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The Week That Was: Impressive Performances in San Diego, Parker, and More

by Chris Leone // Website // Twitter
Images via Supercross (1-2); Ernesto Araiza/UTVUnderground.com (3)

We hope you had your caffeinated substances ready last weekend, because without them, you probably missed some amazing action motorsports! From Supercross in San Diego, to a desert racing fan’s dream in the Parker 425 and King of the Hammers, to even Snocross action in Michigan, there are tons of top performances to talk about from last weekend. Here are just a handful of the big winners:

Supercross 450: Eli Tomac

The championship favorite coming into 2019, Tomac bested the field in a slow and muddy Supercross final from Petco Park in San Diego. Leading all 12 laps of the main event, the Monster Energy Kawasaki rider not only beat top title rivals Marvin Musquin and Ken Roczen, he also took the points lead for the first time this season—four points clear of both riders, who are tied for second in the standings.

Supercross 250 West: Adam Cianciarulo

Tomac won the 450 feature, but before that, Cianciarulo kicked off Kawasaki’s first sweep of both main events since last season. The defending 250 West runner-up set the precedent for the green team, leading every lap of the main event to score a win over Garrett Marchbanks and Jimmy Decotis. Cianciarulo is now eight points ahead of championship rival Shane McElrath, who finished fourth.

Best in the Desert: Brett Sourapas/Bob Lofton/Brock Heger

All three top class winners from Saturday’s BlueWater Resort & Casino Parker 425 deserve recognition for different reasons. Sourapas scored his first Trick Truck and overall BITD victory, Lofton returned from semi-retirement to school the 1500 class, and Heger continued his ascent up off-road racing’s ranks by moving up from Class 1000 to 6100 in 2019 and winning the first time out.

King of the Hammers UTV: Mitch Guthrie Jr.

Like father, like son: Guthrie Jr. joined his dad as a multi-time winner of one of the most challenging UTV races on the planet by scoring a decisive victory on Sunday, his second in a row at KOH. The Polaris RZR driver came in nearly half an hour clear of runner-up and Ultra4 regular Wayland Campbell. Between them, the Guthries now own eight race victories in Johnson Valley—and should have more to come.

Snocross: Daniel Benham

Last year’s Pro Lite champion finally scored his first overall Snocross victory in the Soaring Eagle Snocross National. Benham had to race his way into the second main event through the last chance qualifier, but he found his way into the top spot by the end of the first lap and would never give up the lead. Benham now sits fifth in the championship standings.

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