A trend is starting to appear in 2015 Monster Energy Supercross! If one of your riders wins a 250 event, your 450 rider will also win his event! It has been happening recently to Red Bull KTM but Detroit was Geico Honda’s party.
The signs were ominous for the competition after the first few bends in Detroit, Ryan Dungey was leading and if past form was to be believed would likely go on to pull away for yet another win.
A nice surprise up there with him though was the Monster Kawasaki of Davi Millsaps, a former series runner-up, Millsaps has had a season blighted by niggling injury and illness and is now starting to show the form that won him the prestigious Monster Cup in early 2015.
And what’s this? Eli Tomac making a start? For the first time in a while the fastest guy in the series lap time wise managed to get a great start on the Geico Honda, and was right there into second on the second lap to pressure and challenge Dungey.
On to lap 5 and for the first time in a long while Dungey is under pressure, Tomac is right there, and Dungey is forced to start riding defensive, but with such a large points lead the level headed Dungey did what he had to, he made it difficult without making it stupid and Tomac was able to pull off a good pass.
From there the race was somewhat processional, Tomac took an easy win, and Dungey did what prospective champions do and played the percentages. A marvellous result for Geico Honda, one of the stable teams that consistently brings through young riders, and proof again that Honda have put together a good bike this year with Canard, Seely and Tomac regular podium threats.
The ever impressive Cole Seely for HRC Honda put one over his team-mate Trey Canard here and took another solid podium, confirming his rise as one of the established stars of Supercross, and in a rookie season too. Very impressive when some of the other rookies like Jason Anderson, who had him beat most of last year in 250’s have started falling and struggling recently. Supercross is a relentless and tough sport and it is this time of year riders show their worth after being on the road for so long.
That old stager Chad Reed yet again finishing inside the top four with team-mate Josh Grant also showing signs of huge improvement as well in sixth behind Millsaps.
Could anyone stop the Marvin Musquin steamroller in the 250 East series then in the motor city?
The Frenchman’s start was not so good this time after getting great gates recently but as champions do he battled his way past a whole gaggle of riders early on to get into the top 5
Aside from Star Yamaha’s Jeremy Martin, the only other rider consistently up with Musquin this year is reigning 250 East champion Justin Bogle on the Geico Honda, he took maximum advantage of Musquin’s poor start to break away here and build a decent gap.
Also taking advantage was Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider Joey Savatgy, the youngster who had a strong start to this campaign keeping Bogle honest in the first few laps. As for Martin, he suffered a poor start like Musquin and was chasing the leading pack down to get on terms.
Musquin had a little trouble getting past Savatgy mid race as the man in green put up a good fight, and now the gap to Bogle was nearly 8 seconds and change, would the Red Bull KTM man take a safe second or go for the win?
The gap was too big for Musquin though and Bogle took a thoroughly deserved first win of 2015 to close up the points a little to the Frenchman.