The drenching downpours held off and the clear, crisp skies welcomed the crowd of over 56,000 to CenturyLink Field for what was to be a crazy and unexpected night on the Monster Energy AMA Supercross track. You know when leader Ryan Dungey (Team Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) goes down on the tuff block at the beginning of the race and Eli Tomac (Monster Kawasaki Alpinestar) struggles in the start – its going to be an edge of your seat thriller.
Jason Anderson’s (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Thor) short lead was soon taken over by Marvin Musquin (Team Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) who dominated the rest of the 17 minutes plus one lap deteriorating track. The battle for the podium was intense between Anderson, Tomac and Cooper Webb (Monster Energy Yamalube Chaparral Yamaha Financial Services Yamaha Factory Racing). The heart always sinks a little for the riders when they clip the tuff blocks, as Webb did, dropping him out of the top five, moving both Tomac and Dungey up an extra spot. Dungey made a final pass on Davi Millsaps (RMATV/MC-WPS-KTM) and ended up finishing in fourth place. Musquin stayed on top with Tomac and Anderson rounding out 2nd and 3rd places finishes. Dungey, Millsaps, Broc Tickle, Blake Baggett, Cooper Webb, Chad Reed and Dean Wilson finished out in the top ten spots.
The battle for Las Vegas continues as now Tomac and Dungey stand tied at 294 points with Musquin sitting at 252 and Cole Seely at 211.
For the 250SX West riders, Aaron Plessinger (Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM) received his first win of the season, controlling the track from the start (even after a full race restart due to a crash between Chase Marquier and Noah McConahy). Portland’s Justin Hill (Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki) and Mitchell Oldenburg (Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM) ended in second and third on the podium respectively.
Only Salt Lake City and New Jersey stand between the riders and the May 6th championship in Las Vegas.
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