Ryan Dungey is looking unstoppable as the 2015 Monster Energy Supercross points leader won again on Saturday, a career first three-straight, and leaves Indianapolis with a 45 point margin over Trey Canard.
More than 60,000 fans watched Round 11 at Lucas Oil Stadium as Andrew Short grabbed the holeshot but quickly gave the lead to Dungey on Lap 1 and second place to Cole Seely. Behind them, Eli Tomac, who is trying to catch Canard for second place in the standings, crashed on the opening lap though he didn't have it as bad as Chad Reed, who also crashed and didn't get re-started until everyone passed him.
Weston Peick moved into the third-place slot as Short continued his fall from the perch but little did the frontrunners know, Canard, who started 11th, was methodically working his way up front and passed Peick midway through the race for third. The positions remained locked for the remainder of the race giving the rookie Seely his second runner-up spot of the year. Short finished sixth.
"This is a week-by-week battle," Dungey said. "I knew how important the start was, and Andrew (Short) was up front early on, so I knew I had to get around him."
Tomac lost significant ground as he finished 11th and fell 35 points behind Canard. Seely, who finished second to Jason Anderson last year in the 250SX West Championship moved from seventh to fourth in the standings, just nine behind Tomac. Anderson's season-long consecutive Top 10 streak came to an end as the strong candidate for Rookie of the Year finished 17th and is in seventh-place in the standings. Reed managed a ninth-place finish after the crash but was unable to pass the idle Ken Roczen for fifth place. Roczen is expected out for a few more races as he nurses an injured ankle so Reed should pass him in points on Saturday.
On the home front, Jimmy Albertson seemed in good spirits after a crash coming off a rhythm section triple during practice not only ended his evening but his season. He'll need surgery to repair a badly dislocated shoulder
"The last three weekends I've dislocated my shoulder twice and this last time I had a big wreck and dislocated it. It's just not good, I need it to get fixed so we're going to call it a season and get my shoulder operated on and come back 100 percent," he said in an interview with Transworld Motocross. "I've been meaning to do this surgery for years now. It's one of those things I've wanted to do it but you don't want to take the time off to do it. I'm excited to get the surgery done and finally be back to 100 percent again."
Albertson said he's dislocated his right shoulder 12 times in the past, including four in the last three weeks, some occurring without crashing. The latest incident was "the last nail in the coffin" and the expected surgery will correct both shoulder joints. He said he wasn't planning to race the 2015 Motocross season so the injury won't affect Outdoors and he'll focus his efforts for the rest of the season on helping Mitchell Oldenburg succeed. Albertson expects to be riding by May and looks forward to the 2016 Supercross season.
Nick Wey ties season-best finish at Indy
Nick Wey won the LCQ en route to his sixth straight Main and then tied a season best high with 14th place. Another Main appearance on Saturday should get him into the Top 20 for points. Adam Enticknap got into his first Main of the year, finishing 21st, and did so by qualifying in his Semi race.
In the 250 East class, Justin Bogle took the holeshot but was unable to hold on to the lead or get his first win of the season. The defending 250SX East Champion eventually gave it up to Martin Davalos and Marvin Musquin. Bogle climbed back into second after Davalos crashed on the opening lap but he was unable to catch Musquin, who won for the third straight time and fourth of the season. Bogle held on for second and has been on the podium every round so far despite not having a victory.
Adam Enticknap gets into his first Main of the season
Jeremy Martin, who won Round 2 and had three straight podiums coming into the contest, crashed in his Heat race and then crashed again in the LCQ and failed to qualify. Bogle who was just a point behind Martin heading in to Round 11, is now in second, 16 points behind Musquin. RJ Hampshire got his first career podium taking third and he moved into fourth-place just one point ahead of Joey Savatgy who withdrew from the Main on Lap 9 after a mechanical failure.
Kyle Peters ties season best of seventh-place at Indy
As for MotoSport riders, Kyle Peters and Colt Nichols, who ride for the MotoSport.com/GPI/Honda Racing team, finished seventh and eighth, respectively, a season high for Nichols and Peter's second straight seventh-place showing. Peters is in ninth-place, tied in points with James Decotis, and just a point back from seventh-place.
Colt Nichols finies in the Top 10 for Round 11
Oldenburg, who rides with Albertson on the Arma/MotoSport.com/Yamaha team, finished 13th, his third Top 15 result for the season. He's now in 17th place for the season.
Mitchell Oldenburg loses his teammate but gets another Top 15 finish
Supercross moves on to the Motor City for Round 12 on Saturday at Ford Field in Detroit. Practice starts at 12 p.m. (EST) and the Main event starts at 6:30 p.m. (EST) Buy tickets online, at retail outlets or at the box office, 2000 Brush St in Detroit.
2015 Monster Energy Supercross Indianapolis Results
Indianapolis Supercross 450SX Class Results
- Ryan Dungey
- Cole Seely
- Trey Canard
- Weston Peick
- Davi Millsaps
- Andrew Short
- Josh Grant
- Broc Tickle
- Chad Reed
- Jake Weimer
Indianapolis Supercross 250SX East Class Results
- Marvin Musquin
- Justin Bogle
- RJ Hampshire
- Jordon Smith
- Kyle Cunningham
- James Decotis
- Kyle Peters - MotoSport rider
- Colt Nichols - MotoSport rider
- Vince Friese
- Jace Owen
2015 Monster Energy Supercross Season Standings
450SX Class Season Standings
- Ryan Dungey (249)
- Trey Canard (204)
- Eli Tomac (169)
- Cole Seely (160)
- Ken Roczen (156)
- Chad Reed (152)
- Jason Anderson (144)
- Blake Baggett (141)
- Andrew Short (124)
- Broc Tickle (120)
250SX East Class Season Standings
- Marvin Musquin (122)
- Justin Bogle (106)
- Jeremy Martin (85)
- RJ Hampshire (74)
- Joey Savatgy (73)
- Martin Davalos (62)
- Vince Friese (58)
- James Decotis (57)
- Kyle Peters (57) - MotoSport rider
- Anthony Rodriguez (52)