Dungey seizes the moment and brings double-digit points lead into Monster Energy Supercross’ debut from San Diego’s Petco Park. Webb continues dominance of Western Regional 250SX Class Championship…

On a night in which he had the opportunity to make a major statement in the title fight for the 2015 Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship, Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey seized the moment in Angel Stadium to claim his first win of the season.

Entering the night as the new 450SX Class points leader, Dungey extended his advantage to double digits heading into this weekend’s Southern California finale on Saturday night, with the inaugural visit to San Diego’s Petco Park and the second Military Appreciation Race.


In the Western Regional 250SX Class Championship, the breakout season by Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha’s Cooper Webb continued, claiming his third win in five races.

The Military Appreciation Race signifies the world’s premier off-road motorcycle racing series paying tribute to the members of the United States Armed Forces, in support of Operation Homefront, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organisation that provides assistance to service members and their families with a focus on wounded veterans who served on or after 9/11.

In recognition of their dedicated honour and services, members of the military can save $10 on tickets at Ticketmaster with the code OPHOME. Military members will also be granted FREE access to the pit party by showing a valid military ID (limit one entry per ID).

Saturday night’s race will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 7:00 p.m. PST/10:00 p.m. EST.

Live coverage from San Diego will also be available on the authenticated FOX Sports Go app.

Media Day will take place Thursday, February 5, at 12 Noon PST at Petco Park’s Press Box featuring RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John’s Factory Suzuki, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing and Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Red Bull/KTM

On Saturday, February 7, fans can Log on to www.SupercrossLive.com to watch Race Day Live with Jim Holley and Andy Bowyer from 12:50 p.m. PST/3:50 p.m. EST to 4:50 p.m. PST/7:50 p.m. EST

See also: Anaheim 3 450SX Class Highlights

See also: Anaheim 3 250SX Class Highlights

Some key insights to watch heading into this Saturday night’s race:

  • Who will be the first-ever winners at Petco Park? Monster Energy Supercross has raced in San Diego for 31 years, but this year will be the first outside of Qualcomm Stadium.
  • Can Dungey earn back-to-back wins for the first time since 2012, claiming his and KTM’s first victory in San Diego? He would be become the first consecutive race winner of the 2015 season by doing so.
  • Will Ken Roczen return to the top step of the podium and chip away at the deficit he faces to Dungey in the championship standings?
  • Can the Honda duo of Trey Canard and Eli Tomac continue their upward progression in the championship? They currently sit tied for third.
  • Will the 450SX Class see its fifth different winner in six races?
  • Will San Diego have its fifth different winner in as many years? Only Davi Millsaps and Chad Reed have won in San Diego before, and both have yet to win in 2015.
  • With Cole Seely’s podium finish last weekend, Justin Barcia, Davi Millsaps and Blake Baggett are the only top-10 riders in the championship standings without a podium result this season.
  • Will Cooper Webb earn his fourth win in five races and continue to extend his points lead?
  • The last five 250SX Class wins in San Diego have come from Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki and GEICO Honda. Will they continue their dominance?
  • Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki is winless thus far in 2015. Will it earn its first win this weekend? How will Tyler Bowers bounce back from the adversity he faced in Anaheim?
  • After taking over second in the points, will Jessy Nelson be able to close in on his deficit to Webb?
  • Can Justin Hill earn his first win for Red Bull KTM? He won his first career race in San Diego last season. A victory would give him back-to-back San Diego wins on two different brands of motorcycles.

Dungey was near perfect in Anaheim, leading both timed practice sessions, winning his Heat Race and capping it off by leading 19 of the 20 laps in the Main Event. He entered the night with a slim four-point lead over RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John’s Factory Suzuki’s Ken Roczen, but left with a double-digit, 11-point advantage after Roczen’s fourth-place finish.

“The whole day was great,” said Dungey on the podium. “We went out there and got a good start, got into the lead and led all of the laps. That is all we can do. We’ve finished fourth, third, second, second and now first [this season], and that is a step forward. We will continue to take it race by race and give it everything we have.”

Dungey’s continued consistency has been the biggest factor to his current position. He’s finished no worse than fourth in five races and is in the midst of a four-race podium streak, including finishes of second, second and first the last three weeks. In response to his deficit in the championship and season-worst finish the week prior, Roczen was in the battle at the front of the field in Anaheim, but ended up not being a major factor.

He battled back from his worst start of the season, sixth, to move into third on Lap 10, but a late pass by GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac on the final lap dropped the German rider off the podium for just the second time this season. It also was the second straight weekend in which Roczen didn’t leap a lap in the Main Event.

“I started out in practice not feeling the greatest, for some reason,” commented Roczen following the event. “I just felt a little bit off.

“In the Heat Race I didn’t grab that good of a start, but I could kind of sneak around and then I rode a good race. Same thing happened in the Main. I had a horrible start. I don’t know what I was doing. Then Baggett held me off for three or four laps and that’s when the guys in front gapped us.

We caught them at one point, but then I got passed by Tomac on the last lap, which I’m not happy about. Basically, the starts are what really hurt me. It is what it is. We’re looking forward to this weekend. We finished fourth, which isn’t awesome but it’s okay.”

Roczen finished on the podium last year in San Diego and has been one of the best starters, and finishers, thus far in 2015.

Canard, Tomac and now Team Honda’s Cole Seely have led the resurgence of the manufacturer this season, looking for the brand’s first title since 2003. Both Canard and Tomac have won already this season and appear to be significant threats for the title, while Seely earned the best finish of his career last Saturday in Anaheim, helping him close in on sixth in the standings.

