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AURORA, Ill. (February 6, 2015) – After winning his first Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship race of the season at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey extended his 450SX Class points lead to 11 as the championship heads to San Diego’s Petco Park for the first time ever tomorrow night and the second consecutive Military Appreciation Race. RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John’s Factory Suzuki’s Ken Roczen controlled the points lead for the first three races of the season and follows Dungey in second place with GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac in third place.

Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha’s Cooper Webb captured his third Western Regional 250SX Class Championship win last weekend in Anaheim, and in doing so extended his points lead to 18 over Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil//RedBull/KTM’s Jessy Nelson. Webb’s teammate and rookie Aaron Plessinger scored his first podium and sits in third place.

  • The Military Appreciation Race signifies the world’s premier off-road motorcycle racing championship paying tribute to the members of the United States Armed Forces, in support of Operation Homefront, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization 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 honor 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). The entire Monster Energy Supercross Championship will air on the on the American Forces Network (AFN), bringing each race to U.S. installations, U.S. embassies, and other U.S. consulates in 175 countries.
  • In addition to the pledge of support from Feld Motor Sports, the Military Appreciation Race will once again host a charity auction following the San Diego race, featuring the gear worn by the riders during competition. Last year the sport’s top riders donated their race-worn gear to the auction, and even more contributions are expected for the 2015 race.


450SX Class


Red Bull KTM

#5 Ryan Dungey


Current Championship Position: 1st

Anaheim Start: 2nd

Anaheim Finish: 1st (+1)

Average Finish: 2.4

“It feels so great to get this win,” stated Dungey. “The whole team and myself have been working really hard to get everything dialed in and I think our progress shows based on my results over the past few weeks. I am very thankful to them for their hard work to help get me up here each weekend.”

 RCH/Soaring Eagle/ Jimmy Johns/ Suzuki Factory Racing


#94 Ken Roczen (-11 behind leader)


Current Championship Position: 2nd

Anaheim Start: 6th

Anaheim Finish: 4th (+2)

Average Finish: 8.2


Roczen bounced back after his big crash in Oakland to finish fourth in Anaheim.

“I started-out in practice not feeling the greatest, for some reason,” said Roczen. “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 snuck 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 (Blake) 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 (Eli) 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 ok.”




#3 Eli Tomac (-23 behind leader)

Current Championship Position: 3rd

Anaheim Start: 7th

Anaheim Finish: 3rd (+4)

Average Finish: 6.2


Tomac finished third in Anaheim, marking his third podium of the season.

“The difference between trying to win the championship with the 450s compared to the 250s is that we have a longer season with the bigger bikes,” said Tomac, a two-time champion when he competed on his Honda CRF250. “The 250 season in Supercross is only eight races long, so if you have a bad race, it’s super hard to make up for it. In 450, you still don’t want to have a bad race if you can avoid it, but with 17 races you do have time to overcome it. And almost everyone is going to have an off weekend at some point. It’s racing.”

Team Honda HRC


#41 Trey Canard (-23 behind leader)

Current Championship Position: 4th

Anaheim Start: 4th

Anaheim Finish: 5th (-1)

Average Finish: 4.6


Canard finished fifth after scoring his first win since 2011 at the Oakland stop.

“Fifth place isn’t bad, but it’s always disappointing when you’re in a good position and don’t capitalize on it. I was good in qualifying and was pumped to finally get a good start; hopefully we can continue doing that and put ourselves in a better position for the rest of the series. I got into a rhythm around halfway and felt a little bit of urgency to pass Cole. Maybe I rode a little too aggressively and went a bit too wide in the sand and washed the front. I buried the clutch lever and had to dig that out, and I never really got going after that. My riding is good, so there’s no big drama; I just need to keep doing work and make progress..”


#14 Cole Seely (-40 behind leader)


Current Championship Position: 7th

Anaheim Start: 3rd

Anaheim Finish: 2nd (+1)

Average Finish: 10.2


Seely finished a career-best second place in Anaheim.

