What Really Happened: East Rutherford Supercross

All three Monster Energy AMA Supercross championships are now wrapped up, with only the Las Vegas round of the series left to go. This weekend, in East Rutherford’s MetLife Stadium, GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac took care of business in the 450 class and came away with his third win of the season in the main event after passing early leader Cole Seely late in the race. Meanwhile, Red Bull Marvin Musquin took the 250 win, which gave him the East Regional 250 SX title. But don’t worry if you missed it, because we’ve got the scoop right here!

Eli Tomac grabbed his third win of the season in the MetLife Stadium this weekend. Here he passes Cole Seely for the lead. Photo By Shan Moore

Eli Tomac has posted the fastest time in qualifying in near every round so far this year, however, his starts also seem to keep him to adding to his wins list. Well, this weekend, in the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, the GEICO Honda rider got a decent start (not a great start, mind you, but decent) and it was enough for him to move quickly into second by lap three of the 20-lap main event. From there, the Coloradoan tracked down early leader Cole Seely on his Team Honda HRC-backed CRF450R and make a pass for the lead on lap 14. Tomac was 12 seconds clear of newly crowned Ryan Dungey by the end of the race and celebrated his third win of the season shortly afterwards.

"My goal was just to get a win," Tomac said. "I didn't get one the year before, so the goal was just to get the first. Anything after that would be a plus."

"It was just a good day all around, good qualifying -- was fastest in both," Tomac added. "Then the heat race was good, second place, and I got a good gate pick. Lucky for me I was able to sneak on the inside there around the 180, get around some guys, and get in the top five."

With the win, Tomac increased his lead over Seely in the point standings to 24 points.

Ryan Dungey moved up through the pack to grab an uncontested runner-up finish. Photo By Shan Moore

Ryan Dungey finished second, however, the Red Bull KTM rider was outside of the top five when the pack crossed the finish line for the first time.

“The start definitely wasn’t the greatest,” said Dungey. “We had to come through the pack, which I wasn’t really happy about. We made some good passes right away and got ourselves up there, found ourselves into third, and then we were into second. When Eli got in the lead about five laps to go that’s when he really kind of started finding a good rhythm. Honestly I just settled in. We don’t ride these rutted conditions very much so they were very tough and technical, not easy by any means. So the last five we just chilled out and rode smart and got through. Second is not too bad. But I was really happy with the race, up until about lap 15.”

Cole Seely posted another podium finish. Photo By Shan Moore

Cole Seely appeared to be headed to his second 450-class win, the Team Honda HRC rider leading the first 13 laps of the race. However, on lap 14, Tomac found a way around Seely, and then two laps later, so did Dungey.

Seely seemed to be pleased with a podium finish.

“To be on the podium I’m stoked in my rookie season, I didn’t have any expectations,” said Seely. “To be third in points and be the highest placing rookie and have a win, all these plusses. When you get third it’s definitely not a negative. I’m just really stoked. I’m happy with the way the season’s gone.”

Seely admitted to making a few mistakes, especially in the beginning.

“I was making little mistakes here and there and bottom line I got tired,” said Seely. “It’s tough leading laps in the 450 class. Every little mistake you make you lose a little energy here and there. Bottom line I just figured I’d secure third. Once I got into third I knew I had quite the gap back to fourth. Just tried to ride a smart race and finish third. I locked down third in the points tonight and third on the night. It’s been a good year and I really can’t complain.”

Blake Baggett had one of his better nights of the season with a fourth. Photo By Shan Moore

Blake Baggett still has some work to do on his starts, but the Yoshimura Suzuki rider was able to work his way from ninth at the end of lap one to fourth at the finish, which tells you something about his resolve. The MetLife track was definitely not a good one to pass on.

“I came from the back but worked my way forward and then got fourth,” said Baggett. I’m definitely happy with that. I had a good battle with Shorty, but actually, I had a good battle with everybody. It was like a free-for-all out there. The track was pretty technical tonight and pretty much the hardest track of the year for sure, hands down. Super rutted and really technical.

