Roczen Stays Undefeated At Anaheim In 2015 With Second Win Of Monster Energy Supercross Season
Cooper Webb Goes Back-to-Back in 250SX Class to Grab Points Lead
In front of 40,718 Southern California fans, Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, made its second of three visits to Angel Stadium on Saturday night on its path to determine #WhosNext. Following a strong start in the 450SX Class Main Event, RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John's Factory Suzuki's Ken Roczen added to his points lead by racing to his second win of the season. In the Western Regional 250SX Class, Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha's Cooper Webb used a last-lap pass to make it back-to-back wins, taking control of the points lead by doing so.
Motosport.com/Arma Energy Yamaha's Jimmy Alberston grabbed the SupercrossLive.com Holeshot Award, but was quickly overtaken by BTO Sports KTM's Andrew Short, Monster Energy Kawasaki's Davi Millsaps and Roczen. On a hectic opening lap where the entire field jockeyed for position, Roczen seized the opportunity to take the early lead and sprint away. Roczen first worked his way by Millsaps and then made the pass on Short on Lap 1. From there he opened a multiple-second advantage that would last the entirety of the 20-lap Main Event.
With Roczen out front, several riders put themselves in contention for a podium result. Short crashed out of second, which in turn collected Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Jason Anderson, which allowed Millsaps to assume second and Discount Tire Racing/TwoTwo Motorsports' Chad Reed to take over third. Red Bull KTM's Ryan Dungey, who was running fourth, then passed Reed for third on Lap 3 and proceeded to surpass Millsaps for second one lap later. That same lap Millsaps fell into the clutches of Reed, who then passed him for third. As these battles took place, GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac, last week's winner, was fighting his way forward from an eighth-place start. Tomac made quick work climbing his way into the top five and then made a pass on Reed for third on Lap 4.
Shortly thereafter, Team Honda's Trey Canard and Reed came together while battling for fourth on Lap 7, when Canard misjudged Reed's line and ran into the back of him. Both riders remounted quickly and Reed retaliated by pushing Canard off the track and forcing him to the ground. Reed was subsequently black flagged and disqualified from competition.
Once the field settled in, Roczen, Dungey and Tomac asserted themselves in top three and pulled away. Dungey slowly gained ground on Roczen and was consistently posting faster lap times, but once the leaders encountered lappers, it slowed Dungey's progress and allowed Roczen to easily take the win and stay undefeated inside Angel Stadium this season.
"That was an awesome race. I fought hard the whole way," said Roczen, who earned his fourth career victory. "It was a tricky tack but I was able to get a good start, get into the lead early and ride my own race. I'm so happy."
Dungey followed in second for his best finish of the season. Tomac followed in third.
"It was a good night and we gave a hard push," said Dungey. "The first lap was chaos with everyone fighting for position, so Kenny [Roczen] got away a bit. I tried to close down the best I could, but lappers got in the way. The track was really difficult and you could only do so much. I'm excited and we'll build from this."
Autotrader.com/Toyota/Yamaha's Justin Barcia finished fourth for his best finish of the season, while RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John's Factory Suzuki's Broc Tickle did the same in fifth. Team Honda's Cole Seely was sixth, Anderson seventh, Red Bull KTM's Dean Wilson eighth, Millsaps ninth and Team Yoshimura Suzuki's Blake Baggett 10th. Canard fought back to finish 11th.
Roczen extended his advantage in the 450SX Class championship standings, and now sits 12 points ahead of Dungey in second. Anderson retained control of third, 21 points behind, with Tomac and Canard rounding out the top five.
In the Western Regional 250SX Class Main Event, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Zach Osborne captured his second straight SupercrossLive.com Holeshot Award in front Lucas Oil/Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM's Jessy Nelson and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Chris Alldredge. Nelson put the pressure on Osborne early and was able to move into the lead as the field came to complete the opening lap. Once out front, Nelson sprinted away and opened a multiple-second advantage.
While Nelson led comfortably, Red Bull KTM's Justin Hill put himself into podium contention, followed by Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Tyler Bowers, who started in fifth. As things took shape out front, Webb was on a charge through the field after starting 12th.
Nelson appeared to have control of the 15-lap Main Event, but he crashed out of the lead on Lap 6 and dropped to sixth. That allowed Bowers to assume the lead, just a short time after passing Hill for second. By this time Webb had fought his way into the top four and took over third on Lap 7. While Bowers pulled away, Hill and Webb engaged in an exciting battle for second, with Webb ultimately prevailing. Once in second Webb consistently chipped away at a four-plus second deficit to Bowers and put himself within striking distance on the final lap. As the two riders went to turn down the stadium's first base line one final time and hit the home stretch, Webb cut inside Bowers, forcing contact that pushed Bowers off the track. Webb slipped by and took the win while Bowers recovered to finish second, his best finish of the season so far. Hill finished third.
