Factory Honda rider Trey Canard won his first main event since 2011 and bounced back to form after the on track shenanigans with Chad Reed in Anaheim 2 a week ago.
The pair were involved in some typical tough racing before Canard made an ill judged move on Reed into a bend and landed on the 2 time supercross champion, both got back in the race and Reed decided to take retribution and drive the HRC Honda man off the track, receiving a black flag later on. The pair exchanged words, with neither still happy about both incidents.
Funny then that in the main event at Oakland, who should be up front and leading but Reed and Canard! Trey’s HRC Honda had been quick all night at the home of the Oakland Raiders NFL team, and after a tough start managed to battle his way up to the leading riders. He sat behind Reed for a few laps, no doubt wary of what might happen! Then simply pulled a clean pass and got away to win comfortably.
That does not tell the story of the race though, and that was the points leader Ken Roczen crashing out and losing his points lead and the red number plate that goes with it. The RCH Suzuki man got a great start after an earlier heat win (his first actually of the season) and had nipped past early pacesetters Andrew Short and Reed. Another win looked on the cards as he gapped them, but he came up short on a big jump, looked behind, knowing full well he was short and checking to see if he was likely to be landed on, and head butted the bars! He remounted after a while and finished the race but way down the placings.
The opening laps were frenetic, Short, Jason Anderson, previous winner Eli Tomac, Short, Reed, all battling with each other in the best racing seen so far in the season, but through it all to take the points leader is “The Diesel” Ryan Dungey. The Red Bull KTM man just keeps on trucking, not with the outright pace of some, but the consistency and speed to keep banging in results week after week. He now leads the points chart by 5 points from Roczen before the series makes its third visit to Angel Stadium in Anaheim to see if Roczen can make it 3 from 3 there.
Special mention here too for 250 points leader Cooper Webb on the Star Racing Yamaha, we like to promote promising talent on this site, and this kid was taken out in the early stages of the 250 main event, remounted in 10th and was taking seconds a lap out of the leaders thereafter. He finished second in the end, just behind first time winner Malcolm Stewart, another lap, maybe another corner and he would have won the race. A big talent this lad, and boy can he ride a motocross bike. None too happy with rival Tyler Bowers who took him out, this one could run and run.