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Supercross Returns to the Bay Area with Inaugural Race at Levi’s Stadium

| 15 April 2015 4:12 pm

Monster Energy Supercross Series
Round 15: Levi’s Stadium

Courtesy of Feld Motor Sports
Photos by Kardy Photos
SANTA CLARA, CA, APR. 14, 2015

Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, will make its return to the Pacific Time Zone this weekend by making a second visit to California’s Bay Area for the first time ever in the sport’s 42-year history. The Supercross Series will makes it debut in the brand-new, state-of-the-art Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara this Saturday, April 18, in the heart of the country’s high-tech region known as Silicon Valley.

Ryan Dungey celebrating his 2015 450SX-class Championship.

Ryan Dungey celebrating his 2015 450SX-class Championship.

While the majority of Monster Energy Supercross’ visits to the Bay Area have taken place in nearby Oakland and San Francisco, the championship did have a six-year stretch of races in San Jose, a neighboring city of Santa Clara, hosting races at Spartan Stadium on the campus of San Jose State University from 1990 through 1995. Today, Levi’s Stadium sits a mere 10 miles from Spartan Stadium, bringing back memories of the beginning of the modern era of the sport, in which Jeremy McGrath made the word “Supercross” commonplace thanks to his dominant ability and dynamic personality.

Saturday night’s race will air live on Fox Sports 1 at 10 p.m. EDT/ 7 p.m. PDT. Live coverage from Santa Clara will also be available on the authenticated Fox Sports Go app. And on Saturday, April 18, fans can log on to www.SupercrossLive.com to watch “Supercross Race Day Live,” presented by AMSOIL, with Jim Holley and Andy Bowyer, from 4:30 p.m. EDT/ 1:30 p.m. PDT to 7:30 p.m. EDT/ 4:30 p.m. PDT.

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

Who will go down in the history books as the first riders to win the inaugural Monster Energy Supercross at Levi’s Stadium?

Will newly crowned 450SX-class Champion Ryan Dungey break through for his first career win in the Bay Area?

Will the 2015 championship see its seventh different 450SX-class winner? If so, that would equal the most parity in a season since 1997.

Can rookie Cole Seely capitalize on the momentum from his inaugural 450SX-class win last weekend and make it two in a row?

Will newly crowned Western Regional 250SX-class Champion Cooper Webb earn his sixth win in eight races, capturing his first victory in the Bay Area along with it?

Can Malcolm Stewart, who won his first career 250SX-class race in Oakland in January, become the first rider to sweep the Bay Area?

Can Shane McElrath ride his back-to-back runner-up finishes to the first 250SX-class victory of his career?

Last weekend in Houston, Red Bull KTM’s Dungey capped off what has been one of the most statistically dominant seasons in Monster Energy Supercross history by clinching his second career 450SX-class title with four races still remaining. Dungey finished second after starting deep inside the top 10 and having to work his way through the field. It signified the Minnesota native’s 13th straight podium finish in 14 races this season and also marked the first premier-class title for KTM.

“To win in 2010 was awesome, but this time I felt we really earned it and deserved it,” explained Dungey on the podium in Houston. “It’s hard to know what to say; there’s just so much running through my mind right now. KTM brought me here four years ago to win a championship and we finally accomplished it. I pictured tonight going a little differently in my mind, but we caught a few breaks and kept it on two wheels. We had to work for it tonight.”

With the pressure of winning the championship behind him, Dungey is free to race purely for victory as he attempts to add to the career-best record he set for wins in a single season, which currently stands at six.

However, no pressure on Dungey also means there’s no pressure on the rest of the 450SX field.

Fresh off his first career win last weekend, Team Honda HRC’s Cole Seely would love nothing more than to claim back-to-back wins, cementing his third position in the championship standings and putting the pressure on GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac for second.

Cole Seely (14) was the 450SX main-event winner in Houston.

Cole Seely (14) was the 450SX main-event winner in Houston.

Additionally, former main-event winners such as Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Davi Millsaps, Discount Tire Racing/ TwoTwo Motorsports Josh Grant, and Autotrader.com/ Toyota/ Yamaha’s Justin Barcia have yet to take the checkered flag this season, and they know their time is running out. Moreover, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson, Team Yoshimura Suzuki’s Blake Baggett and Autotrader.com/ Toyota/ Yamaha’s Weston Peick all hope they can join in the coveted distinction of being a 450SX-class main-event winner.

Check out these 450SX-class video highlights from Houston…

In six years of Monster Energy Supercross competition in San Jose, five different riders walked away victorious. One of them, Doug Dubach, earned his first and only 450SX-class victory in San Jose, so history suggests Monster Energy Supercross could enjoy another first-time winner at Levi’s Stadium.

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Like his 450SX-class counterpart Dungey, Yamalube/ Star Racing Yamaha rider Cooper Webb’s dominant path to the Western Regional 250SX-class Championship came to a conclusion in Houston, one race prior to the Western Regional season coming to an end on Saturday in Santa Clara. Since starting the season with a seventh-place finish, Webb has finished no worse than second, and he has won five of the last six races. He put an exclamation point on his championship-winning run last weekend by emerging victorious yet again.

Cooper Webb celebrating his Western Regional 250SX-class Championship.

Cooper Webb celebrating his Western Regional 250SX-class Championship.

No rider has consistently been able to challenge Webb in 2015, but with the championship now over, expect an all-out battle among these rising stars to claim a win in the Western Regional finale.

Check out these 250SX-class video highlights from Houston…

During Monster Energy Supercross’ last visit to the Bay Area from Oakland in January, Team Honda HRC’s Trey Canard took his first win of the season in the 450SX class at O.Co Coliseum. GEICO Honda’s Stewart claimed his first career win in the 250SX class.

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Practice and qualifying will begin at 12:30 p.m. and the main event will start at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are available at the Levi’s Stadium box office and at all Ticketmaster outlets, or you can charge by phone at 800/745-3000 or online at www.supercross.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

VIP seats are $90 per adult or child; P2 seats are $65 per adult or child; P3 seats are $55 per adult or child; P4 seats are $45 per adult or child; P5 seats are $35 per adult or child; and P6 seats are $20 per adult or child. Fans can also get into the pits for free from noon to 6 p.m. on race day when they recycle a Monster Energy can at the stadium’s pit entrance. (This offer valid only with event ticket.)

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.

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