2015 Oakland SX | Race Report

Malcolm and James Stewart Sr.
Malcolm and James Stewart Sr. were all smiles after Mookie’s first career win.

2015 Oakland Supercross | Race Report

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Text – Casey Davis | Photos – Ryne Swanberg

The Monster Energy Supercross Series rolled into Oakland, California’s O.co Stadium for round four of what has to be considered the most exciting season in years, and the NorCal crowd was treated to another pair of new winners. Honda’s Trey Canard earned his first win of the season with an exciting jaunt through the pack, while GEICO Honda’s Malcolm Stewart came away with a very popular win in the Western Regional 250 class – the first victory of his professional career. 450 Championship points leader Ken Roczen crashed early in the 450 main and dropped well out of contention, and found himself stripped of the points lead and red plate by the ever-consistent Ryan Dungey, who finished second in Oaktown. Cooper Webb, meanwhile, maintained the Western Regional 250 Supercross points lead by storming though the field to finish second, after being taken out early on by rival Tyler Bowers.

250 West Coast Regional Championship

250 Heat One

The first rider to turn one was Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna’s Zach Bell. Troy Lee Designs/ Lucas Oil/Red Bull/KTM’s Shane McElrath got by the Husky rider without hesitation with Geico Honda’s Malcolm Stewart in a close third. Yamalube/Star Racing/ Yamaha’s Cooper Webb came out in fourth, but not for long as he made quick work of Bell for third place. Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Aaron Plessinger went down in turn two, as he got caught in a multiple rider pile up, but remounted to finish the race. Webb caught the Geico Honda of Stewart on lap three, but Stewart got away, once again, by passing McElrath on lap four. Webb made a pass attempt on McElrath, but was unsuccessful. Webb finally made the pass stick on the KTM rider and made one more pass on Stewart, and the GEICO Honda rider clipped the back wheel of Webb on final lap and hit the deck with only feet left in the race. Stewart remounted in time to salvage a transfer.

1. Cooper Webb

2. Shane McElrath

3. Zach Bell

4. Malcolm Stewart

5. Zach Freeberg

6. Nico Izzi

7. Tommy Hahn

8. Trevor Reis

9. Jackson Richardson

10. Michael Horban

250 Heat Two

It was the TLD/Lucas Oil/Red Bull/KTM of Jessy Nelson with the first turn holeshot, and once in the lead, he was never challenged. Rock River/Yamaha’s Alex Martin came out of the start in second with Slayton Racing’s Cole Martinez in a close third. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Chris Alldredge went down in the technical sand section on lap one, but remounted to finish in seventh. Red Bull/KTM’s Justin Hill passed Martinez for third in the early laps and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Tyler Bowers sat in fifth, but not for long as he caught Martinez on lap three and made the pass on lap four. Nelson maintained the lead all the way to the finish as Hill, Martin, and Bowers followed. Motosport.com/Fox/Kawasaki’s Hansen made the pass on Martinez on the final lap, but Rockstar Energy Racing’s Zach Osborne got by both riders in one shot and finished in fifth just behind Bowers.

1. Jessy Nelson

2. Justin Hill

3. Alex Martin

4. Tyler Bowers

5. Zach Osborne

6. Josh Hansen

7. Cole Martinez

8. Aaron Siminoe

9. Brandon Scharer

10. Jake Canada

250 LCQ

Alldredge grabbed a handful of throttle and snared the holeshot with Scott Champion in a close second. 5150 Energy’s Austin Politelli made the pass for third to secure a transfer position, while Aaron Plessinger, who suffered from a bad start, quickly made his way through the pack and earned the last ticket to the main. Alldredge maintained the lead to the checkered flag with Champion, Politelli and Plessinger following in that order.

