Justin Hill Podiums at San Diego Supercross 2017

Justin Hill's podium keeps him up within the top three positions in the 250 class

Justin Hill proved his readiness to win right in the qualifiers and carried that momentum with him to the checkered flag.Photo Courtesy of Pro Circuit

The second round of the 2017 Supercross was charged with the energy of riders ready for battle and Justin Hill and the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team proved their drive not only in the qualifying rounds, but with their final results. Justin Hill set the fastest lap times with ease aboard his KX250F and also ended up taking the win in the second heat race where teammate Austin Forkner took third. In the end Justin Hill snagged second to finish out the battle.

Justin made valuable passes at the end to land him the podium finish in the end.Photo Courtesy of Pro Circuit

Fueled by the day’s achievements, Justin Hill entered the main with his sights on the podium. While riding among the leaders throughout the race, he waited until the final laps to really make his move. Making valuable passes, he pushed his way to the front of line, just seconds behind the leader. Justin crossed the checkers in second and found himself on the podium for the first time this season.

“My KX250F was fastest though qualifying and I won my heat. I didn’t get a great start in the main but pushed for the entire race and earned second. It feels great to be back on the podium and after tonight, I know I can win.”

Austin Forkner finished in fifth which keeps him in that position in overall point standings so far in the 2017 Supercross season.Photo Courtesy of Pro Circuit

Austin Forkner entered Petco Park ready for anything that may be thrown at him. He displayed great riding in qualifying and during the second heat race. In the heat, he took the holeshot and rode among the top three throughout the race. Austin finished the heat in third and was fired up for the main. In the night’s main event, he fought to maintain his position. Never giving up, Austin Forkner crossed the checkers in fifth and remains motivated for the next round.

“We got a lot faster as the day went on. A few changes to the bike throughout the day lead to being able to loosen up and ride better. In the heat we got the holeshot and raced really hard for third. In the Main Event we had a great start but tangled with another rider and dropped back to eighth. I felt a little tight but made some solid passes and overall rode well. The lap times were competitive and we’re making progress, so we are happy so far.”

250SX San Diego Main Event Results
1. Shane McElrath, KTM - 25
2. Justin Hill, Kawasaki - 22
3. Aaron Plessinger, Yamaha -20
4. Martin Davalos, Husqvarna - 18
5. Austin Forkner, Kawasaki - 16
6. James Decotis, Honda - 15
7. Jeremy Martin, Honda - 14
8. Philip Nicoletti, Suzuki - 13
9. Hayden Mellross, Yamaha - 12
10. Joshua Hansen, Husqvarna - 11
250SX West Overall Championship Point Standings
1. Shane McElrath, KTM - 50
2. Aaron Plessinger, Yamaha - 42
3. Justin Hill, Kawasaki - 38
4. Martin Davalos, Husqvarna - 38
5. Austin Forkner, Kawasaki - 29
6. Jeremy Martin, Honda - 29
7. James Decotis, Honda - 27
8. Tyler Bowers, Yamaha - 20
9. Mitchell Oldenburg, KTM - 18
10. Dan Reardon, Yamaha - 18