Following a two-week break due to the Easter holiday, the 2015 Monster Energy Supercross Championship heads to NRG Stadium in Houston for round 14 of 17.
With only four rounds remaining, Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey has an opportunity to clinch his second SX title (other claimed in 2010). The KTM SX-F 450 pilot has held the points lead for the past eight rounds due to his consistency. He has finished on the podium at every race since round 2 in Phoenix, and took six wins.
To clinch the title this weekend, Dungey needs to leave Houston with a 75-point lead over second-place rider Eli Tomac (GEICO Honda). Dungey currently has an 80-point lead over Tomac, and has to finish third or better if Tomac takes the win.
Tomac has placed his Honda CRF450R on the podium seven times, including two wins, but it may be too late considering Dungey’s lead.
The only other riders to win this year besides Dungey and Tomac were Discount Tire Racing/TwoTwo Motorsports’ Reed, Team Honda HRC’s Trey Canard and RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John’s Factory Suzuki Racing’s Roczen.
Reed is currently fifth in points with 183, 15 behind Team Honda HRC’s Cole Seely, and 19 behind third-place Canard.
As for Roczen, the German will be sidelined for Houston Supercross due to aggravating an ankle injury sustained at Daytona SX. Also out with injury is Autotrader.com/Toyota/Yamaha’s Justin Barcia.
2015 Houston Supercross Pre-Race Insights, 450SX:
- Can Ryan Dungey clinch his second career championship? He needs to take the checkered flag 75 points or more ahead of Eli Tomac, who currently sits 80 points out of the lead.
- Who will seize control in the battle for third in the 450SX Class standings between Cole Seely and Chad Reed?
- Will one of the 450SX Class rookies – Seely, Jason Anderson or Blake Baggett – break through with the first victory of his career?
The annual visit to Houston also signifies the highly anticipated return of the Western Regional 250SX Class Championship, which has not raced since the sixth race of the season in San Diego in February.
The near two-month break in competition provides the opportunity for virtually the entire field to get back to full strength and close out the season on a high note. Prior to the break, Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha’s Webb had been on a tear, capturing four wins in five races. Thanks to his dominant stretch, Webb opened up his points lead to 30 over Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/KTM’s Nelson, MX Sports says.
Like Dungey, Webb has the opportunity to clinch the title in Houston, which would signify the first of his professional career. He needs to maintain a 25-point lead over the field when the checkered flag falls, giving him at least a five-point margin to work with. Should Nelson win, Webb needs to finish third or better to wrap up the title one race prior to the Western Regional finale. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Bowers and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Osborne are also within mathematical contention, sitting third (-32) and fourth (-34), respectively, MX Sports says.
2015 Houston Supercross Pre-Race Stats, 250SX Western Regional:
- Despite not having raced for two months, can Cooper Webb maintain his lead in the Western Regional 250SX Class Championship and clinch the first title of his pro career? Webb currently holds a 30-point lead over Jessy Nelson and needs to take the checkered flag with a lead of at least 25 points or more.
- Can title contenders Nelson, Tyler Bowers or Zach Osborne force the championship to be decided at the final race next weekend?
During last year’s 450SX Class Main Event in Houston, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto dominated the 450SX Class Main Event to secure his fourth win of the season and extend his point lead on a path to becoming a four-time Monster Energy Supercross Champion. In the return of the Western Regional 250SX Class Championship, Rockstar Energy Racing’s Anderson captured his fourth win of the season to extend his point lead, en route to earning his first career professional title.
2015 Houston Supercross on TV
Fox Sports 1 will broadcast Houston Supercross at 8 p.m. ET Saturday, April 11.
2015 450SX Class Season Standings (after 13 of 17 rounds):
1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 296
2. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda, 216
3. Trey Canard, Edmond, Okla., Honda, 204
4. Cole Seely, Laguna Beach, Calif., Honda, 198
5. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Kawasaki, 183
6. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna, 165
7. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Suzuki, 165
8. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Suzuki, 156
9. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki, 146
10. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM, 137
2015 Eastern Regional 250SX Class Season Standings:
1. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM, 169
2. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda, 149
3. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha, 125
4. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki, 113
5. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Honda, 84
6. Anthony Rodriguez, Cairo, Ga., Yamaha, 84
7. Jimmy Decotis, Peabody, Mass., Honda, 84
8. Kyle Peters, Greensboro, N.C., Honda, 76
9. Martin Davalos, Cairo, Ga., Husqvarna, 63
10. Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Kawasaki, 60
2015 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