Cooper Webb overcame a turn-one crash to earn the win in Levi's Stadium.

Cooper Webb overcame a turn-one crash to earn the win in Levi’s Stadium.

2015 Santa Clara SX | Race Report

Words by Donn Maeda

Photos by Ryne Swanberg

The Monster Energy Supercross Series is in the home stretch, and as it rolled into Santa Clara, California’s Levi’s Stadium, both the 450 and 250 West Championships were already decided as Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey and Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Cooper Webb clinched their respective championships one week earlier in Houston, Texas. It was the two champions who prevailed in the stadium’s inaugural Supercross race, as Dungey scored a relatively uneventful win over Eli Tomac and Weston Peick. Webb’s victory, was more spectacular as he overcame a first-turn crash to overtake the entire field and earn the win over Justin Hill and Alex Martin.

250 HEAT 1

Alex Martin was quickest off the line in the first heat race of the evening, and he led Aaron Plessinger, Justin Hill and Josh Hansen. Hill snuck under Martin in a tight corner to take the lead, and a few seconds later the Yamaha rider made a mistake in a rhythm section and dropped to fourth behind Plessinger and Hansen. Up front, Hill stretched out a commanding lead aboard his Red Bull KTM, and he was never challenged. Plessinger came home second and Martin recovered to pass Hansen for third by the finish.

  1. Justin Hill
  2. Aaron Plessinger
  3. Alex Martin
  4. Josh Hansen
  5. Chris Alldredge
  6. Scott Champion
  7. Branden Scharer
  8. Austin Ulrich
  9. Cody Church

 250 HEAT 2

Shane McElrath snared the holeshot at the start of the second heat race, but Cooper Webb took control of the lead on the second lap. GEICO Honda's Malcolm Stewart was on tear and followed Webb past McElrath, then set his sights on the leader. Stewart got a monstrous drive in the whoops and blew past Webb, but he lost control in the final few bumps and flew off the track in the berm at the end of the section. From that point, Webb went on uncontested to a dominant win over McElrath. Stewart recovered quickly and worked back to third at the finish.

  1. Cooper Webb
  2. Shane McElrath
  3. Malcolm Stewart
  4. Matt Bisceglia
  5. Zach Osborne
  6. Tommy Hahn
  7. Jackson Richards
  8. Ryan Breece
  9. Chris Powell

250 LCQ

Trevor Reis scored an easy win in the 250 LCQ over Cole Martinez and Morgan Burger.

  1. Trevor Reis
  2. Cole Martinez
  3. Morgan Burger
  4. Kevin Weisbruch
  5. Johnny Jelderda

250 MAIN

When the gate dropped at the start of the 15-lap 250 main, a massive pileup in turn one took out more than half of the field, leaving Josh Hansen with the lead over Alex Martin and Aaron Plessinger. Plessinger passed Martin on lap one and set his sights on Hansen. The rookie took over the lead on lap four with a simple pass on Hansen, and immediately began to establish a lead. Webb, meanwhile, worked through the field quickly after picking himself up from the turn one crash and worked into fourth by the sixth lap.

Webb was on fire and easily closed in on Martin and Hansen, who battled over second. Plessinger crashed while leading on lap seven and handed the lead to Hansen. Webb found his way past Martin soon thereafter, and he began to reel in Hansen with seemingly little effort. Webb found his way past Hansen in a corner but the Kawasaki rider blasted the next whoop section and looked set to smash Webb in the following corner, but the Yamaha rider seemed to know what was coming and he swerved out of the way. Another pass for the lead followed on the next straight, but as the lead duo crossed the finish line, Hansen pulled off and into the mechanic's area with an ailing machine.

Webb was never challenged as he raced off with a huge lead over Red Bull KTM's Hill, who was also involved in the massive turn one pileup at the start. Martin held on for third ahead of Stewart, who also made a great recovery from the pileup on the start.

  1. Cooper Webb
  2. Justin Hill
  3. Alex Martin
  4. Malcolm Stewart
  5. Shane McElrath
  6. Jackson Richardson
  7. Aaron Plessinger
  8. Matt Bisceglia
  9. Tommy Hahn
  10. Scott Champion
  11. Cole Martinez
  12. Austin Ulrich
  13. Brandon Scharer
  14. Morgan Burger
  15. Ryan Breece
  16. Cody Church
  17. Trevpor Reis
  18. Kevin Weisbruch
  19. Josh Hansen
  20. Chris Howell
  21. Zach Osborne
  22. Chris Alldredge

WESTERN REGIONAL 250 SUPERCROSS POINT STANDINGS

  1. Cooper Webb (186)
  2. Shane McElrath (124)
  3. Zach Osborne (117)
  4. Justin Hill (116)
  5. Aaron Plessinger (113)
  6. Alex Martin (111)
  7. Malcolm Stewart (107)
  8. Jessy Nelson (106)
  9. Tyler Bowers (105)
  10. Josh Hansen (91)

Ryan Dungey was unstoppable as he raced to his seventh win of the season.

Ryan Dungey was unstoppable as he raced to his seventh win of the season.

