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For the second year in a row, Monster Energy Supercross invaded MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, but this year the event was held during the day as it broadcasted live on FOX for the first time in history. While the 450 championship was decided weeks ago, the 250 East title was still up for grabs, but the series points leader, Red Bull KTM's Marvin Musquin, had it all but locked up after leaving the previous 250 East round in St. Louis with a 20-point lead over Justin Bogle. The Northeast was treated to a great day of racing in the final round before the series finale next weekend in Las Vegas.

250 East Coast Regional Supercross Championship

250 Heat One

Jordon Smith edged out his GEICO Honda teammate, Justin Bogle, heading into the first corner as racing kicked off at MetLife Stadium, but Bogle quickly executed a pass for the lead soon after, wasting no time in the short six-lap battle. A mistake from Smith on lap one dropped the rookie completely out of the fight, allowing Justin Starling to take over the position, while Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha's Jeremy Martin worked his way into third after a mediocre start. With a clear track in front of Bogle, the defending champ rode away to grab his fifth heat race win of the year. Martin finished in second, Starling in third, Luke Renzland in fourth, and Daniel Herrlein in fifth.

1. Justin Bogle
2. Jeremy Martin
3. Justin Starling
4. Luke Renzland
5. Daniel Herrlein
6. Mitchell Oldenburg
7. Nick Desiderio
8. Luke Vonlinger
9. Levi Kilbarger

 

250 Heat Two

A massive first-turn pileup decimated half of the field after the gates dropped in 250 heat two, but AJ Catanzaro was able to squeeze through unscathed and steal the holeshot and the early lead. New England "rippa" Jimmy Decotis snagged the front position away from Catanzaro on the first lap, but Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Joey Savatgy soon proved that the lead was rightfully his as he and Kyle Peters quickly shuffled Decotis back to third. The championship points leader, Red Bull KTM's Marvin Musquin, was among the long list of riders to get collected in the crash after the start, but the speedy Frenchman was able put his head down and work his way toward the front in a hurry. Savatgy took the checkers and the heat race win, while Peters finished in second, RJ Hampshire in third, Marvin Musquin in fourth, and Jace Owen in fifth.

1. Joey Savatgy
2. Kyle Peters
3. RJ Hampshire
4. Marvin Musquin
5. Jace Owen
6. Dakota Alix
7. AJ Catanzaro
8. Jimmy Decotis
9. Gannon Audette

250 LCQ

Kyle Cunningham led the way through the first turn in the final 250 qualifying race of the day with Taylor Potter in second and Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha's Anthony Rodriguez in third. Rodriguez made a critical first-lap mistake, which sent him off the track and down on the concrete, appearing to end his day in New York. Cunningham also suffered from a mistake and hit the deck while holding down the lead, but fortunately he was able to remount his bike after only losing only one position and fight his way back to the front. Cunningham passed Zimmer for the lead on the final lap sending Zimmer to the ground and allowing Preston Mull to slide into second. Logan Karnow finished in third, and, somehow, Rodriguez was able to blast his way through the field to take the final transfer spot in fourth.

1. Kyle Cunningham
2. Preston Mull
3. Logan Karnow
4. Anthony Rodriguez

250 Main Event

GEICO Honda's Justin Bogle snuck up the inside of the tricky 180-degree first turn to take the holeshot and the lead in the first main event of the night, but series points leader Marvin Musquin got the start he needed to challenge the defending champ for the position almost immediately. Kyle Peters sat in third behind Musquin with Joey Savatgy on his tail in fourth and RJ Hampshire in fifth. Musquin's assault was initially stifled by the defending champ as Bogle's quick laps brought some needed space between him and Red Bull KTM rider. Behind the battle for first, Savatgy finally stuck a pass on Peters on lap three to move into a podium position, but by that point Bogle and Musquin had already managed to gap third place by more than five seconds.

While the battle for the lead was far from Savatgy's reach, the Pro Circuit rider had his hands full after Jeremy Martin fought his way back from a bad start and began to pressure Savatgy for third, but Savatgy shut the door on Martin's first pass attempt, running him wide and off the track to preserve his position in the race.

Meanwhile up front, a race win wasn't even close to necessary for Musquin to wrap up the championship in New Jersey, but he didn't seem to care, and the points leader picked up his pace to rally for another shot at taking over the lead with five laps to go. Musquin stuck the pass, took the win, and became the oldest 250 rider to be crowned 250 East Champion in Supercross history, as well earning his first American title. Bogle finished in second, and Savatgy managed to hold off another onslaught from Martin to take the final podium spot in third.

 

Main Event Results

1. Marvin Musquin
2. Justin Bogle
3. Joey Savatgy
4. Jeremy Martin
5. RJ Hampshire
6. Kyle Peters
7. Anthony Rodriguez
8. Mitchell Oldenburg
9. Kyle Cunningham
10. Luke Renzland
11. Jace Owen
12. Justin Starling
13. AJ Catanzaro
14. Gannon Audette
15. Preston Mull
16. Levi Kilbarger
17. Logan Karnow
18. Jimmy Decotis
19. Nick Desiderio
20. Daniel Herrlein
21. Dakota Alix
22. Luke Vonlinger

250 East Coast Regional Championship Point Standings 

1. Marvin Musquin –194 pts | 6 wins
2. Justin Bogle – 171 pts | 1 win
3. Jeremy Martin – 143 pts | 1 win
4. Joey Savatgy – 133 pts
5. RJ Hampshire – 100 pts
6. Anthony Rodriguez – 98 pts
7. Kyle Peters – 91 pts
8. Jimmy Decotis – 87 pts
9. Kyle Cunningham – 72 pts
10. Martin Davalos – 63 pts

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450 Supercross Championship

450 Heat One

RCH Racing's Broc Tickle was credited with the holeshot in 450 heat one as he, Red Bull KTM's Ryan Dungey, and Munn Racing's Ben LaMay rounded the first turn side by side, but Tickle was soon shuffled back as LaMay jumped out front with Dungey in pursuit. Dungey made quick work of LaMay and took over the lead, while Justin Brayton, Tickle, Shane McElrath, and Anderson followed. Dungey added another heat race to his 2015 win column, Brayton held off Tickle for second, and Anderson was able to take fourth and the final transfer spot of the race after a costly mistake from 450 class newcomer McElrath.