"That was crazy. I got a bad start and had to come through the pack, so I was just trying to get into the top five," said Webb, who raced to his first career win a week ago. "Then I got into second and realized I had a shot at the win. On the last lap I had to just put it in there, so I did and I was able to get by."
"I got a decent start, but I rode better with people in front of me than out front by myself," said Bowers, the reigning four-time AMSOIL Arenacross Champion. "I didn't get tight or anything, I just made a lot of small mistakes. We're looking good in the championship with a third, a fourth and now a second, so it's hard to be angry with that. If we can get a couple wins we'll really be in this [championship at the end]."
Webb passed Nelson for control of the Eastern Regional 250SX Class championship standings and now sits four points ahead. Bowers moved into a tie with Nelson for second.
Monster Energy Supercross continues next weekend with its fourth stop of the 17-race season from Oakland, California, signifying the first of two visits to the Bay Area in 2015. Live broadcast coverage on FOX Sports 1 begins at 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 24.
Source: Monster Energy Supercross
Roczen Earns Second Win of the Season, Tickle Fifth at Angel Stadium
RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy Johns/Suzuki Factory Racing kept the momentum rolling Saturday night when Ken Roczen picked up the win and Broc Tickle finished fifth in the Monster Energy Supercross event at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
The win was Roczen's second of the season and third career at Angel Stadium. Tickle's fifth-place finish was his best effort of 2015, less than a year removed from a potentially career-ending injury he suffered last March in Toronto.
Despite Roczen's first- and second-place finishes, respectively, in the first two races, the 20-year-old 450SX sophomore standout was cautiously optimistic before the gate dropped on the third main event of the year.
"My day started out a little bit rusty," commented Roczen, who is undefeated at Anaheim this season. "The track was really special and not easy to ride. I knew, going into the track walk, not to get stressed about the first or second practice. The track really came around in the main. It was pretty tricky. We had some ruts out there and it was a big track with long lap times. That definitely made it interesting. We got good starts when we needed them, and I think everyone can see that my Suzuki RM-Z450 works awesome. We had a great heat race so I was very confident going into the main. I didn't get the holeshot but I was still near the front after the start and that was all I really needed."
Roczen was second fastest in both of Saturday's qualifying sessions and, coincidentally, finished second to Ryan Dungey in the first 450SX heat race of the program. The solid effort in his heat guaranteed the German rider a spot at the starting gate for the main event. While he settled for second in the preliminaries, that wouldn't be the case when the money was on the line. Jimmy Albertson won the holeshot but it took Roczen less than a lap to pass Albertston, Davi Millsaps and, ultimately, Andrew Short for the top spot. From there it was all Roczen, all night, where he led all 20 laps en route to the fourth big-bike win of his young career.
"Shorty (Andrew Short) is a hard guy to pass," said Roczen, who extended his point lead to 12. "I didn't really want to get tangled up behind him so I had to make the move. After that, I needed to ride smart but stay focused on intensity because everyone was really fast. My bike worked awesome. It felt great and that's all that matters. We put in a few strong laps but I couldn't rest because Ryan (Dungey) got a bit closer sometimes during the race. Overall, it was a really good night. It was good to fight back after last weekend. We'll keep going and hopefully, just inch away with the points lead. As long as we're winning, we're good."
Tickle had a solid weekend overall. The Holly, Mich., rider was solid in both of the weekend's qualifying sessions but a sixth-place finish in his heat race forced Tickle to race his way through the first 450SX semifinal of the night.
If confidence breeds confidence, then Tickle's path to the main event was just what the doctor ordered. After winning the holeshot in the semi, the 2011 Supercross West Coast Lites Champion led every lap and cruised to an easy victory. That performance catapulted Tickle to his best finish of the year and offered the 25-year-old a welcome sigh of relief after a tough outing last weekend in Phoenix.
"Everything went pretty good," explained Tickle after Round 3. "The semi set the tone for the night. Honestly, I haven't gotten a holeshot in a couple of years. And winning the semi was important. All that confidence carried over into the main. All I did was go out there, try to ride 20 solid laps and it paid off. There was a lot of carnage midway through the race so I just tried to keep my pace going and look forward. (Justin) Barcia was close to me and I knew if I stayed close to him that I would leave a gap behind me. That was my goal and that's kind of what happened. (Cole) Seely started catching me at the end but I still had some left in the tank, so I opened it up a little bit and gapped him just enough where I could cruise the last couple of laps. It was an awesome main event. It gives me goose bumps getting off the bike after a finish like that. I really appreciate everyone who stuck with me after the injury last year."
RCH co-owner Carey Hart was on hand in Anaheim when the dust settled and was obviously proud of both his riders.
