If Ryan Dungey continues riding like he did on Saturday for Round 6 of the 2016 Monster Energy Supercross season held at Petco Park in San Diego don't be surprised if Staples climbs on board as a sponsor.
Because that was easy.
Dungey got his second holeshot of the year and cruised to his fourth win of 2016 extending his points lead over Ken Roczen to 26. No one mounted any sort of pressure to Dungey who got his first holeshot of the year in Oakland and led the entire race in that campaign as well. Dungey now has 26 wins in his career, one behind Bob Hannah and it was his 22nd straight podium and 17th straight Top 2 finish.
"I got off to a good start, that was the main thing, and just get out front and try to start clicking (laps) away and from there it was nice to get another win," Dungey said.
Cole Seely took second at San Diego 2 - his best finish of the season
Cole Seely tailed Dungey for much of the race and though he finished less than three seconds back it never felt that close. The second-place finish is a season best for Seely and puts the Honda rider into fourth-place in the standings.
"I've been in kind of a funk these last two weekends," he said. "I definitely felt more comfortable out there. Dungey didn't make a mistake, I'm still happy with second."
Seely's finish ends a three-race streak off the podium that also interestingly coincides with his teammate Trey Canard sitting on the sidelines. Seely took third-place in the first two rounds when Canard raced then fell out of the Top 5 as Canard nursed a cut hand sustained at Anaheim 2. Canard returned this round and posted his best finish of the season taking fifth-place after riding in third for much of the race.
Ken Roczen notched his fourth straight podium but fell further back in the standings
Roczen kept his podium streak alive taking third-place but lost five points to Dungey. Jason Anderson took fourth for the third straight round. Chad Reed had his worst outing of the season taking eighth-place and has been on a points downward slope since taking second in Rounds 2 and 3. The last three rounds he's finished fifth, sixth and eighth which also drops him from second in the standings to fifth, tied with Eli Tomac but just two back from Seely.
Andrew Short, who announced he's retiring this year and then injured his shoulder on Nov. 30 during a practice crash, made his first appearance of the season and his return almost ended in his Heat race when he crashed at the start with a few other riders. But he dusted himself off, qualified in his Semi and finished 14th in the Main. Blake Baggett was another notable injured rider returning from injury but he didn't qualify for the Main.
Joey Savatgy celebrates his second win of the season
In the 250SX West class, Joey Savatgy took sole ownership of first-place after fending off Cooper Webb who hit the dirt on Lap 7, lost three spots and managed to get back into second but never seriously mounted an effort to pass Savatgy.
Savatgy led for much of the race after getting a good start and passing Chris Alldredge who was leading but suffered mechanical failure and dropped out of the race on Lap 2. That set up a potential dog fight between Savatgy in first and Webb right behind on Lap 3. It was close a few times with Webb actually getting a wheel in front of Savatgy albeit very briefly on a corner but the battle ended after four laps when Webb tucked the front of the bike and went down dropping to fifth. It was Savatgy's second win of the season, his first coming in Oakland after a mechanical failure ended Webb's bid for a fourth-straight victory and turned the 250SX West series into a must-watch event.
"Tonight was amazing," he said. "A lot of people took credit away from my win a couple of weekends ago, I'd like to see them take credit from this one."
Cooper Webb finished ahead of Christian Craig but lost the points lead
Savatgy has three straight podiums and four on the season. The win in San Diego breaks a points tie with Webb and he'll ride the red plate alone in Arlington on Saturday. Webb has finished second in the last two rounds, crashing in both, but the difference in what was a dominating season is the mechanical failure which netted him just a point.
"I tucked the front a little, a mistake by me," Webb said. "I was able to get up and not lose too much time and still get into the race."
Christian Craig followed up his first career Supercross win with third-place, his fourth straight podium. Colt Nichols finished fourth, his fourth Top 5 of the season. He's in fourth-place in the standings, eight behind Craig.
Supercross heads east for the Arlington round on Saturday held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Round 7 is the last round for the 250SX West class until April 2 when the series returns to California.
2016 Monster Energy Supercross San Diego 2 Results
San Diego 2 Supercross 450SX Class Results
- Ryan Dungey
- Cole Seely
- Ken Roczen
- Jason Anderson
- Trey Canard
- Eli Tomac
- Marvin Musquin
- Chad Reed
- Weston Peick
- Justin Brayton
San Diego 2 Supercross 250SX West Class Results
- Joey Savatgy
- Cooper Webb
- Christian Craig
- Colt Nichols
- Zach Osborne
- Mitchell Oldenburg
- Jimmy DeCotis
- Kyle Peters
- Cole Thompson
- Cole Martinez
2016 Monster Energy Supercross Season Standings
450SX Class Season Standings
- Ryan Dungey (144)
- Ken Roczen (118)
- Jason Anderson (111)
- Cole Seely (105)
- Chad Reed (103)
- Eli Tomac (103)
- Marvin Musquin (77)
- Justin Brayton (72)
- Davi Millsaps (71)
- Jake Weimer (62)
250SX West Class Season Standings
- Joey Savatgy (123)
- Cooper Webb (120)
- Christian Craig (107)
- Colt Nichols (99)
- Zach Osborne (90)
- Jimmy DeCotis (85)
- Mitchell Oldenburg (81)
- Kyle Peters (75)
- Kyle Cunningham (64)
- Jordon Smith (63)
Written By: AndrewT