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This Week in Monster Energy Supercross: Round 15 in Salt Lake City, UT

450SX Class

  • Battle to the Finish: Eli Tomac has successfully erased a season-high 29-point deficit to Ryan Dungey, with both riders now tied atop the 450SX Class standings with three rounds remaining. It will mark the first time this season that two riders will carry the red number plate.
  • Counting Numbers: Despite having his five-race winning streak snapped, Tomac has still earned 194 of 200 possible points over the course of his comeback, anchored by six wins and eight-straight podiums. On the flip side, Dungey has earned 165 of 200 points, with just one win and six podiums.
  • All Eyes on the Gate: The biggest difference between Dungey and Tomac over this stretch has been their starts. Tomac has started ahead of Dungey in all but one of the past eight races, and on average is starting exactly four positions higher than the champ during that stretch.
  • Truly Defending His Crown: Dungey’s season-long starting average is approaching the worst of his entire career at 6.1, compared to 2.6 and 3.2 the previous two seasons. As a result, he’s passing an average of 3.5 riders per Main Event this season and has been forced to pass nearly five riders per race over the last eight rounds (4.9).
  • Cool, Calm, and Collected: Tomac’s historic comeback is due to a career-best starting average of 4.7 that has seen him start inside the top three in eight races this season, including six of the past eight rounds. His 10th-place start in Seattle equaled his worst of 2017, but he passed a season-high eight riders to claim a runner-up finish.
  • High Drama: The battle for the 2017 title is one of the closest in history with 0 points sitting between the title contenders this late in the season. The last time there was a tie this late in the championship was 2006 when Ricky Carmichael and Chad Reed entered the finale tied at 316 points apiece.

Manufacturer Wins

Kawasaki – 8

KTM – 4

Honda – 2

Manufacturer Point Standings

  1. KTM – 314
  2. Kawasaki – 296
  3. Honda – 242
  4. Husqvarna – 226
  5. Yamaha – 179
  6. Suzuki – 178

Highest Standing Championship Rider by Manufacturer

Kawasaki – Eli Tomac, 1st

KTM – Ryan Dungey, 1st

Honda – Cole Seely, 4th

Husqvarna – Jason Anderson, 5th

Suzuki – Broc Tickle, 8th

Yamaha – Chad Reed, 10th

450SX Class Championship Standings

  1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 294
  2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM – 294
  3. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM – 252
  4. Cole Seely, Sherman Oaks, Calif., Honda – 211
  5. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna – 208
  6. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM – 177
  7. Davi Millsaps, Cairo, Ga., KTM – 176
  8. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki – 158
  9. Dean Wilson, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna – 147
  10. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha – 143

Main Event Wins (Total)

Eli Tomac – 8

Ryan Dungey – 2

Marvin Musquin – 2

Ken Roczen – 2

Main Event Wins (By Race)

Anaheim: Ken Roczen

San Diego: Ken Roczen

Anaheim II: Ryan Dungey

Glendale: Eli Tomac

Oakland: Eli Tomac

Arlington: Marvin Musquin

Minneapolis: Eli Tomac

Atlanta: Ryan Dungey

Toronto: Eli Tomac

Daytona: Eli Tomac

Indianapolis: Eli Tomac

Detroit: Eli Tomac

St. Louis: Eli Tomac

Seattle: Marvin Musquin

Podium Finishes

Ryan Dungey – 11

Eli Tomac – 10

Marvin Musquin – 9

Jason Anderson – 3

Ken Roczen – 2

Cole Seely – 2

Blake Baggett – 1

Jeremy Martin – 1

Chad Reed – 1

Broc Tickle – 1

Cooper Webb – 1

Average Finish (Top 10)

Eli Tomac  3.3

Ryan Dungey  2.6

Marvin Musquin  5.0

Cole Seely  5.2 (13 Races)

Jason Anderson  5.9 (13 Races)

Blake Baggett  8.6

Davi Millsaps  7.4 (13 Races)

Broc Tickle  9.9

Dean Wilson  10.5

Chad Reed  10.9

Average Start (Top 10)

Eli Tomac  4.7

Ryan Dungey  6.1

Marvin Musquin  5.7

Cole Seely  7.2 (13 Races)

Jason Anderson  8.4 (13 Races)

Blake Baggett  8.7

Davi Millsaps  6.8 (13 Races)

Broc Tickle  13.4

Dean Wilson  13.1

Chad Reed  10.8

Start/Finish Ratio (Top 10)

Eli Tomac  +1.4

Ryan Dungey  +3.5

Marvin Musquin  +0.7

Cole Seely  +2.0 (13 Races)

Jason Anderson  +2.4 (13 Races)

Blake Baggett  +0.1

Davi Millsaps  -0.6 (13 Races)

Broc Tickle  +3.5

Dean Wilson  +2.6

Chad Reed  -0.1

Main Event Laps Completed (By Race)