1. Chris Alldredge

2. Scott Champion

3. Austin Politelli

4. Aaron Plessinger

5. Michael Horban

250 Main Event

Rockstar Energy Racing’s Zach Bell, again, rocketed to another holeshot, but a bobble from the Husky rider sent Alldredge to the lead. Hill made the pass on Alex Martin for third while Stewart and Bell battled for a few sections, with Stewart finally making a pass for second. Stewart passed Alldredge for the lead on lap three and Alldredge had a bobble on lap four, which set him back a few positions. Bowers made a less-than-polite pass on Webb for fifth in a tight right hander and put the Yamaha rider on the ground. Webb remounted after losing several positions and began a furious charge through the pack. Alldredge made another mistake soon thereafter, but this time it was serious and he went down hard on lap six and eventually pulled out of the race. Hill, meanwhile, took control of the lead on his KTM and looked to be on his way to the first win of his career. Unfortunately, Hill went down in the sand trying a unique double jump that no doubt would have saved him a few seconds each lap if executed correctly, but unfortunately a soft spot sent him over the bars. Stewart was quick to take over at the front of the pack, and the GEICO Honda rider would never be challenged as he raced to the first win of his career.

Webb switched on the afterburners and put on a hard charge up to fifth place with six laps to go. Webb eventually caught Bowers and passed him with ease to take over third place, but the Yamaha rider was not content and set his sights on Martin, who ran second. Webb caught Martin with two to go and made a pass on his fellow Yamaha rider on the final lap. Martin held on for third and his first trip to the podium.

Main Event Results

1. Malcolm Stewart

2. Cooper Webb

3. Alex Martin

4. Tyler Bowers

5. Zachary Bell

6. Zach Osborne

7. Aaron Plessinger

8. Joshua Hansen

9. Justin Hill

10. Jessy Nelson

11. Shane Mcelrath

12. Zackery Freeberg

13. Scott Champion

14. Jackson Richardson

15. Cole Martinez

16. Thomas Hahn

17. Austin Politelli

18. Trevor Reis

19. Brandon Scharer

20. Nico Izzi

21. Chris Alldredge

22. Aaron Siminoe

Western Regional 250 Supercross Point Standings

1. Cooper Webb 86/2 wins

2. Tyler Bowers 78

3. Jessy Nelson 71/1

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

Trey Canard
Trey Canard finally broke his string of bad luck and earned his first win of the season.

450 Class Championship

450 Heat One

BTO Sports/KTM’s Andrew Short rocketed to turn one, but Geico Honda’s Eli Tomac grabbed the holeshot from underneath Short with RCH/Soaring Eagle/Jimmie John’s/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Ken Roczen in a close second. Short and Broc Tickle battled for third place nearly the entire race, but Tickle would get the best of the BTO Sports/KTM rider and finish with that third place position. Roczen made the pass for the lead on Tomac on the second lap at the end of a tricky rhythm section and kept the lead all the way to the finish. Factory Honda’s Cole Seely had a mediocre start and began to catch Short, however, time ran out and he finished fifth.

1. Ken Roczen

2. Eli Tomac

3. Broc Tickle

4. Andrew Short

5. Cole Seely

6. Blake Baggett

7. Brett Metcalfe

8. Josh Hill

9. Vince Friese

10. Adam Monea

450 Heat Two

Red Bull/KTM’s Ryan Dungey ripped a solid holeshot over the rest of the pack. AutoTrader.com/Toyota/JGRMX/Yamaha’s Justin Barcia and Monster Energy/Kawasaki’s Davi Millsaps make quick work of the KTM rider, though, as they both got around him. Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna’s Jason Anderson went down on lap one as he tangled with another rider in just the second corner. Honda’s Trey Canard sat in fourth with the final transfer position and Discount Tire/Two Two Motorsports/Kawasaki’s Chad Reed in a close fifth. Barcia began to gap the pack, but Dungey, Canard, Millsaps and Reed all sat within two seconds of each other, all waiting to pounce on any minor mistake. Reed passed Millsaps for the final transfer position, while Dungey and Canard caught the leader, Barcia. Dungey attempted to pass Barcia one last time, but was unsuccessful as Barcia came out with the win ahead of Dungey, Canard and Reed.

1. Justin Barcia

2. Ryan Dungey

3. Trey Canard

4. Chad Reed

5. Davi Millsaps

6. Josh Grant

7. Jake Weimer

8. Martin Davalos

9. Jimmy Albertson

10. Phil Nicoletti

450 Semi One

Yoshimura/Suzuki’s Blake Baggett made it to turn one with the holeshot with Discount Tire/Two Two Motorsports/Kawasaki’s Josh Grant in a second and Kyle Chisholm in third. Anderson sat in fourth with AutoTrader.com/Toyota/JGRMX/Yamaha’s fill-in rider Phil Nicoletti in fifth with the final transfer spot. Anderson passed Chisholm for third place on the third lap while Baggett gapped the rest of the field. Davalos, who was racing his first Supercross of the year, made the pass on Nicoletti for the fifth transfer position. Baggett made it look easy and rode a solid race all the way to the checkers with Grant, Anderson, Chisholm and Davalos, following in that order.

