The 2015 Monster Energy Supercross
series made its first of two trips up to Northern California that past weekend as riders and their teams took on very tough o.Co Coliseum track in Oakland.
With the first three rounds being full of rough riding and a ton of drama, teams and the AMA
were hoping for a smooth night that could translate into a clean, incident free rest of the season.
Fans and riders were treated to beautiful weather in the Bay Area. But a little too much water on the track in the morning caused the track to break down almost immediately in practice and track crews struggled to keep the track in 'safe'
condition throughout the day and into the night show.
With slick short run ins and rutted out jump faces, riders struggled to get drive to jump the bigger obstacles and it was that exact issue that bit series point leader and arguable title favorite; Ken Roczen. While battling up front, Roczen
struggle to get drive on the face of a triple causing the RCH rider to come up short and go down HARD. Once Ken was able to remount, he was a lap down and despite gutting out a very admirable comeback charge, his 15th would ultimately see Roczen forfeit the series points lead and red plate to Ryan Dungey heading into Anaheim next week. Up front, Chad Reed
and Trey Canard
battled for the win just a week after the two were involved in one of the biggest race controversies in recent years that saw Chad Reed black flagged from Round 3 after his 'non racing retaliation'
actions. When the checkers flew...Canard grabbed his fourth career win and Ryan Dungey snuck by Reed for second place.
There may have not been a massive points shake up in the 250s, but the rough riding and drama began in practice and it continued right thru to the checker flag. Cooper Webb made an aggressive pass on Malcolm Stewart
in his heat race causing the Geico rider to go down, but Stewart got the last laugh winning his first ever main event after a HARD collision with Tyler Bowers
and Cooper Webb
in the main put the points leader on the ground. Once remounted, Webb
charged to second but couldn’t catch Stewart. Webb was less than impressed with Bowers on the podium making his last words on live TV, "Payback is a B-word Bowers!"
Quietly staying out of the drama and riding his own smooth line was ONEiD
backed rider Josh Hansen
. After a decent qualifying effort, Hansen used his natural racing ability to put himself directly into the main. In the main, Hanny raced with the lead pack for awhile, but would eventually settled in, taking another top 10
spot with an eighth place ride. With the result, Hansen now sits top 10 in 250 SX West Coast points.
and Kevin Weisbruch
really turned it on in the last qualifying session to put themselves into the night show. They both had the speed and sprinting capabilities to qualifying thru their heats directly into the main, but couldn’t get a good start sor any luck on their side. Look for both Shoemaker and Weisbruch to be fighting for a spot in the main this coming weekend as we head back to Anaheim for the third and final time this year time.
had another up and down night. After a rough heat race, the #33
grabbed a great start and charged his way to a 2nd place finish in his semi for a great ride. Once in the main, with Top 10 lap times, Grant
looked poised to put in a solid ride. But once again, bad luck struck the TwoTwo Motorsports
rider and Grant
was forced to pull out of the race. Understandably disappointed, Josh remains determined and had this to say on Sunday, “I’m all good, just having bad luck in the mains! Pick back up and keep grinding.”
backed Nick Wey
put in a good qualifying lap, but without a start up front, Nick just missed a qualifying spot out of the LCQ.
Impressing once again was the #199
of Kyle Partridge!
After making his third main event of the season, Kyle rode a smart race amongst all the carnage of the blown out Oakland track to grab an 18th place finish.
Making 3 out of 4 mains this season, we would like to think that One Industries
rider has proven by now that he should be considered as one of the 'Fast 20'
in what is arguably the most stacked field in Supercross history. The series will now head to Angels Stadium for the third and final time of the 2015 season. Remember to tap over to your Twitter and follow us this Saturday for all the LIVE and behind the scenes action from Anaheim.