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This Week in Monster Energy Supercross: Gearing Up for the Finale and the East/West Shootout

| 1 May 2015 9:17 pm

Monster Energy Supercross Series
Round 17: Sam Boyd Stadium

Courtesy of Feld Motor Sports
Photos by Gary Bogdon/Sports Illustrated, Hoppenworld and Brown Dog Wilson
LAS VEGAS, NV, MAY 1, 2015

Ryan Dungey (5) is looking for win number eight in Las Vegas. Photo by Gary Bogdon/Sports Illustrated

Ryan Dungey (5) is looking for win number eight in Las Vegas. Photo by Gary Bogdon/Sports Illustrated

Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, welcomed members of the media and the most successful riders of the 2015 season to Sam Boyd Stadium this morning at a pre-race press conference for this weekend’s finale in Las Vegas. Recently crowned 450SX-class Champion Ryan Dungey, who rides for Red Bull KTM, and GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac and Team Honda HRC’s Cole Seely were joined on stage by the respective Eastern and Western Regional 250SX-class Champions – Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin and Yamalube/ Star Racing Yamaha’s Cooper Webb.

The conference kicked off with the formal announcement of the 2016 Monster Energy Supercross schedule, which will visit Foxborough, Massachusetts’ Gillette Stadium for the first time, make a return to Toronto’s Rogers Centre, and introduce a second stop at San Diego’s Petco Park. Press-conference emcee and Fox Sports play-by-play host Ralph Sheheen introduced the riders, engaging them in a discussion about their respective 2015 seasons and the final race that lies ahead on Saturday night.

Program Alert: Fox Sports 1 will air the Las Vegas race live at 10 p.m. EDT/ 7 p.m. PDT. Coverage from Las Vegas will also be available on the authenticated Fox Sports GO app. And on Saturday, May 2, fans can log on to www.SupercrossLive.com to watch “Supercross Race Day Live,” presented by AMSOIL, with Jim Holley and Andy Bowyer, from 3:50 p.m. EDT/ 2:50 p.m. CDT/ 12:50 p.m. PDT to 7:30 p.m. EDT /6:30 p.m. CDT/ 4:30 p.m. PDT.

450SX Class

Red Bull KTM

#5 Ryan Dungey

Current Championship Position: First
East Rutherford Start: Sixth
East Rutherford Finish: Second (+4)
2015 Average Finish: 1.8

Dungey has earned seven wins on the season, and an eighth win in Las Vegas would give KTM its first win inside Sam Boyd Stadium since 2012. He will also be making his 100th career start in the 450SX class in Las Vegas.

“Being here [as the champion] is what I hoped for,” said Dungey, who extended his contract with KTM for two more seasons. “To wrap up my second title this year was big. Winning my first in 2010 was awesome, but there were some tough years that followed. When you finish second and third in the championship, it’s not as rewarding. We’ve put in countless hours of work to get to this point, so to achieve my second title and the first for KTM is amazing. I feel like my best days are still ahead of me, so I’m looking forward to the future.”

GEICO Honda

#3 Eli Tomac

Current Championship Position: Second (82 points behind the leader)
East Rutherford Start: Fifth
East Rutherford Finish: First (+4)
2015 Average Finish: 5.4

Tomac stood atop the podium for the third time this season at the penultimate race of 2015 last Saturday in East Rutherford, New Jersey. With another good ride in Las Vegas, Tomac will secure the runner-up spot in the championship standings.

Eli Tomac secured another victory at the East Rutherford round. Photo by Hoppenworld

Eli Tomac secured another victory at the East Rutherford round. Photo by Hoppenworld

“I think this year was what I was hoping for,” explained Tomac, who missed most of his rookie season in 2014 due to injuries. “I was able to get my first win and even a couple more. Last year was really rough all around. It was a satisfying season – not completely, since I didn’t win the title, but you have to realize that going up against the top riders in the world isn’t easy. I’ve learned a lot this year and I feel like I know what it takes to contend for the title next season.”

