Ken Roczen

Ken Roczen took his second win of the season and extended his points lead in the process.

2015 Anaheim Two SX | Race Report

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To say that the racing continues to get better would this season be an understatement. After two rounds of already entertaining competition between the sport's best riders, tonight's event at Angel's Stadium in Anaheim, California, for round three of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series proved to be the best yet. In the 250 Class, Star Racing/Yamaha's Cooper Webb came back from a horrible start to ultimately take the win after an aggressive last-lap pass on Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Tyler Bowers. The win marked Webb's second consecutive of the season. And after points leader Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oils/Red Bull/KTM's Jessy Nelson went down, ultimately finishing sixth, the win also pushed Webb into the points lead, gaining him a four-point lead over Nelson.
In the 450 class, even though points leader RCH/Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John's/Suzuki's Ken Roczen ran away with his second win of the season, the racing behind him was some of the best yet. An intense battle between Team Honda's Trey Canard and TwoTwo Motorsports' Chad Reed culminated in both riders going down. Once they remounted, Reed then pushed Canard off the track, resulting in a black flag and disqualification for the Kawasaki rider. In front of them, GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac charged up to eventually finish third behind Red Bull KTM's Ryan Dungey. The win for Roczen extended his points lead to 12 over Dungey.

When the gate dropped for the first race of the night, Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oils/Red Bull/KTM's Jessy Nelson jumped out to the lead followed by Rockstar Energy/Husqarna's Zach Bell, Motosport Outlet/Kawaskai's Josh Hansen, and Star Racing/Yamaha's Cooper Webb. Bell, however, came up very short on a jump in the second rhythm section, handing second to Hansen. Behind them, Webb took over third and began pressuring Hansen for second. On the second lap, Webb moved into second ahead of Hansen, and from there, began setting his sights on Nelson out front. As the laps continued to click off, Nelson settled into the lead with Webb second, Hansen third, GEICO Honda's Malcolm Stewart fourth, and Chris Alldredge fifth. On the final lap, things got close between Nelson and Webb with Webb eventually taking the lead when Nelson miscued in a rhythm section. When the checkered flag waved, Webb took the lead followed by Nelson, Hansen, Stewart, and Alldredge.

1. Cooper Webb
2. Jessy Nelson
3. Josh Hansen
4. Malcolm Stewart
5. Chris Alldredge
6. Zach Bell
7. Alex Martin
8. Zach Freeberg
9. Cole Martinez
10. Johnny Jelderda

Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oils/Red Bull/KTM's Shane McElrath rocketed off the line first ahead of Rockstar Energy/Husqvarna's Zach Osborne, Red Bull/KTM's Justin Hill, and Honda privateer Jackson Richardson, however, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Tyler Bowers quickly took over fourth from Richardson. By the second lap, McElrath had already opened up a decent lead over Osborne with Hill third and Bowers fourth, as those top-four began to pull away from the rest of the pack. On the second lap, Bowers and Hill began a heated battle for third reminiscent of their Phoenix Heat Race scuffle. The two traded positions for multiple corners before Bowers took control of the position. Two laps later, Bowers took over second from Osborne and he quickly began to zero in on McElrath for the lead. With one lap to go, Osborne appeared to aggravate his thumb injury and backed down significantly, allowing Hill to move into third and Aaron Plessinger to take over fouth. When the race concluded, McElrath took the win followed by Bowers, Hill, Plessinger, and Osborne.

1. Shane McElrath
2. Tyler Bowers
3. Justin Hill
4. Aaron Plessinger
5. Zach Osborne
6. Tommy Hahn
7. Scott Champion
8. Ryan Breece
9. Jackson Richardson
10. Michael Horban

250 LCQ
Politelli rocketed out to the lead followed by Powell. Politelli quickly opened up a lead over Powell, as Kyle White moved into third with Rhett Urseth in the final transfer position. Before the conclusion of the second lap, though, Michael Leib over took both Urseth and White to move into third. From there, the top-three remained the same with Politelli taking the win followed by Powell, Leib, and Johnny Jelderda—who moved into fourth on the final lap.

1. Austin Politelli
2. Landen Powell
3. Michael Leib
4. Johnny Jelderda
5. Chris Howell
6. Kyle White
7. Rhett Urseth
8. Austin Ullrich
9. Brandon Scharer
10. Blake Lilly

