Photos – Ryne Swanberg
The 2015 Monster Energy Supercross Series returned to the NYC metropolitan area for round sixteen of the season at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. This is the second visit to the massive venue but has quickly become a marquee event for the cross-country championship. A special television package with FOX Sports that will put the sport on primetime television required a drastic changet to the day's schedule, with riders hitting the track for two quick practice sessions at nine in the morning. Despite the limited time on the track, the field figured out the fastest lines around the technical layout and set the order for the actual racing action.
250 Timed Qualifying
Red Bull KTM's Marvin Musquin held the top spot of timed qualifying through both practice sessions, with his best time, 55.080, coming in the final session of the day. Jeremy Martin put in a 55.522 lap aboard his Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha for second place, while Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Joey Savatgy overcame an early crash to click off a 55.804 time. Defending class champion Justin Bogle took a hard hit in the first practice of the day, but the GEICO Honda rider came back to click off a 55.966 later in the day. These were the only riders to break the 56-second mark, as lap times from the rest of the field ranged between 57 seconds to over a minute.
NEWS AND NOTES FROM THE 250 CLASS
– GEICO Honda's Jordan Smith suffered a hard slam in the last moments of practice and was slow to get up and off the track. He was ranked sixth fastest in the class, but is questionable for the actual race.
– A dragonback to tabletop proved to be a difficult section for a number of 250 riders, including Jimmy Decotis and Justin Bogle. Changes to the track throughout the day seemed to alleviate the issue.
– 49 riders signed up for the 250 class.
450 Timed Qualifying
Eli Tomac turned the fastest lap of the entire day, a 53.934, aboard his GEICO Honda in his final practice of the day. He was the only rider in the entire field to crank out a lap below 54-seconds, as Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey claimed second on the chart with a 54.404. Cole Seely quietly claimed third after hopping his Team Honda HRC bike around the chopped up course to 54.707 lap time, while fellow rookie and Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna rider Jason Anderson nabbed fourth with a 55.042. AutoTrader/Toyota/Yamaha’s Weston Peick hovered around the top spot for much of the morning, with a 55.119 lap ultimately putting him fifth overall.
NEWS AND NOTES FROM THE 450 CLASS
– Discount Tire/TwoTwo Motorsports/Kawasaki riders Chad Reed and Josh Grant were absent from the final practice of the day. They were ranked 18th and 19th, respectively, for their first session times.
– Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Red Bull/KTM’s Shane McElrath is racing the 450 class for the first time, and was ranked 12th overall in practice.
– 39 riders signed up for the 450 class.