Team Honda HRC

#14 Cole Seely

Current Championship Position: Third (106 points behind the leader)
East Rutherford Start: First
East Rutherford Finish: Third (-2)
2015 Average Finish: 5.9

Seely earned his fifth podium finish of the season last weekend in New Jersey. He has also led 33 of the last 60 laps. He’s the top-performing rookie, with one win and four additional podium finishes this season.

“I’m really excited to be on the top step, as far as rookies go,” said Seely. “I’ve had a lot of fun this season and I’ve learned a lot from the guys sitting next to me. The 450SX class has a little more respectful racing, so it’s a little easier to find your groove, but since it’s so much longer [than the 250SX class], it’s a much different approach to competition, and consistency is key.”

#41 Trey Canard

Current Championship Position: Sixth (161 points behind the leader)
East Rutherford Start: DNS
East Rutherford Finish: DNS
2015 Average Finish: 4.3 (11 main events)

Discount Tire Racing/TwoTwo Motorsports

#22 Chad Reed

Current Championship Position: Fourth (153 points behind the leader)
East Rutherford Start: DNS
East Rutherford Finish: DNS
2015 Average Finish: 7.5 (15 main events)

Reed participated in the opening practice in New Jersey, but an ailing shoulder injury kept him from race action. He is questionable for Las Vegas, though if he races and wins, he will become the winningest racer at Sam Boyd Stadium. He currently is tied with Jeremy McGrath with four wins apiece in Las Vegas.

Yoshimura Suzuki

#4 Blake Baggett

Current Championship Position: Fifth (157 points behind the leader)
East Rutherford Start: Ninth
East Rutherford Finish: Fourth (+5)
2015 Average Finish: 8.3

Baggett scored his fourth top-five finish of the season last weekend and will have his sights set on securing fifth place in the points standings on Saturday with another solid finish. He currently is eight points ahead of the next rider.

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

#21 Jason Anderson

Current Championship Position: Seventh (165 points behind the leader)
East Rutherford Start: Seventh
East Rutherford Finish: Ninth (-2)
2015 Average Finish: 8.9

Anderson has two podium finishes this season and will likely move into sixth in the points standings, as Trey Canard, who is currently sixth, will be sitting out the Las Vegas round due to an injury.

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

#20 Broc Tickle

Current Championship Position: Eighth (182 points behind the leader)
East Rutherford Start: 11th
East Rutherford Finish: Sixth (+5)
2015 Average Finish: 9.0 (15 main events)

Broc Tickle (20) had a tumble in New Jersey. Photo by Hoppenworld

Broc Tickle (20) had a tumble in New Jersey. Photo by Hoppenworld

Tickle ended his race at MetLife in dramatic fashion, cartwheeling over a berm with one lap to go. He still finished in sixth, notching his 12th top-10 finish of the season. Las Vegas will be Tickle’s final chance of 2015 to earn his first podium in the 450SX class.

#94 Ken Roczen

Current Championship Position: 10th (209 points behind the leader)
East Rutherford Start: DNS
East Rutherford Finish: DNS
2015 Average Finish: 5.9 (9 main events)

BTO Sports KTM

#29 Andrew Short

Current Championship Position: Ninth (185 points behind the leader)
East Rutherford Start: Third
East Rutherford Finish: Fifth (-2)
2015 Average Finish: 9.9

Short tallied his 47th top-five finish of his 450SX-class career in New Jersey, but he suffered a fractured kneecap and is questionable for Las Vegas.

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Eastern Regional 250SX Class

Red Bull KTM

#25 Marvin Musquin

Current Championship Position: First
East Rutherford Start: Second
East Rutherford Finish: First (+1)
2015 Average Finish: 1.3

It was a monumental night in New Jersey for Musquin, who claimed his first championship on U.S. soil. Now the newly crowned Eastern Regional 250SX-class Champion will face off with Western Regional 250SX-class Champion Cooper Webb. Both riders have tallied six wins apiece during their respective championships.

