The Monster Energy AMA Supercross series made its third and final stop at Angel Stadium of Anaheim for round five Saturday night. With a sand section, elevated starting line, and tacky dirt, the course made for some exciting racing.
Red Bull KTM's Ryan Dungey was the victor on the night, putting his KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition on the top step of the podium for the first time this season. The Minnesota native got a great start, finding himself in 2nd place after the first few corners behind Yoshimura Suzuki's Blake Baggett. The two-time Supercross champion moved past Baggett in short order to take the lead and cruise to his first win of the season.
“We're in a good spot with this red plate,” said Dungey. “It kind of jabs you when you have the red plate and don't have a win. That's what I wanted, and that's what my goal was tonight. I didn't want to do anything crazy, but open up like I needed to. It's good to get this win. It's been a long time since I've won at Anaheim, let alone get a win. The whole team and myself have been working really hard to get everything dialed in and I think our progress shows based on my results over the past few weeks. I am very thankful to them for their hard work to help get me up here each weekend.”
Team Honda rookie Cole Seely carded his best ride of his 450SX rookie season with a 2nd place finish. After putting himself in a great position off the start in 4th place, he was able to make his way past Baggett and Suzuki-mounted Mike Alessi to take 2nd position. Despite hard charges from Eli Tomac and Ken Roczen in the last few laps of the race, Seely was able to hold them off and finish behind Dungey for the night.
“My night started a little rough with the heat and even the semi,” according to Seely. “Even after the heat and semi, I still felt ready for the main and finally got the start I’ve been looking for. It was a little different being an elevated start, but I was able to put it together in the main. I could feel those guys breathing down my neck the whole race, but I just tried to hit my marks and ride my own race.”
GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac had his work cut out for him after the first corner, where he was 11th. He quickly made moves on his competitors and sliced his way into 5th place, behind Roczen and Baggett. Tomac stayed behind Roczen for the majority of the race, but made a clean pass when it counted on the final lap to solidify 3rd place and round out the podium.
Tomac's description of the race: "Dungey got the win and he's still the guy we're all chasing, but I did pass (Trey) Canard and (Ken) Roczen and a few others tonight and those are some valuable points. I couldn't believe it when Trey went down in the sand section, and then after that Ken and I battled for a long time. There were areas when I'd catch right up to him and then there must have been a spot or two where he was quicker. We kind of yo-yoed like that for several laps."
After a rough race in Oakland last weekend, RCH/Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John’s Suzuki’s Ken Roczen retaliated with a 4th place finish at Anaheim 3. The German rider made his way into 3rd place past Baggett early on in the race, but was passed by Tomac on the last lap having to settle for 4th place for the night.
Last week’s winner, Team Honda's Trey Canard, looked poised to be a threat for the win until lap ten when he washed the front end in the sand section while battling with his teammate Cole Seely for 2nd place. He remounted his Honda CRF450R in 5th place, where he remained for the rest of the race.
TwoTwo Motorsport's Chad Reed, Yoshimura Suzuki's Blake Baggett, AutoTrader/Toyota/Yamaha’s Justin Barcia, Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna's Jason Anderson, and Monster Energy/Valli Motorsports/Yamaha's Josh Hill rounded out the top ten, respectively.
Dungey takes the red plate to Petco Park in San Diego next week.
2015 Anaheim 3 Supercross Results:
1. Ryan Dungey – KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition
2. Cole Seely – Honda CRF450R
3. Eli Tomac – Honda CRF450R
4. Ken Roczen - Suzuki RM-Z450
5. Trey Canard – Honda CRF450R
6. Chad Reed - Kawasaki KX450F
7. Blake Baggett – Suzuki RM-Z450
8. Justin Barcia – Yamaha YZ450F
9. Jason Anderson – Husqvarna FC450
10. Josh Hill – Yamaha YZ450F
11. Davi Millsaps – Kawasaki KX450F
12. Andrew Short - KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition
13. Vince Friese – Honda CRF450R
14. Kyle Chisholm – Kawasaki KX450F
15. Jake Weimer – Kawasaki KX450F
16. Jimmy Albertson - Yamaha YZ450F
17. Mike Alessi – Suzuki RM-Z450
18. Brett Metcalfe – Suzuki RM-Z450
19. Ben Lamay - Yamaha YZ450F
20. Phil Nicoletti - Yamaha YZ450F
21. Nicholas Schmidt – Suzuki RM-Z450
22. Josh Grant - Kawasaki KX450F
2015 Monster Energy AMA Supercross 450SX Season Standings after 5 rounds
1. Ryan Dungey, 107 points
2. Ken Roczen, 96
3. Eli Tomac, 84
3. Trey Canard, 84
5. Jason Anderson, 74
6. Justin Barcia, 71
7. Cole Seely, 67
8. Chad Reed, 57
9. Davi Millsaps, 54
10. Blake Baggett, 54