Reed Gunning for Atlanta Sweep as Monster Energy Supercross Returns to the Georgia Dome Saturday Night
Martin Tightens Early Title Fight in Eastern Regional 250SX Class
AURORA, Ill. (February 23, 2015) - It''s fitting that a Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, racer like Discount Tire/TwoTwo Motorsports'' Chad Reed, who became the fifth different winner in eight races in 2015, would throw history into the mix for this weekend''s second race at Atlanta''s Georgia Dome. The seasoned veteran scored his first win of the 2015 season, which marked the 44th of his career, and now has the opportunity to emerge triumphant in the inaugural Duel in the Dome, which will recognize the rider who accumulates the most points during the back-to-back Atlanta races. In the Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship, Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha''s Jeremy Martin won the second Main Event of his career and established himself as a threat to Red Bull KTM rider Marvin Musquin''s early points lead.
Saturday night''s race will air live on FOX Sports 2 at 7:00 p.m. EST /4:00 p.m. PST.
Live coverage from Atlanta will also be available on the authenticated FOX Sports Go app.
Media Day will take place Thursday, February 26, at 12 Noon EST at the Georgia Dome, featuring Autotrader.com/Toyota/Yamaha (JGRMX), Red Bull KTM, Cycletrader.com/Rock River Yamaha, Team Yoshimura Suzuki, and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing.
On Saturday, February 28, fans can Log on to www.SupercrossLive.comto watch Race Day Live with Jim Holley and Andy Bowyer from 12:50 p.m. EST/9:50 a.m. PST to 4:50 p.m. EST/1:50 p.m. PST
Some key insights to watch heading into this Saturday night''s race include:
• Can Chad Reed sweep Atlanta and earn back-to-back wins for the first time since 2009?
• Will the 450SX Class welcome its sixth different winner this season? It would be the first time since 1998 that six riders earned a victory.
• Can Ryan Dungey become the first rider to win three races this season and continue to add to his lead in the championship?
• Will Dungey extend his current podium streak to eight races?
• Can Trey Canard earn his fourth straight podium finish? His career long podium streak in the 450SX Class is five straight in 2010.
• Will former championship leader and two-time winner Ken Roczen bounce back from his worst outing of the 2015 season?
• Can Eli Tomac claw his way back into the championship picture after posting his worst result of the season?
• Will one of the elite rookies - Jason Anderson, Blake Baggett and Cole Seely - break through for his first career win?
• Can Jeremy Martin continue to decrease the four-point deficit he faces to Marvin Musquin in the Eastern Regional 250SX Class points standings?
• Will the division see its third different winner in as many races to start the championship?
• Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki is still winless on the 2015 season. Can Joey Savatgy or Arnaud Tonus get the juggernaut team its first victory of the season?
• Will Martin Davalos be able to give Husqvarna its first victory in its return to the sport?
• Can defending Eastern Regional Champion Justin Bogle defend his No. 1 plate by securing his first win of the 2015 season?
Atlanta will be the epicenter of motorsports racing this weekend, with Monster Energy Supercross at the Georgia Dome and NASCAR''s Sprint Cup at the Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday. Several of the top NASCAR drivers are expected to turn out this Saturday night for the second race in Atlanta. Follow #WhosNext and #SXonFOX to keep up with the action.
During last weekend''s race in Atlanta, Reed led wire-to-wire en route to victory and proved he is still one of the sport''s elite at the age of 31, currently in his 12th full season of 450SX Class competition. It was the Australian''s 178th start and first victory at the Georgia Dome in 11 years.
Reed captures his first victory of the season at the first of two races in Atlanta
Photo Credit: Kardy Photos
"It has been a long year for me [in 2015]," said Reed. "I always say you have to give yourself a good start to give yourself a shot at the win, and that is what I did tonight. I am excited to come back here next weekend and race for a win."
Red Bull KTM''s Ryan Dungey, who finished second to Reed in Atlanta, extended his podium streak to seven races and now enjoys lead of 25 points in the championship. He is the only rider to finish inside the top five at every race this season and last won in Atlanta during the 2012 season.
Canard during the first of two races in Atlanta
Photo Credit: Kardy Photos
As a result of his third straight podium result, Team Honda HRC''s Trey Canard moved into the number two position in points standings behind Dungey, passing RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John''s Factory Suzuki''s Ken Roczen, who suffered a crash in the early stages of the race and finished 18th. Roczen now sits third in the championship, 31 points behind Dungey.
In the Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship, Martin climbed his way from a sixth-place start to not only win for the second time in three starts, but also position himself just four points behind points leader Musquin. Just a year ago Martin had failed to make a single Main Event in the Eastern Regional Championship through two races, and now he already has a win to his credit.
Martin won the second Eastern Regional 250SX Class Main Event of his career
Photos Credit: Kardy Photos
"What a great night for me and my team," said Martin. "That was an amazing, crazy race, and I am looking forward to coming back here next weekend."
Musquin, who won the season-opening race in Arlington, finished second and maintained control of his points lead. He also showed some resiliency in overcoming a crash in his Heat Race earlier in the night.
"I went down in my Heat Race tonight, so I am glad to have bounced back and landed on the podium tonight," said Musquin. "I am glad to be able to come back here next weekend with the points lead."
Saturday''s race will signify the first time in Monster Energy Supercross history that Atlanta has hosted two races in the championship, marking the sport''s 38th visit to the city. Atlanta has not hosted back-to-back winners since Ricky Carmichael in 2005 and 2006.
