Trey Canard got his first Supercross win in four years making easy work of his A2 rival Chad Reed and taking advantage of a Ken Roczen crash on Saturday for Round 4 in Oakland.
In what's now an infamous black flag ruling given to Reed last week after he purposely bumped Canard off the track following a crash, the two riders once again were bar-to-bar, this time for the lead on Lap 5. The excitement didn't last long as Canard quickly passed Reed on Lap 6 staying out front the rest of the way for the win. Reed held on to the second-place position for about 10 more laps but lost it to Ryan Dungey who took the runner-up to Canard. Reed nailed down his best finish and first podium of the season in third.
"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."
Fredrik Noren got into his first Main of the season finishing 17th
Dungey who does not have a win this season, but three podiums, takes over as points leader. Roczen who took the lead on Lap 1 after passing Reed couldn't clear a triple jump and crashed. By the time he got back up he was trailing most of the field. His 15th place finish gave him just six points allowing Dungey to take the lead and Canard to close within 10. Eli Tomac has all but rebounded from the point-sucking 20th place result at A1 and is now in fourth-place for points just four behind Canard.
Jimmy Albertson just missed qualifying for his second-straight Main
MotoSport riders continue to have difficulty getting into the Main. Jimmy Albertson, who qualified last week and got the holeshot in the Main, just missed qualification this time around in the LCQ. Fredrik Noren, who rides for the MotoSport.com/GPI/Honda Racing team finally got in, his first of the season. The 2010 Swedish National Champion took 17th overall. Nick Wey, who rode well in his first Main Last week finished behind Albertson in the LCQ and Adam Enticknap is still looking to qualify.
Josh Hansen gets another Top 10 result
In the 250 West class, MotoSport rider Josh Hansen finished eighth, his third finish in the Top 10. Despite the success, Hansen said earlier in the week it's not enough.
"It's kind of frustrating because of my results and I haven't been riding like I know how to ride. You put all that time and effort into training and you expect so much more," he said. "Day in and day out I have to keep on it. My day is going to come."
Tommy Hahn, Noren's teammate, went into Oakland a spot behind Hansen in the points race in 10th, finished 16th, his worst outing of the year. He drops to 12th place and Hansen is in 10th tied for points with Zach Bell.
Tommy Hahn finished 16th in Oakland
Elsewhere in the 250s, Malcolm Stewart, brother of the FIM-banned James Stewart, got his first ever 250 class win. It wasn't easy as he started in third behind holeshot winner Bell and Chris Alldredge. Stewart took the lead on Lap 2 and gave it up on Lap 3 to Justin Hill. While they fought for position, Alldredge jumped off the track and the fast-approaching Cooper Webb crashed after colliding with Tyler Bowers.
On Lap 7, Hill crashed out allowing Stewart to reclaim the lead. Webb, the points leader who started near the back, also overcame his crash with Bowers to finish in second-place. Alex Martin who took the third-place spot on Lap 5 held on to the position for his first career podium. Bell finished in fifth.
Anaheim hosts its third and final Supercross Round on Saturday at Angel Stadium. Practice starts at 12:30 p.m. and the Main event for A3 starts at 6:30 p.m. Buy tickets online or at the box office, 2000 Gene Autry Way in Anaheim, CA.
2015 Monster Energy Supercross Oakland Results
Oakland Supercross 450SX Class Results
- Trey Canard
- Ryan Dungey
- Chad Reed
- Eli Tomac
- Cole Seely
- Justin Barcia
- Blake Baggett
- Davi Millsaps
- Andrew Short
- Jason Anderson
Oakland Supercross 250SX West Class Results
- Malcolm Stewart
- Cooper Webb
- Alex Martin
- Tyler Bowers
- Zach Bell
- Zach Osborne
- Aaron Plessinger
- Josh Hansen - MotoSport rider
- Justin Hill
- Jessy Nelson
2015 Monster Energy Supercross Season Standings
450SX Class Season Standings
- Ryan Dungey (82)
- Ken Roczen (78)
- Trey Canard (68)
- Eli Tomac (64)
- Jason Anderson (62)
- Justin Barcia (58)
- Cole Seely (45)
- Davi Millsaps (44)
- Andrew Short (44)
- Chad Reed (42)
250SX West Class Season Standings
- Cooper Webb (86)
- Tyler Bowers (78)
- Jessy Nelson (71)
- Zach Osborne (69)
- Justin Hill (65)
- Malcolm Stewart (64)
- Aaron Plessinger (54)
- Shane McElrath (49)
- Alex Martin (47)
- Josh Hansen (47) - MotoSport rider