1. Ryan Dungey
2. Justin Brayton
3. Broc Tickle
4. Jason Anderson

450 Heat Two

Holeshot master Andrew Short stole yet another one on his BTOSports KTM 450 SX-F and led the way until a mistake forced him to the ground and out of a transfer spot, handing the lead to Team Honda's Cole Seely. GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac stalked Seely from the get go, not giving the 450 rookie an inch of breathing room as the two separated themselves from the rest of the pack. Seely proved that he was up for the task of holding off the class' fastest qualifier and took the heat race win, with Tomac finishing in second. Kyle Chisholm finished in third, and Barcia snagged the final transfer spot in fourth.

1. Cole Seely
2. Ei Tomac
3. Kyle Cunningham
4. Justin Barcia

450 Semi One

Mafia Moto Crew's Nick Wey grabbed the 450 semi one holeshot, but his lead only lasted a split second as Josh Grant and Weston Peick made their way past the number 27 Kawasaki after the second corner of the quick five-lap race. Peick, who barely made it back to the line after a vicious crash in the heat race left his bike mangled, was determined to add another semi win to his 2015 Supercross campaign and wasted no time to take the front position away from Grant. Peick took the win with Grant finishing behind him in second, Nick Wey in third, Ben LaMay in fourth, and Dusty Pipes in fifth.

1. Weston Peick
2. Josh Grant
3. Nick Wey
4. Ben LaMay
5. Dusty Pipes

450 Semi Two

Andrew Short made it two for two after edging out Blake Baggett and snagging his second holeshot of the day. Kyle Partridge, Alex Ray, and Nick Schmidt held down third through fifth, with Tevin Tapia just outside a transfer spot in sixth. Baggett remained glued to the orange fender of Short's KTM throughout the race, but Short rode flawlessly this time around and went on to take the second semi win. Baggett crossed the line in second, Schmidt in third, Ray in fourth, and Tapia advanced to his third 450 main event of the year after a crash knocked Partridge out of contention.

1. Andrew Short
2. Blake Baggett
3. Nick Schmidt
4. Alex Ray
5. Tevin Tapia

450 LCQ

After mistakes in the heat and semi, the third time was the charm for Shane McElrath after quickly moving into the lead following a Tony Archer holeshot. Ronnie Stewart held down third with Deven Raper behind him in fourth and Kyle Partridge in fifth. An error from Archer gifted his second place position to Stewart as the Traders Racing rider dropped back to fifth, and his day went from bad to worse following a hard crash as he attempted to work his way back into qualifying position. McElrath took the LCQ win making the first 450 main of his career. Stewart advanced after finishing in second place, Partridge finished in third, and Raper qualified for his first main event of the season after holding on to fourth.

1. Shane McElrath
2. Ronnie Stewart
3. Kyle Partridge
4. Deven Raper

450 Main Event

Three holeshots are obviously better than two, and Andrew Short jumped out front again after another perfect jump off the gate in the final race of the night, although Cole Seely managed to steal Short's lead away a few corners later. Weston Peick followed suit after Short failed to jump a triple, and the AutoTrader.com/Toyota/Yamaha rider took over second, pushing Short to third.

While Eli Tomac's starts have been a problem all season long, his speed hasn't been, and after rounding the first turn buried back in eighth, Tomac turned it on and began to pick off rider after rider within the first few laps and ran in second by lap three.

Ryan Dungey also fared badly off the start, but after clicking off some of the fastest laps of the race, Dungey worked his way up into podium contention behind Tomac.

Seely continued to run out front past the halfway point of the race, but the battle for first began to heat up as Tomac and Dungey began to pick away at the seconds that separated themselves from the leader with only a handful of laps to go. Tomac mounted a charge and with seven laps to go New Jersey had a new race leader. Dungey managed to get by Seely on the same lap as Tomac, but Tomac's consistent pace was enough to topple Dungey's blazing speed, and Eli Tomac took the win with Dungey finishing in second and Seely in third.

Main Event Results

1. Eli Tomac
2. Ryan Dungey
3. Cole Seely
4. Blake Baggett
5. Andrew Short
6. Broc Tickle
7. Josh Grant
8. Kyle Chisholm
9. Jason Anderson
10. Weston Peick
11. Shane McElrath
12. Nick Wey
13. Ben LaMay
14. Nick Schmidt
15. Kyle Partridge
16. Ronnie Stewart
17. Dusty Pipes
18. Tevin Tapia
19. Deven Raper
20. Justin Barcia
21. Alex Ray
22. Justin Brayton

450 Supercross Championship Standings

1. Ryan Dungey – 365 pts | 6 wins
2. Eli Tomac – 283 pts | 3 wins
3. Cole Seely – 259 pts | 1 win
4. Cole Seely – Chad Reed 212 pts | 1 win
5. Blake Baggett – 208 pts
6. Trey Canard – 204 pts | 2 wins
7. Jason Anderson – 200 pts
8. Broc Tickle – 183 pts
9. Andrew Short – 180 pts
10. Ken Roczen – 156 pts | 2 wins

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