"The whole night is really bittersweet," said Hart. "With Ken getting the win and to see Broc come back and finish fifth after the year he had last year is just awesome. I'm not sure who I'm happier for.
"I'm excited about next week," continued Hart. "We've got a lot of momentum. Broc did great. He's really getting his starts down. The win was a good boost for Ken to keep his confidence up. We'll get back on the test track this week, put in the work and come into Oakland next weekend, rolling."
Team manager Kyle Bentley was also pleased following the event but he was quick to credit the ongoing team effort that provides Tickle and Roczen with Suzuki RM-Z450s that perform at the highest level.
"I'm super excited," said Bentley. "I couldn't be more proud of Ken. He puts in the work during the week but I'm even happier for Broc. I'm super stoked for the whole team. We've put in a lot of work and a lot of effort. It's a team deal. I also need to give credit to Ivan Tedesco for helping us during the week and getting our bike setups dialed in. I'm almost speechless. It's a long season so we just need to keep rolling."
The 2015 Monster Energy AMA Supercross heads up the Pacific Coast to Oakland next weekend when Roczen, Tickle and the rest of the RCH contingent trek to northern California for the first of two annual visits to the San Francisco Bay Area. The fourth of 17 races on the 2015 Supercross schedule will be televised live on Fox Sports 1 Saturday, Jan. 24, beginning at 7 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, 10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
Source: RCH Racing
Cooper Webb Takes 250SX Win In Anaheim 2
In a dramatic come-from-behind ride, Cooper Webb scored his second consecutive win in the AMA 250 Supercross West class aboard his Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha YZ250F at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif. on Saturday night, Jan. 17. In doing so, the bLU cRU racer takes over the points lead – and the prestigious red number plate – after three of eight rounds. He was also the second fastest qualifier, won his heat race, and set the fastest lap of the 250 final, making it nearly a faultless night.
After establishing himself as one of the fastest riders, Webb went into the 15-lap 250 final as a strong favorite. But the rush to the first turn didn’t go his way and he found himself mired outside the top 10, a tough way to start any event – especially since points leader Jessy Nelson was way ahead. But applying focus and determination that belies Webb’s 19 years, he began slicing through the pack, breaking into the top five on the seventh lap. By the next lap, only Justin Hill separated Webb and leader Tyler Bowers. Once Webb got past Hill, there were five laps remaining and five seconds still to make up. Go time. Incredibly, Webb closed the gap by a second a lap, caught Bowers halfway through the final lap and executed a vigorous inside pass to take the lead, which he held to the flag. “When I got into second I realized I had a shot at the win,” Webb said. “On the last lap I had to just put it in there, so I did and I was able to get by."
In the premier 450SX class, AutoTrader.com/Toyota/Yamaha’s Justin Barcia got off to a great start, setting the fastest qualifying time and transferring to the main through the first semi. Though a slow start delayed him in the final, Barcia ultimately finished fourth – a credible result in what proved to be a chaotic race. Unfortunately teammate Weston Peick sat out the event due to a foot injury suffered at Phoenix the previous week.
The 450 race was nearly as exciting. Barcia’s semi finish positioned him toward the inside of the starting gate, and predictably the Yamaha YZ450F rider found himself blocked when the pack thundered into the first turn, which he rounded back in 17th place. From there on, the 20-lap event became a long process of working forward for Barcia. He raced up to eighth on the first lap, broke into the top five by lap six, then into fourth on lap eight after Trey Canard and Chad Reed collided. Riding well, Barcia worked hard to close on third-place Eli Tomac, and was one of only a few riders clearing a quad jump for most of the race. However Tomac was also clearing the quad, and so after a great charge through the pack Barcia ultimately missed the podium. But it was his best result of the season and a clear improvement over the last two weeks. Barcia now lies sixth in the standings, tied in points with Trey Canard.
Source: Yamaha Racing
Dungey Earns Season Best Finish at Anaheim 2 Supercross
Red Bull KTM Factory rider Ryan Dungey earned 2nd overall at the third round of the Monster Energy Supercross Series garnering his best finish of the season in the AMA 450 Supercross class at Angel Stadium.
Ryan Dungey topped the leaderboard in the early afternoon practice sessions to earn a top qualifying spot in the night show. At the gate drop of his heat, he quickly launched off the line to a 2nd place start. Within the first lap he moved into the lead. Once out front he pulled away from the field and took the checkered flag to earn the heat win.
His teammate, Dean Wilson, was placed in the second heat race. He got a 5th place start but was unable to move into the top four and missed transferring to the main event by one spot. Wilson was then placed in the second semi race for another chance to get on the main gate line-up. In this race he earned a top five start and quickly moved into the top three. He finished the race in 3rd place collecting a spot in the main event.
