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Dungey Pockets Seventh SX Win at Levi’s

| 19 April 2015 12:03 pm

Monster Energy Supercross Series
Round 15: Levi’s Stadium

Courtesy of Feld Motor Sports
Photos by Simon Cudby
SANTA CLARA, CA, APR. 18, 2015

Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey earned his seventh Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, race win on Saturday night, in front of 42,336 fans at the series’ inaugural race inside Levi’s Stadium. And just one week after clinching the Western Regional 250SX-class Championship, Yamalube/ Star Racing/ Yamaha’s Cooper Webb followed up with a win as well.

Justin Barcia (51, far left) won the SupercrossLive.com Holeshot Award.

Justin Barcia (51, far left) won the SupercrossLive.com Holeshot Award.

Autotrader.com/ Toyota/ Yamaha’s Justin Barcia, who is in his second race back after recovering from injury, won the SupercrossLive.com Holeshot Award in the 450SX class, with Discount Tire/ TwoTwo Motorsports’ Chad Reed following in second. While battling for the lead on lap two, Reed crashed and dropped to last place.

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Dungey, who’d clinched his second 450SX-class Championship last weekend in Houston, moved into second place, and Autotrader.com/ Toyota/ Yamaha’s Weston Peick moved into third place on lap one.

Dungey passed Barcia for the lead on lap three and started to pull away. On the following lap, Peick moved into second place, and on lap six, GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac moved into third place.

After taking over the lead, Ryan Dungey (5) never looked back en route to his seventh victory of the season.

After taking over the lead, Ryan Dungey (5) never looked back en route to his seventh victory of the season.

Tomac made one final move for second place on lap 10 to pick up his ninth podium finish of the season. Peick held on for third place, which was the best finish of his career.

Coming into this race, Dungey was tied with Jeff Ward for eight place on the all-time 450SX-class wins list, and he is now in sole possession of that position.

“Today was rough; it took a few practices to finally get the bike dialed in,” said Dungey. “The heat-race win gave me a good spot on the gate for the main event, which was a big help in getting the start I did.”

“It’s been a rough season for me, many ups and downs,” said Peick. “To be able to put the bike on the podium for the team is awesome! I am stoked!”

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Motosport.com/ Monster Energy/ Kawasaki’s Josh Hansen started the Western Regional 250SX main event with the SupercrossLive.com Holeshot Award. Behind him, a massive pile-up in turn one collected several riders, including Red Bull KTM’s Justin Hill and Webb. Webb’s teammates Jeremy Martin and Aaron Plessinger followed in second and third, respectively.

Cooper Webb (14) rebounded from a bad start to capture the 250SX win.

Cooper Webb (14) rebounded from a bad start to capture the 250SX win.

On lap one, Plessinger passed Martin for second place, and on lap three, he passed Hansen for the lead.

By lap four, Webb had moved into fourth place, after starting in ninth.

While leading, Plessinger crashed on lap six and dropped to fourth place, giving the lead back to Hansen. On the same lap, Webb moved into second place.

On lap eight, following an intense battle between Hansen and Webb, the latter took over the lead and rode to his sixth win of the season and his fourth consecutive victory. Hansen was forced to withdraw from the race due to mechanical issues.

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Plessinger was holding down the number-three position when he once again crashed on lap nine. Plessinger’s crash allowed Hill to move into second place, where he would finish, marking Hill’s second podium effort of the season. Martin finished third, marking his fifth podium finish of the season.

Cooper Webb (center) took the top step, and Justin Hill (left) and Alex Martin (right) rounded out the podium.

Cooper Webb (center) took the top step, and Justin Hill (left) and Alex Martin (right) rounded out the podium.

“It was definitely a wild and hectic main event,” said Webb. “I just tried to get up as fast as I could and charge. It was basically a race to get your bike up the fastest, and it worked out. I had fun racing with Hansen.”

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Racing will continue next weekend at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, where the first-ever live broadcast of Monster Energy Supercross will take place on Fox at 3 p.m. ET.

As a precursor to the live television coverage, don’t forget to catch all of the pre-race coverage with “Supercross Race Day Live,” presented by AMSOIL, which will stream on SupercrossLive.com from 12:50 to 4:30 p.m. local race time. Practice, qualifying, behind-the-scenes features, and key rider interviews will all be highlighted on the webcast.

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.

Levi’s Stadium
Santa Clara, California
Results: April 18, 2015 (Round 15 of 17)

250SX: 1. Cooper Webb (Yam); 2. Justin Hill (KTM); 3. Alex Martin (Yam); 4. Malcolm Stewart (Hon); 5. Shane McElrath (KTM); 6. Jackson Richardson (Hon); 7. Aaron Plessinger (Yam); 8. Matt Bisceglia (Hon); 9. Tommy Hahn (Hon); 10. Scott Champion (Yam).

450SX: 1. Ryan Dungey (KTM); 2. Eli Tomac (Hon); 3. Weston Peick (Yam); 4. Jason Anderson (Hsq); 5. Cole Seely (Hon); 6. Blake Baggett (Suz); 7. Justin Brayton (KTM); 8. Chad Reed (Kaw); 9. Andrew Short (KTM); 10. Nick Wey (Kaw).

Eastern Regional 250SX Class Season Standings (after 6 rounds): 1. Marvin Musquin (169); 2. Justin Bogle (149); 3. Jeremy Martin (125); 4. Joey Savatgy (113); 5. (TIE) R.J. Hampshire (84)/ Anthony Rodriguez (84)/ Jimmy Decotis (84); 8. Kyle Peters (76); 9. Martin Davalos (63); 10. Kyle Cunningham (60).

Western Regional 250SX Class Season Standings (after 7 rounds): 1. Cooper Webb (186); 2. Shane McElrath (124); 3. Zach Osborne (117); 4. Justin Hill (116); 5. Aaron Plessinger (113); 6. Alex Martin (111); 7. Malcolm Stewart (107); 8. Jessy Nelson (106); 9. Tyler Bowers (105); 10. Josh Hansen (91).

450SX Class Season Standings (after 15 rounds): 1. Ryan Dungey (343); 2. Eli Tomac (258); 3. Cole Seely (239); 4. Chad Reed (212); 5. Trey Canard (204); 6. Blake Baggett (190); 7. Jason Anderson (188); 8. Broc Tickle (168); 9. Ken Roczen (164); 10. Andrew Short (156).

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