will get back to the top step of the podium.
Some other interesting notes from qualifying is Wilson in third and Dungey once agin back in sixth. However, we should take most of these results with a grain of salt because if you take off Tomac’s top time, we would have 13 riders within a second.
In the 250 East class, Osborne was the fastest in both sessions. This actually surprised me a bit as i knew he would be fast, but I just didn’t expect him to me the fastest qualifier. The times in the 250 class are definitely more spread out and there seems to be a clear 4 riders who are in contention for the win tonight. Osborne, Savatgy, Craig and Cianciarulo.
My picks for the podiums are
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