When the gate dropped for the main event, Dungey was 7th off the start while Wilson had a bad jump and was near the tail end of the pack. On his KTM 450 SX-F Dungey quickly clicked off fast lap times and was into 4th by the second lap of the race. He then pressured Chad Reed for a podium spot and was able to move into 3rd a lap later. Wasting no time, he pursued the 2nd place ride of Davi Millsaps. A lap later he made the pass stick on Millsaps and took over the runner-up spot.
Dungey spent the remaining laps chasing down the lead rider but was unable to close the gap enough to challenge for the lead spot. At the end of the twenty lap main event, he was able to cross the line in 2nd place earning his season best result. Wilson, also earned his best finish of the season, completing the race in 8th.
"I know I still have some work to do, but I was a lot happier with this result," stated Dungey. "I'm happy to be on the podium and one step closer to that top spot."
Next Round: January 24, 2015 - Oakland, CA
Source: KTM North America
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Tyler Bowers Finishes Runner-up in Anaheim
Monster Energy AMA Supercross returned to Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Saturday for Round 3 that saw the championship in the 250SX Western Region heat up. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Tyler Bowers worked his way from a bad start to lead in the main event, but was bumped to finish second after a last lap battle. His teammate Chris Alldredge fought for position as high as second place before a crash at the halfway mark dropped him out of competition, but Motosport.com's Josh Hansen had his best finish of the season in seventh on his Kawasaki KX250F. In the 450SX class, Monster Energy Kawasaki's Davi Millsaps nearly grabbed the holeshot on his KX450F and took over the lead on Lap 1. He fought the difficult and deteriorating track for 20 laps and finished in ninth place. Kawasaki had the majority market share of the 450SX main event with six Team Green riders aboard the Kawasaki KX450F.
Bowers had stayed consistent in the first two rounds and was ready for a breakthrough race in Anaheim. He posted top times throughout qualifying and finished runner-up in his heat race. When the gate dropped for the main event, Bowers got pinched back around the first turn but was able to work some magic on the first lap and got inside the top-10. He inherited the lead on Lap 6 and had a sizeable gap until the last lap where he came together for the lead and got pushed off the track. He recovered to finish second and sits second in the championship by only four points.
"It was a hard pill to swallow," said Bowers. "But we could be in a worse spot. I got a terrible start and pulled some Houdini moves to get to the front quickly. I got handed the lead and rode by myself for most of the race, which I think hurt me. It was good to be up front and now I just need to work on keeping the pace up once I get there. We'll get them next weekend."
Millsaps did not have an easy day as he took most of qualifying to get comfortable, which led to posting the 12th fastest lap time. He turned it around in the night show as he rode to a solid third place finish in his heat and got another good start in the main event, nearly getting the holeshot. Millsaps quickly took the lead, led the first lap and continued to battle for the first half of the main event until a few mistakes dropped him to eighth place. From there he settled into a pace and rode to a top-10 finish.
"Tonight was tough," said Millsaps. "I struggled to put the track together all day, which led to a poor qualifying time. I felt my best in the heat race. My start in the main event was great, but it was a battle immediately to stay up front and I started making mistake after mistake, which knocked me back. We still moved up in points so although it wasn't a great finish we're moving forward."
Going for It
Alldredge has shown progression each week and continued to show promise in Anaheim despite being sick all week. He posted the eighth fastest qualifying time and transferred directly into the main event after finishing fifth in his heat. Alldredge got a top-three start in the main event and moved as high as second place in the early laps. He slid back to fifth place before disaster struck when he cased a triple that sent him over the bars and off the track. The rookie walked off on his own but was unable to finish the race.
"There are many positives to take from tonight," said Alldredge. "I got great starts tonight and was up front where I know I belong. I made a costly mistake, but I proved to myself that I can run the pace and I believe I had a top-five finish had I stayed off the ground. We'll look to stay up front for all 15 laps last week."
With Alldredge out of the race, it was Hansen who moved into the top-five briefly. He fought to place another KX in the top-10 with his best finish of the season so far in seventh. In the 450SX class, Kawasaki led the class in market share with six KX-mounted riders in the main event. Team Tedder's Jake Weimer was only credited 17th after an early crash sent him a lap down, but despite being back on the results sheet he was passing riders in the top 10, while Discount Tire/TwoTwo Motorsport's Chad Reed and Josh Grant suffered misfortune early. In addition, Kyle Chisholm and Nick Wey made their first main events of the season in the talented 450SX class. They finished 13th and 14th, respectively.
The Monster Energy AMA Supercross season heads to Raider Nation in Northern California next Saturday for Round 4 at O.Co Coliseum in Oakland. Bowers will look to make up his four-point deficit while Millsaps continues to climb up the top-10 in the championship standings.
Source: Kawasaki Racing
Tomac Takes Podium At Anaheim 2 Supercross
Despite winning his first career Monster Energy Supercross race in the 450cc class last week in Phoenix, GEICO Honda rider Eli Tomac is fighting out of a deep hole in the championship standings.
As the series heads to Angel Stadium this Saturday for Round 3 of the 2015 season, Tomac is seventh in the standings, 21 points behind leader Ken Roczen. He’s that far behind because of an uncharacteristic mistake at the season-opener in Anaheim two weeks ago.
“Just the way it happened, it’s something I can’t really believe, but it did happen,” Tomac said. “The points are something I can’t dwell on because considering how long the series is, it’s not worth worrying about.”
Tomac, picked by many to win the 450 championship this season, has shown plenty of speed in the first two races, but after Roczen jumped to a quick lead in Phoenix last weekend, some figured the race was over.
But as confident as Tomac is now, he wasn’t worried.
“Maybe some people thought it was over but I sure didn’t,” Tomac said. “Early on I was staying right there with Kenny, so I knew he wasn’t way faster than me. I was riding a comfortable pace with him.
“There were spots where I was making big time, and when I got close enough I didn’t want to wait around. Our class is so gnarly that you know third or fourth can creep up on you, too.
So Tomac attacked, and he and Roczen put on a show for the fans in Phoenix. Tomac eventually got by after a furious battle and went on to win the race by more than six seconds.
The race may have been a preview of the season-long title fight, as Tomac and Roczen have been the fastest riders through the first two races, and if Phoenix was any indication, fans are in for more treats in 2015.
“That’s one good thing about Kenny and I: We respect each other and have the same mind-set,” Tomac said. “We look toward the future and not just one race, like it’s the end of the world. This was fun.”
GEICO Honda’s Malcolm Stewart had some good fortune in Phoenix last weekend, and he rode to a stellar second-place finish. Teammate Matt Bisceglia, though, hasn’t had much luck so far during the 2015 series, which shifts to Angel Stadium for the third round of the 250 West program.
Stewart raced to a second-place finish in Phoenix after advancing to the main event through the last-chance qualifier. He was caught up in an accident in his heat race but bounced back strong to win the LCQ and reach the podium in the main.
“It’s a huge weight off my shoulders going into this weekend,” Stewart said. “I felt that the first couple races on the bike were like a black cat luck-wise. The results really came around at the end of Phoenix though during the LCQ and the main.
“I definitely feel like it was a big reset button for me, so now I can move forward and focus again.”
Stewart has had to race the LCQ in both events in 2015, and while getting to the main is always the goal, he’d rather get there through his heat.
“I just want to get from the heat race to the main event,” Stewart said with a chuckle. “That’s my goal this weekend.”
He also wants to find an emotional center as he rides, not getting too high like he did in Anaheim 1 but showing more fire than he did in Phoenix.
“Yeah, I did calm down some from the first race, but after watching the tape and reviewing with (team manager Mike) LaRocco, we’re going to bump the intensity back up again,” Stewart said. “You’re going to see more of a middle ground between last weekend and where I was at in Anaheim 1.”
Bisceglia’s goals are more simple: Get some luck. A rough couple of races were typified by a first-lap, first-corner crash in Phoenix that was not of his own doing. Bisceglia rebounded to finish 11th, but he has shown more speed than his results this season indicate.
“It was unfortunate in that first corner,” Bisceglia said. “It was just something that happened. I’m excited for this weekend and doing what I can do.”
Bisceglia, in his second full season in Supercross, is still learning what it takes to compete at the highest level in the sport, but he knows that with a little luck he can reach the podium soon.
“I’ve got to keep looking ahead,” Bisceglia said. “I need to learn from what I saw in Anaheim.”
Source: GEICO Honda
Hill Finishes 3rd at Monster Energy Anaheim 2 Supercross
Red Bull KTM Factory rider Justin Hill earned an impressive result at the third round of the AMA 250 Supercross class at the Monster Energy Supercross held at Angel Stadium when he crossed the line in 3rd place.
Justin Hill looked strong throughout the early afternoon qualifying sessions. Once all practice was complete he had earned the 5th fastest qualifying time and a great gate pick in his heat race. When the gate dropped for the heat, Hill was 5th out of the gate. He quickly moved to 3rd at the close of the first lap. Hill lost a spot to Tyler Bowers on the second lap but then made the spot back when he passed Zach Osborne a lap later. At the end of the six lap heat he finished 3rd to secure a spot on the main event starting grid.
The board turned sideways and the gate fell for the main event with Hill coming around the first corner in 6th place. On his KTM 250 SX-F he moved to 5th at the end of the first lap and secured 4th a lap later. When the lead ride of Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Red Bull/KTM rider Jessy Nelson crashed, Hill picked up the 3rd place spot. A lap later, Chris Alldredge, made a mistake and Hill picked up another spot to move into 2nd place.
