The 2017 Monster Energy Supercross Series has taken over the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota for the 2017 Minneapolis SX. This is the seventh straight round for riders in the 450 class, but a fresh start for the 250 East Coast region. With the way the last few rounds have played out, anything is possible tonight.
Many expected a course built with very soft soil at the East Coast kickoff, but this actually might be the driest and most hard-packed terrain of the year so far. A Monster Jam event was held one week ago, so the dirt has stayed in the climate-controlled area for quite a few days. Riders told us that the layout is simple and that maintaining a quick pace on the loose and slick corners is the greatest challenge.
One thing to mention for American television viewers: FOX Sports WILL NOT broadcast the 2017 Minneapolis SX live due to other commitments. Instead, the race will play out a few hours later on FOX Sports 1 at 10 PM EST/7 PM PST. Set your DVR and weekend plans accordingly…
2017 Minneapolis SX | 250 Class Timed Qualifying Results
– Zach Osborne controlled the class in both practice sessions and a 48.01 lap time by the Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna rider was the fastest of the small-bore class.
– Joey Savatgy was second on the board, as he piloted his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki to a 48.544 time.
– Christian Craig showed speed in the morning’s free practice and hovered near the top of the board through the rest of the afternoon. A 48.635 lap put the GEICO Honda rider fourth overall.
– The last time Adam Cianciarulo lined up for a SX race was during the Toronto event in 2014. This hasn’t seemed to faze the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider, as he was fourth in the class with a 48.779 time.
– A few weeks ago, it was uncertain if Colt Nichols would be able to make the start of the East Coast region due to a fractured femur, but the Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha has recovered quickly. A 49.433 lap put him fifth overall in the class.
– Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Dylan Ferrandis is making his American SX debut today, and the French rider’s speed is impressive. He was eighth overall with a 49.890 lap.
– Fifty-one riders signed up for the 250 class.
2017 Minneapolis SX | 450 Class Timed Qualifying Results
– Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac topped the timed qualifying chart in both practices and with a 47.072 lap time, was the fastest rider of the day in either class.
– Marvin Musquin has plenty of confidence after last weekend’s win in Arlington. The Red Bull KTM rider was second on the board with a 48.077 lap.
– Dean Wilson’s development with the Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna team continues and at the end of practice, Wilson was ranked third in the class with a 48.207 time.
– Team Honda HRC’s Cole Seely and Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna’s Jason Anderson were close on the clock, and only 0.020 seconds separated the top lap times between the two rivals. Seely posted a 48.227 to Anderson’s 48.247.
– This is the first time that SX has visited Minneapolis since 2013, which saw hometown racer Ryan Dungey take the main event win in the 450 class. With a 48.286 lap time, the Red Bull KTM rider was sixth overall in practice.
– Forty-six riders signed up for the 450 class.