“Those guys [Eli Tomac and Ken Roczen] were pressuring me toward the end of the race, but I was able to put my head down and hold them off,” said Seely of his runner-up finish. He now has three straight top-10 finishes and has emerged as one of the strongest riders the last three weeks.

Since breaking through for his first career win in Phoenix, the second race of the season, Webb has been on a tear in the Western Regional 250SX Class Championship, taking full control of the title fight. Webb has had a flair for the dramatic with his success, which has made this one of the most compelling championship battles in recent years.

Each of Webb’s primary competitors – Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Red Bull/KTM’s Jessy Nelson and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Tyler Bowers – have challenged him throughout the season, with Nelson fighting him for the win last Saturday in Anaheim.

Nelson led the first half of the 250SX Class Main Event in Anaheim, but Webb was persistent in his challenge for the lead and took control on Lap 8, pulling away from there. Since starting the season in seventh, Webb has won three races and finished second to open a 18-point lead in the championship standings.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better race,” said Webb on the podium in Anaheim. “I look forward to keeping the momentum up next weekend in San Diego.”

Nelson earned his third podium finish of the season with a second-place finish and moved into second in the championship as a result. Webb’s Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha team-mate Aaron Plessinger completed the top three in Anaheim with the first podium result of his career. Bowers, who entered the night eight points behind Webb, crashed in the Main Event while fighting his way to the front and had to soldier home for a 15th-place result, dropping him to fourth in the points.

During last year’s 450SX Class Main Event in San Diego, Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart won his first race of the season at Qualcomm Stadium at the first-ever Military Appreciation Race. In the Western Regional 250SX Class, Justin Hill won the first Western Regional 250SX Class Main Event of his career.

Previous Race Results: Angel Stadium – Anaheim – January 31, 2015

450SX Class Results: Anaheim

1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM
2. Cole Seely, Laguna Beach, Calif., Honda
3. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda
4. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Suzuki
5. Trey Canard, Edmond, Okla., Honda
6. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Kawasaki
7. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Suzuki
8. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., Yamaha
9. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna
10. Josh Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Yamaha

450SX Class Season Standings

1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 107
2. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Suzuki, 96
3. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda, 84
4. Trey Canard, Edmond, Okla., Honda, 84
5. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna, 74
6. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., Yamaha, 71
7. Cole Seely, Laguna Beach, Calif., Honda, 67
8. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Kawasaki, 57
9. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki, 54
10. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Suzuki, 54

Western Regional 250SX Class Results: Anaheim

1. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha
2. Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., KTM
3. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha
4. Zach Osborne, Chesterfield, S.C., Husqvarna
5. Matt Bisceglia, Weatherford, Texas, Honda
6. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM
7. Josh Hansen, Elbert, Colo., Kawasaki
8. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., KTM
9. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha
10. Cole Martinez, Rimrock, Ariz., Yamaha

Western Regional 250SX Class Season Standings

1. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha, 111
2. Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., KTM, 93
3. Zach Osborne, Chesterfield, S.C., Husqvarna, 87
4. Tyler Bowers, Corona, Calif., Kawasaki, 84
5. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., KTM, 78
6. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha, 74
7. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda, 68
8. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM, 64
9. Josh Hansen, Elbert, Colo., Kawasaki, 61
10. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha, 59

Past Winners in San Diego

450SX Class

February 8, 2014       James Stewart
February 9, 2013       Davi Millsaps
February 11, 2012      Ryan Villopoto
February 19, 2011      Chad Reed
February 6, 2010       Davi Millsaps
February 14, 2009      James Stewart
February 9, 2008       Chad Reed
February 17, 2007      Chad Reed
February 11, 2006      James Stewart
February 19, 2005      Chad Reed
January 24, 2004       Chad Reed
February 8, 2003       Chad Reed
January 12, 2002       David Vuillemin
January 13, 2001       Ricky Carmichael
January 22, 2000       David Vuillemin
January 16, 1999       Ezra Lusk
February 7, 1998       Jeremy McGrath
February 10, 1996      Jeremy McGrath
February 11, 1995      Jeremy McGrath
February 5, 1994       Jeremy McGrath
February 6, 1993       Jeremy McGrath
February 8, 1992       Damon Bradshaw
February 9, 1991       Jean-Michael Bayle
February 10, 1990      Jeff Stanton
February 11, 1989      Rick Johnson
February 14, 1987      Rick Johnson
February 8, 1986       Rick Johnson
January 26, 1985       Johnny O’Mara
November 16, 1982   Broc Glover
November 14, 1981   Broc Glover
October 25, 1980       Mike Bell

250SX Class

February 8, 2014     Justin Hill
February 9, 2013     Eli Tomac
February 11, 2012    Dean Wilson
February 19, 2011    Eli Tomac
February 6, 2010     Jake Weimer
February 14, 2009    Ryan Dungey
February 9, 2008     Jason Lawrence
February 17, 2007    Ryan Villopoto
February 11, 2006    Andrew Short
February 19, 2005    Nathan Ramsey
January 24, 2004     Ivan Tedesco
February 8, 2003     James Stewart
January 12, 2002     James Stewart
January 13, 2001     Justin Buckelew
January 22, 2000     Greg Schnell
January 16, 1999     Casey Johnson
February 7, 1998     John Dowd
February 10, 1996    Jeff Willoh
February 11, 1985    Damon Huffman
February 5, 1984     Ryan Hughes
February 6, 1993     Mickael Pichon
February 8, 1992     Jeremy McGrath
February 9, 1991     Jeremy McGrath
February 10, 1990    Ty Davis
February 11, 1989    Jeff Matiasevich
February 14, 1987    Kyle Lewis
February 8, 1986     Donny Schmit
January 26, 1985     Todd Campbell