The 250 East Region Monster Energy AMA Supercross series visited East Rutherford, N.J., Saturday for the penultimate round of the season.
Round eight took place at MetLife Stadium with a track that featured an over-and-under bridge, several technical rhythm sections, and lots of ruts to challenge the riders and make for a great day (yes, day) of racing.
Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin began the race in second place behind GEICO Honda’s Justin Bogle and executed a textbook pass to take the lead on lap 10. Musquin rode his KTM SX-F250 flawlessly in the remaining five laps to take his sixth win of the season and his first-ever Eastern Regional 250SX class title. This allowed KTM to garner both Supercross titles after KTM’s Dungey earned the 450SX title in Houston.
“[The championship] feels great and winning the main event makes it even better,” boasted Musquin. “Every time you race you want to do good, and today I made it happen. I’m ready to move on and chase some more dreams. It has been great to race alongside Ryan [Dungey] this season with all his success [in the 450SX Class] and it’s helped me get better as well. We have a great team at KTM and I’m excited to keep it going.”
GEICO Honda’s Justin Bogle grabbed the SupercrossLive.com Holeshot Award and looked poised to take the victory, but could not hold off the hard-charging Musquin and settled for second place at MetLife Stadium.
“It hurts to lose [the race] like that and hurts to lose this championship,” said Bogle. “I’ll just keep working. I’ll move to the 450SX Class next year, so I have a lot ahead of me.”
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy rounded out the podium with a third place finish, but it did not come easy as Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Jeremy Martin challenged him for the position multiple times. The two battled for several laps with Savatgy even running Martin off the track on lap eight. Martin attempted the pass once more after that which resulted in him tucking the frontn end and crashing. Martin remounted his Yamaha YZ250F to finish in fourth place, which secured his third place finish in the championship standings.
GEICO Honda rookie RJ Hampshire rounded out the top five for the night. Hampshire put his Honda CRF250R in sixth place around the first turn and made a pass on Kyle Peters in the latter portion of the race to take fifth place.
Kyle Peters, Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha’s Anthony Rodriguez, ARMA Energy/Motorsport.com/Yamaha’s Mitchell Oldenburg, AG Motorsports/Gurrnaid Energy/Rocket Exhaust’s Kyle Cunningham, and CycleTrader/Rock River/Yamaha’s Luke Renzland rounded out the top ten, respectively.
Photography by Simon Cudby
2015 New Jersey Supercross 250SX Results – Round 8 – East Rutherford
1. Marvin Musquin – KTM 250SX-F Factory Edition
2. Justin Bogle – Honda CRF250R
3. Joey Savatgy – Kawasaki KX250F
4. Jeremy Martin – Yamaha YZ250F
5. RJ Hampshire – Honda CRF250R
6. Kyle Peters – Honda CRF250R
7. Anthony Rodriguez – Yamaha YZ250F
8. Mitchell Oldenburg – Yamaha YZ250F
9. Kyle Cunningham – Honda CRF250R
10. Luke Renzland – Yamaha YZ250F
11. Jace Owen – Honda CRF250R
12. Justin Starling – Yamaha YZ250F
13. AJ Catanzaro – Suzuki RM-Z250
14. Gannon Audette – Kawasaki KX250F
15. Preston Mull – Yamaha YZ250F
16. Levi Kilbarger – Yamaha YZ250F
17. Logan Karnow – Honda CRF250R
18. Jimmy Decotis – Honda CRF250R
19. Nick Desiderio – Yamaha YZ250F
20. Daniel Herrlein – Honda CRF250R
21. Dakota Alix – KTM 250SX-F
22. Luke Vonlinger – Honda CRF250R
2015 Eastern Regional 250SX Final Standings:
1. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM, 194
2. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda, 171
3. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha, 143
4. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki, 133
5. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Honda, 100
6. Anthony Rodriguez, Cairo, Ga., Yamaha, 98
7. Kyle Peters, Greensboro, N.C., Honda, 91
8. Jimmy Decotis, Peabody, Mass., Honda, 87
9. Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Kawasaki, 72
10. Martin Davalos, Cairo, Ga., Husqvarna, 63
2015 New Jersey 250SX Photo Gallery: