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