Round 16 of the 2017 Monster Energy Supercross series provided an abundance of storylines on Saturday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.
In the 450 class, Eli Tomac who took over sole possession as points leader after winning the Salt Lake City round last week looked erratic all day which ultimately proved his undoing as he crashed while leading the Main Event and dropped out of the Top 10 but managed to salvage some points with an eighth-place finish.
Meanwhile, two-time defending Champion Ryan Dungey took over the lead for nine laps, gave it up to Marvin Musquin and followed him around for 13 laps before Musquin "made a mistake" allowing Dungey to take back the lead on the last lap, grab just his third win of the season and an enormous three extra points.
Dungey takes over the Red Plate and carries a nine point advantage into the final round on Saturday in Las Vegas. If indeed Musquin aided Dungey, a close friend, teammate and training partner, the three extra points for finishing first could prove huge for Dungey as he has not finished below fourth-place all season. Musquin is a lock for third-place on the season and Jason Anderson who rounded out the podium in New Jersey finishes fourth on the season no matter what happens next week.
In the 250 East Class, Zach Osborne won for the fourth time this season helping his Championship hopes that seemed all but over after a crash in Detroit. He got some help too after points leader Joey Savatgy crashed and failed to renter the track in the appropriate section. He finished third but penalized five spots and lost seven points as a result. Jordon Smith was credited with third-place and takes the Red Plate by just one point over Osborne and Savatgy. Dylan Ferrandis of France took second-place for a career-best finish. Check out all the action below. Photos by Ryne Swanberg.