Phoenix 450 Supercross Results 2015

GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac took his first career 450 Supercross win in Phoenix after a phenomenal battle with RCH Racing Suzuki’s Ken Roczen. Roczen ended the night more than 6 seconds behind the Honda rider in second-place followed by Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey in third.

Tomac looked comfortable on the track at Phoenix from the start, dominating his heat race and coming off the line in the Main Event like a rocket. He nabbed the holeshot but had a hard-charging Roczen to contend with in the opening turns, the Suzuki rider grabbing the lead within the opening turns. Roczen spent nearly half the race at the front, but Tomac slowly cut the gap and by Lap 6 he was banging bars with the Suzuki ace. The 2 riders waged a fierce battle, riding side-by-side numerous times and swapping position back-and-forth through the corners. They kept the fight clean throughout until Tomac made a pass stick on Lap 9. Once in the lead, the Honda rider stretched a multiple bike-length advantage over Roczen, which only grew more pronounced during the latter stages of the race.

In addition to the fireworks provided by the Tomac/Roczen battle, Dungey had to fight hard with JRGMX’s Weston Peick for the final step. Peick ripped it off the start, gaining third-position during the initial portion of the race and holding there steadily until the final laps. Dungey ticked-off rotation after rotation in 4th-place and finally caught the Yamaha rider during the second-half of the event. Peick defended his position well, not giving Dungey any easy way past but after some tense laps the KTM rider found an opening, gaining third position with 3 to go. The pass screwed Peick’s rhythm and instantly gave Dungey a sizable advantage, leaving Peick to finish the night in 4th.

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Davi Millsaps finished in fifth followed by Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Jason Anderson in sixth. Anderson, who completed the first lap in 14th, was just one of a number of riders to put forth impressive rank-climbing performances. Behind 6th-place finisher Andrew Short of BTO Sports, Team Honda’s Trey Canard earned a respectable eighth after recovering from 17th in the early stages. Peick’s teammate, Justin Barcia, was at the very back of the pack after a huge wheelie off the line messed his chances of a strong start, but rose up to 11th by the checkers.

Roczen’s 1-2 record through the first 2 rounds keeps him atop the points tally, with Dungey trailing in second 9 points back. Anderson sits third with Canard in 4th and Peick in fifth.

Phoenix 450 Supercross Results 2015
1. Eli Tomac (Honda)
2. Ken Roczen (Suzuki)
3. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
4. Weston Peick (Yamaha)
5. Davi Millsaps (Kawasaki)
6. Jason Anderson (Husqvarna)
7. Andrew Short (KTM)
8. Trey Canard (Honda)
9. Jake Weimer (Kawasaki)
10. Chad Reed (Kawasaki)
11. Justin Barcia (Yamaha)
12. Broc Tickle (Suzuki)
13. Blake Baggett (Suzuki)
14. Cole Seely (Honda)
15. Justin Brayton (KTM)
16. Brett Metcalfe (Suzuki)
17. Dean Wilson (KTM)
18. Mike Alessi (Suzuki)
19. Josh Grant (Kawasaki)
20. Jimmy Albertson (Yamaha)
21. Kyle Partridge (Honda)
22. AJ Catanzaro (Suzuki)

450 SX Championship Points 2015
1. Ken Roczen, 47
2. Ryan Dungey, 38
3. Jason Anderson, 37
4. Trey Canard, 33
5. Weston Peick, 32
6. Andrew Short, 30
7. Eli Tomac, 26
8. Justin Barcia, 25
9. Broc Tickle, 22
10. Jake Weimer, 22

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