In front of 45,050 fans inside a sold-out Angel Stadium, rookie Ken Roczen won the opening race of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, aboard his Red Bull KTM.
Three-time Monster Energy Supercross Champion Ryan Villopoto came out swinging in the 450SX Class Main Event, piloting his Monster Energy Kawasaki to the Nuclear Cowboyzå¨ Holeshot Award. On Villopoto‰Ûªs back wheel through the first turn was Roczen, followed by Toyota‰Ûªs/Yamaha/NFab/JGRMX‰Ûªs Josh Grant.
Yoshimura Suzuki‰Ûªs James Stewart moved into third place on Lap 10, passing Red Bull KTM‰Ûªs Ryan Dungey. While leading on Lap 9, Villopoto crashed and handed the lead to Roczen, also allowing Discount Tire Racing/TwoTwo Motorsports‰Ûª Chad Reed and Dungey to move into second and third place, respectively. Villopoto remounted in fifth place.
On Lap 12, Stewart passed Reed for second place and chipped away at Roczen‰Ûªs lead, ultimately closing in on his rear wheel. While attempting to get alongside Roczen in the whoops, Stewart suffered a race-ending crash. On Lap 16, Dungey secured second place as he passed Reed.
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