On Lap 3, Team Honda HRC’s Trey Canard and defending 450SX Class Champion Ryan Dungey collided and Dungey went down, remounting in seventh place. Canard advanced to third place on Lap 5 and second place on Lap 6 before eventually crashing and losing several positions. Dungey pressed on and made a last-lap pass on Seely to finish second place. Dungey now has 17-consecutive podium finishes.
“I got off to a good start on the restart but crashed,” said Dungey. “I am glad to have rebounded and to have a solid finish.”
Seely finished third and now has seven career podium finishes and nine consecutive top-five finishes.
In the Western Regional 250SX Class, Webb remained resilient in his pursuit of back-to-back championships, moving into third place on Lap 1. He patiently waited until Lap 10 to pass early leader and Troy Lee Designs/GoPro/Red Bull/KTM rider Jessy Nelson for the lead and the eventual win. It was Webb’s seventh-career victory.
“It’s awesome to start the season like this,” said Webb. “I don’t like to lose so this really makes tonight great. I was patient and pulled it off. I’m look forward to next weekend in San Diego.”
Despite leading most of the race, Nelson settled for second, just missing out on a second consecutive Anaheim Opener win. Nelson has been ultra-consistent, finishing inside the top 10 in 19 of his 22 starts. A win in San Diego would be the second of his career.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Zach Osborne finished third, which marks the seventh podium finish of his career. This weekend will mark his 40th 250SX Class start.
During last year’s 450SX Class Main Event in San Diego, Canard earned his fifth career 450SX Class victory in San Diego. He tied Mike Kiedrowski, Kent Howerton, and Davi Millsaps on the all-time 450SX Class win list. In the Western Regional 250SX Class, Webb earned his fourth career 250SX Class victory. It was his eighth career podium and 14th top-10 finish in 15 250SX Class starts.
450SX Class Results
1. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna
2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM
3. Cole Seely, Sherman Oaks, Calif., Honda
4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki
5. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Suzuki
6. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha
7. Trey Canard, Edmond, Okla., Honda
8. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., KTM
9. Dean Wilson, Wesley Chapel, Fla., KTM
10. Justin Brayton, Mint Hill, N.C., KTM
450SX Class Championship Standings
1. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna – 25
2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM – 22
3. Cole Seely, Sherman Oaks, Calif., Honda – 20
4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 18
5. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Suzuki – 16
6. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha – 15
7. Trey Canard, Edmond, Okla., Honda – 14
8. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., KTM – 13
9. Dean Wilson, Wesley Chapel, Fla., KTM – 12
10. Justin Brayton, Mint Hill, N.C., KTM – 11
Western Regional 250SX Class Results
1. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha
2. Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., KTM
3. Zach Osborne, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Husqvarna
4. Jimmy DeCotis, Peabody, Mass., Honda
5. Jordon Smith, Belmont, N.C., Honda
6. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha
7. Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha
8. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki
9. Mitchell Oldenburg, Alvord, Texas, KTM
10. Kyle Peters, Greensboro, N.C., Honda
Western Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings
1. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha – 25
2. Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., KTM – 22
3. Zach Osborne, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Husqvarna – 20
4. Jimmy DeCotis, Peabody, Mass., Honda – 18
5. Jordon Smith, Belmont, N.C., Honda – 16
6. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha – 15
7. Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha – 14
8. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki – 13
9. Mitchell Oldenburg, Alvord, Texas, KTM – 12
10. Kyle Peters, Greensboro, N.C., Honda – 11
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