Hill was able to hold that position for the next three laps fighting off a hard charge from Cooper Webb. On lap ten, Webb was able to move around Hill and take over the spot. Hill finished the race strong and held on to 3rd throughout the final five laps to secure a podium spot.
"I am making progress every weekend and getting stronger each race," stated Hill. "I felt really good today and feel I am getting closer to working toward my first win. I am grateful to my team for all of their support and looking forward to the next round in Oakland."
Next Round: January 24, 2015 - Oakland, CA
Source: KTM North America
Barcia Takes Season Best Finish, Peick Re-injured
Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif. was the site for round three of the 2015 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship. 40,718 fans were in attendance and all of the action aired live on Fox Sports One. In addition, the first of eight new episodes of the popular Supercross, Behind the Dream documentary series aired on Fox Sports One today at 10:30 a.m. (EST) and contained a feature on Justin Barcia. The next episode will air on Feb. 1 on Fox Sports One at 1:00 p.m. (EST).
As reported earlier, Weston Peick suffered a broken bone in his foot during the final laps of the Phoenix round of the series on Jan. 10, where he finished a career best fourth. After having a screw inserted last week and being advised that attempting to ride at Anaheim would not cause further damage, but potentially excruciating pain, Peick was determined to attempt to compete. Unfortunately the screw was not successful in keeping the bones together and on just the first lap of practice the bone broke again causing Peick to retire from the event.
With NASCAR in its off-season Joe Gibbs was present and had Peick fly back with him to North Carolina where he will undergo surgery by one of the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame Coaches' trusted surgeons in Charlotte on Monday. Peick will return to racing when cleared by the surgeon. In the meantime, Phillip Nicoletti will substitute for Peick beginning this Saturday in Oakland, Calif.
After posting the fastest qualifying time during practice, Justin Barcia earned a gate for the main event in semi one. Barcia began the race around mid-pack in heavy traffic. He quickly moved into the top-10, and was seventh on lap five, sixth on the fourth lap and fourth on the eighth of 20 laps. Barcia maintained his fourth place position unchallenged to score his best finish to date in 2015. After three rounds Barcia is sixth in series points with Peick eighth.
The next stop on the tour is O co. Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. Jan. 24. Fox Sports One will broadcast the race live at 10:00 p.m. (EST).
Source: Joe Gibbs Racing
Zach Osborne Finishes 4th in the 250 Class at Anaheim for Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing!
Jason Anderson Finishes 7th in the 450 Class
Anaheim's Angel Stadium played host to the fastest dirtbike racers in the world for the second time this season, as Supercross made its way back to California for the third round of the 2015 series.
Zach Osborne, this week's fastest 250 qualifier, displayed some serious speed at Angel Stadium. After finishing fifth in his heat race, his Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing FC 250 pulled the holeshot in the 250 Main Event. He stayed in contention as he battled in the top five for the remainder of the race. He crossed the finish line in fourth place.
"Today was good," said Osborne. "I had great speed in practice, and did OK tonight, but I had a little issue with my thumb in the heat race. I rode through it in the main. It's a tough situation but it's getting better day-by-day. I'm headed in the right direction. My bike is good and my fitness is good. Everything is going well."
Jason Anderson was all business in his heat as he and his Husqvarna FC 450 advanced from seventh to a fourth-place finish. He was faced with a bit of bad luck in the 450 Main Event as he was pushed to the back of the pack after getting caught behind another rider's crash. He charged ahead and steadily climbed to seventh by the end of the race.
"My night was alright," said Anderson. "The beginning of the day was good, but when it came to game time I felt like I was up there but just had some unfortunate luck. I'm just going to try and keep moving forward. I feel good, and I just need to keep doing what I'm doing and I'll be up there."
Zach Bell pulled an impressive start in his heat race aboard his Husqvarna FC 250 and followed through with a sixth-place finish to transfer into the 250 Main Event. In the Main, Bell succumbed to an injury stemming from an incident that occurred during his qualifying race. He pushed through the pain to finish 19th.
"Practice went well," said Bell, "I just rolled my ankle. I had a good start in the main event but had an incident with another rider, which put me in the back. It's hard to do well when you're fighting from the back. I look forward to showing everyone what I can do next weekend."
Source: Husqvarna Motorcycles
Nelson and McElrath Fight For Top-10 Finishes
Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Red Bull/KTM's Jessy Nelson fought his way to a sixth-place finish after a rollercoaster Western Regional 250SX Class Main Event from Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. Teammate Shane McElrath won his first-career Heat Race, and worked his way back from a crash to finish 10th in the Main Event.
Nelson's night started with a great second-place ride in the Heat Race. Taking that momentum into the Main Event, he nearly grabbed the Holeshot, and quickly took over the lead on Lap 2 just after the finish line. Nelson's speed was unquestionable as he quickly gapped his competition, but a small mistake forced him to give up the lead. Maintaining the speed he started the night with, Nelson used the remainder of the race to make his way up to finish sixth.