I was buried at the start; like 10th or 12th,” said Baggett. “I can’t really remember all of what went on. You pass somebody, you get passed by a few guys, you pass a few guys… It was hard to keep it clean and gain a position without a losing a position. There was really not a good place to pass; just wherever you could. You’re just waiting to capitalize on mistakes.”

Andrew Short finished fifth, despite the fact that he possibly broke his kneecap on the final lap. Photo By Shan Moore

Andrew Short continued his string of holeshots, and BTO Sports KTM rider leading the main event through half of the opening lap, until both Seely and AutoTrader.com/Toyota/JGR/Yamaha’s Weston Peick were able to sneak by.

Near the end of the race, Shorty got caught up in a fierce battle with Soaring Eagle/RCH/Suzuki’s Broc Tickle and on the final lap the two riders came together. As Shorty pulled into the mechanic’s area after the race it was obvious he was in pain, and he texted me on Sunday morning saying he went to the Asterisk doctors at the track and they felt, at least from what they could tell from the limited x-rays, that he needed to get his kneecap wired, but he was planning on seeing his doctor in Texas on Monday. All the best to you, Shorty.

Marvin Musquin clinched the East Regional 250 SX title in New Jersey with a win in the 250 class. Here he battle with Bogle for the lead. Photo By Shan Moore

Even though he didn’t need to do so, Marvin Musquin passed defending class champ, GEICO Honda’s Justin Bogle, to take the win in the 250 main event, securing the championship title in the East Regional 250 class title, giving Red Bull KTM two SX titles on the year, after Dungey clinched a couple of weeks ago.

Musquin trailed Bogle for 10 laps before making the move to take the lead.

“Bogle was riding pretty good but I knew I was better and faster,” said Musquin. “I was looking for some areas where I was faster and I could pass and I made it happen. He got me a little bit. I was like, maybe I stay second, but then I could see I was capable of winning that thing. So I pushed and made it happen. It’s a great feeling.”

Musquin wrapped up the title with the final round in Las Vegas still coming up this next weekend.

“It feels great for sure,” added Musquin. “It’s almost like a perfect season because my worst finish was a 2nd place twice out of 8 races I think, and I won the rest of the main events. I’ve been doing great training with Aldon Baker. He helped me a lot on the race track. We have a new bike at KTM. There were so many things that made that possible and easier for me. I got great starts. I was consistent and smart and smooth. I’m really happy to finally get it done and especially to win here in New York.”

GEICO Honda’s Justin Bogle finished second in New Jersey and second in the title chase. Photo By Shan Moore

Justin Bogle rode a great race in New Jersey, however, he just couldn’t quite hold off Musquin. After the race, the GEICO Honda rider put on a happy face, but was obviously disappointed.

“It’s been a good season,” said Bogle. “The whole GEICO Honda team has been incredible. But that hurts bad, losing races like that. I’m capable of winning and that really doesn’t feel good. Losing that number one plate, losing tonight, that hurts deep. Just go back, keep working and keep it moving. That’s all I can do.”

As far as the New Jersey race went, Bogle said he tightened up.

“It was a good race,” said Bogle. “I tightened up there at the end and very, very frustrated with myself with how the end of that race went. I felt like I was good enough to get that win. But congratulations to Marvin. He was the better man this season for sure. Nothing I can but keep working. That’s just going to fuel the fire because that hurts.”

450SX Class Results

1. Eli Tomac (Hon)

2. Ryan Dungey (KTM)

3. Cole Seely (Hon)

4. Blake Baggett (Suz)

5. Andrew Short (KTM)

6. Broc Tickle (Suz)

7. Josh Grant (Kaw)

8. Kyle Chisholm (Kaw)

9. Jason Anderson (Hus)

10. Weston Peick (Yam)

EASTERN REGIONAL 250SX CLASS RESULTS

1. Marvin Musquin (KTM)

2. Justin Bogle (Hon)

3. Joey Savatgy (Kaw)

4. Jeremy Martin (Yam)

5. RJ Hampshire (Hon)

6. Kyle Peters (Hon)

7. Anthony Rodriquez (Hon)

8. Michael Oldenburg (Yam)

9. Kyle Cunningham (Hon)

10. Luke Renzland (Yam)