2015 Indianapolis SX | Race Report

Ryan Dungey completed a Red Bull KTM sweep with his 450 main event win in Indianapolis.

Ryan Dungey completed a Red Bull KTM sweep with his 450 main event win in Indianapolis.

2015 Indianapolis SX | Race Report

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Round 11 of the 2015 Monster Energy Supercross Series rolled to Indianapolis, Indiana, and the excitement was at an all-time high. The Lucas Oil Stadium housed one of the more technical tracks of the year and the whoop section was undoubtedly the most treacherous aspect of the race track. Something must be in the water in the Red Bull KTM rig, though, as it seemed to be deja vu all over again with Ryan Dungey and Marvin Musquin standing atop the podium in their respective classes. Both Dungey and Musquin enjoy commanding points leads in their championship contests. 

2015 Indianapolis SX | Race Report| 250 Class

Call Marvin Musquin, because he's on a roll.

Call Marvin Musquin butter, because he’s on a roll.

250 Heat One

GEICO Honda’s Justin Bogle grabbed the first holeshot of the night in the 250 class with Smart Top/Motoconcept Racing’s Vince Friese and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy in tow. Kyle Cunningham got around Friese for third at the end of the opening lap, then Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Martin Davalos then made the move on Motoconcepts rider for fourth. At the beginning of lap three, Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Anthony Rodriguez moved around Friese for fifth. Orange Brigade/KTM’s Dakota Alix maintained a steady pace to make it through to the main finishing in ninth place.

1. Justin Bogle
2. Joey Savatgy
3. Martin Davalos
4. Kyle Cunningham
5. Anthony Rodriguez
6. Mitch Oldenberg
7. Vince Friese
8. Jordan Smith
9. Dakota Alix
10. Daniel Herrlein

250 Heat Two

GEICO Honda’s RJ Hampshire rocketed to turn one with the holeshot, with Kyle Peters in a close second.  Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Jeremy Martin went down on lap one right after the whoops as he ran into another rider, but remounted to finish the race uninjured. Peters made his way around Hampshire for first, but the GEICO Honda rider made quick work of the privateer to retake the lead. On lap two,  Musquin  passed Hampshire and took control of the lead, while Peters maintained third. Privateer Jimmy Decotis sat in fourth with Colt Nichols in a close fifth, but on the final lap, Peters made a small mistake and paid for it, as Decotis got by for third. Bad luck struck again for Martin as he tried to pass Taylor Potter for the final transfer position. The two came together and  the incident sent Martin to the ground, which in turn sent him to the LCQ.

1. Marvin Musquin
2. RJ Hampshire
3. Jimmy Decotis
4. Kyle Peters
5. Colt Nichols
6. Justin Starling
7. Gannon Audette
8. Logan Karnow
9. Taylor Potter
10. Jace Owen

250 LCQ

Luke Vonlinger ripped out of the gate to grab the holeshot, but Martin was in a very close second and made quick work of the privateer. Just as the pack completed the first lap, though, the red flag came out because a multi-rider crash.

After the racers lined back up on the gate, it was Daniel Herrlein who made it to turn one first. More bad luck struck for Martin, as her suffered from a bad start and was buried back in 10th. Martin’s luck didn’t improve as he, again, went down in the whoop section. He was able to remount and finish, but it wasn’t enough to get into the top qualifying positions. Meanwhile, Renzland moved into the lead with Gaines, Owen and Herrlein finishing in that order. Almost unbelievably, 250 National Champion Martin was unable to make the main event.

1. Luke Renzland
2. Nick Gaines
3. Jace Owen
4. Daniel Herrlein

250 Main Event

Bogle grabbed the holeshot at the start of the 15-lap 250 main, but Davalos made quick work of him for first. Musquin also moved around the Geico Honda rider and set his sights on Davalos. On lap two, Musquin took over the the lead, while Davalos made a small mistake through the whoops and went down. Davalos lost several positions to the likes of Bogle, Savatgy and Hampshire. Musquin began to jump his way through the treacherous whoop section, which allowed him to minimize swaps and further pull away. Back to eighth place, a battle ensued between Cunningham, Peters and GEICO Honda’s Jordan Smith. Smith was able to get by both privateers for eighth. Near the halfway point, Rodriguez, who was inside the top five, made a mistake and went down and handed the position to Friese. Smith, though, had his sights set on Friese and made the pass with seven laps to go.

