Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Justin Hill sits pretty at the top of the AMA 250SX West region Supercross championship with a 21 point lead and just two rounds plus the Las Vegas ‘Shootout’ to go in the 2017 campaign. #46 stretched out his margin after ruling the sixth round of the series at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas last weekend and going ‘four in a row’ with his KX250F. The Corona-based Pro Circuit squad had extra reason to cheer with Austin Forkner taking second place for a convincing 1-2 for the sport’s most prolific race team.
Almost 60,000 spectators flooded to the monolithic AT&T as Supercross rolled into town and outside of Californian state lines for just the second time this year. The sixth appointment of the season saw Marvin Musquin triumph in 450SX as Eli Tomac tumbled out of contention for a third successive victory. Yamaha’s Cooper Webb was desperately unlucky to be denied another trophy in his maiden term after a rear wheel puncture dropped him through the pack and ultimately into the pits (he was still able to re-emerge after a wheel change and classify fourteenth).
Amid chaotic scenes that saw a plethora of falls and race incident across an often slick and rough course with two deceptive whoops sections, there was also drama in 250SX as Hill’s main title rival, Shane McElrath, led 15 of 20 laps until a technical problem ended his evening.
Hill, who had been the fastest in qualification and his heat race, was able to profit and now stands almost a full race ahead of Aaron Plessinger (25 points being afforded for a win, 22 for second and 20 for third).
“I felt great all day," he said. "Fastest qualifier, heat win and topped it off with a main event victory. It's not exactly how I wanted it…but we'll take it anyway we can. Heading into the break on a win streak feels great.”
The West region next rips into action at the beginning of April in Seattle. Monster Energy AMA Supercross heads over to the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis this weekend and will see the launch of 250SX East.