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The 2016 Monster Energy Supercross Series made the trip up the California coast for round four of the season, which took place at O.Co Coliseum in Oakland. Motocross and the venue have a long history (who can forget Jammin’ Jimmy and the paddle tire), and Saturday’s night event will certainly have an influence on how the rest of this year goes. There was plenty to see and discuss from the day in the Bay Area, so here are the highlights…
- The return of both Blake Baggett and James Stewart in Oakland marked the first time Yoshimura Suzuki has had two riders on the track since 2011, when Ryan Dungey and Brett Metcalfe both rode for the then-titled Rockstar Energy/Makita/Suzuki squad.
- Joey Savatgy’s win was a landmark for both rider and team. It was the first 250 SX main event victory of Savatgy’s career and the first win in almost two years for the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team. The last time the PC squad won a SX was with Dean Wilson, at the 2014 Las Vegas SX.
- We heard the Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha team will further investigate what caused Cooper Webb’s YZ250F to suddenly stall and smoke in the main event, that the issue could be more than vapor lock as originally stated. Not that they’ll ever say what it really was…
- MAD Racing/Dirt Candy/Suzuki team had a tough weekend both in Oakland and in Southern California. On Friday, Matt Bisceglia suffered a shattered countershaft sprocket while jumping across a rhythm lane and was thrown to the ground, re-breaking his previously injured collarbone. That means all three riders (Daniel Baker – ligaments in ankle, Luke Clout – broken femur, Matt Bisceglia – collarbone) are injured. Bisceglia hopes to recovery in time for the start of the 250 East Coast SX season in Atlanta.
- Props to Colt Nichols on his first-ever podium finish. The Cycle Trader/Rock River Yamaha team picked Nichols up after a torn ACL in 2015 ended his rookie season, and some thought this could have been a risky endeavor. Clearly that’s not the case, because Nichols has been impressive at every race since the start of the 2016 season and is fourth overall in the championship.
- Best opening ceremonies songs: Ken Roczen “Choices” by E40 | Jason Anderson “Conquest” by The White Stripes
- Five points separate the top three in the 250 West Coast SX championship: Joey Savatgy – 78pts, Cooper Webb – 75pts, Zach Osborne – 73pts.
- That’s not the case in the 450 class, where twenty-five points separate the top three: Ryan Dungey – 97pts, Jason Anderson – 75pts, Chad Reed – 75pts.