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02/07/2017

FXR Racing Presents Behind the lens From 2017 Oakland Supercross

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Once again the riders and teams of the 2017 Monster Energy Supercross Series were forced to deal with adverse weather conditions as they rolled into Oakland. With rain and wind dominating the weather, practice was once again delayed, and the track was very soft and rutted. By the time the main events took place in the evening, the Oakland track was extremely challenging and the riders struggled to ride error free. For the second week in a row, the Kawasaki duo of Eli Tomac and Justin Hill took home the victory in their respectively classes. Now the riders will say good-bye to the west coast and begin the trek east to Dallas for round 6.

Photos by Krystyn Slack @freestylephotocross

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Justin Hill crosses the Oakland finish line to take his second win in a row.

 

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Your 450SX podium from round 5 from Oakland.

 

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Jason Anderson rode strong in Oakland to finish in a solid 4th overall.

 

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Martin Davalos does his best to try and make his way through the difficult Oakland sand section.

 

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Jimmy Decotis had his best race of the 2017 SX season and crossed the finish line in an amazing 4th place.

 

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After taking off to a big lead in the main event, Ryan Dungey was on cruise control. Then, as the laps were winding down, Eli Tomac reeled the champ in and made the pass for the win.

 

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Even after giving up the win to Tomac, Ryan Dungey still left Oakland with the 450SX points lead.

 

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Adam Enticknap not only made the main event in Oakland, but he also looked great as he blasted his way through the sand section.

 

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America’s colour guard makes their way into the Stadium in Oakland.

 

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After four very consistent rounds in 2017, Austin Forkner finally made some youthful mistakes on the difficult Oakland track and finished up in 22nd place.

 

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Cycle Trader FXR Yamaha rider Heath Harrison had his best race of the season in Oakland and wound up finishing in tenth.

 

oak hill
The Justin Hill train just keeps on rolling! After three very impressive wins in a row, he now leads the 250SX West points race.

 

oak ktm riders
Ryan Dungey and Marvin Musquin are friends, teammates and rivals.

 

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Shane McElrath rode strong in Oakland to finish on the podium. He now sits second in points as the riders head into Dallas.

 

oak millsaps
Other than Ryan Dungey, Davi Millsaps has been the most consistent rider in the 450SX class. After five rounds, Millsaps sits 5th in points.

 

oak musquin
After looking like he was going to win a race early in the season, Marvin Musquin has struggled in recent weeks. In Oakland, Musquin finished in a distant 9th.

 

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The Monster Energy Pit Party was a wet and rainy affair in Oakland.

 

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Your 250SX West podium from round five.

 

oak reed
On paper Chad Reed’s results didn’t look very good. However, in reality he did come from a 16th place start to finish in a strong 8th overall.

 

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Cole Seely had another strong race in Oakland and finished up in fifth place.

 

oak tomac
Eli Tomac was the rider to beat once again in Oakland. It will be interesting to see if the Kawasaki rider can safely maintain his high level of aggressive riding in the coming weeks.

 

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With his smooth riding and unique line choice, the challenging Oakland track was no match for Eli Tomac and his Kawasaki.

 

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Even with all of the rain that fell prior to the race, the track crew did a great job in getting everything ready to go.

 

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Deep ruts were the name of the game in Oakland.

 

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Cooper Webb had his best race of the 2017 season and finished up in third place.

 

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With each race Cooper Webb has been getting more and more comfortable on his 2017 YZ450F.

 

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With only a few days aboard his new factory Husqvarna, Dean Wilson rode well in Oakland and ended up with his best finished of 2017.

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Chris Pomeroy

1989 Rookie-of-the-year and former nationally ranked pro racer who turned into a dirt oriented scribe

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