2/14/2015

This Week in Monster Energy Supercross - First Race of the East Coast Swing Breaksdown Gender Barriers

AURORA, Ill.(February 13, 2015) - The Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, makes its Eastern Regional debut at the world acclaimed AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, marking the seventh stop on the 17 race tour. Last weekend produced the 450SX Class'' second two-time winner in Team Honda HRC''s Trey Canard, while Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha''s Cooper Webb extended his points lead in the Western Regional 250SX Class.

This weekend, fans will see a whole new crop of riders as the Eastern Regional 250SX Class lines up for the first time this season. A historical moment is also set to take place for HRT Racing Suzuki''s Vicki Golden as she attempts to become the first female to ever qualify for a Monster Energy Supercross Main Event.

PROGRAM ALERT
**FOX Sports 2 will air the Arlington race live at 8 p.m. EST/ 5 p.m. PST
**Coverage from Arlington will also be available on the authenticated FOX Sports GO app**
** FOX Sports 1 will air the third episode of Monster Energy Supercross Behind the Dream Sunday at 10:30 a.m. EST/ 7:30 a.m. PST**

450SX Class

Red Bull KTM

#5 Ryan Dungey

Current Championship Position: 1st
San Diego Start: 5th
San Diego Finish: 3rd (+2)
Average Finish: 2.5


Ryan Dungey last weekend in San Diego
Photo Credit: Hoppenworld

Dungey lost two points to Roczen after his third place finish in San Diego, but still holds the points lead heading into Arlington. He has five straight podium finishes.

"I felt really good tonight," said Dungey. "Unfortunately, I wasn''t able to get up there and battle with the leaders but I am very happy for the podium finish tonight. We''re right where we need to be. This west coast swing was nice to us."


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

#94 Ken Roczen (-9 behind leader)

Current Championship Position: 2nd
San Diego Start: 1st
San Diego Finish: 2nd (-1)
Average Finish: 4.2

Roczen earned his first podium finish since losing the points lead to Dungey in Oakland.

"We had a good night in San Diego last weekend," said Roczen. "We''ve gotten better and better every week since Oakland so we just need to stay focused and keep the momentum going. This is the heart of the season and a lot of things are going to happen between now and May. It''s time for us to get back in the groove we were in when the season started, earn points and win races. That''s our game plan for the rest of the year."


Team Honda HRC

#41 Trey Canard (-18 behind leader)

Current Championship Position: 3rd
San Diego Start: 2nd
San Diego Finish: 1st (+1)
Average Finish: 4.8


Trey Canard in San Diego
Photo Credit: Hoppenworld

Canard became the second two-time winner of the season and took over sole possession of third in the championship standings.

"It was an awesome day. I had a big scare in practice when I had to jump over the handlebars. That could''ve been a lot worse, but man, I''m stoked with how things went. I didn''t get a great jump on the start, but I was able to get through on the inside. Kenny [Roczen] was riding really well behind me. I felt like I pulled out on him a little bit, and then he reeled me back in. It''s really tough because you want to charge but you don''t want to make mistakes. You try to block everything out, but you hear him and you hear the crowd, which makes you a little more anxious. I wasn''t really happy with laps 10 to 15, but I think I did a good job on the last five. It just feels good to win again, and the vibe is awesome. I''ve been on this team for a long time now, and there have been some nights where we hung our heads. I''m so happy to be a part of this now, where everyone is so excited. It shows also with how Eli and Cole are riding."

#14 Cole Seely (-45 behind leader)

Current Championship Position: 6th
San Diego Start: 14th
San Diego Finish: 6th (+8)
Average Finish: 7.8

"After coming off a second last weekend, this wasn''t what I was looking for, but it was still a good night and I''m happy with sixth. I had a few bad laps there in the beginning. On the first lap, I almost got taken out by another rider and had to roll the triple, then the next lap I got cross-rutted in one of the sections and landed on a Tuff Block. The bike just came to a stop and I hit my chest on the cross-bar pad, knocking the wind out of myself. After that it was hard to keep my form and hit all my marks, but I did my best and tried to fight through the field. There are a lot of fast guys out there, so I feel like this is still a good position for my rookie year."


GEICO Honda

#3 Eli Tomac (-27 behind leader)

Current Championship Position: 4th
San Diego Start: 7th
San Diego Finish: 5th (+2)
Average Finish: 6

Tomac started well, but a crash during the Main Event that pushed him back to 14th. He made a run back to the front to finish fifth in San Diego.

"We were pushing extremely hard from the start of the race through the first few laps and all the fast guys were right up front," said Tomac, who won his heat race to advance to the main. "You never want to let the leaders gap you, so I was pressing hard and just went down. I tried to jump right up and get back in the race but had to wait a few seconds because there was a lot of traffic.


Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory racing

#21 Jason Anderson (-42 behind leader)

Current Championship Position: 5th
San Diego Start: 10th
San Diego Finish: 10th (+/-0)
Average Finish: 7.3

Anderson continued his rookie streak of finishing in the top 10 after his 10th-place finish in San Diego. He and Dungey are the only two riders to finish 10th or better in every race this season.

"San Diego was going pretty well. Had an average day, then I was riding good in the main and had a little brain fart. I ended up jumping off the track but came back to 10th. I''m still charging towards the front and hoping for a good result next weekend. I wouldn''t say I''m happy with the way I rode but it was better than last weekend and all we can do is progress forward until we are on top."


Discount Tire Racing/TwoTwo Motorsports

#22 Chad Reed (-52 behind leader)

Current Championship Position: 6th
San Diego Start: 6th
San Diego Finish: 4th (+2)
Average Finish: 9.2

Reed finished just off the podium in fourth and has moved into sixth in the championship.


