RIVERSIDE, Calif. –This past Saturday, the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series traveled south to San Diego, Calif. and Qualcomm Stadium for the final California round of the 2013 series. After some heavy rain on Friday, fans were met with cooler temperatures throughout the day but a near perfect track for racing.
Leading into the San Diego round, Chris Blose had been feeling the adverse effects of the flu, but still managed to pull off a season’s best 13th place in the afternoon qualifying session. Teammate Phil Nicoletti also qualified easily in 24th position.
Nicoletti got off to a 10th place start in the first heat race, but his race would end shortly thereafter following a crash. Building on his momentum from the afternoon qualifiers, Blose got off to a solid third place start in the second heat race. Following a red flag restart on the fourth lap, Blose was able to maintain his qualifying position, ultimately crossing the line in fourth position.
After another mid-pack in the LCQ, Nicoletti needed to rapidly make up ground if he was going to transfer to the evening’s main event. He was able to work his way up to sixth position by the checkered flag, but would fall short of qualifying.
“I need to keep working on my starts,” said Nicoletti. “I thought I was going to make it directly out of the heat when I started in the top 10, but had an unfortunate crash. When I lined up for the LCQ, I was so determined to get the holeshot that I spun the rear wheel coming out of the gate and didn’t get the start I needed.”
With the lingering effects of the flu and an intense day of racing taking it’s toll, Blose lined up for the main event looking to be as competitive as possible. A decent start led to Blose completing the first lap in 13th position. Twenty laps later, he would cross the line in 16th.
“I was very happy with my qualifying speed today,” said Blose. “Several times I was inside the top 10 in overall qualifying time. I’m glad to know that my speed is back as it was something I had been missing at the beginning of the season. I am going to rest up this week and look forward to the first east coast race next weekend in Dallas.”
The series travels to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas for the seventh round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series this Saturday, Feb. 9. Be sure to stop by the N-Fab/TiLUBE/Yamaha truck to show your support and to have your picture taken with Phil Nicoletti and Chris Blose from 12:30 – 5:30 p.m. See you there!
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