Savatgy, who held down third, had bike problems with six laps to go, and had to push his bike off of the track for a disappointing DNF. Bogle, too had some problems, as the Geico rider took a little spill with four laps to go, but didn’t manage to lose any positions to his teammates Hampshire and Smith. Cunningham made his way around Friese for fifth with two laps to go.  At the checkered flag, Musquin to crossed the finish line with a heel clicker-no-hander combo to celebrate the win with Bogle, Hampshire, Smith and Cunningham rounding out the top five. Four more Hondas followed to complete the top 10.

250 Main Event Results

1. Marvin Musquin
2. Justin Bogle
3. RJ Hampshire
4. Jordan Smith
5. Kyle Cunningham
6. Jimmy Decotis
7. Kyle Peters
8. Colt Nichols
9. Vince Friese
10. Jace Owen
11. Luke Renzland
12. Gannon Audette
13. Mitch Oldenberg
14. Justin Starling
15. Martin Davalos
16. Anthony Rodriguez
17. Daniel Herrlein
18. Taylor Potter
19. Logan Karnow
20. Joey Savatgy
21. Dakota Alix

Monster Energy Supercross 250 Championship Points Standings (After 5 of 9 rounds):

1. Marvin Musquin – 122 points(4 wins)
2. Justin Bogle – 106 points
3. Jeremy Martin – 85 points(1 win)
4. RJ Hampshire – 74 points
5. Joey Savatgy – 73 points
6. Martin Davalos – 62 points
7. Vince Friese – 58 points
8. Jimmy Decotis – 57 points
9. Kyle Peters – 57 points
10. Anthony Rodriguez – 52 points

Ryan Dungey

Ryan Dungey led nearly every lap of the Indianapolis SX main event.

2015 Indianapolis SX | Race Report | 450 Class

450 Heat One

Team Tedder Monster Energy’s Jake Weimer grabbed the holeshot with AutoTrader.com/Toyota/JGR/Yamaha’s Weston Peick in a close second. The husky Yamaha rider made quick work of Weimer through the whoops to take the lead. Honda’s Cole Seely sat in third, while Discount Tire/Two Two Motorsports/Kawasaki’s Chad Reed and Rockstar Energy Racing/Husqvarna’s Jason Anderson followed. Seely rocketed through the whoops to make the pass on Weimer for second, but was unsuccessful, but he made it happen through the next section and took over second place. Soon after, Reed made a great pass around the outside of Weimer for third, where he would stay to the end. Anderson was next to challenge Weimer, but the two tangled and Anderson hit the deck. Honda’s Trey Canard suffered from a first turn crash and was forced to fight his way through the pack, but it just was’t quite enough, as he finished in fifth.

1. Weston Peick
2. Cole Seely
3. Chad Reed
4. Jake Weimer
5. Trey Canard

450 Heat Two

The holeshot in the second 450 heat went to BTO Sports/KTM’s Andrew Short with RCH/Soaring Eagle/Jimmie Johns/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Broc Tickle and Geico Honda’s Eli Tomac following closely. Dungey sat in fourth and Monster Energy/Kawasaki’s Davi Millsaps was a very close fifth. Tomac made the pass on Tickle for second and set his sights on the lead, while Millsaps seemingly came out of nowhere to pass Dungey  and Tickle in rapid succession. Up front, Tomac made the pass on Short for the lead and was never headed. Millsaps was next to displace Short, but the BTOSports rider was able to fend off a hard-charging Dungey, who earned the fourth and final transfer.

