Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, returns to Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium this Saturday night for round 11 of the series with Red Bull/KTM’s Ryan Dungey holding down a commanding 40-point lead over Team Honda HRC’s Trey Canard.
Dungey’s teammate Marvin Musquin is on a two-race win streak in the Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship. They each hold the points lead and red plates in their respective classes and are each coming off of wins at last weekend’s Daytona Supercross. It was KTM’s first Daytona sweep and third sweep of the season.
Dungey earned his 18th career 450SX Class victory in Daytona, tying him for 10th place on the all-time 450SX Class win list with Kevin Windham. It was also KTM’s 13th 450SX Class win.
“It feels good to get my first-ever Daytona win,” stated Dungey. “The bigger picture is obviously focusing on the championship, but to get the win feels even better. We had to do a lot changes to the bike prior to this race since it is different than normal Supercross racing and all of the changes were for the good. My bike worked great and I am happy to take this win.”
Dungey won the 450SX Main Event at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis last year and will be looking to repeat that performance for a second year in a row.
GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac finished second in Daytona. It was his seventh-career 450SX Class podium and for the second time in his 450SX Class career, he earned back-to-back podiums.
“There was a little light switch in the Main Event” Tomac said. “Not on the start itself, but during the moto I was riding like I should be and made my way into second.” It was a little bit of a bummer to be behind there at the start. I wish I could’ve given the front guys a little more of a run, but second place is better for me from my past experiences at Daytona. It was good to get up on the podium.”
Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s Blake Baggett carded his career best finish in Daytona with a third. It was the rookie’s first-ever podium finish in the 450SX Class and many were not surprised as Baggett won the 250SX Class Main Event at Daytona last year and thrives in the outdoor motocross conditions.
“My goal was to come here and podium” said Baggett. “I really like this place and I have really good luck here. I’ve had two wins, a second, a fourth in the 250 class. To come in and get a third in the premiere class racing on a 450 against the guys I look up to is awesome. It was a solid night for me and I’m excited to build on it.”
In the 250SX Class, Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin led all 15 laps in the Eastern Regional 250SX Class Main Event in Daytona and extended his points lead to 12 over Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Martin.
“When I was younger, winning Daytona in the US was a dream of mine,” stated Musquin. “To win today for the second time in my career makes me so happy. This track was so much fun and I’m having a good time battling for this championship. My fitness is good and I’m not tired after putting in a hard 15 laps and that feels good.”
GEICO Honda’s Justin Bogle finished a ways behind Musquin in second. Nearing the halfway point in the season, the reigning champion is yet to get a win and will be looking to grab his first of the 2015 season at Lucas Oil Stadium this weekend.
Martin undoubtedly has the speed to win on any given night, but the Minnesota rider seems to be struggling with his starts. Such was the case in Daytona. He started the race in eight place and managed to make his way up to third at the end of the 15 lap race. If Martin can grab a holeshot in Indianapolis, he will have the perfect opportunity to card his second win of the season and close the points gap on Musquin.
During last year’s 450SX Class Main Event in Indianapolis, Dungey captured his first win of the season. In the Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo captured his second career victory.
2015 Indy Supercross on TV
Fox Sports 2 will broadcast Indianapolis Supercross at 7 p.m. ET Saturday, March 14.
2015 450SX Class Season Standings after 10 of 18 rounds:
1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, MN, KTM, 224
2. Trey Canard, Edmond, OK, Honda, 184
3. Eli Tomac, Cortez, CO, Honda, 159
4. Ken Roczen, Clermont, FL., Suzuki, 156
5. Chad Reed, Dade City, FL., Kawasaki, 140
6. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, NM, Husqvarna, 140
7. Cole Seely, Laguna Beach, CA, Honda, 138
8. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, CA, Suzuki, 135
9. Andrew Short, Smithville, TX, KTM, 109
10. Broc Tickle, Holly, MI., Suzuki, 107
2015 250SX Class Season Standings after four of nine rounds:
1. Marvin Musquin, Corona, CA, KTM, 97
2. Jeremy Martin, Millville, MN, Yamaha, 85
3. Justin Bogle, Cushing, OK, Honda, 84
4. Joey Savatgy Thomasville, GA, Kawasaki, 72
5. Martin Davalos, Corona, CA, Husqvarna, 56
6. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, FL, Honda, Honda, 54
7. Anthony Rodriguez, Cairo, GA, Yamaha, 57
8. Vince Friese, Cape Girardeau, MO, Honda, 46
9. Kyle Peters, Greensboro, NC, Honda, 43
10. Jimmy DeCotis, Peabody, MA, 42