CHAMPIONS CROWNED WITH THREE ROUNDS REMAINING; BATTLE ROYAL BEGINS AGAIN

CHAMPIONS CROWNED WITH THREE ROUNDS REMAINING; BATTLE ROYAL BEGINS AGAIN

With both championship titles claimed last weekend in Houston, Monster Energy Supercross fans will be in for some of the best racing of the year, as the boys head to Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. As the pressures of keeping the championship titles within grasps have passed for both classes, championship courtesies will be pushed aside as the riders look to capture the three remaining wins of the series.

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This past weekend, Red Bull/KTM’s Ryan Dungey wrapped up his second 450 championship. With the title in his hands and three rounds remaining, it will be interesting to see if “Mr. Consistent” will ride on the edge to defend the remaining race wins or if he will sit back and let the others battle it out. Race fans will likely be in for a good show with Dungey free from the need for championship consistency.

Heading into Santa Clara next weekend, Eli Tomac remains in second position, only thirteen points ahead of last week’s race winner and rookie, Cole Seely. Not only did Seely walk away with the win in Houston, but, he dominated the veterans of the sport, with a huge lead over series champion, Ryan Dungey. The rookie seems to have found the race pace on his 450 and will be looking to add a few more wins in his debut season.

As Seely hunts for those remaining race wins, Tomac will surely be looking to prove that he’s got more in the tank. The dedication and perseverance of Eli Tomac will likely shine bright in the closing rounds of the series, as he looks to safeguard his second place standing in the series.

Discount Tire/TwoTwo Motorsports rider, Josh Grant had his best finish of the series last weekend in Houston with a fourth overall. The California-native had the speed to be up battling for a podium position and will surely be looking for a podium finish this weekend, close to home.

BTO Sports/KTM’s Andrew Short is likely to be out front as the gate drops on the 450 main event, with his signature third gear start. The Texas-native has managed to master this signature move, giving himself the ultimate advantage. With the hard work and dedication Short has put in over the years, it is only a matter of time before the veteran puts himself up on the podium. Be sure to look for Shorty leading the pack into turn one, when the gate drops this weekend in Santa Clara.

Husqvarna’s Jason Anderson has been lightning fast and aggressive in the past couple weeks, but, has experienced some bad luck with crashes and mediocre starts. Anderson is always one to watch, week-in and week-out, but he will need to minimize errors to find a win in his debut season. With only three rounds remaining, Anderson will be hungrier than ever for that rookie race win.

In the 250 class, Cooper Webb claimed his first Supercross Championship Title, as the West Coast 250 champion. Again, with championship responsibilities out of the way and pride on the line, the win this weekend could go to anyone. However, race fans and competitors alike know that the Star Racing/Yamalube/Yamaha rider, Cooper Webb will stop at nothing to add another race win to his name.

With Jessy Nelson out for the remainder of the season, there is no other rider with a win so far this season other than Webb. It will be left to riders like Tyler Bowers, Malcolm Stewart and Shane McElrath to put an end to Webb’s winning streak. Maybe California will crown one of these riders with their first supercross win of their careers, next weekend in Santa Clara.

The track for this weekend’s race looks to be quite challenging with the first turn heading into a gnarly whoops section. Although it will be tough for all the riders, especially the 250’s, look for riders like Chad Reed, Eli Tomac and Ryan Dungey to excel in the technical conditions of the track in Santa Clara. With the championship titles already claimed, the tables have turned in the series, and anything could happen.

ONLY FOUR ROUNDS REMAIN, AS MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS PREPARES TO HEAD TO HOUSTON

ONLY FOUR ROUNDS REMAIN, AS MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS PREPARES TO HEAD TO HOUSTON

After thirteen weeks in a row of Monster Energy Supercross bar-to-bar action, the racers will take this weekend off to spend Easter with their families. On April 11th the boys will return to business, as usual, as the Monster Energy Supercross series takes over Houston, Texas for Round Fourteen of the FIM World Championship series.

