2016 Arlington Supercross Preview
Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, heads east to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Saturday for round 7 of 18.
Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey, the reigning 450SX Class Champion, has won four of the first six Main Events and has not finished worse than second. As a result, he brings a 26-point lead into the seventh race of the championship this Saturday night.
In the Western Regional 250SX Class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy has earned his second win in three races to grab a three-point lead over Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Cooper Webb heading into Arlington. The Western Regional Championship will reach its mid-season break following Saturday night’s race.
With 144 of a possible 150 points this 450SX season, Dungey has achieved the most success of his career at this point in the championship. It’s the fastest start for a rider since Chad Reed won five of the first six races in 2008 to earn 147 of 150 points.
Last Saturday in San Diego, Dungey lead from start to finish, grabbing the SupercrossLive.com Holeshot Award and leading all 20 laps of the Main Event. His laps-led total increased to 76 and was his second wire-to-wire performance in the last three races.
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“I just tried to keep the pressure low the entire Main Event. Keeping good traction with the rear tire was key,” said Dungey. “I got a good start, which was huge in putting me in a position to win and I just tried to be consistent for all 20 laps. We had to overcome a few things today, but that’s racing. I’m happy to be back on top of the podium.”
In second was Team Honda HRC’s Cole Seely, finishing on the podium for the first time in three races with a season-best effort. The result moved Seely to fourth in points, six points out of third.
“I’m happy with how everything went tonight, and I’m pumped to have gotten my best finish of the season so far. I feel like I put in some solid laps. Unfortunately, [Ryan] Dungey doesn’t make many mistakes, so I could only gain a little bit on him here or there, but nothing major. I feel like this is where I deserve to be each and every weekend, so I’m glad to be back on the podium. I have to give it up to my team because they’ve been working hard between races to go back and evaluate data to make needed adjustments and perfect the bike even more. We closed the gaps in some areas and the biked was on point tonight, so I was really happy.”
RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy Johns/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Ken Roczen rounded out the podium in third. Roczen sits second in the championship and although he faces a 26-point deficit in the standings, he’s been the hottest rider in the class other than Dungey, finishing on the podium for four straight races, including one win.
“My weekend was actually a little rough,” commented Roczen following the round six. “We struggled all day with the bike settings. I didn’t feel too comfortable. We were going back and forth with a bunch of settings so we had to work hard for it. We went into the main event with another little change and salvaged a third. Obviously, we want to win but we’re on the podium and we’re healthy so that means a lot. We’re still in the championship hunt. I wish I would have gotten Cole (Seely) for second, but the track was really tight in some spots so it was hard to pass. The dirt had a really hard base, so it was slippery. The whoops were tough again but we salvaged a third, which is alright.”
In the Western Regional 250SX Class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy entered San Diego tied in the point standings with Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha’s Cooper Webb. The two quickly made their way out to the front during the main event, but a small crash by by Webb while hunting down Savatgy meant the Kawasaki rider would race his way to an unchallenged victory.
“It feels great to get another win,” said Savatgy. “Cooper [Webb] tried to take credit away from my first win, so it feels great to get another one. I’m just so excited to be back here and in the points lead.”
Webb was able to rebound from his early misfortune and finished second. He’s just three points behind Savatgy and still has the most wins in the class, but has not in three races.
“I just tucked the front end. Just a mistake by me,” explained Webb. “I was able to get up and not lose too much time. It was early in the race so I was able to get those spots back. I just need to stop crashing.”
Rounding out the podium was GEICO Honda’s Christian Craig, following up his first career win the week prior with a third-place effort. Craig now has the longest podium streak in the class, which now sits at four races. He remains third in the points and sits 16 points out of the lead.
Last year at Arlington Supercross, Dungey earned his second win of the season, grabbing the holeshot and leading all 20 laps. In the opening race of the Eastern Regional 250SX Class, Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin joined his teammate Dungey atop the podium.
2016 Arlington Supercross on TV:
Fox Sports 1 will provide live coverage of Arlington Supercross beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
450SX Class Championship Standings:
- Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM – 144
- Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Suzuki – 118
- Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna – 111
- Cole Seely, Sherman Oaks, Calif., Honda – 105
- Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha – 103
- Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 103
- Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM – 77
- Justin Brayton, Mint Hill, N.C., KTM – 72
- Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., KTM – 71
- Jake Weimer, Wildomar, Calif., Suzuki – 62
Western Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings:
- Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki – 123
- Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha – 120
- Christian Craig, Corona, Calif., Honda – 107
- Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha – 99
- Zach Osborne, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Husqvarna – 90
- Jimmy DeCotis, Peabody, Mass., Honda – 85
- Mitchell Oldenburg, Alvord, Texas, KTM – 81
- Kyle Peters, Greensboro, N.C., Honda – 75
- Kyle Cunningham, Willow Park, Texas, Suzuki – 64
- Jordon Smith, Belmont, N.C., Honda – 63