What Really Happened: Santa Clara Supercross

Ryan Dungey added the seventh Supercross win of the season to his trophy case, while Cooper Webb collected his sixth, in an exciting round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series in Levi Stadium at the inaugural round in Santa Clara, California. There was a lot going on and, luckily, we’ve got the scoop right here.

Ryan Dungey grabbed his seventh win of the season in Santa Clara. Photo By Jeff Kardas

Ryan Dungey continued his rampage through the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series, claiming the seventh win of this year’s campaign. The Red Bull KTM rider is the most confident rider on the track and it shows with each new race.

Dungey continues to get good starts, which has been key in 2015, and he was third at the end of the first lap. By lap four, Dungey had passed quick-starter Justin Barcia on the AutoTrader.com/Toyota/JGR/Yamaha. At that moment, it was all over.

Dungey’s seventh win marked the most number of wins he’s ever taken in one season, including his 450 title in 2010, which was his rookie season.

“I really enjoyed wrapping up the championship last weekend, but I came into this race wanting to continue to win the remainder of the races,” said Dungey. “I’m really excited that I was able to get another win tonight and I’m looking forward to the final two races.”

Eli Tomac has returned to being a consistent podium finisher. Photo By Jeff Kardas

It’s amazing to me how many times Eli Tomac has been the fastest rider in qualifying, and the GEICO Honda rider did it again in Santa Clara. However, he just can’t seem to get the start he needs to put himself in position to win. Obviously, he can run with Dungey, but when you’re mid-pack on lap one, then you’re in a big hole that’s tough to get out of.

Tomac did manage to work his way up into second, which marks his fourth consecutive podium finish and ninth of the season in his first full year in the 450 class.

"That didn't help my start but that's no excuse," Tomac said. "Dungey got out there in the lead, but I was riding pretty hard trying to catch him. This was a tough track tonight, and I hoped I could get him but we ran out of time. A podium is great, of course, and we've had some success lately, so that's been good."

With two races left, Tomac pretty much has a lock on second overall in the series.

Justin Barcia and Chad Reed fight for the lead while Dungey watches on. Photo By Jeff Kardas

Justin Barcia grabbed the holeshot to start the race and looked good while doing so, but perhaps he’s been off the bike so long he’s lost some of his conditioning because he faded to 16th by the end of the race. Of course, Barcia isn’t exactly 100% after cracking his pelvis during a practice crash before the San Diego round. In the meantime, Chad Reed started up front and battled with Barcia for the lead during the opening lap before coming up short on a triple.

Weston Peick grabbed his first podium in California. Photo By Jeff Kardas

Weston Peick has been on the cusp of getting that first podium and the AutoTrader.com/Toyota/JGR Yamaha rider did it in Santa Clara, starting the race in fifth on lap one, he took advantage of Reed’s crash and passed BTO Sport’s Justin Brayton on lap two. Peick moved past his teammate Barcia to take over second at one point but couldn’t hold off the intense charge of Tomac and ended up finishing third.

Cooper Webb keeps pouring it on in the 250 class. Photo By Jeff Kardas

Cooper Webb is the real deal, for sure. He’s tough and “race smart” and just knows how to win races. The Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha rider got a bad start in the main event after getting hung up in a first turn fiasco, finishing the opening lap in ninth but carved his way to the front by lap nine and pulled away to a 5.7-second lead over Red Bull KTM’s Justin Hill.

Justin Hill made it back to the podium. Photo By Jeff Kardas

Justin Hill also got caught up in the first turn pileup, but quickly recovered from his crash and began quickly moving to the front, finally moving into second place on lap 10.

“It was difficult to come back from that crazy first turn pile-up,” said Hill. “Even though I didn’t get the win, this was a great ride for me. I’m glad to end the season on a positive note and am thankful for all the support my team has given me.”

450 Overall Results:

1. Ryan Dungey (KTM)

2. Eli Tomac (Honda)

3. Weston Peick (Yamaha)

4. Jason Anderson (Husqvarna)

5. Cole Seely (Honda)

6. Blake Baggett (Suzuki)

7. Justin Brayton (KTM)

8. Chad Reed (Kawasaki)

9. Andrew Short (KTM)

10. Nick Wey (Kawasaki)

250 Overall Results:

1. Cooper Webb (Yam)

2. Justin Hill (KTM)

3. Alex Martin (Yam)

4. Malcolm Stewart (Hon)

5. Shane McElrath (KTM)

6. Jackson Richardson (Hon)

7. Aaron Plessinger (Yam)

8. Matt Bisceglia (Hon)

9. Thomas Hahn (Hon)

10. Scott Champion (Yam)