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This Week in Monster Energy Supercross: World’s Best Riders Make Their Debut Live on Fox at MetLife Stadium

| 24 April 2015 7:10 pm

Monster Energy Supercross Series
Round 16: MetLife Stadium

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Photos by Hoppenworld
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ, APR. 24, 2015

Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, will reach a historic milestone on Saturday with the series’ first-ever live network television broadcast on Fox, beginning at 3 p.m. EDT/ noon PST, from East Rutherford, New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium. The championship’s second visit to the home of the NFL’s New York Giants and New York Jets has been one of the most anticipated races on the 2015 schedule ever since the groundbreaking announcement about the agreement with Fox was made. With its midafternoon start time, the world’s best riders will face a unique challenge, which should make for one of the most exciting races of the season.

Ryan Dungey (5) celebrates his seventh 450SX-class main-event win last weekend in in Santa Clara, California.

Ryan Dungey (5) celebrates his seventh 450SX-class main-event win last weekend in in Santa Clara, California.

Newly crowned 450SX Class Champion Ryan Dungey raced to his seventh victory of the season last weekend at Monster Energy Supercross’ inaugural visit to Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The Red Bull KTM rider will be in search of his first win in the New York area on Saturday.

The series’ return to MetLife also signifies the final race of the Eastern Regional 250SX-class Championship. Currently, Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin holds a comfortable 20-point lead in the championship standings thanks to five wins in seven races, and he appears to be headed to his first career title on U.S. soil.

The KTM tandem of Dungey and Musquin have been perfect complements to one another at the seven races in which the 450SX class and Eastern Regional 250SX class have coincided. The dominant duo has posted identical results to one another, with five wins and a pair of runner-up finishes apiece. They’ll be looking to continue this unique and historic trend, hopefully celebrating Musquin’s championship along with it.

Fox will air the East Rutherford race live at 3 p.m. EDT/ noon PDT. Coverage from East Rutherford will also be available on the authenticated Fox Sports GO app. Fox Sports 1 will air the seventh installment of “Monster Energy Supercross: Behind The Dream” on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. EDT/ 8:30 a.m. PDT. And on Saturday, April 25, fans can log on to www.SupercrossLive.com to watch “Supercross Race Day Live,” presented by AMSOIL, with Jim Holley and Andy Bowyer, from 9 a.m. EDT/8 a.m. CDT/ 6 a.m. PDT to 12:45 p.m. EDT/ 11:45 p.m. CDT/ 9:45 p.m. PDT.

Monster Energy Supercross Fast Facts
This will be race 16 of 17 and will be held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on April 25, 2015.

Track Length: 2,033 feet (approximately three-eighths of a mile).

MetLife Stadium Capacity: 82,500.

Size of MetLife Stadium: 2.1 million square feet.

MetLife Stadium boasts the largest capacity of any NFL stadium.

It is the only NFL stadium that hosts multiple teams.

It is the most expensive stadium ever built, at a cost of $1.6 billion.

It is the first open-air stadium in a cold-weather city to host a Super Bowl.

Monster Energy Supercross will bring 1.5 million pounds of dirt into MetLife Stadium for this event.

Race Day Timeline (EDT)
9 a.m. – Party in the Pits opens; Qualifying Session 1 begins.
11 a.m. – Qualifying Session 2 begins.
2:30 p.m. – Opening Ceremonies.
3 p.m. – Racing begins, as does the live TV broadcast on Fox.

450SX Class

Red Bull KTM

#5 Ryan Dungey

Current Championship Position: First
Santa Clara Start: Second
Santa Clara Finish: First (+1)
2015 Average Finish: 1.8

Following his title clinch in Houston two weeks ago, Dungey went on to earn his seventh win of the season last weekend in Santa Clara. He also moved ahead of Jeff Ward in career wins, with 21.

GEICO Honda

#3 Eli Tomac

Current Championship Position: Second (85 points behind the leader)

Santa Clara Start: Eighth

Santa Clara Finish: Second (+6)

2015 Average Finish: 5.7

Tomac’s speed is unquestionable, as he posted the fastest lap time during the main event in Santa Clara, but starts have ultimately been the key to his success. He started 11th at Levi’s Stadium but still managed to work his way through the pack to finish as runner-up to Dungey.

Team Honda HRC

#14 Cole Seely

Current Championship Position: Third (104 points behind the leader)
Santa Clara Start: 16th
Santa Clara Finish: Fifth (+11)
2015 Average Finish: 6.1

Cole Seely (14) last weekend in Santa Clara.

Cole Seely (14) last weekend in Santa Clara.

One week after claiming his first career victory, Seely had to work hard in Santa Clara to break into the top five following a tough start, in 16th. He was still showing quickness all day, proving he’s still a contender for his second win of the season in East Rutherford.

#41 Trey Canard

Current Championship Position: Fifth (139 points behind the leader)
Santa Clara Start: DNS
Santa Clara Finish: DNS
2015 Average Finish: 4.3 (11 main events)

Discount Tire Racing/TwoTwo Motorsports

#22 Chad Reed

Current Championship Position: Fourth (131 points behind the leader)
Santa Clara Start: Third
Santa Clara Finish: Eighth (-5)
2015 Average Finish: 7.5

Chad Reed (22) during the main event last weekend in Santa Clara.

Chad Reed (22) during the main event last weekend in Santa Clara.

Reed continued to show podium speed in Santa Clara and even won his heat race, but a crash in the main event forced him to come through the pack after battling for the lead early on. Reed already has one win this season and is looking to claim his 45th career victory, which he could do this weekend at MetLife Stadium.

