Josh Hansen finishes fifth in San Diego.

Fifth-place finish gives Josh Hansen the lead on Team Dodge.
Posted on Feb 05, 2012

Riders Josh Hansen and Kyle Partridge used impressive rides in their Heat races to earn Team Dodge its sixth-consecutive appearance in the 450-class Main Event in Saturday night’s AMA Monster Energy Supercross Series race at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.

Hansen (No. 100 Dodge/Sycuan Casino/Hart and Huntington/Bel-Ray Racing Kawasaki) rebounded from a disappointing finish in the previous race and rode to a career-best Main Event finish of fifth. The top-five ride surpassed Hansen’s previous best of seventh earned earlier this season at Los Angeles.

Despite starting 12th, Hansen used surgeon-like riding to move through the field. He improved seven positions to fifth by lap 16 in the 20-lap event.

“I felt like my team worked well together all weekend,” said Hansen. “We got things right with the bike and it showed tonight. I ended up fifth in the Main. I got a bad start and worked my way up. I came from way back and just dug my heels in and rode as hard as I could. I worked into the top-10 by Lap 10 and kept charging. It feels great to come out of San Diego with a top-five finish. I’m stoked. It was a great weekend for sure.”

Hansen moved up to 10th in the AMA Monster Energy Supercross point standings, 14 out of fifth and 69 behind the leader and San Diego event winner Ryan Villopoto.

Partridge (No. 83 Dodge/Sycuan Casino/Hart and Huntington/Bel-Ray Racing Kawasaki) used a fourth-place finish in Heat Race 1 to qualify for his fifth consecutive Main Event. He was unable to parlay his strong Heat performance into the Main, finishing 19th.

Teammates Ivan Tedesco and Josh Hill remain sidelined due to injuries sustained earlier in the season.

(After Round 6 of 17)
1Ryan Villopoto133
2Chad Reed127
3Ryan Dungey123
4James Stewart101
5Kevin Windham78
6Brett Metcalfe75
7Jake Weimer72
8David Millsaps70
9Justin Brayton68
10Josh Hansen64
17Ivan Tedesco21
18Kyle Partridge17

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