1. Eli Tomac
2. Davi Millsaps
3. Andrew Short
4. Ryan Dungey
5. Broc Tickle

450 Semi One 

Yoshimura/Suzuki’s Blake Baggett had a great jump off the gate, but Heath Harrison made it across the holeshot chalk line first. Baggett made quick work of Harrison, though, and moved into the lead for good. AutoTrader.com/Toyota/JGR/Yamaha’s Phil Nicoletti ran second early on, but made a huge bobble that allowed Partridge to ultimately move into second. Chisholm and Nicoletti both moved by Harrison for third and fourth, while Adam Enticknap came out of nowhere to steal the fifth and final transfer position.

1. Blake Baggett
2. Kyle Partridge
3. Kyle Chisholm
4. Phil Nicoletti
5. Adam Enticknap
6. Heath Harrison

450 Semi Two

Discount Tire/Two Two Motorsports/Kawasaki’s Josh Grant made it out of the gate with a huge holeshot with Tickle in a close second. Canard suffered another bad start, and was forced to battle through a pack of riders en route to a safe qualifying position, ahead of privateer Killian Rusk. On the final lap, Anderson managed to move into striking distance for the final transfer position after starting well outside the top 10. In a last ditch effort, Anderson made it happen in the final turn with an aggressive block pass to move past Ray for fifth.

1. Josh Grant
2. Broc Tickle
3. Trey Canard
4. Killian Rusk
5. Jason Anderson
6. Alex Ray

450 LCQ

Mafia Moto Crew’s Nick Wey ripped the holeshot over Ray, but  Tony Archer moved into second with Husqvarna’s Ben Lamay following. Up front, Wey rode an unchallenged win, and qualified for his 178th career Supercross main event. Archer, Lamay and Pipes followed.

1. Nick Wey
2. Tony Archer
3. Ben Lamay
4. Dustin Pipes
5. Steve Roman

450 Main Event

Short made it through turn one with another huge holeshot, with points-leader Dungey in a close second. Dungey got by Short quickly, as did Seely in third and Tomac in fourth. Seely looked great as he stayed on Dungey’s tail throughout the entire race. As lead duo began to check out, Tomac went down and lost several positions. The GEICO Honda rider would ultimately finish a disappointing 11th.

On lap five, Peick made his way around Short for third place, but Canard was the man on the move as he began to close in on the top five. Canard’s momentum was undeniable, as he passed Millsaps with relative ease and set out after Peick. Baggett, who was running well within the top 10, flipped over the bars and got stuck under his Yoshimura Suzuki for several seconds. Canard, meanwhile,  made his way into third place on lap 10 with another easy pass, this one on Peick and his Yamaha.

With that, the podium positions were set as Dungey raced to another win aboard his Carlos Aguirre-tuned KTM 450 SX-F. Seely turned in his best performance of the season in second, only a few bike lengths behind Dungey, and over 10-second clear of his teammate Canard. Peick held on for fourth, comfortably ahead of Millsaps, Short, and Grant.

450 Main Event Results

1. Ryan Dungey
2. Cole Seely
3. Trey Canard
4. Weston Peick
5. Davi Millsaps
6. Andrew Short
7. Josh Grant
8. Broc Tickle
9. Chad Reed
10. Jake Weimer
11. Eli Tomac
12. Kyle Chisholm
13. Phil Nicoletti
14. Nick Wey
15. Blake Baggett
16. Kyle Partridge
17. Jason Anderson
18. Tony Archer
19. Ben Lamay
20. Killian Rusk
21. Adam Enticknap
22. Dustin Pipes

Monster Energy Supercross 450 Championship Points Standings (After 11 of 17 rounds):

1. Ryan Dungey – 249 points(5 wins)
2. Trey Canard – 204 points(2 wins)
3. Eli Tomac – 169 points(1 win)
4. Cole Seely –  160 points
5. Ken Roczen – 156 points
6. Chad Reed – 152 points
7. Jason Anderson – 144 points
8. Blake Baggett – 141 points
9. Andrew Short – 124 points
10. Broc Tickle – 120 points