Cooper Webb

Cooper Webb

When the gate hit the dirt for the final 250 race of the night, Osborne took the holeshot followed closely by points leader Nelson, Alldredge, Stewart, Hill, Hansen, and Bowers. After the first lap, things began to get interesting up front, as Osborne and Nelson began to battle for the lead with Nelson doing all he could to take the top spot. At the conclusion of the third lap, Nelson made a pass over the finish line jump to move into first, as Alldredge began to defend against pressure from Hill for third. Behind the top-five, a battle between Hansen, McElrath, Stewart, and Webb—who had moved up from a horrible 11th-place start—ensued for sixth with Hansen ultimately pushing McElrath into the mechanic's barrier. At the same time, however, Stewart and Webb both moved around Hansen.
Up front, Bowers began to make moves, and with 10 laps to go, he managed to work his way up to third behind his young teammate Alldredge. Then on the next lap, Nelson went down hard following the over-under jump, dropping back to sixth. The carnage helped Bowers to move up even further and take over the lead with Hill moving into second, Osborne third, and Webb fourth. One lap later, Webb made a pass on Osborne for third. Behind the top three, Alldredge went down hard with six laps to go, withdrawing from the race. Then one lap later, Webb caught up to the back wheel of Hill and the battle for second began. The two traded paint for numerous corners before Webb was able to solidify second. With the laps winding down, Bowers began to stretch out his lead over Webb with Hill third, Osborne fourth, and Nelson fifth. With two laps remaining, Webb made a charge on Bowers for the lead, coming within bike lengths of the Kawasaki rider. On the last lap, Webb stuffed Bowers off the track to take his second consecutive win of the season.
Following the race, Webb was excited to take the win after such a poor start. "It was the craziest race that I've ever been in," Webb said. "I got a bad start and just had to work my way through, but I got it done."

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Main Event Results
1. Cooper Webb
2. Tyler Bowers
3. Justin Hill
4. Zach Osborne
5. Malcolm Stewart
6. Jessy Nelson
7. Josh Hansen
8. Alex Martin
9. Tommy Hahn
10. Shane McElrath
11. Jackson Richardson
12. Zack Freeberg
13. Aaron Plessinger
14. Austin Politelli
15. Landen Powell
16. Michael Leib
17. Cole Martinez
18. Scott Champion
19. Zach Bell
20. Johnny Jelderda
21. Ryan Breece
22. Chris Alldredge
Monster Energy Supercross 250 Championship Points Standings (After 3 of 9 rounds):
1. Cooper Webb (64/2 wins)
2. Jessy Nelson (60/1 win)
3. Tyler Bowers (60)
4. Zach Osborne (54)
5. Justin Hill (53)
6. Aaron Plessinger (40)
7. Malcolm Stewart (39)
8. Shane McElrath (39)
9. Josh Hansen (34)
10. Tommy Hahn (30)

The first 450 race of the night shot off the line with TwoTwo Motorsports/Kawasaki's Josh Grant taking the holeshot ahead of Red Bull/KTM's Ryan Dungey, however, Dungey quickly moved into first in the second corner. Behind them, Monster Energy Kawasaki's Davi Millsaps waited patiently before passing Grant for second before the conclusion of the first lap. When the pack crossed the line for lap one, the running order sat at, Dungey, Millsaps, Grant, Chad Reed, RCH/Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John's/Suzuki's Ken Roczen, and his teammate Broc Tickle. As the laps continued to go by, Millsaps began to put the pressure on Dungey for the lead while points leader Roczen did his best to move up after a poor start. By lap three, Roczen had made his way up to third. With two laps to go, Roczen made a gutsy pass for second around the outside of Millsaps. From there, the running order remained the same, as Dungey rode in for the win followed by Roczen, Millsaps, Reed, and Grant.

1. Ryan Dungey
2. Ken Roczen
3. Davi Millsaps
4.Chad Reed
5. Josh Grant
6. Broc Tickle
7. Blake Baggett
8. Eli Tomac
9. Jake Weimer
10. Josh Hill

The holeshot for the second 450 heat went to BTOSports/KTM's Andrew Short, as he rode around the outside to take the lead. In the second turn, though, Motoconcepts' Mike Alessi moved past Short for first. Behind them, Team Honda's Cole Seely sat quietly in third with Red Bull/KTM's Dean Wilson fourth, followed by Team Honda's Trey Canard and Rockstar Energy/Husqvarna's Jason Anderson. On the second lap, Canard tangled with a rider and went down, dropping way back and sealing his ticket to the Semi. On the third lap, Seely made his way around Short for second, as the two battled it out for a few corners before Seely made the pass stick. From there, Seely did all he could to close the gap on Alessi out front, but the Motoconcepts rider had too big of a lead. When it was over, Alessi took the win followed by Seely, Short, Anderson, and Wilson.

1. Mike Alessi
2. Cole Seely
3. Andrew Short
4. Jason Anderson
5. Dean Wilson
6. Justin Barcia
7. Brett Metcalfe
8. Justin Brayton
9. Trey Canard
10. Mitchell Oldenburg

With a few top riders in this semi, RCH/Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John's/Suzuki's Broc Tickle jumped out to take the holeshot followed by Suzuki privateer Cade Clason, Mafia Moto Crew/Kawasaki's Nick Wey, Honda-mounted Fredrick Noren, and BTOSports/KTM's Justin Brayton with GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac buried back in the pack after a horrible start. On the second lap, Noren went down hard, handing fourth over to Brayton. Meanwhile, Tickle began to open up his lead over Clason with Wey third and Brayton fourth. On the third lap, however, Brayton went down in the whoops, dropping out of the race and moving Barcia into fourth. With two laps to go, Barcia and Tomac began making a charge to the front, as both moved around Clason and Wey, taking over second and third respectably. Then on the last lap, Barcia made a mistake in a corner, dropping back to third and giving second to Tomac. When the checkers flew, Tickle took the win followed by Tomac, Barcia, Clason, and Wey.

