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Three In A Row For Ryan Dungey With Oakland Win

SSavatgy Captures 250 West Points Lead With First Class Race Win of his Career

Author: Aaryn Minerds

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Red Bull KTM's Ryan Dungey won his third consecutive Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, race and his first-ever at O.co Coliseum tonight in front of 46,949 fans.

Dungey jumped out to an early lead in the 450SX Class main Event, winning the SupercrossLive.com Holeshot Award. His teammate Marvin Musquin followed in second place and Team Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing's James Stewart, who was racing his first Main Event since the season opening race in Anaheim, in third place.

On the opening lap, RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John's/Suzuki Factory Racing's Ken Roczen passed Stewart for the number three position. Roczen then passed Musquin for second place on Lap 4 while Stewart withdrew from the race on Lap 8.

"To be able to get out front and find your lines early in the race is key," said Dungey. "It's great to see all of the hard work pay off.

"I am really happy for Marvin [Musquin], who is my teammate, for earning the first podium of his career. I train with him during the week, and tonight he proved he has the speed." Roczen earned the best finish of his season with a second-place finish.

With the win, Dungey extended his points lead to 22.

Roczen continued his weekly improvement in the 2016 championship holding on for a fine second place finish.

"We are making steps in the right direction every weekend," said Roczen. "There were some parts of the track tonight where I was doing well and others where I struggled."

Musquin earned a career-best third place finish to round out the podium and a great night for the Red Bull KTM Factory team.

Australia's Chad Reed continued his run of qualifying directly for the nights main event via his heat race, racing his Factory Yamaha YZ450F to fourth place in the second heat race of the night.

After rounding the first turn mid pack, Reed quickly worked his way forward passing long time rival Stewart before embarking on a race long battle with Factory Honda's Cole Seely for fourth position.

In the closing laps of the race, Rockstar Husqvarna's Jason Anderson joined the fight for fourth, quickly passing both Reed and Seely before Reed himself made his way around Seely, giving the Australian a 5th place finish, leaving him equal second in the championship standings with Anderson who finished fourth.

The Second Australian in the SX class, Lawson Bopping made it three out of four main event appearances after a superb LCQ race that saw the DPH Yamaha rider battle with Christophe Pourcell, Adam Enticknap and Tommy Hahn in an epic final lap battle.

Another strong ride in the main event left Bopping with a solid 17th place finish.
Savatgy celebrates the first win of his career. - Credit: Simon Cudby
In the Lites bike class it was Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Joey Savatgy won the first Western Regional 250SX Class race of his career and moved into the points lead.

GEICO Honda's Christian Craig opened the Western Regional 250SX Class Main Event with the SupercrossLive.com Holeshot as Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha's Cooper Webb and Savatgy followed in second and third respectively. Craig led the first three laps before crashing and handing the lead to Webb, shifting Savatgy to second and Webb's teammate Alex Martin into third place.

On Lap eight, Martin crashed and Cycle Trader/Rockriver Yamaha's Colt Nichols moved into the number three position. While leading on Lap 12, Webb had a mechanical issue that forced him to pull off the track. He did re-enter the race but finished in 21st place.

"To be on the podium and have the points lead going into our first-ever race in Glendale, Arizona next weekend is awesome," said Savatgy.

Nichols finished second, the best finish of his career, and Craig earned the second podium of his career with a third-place finish. Nichols moved into fourth place in season standings and Craig moved into fifth place in season standings.

"I almost got choked up when I came of the track," said Nichols. "I have been envisioning this my entire life, and to be up here is a dream come true."

It was a heart breaking start to the day for Australia's Luke Clout who crashed heavily during qualifying.

The MAD Racing Dirt Candy Suzuki racer who just signed a two year deal with the team was unfortunately left with a broken femur.

For Fellow Australian Hayden Mellross it was another consistent night aboard his 51Fifty Energy Drink Yamaha.

Qualifying for his fourth straight main event from four starts via a 7th place finish in his heat race, Mellross though getting a good run to the first turn in the nights main event was left at the tail end of the field early in the race.

Despite being as far back as 19th at one point, Mellross dug deep and was able to race forward to a 13th place finish for the evening. The result lifted him two positions in the championship standing to 15th.

Action resumes next Saturday night with the Monster Energy Supercross race at Glendale, Arizona's University of Phoenix Stadium.
Dungey (middle), Roczen (right) and Musquin round out the 450SX Class podium. - Credit: Simon Cudby
450SX Class Results
1. Ryan Dungey - KTM 450 SX-F
2. Ken Roczen - Suzuki RM-Z450
3. Marvin Musquin - KTM 450 SX-F
4. Jason Anderson - Husqvarna FC450
5. Chad Reed - Yamaha YZ450F
6. Cole Seely - Honda CRF 450
7. Eli Tomac - Kawasaki KX 450F
8. Jacob Weimer - Suzuki RM-Z450
9. Justin Brayton - KTM 450 SX-F
10. William Hahn - Kawasaki KX 450F
17. Lawson Bopping - Yamaha YZ450F

450SX Class Championship Standings
1. Ryan Dungey - 97 Pts
2. Jason Anderson - 75 Pts
3. Chad Reed Dade - 75 Pts
4. Ken Roczen - 73 Pts
5. Cole Seely - 70 Pts
6. Eli Tomac - 68 Pts
7. Marvin Musqui - 51 Pts
8. Justin Brayton - 47 Pts
9. Jacob Weimer - 46 Pts
10. David Millsaps - 45 Pts
23. Lawson Bopping - 8 Pts
Savatgy (middle), Nichols (right) and Craig (left) finished 1,2,3 respectively. Credit: Simon Cudby
Western Regional 250SX Class Results
1. Joey Savatgy - Kawasaki KX 250F
2. Colt Nichols - Yamaha YZ250F
3. Christian Craig - Honda CRF 250
4. Mitchell Oldenburg - KTM 250 SX-F
5. Zach Osborne - Husqvarna FC250
6. Kyle Peters - Honda CRF 250
7. Michael Leib - Yamaha YZ250F
8. Kyle Cunningham - Suzuki RM-Z250
9. James Decotis - Honda CRF 250
10. Cole Thompson - Canada KTM 250 SX-F
13. Hayden Mellross - Yamaha YZ250F

Western Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings
1. Joey Savatgy - 78 Pts
2. Cooper Webb - 76 Pts
3. Zach Osborne - 73 Pts
4. Colt Nichols - 65 Pts
5. Christian Craig - 62 Pts
6. Jordon Smith - 61 Pts
7. James Decotis - 59 Pts
8. Kyle Peters - 51 Pts
9. Mitchell Oldenburg - 48 Pts
10. Kyle Cunningham - 41 Pts
15. Hayden Mellross - 23 Pts

Top Image: With the win, Dungey extended his points lead to 22.

Credit: Simon Cudby

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