The final round of Monster Energy AMA Supercross was held at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. Flash flooding during the day made for an extremely muddy racetrack, which provided a major challenge for all racers.Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey put a cap on his championship-winning SX season grabbing the SupercrossLive.com Holeshot Award. He was passed by Soaring Eagle/Jimmy Johns/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Ken Roczen early on in the race and crashed into him after the Roczen washed the front end on lap six. Dungey was able to remount his KTM to take over the lead once again and survive the remaining ten laps of the shortened main event to take his ninth victory of the season.
“Las Vegas is not known for rain,” said Dungey. “It hasn’t rained when I’ve been here in the past. The track was tough, especially with the rain coming down during the heat races. Once that stopped, the mud kind of hardened up a little bit and there was a good line.“Ken (Roczen) was giving us a challenge and was going good tonight, for sure. Then he tucked the front end and I had nowhere to go. I am really happy we ended the season strong and that was the goal tonight. Tonight was a challenge, but I’m glad we got a win.”Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna’s Jason Anderson came around the first corner in third place and passed Roczen after he washed the front end and went down. As a result of Dungey going down, Anderson was able to close in on him, but was never able to make a pass settling for second place on the night and finishing in third place overall in the series point standings.Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac came around the first corner in ninth place and made several passes aboard his Kawsaki KX450F on the muddy course to round out the podium in third place.Series veteran Chad Reed piloted his factory Yamaha YZ450F to fourth place on the night after a sixth place start while Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s Blake Baggett rounded out the top five in fifth place after starting outside the top ten in eleventh.Soaring Eagle/Jimmy Johns/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Broc Tickle, BTO Sports KTM’s Justin Brayton, Team Honda HRC’s Trey Canard, Team Honda HRC’s Cole Seely, and Monster Energy/AutoTrader/Toyota/Yamaha’s Justin Barcia rounded out the top ten, respectively.Photography by Simon Cudby
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Yamaha’s Ténéré 700 is an excellent foray into the middleweight ADV world. Associate Editor Neil Wyenn owns a 2021 model, and has spent the last year adding and improving various aspects of his bike. Some add-ons are more vital others, and he lets us into his secrets for getting the most out of the Yamaha Ténéré. His total enthusiasm for ADV riding and the Yamaha Ténéré in particular were pretty obvious to me—I’m sure you’ll feel the same. Links to all the items he mentions are below.