Dungey Closes Out Championship-Winning SX Season with Vegas Win in 100th Start, Musquin Dominates East/West Shootout
Monster Energy Supercross Series
Round 17: Sam Boyd Stadium
Courtesy of Feld Motor Sports
Photos by Simon Cudby
LAS VEGAS, NV, MAY 2, 2015
In his 100th career start, Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey won his eighth race of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, season, in front of 35,241 fans at Sam Boyd Stadium, site of the 2015 series’ finale. Also, Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin led from wire to wire en route to his first-ever Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Shootout Championship. This was the sixth time this season that KTM has swept both main events.
Dungey led BTO Sports KTM’s Justin Brayton and GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac across the SupercrossLive.com Holeshot line to kick off the 450SX-class main event. On the opening lap, Autotrader.com/ Toyota/ Yamaha’s Weston Peick moved into third place.
Out front, Dungey and Tomac traded positions on lap one, but on lap four Tomac crashed while in pursuit; he was still able to remount in second place.
Peick and Discount Tire Racing/ TwoTwo Motorsports’ Chad Reed engaged in a heated battle for third place on lap eight, but Peick would hold his position and ride to his second podium finish of a year with a third place. Tomac finished second; it was his 11th podium finish of the season.
“We [Dungey and Tomac] really pushed the pace out there tonight and went back forth during the early part of the race,” said Dungey. “This was a great year; I set a [personal] record for most wins in a season, with eight, and couldn’t be happier.”
Musquin, who won the Eastern Regional 250SX-class Championship last week, started the Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Shootout with the SupercrossLive.com Holeshot Award. GEICO Honda riders R.J. Hampshire and Malcolm Stewart followed in second and third, respectively.
Stewart passed Hampshire on the opening lap for second place. Hampshire held down the number-three position until lap 11, when his teammate Matt Bisceglia passed him and secured the final position on the podium. Stewart earned his best Las Vegas finish, in second, besting his fifth-place finishes in 2011 and 2014. Musquin went on to dominate for his first victory in Sam Boyd Stadium in his final 250SX-class race.
“It’s like a dream come true tonight,” said Musquin. “I have never won in Las Vegas before, and I used to watch this race back in the day when I was a kid, but tonight it’s my turn. To win my very last Supercross race on a 250cc [motorcycle] is awesome!”
Yamalube/ Star Racing/ Yamaha’s Cooper Webb, who won the Western Regional 250SX-class Championship, missed the main event after sustaining an injury during practice. Coming into this night’s race, the Eastern and Western Regions were tied in Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Shootout victories, and Musquin’s win gave the Eastern Region the edge, with the region’s 10th win.
Musquin closes out his 2015 campaign with seven victories.
HRT Racing’s Vicki Golden made history this afternoon by becoming the first female in more than four decades of Monster Energy Supercross to qualify for the “Fast 40” – the riders who transition to the night program from timed qualifying – for the 2015 finale at Sam Boyd Stadium and the 250SX class’ Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Shootout. [For more on this topic, please see “A Golden Moment in SX History: Vicki Golden Becomes First Female to Qualify for Monster Energy Supercross”… Editor]
This night’s race concludes the 2015 Monster Energy Supercross season. The first race of the 2016 season will take place on January 9 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California.
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.
Sam Boyd Stadium
Las Vegas, Nevada
Results: May 2, 2015 (Round 17 of 17)
KTM JR SX CHALLENGE: 1. Landin Peppard (KTM); 2. Andrew Schulz (KTM); 3. Riley Drickersen (KTM); 4. Storme Hawks (KTM); 5. Philip Kelly (KTM); 6. Brock Smith (KTM); 7. Caden Gonzalez (KTM); 8. Max Shane (KTM); 9. Leum Oehlhof (KTM); 10. Hill Rogen (KTM); 11. Ryan Swanson (KTM); 12. Danner Greenwood (KTM); 13. Chris MacDonald (KTM); 14. Mackenzie Cook (KTM); 15. Aiden Bezzant (KTM).
250SX EAST/WEST SHOOTOUT: 1. Marvin Musquin (KTM); 2. Malcolm Stewart (Hon); 3. Matt Bisceglia (Hon); 4. Aaron Plessinger (Yam); 5. Alex Martin (Yam); 6. Zach Osborne (Hsq); 7. R.J. Hampshire (Hon); 8. Cole Martinez (Yam); 9. Shane McElrath (KTM); 10. Kyle Peters (Hon).
450SX: 1. Ryan Dungey (KTM); 2. Eli Tomac (Hon); 3. Weston Peick (Yam); 4. Cole Seely (Hon); 5. Josh Grant (Kaw); 6. Blake Baggett (Suz); 7. Chad Reed (Kaw); 8. Justin Barcia (Yam); 9. Justin Brayton (KTM); 10. Broc Tickle (Suz).
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 17 of 17 rounds): 1. Ryan Dungey (390); 2. Eli Tomac (305); 3. Cole Seely (277); 4. Chad Reed (226); 5. Blake Baggett (223); 6. Trey Canard (204); 7. Jason Anderson (200); 8. Broc Tickle (194); 9. Andrew Short (180); 10. Weston Peick (160).