Marvin Musquin (25) garnered the Eastern Regional 250SX-class title last week. Photo by Hoppenworld

Marvin Musquin (25) garnered the Eastern Regional 250SX-class title last week. Photo by Hoppenworld

“I’m excited to be here – it will be my only race to ever run the number-one plate,” said Musquin, who has signed with Red Bull KTM to race in the 450SX class next season. “I’m looking forward to tomorrow, and it’s going to be a great battle between the coasts. I plan to just do my best, and we’ll see where everything ends up. The chance to see both champions racing is really exciting. I really want to enjoy it, because it will be my last race in the 250SX class.”

GEICO Honda

#1 Justin Bogle

Current Championship Position: Second (23 points behind the leader)
East Rutherford Start: First
East Rutherford Finish: Second (-1)
2015 Average Finish: 2.4

Bogle will forego competing in this weekend’s Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Shootout.

#80 R.J. Hampshire

Current Championship Position: Fifth (94 points behind the leader)
East Rutherford Start: Fifth
East Rutherford Finish: Fifth (+/-0)
2015 Average Finish: 7.0

Hampshire scored his second top-five finish of the season in New Jersey. He is looking to make his second trip to the podium during the Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Shootout.

Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha

#6 Jeremy Martin

Current Championship Position: Third (51 points behind the leader)
East Rutherford Start: Seventh
East Rutherford Finish: Fourth
2015 Average Finish: 2.9 (7 main events)

Martin will miss Las Vegas after suffering an injury while training this past week.

#62 Anthony Rodriguez

Current Championship Position: Sixth (96 points behind the leader)
East Rutherford Start: Ninth
East Rutherford Finish: Seventh (+2)
2015 Average Finish: 8.8

In his 10th career start, Rodriguez earned his sixth career top-10 finish with a seventh-place finish in New Jersey. Rodriguez will be making his Las Vegas debut after sitting out the visit to Sam Boyd Stadium last season due to an injury.

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki

#37 Joey Savatgy

Current Championship Position: Fourth (61 points behind the leader)
East Rutherford Start: Fourth
East Rutherford Finish: Third (+1)
2015 Average Finish: 5.6

While his team went winless during the regular season for the first time since 2001, Savatgy still has a chance to put his Monster Energy/ Pro Circuit Kawasaki on top of the podium in 2015 at the Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Shootout. He brings the momentum of three consecutive podium finishes into Las Vegas.

MotoSport.com/GPI/Honda

#55 Kyle Peters

Current Championship Position: Seventh (103 points behind the leader)
East Rutherford Start: Third
East Rutherford Finish: Sixth (-3)
2015 Average Finish: 9.6

The New Jersey stop marked Peters’ best finish of the season, in sixth. He’ll be going after another season-best result in Las Vegas.

Riverside Harley Davidson/Trail Jesters/SOB MX

#49 James Decotis

Current Championship Position: Eighth (107 points behind the leader)
East Rutherford Start: 21st
East Rutherford Finish: 18th (+3)
2015 Average Finish: 10.1

AG Motorsports/Gurrnaid

#35 Kyle Cunningham

Current Championship Position: Ninth (122 points behind the leader)
East Rutherford Start: Eighth
East Rutherford Finish: Ninth (-1)
2015 Average Finish: 11.0 (7 main events)

Cunningham posted his 49th career 250SX-class top-10 finish at MetLife Stadium in his 68th start.

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

#47 Martin Davalos

Current Championship Position: 10th (131 points behind the leader)
East Rutherford Start: DNS
East Rutherford Finish: DNS
2015 Average Finish: 11.0 (6 main events)

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Western Regional 250SX Class

Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha

#17 Cooper Webb

Current Championship Position: First
Santa Clara Start: Ninth
Santa Clara Finish: First (+8)
2015 Average Finish: 1.9

With a one-race break between Santa Clara and Las Vegas, Webb will be looking to take the ultimate prize in Las Vegas during the Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Shootout. He’ll be going up against Eastern Regional 250SX-class Champion Musquin, who, like Webb, also has six wins on the season.

