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Last Saturday in Phoenix, Arizona, the second round of 2012 Monster Energy Supercross invaded Chase Field. Round one winner Ryan Villopoto came into the weekend brimming with confidence and carried that into qualifying, as he came away with the fastest 450 lap time. But when it came time for racing, luck was not on the Monster Energy Kawasaki rider’s side. Crashes in both his heat and the main event made for a trying evening.
Instead, the good luck rested well within the orange camp, as Red Bull/KTM’s Ryan Dungey captured his first win of the season. The victory also marks the Austrian manufacturer’s first ever win in the premier class. And the good fortune did not stop there.
In Supercross Lites, while reigning 250 Class AMA Pro Motocross Champion, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson, stomped off with his first win of the year, Dungey’s teammate, Marvin Musquin, came away with a second place finish. His best ever in his ‘young’ AMA Supercross career (although a two time World MX Champion). Wilson’s teammate, Tyla Rattray, had another impressive outing in Phoenix and finished with his second podium in two weeks with a third place finish. Add in the rest of the top three finishers of the Supercross Class, with Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer and Villopoto, and the entire podium was awash in orange and green.
But Villopoto’s result did not come easy. The defending champ got tangled up on the first lap in the treacherous sand section, and fell to dead last before the first lap was completed. But he got right back up and went on a tear, blazing the fastest lap time of the race along the way.
At the same time, JGR/Toyota/Yamaha’s James Stewart and TwoTwo Motorsports/Honda’s Chad Reed were also caught in the middle of the pack. While Stewart took his usual aggressive approach, it also came back to bite him when he scrubbed the wall within the sand section and got a little too close to Supercross.com / Honda’s Andrew Short. The resulting crash left Stewart battling for a top ten ride, eventually finishing eighth, while Reed took home fifth.
The most improved riders in Arizona were Jake Weimer and Kevin Windham. Weimer took home his first ever Supercross Class podium while Windham rode a very solid main event and almost had the final podium position before Villopoto came barreling through on the last lap. It was still an impressive ride for the veteran GEICO/Honda rider.
As the series head into round three at the L.A. Dodgers Stadium, there will be a few things to look for. Last year’s event was the first time that AMA Supercross took place this historic Southern California venue, home of MLB’s Los Angeles Dodgers.
However, Supercross racing in L.A. goes all the way back to the origins of the sport itself when the race used to take place on the other side of town at the L.A. Coliseum. 2011 at Dodger Stadium produced one of the best races of the year. Multiple passes up front and at least three different race leaders at one point or another had the crowd on its feet all night long. Villopoto came away with the win last year, and similar to last year, a number of different riders could win on any given weekend in 2012. Look for Dungey to be carrying the momentum from his Phoenix win, Villopoto trying to show he’s defending champion, along with Reed and Stewart to be scratching for their first wins of the season.
Last year’s L.A. round was also the site of Lucas Oil/Troy Lee Designs/Honda’s Cole Seely’s first ever Supercross Lites win. After his disappointing but strong fifth place finish last weekend, Seely will be looking to regain top honors, while Rattray will be using the points leader’s red number plate for the first time indoors.
As for the track, the layout is going to offer up some great racing. There are numerous rhythm sections that, from a design perspective, look like they will offer multiple line choices. Some of the more unique features of the track are the over/under bridge, what seems to be a very long sand section, and possibly the absence of a real whoop section, which is a very rare thing in Supercross racing (but check photo of track below for yourself to determine if that is a whoop section or not). Earlier this week in his blog, King’s Korner, Jeremy McGrath suggested that a layout cannot truly be considered a Supercross track without a proper whoop section. The lacking feature could contribute to much faster racing than we have seen so far this season.
Monster Energy Supercross Notes – Los Angeles, Dodger stadium, courtesy Feld Motor Sports
- This is the second time the gate will drop in Dodger Stadium for a Monster Energy Supercross race
- The first race was on held January 22, 2011, and Ryan Villopoto won on a Kawasaki
- In 2011, Dodger Stadium became the 40th venue to host a Monster Energy Supercross race
- The last new venue was Jacksonville, Fla., in 2009
- This will be the 127th time the gate will drop in the state of California for a Monster Energy Supercross race
- James Stewart is currently on his longest podium drought of his career at four races
- Supercross Class Laps Led: Ryan Villopoto 20, Ryan Dungey 20
- Supercross Lites Class Laps Led: Dean Wilson 15, Cole Seely 12, Tyla Rattray 3
- CBS will broadcast the Supercross class race at 12:00pm EST on Sunday January 22, 2012.
Dodger Stadium is home to the historic Los Angeles Dodgers Major League Baseball Team
The track being made on Thursday afternoon – do you see a whoop section or not?
The sequel to the Icon original
The two are mounted on a pair of crackling Triumph Speed Triples – built by Roaring Toyz for the sole purpose of going sideways.
Over the last year their quest to find the ultimate drifting playground has led them to the rolling hills of High Plains County.
Low traffic, perfect asphalt and endless twisties have kept them busy resurfacing roads with their rear tires for weeks. The only problem is the local authorities have had enough.
