4/15/2015

Monster Energy Supercross Makes Bay Area Return with Inaugural Race at Levis Stadium in Santa Clara

Newly Crowned Champions Dungey and Webb Eyeing First Bay Area Wins

AURORA, Ill.(April 14, 2015) - Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, will make its return to the Pacific Time Zone this weekend by making a second visit to California''s Bay Area for the first time ever in the sport''s 42-year history. The brand new, state-of-the-art Levi''s Stadium in Santa Clara will make its supercross debut this Saturday, April 18, in the heart of the country''s high-tech region known as Silicon Valley.

While the majority of Monster Energy Supercross'' visits to the Bay Area have taken place in nearby Oakland and San Francisco, the championship did have a six-year stretch of races in San Jose, the neighboring city to Santa Clara, hosting races at Spartan Stadium on the campus of San Jose State University from 1990-1995. Today, Levi''s Stadium sits a mere 10 miles from Spartan Stadium, bringing back memories of the beginning of the modern era of the sport in which Jeremy McGrath made the word supercross commonplace thanks to his dominant ability and dynamic personality.

Saturday night''s race will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 10 p.m. EDT/ 7 p.m. PDT.

Live coverage from Santa Clara will also be available on the authenticated FOX Sports Go app.

Media Day will take place Thursday, April 16, at 12 Noon PDT at Levi''s Stadium, featuring Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki.

On Saturday, April 18, fans can Log on to www.SupercrossLive.comto watch Race Day Live presented by AMSOIL with Jim Holley and Andy Bowyer from 4:30 p.m. EDT/ 1:30 p.m. PDT
to 7:30 p.m. EDT/ 4:30 p.m. PDT


450SX Class Highlights from Houston

250SX Class Highlights from Houston

Some key insights to watch heading into this Saturday night''s race include:
• Who will go down in the history books as the first riders to win the inaugural Monster Energy Supercross at Levi''s Stadium?
• Will newly crowned 450SX Class Champion Ryan Dungey break through for his first career win in the Bay Area?
• Will the championship see its seventh different 450SX Class winner? Equaling the most parity in a season since 1997?
• Can rookie Cole Seely capitalize on his inaugural 450SX Class win last weekend and make it two-in-a-row?
• Will newly crowned Western Regional 250SX Class Champion Cooper Webb earn his sixth win in eight races, capturing his first victory in the Bay Area along with it?
• Can Malcolm Stewart, who won his first career 250SX Class race in Oakland in January, become the first rider to sweep the Bay Area?
• Can Shane McElrath turn back-to-back runner-up finishes into the first 250SX Class victory of his career?
Last weekend in Houston, Red Bull KTM''s Dungey capped off what has been one of the most statistically dominant seasons in Monster Energy Supercross history by clinching his second career 450SX Class title with four races remaining. Dungey finished second after starting deep inside the top-10 and having to work his way through the field. It signified the Minnesota native''s 13th straight podium finish in 14 races this season and also marked the first premier class title for KTM.



Dungey celebrating his 2015 450SX Class Championship
Photo Credit: Kardy Photos


"To win in 2010 was awesome, but this time I felt we really earned it and deserved it," explained Dungey on the podium in Houston. "It''s hard to know what to say, there''s just so much running through my mind right now. KTM brought me here four years ago to win a championship and we finally accomplished it. I pictured tonight going a little differently in my mind, but we caught a few breaks and kept it on two wheels. We had to work for it tonight."

With the pressure of winning the championship behind him, Dungey is free to race purely for victory as he looks to add to the career-best record he set for wins in a single season, which currently stands at six. However, no pressure on Dungey also means there''s no pressure on the rest of the 450SX Class field. Fresh off his first career win last weekend, Team Honda HRC''s Seely would love nothing more than to claim back-to-back wins, cementing his third position in the championship standings and putting the pressure on GEICO Honda''s Eli Tomac for second.




450SX Class Main Event winner in Houston, Cole Seely
Photo Credit: Kardy Photos


Additionally, former Main Event winners like Monster Energy Kawasaki''s Davi Millsaps, Discount Tire Racing/TwoTwo Motorsports Josh Grant, and Autotrader.com/Toyota/Yamaha''s Justin Barcia have yet to take the checkered flag this season and know their time is running out. Moreover, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing''s Jason Anderson, Team Yoshimura Suzuki''s Blake Baggett and Autotrader.com/Toyota/Yamaha''s Weston Peick all hope they can join in the coveted distinction of being a 450SX Class Main Event winner.

In six years of Monster Energy Supercross competition in San Jose, five different riders walked away victorious. One of them, Doug Dubach, earned his first and only 450SX Class victory in San Jose, so history suggests Monster Energy Supercross could enjoy another first-time winner at Levi''s Stadium.

Like his 450SX Class counterpart Dungey, Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha rider Webb''s dominant path to the Western Regional 250SX Class Championship came to a conclusion in Houston, one race prior to the Western Regional season coming to an end on Saturday in Santa Clara. Since starting the season with a seventh-place finish, Webb has finished no worse than second and has won five of the last six races. He put an exclamation point on his championship-winning run last weekend by emerging victorious yet again. No rider has consistently been able to challenge Webb in 2015, but with the championship now over, expect an all out battle amongst these rising stars to claim a win in the Western Regional finale.