Team Yoshimura Suzuki

#4 Blake Baggett

Current Championship Position: Sixth (153 points behind the leader)
Santa Clara Start: 12th
Santa Clara Finish: Sixth (+6)
2015 Average Finish: 8.5

Baggett continues to show progress and solid results during his rookie season. He was impressive in his climb through the field in Santa Clara, finishing just outside the top five.

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

#21 Jason Anderson

Current Championship Position: Seventh (155 points behind the leader)
Santa Clara Start: 10th
Santa Clara Finish: Fourth (+6)
2015 Average Finish: 8.9

Anderson put in his 12th top-10 finish of the season in Santa Clara.

RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John’s/Suzuki Factory Racing

#20 Broc Tickle

Current Championship Position: Eighth (175 points behind the leader)
Santa Clara Start: 11th
Santa Clara Finish: 12th (-1)
2015 Average Finish: 9.2

Tickle continued to do his best as the sole member of the RCH Racing team. After a collision with Justin Barcia late in the race, he was still able to bring home a 12th-place finish.

#94 Ken Roczen

Current Championship Position: 10th (187 points behind the leader)
Santa Clara Start: DNS
Santa Clara Finish: DNS
2015 Average Finish: 5.9 (9 main events)

BTO Sports KTM

#29 Andrew Short

Current Championship Position: Ninth (179 points behind the leader)
Santa Clara Start: Seventh
Santa Clara Finish: Ninth (-2)
2015 Average Finish: 10.3

Short continues to make solid strides with his results. He still has a chance to move up the championship standings, with eighth place only four points ahead of him.

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Eastern Regional 250SX Class

Red Bull KTM

#25 Marvin Musquin

Current Championship Position: First
St. Louis Start: First
St. Louis Finish: First (+/-0)
2015 Average Finish: 1.3

Marvin Musquin (25) crosses the finish line in St. Louis.

Marvin Musquin (25) crosses the finish line in St. Louis.

Musquin has a 20-point lead over fellow title contender Justin Bogle going into the final race of the Eastern Regional 250SX class. He only has to finish 16th or better to clinch the championship if rival Justin Bogle were to win the main event.

GEICO Honda

#1 Justin Bogle

Current Championship Position: Second (20 points behind the leader)
St. Louis Start: 12th
St. Louis Finish: Fourth (+8)
2015 Average Finish: 2.4

Justin Bogle in St. Louis’s Eastern Regional 250SX main event.

Justin Bogle in St. Louis’s Eastern Regional 250SX main event.

Bogle has one win and has only finished off the podium once this season. In order to keep any title chance alive, he’ll need to collect win number two at MetLife Stadium.

#80 R.J. Hampshire

Current Championship Position: Tied for Fifth (85 points behind the leader)
St. Louis Start: DNS
St. Louis Finish: DNS
2015 Average Finish: 7.3

Hampshire will return after not racing at the previous round in St. Louis. He has one podium during his rookie season and continues to show speed to contend for another spot on the podium this weekend in New Jersey.

Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha

#6 Jeremy Martin

Current Championship Position: Third (44 points behind the leader)
St. Louis Start: Second
St. Louis Finish: Second (+/-0)
2015 Average Finish: 2.7

Martin returned to the podium at the previous round in St. Louis after being absent for two straight weeks. He’s looking to keep Star Racing’s solid season going in the 250SX class following his Western Regional 250SX-class teammate Cooper Webb’s recent championship and sixth race win.

#62 Anthony Rodriguez

Current Championship Position: Tied for Fifth (85 points behind the leader)
St. Louis Start: Eighth
St. Louis Finish: Fifth (+3)
2015 Average Finish: 9.0

Rodriguez has two top-five finishes in a row and will be looking to keep that streak alive in New Jersey.

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki

#37 Joey Savatgy

Current Championship Position: Fourth (56 points behind the leader)
St. Louis Start: Ninth
St. Louis Finish: Third (+6)
2015 Average Finish: 6.0

Savatgy is looking for his team’s first win of the season in hopes of keeping it from being shut out for the first time since 2001.

Riverside Harley Davidson/Trail Jesters/SOB MX

#49 James Decotis

Current Championship Position: Tied for Fifth (85 points behind the leader)
St. Louis Start: 10th
St. Louis Finish: Sixth (+4)
2015 Average Finish: 9.0

Decotis sits in a three-way tie for fifth place in the points standings. With another strong finish in New Jersey, he would finish with a career best in the season standings. Last year he finished seventh overall.

Motosport.com/GPI/Honda

#55 Kyle Peters

Current Championship Position: Eighth (93 points behind the leader)
St. Louis Start: 11th
St. Louis Finish: 10th (+1)
2015 Average Finish: 10.1

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

#47 Martin Davalos

Current Championship Position: Ninth (106 points behind the leader)
St. Louis Start: DNS
St. Louis Finish: DNS
2015 Average Finish: 11.0

AG Motorsports/Gurrnaid

#35 Kyle Cunningham

Current Championship Position: 10th (109 points behind the leader)
St. Louis Start: Fifth
St. Louis Finish: Eighth (-3)
2015 Average Finish: 11.3

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Practice and qualifying will begin at 9 a.m. and the main event will start at 3 p.m.

Tickets are available at the MetLife Stadium box office and at all Ticketmaster outlets, or you can charge by phone at 800/745-3000 or online at SupercrossLive.com or www.ticketmaster.com. Premium Club tickets are $125 per adult or child; Premium Field seating is $100 per adult or child; Endzone Lower seating is $75 per adult or child; and Endzone Upper seating is $55 per adult or child. Restrictions, exclusions and additional charges may apply. Fans can also get into the pits for free from 9 a.m. to 2 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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