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Rider Comments: San Diego

Eli Tomac: “Today wasn’t bad for just my second race back. I’m feeling better and better and my shoulder is getting stronger,” said Tomac. “I know that as it gets better, my finishes will get better as well. We always want to do well for GEICO and our sponsors but with this race being a salute to the military and having my brother here, I really wanted to do the best I could and give them a great show. It was really special. I struggled all day in practice but we found a good set up and that worked good throughout night. Now I have one full race under my belt and something to build off.”

Wil Hahn: “I probably should have waited a week but I really wanted to race here, especially with it being Military Appreciation Night. As soon as I crashed in practice I realized right away that it happened because my hand isn’t healed all the way. If I had been able to grip the handlebars like normal, I wouldn’t have gone down. I decided to take the night off to make sure I can race next weekend in Dallas.”

Ken Roczen: “I had a few struggles tonight. Overall, I am really happy to be on the podium. It is important to be consistent in the championship hunt and every podium finish helps toward the point standings.”

Dean Ferris: ““It hurt pretty bad [my thumb injury] after my practice crash, but I knew this was the last race before the break so I wanted to try and get some points.”

Josh Hill: “”It was a tough day. I crashed in the first practice and landed right on my broken collarbone!” This was only having two weeks after surgery to repair the damage done at the Oakland SX. I debated not racing tonight, but I’m glad it made the decision to do it. I can’t be too bummed with 11th. I gained more experience and hopefully will be stronger next week.”

Broc Tickle: “Tonight was great. It felt really good to get that momentum rolling again. In the main event I pushed and felt like I rode to my potential. The start in the main is what hurt me and we know what to work on this week to keep the ball rolling.”

Justin Hill: “This is just an awesome feeling. Wow, I’m so excited right now to get the win. The track was difficult and I knew I had to stay focused the entire race. I was so focused I missed the white flag so I thought I still had another lap to go when I got the checkers. Tonight has just been amazing.”

Ryan Villopoto: “The track was really tough to find a spot to make a pass. We had a good race and I was right on James the whole time but catching him is one thing and passing him is another. I think we were both riding the track to its maximum and if I pushed any harder it could have meant a mistake. Right now we have the points lead as the series heads East and I’m going to keep racing and hold on to this red number plate. I’m not sure if that line was any faster, but it felt a little more secure. The inside was getting more slick as the race went on and it looked like if you were too aggressive you might make a mistake. I started taking the outside and tripling because I felt I could stay aggressive and charge.”

Dean Wilson: “Tonight is disappointing. After last week’s win, I thought we would be in a better position but the crash really set me back. My guys did a great job fixing the bike so I could get back out, but in supercross, anytime in the mechanics area is just too much to overcome.”

James Stewart: ““I felt like I was riding good. This win has been six weeks coming, but I finally got a good-enough start and the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 got me up-front on the first lap. I felt great and, about halfway through the race, I felt even better. I just kept feeling stronger and stronger as the race went on. I have to hand it to the Yoshimura Suzuki team; they’ve been fighting for me. Now, hopefully we can build on this momentum as we head into Dallas. We’ll keep on fighting and keep on believing – and hopefully do it again.”

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