Anaheim: 20 Laps

San Diego: 24 Laps

Anaheim II: 22 Laps

Glendale: 21 Laps

Oakland: 21 Laps

Arlington: 26 Laps

Minneapolis: 26 Laps

Atlanta: 24 Laps

Toronto: 22 Laps

Daytona: 20 Laps

Indianapolis: 27 Laps

Detroit: 24 Laps

St. Louis: 25 Laps

Seattle: 20 Laps

Season Average: 23.0

Laps Led

Eli Tomac – 153

Ryan Dungey – 69

Marvin Musquin – 49

Ken Roczen – 37

Jeremy Martin – 10

Blake Baggett – 2

Davi Millsaps – 2

SupercrossLive.com Holeshots (Total)

Ryan Dungey – 3

Blake Baggett – 2

Marvin Musquin – 2

Eli Tomac – 2

Vince Friese – 1

Davi Millsaps – 1

Ken Roczen – 1

Cole Seely – 1

Cooper Webb – 1

SupercrossLive.com Holeshots (By Race)

Anaheim: Ken Roczen

San Diego: Ryan Dungey

Anaheim II: Cooper Webb

Glendale: Eli Tomac

Oakland: Vince Friese

Arlington: Marvin Musquin

Minneapolis: Cole Seely

Atlanta: Ryan Dungey

Toronto: Blake Baggett

Daytona: Eli Tomac

Indianapolis: Blake Baggett

Detroit: Marvin Musquin

St. Louis: Ryan Dungey

Seattle: Davi Millsaps

Heat Race Wins (Total)

Eli Tomac – 5

Jason Anderson – 4

Ryan Dungey – 4

Davi Millsaps – 3

Ken Roczen – 3

Marvin Musquin – 2

Cooper Webb – 2

Blake Baggett – 1

Justin Barcia – 1

Justin Bogle – 1

Chad Reed – 1

Cole Seely – 1

Heat Race Wins (By Race)

Anaheim: Ken Roczen & Eli Tomac

San Diego: Jason Anderson & Ken Roczen

Anaheim II: Davi Millsaps & Ken Roczen

Glendale: Davi Millsaps & Eli Tomac

Oakland: Jason Anderson & Cooper Webb

Arlington: Justin Bogle & Ryan Dungey

Minneapolis: Jason Anderson & Davi Millsaps

Atlanta: Blake Baggett & Ryan Dungey

Toronto: Chad Reed & Eli Tomac

Daytona: Justin Barcia & Eli Tomac

Indianapolis: Marvin Musquin & Eli Tomac

Detroit: Ryan Dungey & Cole Seely

St. Louis: Ryan Dungey & Jason Anderson

Seattle: Marvin Musquin & Cooper Webb

Heat Race Main Event Transfers

Blake Baggett – 13

Marvin Musquin – 12

Ryan Dungey – 11

Jason Anderson – 10

Eli Tomac – 10

Davi Millsaps – 9

Chad Reed – 9

Cole Seely – 7

Malcolm Stewart – 7

Justin Bogle – 3

Justin Brayton – 3

Josh Grant – 3

Ken Roczen – 3

Broc Tickle – 3

Cooper Webb – 3

Justin Barcia – 2

Mike Alessi – 1

Trey Canard – 1

Dean Wilson – 1

Fastest Qualifiers (Total)

Eli Tomac – 6

Ryan Dungey – 2

Marvin Musquin – 2

Cooper Webb – 2

Blake Baggett – 1

Broc Tickle – 1

Fastest Qualifier (By Race)

Anaheim: Marvin Musquin

San Diego: Ryan Dungey

Anaheim II: Eli Tomac

Glendale: Blake Baggett

Oakland: Cooper Webb

Arlington: Eli Tomac

Minneapolis: Eli Tomac

Atlanta: Eli Tomac

Toronto: Eli Tomac

Daytona: Ryan Dungey

Indianapolis: Marvin Musquin

Detroit: Broc Tickle

St. Louis: Eli Tomac

Seattle: Cooper Webb

Qualifying Average (Top 10)

Eli Tomac  2.1

Ryan Dungey  4.6

Marvin Musquin  3.4

Cole Seely  8.1 (13 Races)

Jason Anderson  5.2

Blake Baggett  6.8

Davi Millsaps  12.4

Broc Tickle  9.0

Dean Wilson  8.9

Chad Reed  10.6

Western Regional 250SX Class

  • In the Driver’s Seat: Justin Hill’s four-race winning streak came to an end in Seattle, but he still claimed his sixth-straight podium result to maintain a healthy double-digit points lead. Hill has been the most consistent rider in all of the 250SX Class, with a series-best 1.8 finishing average.
  • Class of the Field: Statistically, Hill has been arguably the best all around 250SX Class rider this season. He boasts four Main Event wins, six podiums, four Heat Race wins, and five top qualifying times – all of which are class-leading marks across both regions.
  • Rise to the Occasion: Aaron Plessinger’s dominant Seattle win came at an opportune time, keeping Hill within sight in the championship. However, Plessinger’s 7.9 starting average is forcing him to pass nearly five riders a race (4.9) just to keep pace. It’s the most of any 250SX Class rider who has started every Main Event in either region.
  • Career Breakthrough: Despite making just his second Western Regional start this season due to injury Mitchell Oldenburg enjoyed a career-best outing in Seattle by claiming his first-career podium result. The Troy Lee Designs team has now put all four of its 250SX Class riders across both regions on the podium in 2017.