Autotrader.com/Toyota/Yamaha

#51 Justin Barcia (-56 behind leader)

Current Championship Position: 8th
San Diego Start: DNS
San Diego Finish: DNS
Average Finish: 7

Barcia suffered a hip injury during practice before San Diego, sidelining him for several weeks.


Yoshimura Suzuki

#4 Blake Baggett (-59 behind leader)

Current Championship Position: 9th
San Diego Start: 12th
San Diego Finish: 7th (+5)
Average Finish: 9.7

Baggett tied his season-best result in San Diego with a seventh-place finish.

"It was a good night all and all, after starting out so rough. I''m looking forward to going to Dallas. I''m hoping to run better there, have a good qualifying time. The goal is to make it to the Main through the Heat Race."


BTO Sports KTM

#29 Andrew Short (-61 behind leader)

Current Championship Position: 10th
San Diego Start: 4th
San Diego Finish: 8th (-4)
Average Finish: 10.2

After transferring to the Main Event in Anaheim through the Last Chance Qualifier, Short easily made it to the Main Event in San Diego through his Heat Race.


Western Regional 250SX Class

Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha

#17 Cooper Webb

Current Championship Position: 1st
San Diego Start: 2nd
San Diego Finish: 1st (+1)
Average Finish: 2.2

Webb suffered a hard crash during the second qualifying session in San Diego, choosing to rest and sit out the final qualifying session. By the Main Event, he found his stride again and picked up his fourth win of the season.

"San Diego was a bit of a tough one for me. I had a really big practice crash, which resulted in an injured shoulder, but I was able to fight through that once I took off the second practice, took it easy in the heat race and went out in the main and just gave her my all. I was riding a little concerned at first. I wasn''t sure how sure how strong my shoulder would be, but then I went and decided to push the limit and was able to get my fourth win of the season, which was so amazing and awesome to do before the break and still have the red plate and I have a big points lead, so I am super stoked."

#157 Aaron Plessinger (-55 behind leader)

Current Championship Position: 6th
San Diego Start: 18th
San Diego Finish: 14th (+4)
Average Finish: 7.8

"San Diego was a pretty rough night for me. I actually qualified third in the first qualifying practice then I went out and qualified seventh in the second qualifying practice. Went in the heat race and got a pretty good start and ended jumping off the track, started in dead last and had to work my way up to ninth just to get in the main and then after that I was all the way on the inside on the start of the main and I got pushed off the track, hit a hay bale , was dead last again came through the pack, I was in twelfth and I jumped off the track, crashed and I had to work my way up to a fourteenth place finish so it was a pretty tough night, but I am going to keep my head up and train these next seven weeks and come back strong for Houston."


Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/KTM

#28 Jessy Nelson (-30 behind leader)

Current Championship Position: 2nd
San Diego Start: 13th
San Diego Finish: 8th (+5)
Average Finish: 5

Neslon retained second in the points standings but lost a lot of ground after Webb took the win and he could only make it up to eighth after a bad start.
"I had a little bit of a rough weekend and my starts weren''t there," said Nelson. "The championship is pretty much out of my grasp at this point. We''ll use the break to really focus on preparing for outdoors. When we come back, my goal is to get back on the box and close that points gap as much as I can."
#40 Shane McElrath (-50 behind leader)

Current Championship Position: 5th
San Diego Start: 4th
San Diego Finish: 2nd (+2)
Average Finish: 7.2

McElrath collected his first career podium with his second-place finish in San Diego.

"I''m really happy to end on a high going into the break," said McElrath. "Actually a little bummed there is a break because I feel like I could continue with this momentum, but glad I was finally able to put it all together. I knew I just needed to get a start and just push forward. I just tried to stay at it and it paid off."


Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki

#911 Tyler Bowers (-32 behind leader)

Current Championship Position: 3rd
San Diego Start: 1st
San Diego Finish: 3rd (-2)
Average Finish: 5.2

Bowers led for nine laps before being overtaken by Webb.

"I''ve been battling illness the last couple of weeks and I haven''t had a lot of time on the bike," said Bowers. "That caught up to me today. I was trying to hold on and get the win but I just couldn''t. This break in the schedule is going to help and I''m going to be ready when the West Coast season picks up again."


Rockstar Energy/Husqvarna Factory Racing

#16 Zach Osborne (-34 behind leader)

Current Championship Position: 4th
San Diego Start: 3rd
San Diego Finish: 6th (-3)
Average Finish: 4.8


Red Bull KTM

#32 Justin Hill (-57 behind leader)

Current Championship Position: 7th
San Diego Start: 22nd
San Diego Finish: 22nd (+/-0)
Average Finish: 8.7
Hill suffered a crash going into the first turn and could not return to the race.


Motosport.com/Monster Energy Kawasaki

#100 Josh Hansen (-57 behind leader)

Current Championship Position: 8th
San Diego Start: 5th
San Diego Finish: 4th (+1)
Average Finish: 8

Hansen celebrated his best finish of the season at Petco Park in fourth.


CycleTrader.com/Rock River Yamaha
#31 Alex Martin (-61 behind leader)

Current Championship Position: 9th
San Diego Start: 6th
San Diego Finish: 5th (+1)
Average Finish: 8.8


GEICO Honda

#34 Malcolm Stewart (-67 behind leader)

Current Championship Position: 10th
San Diego Start: 21st
San Diego Finish: 21st (+/-0)
Average Finish: 11.3

Stewart was running near the front on the opening lap, but a crash ultimately sidelined him for the remainder of the race.

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, which will stream on www.SupercrossLive.comfrom 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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