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SX Finale Set for Las Vegas, Webb and Musquin Square Off in East/West Shootout

| 28 April 2015 3:45 pm

Monster Energy Supercross Series
Round 17: Sam Boyd Stadium

Courtesy of Feld Motor Sports
Photos by Kardy Photos
LAS VEGAS, NV, APR. 27, 2015

The 2015 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, Series will conclude this weekend at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium, with two exciting main events taking place before the season makes its way into the history books.

The 2015 450SX-class Champion, Ryan Dungey, in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

The 2015 450SX-class Champion, Ryan Dungey, in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

With the 450SX-class Championship already clinched, Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey will make his 100th start in hopes of winning his eighth main event of the season. Dungey’s teammate Marvin Musquin claimed his first-ever Eastern Regional 250SX-class Championship with his sixth win of the season last Saturday afternoon at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Musquin will square off against Western Regional 250SX-class Champion Cooper Webb, who rides for the Yamalube/ Star Racing/ Yamaha team, in the Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Shootout.

Saturday night’s race will air live on Fox Sports 1 at 10 p.m. EST/ 7 p.m. PST. Live coverage from Las Vegas will also be available on the authenticated Fox Sports Go app.

Media Day will take place Friday, May 1, at noon PST at Sam Boyd Stadium, featuring 450SX-class riders Dungey, Eli Tomac and Cole Seely; 250SX-class Champions Webb and Musquin; and AMSOIL Arenacross riders Jacob Hayes, Matt Goerke and Chris Blose. The pre-race press conference will stream live on “Supercross Race Day Live,” presented by AMSOIL, at www.SupercrossLive.com at 1 p.m. EST/ 10 a.m. PST.

And on Saturday, May 2, fans can Log on to www.SupercrossLive.com to watch “Supercross Race Day Live,” with Jim Holley and Andy Bowyer, from 3:50 p.m. EST/ 12:50 p.m. PST to 7:50 p.m. EST/ 4:50 p.m. PST.

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

Can Dungey give KTM its first Las Vegas win since 2012?

Can Dungey earn his eighth win of the season on his 100th career 450SX-class start?

Can Dungey and Musquin combine to break James Stewart and Ryan Villopoto’s 2007 record of five race sweeps by the same riders?

Who will break the East/West Shootout tie? Both divisions have nine wins apiece.

The 250SX Champions have only gone on to win the Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Shootout in eight of the 24 races. Can Musquin or Webb make it nine?

Only three riders have won their first-ever 450SX-class main event in Las Vegas. Can one of the rookies do so? #WhosNext?

Musquin and Webb each have six wins this season. Can one of them set the record for most 250SX-class wins this year?

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GEICO Honda’s Tomac used a pass on Team Honda HRC’s Seely on lap 13 to take the lead during the 450SX-class main at MetLife Stadium. From there, Tomac took advantage of the clear track in front him and rode to his third win of the season. Tomac is second overall in season standings.

Eli Tomac last weekend in East Rutherford.

Eli Tomac last weekend in East Rutherford.

“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 [Seely],” explained Tomac following the main event last weekend. “He made a couple mistakes that allowed me to get on his rear fender, and I just pulled the trigger in the whoops. Once I got out front, I was able to just get through lappers and bring it home.”

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Dungey finished second at MetLife Stadium, marking his 15th consecutive podium finish of the season. Dungey, a two-time winner in Las Vegas, could bring his 2015 win percentage to 47 percent with a victory this Saturday night. He is the only rider competing in this weekend’s race that has won both classes in Las Vegas.

Seely brought home the number-three position in East Rutherford, which gives him seven top-five finishes and 10 top-10 finishes in his rookie season.

Check out these 450SX-class video highlights from East Rutherford…

Musquin has been on the podium at every race of the Eastern Regional 250SX-class season. In addition to his six wins, he has two runner-up finishes.

The 2015 Eastern Regional 250SX-class Champion, Marvin Musquin.

The 2015 Eastern Regional 250SX-class Champion, Marvin Musquin.

Webb has been on the podium at every race except at the season opener in Anaheim where he finished in seventh place.

Other 250SX-class winners this year include Justin Bogle, Jeremy Martin, Jessy Nelson and Malcolm Stewart.

Historically, KTM has only won in Las Vegas twice, to Yamaha’s five. With the Eastern and Western Regional division tied at nine races apiece, this weekend’s race is up for grabs.

Check out these 250SX-class video highlights from East Rutherford…

During last year’s 450SX-class main event in Las Vegas, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto won his seventh race of the year. Rockstar Energy Racing’s Jason Anderson, who had four wins on the season, won the Western Regional 250SX-class Championship, and Dean Wilson finished the season with the race win.

Bogle won the Eastern Regional 250SX-class Championship, as Star Racing Yamaha’s Martin captured the first race win of his career. Justin Hill led from wire to wire to win the Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Shootout.

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This weekend in Las Vegas, practice and qualifying will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the main event will start at 6 p.m.

Tickets are available at the Thomas & Mack Center box office, or you can charge by phone at 702/739-FANS or online at www.SupercrossLive.com or www.UNLVtickets.com. Tickets will be available at the Sam Boyd Stadium box office on the day of the event only. Extreme Seats are $81 per adult or child; VIP Seats are $96 per adult or child; South Endzone Seats are $71 per adult or child; and 300 Level & North Endzone Seats are $61 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 East Rutherford round, including race coverage, results and more photos, please see “Tomac Grabs Third SX Win, Musquin Captures First U.S. Title in Eastern Regional 250SX Class with a Win”… Editor]

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