"I would have loved to win another race for the team, but that wasn't my luck tonight," said Nelson. "I had a good heat race and honestly should have won that main. It's pretty tough to swallow, but we have to keep our heads up because there is still plenty of racing this season."
Nelson's Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Red Bull/KTM teammate McElrath earned his first heat race win with an impressive ride to start off the night. He was running mid-pack and moving up when contact with another rider forced him to the ground. McElrath remounted and was determined to make up as many spots as possible, eventually finishing 10th.
Following three of eight rounds of the Western Regional 250SX Class, Nelson sits second in the championship standings. McElrath is currently tied for seventh.
The Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Red Bull/KTM team will be traveling to the Bay Area for the Western Regional 250SX fourth round in Oakland on January 24.
The Team TLD riders wore the new 2015 GP Galaxy Blue and the SE Checker Blue, along with the 2015 SE3 Galaxy Helmet at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. See more of the 2015 gear sets and the 2015 Moto Helmets online and at your local TLD retailer.
TLD would like to thank all our sponsors: Lucas Oil, Red Bull, KTM, PPG, MAVTV, GoPro, adidas, Seaspan, Pro Tork, Fender, FMF, Horizon Hobby, Method Race Wheels, Renthal, New Era, Dunlop, VP Racing, Pixelmags, Alpinestars, WP Suspension, ODI Grips, Oakley, Hinson, Galfer, Kite, Specialized, SRAM, Twin Air, Cycra, D.I.D., Dirt Star, Xtrig, Kryptonight Industries, Kasey Kahne Racing, McQueen Racing, NStyle, ACAT Global.
Source: Troy Lee Designs
Baggett Cards Top-10 at Anaheim Supercross
Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing's Blake Baggett scored his first top-10 finish in Saturday's third round of the 2015 AMA/ FIM World Supercross series at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California.
After a nerve-wracking qualifying that witnessed Baggett needing to rally late in a Semi to get into the Main, he was fighting to score a top-five finish aboard his RM-Z450, when a hard crash set him back. But he displayed his typical never-give-up spirit and remounted to score his first career top-10 AMA/ FIM 450 Supercross result.
Said Baggett: "I didn't get the greatest start, but ran it around the outside and just started plugging away and working forward. I tried to pick the best lines I could. I was trying to make passes and make them stick, as well as find traction on a track that was really slippery in the main line, so I was trying different lines to find a little cushion."
Getting coaching help from Motorcycle Hall of Fame legend Rick Johnson, Baggett came into Anaheim II with a fresh approach, bidding to be a bit more aggressive in the races. The new game plan seemed to be working until unlucky lap 13 of the Main.
After fighting his way up from 14th to sixth, Baggett was trying to crack the top-five when he pulled alongside fellow Suzuki rider Broc Tickle in a whoop section, ran wide and crashed. He got flicked over his bike and landed chest first on the face of a jump.
"I worked my way up and just made a mistake on lap 13," explained Baggett, who escaped injury in the fall. "I tried to pass Tickle in the whoops and ended up getting into the tuff blocks and just went down; then I had to regroup."
In spite of the miscue, Baggett, who is now just two points from being ranked in the top-10, went away with new-found confidence that he's capable of running inside the top-five, even as a rookie.
"By all means we were definitely better than we have been and it's only round three," Baggett said. "I'm looking to continue to run strong as the season goes on and I've got to give it up to the whole Yoshimura Suzuki team for the great effort."
Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing's next event is round four of the 2015 AMA/ FIM World Supercross Championship this coming Saturday, January 24th, at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, California.
