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Following a dominant three-race win streak by Red Bull KTM teammates Ryan Dungey and Marvin Musquin, it was the GEICO Honda duo of Eli Tomac and Justin Bogle who stole the spotlight last weekend in Detroit.
GEICO Honda is now the second team in 2015 to sweep both the 450SX Class and 250SX Class Main Events in a single evening. As a result of that distinction, potential rivalries are set to emerge between the top-two riders and teams in the 450SX Class and Eastern Regional 250SX Class standings as St. Louis’ Edward Jones Dome will host the 13th race of the 2015 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, on Saturday night.
Tomac’s first full season of 450SX Class competition has been filled with the highest of highs and some unfortunate lows. Last Saturday, he was able to take advantage of one of his best starts of the season inside Ford Field to challenge Dungey, methodically work his way into the lead and pull away to capture the second win of his career. Tomac now sits 77 points back on Dungey with five races remaining and is poised to take control of second place in the championship standings with another solid effort in St. Louis.
The rider Tomac can overtake is Team Honda HRC’s Canard, who earned no points in Detroit after a crash in the Semi left him out of action with a fractured left arm. The injury will almost certainly remove Canard from contention for the remainder of the season, leaving the battle for the title to come down to Dungey and Tomac. Currently, 67 points separate Dungey from Canard, while 10 points sit between Canard and Tomac.
The heartbreak experienced by Dungey’s biggest title threat subsequently means he can strategically approach the remaining races, settling for points and a solid result on a night in which a win may not be necessary. However, St. Louis might provide a little more incentive for Dungey considering the last and only time he collected a 450SX Class win inside Edward Jones Dome was in 2010, when he claimed the title as a rookie. Additionally, Dungey also had a career-high five wins during that 2010 season, a career-best total he has matched coming into St. Louis and would no doubt like to improve upon.
Returning to the 450SX Class podium for a second straight week and third time this season, Team HRC Honda’s Cole Seely has been steadily gaining momentum as of late and is now in a position to fill the absence left by Canard. Seely appears to be the rookie to beat at the moment, though he’s only raced inside the Edward Jones Dome once. Nevertheless, the opportunity to finish his rookie season inside the top-three is not something Seely is willing to pass up.
After finishing on the 250SX Class podium at every Eastern Regional Championship race leading into last weekend’s stop in Detroit, Bogle broke through for his first win of the season and picked a few highly valuable points off of Musquin’s current lead. Bogle will likely need to keep winning in order to have a chance at defending his Eastern Regional title, but his performance on Saturday night proved he’s up for the task as the end nears.
Musquin may not have extended his points lead in Detroit, but he overcame a start outside the top five to finish second and still carries a comfortable 13-point lead on Bogle. With only two races remaining on the Eastern Regional 250SX Class schedule, Musquin has the ability to be strategic in his efforts and protect his points lead, but his dominance so far this season suggests he’ll be gunning for the top spot once again in St. Louis.
After a heartbreaking DNF in Indianapolis two races ago, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Savatgy bounced back from his misfortune to follow Bogle and Musquin onto the podium in Detroit. Savatgy was able to put the past behind him and tie his career-best finish of third, which he achieved at the opening race of the Eastern Regional Championship. The podium result also moved Savatgy up to fourth in the point standings.