450 HEAT 1

Ryan Dungey grabbed the holeshot in the first 450 heat race and led Weston Peick and Jason Anderson onto the track. Peick surprised the newly crowned champion with a pass for the lead on the first lap and immediately opened up a few bike lengths aboard his Yamaha. Dungey took a few laps to compose himself, and made a well-executed pass on the final lap to steal the win in a tricky rhythm section. Peick made an aggressive attempt to retake the lead, but it was Dungey at the flag. Peick was second over Anderson, Justin Brayton, Kyle Partridge and Nick Wey.

  1. Ryan Dungey
  2. Weston Peick
  3. Jason Anderson
  4. Justin Brayton
  5. Kyle Partridge
  6. Nick Wey
  7. Josh Grant
  8. Ben Lamay
  9. Thomas Ramette
  10. Chad Cook

450 HEAT 2

Andrew Short grabbed his 453rd holeshot of the year and led Cole Seely and Kyle Chisholm through the first corner. Seely wasted little time taking over the point position and once in front he immediately began to pull away from the field. Chad Reed was the man on the move in the early laps and he worked though the field to take over second by the third lap, but he found himself faced with a three-second deficit to Seely. Just when it looked like Seely had the win in the bag, he found himself with nowhere to go when a track worker pushing Teddy Maier's bike off the track crossed his path. Seely recovered for fifth, but was headed to a semi. Reed inherited the win and was followed home by Short, Broc Tickle, and Blake Baggett.

  1. Chad Reed
  2. Andrew Short
  3. Broc Tickle
  4. Blake Baggett
  5. Cole Seely
  6. Justin Barcia
  7. Eli Tomac
  8. Kyle Chisholm
  9. Dylan Bauer
  10. Nick Schmidt

450 SEMI 1

Wey pulled a fat holeshot at the start of the first 450 semi and was chased by Nick Schmidt and Kyle Chisholm. After a miserable showing in his heat, Justin Barcia sliced through the field in the semi and worked into second in only two laps. Once into the runner-up position, Barcia set his sights on Wey and began to chip away at his lead. Schmidt's race fell apart on lap three as he flew off the track, rejoined the race, then fell in a right-handed bowl corner. Schmidt remounted quickly but crashed again, this time hard enough to lay him out on the track and bring out the caution flags. Wey rolled the entire section where Schmidt was down, but held on for the first semi win of his season over Barcia, Chisholm and Ben Lamay.

  1. Nick Wey
  2. Justin Barcia
  3. Kyle Chisholm
  4. Ben Lamay
  5. Dustin Pipes

450 SEMI 2

Josh Grant holeshot the second heat race but Seely wated little time and stormed into the lead, no doubt fueled by the incident in his heat. Tomac gated third and began to chase down Grant, and on lap six took over the runner-up position. Seely scored the win with a few bike lengths to spare over Tomac, while Grant held on for third over Kyle Partridge and

  1. Cole Seely
  2. Eli Tomac
  3. Josh Grant
  4. Kyle Partridge
  5. Alex Ray

450 LCQ

Ronnie Stewart grabbed the lead at the start of the 450 LCQ, but there was no denying Schmidt, who recovered from his crash earlier in the night and earned a commanding win in the LCQ.

  1. Nick Schmidt
  2. Ronnie Stewart
  3. Killian Rusk
  4. Thomas Rammette

450 MAIN

Barcia led the way through turn one at the start of the 20-lap main event, but Dungey and Reed were hot on his rear fender. Reed was charging hard and closing on Barcia, but he mis-timed a tricky rhythm section and went down hard after casing a jump. This left Dungey with a clear shot at Barcia, and the two-time SX champion took over the lead just past the wall obstacle. Peick was next to bump Barcia back, and the husky rider motored past in the whoops with an authoritative pass.

Tomac was next to pressure Barcia, but he didn't have an easy way past as Barcia began to ride defensively and ran the GEICO Honda rider high on multiple occasions. Tomac finally made a pass stick on lap 7 and took over third. Within four laps, Tomac closed to the rear fender of Peick's Yamaha, and he found his way into second with a pass just as they lapped Ronnie Stewart.

At the finish, Dungey enjoyed three-second lead over Tomac, who put on a commendable late-race charge. Peick came home third for his first career podium. Anderson held off Seely for fourth, while Baggett came home sixth ahead of Barcia.

  1. Ryan Dungey
  2. Eli Tomac
  3. Weston Peick
  4. Jason Anderson
  5. Cole Seely
  6. Blake Baggett
  7. Justin Brayton
  8. Chad Reed
  9. Andrew Short
  10. Nick Wey
  11. Kyle Chisholm
  12. Broc Tickle
  13. Kyle Partridge
  14. Nick Schmidt
  15. Killian Rusk
  16. Justin Barcia
  17. Ben Lamay
  18. Dustin Pipes
  19. Ronnie Stewart
  20. Alex Ray
  21. Thomas Ramette
  22. Josh Grant

450 SUPERCROSS POINT STANDINGS

1. Ryan Dungey (343)

2. Eli Tomac (258)

3. Cole Seely (239)

4. Chad Reed (212)

5. Trey Canard (204)

6. Blake Baggett (190)

7. Jason Anderson (188)

8. Broc Tickle (168)

9. Andrew Short (164)

10. Ken Roczen (156)