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New stadiums, new towns, new winners, and a packed house of fans. Glendale delivered! Five rounds in and the 2016 Monster Energy Supercross Series has certainly heated up, and although Ryan Dungey is in command of the 450SX class Cooper Webb is fighting tooth and nail to get his points lead back. Let’s go over some news from sunny Arizona…
- Webb and Savatgy are now tied coming into San Diego Two at 98 points, and you can bet the racing in the 250SX class this coming weekend won’t disappoint. Craig sits in third with 87 points, followed by Nichols with 81 points, and then Osborne rounds out the top five with 74 points.
- Kudos to Ken Roczen for breaking into the winners circle in a dominant ride. He mentioned in our post race interview that he’s feeling it. “I think we’re gonna go on a roll, I’m feeling really good about it, and we’re gonna keep working hard.”
- It would be hard to find someone in the paddock that wasn’t happy for Christian Craig taking his first Supercross victory ever, after returning from retirement.
- Congratulations to Coy Gibbs on his new role at Joe Gibbs Racing, where he was recently promoted to Chief Operating Officer of the entire team, including NASCAR. This means Gibbs will be at less motocross events as he turns his attention back to stock car racing.
- Another congrats goes out to Jeremy Degen for his new role with auto racing at Alpinestars.
- Jessy Nelson will likely sit out the remainder of the Supercross season. The TLD KTM rider is on the mend from a crash in early January and it sounds like the team does not want to rush him back for just the two Supercross races later in the spring, and will instead focus on the summer’s Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.
- Sounds like Christian Craig has inked a contract extension with the GEICO Honda team for another two years.
- Riders said they went into the first turn wide-open but had the stadium wall on their minds. For some reason, there was really no run-off area or many protective elements to keep riders from slamming into the concrete wall at full-tilt.
- A few mainstream sports celebrities made their way to the track on Saturday evening. NASCAR stars Kyle Larson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, and Danica Patrick hung out around the Red Bull KTM rig, while golf pro/moto rider Rickie Fowler trekked over from the nearby Waste Management Open in Scottsdale to watch the race.
- The new Showa fork? We approached one of our friends that would know everything about the setup and he chuckled when we asked him share some details. According to him, there is a small spring in the leg that contains the air chamber and it helps alleviate some of the harshness riders feel from the SFF setup. We’ll learn more in a few weeks.
- Ryan Dungey is riding better than ever right now. The Red Bull KTM rider completely swept Oakland one weekend ago (fastest qualifying lap, heat race & main event wins) and looked ready to repeat the feat in Arizona. He came up short of the main event win, but topped everything else, even turning the fastest lap of the feature.
- Expect Justin Bogle and Andrew Short to definitely return to action in San Diego this coming weekend. The exact returns of Trey Canard, Blake Baggett, and James Stewart are still unknown.