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Red Bull/KTM’s, Ryan Dungey will head to Houston with an eighty point lead over GEICO/Honda’s, Eli Tomac. After coming off another win this past weekend in St. Louis, the series point’s leader will definitely take the week off to train. Maybe Dungey will take some time to master Shorty’s signature third gear start to give himself that extra edge in Houston next weekend. Whether or not Dungey manages to master it or not, the boys will still need to find something extra to compete with “Mr. Consistent”.

GEICO/Honda’s, Eli Tomac appears to be one of the only guys on the track who can match the speed of Dungey. He will just need to figure out his starts, in order to hang with the former champ, next weekend in Houston. With the series in the closing rounds of the championship chase, it is unlikely that Tomac will catch Dungey in the points chase, but he could surely take a few more wins before the season is through.

Last weekend all the talk seemed to return to the likes of Rockstar Racing/Husqvarna rider, Jason Anderson. The rookie managed to keep the lightning fast speed of Eli Tomac in check for the majority of the moto, last weekend in St. Louis. After a second place finish in his 450 class debut, Anderson had yet to claim a podium position again, until this past weekend in St. Louis. Coming off a gnarly crash the week prior, in Detroit, many were doubtful if Anderson would even race in St. Louis. With a week off, the rookie will head to Houston with a point to prove and maybe a 450SX class race win to claim.

Other 450SX class rookies, Cole Seely and Blake Baggett have had great 450 debut season’s, with both riders running in the top ten. Cole Seely sits in fourth position in the championship series, with three podium finishes this year. While Blake Baggett and Jason Anderson are tied for sixth position in the series. Seely will surely be looking for that first win, while Baggett looks to top his season best third place finish in Daytona. Needless to say the 2015 450SX class was handed a fiery group of rookies that are far from done.

450SX class veteran, Andrew Short will thankfully have some time to heal up after a nasty crash in St. Louis, this past weekend. The vet has mastered the third gear start on his BTO Sports backed KTM and has managed to claim four times as many holeshots as any one rider in the 2015 series. Shorty was thankfully uninjured after the early moto crash in St. Louis and will join the boys at the start gate next weekend in Houston, Texas.

In the 250SX class, series point’s leader, Marvin Musquin claimed another win this past weekend in St. Louis and now leads Justin Bogle by twenty points. Star Racing/Yamalube/Yamaha rider, Jeremy Martin looked to have the speed to match Musquin, but will need to take some time to master the start to have anything for him when the East series returns in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on April 25th, 2015.

At NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, we will see the return of the West 250SX class, with Star Racing/Yamalube/Yamaha rider, Cooper Webb, carrying the red plate. Claiming four out six wins in the West series, Webb leads Jessy Nelson by thirty points. With only three rounds remaining, the boys from the West will need to find something extra to chase down Webb.

Jessy Nelson claimed the first win of the year in Anaheim and will surely be looking for another one next weekend in Houston. With Tyler Bowers only two points back on Nelson it will be a fight to claim that second place position in the series. Tyler Bowers heads to Houston carrying two third place finishes and one second, but, has yet to reach the top step of the podium. Fierce and fiery as Bowers is, the former arenacross champion will be looking for that first win of the year in Houston.

As the racers take the weekend off to spend Easter with their families, race fans will have to wait until April 11th for the return of supercross at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. With some time to relax, regroup and train, race fans will be in for some serious bar-to-bar racing come round fourteen on April 11th.

DETROIT SURVIVORS PREPARE TO HEAD TO ST. LOUIS FOR ROUND 13

DETROIT SURVIVORS PREPARE TO HEAD TO ST. LOUIS FOR ROUND 13

This weekend the Monster Energy AMA Supercross series will head to the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri for Round thirteen of the FIM World Championship series. After a wild night filled with gnarly crashes and incredible racing in Detroit, St. Louis promises to be equally as exciting as the last.

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The track design in St. Louis looks to be nearly as challenging as the Detroit track, last weekend and will surely test the skill and determination of the riders who survived Round twelve.

This past weekend both Red Bull/KTM riders were dethroned from their winning streaks by GEICO/Honda teammates, Eli Tomac and Justin Bogle. Both riders got out front early and dominated their respective races.

