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Qualification report for Oakland Supercross

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For the first time in 2019, Ken Roczen set quick time in qualification for Round 4 of the Supercross season. With a lap of 52.709, he was more than two-tenths of a second faster than Cole Seely. 

The race can be seen live at 10 p.m. ET on NBC Sports, Gold. A replay will be shown Sunday, Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. on NBCSN.

Cole Seely was fastest in Qualification 2. His lap of 52.956 narrowly beat Joey Savatgy with a 52.962.

Roczen set his fast time in the first session over Marvin Musquin (53.046) and Cooper Webb (53.122). Seely (eighth) and Savatgy (sixth), however, were much deeper in the field in their first session.

Click here for complete Qualifying 2, Group A results
Click here for complete Qualifying 1, Group A results

In the 250 class:

Group A, Qualifying 2: Dylan Ferrandis (53.358) beat RJ Hampshire (53.367) and James Decotis (53.882)
Group A, Qualifying 1: Ferrandis (52.795) beat Shane McElrath (53.320) and Decotis (53.413)

Click here for complete Qualifying 2, Group A results
Click here for complete Qualifying 1, Group A results

Qualification each week can be seen live with NBC’s Sport Gold Supercross / Motocross season pass, which can be purchased at https://www.nbcsports.com/gold.

MORE: Oakland Preview: Three races, three winners. Will Oakland make four? 

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IMSA’s Bill Auberlen joins NASCAR America to discuss this weekend’s race at Lime Rock

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Turner Motorsport GTD driver Bill Auberlen joined NBC Sports’ Marty Snyder on NASCAR America Presents the Motorsports Hour Thursday to discuss a variety of topics, including Saturday’s IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship race at Lime Rock Park.

Auberlen, alongside co-driver Robby Foley, enters Lime Rock with a great amount of momentum after finishing on the GTD podium at Watkins Glen and taking the GTD class honors in the most recent IMSA race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.

There’s also an extra incentive for the duo to win this weekend as well, as Auberlen is one win away from tying Scott Pruett for the most IMSA victories all-time.

Both drivers will have to be on their A-game this weekend, however, as Auberlen stated that Lime Rock is one of the tougher circuits on the IMSA calendar and compared the 1.5-mile Connecticut road course to a short track.

“It’s what we call the bullring of our season,” Auberlen said. “It is a 54-second lap and we’re going to go around it a million times before the end of the day. It’s going to be a hot one, and I think whoever survives this is going to be on the podium.”

Luckily for the GTD and GTLM teams, with no Protoype and LMP2 entries competing at Lime Rock this weekend, the worry of having to yield to entries from the faster classes is gone.

“These Protoypes are so fast now, that interacting with them, you can’t imagine,” Auberlen said. “We have radars in our car that can alert us when they are coming.

“They get on you so fast that if you’re not always looking or something is not telling you they’re coming, you could have a problem and catch into them. That’s gone. Now it’s going to be focus-forward. You’re going to be focused on everything ahead of you. You got GLTM in there at the same time, but they’re virtually the same speed as us – just a little bit faster.

“It’s going to be nice. When you stand on that podium you might be able to go for an overall victory.”

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