Monster Energy Supercross Gears Up for Six-Race Run to the Finish Line with Return to West Coast in Santa Clara

Western Regional 250 SX Class Championship Resumes Title Fight

Fresh off its lone break in action for the 2016 season, Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, will make its return to the West Coast on Saturday, April 2, with its second visit to Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. While championship leader Ryan Dungey carries his 27-race 450SX Class podium streak into the 12th race of the season, the Western Regional 250SX Class Championship will make its anticipated return to action for the first time since the seventh race in Arlington, Texas.

Saturday night's race will air live on FS1 and the FOX Sports Go app at 10:00 p.m. ET/ 7:00 p.m. PST.

Fans can log on to www.SupercrossLive.com to watch Race Day Live with Jim Holley and Andy Bowyer starting at 12:50 p.m. ET.

Some facts and insights to watch heading into this Saturday night's race include:

  • Jason Anderson became the beneficiary of a racing infraction in Detroit, nine races after he was penalized for the same infraction at the first race in San Diego.

  • Although the racing penalty ultimately cost Ryan Dungey his sixth win of the 2016 season, which would have tied him with Rick Johnson with 28 career 450SX Class wins, his all-time podium streak remained intact. Dungey now has a record 27 consecutive podium finishes.

  • Dungey will be in search of his 100th career top-five finish in Santa Clara.

  • With his latest podium finish in Detroit, Dungey has finished inside the top-10 in 98.19% of his starts. He's finished inside the top-five in 89.18% of his starts and on the podium in 74.77% of the time. His percentages for top-10 and top-five finishes are the best in history.

  • Chad Reed's fourth-place finish not only added to his all-time record of top-five results, but also ended a four-race streak of finishes outside the top 10, the longest of his career.

  • Veteran Mike Alessi posted his first top-10 finish since the opening race of the 2015 season.

  • Cooper Webb's 10th career 250SX Class win at the last Western Regional race tied him for 16th on the all-time list with Mickael Pichon and Ivan Tedesco.

  • Christian Craig is in the midst of a five-race podium streak, the longest in the 250SX Class this season. All of Craig's career podium finishes have come during this streak.

  • Just 16 points separate the top three riders in the Western Regional 250SX Class Championship - Webb, Joey Savatgy and Craig - with two races remaining.

Following Dungey's penalty, Anderson snagged his second 450SX win of the season.
Following Dungey's penalty, Anderson snagged his second 450SX win of the season.Photography by Jeff Kardas

At Monster Energy Supercross' previous race in Detroit, controversy arose when a post-race penalty was assessed to Dungey after the Red Bull KTM rider was deemed to have violated a red cross flag for a downed rider during the Main Event, which requires riders to roll all jumps. Despite cruising to what was initially thought to be his sixth win of the season, Dungey was penalized two positions and dropped to third. As a result of the penalty, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Jason Anderson, who finished second, was awarded the victory, his second of the season.

"I had a great day of practice," said Anderson. "My day went really well. In the heat race I came out, got to fourth and stayed there to qualify. When I got to the main I got a pretty good start based on where my gate was. For the most part I just kind of stayed behind Marvin, and he ended up falling so he kind of gave me second. It felt good to see the leader the whole time and know I was on-pace. I mean I always knew I had the speed, but I'm finally starting to show it."

Dungey's penalty also meant his Red Bull KTM teammate Marvin Musquin moved up to second, his fourth-straight podium result and third runner-up finish in the past four races. The 450SX Class rookie has been one of the hottest riders in the championship over the past month, scoring just one fewer point than Dungey over that span and has moved from seventh to fifth in the point standings.

While Dungey was surely frustrated his third-place finish maintained his historic podium streak, which now sits at 27 races, and also allowed him to extend his lead over RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy Johns/Suzuki Factory Racing's Ken Roczen in the championship. Dungey's third-place result, combined with Roczen's sixth-place effort, gives the defending champion a 39-point advantage heading into Santa Clara. Meanwhile, Anderson's win moved him to within 14 points of Roczen for second in points.

Stewart took over the Eastern Regional points lead at Ford Field in Detroit.
Stewart took over the Eastern Regional points lead at Ford Field in Detroit.Jeff Kardas

It's been four races since the Western Regional 250SX Class last took to the track, and prior to its midseason break the competition featured dramatic swings in the championship. In Arlington, entering points leader Joey Savatgy appeared poised to maintain his hold on the red number plate. However, a controversial incident with GEICO Honda's Christian Craig while battling for the lead resulted in a frightening crash for Savatgy, dropping him to the tail end of the field where he fought back to salvage 10th. Savatgy's misfortune proved to be Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha rider Cooper Webb's gain, with the defending Western Regional Champion racing to his fourth win.

