With a three-race winning streak in tow, Red Bull KTM's Ryan Dungey entered last weekend's anticipated return of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, to New England with hopes of clinching his third 450SX Class title.
However, following an impressive winning effort by RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John's/Suzuki Factory Racing's Ken Roczen
, Dungey's celebration was put on hold for another week. This Saturday, April 30, Dungey will look to clinch back-to-back championships for the first time in his career in the shadow of the iconic New York skyline as Monster Energy Supercross makes its annual visit to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey for the 16th stop of the 17-race season.
In the Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship, GEICO Honda's Malcolm Stewart brings a five-point lead into the penultimate race of 2016, continuing his chase of a first career title.
Some facts and insights to watch heading into this Saturday's race include:
- Ken Roczen's eighth career 450SX Class win not only signified a career-best mark of four wins in a season, but also tied him for 20th on the all-time wins list with Ron Lechien and Jimmy Ellis.
- Ryan Dungey posted his 31st straight podium finish. In doing so, he tied Ricky Carmichael for third on the all-time career podium list with 87. He also equaled Carmichael's all-time record podium percentage of 75.66% and shares Carmichael's career starts at 115.
- A podium finish in East Rutherford would make Dungey the most statistically consistent rider in Monster Energy Supercross history, giving him the highest percentage of podium results, top-five finishes and top-10 finishes all time.
- Dungey needs to finish 14th or better at MetLife Stadium in order to clinch his third career 450SX Class title. He has just two finishes outside the top 10 in his entire 450SX Class career.
- Eli Tomac's runner-up finish was his best result since winning in Daytona Beach, Florida, for the ninth race of the season. It is also his first podium finish since he won, giving him three podiums this season.
- Trey Canard has earned four straight top-five finishes, finishing fifth in three of the last four races, and will be in search of his first podium effort of the season in East Rutherford.
- Martin Davalos' fourth career win came in his 76th 250SX Class start. He is just one start from tying Kyle Cunningham for the most all time. Cunningham has never won a 250SX Class race.
- Davalos became the second repeat winner in the Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship, following up Jeremy Martin's second win of the season one week prior.
- Seven different riders have earned the SupercrossLive.com Holeshot Award in seven Eastern Regional races this season.
- A total of 14 points separate championship leader Malcolm Stewart from his primary title contenders, Aaron Plessinger (-5) and Martin (-14).