Team Honda’s Trey Canard won his first Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, race of the 2015 season in front of 47,671 fans at O.co Coliseum.
BTO Sports/KTM’s Andrew Short won theHoleshot Award with RCH Suzuki’s Ken Roczen, who came into the race as the points leader with two wins, and Discount Tire/TwoTwo Motorsports’ Chad Reed in second and third respectively.
Reed passed Short for the lead on the opening lap, and Roczen passed Reed on Lap 1. However, after the pass, Roczen did not have the momentum needed to clear the triple jump and crashed upon landing, forcing him to drop back to nearly last place. He eventually remounted and finished 16.
Roczen’s crash allowed Reed, who was black flagged last week because of an on-track altercation with Team Honda’s Trey Canard, to take over the lead. Team Honda’s Cole Seely moved into third place on Lap 4 and Canard pulled into third place on the same lap.
Canard took over second place, just behind Reed, on Lap 5, and the stage was set for the highly anticipated duel between the two riders. Canard wasted little time on Reed, passing him on the following lap.
On Lap 16, Red Bull/KTM’s Ryan Dungey passed Reed for second place, marking his second-consecutive runner-up finish of the year. Reed finished third, his best finish of the season.
“All things considered, tonight’s track was really tough,” said Dungey. “I wanted to make up some ground on Trey [Canard] for the lead, but it didn’t work out. It’s nice to take over the points lead, but the season is still young.”
Canard’s last win came in Arlington, Texas in April of 2011.
“I don’t know what to say,” said Canard. “I didn’t think I would be on the podium after the first few laps; it was busy out there. It has been a long haul to get here on top of the podium, and I am really happy about it.”
Monster Energy Supercross continues next weekend (January 31) with its fifth stop of the 17-race season from Anaheim, Calif., the third of three stops at Angel Stadium.
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