The 14-point swing between Webb and Savatgy allowed the Yamaha rider to return to the top of the point standings, a position he held during the first three races of the season. Webb now brings an 11-point lead over Savatgy into Santa Clara in what will be the final race before a champion is crowned in Las Vegas on May 7.

Craig sits 16 points out of the lead in third and is currently in the midst of a five-race podium streak, the longest in the division. These three riders appear to be on their way to battling it out for the championship and given the way the racing has gone through the first seven races, there's still a lot that can happen.

At last year's inaugural visit to Levi's Stadium, Dungey led 17 of 20 laps to take his seventh win of the 2015 season. In the 250SX Class, Webb battled his way back from a ninth-place start to take the lead at the halfway point and lead the final seven laps en route to his sixth win.

Previous Race Results:

Ford Field—Detroit
March 19, 2016

450SX Class Results
1. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, NM, Husqvarna
2. Marvin Musquin, Corona, CA, KTM
3. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, MN, KTM
4. Chad Reed, Dade City, FL, Yamaha
5. Eli Tomac, Cortez, CO, Kawasaki
6. Ken Roczen, Clermont, FL, Suzuki
7. Weston Peick, Wildomar, CA, Yamaha
8. Trey Canard, Edmond, OK, Honda
9. Mike Alessi, Hilliard, FL, Honda
10. Justin Bogle, Cushing, OK, Honda

450SX Class Championship Standings
1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, MN, KTM - 253
2. Ken Roczen, Clermont, FL, Suzuki - 214
3. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, NM, Husqvarna - 200
4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, CO, Kawasaki - 186
5. Marvin Musquin, Corona, CA, KTM - 178
6. Cole Seely, Sherman Oaks, CA, Honda - 173
7. Chad Reed, Dade City, FL, Yamaha - 160
8. Justin Brayton, Mint Hill, NC, KTM - 128
9. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, CA, KTM - 105
10. Trey Canard, Edmond, OK, Honda - 104

Eastern Regional 250SX Class Results
1. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, FL, Honda
2. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, OH, Yamaha
3. Shane McElrath, Canton, NC, KTM
4. Tyler Bowers, Corona, CA, Kawasaki
5. Martin Davalos, Clermont, FL, Husqvarna
6. Gannon Audette, Tallahassee, FL, Kawasaki
7. RJ Hampshire, Brooksville, FL, Honda
8. Paul Coates, Zephyrhills, FL, Honda
9. Cedric Soubeyras, Venasque, France, Kawasaki
10. Jesse Wentland, Elk River, MN, Honda

Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings
1. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, FL, Honda - 80
2. Jeremy Martin, Millville, MN, Yamaha - 73
3. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, OH, Yamaha - 67
4. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, OR, KTM - 63
5. Martin Davalos, Clermont, FL, Husqvarna - 61
6. Tyler Bowers, Corona, CA, Kawasaki - 53
7. RJ Hampshire, Brooksville, FL, Honda - 44
8. Matt Bisceglia, Weatherford, TX, Suzuki - 41
9. Jesse Wentland, Elk River, MN, Honda - 41
10. Gannon Audette, Tallahassee, FL, Kawasaki - 41

Previous Western Regional 250SX Class Results:

AT&T Stadium - Arlington, TX
February 20, 2016

Western Regional 250SX Class Results
1. Cooper Webb, Newport, NC, Yamaha
2. Christian Craig, Corona, CA, Honda
3. Zach Osborne, Lake Elsinore, CA, Husqvarna
4. Colt Nichols, Muskogee, OK, Yamaha
5. Mitchell Oldenburg, Alvord, TX, KTM
6. Alex Martin, Millville, MN, Yamaha
7. Jimmy DeCotis, Peabody, MA, Honda
8. Chris Alldredge, Powell Butte, OR, Kawasaki
9. Kyle Peters, Greensboro, NC, Honda
10. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, GA, Kawasaki

Western Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings
1. Cooper Webb, Newport, NC, Yamaha - 145
2. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, GA, Kawasaki - 134
3. Christian Craig, Corona, CA, Honda - 129
4. Colt Nichols, Muskogee, OK, Yamaha - 117
5. Zach Osborne, Lake Elsinore, CA, Husqvarna - 110
6. Jimmy DeCotis, Peabody, MA, Honda - 99
7. Mitchell Oldenburg, Alvord, TX, KTM - 97
8. Kyle Peters, Greensboro, NC, Honda - 87
9. Kyle Cunningham, Willow Park, TX, Suzuki - 69
10. Jordon Smith, Belmont, NC, Honda - 63

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