Manufacturer Wins

Kawasaki – 4

KTM – 2

Yamaha – 1

Manufacturer Point Standings (Combined Regions)

  1. Kawasaki – 316
  2. KTM – 283
  3. Yamaha – 265
  4. Husqvarna – 258
  5. Honda – 212
  6. Suzuki – 144

Highest Standing Championship Rider by Manufacturer

Kawasaki – Justin Hill, 1st

Yamaha – Aaron Plessinger, 2nd

KTM – Shane McElrath, 3rd

Husqvarna – Martin Davalos, 4th

Honda – Jimmy Decotis, 5th

Suzuki – Phil Nicoletti, 11th

Western Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings

  1. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Kawasaki – 160
  2. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha – 142
  3. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM – 129
  4. Martin Davalos, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna – 124
  5. Jimmy Decotis, Peabody, Mass., Honda – 106
  6. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki – 90
  7. Dan Reardon, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha – 82
  8. Kyle Chisholm, Valrico, Fla., Honda – 73
  9. Cole Martinez, Rimrock, Ariz., Yamaha – 64
  10. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda – 55

Main Event Wins

Justin Hill – 4

Shane McElrath – 2

Aaron Plessinger – 1

Main Event Wins (By Race)

Anaheim: Shane McElrath

San Diego: Shane McElrath

Anaheim II: Justin Hill

Glendale: Justin Hill

Oakland: Justin Hill

Arlington: Justin Hill

Seattle: Aaron Plessinger

Podium Finishes

Justin Hill – 6

Shane McElrath – 5

Aaron Plessinger – 5

Martin Davalos – 2

Austin Forkner – 2

Mitchell Oldenburg – 1

Average Finish (Top 10)

Justin Hill  1.9

Aaron Plessinger  3.0

Shane McElrath  5.3

Martin Davalos  4.3

Jimmy Decotis  6.1

Austin Forkner  7.3 (6 Races)

Dan Reardon  9.3

Kyle Chisholm  10.6

Cole Martinez  11.9

Jeremy Martin  7.2 (4 Races)

Average Start (Top 10)

Justin Hill  4.0

Aaron Plessinger  7.9

Shane McElrath  2.7

Martin Davalos  5.3

Jimmy Decotis  4.9

Austin Forkner  6.7 (6 Races)

Dan Reardon  9.3

Kyle Chisholm  10.7

Cole Martinez  11.3

Jeremy Martin  17.5 (4 Races)

Start/Finish Ratio (Top 10)

Justin Hill  +2.1

Aaron Plessinger  +4.9

Shane McElrath  -2.6

Martin Davalos  +1.0

Jimmy Decotis  -1.3

Austin Forkner  -0.7 (6 Races)

Dan Reardon  +/-0

Kyle Chisholm  +0.1

Cole Martinez  -0.5

Jeremy Martin  +10.2 (4 Races)

Main Event Laps Completed (By Race)

Anaheim: 15 Laps

San Diego: 18 Laps

Anaheim II: 17 Laps

Glendale: 16 Laps

Oakland: 16 Laps

Arlington: 20 Laps

Seattle: 14 Laps

Season Average: 16.6

Laps Led

Shane McElrath – 43

Justin Hill – 40

Aaron Plessinger – 11

Jimmy Decotis – 10

Martin Davalos – 9

Austin Forkner – 3

SupercrossLive.com Holeshots

Martin Davalos – 2

Austin Forkner – 2

Shane McElrath – 2

Jimmy Decotis – 1

SupercrossLive.com Holeshots (By Race)

Anaheim: Shane McElrath

San Diego: Jimmy Decotis

Anaheim II: Austin Forkner

Glendale: Austin Forkner

Oakland: Martin Davalos

Arlington: Shane McElrath

Seattle: Martin Davalos

Heat Race Wins

Justin Hill – 4

Martin Davalos – 3

Shane McElrath – 3

Aaron Plessinger – 3

Austin Forkner – 1

Heat Race Wins (By Race)

Anaheim: Martin Davalos & Shane McElrath

San Diego: Justin Hill & Shane McElrath

Anaheim II: Austin Forkner & Aaron Plessinger

Glendale: Martin Davalos & Justin Hill

Oakland: Martin Davalos & Aaron Plessinger

Arlington: Justin Hill & Shane McElrath

Seattle: Justin Hill & Aaron Plessinger

Fastest Qualifiers

Justin Hill – 5

Jeremy Martin – 2

Fastest Qualifier (By Race)

Anaheim: Jeremy Martin

San Diego: Justin Hill

Anaheim II: Jeremy Martin

Glendale: Justin Hill

Oakland: Justin Hill

Arlington: Justin Hill

Seattle: Justin Hill

Qualifying Average (Top 10)

Justin Hill  1.3

Aaron Plessinger  4.3

Shane McElrath  5.1

Martin Davalos  4.4

Jimmy Decotis  6.3

Austin Forkner  4.5 (6 Races)

Dan Reardon  10.4

Kyle Chisholm  11.1

Cole Martinez  12.3

Jeremy Martin  2.8 (5 Races)