ELLENTON, Fla. (February 9, 2016) – Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, points leader and reigning titleholder Ryan Dungey carries a 21-race podium streak into this weekend’s return to Petco Park for the Third Annual Military Appreciation Race on Saturday, February 20. While Dungey controls the championship standings, it is RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John’s/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Ken Roczen who brings a surge of momentum into San Diego, fresh off his first win of the 2016 season last weekend. In the Western Regional 250SX Class, Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha’s Cooper Webb returned to the top of the championship standings and now sits tied with Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy.
Saturday night’s race will air live on FS1 and the FOX Sports Go app at 10:00 p.m. EST/ 7:00 p.m. PST.
On Saturday, February 13, fans can Log on to www.SupercrossLive.comto watch Race Day Live with Jim Holley and Andy Bowyer from 3:50 p.m. EST/ 12:50 p.m. PST to 7:30 p.m. EST/ 4:30 p.m. PST
Some key insights to watch heading into this Saturday night’s race include:
- With Roczen’s win, Suzuki now has at least one win in four straight seasons for the first time since 1983.
- Roczen will be looking for four straight podiums in a single season the first time in his career.
- Roczen’s win aboard a Suzuki ensured that the four major Japanese manufacturers (Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Yamaha) wouldn’t be shut out from winning one of the first five races for the first time in history.
- With 78 podiums in 105 career starts, Dungey has finished on the podium 74% of the time. That is second best to only Ricky Carmichael at 76%.
- Can Dungey extend his podium streak to 22 straight races? Dungey is still 15 races away from the all-time record of 37 set by Chad Reed.
- Only 16 points separate second place and sixth place in the 450SX Class standings. Last season 25 points separated second and sixth through five races, in 2014 it was 26 points, and in 2013 it was 22. This proves how deep and competitive this season’s field is than in previous seasons.
- Christian Craig became the 29th different rider to win his first 250SX Class race on a Honda. Malcolm Stewart (Oakland 2015), Justin Bogle (Toronto 2014), and Wil Hahn (Atlanta 2013) were the most recent riders to do so.
- Craig’s win gave Honda its ninth consecutive season with at least one 250SX Class win.
- Only four riders have a top-10 finish in each 250SX Class race this season: Savatgy, Colt Nichols, Jimmy DeCotis, and Kyle Peters.
Last Saturday night at Monster Energy Supercross’ debut from University of Phoenix Stadium, Roczen passed SupercrossLive.com Holeshot Award winner Davi Millsaps and his BTO Sports/WPS/KTM on the opening lap and went on to lead all 20 laps of the Main Event. It was Roczen’s fifth career win and his first since the second race in Anaheim in January of the 2015 season, 18 races ago. He missed the final eight races of last season with injury.
“We have been working really hard and it paid off,” said Roczen, who now has a three-race podium streak, the second longest behind Dungey. “This was a tough track tonight. We got the job done.”
Dungey finished second, following a 10th-place start, and has finished no worse than second in every race this season. His points lead sits at 21 points over Roczen, the same amount as his current podium streak.
“I made some good, clean passes after that bad start,” said Dungey. “I made passes where I could and had a great race.”
Rounding out the 450SX Class podium was Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac, earning his first podium finish this season and his first with his new team. Seven different riders have now earned a podium through five races, further enhancing the exceptional competition thus far.
Roczen moved to second in the standings with his win, but second through sixth in the championship are only separate by 15 points.
The Western Regional 250SX Class Main Event welcomed the sport’s newest winner, with GEICO Honda’s Christian Craig breaking through to become a second-generation victor with his dad, Mike Craig. GEICO Honda’s Jimmy DeCotis earned the SupercrossLive.com Holeshot Award to start the Main Event, but was soon passed by Craig. Webb made a surge into second after starting seventh, and battled with Craig for the lead before going down. Webb never lost a spot, but couldn’t reel Craig back in.
Craig last contested Monster Energy Supercross in 2013 and came out of retirement for the 2016 season. He earned his first career podium two weeks ago and has now finished in the top three for three straight races, currently the longest in the championship. That consistency has moved him to third in the standings.
