2015 SUPERCROSS SEASON RECAP

 


GRINDMX PHOTOGRAPHERS FOR THE 2015 SX SEASON: JIM ARBOGAST, BRIAN CONVERSE, BRENDA MEEKS, WILL TOPETE…..WRITERS: TAYLOR DRESSLER AND JOHNNY WASCO………………….2015 SUPERCROSS in Review…….

TAYLOR DRESSLER with the Awesome 2015 recap…….As the rigs are packed up to make the trek home for the final time of the 2015 Monster Energy Supercross season, riders and teams switch gears in preparation for the upcoming outdoor nationals. Looking back on this season, it’s safe to say that while there was plenty of controversy to keep things interesting, there was also enough progression to keep the sport moving forward. With changes to TV coverage, more awareness of FIM presence after the suspension of James Stewart, and shuffling of big names to new teams prior to the season there was plenty to look forward too.

Consistency is key to staying relevant in this sport with all of the talent making its way though the ranks. It seems like a rider can prove themselves over and over again but a few weeks out of the limelight can get you overlooked in a heartbeat. While it’s more exciting to see new winners each weekend and have the points chase rearranged heading into the next rounds, that didn’t seem the case this year. Once the three class champions got going, it was only up from there and the excitement was found chasing them.

East Coast Championship
On the East Coast, French rider Marvin Musquin finished the year out six points away from a perfect season finishing first in all but two rounds. Justin Bogle put in a strong effort to defend his title, finishing outside the top three only once and 23 points behind the new champion.

Jeremy Martin came into the 2015 Supercross season with carrying momentum with a 250 Class Pro Motocross championship in his hands. Things were looking promising for the Yamalube Star Racing Yamaha rider until a wreck in the LCQ in Indianapolis caused him to miss the main event where he would have gained valuable points. This took him out of championship contention, however he still managed to finish the season out in third with consistent top five finishes.

After stepping on board with Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki, Joey Savatgy secured a few breakout rides that landed positioned him within the top five points standings for the year.

The rookie, RJ Hampshire sat 33 points behind Savatgy after not scoring points in St. Louis and working through some hard practice crashes heading into the night shows. After having a whirlwind of success over the last few years through the amateur ranks, Hampshire embarked on his rookie year with his sights set high. He had see more no reason to doubt his abilities after collecting numerous amateur titles within a matter of a couple of years. He only landed on the podium once but proved he has the determination to work through a string of injuries and bad luck.

Anthony Rodriguez approached the 2015 SX healthy after sitting out part of Outdoor National season due to injuries and only having a handful of Supercross races under his belt. He proved he could run with the top 20 guys consistently. He landed his best SX finish with back-to-back fifths in Detroit and St. Louis.

Jimmy Decotis seems to be a crowd favorite anywhere you go with the underdog spirit and sheer grit and determination to land in the top ten each weekend and that’s where he found himself in five out of the eight rounds. He was in contention for a top ten overall finish in 2013 but fell short after missing the last few rounds, finished 7th overall in 2014, and 8th in the points standings this season. As a rider who is traveling in his own motorhome with the help a few sponsors to get to these races to compete against guys pitting out of factory semis, he has proved that talent and heart can get you pretty far.

While it may have taken her longer than she’d hoped, Vicki Golden spent the duration of the east coast rounds trying to make history and become the first woman in over four decades to qualify within the top 40 riders and make it into the night program. Although she did qualify within the top 40 at the final round in Las Vegas, she did not make the main event. She deserves a mention not only for making history but for also paving the way for the future of women’s motocross, which has seemed to be struggling as of recently.

West Coast Championship

Cooper Webb was unstoppable after an aggressive start to the season. With a fifth place finish for the 2014 SX season, a frustrating Outdoor National season, the Yamaha rider approached his second season in the 250 class with his sights set on a championship. Once he landed a win in Phoenix, he proceeded to win the remaining rounds with the exception of one.

Shane Mcelrath only finished on the podium twice this year, but his consistency kept him in the championship chase finishing 62 points behind Webb. Zach Osborne’s podium at Anaheim 1 showed potential for a successful season for the Husqvarna rider, and he remained a consistent top ten rider to finish the season out in third. Justin Hill’s change of scenery with his new spot on the Red Bull KTM team reinforced that he has the potential to be a championship contender.

Much like the RJ Hampshire situation, Aaron Plessinger has a very successful amateur career leading into his progression into the pro class. He was scooped up by a team and had the opportunity be under the tent with some big names with a proven track record. With all the tools he needed to succeed, Plessinger racked up enough points to finish out his rookies season in fifth overall. He proved that the experience he gained will make him a champion contender in the near future.

If you get the chance to meet Alex Martin under the CycleTrader.com/Rock River Yamaha tent he may seem like a shy guy, but the work he puts in shouldn’t be overlooked because of his quietness. This was his best SX season to date and he has the potential to follow this up with a lucrative Outdoor season.

Jessy Nelson started the season out with his first career Supercross win, and he was able to land on the podium a couple of times after that to secure second in points at the midway point of the season. An injury during testing would sideline him with a few rounds to go and he settled into eighth overall.

Dungey’s Dominance in the 450 Class:

At the beginning of the season, there were many speculations as to who would take the title with Ryan Villipoto moving on to race the GP’s. When it was announced that James Stewart would not be able to race as well due to his FIM suspension, there was another very capable rider out of contention for the championship. This opened the door for another rider to step up and claim the number on plate and that rider turned out to be Ryan Dungey.

Dungey managed to land on the podium in 16 out of 17 rounds. His steady charge to the top, with little, if any mistakes was exactly what he needed to finish the season off with an 85-point gap on second. It only seemed fitting that the KTM rider would take the win at the season finale in Las Vegas giving him eight wins for the year and a plenty of confidence heading into the outdoor series.

The Rest of the 450 Class

Eli Tomac has been a top ten rider for a while now, but he has stepped up his game, getting stronger and stronger with each round and finishing out season with six consecutive podium finishes and three wins during the season to finish behind Ryan Dungey.

Cole Seely is another rider who progressed throughout the season to land third overall in points with four podium finishes and a win in East Rutherford. He takes home the well-deserved Rookie of the year title for the 2015 SX season.

Doubling as the team owner and rider, Chad Reed found himself all over the board this year. He had some drastic up and downs with the black flag incident at Anaheim 2 to a win at Atlanta 1. He still achieved a fourth overall for the season.

Andrew Short should be crowned the hole shot king of the 2015 season with impressive starts at almost every round. With his starts dialed, he gained enough points to finish out ninth in the points chase.

It wasn’t to long ago that Weston Peick was a privateer struggling to find a spot on the team, however this year he found himself under the JGR tent challenging the top names in the sport for podium positions. He has exceeded expectations and landed a spot in the top ten points standings. He has definitely made himself relevant this season and not one to be overlooked heading into the next chapters of his career.

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