Although Dungey did not take the win this past weekend, he will still head to St. Louis with a hefty points lead over Muscle Milk/Honda rider, Trey Canard. With Dungey heading into the final rounds of the series with such a large points lead it is unlikely that we will see “Mr. Consistent” ride too far on the edge. It is likely that last week’s dominating win for GEICO/Honda’s Eli Tomac won’t be the last win for the young rider, this year.

Muscle Milk/Honda rider and championship contender, Trey Canard will not line up at St. Louis this weekend. The rider’s best season yet was cut short, last weekend after landing on Tedder/Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Jake Weimer. Canard fractured his arm in the crash and will be unable to compete in the final rounds of the series, leaving Dungey an even larger points lead.

Tedder/Monster Energy/Kawasaki rider Jake Weimer will also join the long list of injured riders, unable to race. After being landed on last week Weimer has sustained a broken arm, concussion and punctured lung.

Rockstar Energy/Husqvarna rider, Jason Anderson and AutoTrader.com/Toyota/JGR/Yamaha rider, Weston Peick each experienced violent crashes, but, look to compete at St. Louis. Both having fairly successful seasons, so far, will look to redeem themselves and some points in St. Louis.

In the 250SX class, Justin Bogle will head to St. Louis trailing serious points leader, Marvin Musquin by only thirteen points. With a track design much similar to last week, odds look to be in Bogle’s favor, but, Musquin also excels in technical conditions. And Staring/Yamalube/Yamaha rider, Jeremy Martin is far from done showing us he has what it takes to win a supercross title, as well.

With a plenty of the top riders out and injured, it will be exciting to see who steps up to the plate for Round thirteen. Will Davi Milsaps finally show fans what he’s got in the tank or will Reed dig deep to find what he needs to run up front again? Or will one of the rookies, like Blake Baggett or Cole Seely claim their first win on their premiere class careers?

Be sure to tune in to FOX Sports 1 for live coverage at 8:00 pm ET Saturday night or check it out live at the Edward Jones Dome in St Louis, Missouri.

RED BULL/KTM  HEADS TO DETROIT LOOKING TO CLAIM FOUR IN A ROW

RED BULL/KTM HEADS TO DETROIT LOOKING TO CLAIM FOUR IN A ROW

This weekend the Monster Energy AMA Supercross series will head to Ford Field Stadium in Detroit, MI for Round Twelve of the series. Both Red Bull/KTM riders head into the night with substantial point leads in the championship chase. 250SX rider, Marvin Musquin heads in with a sixteen point lead with only three more East rounds remaining. While 450SX teammate, Ryan Dungey will arrive at Detroit with a forty-four point lead over Honda rider, Trey Canard.

The Red Bull KTM team looks to be unbeatable, claiming both 250SX and 450SX wins in four out five events in the East coast. The number five of Ryan Dungey has proved that consistency and his race by race mentality are key to winning championships. Dungey will be on the hunt for another win this weekend in Detroit, on route to his second Supercross Championship.

The number forty-one of Trey Canard was on fire this past weekend in Indianapolis with the best lap times on the track. However, without the start Canard won’t be able to top the consistency and speed of Dungey. If Trey can figure out the start this weekend in Detroit, it will be his opportunity to walk away with a win and show us how fast he truly is.

Canard’s teammate, Cole Seely was also able to put in some fast laps in Indianapolis, but, was also unable to show Dungey a wheel. With a second place finish and a good clean moto he has the confidence to run up front, but will have to find something extra if he wants to top the dominate Ryan Dungey.

JGR/Yamaha rider, Weston Peick has been battling with the front runners and has even led a few laps in past weeks, however, he is still yet to claim anything better than a fourth place finish. Peick looks to be fitter and stronger every week and with his starts dialed, he will be fighting for a podium spot this week in Detroit.

GEICO Honda rider Eli Tomac had some tough luck in Indianapolis and previous weeks, but, was astonishingly able to unlap himself this past weekend. In order to gain a lap back you must be able to pass the leading competitor. In this case Tomac had a get off and was able to track down Dungey and pass him back to finish eleventh, just behind Jake Weimer. Tomac made it quite obvious that he has the speed to win, he will just need to piece together the rest of the picture to show us he’s got anything for Dungey.

