Trey Canard wins Oakland Supercross, Ryan Dungey takes over 450SX points lead

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For the first time since 2011, Trey Canard returned to the top of the podium in Monster Energy Supercross after taking the 450 Class win in Oakland.

To get the victory, Canard had to go through Chad Reed. The TwoTwo Motorsports rider was in possession of the race lead when Canard caught and passed him cleanly on Lap 7. It was a change of pace from last week in Anaheim when the two riders were involved in an incident that resulted in Reed getting black flagged and Canard allegedly calling him a “crybaby” after the race.

While Canard rode to victory out front, it was still a solid showing for Reed. Although he went off the track and gave up a position to Ryan Dungey later in the race, Reed held on to finish third – his first podium finish in nearly a year.

One mistake from Ken Roczen was all it took to shuffle up the championship standings though.

On Lap 2, Roczen got around Reed to take over second place but then came up short on one of the jumps. The impact caused Roczen to hit his chin on the bar of his bike, sending him to the ground. Needing some time to recover from the blow, the RCH Suzuki rider remounted near the back of the field and spent the rest of the race attempting to salvage points.

In the aftermath, the ultra-consistent Dungey took over the points lead. While he still hasn’t won a race, the Red Bull KTM rider has yet to finish worse than fourth at any round so far.

The series returns to Anaheim next Saturday for the fifth round of the season.

Oakland 450SX Results
1. Trey Canard
2. Ryan Dungey (-3.3 seconds)
3. Chad Reed
4. Eli Tomac
5. Cole Seely

450SX Point Standings
1. Ryan Dungey
2. Ken Roczen
3. Trey Canard
4. Eli Tomac
5. Jason Anderson

Helio Castroneves ‘hustling’ for IndyCar, IMSA rides; talking with four to five teams

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As his season gathers steam, Helio Castroneves said his prospects for finding new rides for 2021 in IMSA and IndyCar also are gaining momentum.

The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner said Monday he is optimistic about landing in either or perhaps a combination of both series when Team Penske and Acura end their DPi partnership after this season.

“A lot of people I spoke with, four to five teams, are interested,” Castroneves said. “Whether it’s doing Indy 500 only, whether it’s pushing to do full time or do the sports cars as well. It’s been a very nice conversation.

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“I have a lot of respect for all the teams that have been talking, and I feel the same feedback. We just have to wait for their (sponsor) connections, and I’m also looking for some connections on my side as well, so hopefully we’ll be able to put this together and get something very soon.”

Given two decades of success with Penske in IndyCar and IMSA, Castroneves’ resume hardly needs burnishing. But the Brazilian has combined with co-driver Ricky Taylor in the No. 7 Acura DPi to win the past two overall victories at Road America and Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

But Castroneves, who doesn’t have a manager, said he has been working the phones hard rather than wait for the strong results to bring in the calls.

“At this point, I feel like I’m the one who needs to be talking to them because people need to know I want to continue racing and understand my desire,” Castroneves, 45, said. “There is opportunity, no question, in both (IndyCar and IMSA), which I’m really happy about it. However, because of the COVID-19, a lot of things sometimes have to be a little delayed. But I’m excited. Whatever the opportunity and whatever destiny guides me, whether IndyCar or sports cars, trust me I’ll be as happy as it could be and doing my 100 percent like I always did.

“It’s like politics, you need to be out there, good news or bad news. People have to make notice of your presence. I’m hustling. I want to continue to keep it going. Hopefully, we’ll have good news very soon.”

The news has been all good lately on track for Castroneves and Taylor, who hope to continue their run Sunday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

The No. 6 duo has surged to sixth in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship standings, 10 points out of the lead with four races remaining. After thinking there was “no hope” to be competitive after opening the season with three consecutive poor finishes, Taylor now sees an opportunity for a happy ending.

“With the program going away, Helio has won all the big races and given so much back to the team and left such a mark, he’s really part of Penske history,” Taylor said. “For me, it’s been an opportunity of a lifetime to be a part of it. I’d like to leave my little mark as well. Helio has won everything except for a championship.

“Obviously, we’ve won races already together, but we can win a championship now. I think if both of us can do that together and both win our first championship for ‘The Captain,’ that would be an absolute dream come true, and we can tie a bow on it and be happy.”