Source: Team Suzuki
Anaheim 2 Overview And Point Standings
2015 AMA Supercross Anaheim 2 Image Gallery
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Overall Results - Supercross Class
|1||94||Ken Roczen||Suzuki RM-Z450||20 Laps||1:02.359|
|2||5||Ryan Dungey||KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition||+05.221||1:02.310|
|3||3||Eli Tomac||Honda CRF450||+08.281||1:01.987|
|4||51||Justin Barcia||Yamaha YZ450F||+20.599||1:02.934|
|5||20||Broc Tickle||Suzuki RM-Z450||+26.998||1:03.350|
|6||14||Cole Seely||Honda CRF450||+31.486||1:03.106|
|7||21||Jason Anderson||Husqvarna FC450||+43.552||1:03.144|
|8||15||Dean Wilson||KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition||+45.480||1:04.580|
|9||18||David Millsaps||Kawasaki KX450F||+49.007||1:04.360|
|10||4||Blake Baggett||Suzuki RM-Z450||+51.316||1:03.000|
|11||41||Trey Canard||Honda CRF450||+51.776||1:02.656|
|12||24||Brett Metcalfe||Suzuki RM-Z450||+1:02.967||1:04.232|
|13||11||Kyle Chisholm||KTM 450 SX-F||19 Laps||1:05.548|
|14||27||Nicholas Wey||Kawasaki KX450F||+11.150||1:06.283|
|15||42||Ben Lamay||Yamaha YZ450F||+16.883||1:06.534|
|16||53||Jimmy Albertson||Yamaha YZ450F||+23.890||1:06.103|
|17||12||Jacob Weimer||Kawasaki KX450F||+33.223||1:04.687|
|18||92||Cade Clason||Honda CRF450||18 Laps||1:07.778|
|19||800||Mike Alessi||Suzuki RM-Z450||15 Laps||1:04.068|
|20||33||Joshua Grant||Kawasaki KX450F||10 Laps||1:04.302|
|21||29||Andrew Short||KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition||DNF|
|22||22||Chad Reed||Kawasaki KX450F||9 Laps||Disqualifed|
Rider Point Standings - Supercross Class
- Race Time: 20:45.445
- Margin of Victory: 05.221
- Winner's Avg. Laptime: 1:02.272
- 2nd Place Avg. Laptime: 1:02.533
- Best Qualifier: #5 - Ryan Dungey
- Holeshot: #53 - Jimmy Albertson
( Race 3 of 17 )
- Ken Roczen - 72
- Ryan Dungey - 60
- Jason Anderson - 51
- Eli Tomac - 46
- Trey Canard - 43
- Justin Barcia - 43
- Broc Tickle - 38
- Weston Peick - 32
- Andrew Short - 31
- David Millsaps - 30
Manufacturer Point Standings - Supercross Class
( Race 3 of 17 )
- Suzuki - 72
- Honda - 65
- KTM - 60
- Husqvarna - 51
- Yamaha - 51
- Kawasaki - 39
Overall Results - Supercross Lites West Class
|1||17||Cooper Webb||Yamaha YZ250F||15 Laps||1:03.099|
|2||911||Tyler Bowers||Kawasaki KX250F||+06.065||1:03.797|
|3||32||Justin Hill||KTM 250 SX-F||+07.122||1:04.450|
|4||16||Zach Osborne||Husqvarna FC250||+09.928||1:04.613|
|5||34||Malcolm Stewart||Honda CRF250||+17.594||1:04.958|
|6||28||Jessy Nelson||KTM 250 SX-F||+18.092||1:03.460|
|7||100||Joshua Hansen||Kawasaki KX250F||+18.943||1:05.096|
|8||31||Alex Martin||Yamaha YZ250F||+29.079||1:05.387|
|9||130||Thomas Hahn||Honda CRF250||+35.145||1:05.598|
|10||40||Shane McElrath||KTM 250 SX-F||+38.216||1:05.346|
|11||57||Jackson Richardson||Honda CRF250||+40.724||1:05.601|
|12||86||Zackery Freeberg||Yamaha YZ250F||+45.634||1:06.447|
|13||157||Aaron Plessinger||Yamaha YZ250F||+53.244||1:05.950|
|14||981||Austin Politelli||Yamaha YZ250F||+56.718||1:06.921|
|15||85||Landen Powell||KTM 250 SX-F||+1:00.937||1:06.826|
|16||61||Michael Leib||Honda CRF250||+1:07.621||1:07.011|
|17||71||Cole Martinez||Yamaha YZ250||14 Laps||1:06.741|
|18||65||Scott Champion||Yamaha YZ250||+02.542||1:06.499|
|19||44||Zachary Bell||Husqvarna FC250||+17.623||1:06.970|
|20||275||Johnny Jelderda||Honda CRF250||+38.246||1:09.575|
|21||217||Ryan Breece||Yamaha YZ250F||+1:13.464||1:08.749|
|22||66||Chris Alldredge||Kawasaki KX250F||7 Laps||1:04.171|
Rider Point Standings - Supercross Lites West Class
- Race Time: 15:50.434
- Margin of Victory: 06.065
- Winner's Avg. Laptime: 1:03.362
- 2nd Place Avg. Laptime: 1:03.766
- Best Qualifier: #17 - Cooper Webb
- Holeshot: #16 - Zach Osborne
( Race 3 of 9 )
- Cooper Webb - 64
- Jessy Nelson - 60
- Tyler Bowers - 60
- Zach Osborne - 54
- Justin Hill - 53
- Aaron Plessinger - 40
- Malcolm Stewart - 39
- Shane McElrath - 39
- Joshua Hansen - 34
- Thomas Hahn - 30
Manufacturer Point Standings - Supercross Lites Class
( Race 3 of 17 )
- Yamaha - 66
- KTM - 65
- Kawasaki - 60
- Husqvarna - 54
- Honda - 49