There was mayhem in the Motor City at the Detroit round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross series, starting with a red-flagged Semi race that left Trey Canard and Jake Weimer with series-ending injuries, and continuing with crashes in the Main that had two more top riders retiring for the night. By Lap 8, the race for the podium was decided as the top three riders had gapped each other, leaving fans searching farther down the field for any racing battles they could find.
2015 Detroit Supercross Commentary, Upside
Eli Tomac – GEICO Honda: “Finally!” says Tomac of his second win of the season, and a dominating one at that. We’ve seen his speed this year – definitely top-of-the-podium fast – but he’s made so many costly mistakes. Tomac was on-point in Detroit, wasting little time getting around Davi Millsaps in the Main so that he could put the pressure on series leader Ryan Dungey by Lap 2. It took just three laps to make the pass on Dungey, and Tomac motored off to an almost 12-second lead by the end of the race.
“I’m just so glad that I was able to put it together that time,” Tomac said. “I’ve had so many up and down races where the day starts awesome in the Heat races and then I just make mistakes in the Main event. I guess it’s just part of getting older and more experienced and maybe becoming a little more crafty. I think I was being impatient at times.”
Ryan Dungey – Red Bull KTM: It’s getting rather superfluous to include Dungey on the Upside list as he’s been on every week except for A1, when he finished fourth. At the time it seemed a weak start to a season short two previous SX champions (Ryan Villopoto and James Stewart), where Dungey would have his best opportunity in several years to take a second Supercross title. Unflappable as always, Dungey didn’t panic at A1, nor did he at Ford Field when Tomac blitzed past him on Lap 2.
Instead, Dungey kept his eye on the prize: “Of course the goal is to win each race that we can, but sometimes it’s important to remember to ride a safe race and maintain the points lead as we near the end of the series. We still have quite a few rounds remaining and it’s important to finish each on the podium.”
Cole Seely – Team Honda: Shedding his “rookie” results from the second half of the season, Seely brought his CRF450R to a third place finish at Ford Field. Having distanced himself from fellow rookies Blake Baggett and Jason Anderson, Seely is developing confidence and consistency in the top class.
“I got a heat race win again and overall I feel like I’ve been riding really good. The laps are getting easier for me when I’m running with the front pack. The track was really technical and ended up being pretty slick. Not many of us hit that quad before going into the main event so I knew I had to wing it. It was definitely scary, but made for some good racing.”
Chad Reed – TwoTwo Motorsport Kawasaki: After several poor finishes – despite good starts, early speed, and aggressive riding at the last several rounds – Reed got back on track Saturday night and kept his KX450F upright for 20 laps. Reed took a fourth place finish, and sits comfortably fifth in the overall standings, 101 points behind Dungey with six rounds remaining.
Two Guys: Privateer Alex Ray made his first career Main event, with a 19th place result. Finishing behind him in 20th was fellow privateer Heath Harrison, who tweeted, “Last night was pretty amazing, I made my first 450 main event! Rode horrible in the main but it’s only up from here! Thanks to everyone for all the support and text and calls!! #nobaddays #goodvibes”
2015 Detroit Supercross Commentary, Downside
Trey Canard – Team Honda: While Canard wasn’t going to be able to overtake Dungey for the championship this season – barring a disaster for Dungey – Saturday at Ford Field was a reminder that fortunes can turn on a dime. When Jake Weimer got out of shape and drifted into Canard’s path over a jump during Semi #1, Canard had nowhere to go but down hard when he landed on Weimer.
Early reports of a broken lower arm were sadly true; Canard posted on Instagram: “Thumbs down on another broken bone and landing on@jakeweimer12 I know it was just a race incident but shoot! Hoping he’s doing ok. Updates as soon as I know more in my arm. Thanks @ryandungey and@aldon104 for the coffee this morning. Cheers me up to have competitors like these guys. #soliDeogloria”
Jake Weimer – Team Tedder Monster Energy Kawasaki: Following a season-best finish in Indy with a season’s worst result at Detroit seems to be par for the course for Weimer. He’s been struggling with bad luck and injuries for the past couple of years and when Weimer got out of shape in a rhythm section during his Semi, Canard landed on him. The Semi was red-flagged as it took some time to splint up what appears to be a broken humerus, which means Weimer will miss the remaining rounds.
Weston Peick – AutoTrader.com/Toyota/JGRMX Yamaha: After such a good run of results the past four races, and looking aggressive and on point in his Heat with a strong 2nd place finish, Peick was poised to challenge for a podium. Unfortunately, he got out of shape and whisky throttled his YZ450F, going down hard into a berm on Lap 5. Pictures of his helmet show a lot of blood on the mouth guard, but Peick will be back next weekend. “Tough ending to my night in Detroit, speed was there all day just a little mistake put me here. Thankfully no broken bones.”
Jason Anderson – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna: Anderson’s consistent form this season seems to have developed a hiccup, as this is his second bad race in a row. Last week he finished 17th after going down several times in the Main, and this week while running 6th on Lap 7, he clipped his boot as he came over a jump, got out of shape, and crashed hard, ending his night. “After my toughest weekend of the year last weekend in Indy, I really wanted to rebound this weekend,” said Anderson. “I thought I had at least a fourth in me, but then I went down hard in a rhythm section and I’m pretty beat up.”
2015 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Results – Round 12 – Ford Field, Detroit:
1. Eli Tomac – Honda CRF450R
2. Ryan Dungey – KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition
3. Cole Seely – Honda CRF450R
4. Chad Reed – Kawasaki KX450F
5. Davi Millsaps – Kawasaki KX450F
6. Josh Grant – Kawasaki KX450F
7. Broc Tickle – Suzuki RM-Z450
8. Blake Baggett – Suzuki RM-Z450
9. Andrew Short – KTM 450SX-F Factory Edition
10. Justin Brayton – KTM 450SX-F Factory Edition
11. Kyle Chisholm – Kawasaki KX450F
12. Nick Wey – Kawasaki KX450F
13. Kyle Partridge – Honda CRF450R
14. Ben Lamay – Husqvarna FC 450
15. Phil Nicoletti – Yamaha YZ450F
16. Killian Rusk – Yamaha YZ450F
17. Ronnie Stewart – Suzuki RM-Z450
18. Nick Schmidt – Suzuki RM-Z450
19. Alex Ray – Honda CRF450R
20. Heath Harrison – Kawasaki KX450F
21. Jason Anderson – Husqvarna FC 450
22. Weston Peick – Yamaha YZ450F
2015 Monster Energy AMA Supercross 450SX Class Season Standings:
1. Ryan Dungey, 271 points
2. Trey Canard, 204
3. Eli Tomac, 194
4. Cole Seely, 180
5. Chad Reed, 170
6. Ken Roczen, 156
7. Blake Baggett, 154
8. Jason Anderson, 145
9. Andrew Short, 136
10. Broc Tickle, 134