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What A Night! Here's A Recap Of The 2017 Las Vegas SX

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2017 LAS VEGAS SX | COMPLETE COVERAGE

PHOTOS | Swanberg

The 2017 Monster Energy Supercross Series came to a stunning close with the 2017 Las Vegas SX, the seventeenth round of a long run around North America. With two titles on the line and plenty of other rankings to be decided, riders left it all on the challenging and dry track constructed at Sam Boyd Stadium. Block passes, big jumps, and well-deserved celebrations were all a part of an incredible night of racing that will go down in the sport’s history as one of the best ever.

250 Heat One Jimmy Decotis ripped the holeshot over the entire West Coast region and quickly pulled away from the rest of the pack. The GEICO Honda rider ran completely unchallenged from start to finish, and was helped in part by battles a little further back in the pack. Martin Davalos and Austin Forker made contact early on, which caused Davalos to momentarily lose balance on his Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna. Despite this, both riders easily made the cut for the main event. Mitchell Oldenburg edged Tyler Bowers for the final transfer spot with a late pass. Transfer to Main Event | Decotis, Forkner, Davalos, McElrath, Hill, Plessinger, Reardon, Chisholm, Oldenburg Total Race Time | 6 laps, 6:43.619 minutes Laps Led | Jimmy Decotis – 6 Margin of Victory | 3.300 seconds

Fastest Lap Time | Martin Davalos – 1:07.479 minutes

250 Heat Two Dylan Ferrandis grabbed the early lead over the field aboard his Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha machine. The French rider set the pace in the early laps of the sprint, but soon started a heated battle with championship contender Joey Savatgy. The two riders traded multiple close and aggressive passes for the top spot, with the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider coming out on top. Troy Lee Designs/GoPro/Red Bull/KTM’s Jordon Smith safely transferred to the main event, while Zach Osborne worked to overcome a first turn crash that put him in last place. The Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna rider eventually worked his way through the field and just made the cut with an eighth place finish. Transfer to Main Event | Savatgy, Ferrandis, Smith, Cianciarulo, Harrison, McAdoo, Alix, Osborne, Rodriguez Total Race Time | 6 laps, 6:43.653 minutes Laps Led | Joey Savatgy – 4, Dylan Ferrandis – 2 Margin of Victory | 1.917 seconds

Fastest Lap Time | Dylan Ferrandis – 1:07.435 minutes

250 LCQ Cole Martinez claimed the holeshot but Tyler Bowers blasted around the outside to take the early lead. With this Bowers went unchallenged to the checkered flag over 51Fifty Energy Yamaha teammate Hayden Mellross and Martinez. A late charge by Justin Starling allowed him to move by Chris Howell for one of the final spots in the main event. Transfer to Main Event | Bowers, Mellross, Starling, Martinez Total Race Time | 4 laps, 4:37.131 minutes Laps Led | Tyler Bowers – 4 Margin of Victory | 4.961 seconds

Fastest Lap Time | Tyler Bowers – 1:09.799 minutes

250 Main Event Things got interesting the moment the gate dropped. Riders collided as the charged into the first turn, which resulted in a pile-up that collected 250 East Coast SX title contender Zach Osborne. Adam Cianciarulo avoided the melee and took off with the early lead aboard his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki just ahead of teammate Joey Savatgy. With this order, it seemed like Savatgy was set to take the title but a crash just moments into the race dropped him down the order and allowed Jordon Smith, another 250 East Coast title contender to pass by. A few laps later Smith started to make small mistakes and even jumped his Troy Lee Designs/GoPro/Red Bull/KTM off of the track before settling into a groove. But this was far from the worst for Smith, as he had the bike kick into an endo on the high-speed ski jump into the stadium that flung him into the ground. He later walked off the track after clearance from the medical staff. With this Savatgy retook control of the championship in the middle of the race. At the time it looked like Savatgy’s efforts were more to maintain a place on the track than to move forward, which ultimately led to a thrilling finish. As Savatgy slipped slightly down the running order, Osborne rapidly moved through the pack and brought his rival into sight on the final laps. Their battle coalesced just two turns from the finish line with Osborne running into Savatgy and putting him on the ground, a move that turned the championship standings dramatically to his favor at the checkered flag. Savatgy ultimately remounted in fourteenth and ended the season third overall in the standings. Total Race Time | 15 laps, 17:02.079 minutes Laps Led | Adam Cianciarulo Margin of Victory | 5.779 seconds

