With the Monster Energy
AMA Supercross premier-class championship wrapped up at the series’ penultimate round, a number of eyes were on the 250-class title chases at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, NV, on Saturday night. Both the East and West Coast region titles were still up for grabs going into the final round.
The 250SX support classes are divided up via region, with one group of riders competing in the races held in western states while another group of riders contests the races in the East. As a result, two 250SX championships are at stake every year. This system was designed to not only allow for a low-pressure schedule for up-and-coming racers, it’s also meant to be a little more privateer-friendly.
This year’s 250SX West Champion was Rockstar Energy Racing
’s Jason Anderson
. The KTM
rider showed up with an eight-point lead over the rider sitting in second place, Troy Lee Designs Lucas Oil Honda’s Cole Seely. In the 15-lap race, Anderson and Seely both got mid-pack starts and turned conservative laps, neither taking any real chances. In the end, Anderson finished the race in sixth and clinched the title, while Seely finished fourth in the race and second for the year.
“It’s surreal,” said newly crowned 250SX West Champion Anderson from the podium. “Everyone on that line out there dedicates their life to this sport and very few are able to hold this number one plate. All the work I’ve put in with my whole team, my family, all my supporters, Rockstar Energy Racing
– this is for them. I’m just beyond excited and I’m just happy. This is a great accomplishment for me.”
Meanwhile, in the 250SX East class
, GEICO Honda
’s Justin Bogle
came into the Las Vegas event leading the points, partially due to attrition. His main competitors – Monster Energy
Pro Circuit Kawasaki teammates Blake Baggett, Martin Davalos and Adam Cianciarulo — suffered injuries that left them unable to race in Las Vegas. So, mathematically speaking, Bogle clinched the title by simply showing up at the gate. Even so, he holeshot the race and led for several laps before getting passed for second. At that point, he seemed content to finish in the runner-up spot with title in hand.
“It’s definitely emotional,” said Bogle about the championship. “It’s been a long, bumpy road for me to get up to this point. I really just have to give it up to my team… my family, they’re all here… and everyone for helping me out. I really gotta give thanks to the man above for even blessing me with the opportunity to be racing here…”
Joining Bogle on the 250SX East podium were his teammate Matthew Bisceglia
in third and winner, Yamalube Star Yamaha Racing’s Jeremy Martin
. The 250SX West podium saw Monster Energy
Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson on top of the box, with Yamalube Star Yamaha Racing’s Cooper Webb in second and Wilson’s teammate Justin Hill in third.
Tags: 250SX East Class
, GEICO Honda
, Jason Anderson
, Jeremy Martin
, Justin Bogle
, Justin Hill
, Las Vegas
, Matthew Bisceglia
, Monster Energy
, Pro Circuit Kawasaki
, Rockstar Energy Racing
, Sam Boyd Stadium