Round 5 Oakland Supercross | Photo Report
February 6, 2018
by Dawn McClintock
Who’s with me when I say that last round was one nail-biter of a night? I don’t know about you but the ends of my fingernails are literally long gone after Saturday’s race. Both 450 and 250 main events were chock-a-block, jammed with some of the most amazing battles we have seen in a long time. The Oakland layout was pretty cool but the track itself was gnarly and took many victims over the course of the day. Some made me surprised that they were able to even walk away from some of those crazy get-offs. We are just going to take a minute to honk the old FXR horn here and say, give it up for young Prince George, BC rider Jess Pettis who took on that very track as his first-ever supercross ride! We will elaborate more below in the photo gallery but we tip our hat to Jess and his efforts for what looks like something we are going to see him doing more of in the future. Let’s take a look at some of the action from round 5.
321 countdown to that gate drop. Brad Lionnet waits for that moment. | BrownDog Wilson photo
Rockwell Racing team mate Ryan Breece ponies up beside Lionnet on the line. | BrownDog Wilson photo
Goggle prep…check. | BrownDog Wilson photo
Tevin Tapia racing the clock in qualifiers. | BrownDog Wilson photo
Dustin Pipes charging hard through his heater. | BrownDog Wilson photo
AJ Catanzaro looking form fit. | BrownDog Wilson photo
Ronnie Stewart taking things to the evening show. | BrownDog Wilson photo
Style check with Kyle Cunningham. | BrownDog Wilson photo
“The new guy from Canada”, Jess Pettis clocked some fast speed during qualifiers and landed himself in front of the Race Day Live cameras for an interview with Jenny Taft. | BrownDog Wilson photo
Catanzaro and his wrench watching that time ticker. | BrownDog Wilson photo
Dustin Pipes looking slick in his Helium kit.
H.E.P. Motorsports 250 rider Tallon LaFountaine putting in a hot lap.
The H.E.P. crew, Henry Miller and Kyle Cunningham with their Mission kits for qualifiers.
Miller watching for hot lap guys coming through.
Kyle Cunningham. Style for miles.
David Pulley putting in a heater.
Brice Klippel getting sideways in timed qualifiers.
Henry Miller takes on the Oakland track.
Jess Pettis getting the job done during qualifiers.
Ronnie Stewart and AJ Catanzaro clicking off the laps through the whoops.
Penny for your thoughts Jess?
Keeping that rhythm steady.
When in doubt, wheelie out.
The MX101/Yamaha/FXR backed Jess Pettis was training in California so it seemed fitting that he line up for some SX rounds. The original plan was to start at A1, but injury pushed back Pettis’ entry until Oakland. | BrownDog Wilson photo
Sequence shots of Rockwell Racing riders Ryan Breece and Brad Lionnet banging bars off the start. | BrownDog Wilson photo
Ryan Breece looking good during his heat pulling off an 8th place finish that would take him to the main. | BrownDog Wilson photo
Lionnet would finish just 18th in Heat #1. | BrownDog Wilson photo
The Rockwell boys looked sharp in their Revo B&W kits for Oakland. | BrownDog Wilson photo
Tevin Tapia would take 17th in Heat #1. | BrownDog Wilson photo
Tevin Tapia | BrownDog Wilson photo
Ronnie Stewart finishing 19th in Heat #2. | BrownDog Wilson photo
Ronnie Stewart | BrownDog Wilson photo
Jess Pettis blew out of the gate for his heat race and pulled the hole shot. All eyes were focused on the young Canadian who came out of nowhere and proved he had the speed to run up front. | BrownDog Wilson photo
Unfortunately for Pettis, the track we spoke of claimed him as victim a few times forcing him to run the LCQ. | BrownDog Wilson photo
Jess got himself into a bit of a jam.
Aj Catanzaro would take 16th in his heat race. | BrownDog Wilson photo
Ronnie Stewart #78 and Tevin Tapia #211 in the line up for the LCQ. | BrownDog Wilson photo
Tevin Tapia finished his evening in 21st for the LCQ. | BrownDog Wilson photo
Tevin Tapia ready to take on San Diego. | BrownDog Wilson photo
Ronnie Stewart would take 9th in the LCQ. | BrownDog Wilson photo
Jess Pettis got a bad start in the LCQ that pushed him to a 16th place finish but look for this guy to line up again next weekend in San Diego. | BrownDog Wilson photo
Jess Pettis digging this whole SX thing. | BrownDog Wilson photo
Cunningham and Catanzaro lined up for the LCQ. | BrownDog Wilson photo
A great finish for Rockwell Racing’s Ryan Breece who finished 17th in the main. | BrownDog Wilson photo
Kyle Cunningham pulls off a solid 18th place in the 450 main.
AJ riding through the gauntlet.
Ronnie Stewart battling it out in the LCQ.
Jess Pettis off the start like a cannon.
Jess Pettis and Tallon LaFountaine mixing it up in the LCQ.
Navigating those whoops was no easy task.
See you in San Diego!