Foxborough Supercross Commentary | Is Tomac Back?
The racing wasn’t close for the most part at the Foxborough round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross series, but the championship is still up for grabs, and the 1-2-3 finishing order we saw in the previous three rounds was disrupted. Also, we saw Supercross under the sun, and we didn’t like it. There’s definitely something special about racing under the lights.
1. Monster Energy/Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac
Just when you think Tomac won’t see the podium again in 2016, he pulls a rabbit out of his Bell Moto 9. Tomac’s last podium was Round 9 in Daytona, and he hasn’t done better than 5th since. However, magic happened and Tomac earned a strong 2nd at Foxborough under the fading sun. Most impressively, Tomac did it by blowing past Monster Energy Supercross leader Ryan Dungey on Lap 4.
“I rode like myself in the Main Event, made a few good moves in the first couple of laps, and got in the mix early. I felt really good on the track, and was able to do a few rhythms different than anyone else, which really helped early on. After the halfway mark, I had to settle in a bit, but overall it was a huge improvement and I’m really happy.” Has Tomac gotten it together, or is this third podium of the year another anomaly?
2. Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John’s/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Ken Roczen
After finishing in 2nd the last three rounds, getting on top of the box had to be a huge relief for Roczen. Even more importantly, he stayed alive in the race for the Monster Energy Supercross championship. With a win at Foxborough, Dungey could have sewn up the title, but Roczen keeps his championship hopes on life support as the series goes into East Rutherford.
“I feel like I’m one with the bike and that’s been the difference,” Roczen said. “We’ve made great strides with the bike, and everyone is working really well together—that’s what makes it fun. We’re still in this championship fight—anything can happen. I’m really glad we came away with the win, because I was tired of finishing 2nd. We’ve got the speed, and we’re consistent every week, so I’m glad to finally make it happen.” Roczen’s win was dominating, as he built up a nine-second lead over Tomac and 25 seconds over a struggling Dungey.
3. Team Honda HRC’s Trey Canard
It seems to have taken forever, but Canard appears to finally be back from his countless injuries., including one that caused him to miss the finish of three Main Events early in the season. Canard now has four top 5 finishes in succession, and that comes after having only one top 5 (SD2) in the first 11 rounds. “At least I’m consistent with those 5ths,” Canard said. “I’m definitely disappointed with not being on the podium again, because that’s what I was going for. I’m incredibly happy with the bike, the team is doing a great job, and I’ve been riding pretty well. So, I just need to execute everything better next weekend and put myself right at the front with those guys at the beginning. My start was better this weekend, but still not what it needs to be. Overall, I just need to ride a better race, which sounds simple, but that’s all there is to it.”
4. GEICO/Honda’s Justin Bogle
Like Canard, Bogle has a horrible start to the season (Bogle’s rookie attempt) and is just now getting going. Bogle finished outside of the top 10 at more than half of his Main Events coming into St. Louis last week, but with a 4th in St. Louis and a 6th in Foxborough, Bogle’s finishes are matching his speed. Bogle is buried in 13th in the Monster Energy Supercross standings, as a result, so right now he’s gathering momentum for the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series this summer.
5. Team Honda HRC’s Cole Seely
Seely started off the season strong, went into a midseason funk, and then got injured—not the year he was looking for. Impressively, in his first week back from injury, Seely overcame some major adversity. “Today was pretty tough, especially for my first one back. I got through practice pretty good; the track was super technical and kind of slow, which I enjoyed. I qualified 5th, but it was pretty much downhill from there. I had a little tip-over in the Heat race, then went back out for the Semi, where somebody’s foot peg went into my front wheel in the first turn, breaking a few of my spokes and sending me to the ground.
“I landed on my shoulder and neck, which I injured a couple weeks back, so I didn’t know if I was going to go back out for the LCQ. I’m kind of riding with a good amount of pain right now, but trying to push through it. I just want to show some heart though, so I went back out and once the adrenaline kicked in I was able to ride through it. Going to the LCQ is always nerve wracking, but I was able to transfer to the main. With such a bad gate pick in the main, I didn’t expect to get off to a great start, but I was nearly last, so just tried to focus ahead and start picking guys off. I was able to ride a pretty good race and get a decent position at the end of the day, but how I had to get there was tough.”
Seely took a 7th after battling with Autotrader/Monster Energy/Yamaha’s Weston Peick and Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Chad Reed. Seely also sits 7th in the Monster Energy Supercross standings, 12 behind Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin and 17 ahead of teammate Canard.
1. Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Blake Baggett
Could the night have gone any worse for Baggett, who is still struggling to cast aside pre-season and mid-season injuries? Let’s recap: He was one position out of qualifying for the Main out of the Heat. In the Semi, Benny Bloss, BTO Sports/KTM’s replacement rider for injured Davi Millsaps, went down in the whoops, taking Baggett with him. Going into the first turn of the LCQ, Baggett was caught up in another crash, and his bike was damaged and he’s out of the Main Event. Fifteen rounds in, Baggett is 18th in the Monster Energy Supercross standings.
2. Autotrader/Monster Energy/Yamaha’s Justin Barcia
It seems like Barcia should have simply sat out the 2016 Monster Energy Supercross Series. Barcia injured his thumb in the preseason, hasn’t finished in the top 10 in a Main, and missed nine rounds after thumb surgery. Given his speed in the past, you know Barcia is still not right. He was 14th off the line, crashed on Lap 3, and finished 19th. When Barcia moved into the 450SX class, he was considered a title contender. Since then, he has not lived up to expectations.
3. Monster Energy/360fly/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Chad Reed
Reed talks about still winning races, but he hasn’t been in the mix since A2. After a pair of 4ths and two 6ths in the previous four races, Reed looks reasonably competitive. But, he dropped back to 9th, as he was unable to beat the relatively close Peick and Seely. Over 55 seconds off of Roczen’s pace, the planets will have to align perfectly for us to see any more wins from Reed, but stranger things have happened.
4. Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John’s/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Broc Tickle
Like Barcia, this year never even got started for Tickle. After an 11th and 14th in the first two rounds, he got injured. Upon Tickle’s return, he has three consecutive 14ths. This time is was due to a collision early on with Monster Energy/Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer, but Tickle has no top 10 finishes this year and he’s on the same bike as Roczen.
5. Red Bull/KTM’s Ryan Dungey
It wasn’t a huge Downside for Dungey, and no one will be against him wrapping up the Championship in East Rutherford. Still, given the unpredictability of the practice week, you know Dungey would have liked to have clinched it in Foxborough. Instead, he got the holeshot and moved backwards, eventually finding himself off the podium by lap 12. That seemed to wake Dungey up, as he retrieved 3rd from Rockstar Energy/Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson with four laps to go, and Dungey keeps his record-setting podium streak alive. If Dungey finishes 14th or better in East Rutherford, it’s game over and he defends his Monster Energy Supercross championship title.
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Photography by Simon Cudby
2016 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Results, Round 15, Foxborough, Mass.
- Ken Roczen – Suzuki RM-Z450
- Eli Tomac – Kawasaki KX450F
- Ryan Dungey – KTM 450 SX-F
- Jason Anderson – Husqvarna FC 450
- Trey Canard – Honda CRF450R
- Justin Bogle – Honda CRF450R
- Cole Seely – Honda CRF450R
- Weston Peick – Yamaha YZ450F
- Chad Reed – Yamaha YZ450F
- Marvin Musquin– KTM 450 SX-F
- Josh Grant – Kawasaki KX450F
- Justin Brayton – KTM 450 SX-F
- Mike Alessi – Honda CRF450R
- Broc Tickle – Suzuki RM-Z450
- Nick Wey – Kawasaki KX450F
- Vince Friese – Honda CRF450R
- Cade Clason – Honda CRF450R
- AJ Catanzaro – Kawasaki KX450F
- Justin Barcia – Yamaha YZ450F
- Alex Ray – Honda CRF450R
- Nick Schmidt – Suzuki RM-Z450
- Jake Weimer – Suzuki RM-Z450
2016 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Standings (after 15 of 17 rounds)
- Ryan Dungey, 348 points (8 wins)
- Ken Roczen, 305 (4 wins)
- Jason Anderson, 278 (2 wins)
- Eli Tomac, 248 (1 win)
- Chad Reed, 220
- Marvin Musquin, 199
- Cole Seely, 187
- Trey Canard, 170
- Justin Brayton, 170
- Weston Peick, 115
- Jake Weimer, 115
- Mike Alessi, 113
- Justin Bogle, 109
- Davi Millsaps, 105
- Christophe Pourcel, 94
- Vince Friese, 81
- Josh Grant, 64
- Blake Baggett, 62
- Wil Hahn, 56
- Justin Barcia, 39