The 2015 Monster Energy Supercross Series is in the home stretch, with round fifteen taking place at the all-new Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Since both the 250 West and 450 titles were decided last week in Houston, there seems to be a little less excitement heading into the last races of the year. Not that this has fazed those in the field, as the riders are looking to close out the year on a high-note. With so many missing from the line-up due to injury or other issues, this is the perfect chance for someone new to step up to the challenge.
The course at Levi's Stadium is very challenging, requiring riders to link each lane together perfectly or face the dire consequences of crashing. More than a few guys have gone down on the long rhythm lanes or over-jumped into the next obstacle. How tonight plays out is anyone's guess, but we're sure things will be exciting when the gates drop at 7PM. Watch all of the action live on FOX Sports 1, but check your local listings for more details.
250 Timed Qualifying
Cooper Webb's tactic of waiting until the last moment to show his true speed is smart, since it offers little chance for anyone else in the field to top the newly crowned champion. He piloted his Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha to a 50.687 lap in the very last seconds of the final session and claimed the top spot on the chart. Justin Hill hovered around the top spot for much of the day and the Red Bull KTM rider ultimately ended up second with a 50.727 time. GEICO Honda's Malcolm Stewart clocked the third best lap of the day, a 51.101, while CycleTrader/Rock River/Yamaha's Alex Martin nabbed fourth with a 51.624. Shane McElrath was once again the lone Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Red Bull/KTM rider, and he was fifth fastest at 51.825.
NEWS AND NOTES FROM THE 250 CLASS
- The field has definitely dwindled since the start of the year. Only 15 riders were in the A qualifying group, while 47 riders entered the class.
- Josh Hansen sat out the final session, still unsure of why.
- Austin Politelli crashed in the final practice and caused a red flag to fly over the session. He was 17th overall in the class, but will likely miss the night.
- Tyler Bowers and Zach Bell are out for the night with injuries.
450 Timed Qualifying
Eli Tomac has mastered timed qualifying this season, and once again the GEICO Honda rider was the fastest in the entire field with a 49.758 lap time. This was just a click quicker than newly crowned class champion Ryan Dungey, who clocked a 49.974 aboard his Red Bull KTM. Cole Seely continues to impress in his rookie season, as the Team Honda HRC rider was third fastest at 50.345, while fellow freshman Jason Anderson took fourth with a 50.583 on his Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna. Broc Tickle completed the top-five, with the lone RCH/Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John's/Suzuki Factory Racing rider clicking off a 50.765.
NEWS AND NOTES FROM THE CLASS
- Only 40 riders signed up for the 450 class, so every entered rider has qualified for the night show.
- Davi Millsaps is in attendance at the event, despite he release from the Monster Energy Kawasaki team. He is not racing tonight.