Tomac Grabs Third SX Win, Musquin Captures First U.S. Title in Eastern Regional 250SX Class with a Win
Monster Energy Supercross Series
Round 16: MetLife Stadium
Courtesy of Feld Motor Sports
Photos by Simon Cudby
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ, APR. 25, 2015
Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, enjoyed a historic afternoon in the greater New York City area on Saturday as 60,582 fans were on hand inside MetLife Stadium to be a part of the first-ever live broadcast on the Fox broadcast network. On the track, GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac emerged victorious thanks to a strong charge in the closing laps to secure his third win of the season and the third victory of his career. And in 250SX action, following a dominant season for Red Bull KTM, in which he finished no worse than second in eight races, Frenchman Marvin Musquin clinched his first title on U.S. soil with the Eastern Regional 250SX-class Championship, winning his sixth main event on a day on which he’d needed only to finish 16th or better.
BTO Sports KTM’s Andrew Short kicked off the 20-lap 450SX-class main event by racing to the SupercrossLive.com Holeshot Award, ahead of Team Honda HRC rider Cole Seely and Autotrader.com/ Toyota/ Yamaha’s Weston Peick. Behind them, both Tomac and Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey, the 2015 Monster Energy Supercross Champion, had to battle their way forward from starts outside the top five.
Just as he did just a couple of weeks ago in Houston, when he won his first career 450SX-class main event, Seely set a torrid pace out front to open up a healthy lead over the rest of the field. Tomac quickly fought his way toward the front and was able to take second away from Peick on lap two. Just a few moments later, Dungey followed Tomac past Peick into third.
At the halfway point of the race, Tomac started to close in on Seely, and he moved to within just a little over a second of the lead, but a mistake by Seely brought the two riders within a few inches of each other. Just after they crossed the finish line to start lap 13, Tomac moved alongside Seely and made the pass through the whoops. Once out front, Tomac pulled away to take a comfortable win.
“The track really broke down out there; I just tried to be as consistent as I could and keep it on two wheels, and I started to close in on Cole,” explained Tomac. “He made a couple mistakes that allowed me to get on his rear fender, and I just pulled the trigger in the whoops. One I got out front, I was able to just get through lappers and bring it home.”
Dungey made a strong push as well in the closing laps and was also able to pass Seely to earn a runner-up finish and extend his podium streak to 15 races.
Seely held on for third.
“The start wasn’t the greatest, and I had a couple close calls out there,” said Dungey. “The track got really nasty, and with about five laps to go [after passing Seely] I just settled in. We’re moving forward [to the next race] happy. We’ve got one more to go; we’ll give it all we’ve got and hope for the best.”
Tomac and Seely, who sit behind Dungey in second and third, respectively, in the 450SX-class points standings, further cemented their positions heading into the last race of the season.
GEICO Honda’s Justin Bogle, the defending Eastern Regional 250SX-class Champion, needed a win in order to even have a chance at repeating in 2015, and he got the start he needed in the main event by grabbing the SupercrossLive.com Holeshot Award. Musquin was right behind him in second.
Musquin applied some early pressure on Bogle, but the Honda rider was able to fend it off and pull away. Behind the leaders, Monster Energy/ Pro Circuit/ Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy, who slotted into third, started to come under fire from Yamalube/ Star Racing Yamaha’s Jeremy Martin, who started seventh, establishing an exciting battle for the last spot on the podium. On lap seven, Martin briefly passed Savatgy going into a turn, but Savatgy got back under him and pushed him off the track.
As that was happening, Musquin made another run on Bogle and closed in again, ultimately making the pass for the lead on lap 10.
Three laps later, Martin and Savatgy resumed their battle for third, but this time Martin crashed while trying to turn under Savatgy.
Musquin pulled away over the final five laps of the 15-lap main event to take the win – and the title. Bogle was second, while Savatgy earned his third straight podium finish.
“[The championship] feels great, and winning the main event makes it even better,” exclaimed Musquin. “Every time you race, you want to do good, and today I made it happen. I’m ready to move on and chase some more dreams. It has been great to race alongside Ryan this season, with all his success [in the 450SX class], and it’s helped me get better as well. We have a great team at KTM and I’m excited to keep it going.”
This marked the first time this season that Dungey and Musquin failed to win at the same race.
“It hurts to lose [the race] like that and hurts to lose this championship,” said Bogle. “I’ll just keep working. I’ll move to the 450SX class next year, so I have a lot ahead of me.”
Bogle finished runner-up in the final championship standings, while Martin’s fourth-place finish helped him secure third.
The 17th and final race of Monster Energy Supercross will commence next Saturday, May 2, in Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium. Live broadcast coverage on Fox Sports 1 will begin at 7 p.m. PT/ 10 p.m. ET.
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.
East Rutherford, New Jersey
Results: April 25, 2015 (Round 16 of 17)
250SX: 1. Marvin Musquin (KTM); 2. Justin Bogle (Hon); 3. Joey Savatgy (Kaw); 4. Jeremy Martin (Yam); 5. R.J. Hampshire (Hon); 6. Kyle Peters (Hon); 7. Anthony Rodriguez (Yam); 8. Michael Oldenburg (Yam); 9. Kyle Cunningham (Hon); 10. Luke Renzland (Yam).
450SX: 1. Eli Tomac (Hon); 2. Ryan Dungey (KTM); 3. Cole Seely (Hon); 4. Blake Baggett (Suz); 5. Andrew Short (KTM); 6. Broc Tickle (Suz); 7. Josh Grant (Kaw); 8. Kyle Chisholm (Kaw); 9. Jason Anderson (Hsq); 10. Weston Peick (Yam).
Eastern Regional 250SX Class Season Final Standings (after 7 of 7 rounds): 1. Marvin Musquin (194); 2. Justin Bogle (171); 3. Jeremy Martin (143); 4. Joey Savatgy (133); 5. R.J. Hampshire (100); 6. Anthony Rodriguez (98); 7. Kyle Peters (91); 8. Jimmy Decotis (87); 9. Kyle Cunningham (72); 10. Martin Davalos (63).
Western Regional 250SX Class Season Final Standings (after 7 of 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 16 of 17 rounds): 1. Ryan Dungey (365); 2. Eli Tomac (283); 3. Cole Seely (259); 4. Chad Reed (212); 5. Blake Baggett (208); 6. Trey Canard (204); 7. Jason Anderson (200); 8. Broc Tickle (183); 9. Andrew Short (180); 10. Ken Roczen (156).