“To come out of retirement and get my first win ever is amazing,” said Craig, who last raced full time in 2013. “On the last lap the crowd was so loud; it was awesome.”
Webb’s runner-up effort helped him bounce back from a 21st-place finish the week prior, and put him into a tie with Savatgy atop the championship standings. Savatgy finished third in his first race as points leader. Both riders will carry red number plates on their bikes in San Diego.
“I didn’t get a great start so I was playing catch up,” said Webb. “Then I crashed and threw away any hopes of getting the win.”
The Military Appreciation Race will honor our service men and women by partnering with the USO San Diego, donating $5,000 to the non-profit. Additionally, the hugely popular rider auction will continue for a third year, featuring exclusive one-of-a-kind gear worn by the stars of the sport at this special race, including Eli Tomac, whose brother Greg is an officer in the U.S. Air Force, last year’s winner Trey Canard, reigning Monster Energy Supercross Champion Ryan Dungey, Ken Roczen, Chad Reed and more.
Members of the military can save $10 off tickets to the Military Appreciation Race by using the code SDUSO (additional fees may apply). Additionally, all military members will receive free access to the Party in the Pits, where they can meet the riders and see the bikes in what is an essential part of the Monster Energy Supercross experience.
Last month in San Diego for the second race of the 2016 season, Dungey captured his first win of the season, which also signified his first win in San Diego. It moved him into the points lead and kicked off a three-race winning streak that ended last weekend. He, along with Team Honda HRC’s Trey Canard, will each be looking to become the first two-time winner at the stadium.
Previous Race Results
University of Phoenix Stadium – Glendale, Arizona
February 6, 2016
450SX Class Results
1. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Suzuki
2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM
3. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki
4. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna
5. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., KTM
6. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha
7. Justin Brayton, Mint Hill, N.C., KTM
8. Cole Seely, Sherman Oaks, Calif., Honda
9. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM
10. Wil Hahn, Menifee, Calif. Kawasaki
450SX Class Championship Standings
1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM – 119
2. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Suzuki – 98
3. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna – 93
4. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha – 90
5. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 88
6. Cole Seely, Sherman Oaks, Calif., Honda – 83
7. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM – 63
8. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., KTM – 61
9. Justin Brayton, Mint Hill, N.C., KTM – 61
10. Jake Weimer, Wildomar, Calif., Suzuki – 53
Western Regional 250SX Class Results
1. Christian Craig, Corona, Calif., Honda
2. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha
3. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki
4. Mitchell Oldenburg, Alvord, Texas, KTM
5. Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha
6. Chris Alldredge, Powell Butte, Ore., Kawasaki
7. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha
8. Kyle Cunningham, Willow Park, Texas, Suzuki
9. Jimmy DeCotis, Peabody, Mass., Honda
10. Kyle Peters, Greensboro, N.C., Honda
Western Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings
1. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha – 98
2. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki – 98
3. Christian Craig, Corona, Calif., Honda – 87
4. Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha – 81
5. Zach Osborne, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Husqvarna – 74
6. Jimmy DeCotis, Peabody, Mass., Honda – 71
7. Mitchell Oldenburg, Alvord, Texas, KTM – 66
8. Kyle Peters, Greensboro, N.C., Honda – 62
9. Jordon Smith, Belmont, N.C., Honda – 61
10. Kyle Cunningham, Willow Park, Texas, Suzuki – 54
The entire 2016 Monster Energy Supercross Championship will air live on FOX Sports, including two races on the FOX broadcast channel. In addition, the authenticated FOX Sports Go app will live stream each race.
As a precursor to the live television, don’t forget to catch all of the pre-race coverage with Supercross Race Day Live presented by AMSOIL, which will stream on SupercrossLive.com from 12:50 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. local race time each Saturday during the season. Practice, qualifying, behind the scenes features, and key rider interviews will all be highlighted on the Supercross Race Day Live presented by AMSOIL webcast.
For more information on the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, please log on to www.SupercrossLive.com, the official website of Monster Energy Supercross.