1. Blake Baggett

2. Josh Grant

3. Jason Anderson

4. Kyle Chisholm

5. Martin Davalos

6. Phil Nicoletti

7. Nick Wey

8. Nick Schmidt

9. AJ Catanzaro

10. Ronnie Stewart

450 Semi Two

Millsaps shot out to turn one to nab the holeshot with Honda’s Cole Seely in second and DirtCandy.com/Suzuki’s Brett Metcalfe in a close third. Smartop/MotoConcepts Racing’s fill-in rider Vince Friese sat in fourth with Arma Energy’s Jimmy Albertson in fifth, with final transfer to the main. Albertson, unfortunately crashed out of a transfer spot at the end of the whoop section and Team Tedder’s Jake Weimer moved into fifth. Seely passed Millsaps on lap three for the lead and the two checked out from the rest of the pack. Seely was the first to the checkers and led Millsaps, Metcalfe, Freise and Weimer to the main.

1. Cole Seely

2. Davi Millsaps

3. Brett Metcalfe

4. Vince Friese

5. Jake Weimer

6. Kyle Partridge

7. Ben Lamay

8. Matt Moss

9. Killian Rusk

10. Jason Clermont

450 LCQ

Killy Rusk nabbed the holeshot, but Nicoletti passed Rusk quickly for the lead. Once in front, Nicoletti was never headed and he raced to a solid win over Rusk.

1. Phil Nicoletti

2. Killian Rusk

3. Kyle Partridge

4. Fredrik Noren

5. Jimmy Albertson

6. Nick Wey

7. Josh Hill

8. Jason Clermont

9. Ben Lamay

10. Nick Schmidt

450 Main Event

Andrew Short has been on fire with his starts lately and this race was no different, as he grabbed yet another holeshot with Roczen in a close second. Reed passed for second on lap one, while Dungey sat him in fourth after a so-so start. Roczen made a quick pass on Reed just before the infield triple, but wasn’t able to get enough juice to get over the massive jump and cased hard. The German smashed his head on the bars and his hand came off, as well, and he immediately fell to the side of the track. It looked as if his night was over as he clutched his wrist. Roczen would remount and finish an eventual 15th.

Dungey then moved into third as Reed tried to get around Short for the lead. Reed’s initial pass attempt was unsuccessful, but he gave it another try and made it count as he went into the lead.  Seely made passed on Short and Dungey and moved into second. While everything seemed to be hectic at the front of the pack, Canard began to chip away after starting the race near 10th, and methodically worked his way though the pack until he made a clean pass on Reed on lap seven to take over the lead. Dungey latched on to Canard’s rear wheel and was also able to find his way past Reed, who held on for and eventual third and his first podium of the year. Tomac made quick work of a few riders after a poor start of his won and found himself in  fourth on the ninth lap. That was as far as Tomac could advance, however, and he narrowly missed the podium.

1. Trey Canard

2. Ryan Dungey

3. Chad Reed

4. Eli Tomac

5. Cole Seely

6. Justin Barcia

7. Davi Millsaps

8. Andrew Short

9. Blake Baggett

10. Jason Anderson

11. Jake Weimer

12. Brett Metcalfe

13. Kyle Chisholm

14. Phil Nicoletti

15. Ken Roczen

16. Vince Friese

17. Fredrik Noren

18. Kyle Partridge

19. Killian Rusk

20. Martin Davalos

21. Josh Grant

22. Broc Tickle

450 Supercross Point Standings

1. Ryan Dungey 82

2. Ken Roczen 78/2 wins

3. Trey Canard 68/1

4. Eli Tomac 64/1

5. Jason Anderson 62

6. Justin Barcia 58

7. Cole Seelt 45

8. Davi Millsaps 44

9. Andrew Short 44

10. Chad Reed 43