News 26 Jan 2015

Canard wins, Reed races to Oakland podium

Stewart picks up first 250SX victory in dramatic fourth round.

Image: Simon Cudby.

Image: Simon Cudby.

Team Honda’s Trey Canard won his first Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, race of the 2015 season in Oakland on Saturday night as Chad Reed bounced back onto the podium.

BTO Sports/KTM’s Andrew Short won the Holeshot Award with RCH/Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John’s/Factory Suzuki’s Ken Roczen and Discount Tire/TwoTwo Motorsports’ Reed in second and third respectively.

Reed passed Roczen on the opening lap and then was working on Short when Roczen countered, however Roczen didn’t have the momentum needed to clear the triple jump and crashed, dropping him a lap down. He eventually remounted and finished 16th.

The Roczen incident saw Reed drop behind Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey, but he regained that position and soon caught Short to take over at the front.

Team Honda’s Cole Seely moved into third place on lap four and Canard pulled into third place on the same lap.

Canard took over second place, just behind Reed on lap five and the stage was set for the highly-anticipated duel between the two riders. Canard wasted little time on Reed, passing him on the following lap.

On lap 16, Red Bull/KTM’s Ryan Dungey passed Reed for second place after the Aussie went off the track, marking his second-consecutive runner-up finish of the year. Reed finished third, his best finish of the season.

“I don’t know what to say,” said Canard. “I didn’t think I would be on the podium after the first few laps – it was busy out there. It has been a long haul to get here on top of the podium and I am really happy about it.”

Brett Metcalfe was the other Australian in the main event, claiming 12th overall, while Adam Monea and Matt Moss exited the evening in 14th and 15th in the LCQ.

GEICO Honda’s Malcolm Stewart captured his first win in the Western Regional 250SX Class Championship.

Rockstar Energy/Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Zach Bell started the Western regional 250SX Class final by winning the Holeshot Award.

Following closely was Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Chris Alldredge and GEICO Honda’s Malcolm Stewart in second and third respectively.

Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Cooper Webb, who came into tonight’s race with a two-race win streak and the points lead, started near the back of the pack.

Stewart worked his way into second place on lap one and on the following lap he moved into the lead. On the race’s third lap, the lead would change again as Red Bull KTM’s Justin Hill passed Stewart for the lead.

Alldredge had a miscue and jumped off the track, which cost him several positions. Cycle Trader/Rock River/Yamaha’s Alex Martin moved into the third position by lap five.

While working his way through the pack, Webb collided with four-time Arenacross Champion Tyler Bowers and subsequently crashed.

While in the lead on lap seven, Hill crashed and turned the lead back over to Stewart. Following the bad start and the crash, Webb came back, and passed Bowers, to put himself in third place.

On the last lap, Webb passed Martin for second place and earned his third consecutive podium finish. Martin finished third, the first podium of his career.

“I didn’t get the start that I wanted, but I worked my way through, but then Bowers [Tyler] sawed my front-end off,” said Webb.

Webb holds and eight-point lead in championship stands over Bowers. Stewart moved up one spot in the standings and is sixth.

“This is a big moment for me,” said Stewart. “First of all, I want to thank my brother. I want to thank these fans out here tonight – I am an Oakland Raiders fan – you guys are great. I knew I could do it, and tonight it finally paid off.”

Jackson Richardson qualified for his third consecutive main event, crossing the finish line 14th overall at Oakland.

Monster Energy Supercross continues next weekend with its fifth stop of the 17-race season from Anaheim, California, the third of three stops at Angel Stadium.

2015 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship
Round four – Oakland, CA

450SX Class results:
1. Trey Canard
2. Ryan Dungey
3. Chad Reed (AUS)
4. Eli Tomac
5. Cole Seely
6. Justin Barcia
7. Blake Baggett
8. Davi Millsaps
9. Andrew Short
10. Jason Anderson
12. Brett Metcalfe (AUS)

450SX Class championship standings:
1. Ryan Dungey 82
2. Ken Roczen 78
3. Trey Canard 68
4. Eli Tomac 64
5. Jason Anderson 62
6. Justin Barcia 58
7. Cole Seely 45
8. Davi Millsaps 44
9. Andrew Short 44
10. Chad Reed (AUS) 42
15. Brett Metcalfe (AUS) 27

Western Regional 250SX Class results:
1. Malcolm Stewart
2. Cooper Webb
3. Alex Martin
4. Tyler Bowers
5. Zach Bell
6. Zach Osborne
7. Aaron Plessinger
8. Josh Hansen
9. Justin Hill
10. Jessy Nelson
14. Jackson Richardson (AUS)

Western Regional 250SX Class championship standings:
1. Cooper Webb 86
2. Tyler Bowers 78
3. Jessy Nelson 71
4. Zach Osborne 69
5. Justin Hill 65
6. Malcolm Stewart 64
7. Aaron Plessinger 54
8. Shane McElrath 49
9. Alex Martin 47
10. Josh Hansen 47
16. Jackson Richardson (AUS) 20

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