Tickets are available at the Georgia Dome Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone (800) 745-3000, or online at www.SupercrossLive.com or www.ticketmaster.com. Practice and qualifying begin at 12:00 p.m. and the Main Event starts at 6:30 p.m. Club Seating is $60 Adult/Child; 100 & 200 Level Sideline Seating $45 Adult/Child; 100 & 200 Level End Zone Seating $35 Adult/Child; 300 Level Seating $20 Adult/Child. Tickers are $5 more on the day of the race. 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 3 p.m. EST. 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 SupercrossLive.com from 12:50 p.m.- 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.
450SX Class Results: Atlanta
1. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Kawasaki
2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM
3. Trey Canard, Edmond, Okla., Honda
4. Cole Seely, Laguna Beach, Calif., Honda
5. Weston Peick, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha
6. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki
7. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna
8. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Suzuki
9. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM
10. Josh Grant, Wildomar, Calif., Kawasaki
450SX Class Season Standings
1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 174
2. Trey Canard, Edmond, Okla., Honda, 149
3. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Suzuki, 143
4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda, 115
5. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna, 114
6. Cole Seely, Laguna Beach, Calif., Honda, 111
7. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Kawasaki, 110
8. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Suzuki, 99
9. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM, 94
10. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki, 78
Eastern Regional 250SX Class Results: Atlanta
1. Jeremy Martin, Millville., Minn., Yamaha
2. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM
3. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda
4. Martin Davalos, Corona, Calif., Husqvarna
5. Joey Savatgy Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki
6. Vince Friese, Cape Girardeau, Mo., Honda
7. Matt Lemoine, Pilot Point, Texas, Kawasaki
8. Anthony Rodriguez, Cairo, Ga., Yamaha
9. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Honda, Honda
10. Arnaud Tonus, Aire-la-Ville, Switzerland, Kawasaki
Eastern Regional 250SX Class Season Standings
1. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM, 47
2. Jeremy Martin, Millville., Minn., Yamaha, 43
3. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda, 42
4. Joey Savatgy Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki, 36
5. Martin Davalos, Corona, Calif., Husqvarna, 30
6. Matt Lemoine, Pilot Point, Texas, Kawasaki, 30
7. Vince Friese, Cape Girardeau, Mo., Honda, 30
8. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Honda, Honda, 26
9. Arnaud Tonus, Aire-la-Ville, Switzerland, Kawasaki, 24
10. Anthony Rodriguez, Cairo, Ga., Yamaha, 21
Western Regional 250SX Class Season Standings
1. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha, 136
2. Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., KTM, 106
3. Tyler Bowers, Corona, Calif., Kawasaki, 104
4. Zach Osborne, Chesterfield, S.C., Husqvarna, 102
5. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM, 86
6. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha, 81
7. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., KTM, 79
8. Josh Hansen, Elbert, Colo., Kawasaki, 79
9. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha, 75
10. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda, 69
Past Winners in Atlanta
February 21, 2015 Chad Reed
February 22, 2014 Ken Roczen
February 23, 2013 James Stewart
February 25, 2012 Ryan Dungey
February 26, 2011 Ryan Villopoto
February 17, 2010 Ryan Dungey
February 21, 2009 James Stewart
February 23, 2008 Davi Millsaps
February 24, 2007 James Stewart
February 25, 2006 Ricky Carmichael
February 26, 2005 Ricky Carmichael
February 28, 2004 Chad Reed
February 22, 2003 Ricky Carmichael
February 23, 2002 Ricky Carmichael
February 24, 2001 Ricky Carmichael
February 26, 2000 Jeremy McGrath
February 20, 1999 Jeremy McGrath
February 21, 1998 Jeremy McGrath
February 22, 1997 Damon Huffman
February 24, 1996 Jeremy McGrath
February 25, 1995 Mike LaRocco
February 26, 1994 Jeremy McGrath
February 20, 1993 Damon Bradshaw
February 22, 1992 Damon Bradshaw
February 23, 1991 Damon Bradshaw
February 24, 1990 Jeff Ward
February 25, 1989 Jeff Stanton
February 22, 1986 Rick Johnson
February 23, 1985 Mark Barnett
February 25, 1984 Johnny O''Mara
March 5, 1983 Mark Barnett
February 27, 1982 Bob Hannah
February 28, 1981 Mark Barnett
March 1, 1980 Chuck Sun
March 3, 1979 Bob Hannah
March 4, 1978 Marty Tripes
March 5, 1977 Bob Hannah
February 21, 2015 Jeremy Martin
February 22, 2014 Martin Davalos
February 23, 2013 Wil Hahn
February 25, 2012 Justin Barcia
February 26, 2011 Dean Wilson
February 27, 2010 Christophe Pourcel
February 21, 2009 Christophe Pourcel
February 23, 2008 Trey Canard
February 24, 2007 Ryan Dungey
February 25, 2006 Josh Grant
February 26, 2005 Grant Langston
February 28, 2004 James Stewart
February 22, 2003 Brock Sellards
February 23, 2002 Chad Reed
February 24, 2001 Nathan Ramsey
February 26, 2000 Stephane Roncada
February 20, 1999 Ernesto Fonseca
February 21, 1998 Ricky Carmichael
February 22, 1997 Ricky Carmichael
February 24, 1996 John Dowd
February 25, 1995 Mickael Pichon
February 26, 1994 Ezra Lusk
February 20, 1993 Doug Henry
February 22, 1992 Brian Swink
February 23, 1991 Brian Swink
February 24, 1990 Denny Stephenson
February 24, 1989 Damon Bradshaw
February 22, 1986 Keith Turpin
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