SANTA CLARA, Calif. — In front of 40,192 fans at Levi’s Stadium reigning champion and Red Bull KTM rider Ryan Dungey rode flawlessly to capture his sixth 450SX Class victory of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross victory of the season.
Star Racing Yamaha’s Cooper Webb extended his point lead as he rode his way through the field en route to his fifth victory of the season in the Western Regional 250SX Class.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson scored his first SupercrossLive.com Holeshot Award of the season to start the 450SX Class Main Event, just ahead of Dungey and GEICO Honda’s Justin Bogle. A small bobble by Anderson coming out of the first turn caused him to lose momentum, which allowed Dungey and Bogle to get by.
On the opening lap Bogle briefly jumped his way past Dungey to take the lead, but Dungey instantly struck back to retake the top spot in the next turn. RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John’s/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Ken Roczen moved into second by passing Bogle on lap one, closely followed by Anderson, who also made the pass on Bogle just a few turns later.
The battle for the lead intensified on lap seven as Roczen closed in on the championship leader, but Dungey remained calm under pressure and fended off each move the German rider attempted. The lead duo set a blistering pace out front and pulled away from the pack, pacing each other throughout the entire 20-lap event.
Dungey eventually opened a gap on Roczen and led every lap to claim his sixth victory of the season, extending his points lead and record-setting 450SX Class podium streak to 28 races, dating back to last season.
“Tonight was good. I got off to a strong start, which was key,” said Dungey. “Kenny [Roczen] was applying the pressure, but I stayed strong and made sure to make quick work with lapped traffic.”
Roczen crossed the line in second, followed by Anderson in third.
“I felt strong tonight and we were close for the win,” said Roczen. “”We [Dungey and I] were pacing each other the entire race but I came up a little short tonight and had to settle for second.”
Dungey increased his championship lead to 42 points over Roczen.