We've got another first-time winner in the 250 class. Way to go, Justin Hill.

Blasting out of the gate this looked like it might be a Dean Wilson (Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki) benefit race, but a crash early squashed any chance of that. The holeshot went to Dakota Tedder (Team Tedder) on the far right.

1. Justin Hill (Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki) led a good portion of the Oakland main event before slipping back to third at the finish, but he put it all together here, taking over the lead after his teammate, Dean Wilson, augered in before the end of lap two. Justin looks like a completely different guy than he did in '13. Of course, the lack of injuries and a year to figure it out have helped.

2. Jason Anderson (Rockstar Energy Racing KTM) had a rough beginning to his night with a start straight crash, which meant a bad gate pick for the main and having to work his way from sixth at the end of the first lap to second at the end. Speed is not an issue at all for Jason.

3. Malcolm Stewart (Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda) grabbed a podium spot earlier this season after Jason Anderson was penalized for jumping on a medical flag, but that happened after the trophies had already been awarded, so this was his first trip to the stage. He was on the gas here.

4. For Cole's season so far, this was an off weekend, and he slipped back a few points behind Jason Anderson in the title chase.

5. Shane McElrath (Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda) has found his level, finishing in the same spot as he did last week at Anaheim. Pretty good for starting just inside the top ten, and in his rookie season. He was also up three spots from where he's at in the series standings.

6. Jessy Nelson was the caboose on the Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda train this week, but when you have all four of your guys in the top six, that's not a bad weekend.

7. Michael Leib (Rocket Exhaust) grabbed another top ten, and nearly matched his best finish of the season. In 11th in the current points, he's first among the guys doing it without major manufacturer support.

8. There are times when Scott Champion looks like he's in a prizefight with his own bike, but he turned this into a top ten, and has made it to the break in 14th overall in the West title chase.

9. Jake Canada (5150 Energy) had a rough start to the main, and was in 19th place at the end of lap one, which is not really indicative of his speed. Charging back up to ninth was a good salvage.

10. Dean Ferris (Red Bull KTM) grabbed another top ten. Not bad at all, considering the day started out rough with a crash in the whoops in practice, and he was as low as 14th in the main at one point. He's had a solid learning season, and now gets to go into the break and start working on his outdoor setup after a trip back home. This shot is from his heat race.

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