Cooper Webb celebrating his Western Regional 250SX Class Championship
Photo Credit: Kardy Photos


During Monster Energy Supercross'' last visit to the Bay Area from Oakland in January, Team Honda HRC''s Trey Canard took his first win of the season at O.co Coliseum in the 450SX Class. GEICO Honda''s Stewart claimed his first career win in the 250SX Class.

Previous Race Results:

NRG Stadium - Houston, Texas
April 11, 2015

450SX Class Results
1. Cole Seely, Laguna Beach, Calif., Honda
2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM
3. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda
4. Josh Grant, Wildomar, Calif., Kawasaki
5. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Kawasaki
6. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM
7. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki
8. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki
9. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., Yamaha
10. Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., KTM

450SX Class Season Standings
1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 318
2. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda, 236
3. Cole Seely, Laguna Beach, Calif., Honda, 223
4. Trey Canard, Edmond, Okla., Honda, 204
5. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Kawasaki, 199
6. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Suzuki, 175
7. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna, 170
8. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki, 159
9. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Suzuki, 156
10. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM, 152

Western Regional 250SX Class Results
1. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha
2. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM
3. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda
4. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha
5. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha
6. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., KTM
7. Zach Osborne, Chesterfield, S.C., Husqvarna
8. Matt Bisceglia, Weatherford, Texas, Honda
9. Chris Alldredge, Powell Butte, Ore., Kawasaki
10. Tommy Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda

Western Regional 250SX Class Season Standings
1. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha, 161
2. Zach Osborne, Chesterfield, S.C., Husqvarna, 116
3. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM, 108
4. Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., KTM, 106
5. Tyler Bowers, Corona, Calif., Kawasaki, 105
6. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha, 99
7. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., KTM, 94
8. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha, 91
9. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda, 89
10. Josh Hansen, Elbert, Colo., Kawasaki, 89

Eastern Regional 250SX Class Season Standings
1. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM, 169
2. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda, 149
3. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha, 125
4. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki, 113
5. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Honda, 84
6. Anthony Rodriguez, Cairo, Ga., Yamaha, 84
7. Jimmy Decotis, Peabody, Mass., Honda, 84
8. Kyle Peters, Greensboro, N.C., Honda, 76
9. Martin Davalos, Cairo, Ga., Husqvarna, 63
10. Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Kawasaki, 60

Past Winners in the Bay Area

450SX Class

Oakland - O.co Coliseum
January 25, 2014 Ryan Villopoto
January 26, 2013 Ryan Villopoto
January 28, 2012 James Stewart
January 29, 2011 James Stewart
October 20, 1984 Ron Lechien
February 24, 1980 Kent Howerton
January 18, 1979 Jim Weinert

San Francisco - AT&T Park
January 30, 2010 Ryan Villopoto
January 31, 2009 James Stewart
January 26, 2008 Chad Reed
January 27, 2007 Ricky Carmichael
January 28, 2006 James Stewart
January 29, 2005 Ricky Carmichael
February 7, 2004 Chad Reed
January 25, 2003 Ricky Carmichael

San Jose - Spartan Stadium
June 3, 1995 Jeremy McGrath
June 4, 1994 Mike LaRocco
June 5, 1993 Jeremy McGrath
June 6, 1992 Damon Bradshaw
June 15, 1991 Doug Dubach
June 16, 1990 Jeff Stanton

250SX Class

Oakland - O.co Coliseum
January 25, 2014 Jason Anderson
January 26, 2013 Ken Roczen
January 28, 2012 Eli Tomac
January 29, 2011 Broc Tickle

San Francisco - AT&T Park
January 30, 2010 Trey Canard
January 31, 2009 Jake Weimer
January 26, 2008 Jason Lawrence
January 27, 2007 Ryan Villopoto
January 28, 2006 Nathan Ramsey
January 29, 2005 Billy Laninovich
February 7, 2004 Nathan Ramsey
January 25, 2003 James Stewart

San Jose - Spartan Stadium
June 3, 1995 David Pingree
June 4, 1994 Pedro Gonzalez
June 5, 1993 Damon Huffman
June 6, 1992 Jeremy McGrath
June 15, 1991 Jeff Emig
June 16, 1990 Buddy Antunez


Tickets are available at the Levi''s Stadium Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone (800) 745-3000, or online at www.supercross.com or www.ticketmaster.com. Practice and qualifying begin at 12:30 p.m. and the Main Event starts at 6:30 p.m. VIP seats are $90 Adult/Child; P2 seats $65 Adult/Child; P3 seats $55 Adult/Child; P4 seats $45 Adult/Child; P5 seats $35 Adult/Child; P6 seats $20 Adult/Child. Fans can also get in to the Pits for FREE from 12:00-6 p.m. Race Day when they recycle a MONSTER Energy Can at the stadium''s pit entrance (valid only with event ticket).

Headlining the 2015 Monster Energy Supercross television package will be the first-ever live FOX network broadcast from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Saturday, April 25 at 3pm E.T. FOX Sports 1 will broadcast 12 races live and FOX Sports 2 will broadcast 3 races live. Each race will include a next-day re-air on FOX Sports 1. In addition, the authenticated FOX Sports Go app will live stream each race.

As a precursor to the live television, don''t forget to catch all of the pre-race coverage with Supercross Race Day Live presented by AMSOIL, which will stream on www.SupercrossLive.com from 12:50 - 4:30 p.m. local race time each Saturday during the season. Practice, qualifying, behind the scenes features, and key rider interviews will all be highlighted on the Supercross Race Day Live webcast.

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