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Dominant Teammates Dungey and Musquin Seek First Career Detroit SX Wins

| 17 March 2015 3:48 pm

Monster Energy Supercross Series
Round 11: Ford Field

Courtesy of Feld Motor Sports
Photos by Kardy Photos and Hoppenworld
DETROIT, MI, MAR. 17, 2015

After winning three consecutive Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, races for the first time in his career, Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey will be looking to make it four in a row as he chases his first-ever 450SX-class win at Detroit’s Ford Field this Saturday night. Dungey’s Eastern Regional 250SX-class teammate, Marvin Musquin, is also in the middle of a three-race winning streak and, like Dungey, has hopes of taking home his first win in the Motor City. Both riders have seized control of their respective championships, winning four of the last five races, and will bring comfortable double-digit points leads into Detroit.

Ryan Dungey (5) leading the pack in Indianapolis. Photo by Kardy Photos

Ryan Dungey (5) leading the pack in Indianapolis. Photo by Kardy Photos

Saturday night’s race will air live on Fox Sports 1 at 7 p.m. EST/ 4 p.m. PST. Live coverage from Detroit will also be available on the authenticated Fox Sports Go app. And on Saturday, March 21, fans can log on to www.SupercrossLive.com to watch “Supercross: Race Day Live” presented by AMSOIL, with Jim Holley and Andy Bowyer, from 12:50 p.m. EST/ 9:50 a.m. PST to 4:50 p.m. EST/ 1:50 p.m. PST.

Here are some key insights to watch for heading into this Saturday night’s race…

Can Dungey continue his historic season by winning four straight main events for the first time in his career? Another victory would also equal his career high of six wins in a season.

Mike LaRocco, Ricky Carmichael, Nathan Ramsey and James Stewart have all won the Detroit event in both the 250SX and 450SX classes. Can Dungey or Josh Grant join that distinguished list?

With four third-place finishes in the past five races, can Trey Canard earn his third win of the season in Detroit and close the deficit he faces in the championship?

Chad Reed won the final three races at the famed Pontiac Silverdome. Can he get his first win at Ford Field?

Can Musquin win four 250SX-class races in a row for the first time in his career?

Defending champion Justin Bogle has been on the podium at each 250SX-class race this year but has not won a race. Can he win his first race of the season in Detroit?

How will Jeremy Martin, a winner this season, rebound after failing to make the main event last weekend?

Can Joey Savatgy give Monster Energy/ Pro Circuit/ Kawasaki its first win of 2015?

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Trey Canard (41) during last week’s 450SX-class main event in Indianapolis. Photo by Hoppenworld

Trey Canard (41) during last week’s 450SX-class main event in Indianapolis. Photo by Hoppenworld

Dungey’s win in Indianapolis this past weekend, in which he led all 20 laps of the main event for the second time this season, extended his points lead to 45 over Team Honda HRC’s Canard and gives KTM 19 career 450SX-class wins. Dungey did capture the 250SX-class Main Event win in Detroit during his rookie season in 2007, and with a win on Saturday night, he would become the fourth dual-class winner in the Motor City. He is the only rider in 2015 to finish inside the top 10 at every race and is currently in the middle of a 10-race podium streak.

Team HRC Honda’s Cole Seely equaled his season-best second-place finish in Indy and, with that result, moved to fourth place in the 450SX-class season standings. The 450SX-class rookie is now just nine points behind GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac, who suffered a crash in Indianapolis that resulted in an 11th-place finish. Seely challenged Dungey during the early stages of the race before eventually settling into the runner-up spot.

“I thought I would have something for Ryan [Dungey] tonight, but I dropped back a bit,” said Seely on the podium after the race. “But I will take a second place.”

Giving chase to Dungey’s 45-point lead in the 450SX class is Seely’s Factory Honda teammate Canard, who took over second in the standings three races ago and remains Dungey’s primary championship threat. Canard finished with an impressive third in Indianapolis following an 11th-place start and has two wins on the season, combined with seven podium results.

Check out these video highlights of 450SX action in Indianapolis…

In hot pursuit of his first career title on U.S. soil, former World Champion Musquin has four wins and a runner-up finish through five Eastern Regional 250SX-class races (which are identical results to his teammate Dungey over that span). Musquin and GEICO Honda’s Bogle are the only riders to finish on the podium at every race this season, but the Frenchman’s dominance in the win column has allowed him to open up a 16-point lead in the championship standings. Musquin took advantage of a second-place start in Indianapolis to work his way into the lead on lap one, and he eventually won by a 22.351-second margin of victory. For the second time in his career, he has won three consecutive races.

Marvin Musquin (25) captured his fourth Eastern Regional 250SX main-event win. Photo by Hoppenworld

Marvin Musquin (25) captured his fourth Eastern Regional 250SX main-event win. Photo by Hoppenworld

“My starts weren’t that great tonight, but I was able to make some great passes and ride aggressive,” said Musquin on the podium. “The track was technical tonight and tough to ride. At one point, I looked back and couldn’t see the second-place guy.”

Defending Eastern Regional 250SX-class Champion Bogle held on for his third runner-up finish of the season, despite going off the track and crashing in the main event. Bogle’s trio of second-place efforts is complemented by a pair of third-place finishes, but the Oklahoma native is still in search of his first win this season. Last year in Detroit, Bogle finished second, and he is hoping to pick up his first win at Ford Field.

Bogle’s teammate R.J. Hampshire took advantage of the late misfortune of Monster Energy/ Pro Circuit/ Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy to ride to the first podium finish of his career. Prior to Indianapolis, the rookie, and a graduate of the Ricky Carmichael Road to Supercross in AMSOIL Arenacross, had four top-10 finishes but had only cracked into the top five once.

“I came into the season with the goal of making every main event, so to be on the podium is a great accomplishment,” said Hampshire after the race.

Hampshire moved up two positions in the season standings and now sits fourth overall, 11 points behind Yamalube/ Star Racing Yamaha’s Jeremy Martin. For Martin, Indy was forgettable, as the main-event winner from the first race in Atlanta failed to qualify for the main event at Lucas Oil Stadium and fell from second to third in the points.

Check out these video highlights of 250SX action in Indianapolis…

HRT Racing Suzuki’s Vicki Golden, who is attempting to become the first female in history to qualify for a Monster Energy Supercross race, came within seven-hundredths of a second of qualifying for the “Fast 40” in Indianapolis, which would have transferred her into the night’s racing program. Confidence is growing for Golden each week, and she has her sights set on making the “Fast 40” during her Detroit debut.

During last year’s 450SX main event in Detroit, Team Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart captured his third race win of the season. That win, which was the 48th of Stewart’s career, tied him with Carmichael for second place on the all-time-wins list. Monster Energy/ Pro Circuit/ Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo captured the third Eastern Regional 250SX-class win of his career.

Tickets are available at the Ford Field box office and at all Ticketmaster outlets, or you can charge by phone at 800/745-3000 or online at www.SupercrossLive.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

Practice and qualifying will begin at noon and the main event will start at 6:30 p.m. Total Access Passes are $200 per adult or child; Gold Circle seating is $50 per adult or child; Lower Bowl seats are $30 per adult and $15 per child; Upper Bowl seats are $20 per adult and $10 per child; Treadhead seats are $15 per adult or child.

For more information on the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, please log on to www.SupercrossLive.com, the official website of Monster Energy Supercross.

[For more from the Indianapolis round of the Supercross Series, including race coverage, results and more photos, please see “Dungey Dominates Again for Third Consecutive SX Win”… Editor]

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