“The past three weekends, I feel like I’ve gotten my aggression back and worked out the bugs from those first rounds, but I needed the start. I got a horrible start in my heat race, but the main was better. The elevated start made things interesting, and I got off the line good and really charged down that thing. I came out of the first turn third and then passed [Blake] Baggett for second. I tried to look forward the whole time, which was really hard because these guys were putting the pressure on most of the race. I managed to hold them off though, and I’m pumped with second and am looking forward to San Diego.”


Rockstar Energy/Husqvarna Factory racing


#21 Jason Anderson

Current Championship Position: 5th

Anaheim Start: 8th

Anaheim Finish: 9th (-1)

Average Finish: 5.6


Anderson has been inside the top 10 at every race, including an eighth in Anaheim

“My weekend went alright. I got a decent start in the main and I felt like I kind of just rode around and ended up 8th. Not my best day but I’m going to go back to the drawing board this week, work on some things and just focus on moving forward to San Diego and a better result.”


#51 Justin Barcia (-36 behind leader)

Current Championship Position: 6th

Anaheim Start: 12

Anaheim Finish: 8 (+4)

Average Finish: 10.2


“We are continuing to work on starts,” said Barcia. “The Top 10 riders are all fast, and it’s hard to make up time if you don’t start up front. The team and I are going to keep working and getting better. I’m looking forward to good starts and running up front in San Diego.”


Discount Tire/TwoTwo Motorsports


#22 Chad Reed (-50 behind leader)

Current Championship Position: 8th

Anaheim Start: 10th

Anaheim Finish: 6th (+4)

Average Finish: 7


Reed finished sixth, just one week after his first podium of the year in Oakland.

“Tonight was the toughest Anaheim of the three,” said Reed. “The track was super technical all day and by the time the night show started the track became pretty one-lined. If you’re not up-front from the start it’s hard to come through the pack on a track like this.”


Monster Energy Kawasaki


#18 Davi Millsaps (-53 behind leader)


Current Championship Position: 9th

Anaheim Start: 21st

Anaheim Finish: 11th (+10)

Average Finish: 6.8


Millsaps won his Semi Final race but a crash in the Main Event set him back.

“The Main Event was a bummer,” said Millsaps. “I felt really good today and had solid, competitive times. In the main, I got hung up with another rider and was way behind. This was not a good track to have to move through the pack because it was very one-lined by the main event. We salvaged what we could and will look onward to San Diego.”


Yoshimura Suzuki


#4 Blake Baggett (-53 behind leader)


Current Championship Position: 10th

Anaheim Start: 1st

Anaheim Finish: 7th (-6)

Average Finish: 13


Baggett turned in a career-best seventh place in Anaheim.

“The start was definitely tricky tonight,” Baggett admitted. “The gate dropped down right away, so I had to hit my first shift really quick and drive through the bottom at the start and then go late on the brakes into the first turn.”


Western Regional 250SX Class


Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha


#17 Cooper Webb


Current Championship Position: 1st

Anaheim Start: 2nd

Anaheim Finish: 1st (+1)

Average Finish: 2.4


Can Webb back up his Anaheim win and start a two-race streak?

“Getting my third win this season at Anaheim 3 was unbelievable,” said Webb. ” I was able to get a nice solid start behind Jessy and just kind of waited behind him for a few laps, made my move and just put my head down and just try to do my own thing. It was an awesome night for the whole Star Racing Yamaha team. I was able to get my third win of the season and my good buddy, teammate, Aaron Plessinger was able to get his first ever podium, and it was just a great night overall. I am really looking forward to San Diego it will be the last race before the big break. I still have the red plate so we are just looking to hold on to that thing, and kind of go into the break with a bang, try to get another win at San Diego and just keep it going.”


#157 Aaron Plessinger (-37 behind leader)


Current Championship Position: 6th

Anaheim Start: 4th

Anaheim Finish: 3rd (+1)

Average Finish: 8.2


“Anaheim was awesome for me,” said Plessinger. “I went out in practice and qualified sixth and then I got fourth in the second heat, and then I went into the Main Event and did what I needed to do. I got by Osborne really quick and I ended up finishing third, getting my first podium, so I am really stoked on that I couldn’t be happier with that. I am heading into San Diego with high hopes and high confidence. I am hoping to put it back on the box, so I guess we will see this weekend.”


Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/KTM


#28 Jessy Nelson (-18 behind leader)

Current Championship Position: 2nd

Anaheim Start: 1st

Anaheim Finish: 2nd (-1)

Average Finish: 4.4


Nelson has a win and two additional podium finishes but a 10th place in Oakland set him back.

“I had a great heat race,” said Nelson. “The restart helped me since my start wasn’t as good in the first gate drop. Once I was in the lead, it was good, but I made some mistakes and Cooper got around me. Overall I still felt good about my ride. We’ll see what we can do next week in San Diego.”


#40 Shane McElrath (-47 behind leader)


Current Championship Position: 8th

Anaheim Start: 9th

Anaheim Finish: 6th (+3)

Average Finish: 6


McElrath finished sixth last weekend to compliment his additional three top-10 finishes this year.

“I was definitely thankful that we got to have a full restart,” said McElrath. “I should be getting better starts, and thankfully I was able to put a decent one together on the restart. I felt good and I know I’ll just keep working at getting on that podium before the season is over.”


Rockstar Energy/Husqvarna Factory Racing


#16 Zach Osborne (-24 behind leader)


Current Championship Position: 3rd

Anaheim Start: 3rd

Anaheim Finish: 4th (-1)

Average Finish: 6.6


“Today was ok. I struggled a bit in the first two sessions and then found some flow in the last one,” said Osborne. “In the heat race I had a little tip over after a really good start. In the main, my gate didn’t fall at all, it didn’t even move. When I was riding around for f laps seeing no red flag I was frustrated. I felt like it was blatantly obvious that it didn’t fall and I was riding around in 18th place. I thought how did these guys not see this? After a few laps I gave up hope on a restart and started to try and regroup, then finally the red flag came out. In the second start I had a good jump and I felt it was a second chance to do well. I rode around in third for a while and ended up fourth. I just lacked a little bit there at the end as far as the race pace goes because I haven’t been riding during the week.”


Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki


#911 Tyler Bowers (-27 behind leader)


Current Championship Position: 4th

Anaheim Start: 5th

Anaheim Finish: 15th (-10)

Average Finish: 4.6


“This has been a tough week,” said Bowers. “I’ve been sick all week and today was no better. I had a podium finish lined up in the first start and was working my way there in the second, but threw it away. It’s unfortunate, but just as it happened to me this week, the same can happen to anyone else next week. We’re still in this.”


Red Bull KTM


#32 Justin Hill (-33 behind leader)


Current Championship Position: 5th

Anaheim Start: 19th

Anaheim Finish: 8th (+11)

Average Finish: 9.67

“I’m bummed about the restart because I had a decent start in the first gate drop,” stated Hill. “But it is just part of racing, and unfortunately, I suffered that crash in the beginning. I’m glad I was able to salvage the positions I did and get into the top 10.”




#34 Malcolm Stewart (-43 behind leader)


Current Championship Position: 7th

Anaheim Start: 22nd

Anaheim Finish: 17th (+5)

Average Finish: 8.8


Stewart picked up the first win of his career in Oakland

“This race is really wide open for all of us; kind of a big unknown because no one has ever raced Petco Park before,” Stewart said on heading to Petco Park. “I think that makes it really exciting, not just for the riders but the fans as well. We could have a bunch of crazy things happening this weekend. Obviously, we’re going from a wide-open football stadium to a tighter ballpark layout, so it could be more technical rather than high-speed. No matter what, I’ll be ready. The Dirt Wurx guys always build great tracks for us and I expect nothing less this weekend.” Energy Kawasaki


#100 Josh Hansen (-50 behind leader)


Current Championship Position: 9th

Anaheim Start: 7th

Anaheim Finish: 7th (+/-0)

Average Finish: 9.6

On the heels of the birth of his baby daughter this week, Hansen turned in a seventh place finish.

“It’s been a great week,” said Hansen. “My baby girl was born this week which took priority. Today went pretty well and I know with a start I can be on the podium. I’m having fun every weekend and feel like I’m building momentum each week.” River Yamaha

#31 Alex Martin (-52 behind leader)


Current Championship Position: 10th

Anaheim Start: 10th

Anaheim Finish: 9th (+1)

Average Finish: 15.2


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