Fastest Lap Time | Adam Cianciarulo – 1:07.186 minutes

450 Heat One Davi Millsaps moved his Rocky Mountain ATV-MC/WPS/KTM through the first turn to take the holeshot and had quick competition in Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna’s Dean Wilson. Millsaps held the advantage through the early part of the race until a small slip-up in the loose soil on a single jump slid the front-end of the bike out. With this Wilson and Blake Baggett moved into the top-two spots and started a new battle that continued on through the later stages. Baggett was able to inch away with the lead and took the win aboard his Rocky Mountain ATV-MC/WPS/KTM. Eli Tomac made key passes through the race and closed in on the front-runner late in the race, but the Monster Energy Kawasaki rider ended up in third. Transfer to Main Event | Baggett, Wilson, Tomac, Barcia Total Race Time | 6 laps, 6:34.345 minutes Laps Led | Blake Baggett – 3, Davi Millsaps – 2, Dean Wilson – 1 Margin of Victory | 2.091 seconds

Fastest Lap Time | Blake Baggett – 1:05.658 minutes

450 Heat Two Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey tucked tightly through the first turn and took the lead over Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Josh Grant. Although two ran close for the full length of the race, no true battle formed between the veteran riders and Dungey claimed the win. There was more action further back in the field as Jason Anderson diced with Cooper Webb for third place. The two used contrasting lines and big jump combinations, but a crash by Anderson allowed Webb to go unchallenged to the checkered flag and let Chad Reed take the final transfer spot. Transfer to Main Event | Dungey, Grant, Webb, Reed Total Race Time | 6 laps, 6:32.733 minutes Laps Led | Ryan Dungey – 6 Margin of Victory | 4.369 seconds

Fastest Lap Time | Ryan Dungey – 1:05.675 minutes

450 Semi One Justin Brayton jumped out to the early lead on his SmarTop/MotoConcepts/Honda over Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin. The two stayed within feet of each other for the full length of the race, with Brayton holding the advantage the entire time and up to the checkered flag. The best battle was for the final transfer spot between Nick Schmidt, Scott Champion, and Alex Ray. Schmidt held the position for most of the moto until a late pass by Champion changed the outcome of the results. A last-lap mistake by Champion allowed Ray to sneak into the action, but Champion just edged him to the finish line. Transfer to Main Event | Brayton, Musquin, Craig, Bogle, Champion Total Race Time | 5 laps, 5:29.030 minutes Laps Led | Justin Brayton – 5 Margin of Victory | 2.450 seconds

Fastest Lap Time | Marvin Musquin – 1:06.073 minutes

450 Semi Two Jason Anderson carried speed around the outside of the first turn and claimed the early lead over the field. This was all the competition saw of the Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna rider because he immediately pulled away. Davi Millsaps flew into the stadium on his Rocky Mountain ATV-MC/WPS/KTM but carried too much speed and blew through a turn, which put him deep in the running order. Luckily for him there was plenty of time left on the clock and he managed to move through the field to finish in the fifth and final transfer position. Transfer to Main Event | Anderson, Stewart, Weimer, Friese, Millsaps Total Race Time | 5 laps, 5:28.911 minutes Laps Led | Jason Anderson – 5 Margin of Victory | 12.989 seconds

Fastest Lap Time | Jason Anderson – 1:06.115 minutes

450 LCQ Dakota Tedder took control of the LCQ at the start and despite some pressure from Alex Ray, he managed to make hold down the top spot up to the checkered flag. Further back in the field was an intense battle between Nick Schmidt and Deven Raper for the final transfer. The two riders pushed each other in the turns and even came to a dead-stop in certain sections, which allowed Adam Enticknap to sneak by for the last gate in the main event. Transfer to Main Event | Tedder, Ray, Stewart, Enticknap Total Race Time | 4 laps, 4:36.471 minutes Laps Led | Dakota Tedder – 4 Margin of Victory | 1.669 seconds

Fastest Lap Time | Dakota Tedder – 1:10.012 minutes

450 Main Event Ryan Dungey rounded the first turn at the head of the field, just in front of title rival Eli Tomac. The two began their battle at this point, with Tomac eventually reeling in Dungey and then putting in an aggressive pass attempt that was intended to rattle the Red Bull KTM rider. Tomac tore away from Dungey for a few laps, setting a pace that put him just out of reach until he dramatically slowed his Monster Energy Kawasaki by seconds a lap. This was an obvious move that allowed Dungey to come back to within feet of Tomac and then pass him for the lead, which Tomac countered with a well-planned block pass that again was intended to put the Dungey down the running order. As the laps clicked off, it became clear that unless something drastic happened, Dungey would finish well within a place to take the title. With this, Tomac put in one last-ditch diversion that slowed both riders down and allowed Jason Anderson, who had spent much of the race in battles for top-five positions, to sneak by to the surprise win. But still, the finish order (Tomac third, Dungey fourth) was not enough for Tomac to take the points needed for the title to be taken from Dungey for the third consecutive time. Total Race Time | 19 laps, 21:14.399 seconds Laps Led | Eli Tomac – 17, Jason Anderson – 1, Ryan Dungey – 1 Margin of Victory | 1.854 seconds

Fastest Lap Time | Eli Tomac – 1:05.215 minutes