Cooper Webb (17) is also looking to win the East/West Shootout in Vegas. Photo by Brown Dog Wilson

Cooper Webb (17) is also looking to win the East/West Shootout in Vegas. Photo by Brown Dog Wilson

“It makes it exciting to come here to Vegas for the Shootout and show what each coast has,” said Webb. “I had a great season, winning the West title, but so did Marvin [Musquin] out east. I’m out here to do my job, and that’s to win. I’ll do the best I can, ride like I know how, and we’ll see what happens. There’s no pressure.”

#157 Aaron Plessinger

Current Championship Position: Fifth (73 points behind the leader)
Santa Clara Start: Third
Santa Clara Finish: Seventh (-4)
2015 Average Finish: 7.3

Plessinger showed speed at the previous round in Santa Clara, but a crash cost him a shot at his first win. He is likely determined to get to the podium for the second time this season after finishing his rookie season in fifth overall.

Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/KTM

#40 Shane McElrath

Current Championship Position: Second (62 points behind the leader)
Santa Clara Start: 13th
Santa Clara Finish: Fifth (+8)
2015 Average Finish: 6.3

McElrath finished the competitive Western Regional 250SX-class season in the runner-up spot, and he made his 450SX-class debut last weekend in New Jersey, where he finished just outside the top 10, in 11th. He’s shown the speed needed to be a contender for the coveted Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Shootout trophy.

#28 Jessy Nelson

Current Championship Position: Eighth (80 points behind the leader)
Santa Clara Start: DNS
Santa Clara Finish: DNS
2015 Average Finish: 5.0 (6 main events)

Rockstar Energy/Husqvarna Factory Racing

#16 Zach Osborne

Current Championship Position: Third (69 points behind the leader)
Santa Clara Start: 21st
Santa Clara Finish: 20th (+1)
2015 Average Finish: 7.0

Following a first-turn crash in Santa Clara that forced Osborne to post a DNF, he is poised to come out swinging for his first victory of the season.

Red Bull KTM

#32 Justin Hill

Current Championship Position: Fourth (70 points behind the leader)
Santa Clara Start: 12th
Santa Clara Finish: Second (+10)
2015 Average Finish: 7.5

Hill gave Webb a run for his money at the previous race in Santa Clara, finishing second and collecting his second podium of the season. Hill has been a winner inside Sam Boyd Stadium before, and he is focused on closing out the season with a win.

CycleTrader.com/Rock River Yamaha

#31 Alex Martin

Current Championship Position: Sixth (75 points behind the leader)
Santa Clara Start: Second
Santa Clara Finish: Third (-1)
2015 Average Finish: 7.6

Martin was another rider who managed to avoid the first-turn carnage at the previous race in Santa Clara, racing to his second podium of the season.

GEICO Honda

#34 Malcolm Stewart

Current Championship Position: Seventh (79 points behind the leader)
Santa Clara Start: 10th
Santa Clara Finish: Fourth (+6)
2015 Average Finish: 9.4

Stewart narrowly missed out on a second consecutive podium result in Santa Clara, finishing fourth. He’ll be looking for the second win of his career in Vegas.

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki

#911 Tyler Bowers

Current Championship Position: Ninth (81 points behind the leader)
Santa Clara Start: DNS
Santa Clara Finish: DNS
2015 Average Finish: 7.4

Bowers will be sitting out the round in Las Vegas due to injury, so it will be up to his teammates Chris Alldredge and Joey Savatgy to bring home a win for the Monster Energy/ Pro Circuit/ Kawasaki team this Supercross season.

Motosport.com/Monster Energy Kawasaki

#100 Josh Hansen

Current Championship Position: 10th (95 points behind the leader)
Santa Clara Start: First
Santa Clara Finish: 19th (-18)
2015 Average Finish: 9.8

Hansen was on the verge of garnering his best finish of the season in Santa Clara when he suffered a mechanical issue and had to pull out of the race. He’s finished well inside Sam Boyd Stadium before, with three top-five finishes.

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For the Las Vegas event, 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 Sam Boyd 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. Club Seats are $55 per adult or child; Gold Circle seating is $40 per adult or child; 400 Lower Level Loge seating is $30 per adult or child; Upper View Sides seats are $20 per adult or child; and Treadhead seats are $10 per adult or child. Fans can also get into the pits for free from 12:30 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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