1. Broc Tickle
2. Eli Tomac
3. Justin Barcia
4. Cade Clason
5. Nick Wey
6. Mitch Oldenberg
7. Ronnie Stewart
8. Dustin Pipes
9. AJ Catazaro
10. Josh Hill

The start saw TwoTwo Motosports/Kawasaki's Josh Grant take the holeshot over Team Honda's Trey Canard, ARMA Energy/Yamaha's Jimmy Albertson, Red Bull/KTM's Dean Wilson, and Moto Candy/Suzuki's Brett Metcalfe. Two corners in, though, Canard took over the lead and never looked back. As the laps clicked off, the race proved to be over almost as soon as it started with the top-five running order remaining nearly the same for much of the race. Then in the closing laps, Albertson began dropping back, allowing Metcalfe and Blake Baggett to move into fourth and fifth respectively. When the checkers flew, it was Canard with the win followed by Grant, Wilson, Metcalfe, Baggett, and Albertson.

1. Trey Canard
2. Josh Grant
3. Dean Wilson
4. Brett Metcalfe
5. Blake Baggett
6. Jimmy Albertson
7. Jake Weimer
8. Kyle Chisholm
9. Adam Monea
10. Austin Howell

450 LCQ
The holeshot went to Team Tedder/Kawasaki's Jake Wiemer followed by Jimmy Albertson and Kawasaki-mounted Kyle Chisholm. After a few corners, though, Albertson took over the lead, and when the pack crossed the line for lap one, the running order stood at, Albertson, Weimer, Chisholm, Schmidt, and Lamay. On the second lap, Weimer retook the lead from Albertson and began to do his best to open up a cushion. And as the laps clicked off, Weimer began to stretch out his lead over Albertson. When the race concluded, Weimer took the win followed by Albertson, Chisholm, and Lamay.

1. Jake Weimer
2. Jimmy Albertson
3. Kyle Chisholm
4. Ben Lamay
5. Mitch Oldenburg
6. Nick Schmidt
7. Fredrick Noren
8. Adam Monea
9. Josh Hill
10. Kyle Partridge

Chad Reed

This was the first crash between Chad Reed and Trey Canard. The second left Canard on the ground and Reed with a DQ.

The anticipation for the final race of the night was palpable, and as the riders rounded the first corner with the crowd on their feet, Short took the holeshot followed by Millsaps, Roczen, Anderson, Reed, Dungey, and Seely. Before the conclusion of the first lap, though, Roczen made his way into second and then into the lead on the second lap. On that same lap, Short went down while running second, taking Anderson out with him. From there, Roczen began to open up a lead while Millsaps held down second with a freight train behind him consisting of Reed, Dungey, Tomac, Seely, and Barcia. On the third lap, Dungey made his way into third and began pressuring Millsaps for second, as a huge battle ensued with Dungey, Millsaps, Reed, Tomac, Canard, and Barcia.
The six riders from second to seventh circulated the course separated by only bike lengths, but one rider in the pack that stood above the rest was Tomac, as he sliced his way up to third in the matter of only a few laps with the help of a massive quad jump he was pulling out. Behind Tomac, Canard began pressuring Reed for fourth with the two ultimately coming together and going down hard before the mechanic's area. When the two riders remounted, Reed then hit Canard in the next corner, sending the Honda rider wide into the Tuff Blocks and onto the ground. The crashes moved Barcia into fourth and Tickle into fifth. Reed then sat in ninth and Canard remounted in 16th. One lap later, however, Reed pulled into the mechanic's area after being black-flagged for his aggressive riding against Canard.
Up front, the top three continued to stretch out their lead over the rest of the field, as they remained separated by a few seconds from each other with Roczen sitting in a comfortable first. As the laps ticked down, the running order remained the same. Roczen rode in for his second win of the season, Dungey took second—his best finish of the season—and Tomac completed the podium.

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Main Event Results
1. Ken Roczen
2. Ryan Dungey
3. Eli Tomac
4. Justin Barcia
5. Broc Tickle
6. Cole Seely
7. Jason Anderson
8. Dean Wilson
9. Davi Millsaps
10. Blake Baggett
11. Trey Canard
12. Brett Metcalfe
13. Kyle Chisholm
14. Nick Wey
15. Ben Lamay
16. Jimmy Albertson
17. Jake Weimer
18. Cole Clason
19. Mike Alessi
20. Josh Grant
21. Chad Reed
22. Andrew Short
Monster Energy Supercross 450 Championship Points Standings (After 3 of 17 rounds):
1. Ken Roczen (72/2 wins)
2. Ryan Dungey (60)
3. Jason Anderson (51)
4. Eli Tomac (46/1 win)
5. Trey Canard (43)
6. Justin Barcia (43)
7. Broc Tickle (38)
8. Weston Peick (32)
9. Andrew Short (31)
10. Davi Millsaps (30)