In the 250SX class Musquin looks to be walking away with the title, claiming four out of five wins, so far.

Jeremy Martin has been the only rider to appear to have anything for Musquin, but, was unable to qualify for the main event this past weekend. Missing the main in Indianapolis has put Martin back thirty-seven points on Musquin and in a tough spot to be able to claim a championship, with only three rounds remaining.

Justin Bogle has been able to get out in the front of the pack every weekend, but, hasn’t really had the pace to run with Musquin. If Bogle can find a way to match Musquin’s pace he may be able to challenge for some wins in the remaining rounds.

When the gate drops in Detroit, the Red Bull/KTM boys will surely be the centre of attention, but, the other contenders will surely be hungry to stop the streak. Who will it be to stop the dominate Red Bull/KTM team?

 

 

 

 

CAN DUNGEY COMPLETE THE THREE-PEAT IN INDIANAPOLIS?

CAN DUNGEY COMPLETE THE THREE-PEAT IN INDIANAPOLIS?

Get tickets here. This weekend the Monster Energy AMA Supercross series will head to the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana for Round eleven of the series.

The number five rider of Ryan Dungey looks to be the man to beat, coming off back-to-back dominating wins, with another win in Daytona last weekend. Dungey is typically always pinned as the consistent rider, not always the fastest, not always the best, but now, Dungey is consistently winning and that is a challenging combination to top for any rider. Once again the boys will be looking for something special to beat Dungey, as he looks to make the three-peat in Indianapolis.

With a first corner crash last week for Honda rider, Trey Canard, Dungey now leads the points by forty points over Canard. Canard had the speed to be competitive, but, will need to figure the start to have anything for Dungey next week.

Eli Tomac looks to be smoother and faster every single weekend and if wins were based on style points he would have taken the cake in Daytona. However, he seems to be the only guy able to hang with Red Bull/KTM’s Ryan Dungey. Eventually all that style and flow will add up to some shorter lap times and some good battles at the front. Be sure to look for the number three up front battling for wins next week in Indianapolis.

Running eighth in the points, Blake Baggett was able to pull out a third place finish last week in Daytona. The guy has always been fast in the 250 class, but, has definitely had to make some changes for the 450 program. It looks like he’s been able to pull the big picture together and will be looking for some more podium finishes in the weeks to come.

Fan favourite, Australian rider, Chad Reed will surely be fired for a win next week in Indianapolis after back-to-back crashes at Atlanta two and Daytona. He will be looking for some redemption after that dominating win at the first Atlanta round.

After leading nearly half the moto at Daytona, Andrew Short had seemingly found some new mojo to go fast. It will be a matter of getting the job done next week in Indianapolis for the BTO Sports/KTM rider.

RCH/Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John’s/Suzuki rider, Ken Roczen was unable to compete this past weekend after reinjuring his ankle in practice. Our fingers are crossed that Kenny will be back guns-a-blazing at Indianapolis. After leading the first half of the series in points, Roczen now sits in fourth, sixty-eight points back on former teammate, Ryan Dungey.

The number eight-hundred of Mike Alessi also wadded up pretty bad in Daytona, but, hopefully he will be healed up enough to return for some holeshots in Indianapolis.

In the 250 class, Marvin Musquin looks to be the man to beat, capturing another win this past weekend in Daytona. The Red Bull/KTM rider was on fire, yet he managed to be smooth and consistent as ever.

However, Jeremy Martin was once again the faster rider on the track. He was unable to get the job done, coming from behind in only fifteen laps. But, if he can pull a start together next week at the Lucas Oil Stadium, he will definitely be the man to beat.

Former champ, Justin Bogle is still looking for his first win of the season and feels like his program is finally coming together. Once he finds that last piece of the puzzle he will be up battling for wins with Martin and Musquin.

With so many riders able to take wins in the 450 class and three amazingly fast 250 riders, things are sure to get interesting this week in Indiana. If you can’t make it out to the Stadium this weekend, you can always check it out the live coverage this Saturday on Fox Sports 2 at 7:00PM ET.

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