For the second week in a row, Ken Roczen was the fastest rider, but again it was not enough to stop Ryan Dungey. Photos by: Hoppenworld

The 2016 Indianapolis Supercross and round thirteen of the 2016 Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship series, took the series back East. For the second week in a row, Red Bull / KTM’s Ryan Dungey got the start and the win, and for the second week in a row, RCH / Soaring Eagle /Suzuki’s Ken Roczen pressured him from start to finish. This time, the #94 was able to get in front of the defending champ on the gnarly rutted out Indy circuit, but in the end, a mistake would allow Dungey to get back around and score his seventh win of the year. Roczen hung on to cross the line with yet another second place finish, and Rockstar Energy / Husqvarna’s Jason Anderson finished in third some thirty-seconds behind the battle for the lead.

In the 250SX main event, it was the Eastern Regional 250SX Championship back in action in Indianapolis and a first-time winner lighting the candles. Heading into Indianapolis, it looked like the East Championship was turning into the Stewart-Martin war, but Star Racing / Yamaha’s Jeremy Martin crashed out and his teammate Aaron Plessinger threw his name into the mix with his first ever win. The former GNCC rider rode the ruts like they weren’t there and ran away from GEICO / Honda’s Malcolm Stewart—who finished second—and Monster Energy / Pro Circuit / Kawasaki’s Gannon Audette, who grabbed his first-ever podium in third. It was a night of first-evers in the 250SX class, and surprisingly, Gannon’s podium was the first for the Mitch Payton led Monster Energy / Pro Circuit / Kawasaki team in the East.

Aaron Plessinger put on a clinic on riding ruts in Supercross. Photo by: Justin Westhead

Aaron Plessinger put on a clinic on riding ruts in Supercross. Photo by: Justin Westhead

In the battle for fastest 450SX lap time, it was Ken Rozen (43.548) who recorded the quickest time on lap two while reeling in the #1. In fact, Kenny ran three laps in a row on laps one (43.656), two (43.548) and three (43.644) that were were faster than Dungey’s (44.044) fastest lap. While Dungey was running 44’s, Kenny was running 43’s, and while Roczen even had the fastest overall average lap time (45.895), it still was not enough to score the German the W.

The third, fourth and fifth fastest single lap times were logged by Monster Energy / Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac (44.836), HRC / Honda’s Trey Canard (45.212), and Jason Anderson (45.503). Surprisingly, Anderson started behind both Tomac and Canard, had a slower fastest lap and somehow finished in front of them both. The Indianapolis ruts created the gnarliest circuit of the year, and stats like this show that getting through your laps consistently was much more important than speed.

If Jason Anderson wants to race with the leaders, he is going to have to get out with them off the start. Photo by: Simon Cudby

If Jason Anderson wants to race with the leaders, he is going to have to get out with them off the start. Photo by: Simon Cudby

Top 10 450SX Times Top 10 250SX Times
1. Ken Roczen – 0:43.548
2. Ryan Dungey – 0:44.044
3. Eli Tomac – 0:44.836
4. Trey Canard – 0:45.212
5. Jason Anderson – 0:45.503
6. Christophe Pourcel – 0:45.866
7. Blake Baggett – 0:45.976
8. Weston Peick – 0:46.370
9. Justin Bogle – 0:46.699
10. Chad Reed – 0:46.726
1. Aaron Plessinger – 0:46.274
2. Malcolm Stewart – 0:46.514
3. Jeremy Martin – 0:47.048
4. Martin Davalos – 0:47.269
5. RJ Hampshire – 0:47.290
6. Tyler Bowers – 0:47.633
7. Gannon Audette – 0:47.681
8. Shane Mcelrath – 0:47.699
9. Alex Rodriguez – 0:48.567
10. Benny Bloss – 0:49.212

Full 2016 Indianapolis SX results here>>>

Stewart ran the red plate for the first time in his career at the 2016 Indianapolis SX. Photo by: Hoppenworld

Stewart ran the red plate for the first time in his career at the 2016 Indianapolis SX. Photo by: Hoppenworld

In the fight for the fastest 250SX lap time, it was Aaron Plessinger (46.274) using his GNCC past to show everyone how to navigate the ruts. In qualifying early in the day, Malcolm Stewart was a full second and a half faster than Plessinger, but as the track got worse, the #23 got better. Stewart still had the second fastest 250SX single lap (46.514) and average lap time (49.037) in the Indy main event, but Aaron’s average lap time (48.380) shows why he easily ran away for a dominant first-ever main event win.

The third, fourth and fifth fastest 250SX laps were recorded by Star Racing / Yamaha’s Jeremy Martin (47.048), Rockstar Energy / Husqvarana’s Martin Davalos (47.269) and GEICO / Honda’s RJ Hampshire (47.290). J-Mart and Davalos both had speed, but neither of them could consistently negotiate the ruts for fifteen laps. J-Mart was running third on lap eight but crashed and did not finish the main. Davalos took over third when J-Mart hit the deck but later went down and finished fifth.

Gannon Audette (filling in at Pro Circuit for the injured Arnaud Tonus) was only the 7th fastest 250SX rider, but consistency netted him his first-ever podium. Photo by: Hoppenworld.

Gannon Audette (filling in at Pro Circuit for the injured Arnaud Tonus) was only the 7th fastest 250SX rider, but consistency netted him his first-ever podium. Photo by: Hoppenworld.

Updated 2016 250SX West and 450SX Championship Points>>>

Directions on how use graphs below: Each graph below charts the lap times of the top five finishers in each main event, as well as the top three 250SX riders matched up against the top three 450SX finishers. You can run your cursor over the lines to see which rider the line signifies and that rider’s time for each lap. Click on a rider’s name on the right to remove them from the chart so you can run riders’ times against each other heads up. Also, riders are colored to match their bike brand.

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Top 10 450SX Avg Lap-Times Top 10 250SX Avg Lap-Times
1. Ken Roczen – 0:45.895
2. Ryan Dungey – 0:45.932
3. Jason Anderson – 0:47.166
4. Eli Tomac – 0:47.509
5. Blake Baggett – 0:47.728
6. Trey Canard – 0:47.779
7. Chad Reed – 0:47.971
8. Christophe Pourcel – 0:48.254
9. Justin Brayton – 0:48.746
10. Mike Alessi – 0:49.217
1. Aaron Plessinger – 0:48.380
2. Malcolm Stewart – 0:49.037
3. Martin Davalos – 0:49.305
4. Gannon Audette – 0:49.696
5. Shane Mcelrath – 0:49.745
6. RJ Hampshire – 0:49.993
7. Tyler Bowers – 0:50.585
8. Alex Rodriguez – 0:50.627
9. Darryn Durham – 0:51.317
10. Luke Renzland – 0:51.402