The 2010 Pala Championshp. Photo credit: Simon Cudby, courtesy of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship series.

The 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will return to San Diego County Saturday at Fox Raceway in Pala.

The Lucas Oil Fox Raceway National, presented by Fox, marks the championship’s first visit to the San Diego region since Pala hosted the series finale during the 2010-11 seasons.

Top competitor Eli Tomac, a Colorado native, last year became the ninth rider to successful defend his championship. Tomac now is attempting to win three straight championships, a feat accomplished by just three other riders.

Those challenging him include Frenchman Marvin Musquin, who has finished runner-up to Tomac the last two years, German Ken Roczen, New Mexico’s Jason Anderson, and Southern California native Blake Baggett.

Two rookies have stood out this season as well. Virginia native Zach Osborne and Ohio’s Aaron Plessinger have won the last two championships in the 250 Class.

The motocross championship season, sanctioned through AMA Pro Racing, continues through August. Forty riders compete.

Fox Raceway serves as the new Southern California home of American motocross. It opened to the public almost a decade ago.

American motocross has been largely absent from San Diego County since legendary Carlsbad Raceway hosted its final event in 1982.

– Staff reports