Enter Police Officer Dan Brockett, the only man with the muscle to keep these two in sight. His 550 horsepower Ford Mustang Cobra was built for speed and he’s got a license to use it!
Shout out to Jon Falzon for the hookups. This video is amazing…
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other beautiful day – blue skies and sunshine. At 12:30pm, the first practice of the day has started.
Track walk in morning
In the premiere Supercross class, the top qualifying lap times – defending Monster Energy Supercross Champion Ryan Villopoto on top with 51.21 seconds. Then Chad Reed 51.55, Ryan Dungey 51.72, Kevin Windham 51.74, Jake Weimer 51.79, Justin Brayton 52.35, then Josh Hansen, Trey Canard, Mike Alessi, Davi Millsaps, Austin Stroupe, Kyle Patridge, Andrew Short, and Mike Alessi are tops out of 56 qualifiers.
In the 250 West qualifying, top lap times – Dean Wilson 51.63, Eli Tomac 51.99, Zach Osborne 52.06, Jason Anderson 52.19, and then it’s Martin Davalos, Marvin Musquin, Tyla Rattray, Cole Seely, Nico Izzi, and Max Anstie top the group of 66 riders.
Trey Canard – back racing!
James Stewart in practice
Ryan Villopoto in practice
7:32pm. Eli Tomac number 17 with the holeshot on the GEICO Honda. It’s the first race of the night, the 250 West Regional Supercross Heat 1.
Tomac is easily leading this six lap heat race. He’s chased by number 34 and 250 West Series points leader Cole Seely. Jason Anderson is third.
The finishing positions in this race – Eli Tomac first, Cole Seely next, Jason Anderson, Max Anstie fourth, and two-time World Motocross Champion Marvin Musquin fifth.
250 West Heat 2 – holeshot to Martin Davalos. He’s chased by Dean Wilson and Tyla Rattray. On the second lap, Martin Davalos goes down. It’s now Dean Wilson and Tyla Rattray first and second, followed by 338 Zach Osborne!
At the finish – Dean Wilson the winner! Tyla Rattray second! Zach Osborne third! Fourth and fifth positions go to Nico Izzi and Scott Champion.
Supercross Heat 1 – 7:55pm. The first lap leader – Supercross.com / Honda racing team’s Andrew Short! At the end of the first lap, it’s “Shorty” leading, and he’s being chased by Mike Alessi and Chad Reed. Josh Hansen is next, and then James Stewart.
As they start lap five of this eight lap race – it’s Andrew Short number 29 leading, followed very closely by Reed. As they go into a 90 degree right hander, Reedy makes the pass on Short. And then Stewart … goes right past both of them!
Lap six – Stewart leading. Reed second. Short third. And then Reed falls over in a tight right hander! As they complete the lap – it’s Stewart first, Short second, M Alessi third.
James Stewart certainlly has caught fire. He’s leading by a nice margin, with Andrew Short having a nice ride in second. Mike Alessi third, and Josh Hansen up to fourth. Ivan Tedesco is fifth, and Chad Reed has recovered from his fall to get up to seventh.
At the finish – it’s James Stewart winning! Andrew Short second! Mike Alessi third, followed by Josh Hansen, Ivan Tedesco, Kevin Windham, and then Chad Reed.
Supercross Heat 2 – exiting the first corner, it’s the red plated number 1 bike – the Monster Energy Kawasak ridden by Supercross Champion Ryan Villopoto. And he’s followed by team mate Jake Weimer. On the last corner of the first lap – Villopoto goes down! Running order as they start lap three – Jake Weimer, Justin Brayton, Davi Millsaps, Brett Mecalfe, and Ryan Dungey. Villopoto is seventh.
As they start the last lap of this eight lap heat – Jake Weimer and his Kawasaki are leading. Justin Brayton is chasing. Davi Millsaps third. Ryan Dungey fourth. Brett Metcalfe fifth. Ryan Villopoto sixth, and Trey Canard seventh. There are 20 riders total in this heat.
The winner of this race – Jake Weimer! Justin Brayton second! Then Davi Millsaps, Ryan Dungey, … Ryan Villopoto up to fifth. Then Metcalfe and Canard.
250 West 15 lap main event – 9:11pm: 250 MX Lites National Motocross Champion Dean Wilson (#15) with the lead! He’s chased by Marvin Musquin (#38). Third place is Tyla Rattray. Second and third are former MX2 World Motocross Champions – Marvin from France, Tyla from South Africa. And leader Wilson is originally from Scotland!
Five laps in – Wilson lead Musquin and Rattray. Zach Osborne has moved into fourth. Cole Seely is fifth. Then Tomac, Anderson, Davalos, Laninovich, Izzi, Anstie, Swanepoel, Leib.
Wilson has a comfortable lead – Musquin has a comfortable lead of Rattray as well now. Fourth is Osborne … but he’s been chased hard by Cole Seely and Eli Tomac. Close battle between those three!
Have you checked out the new Supercross.com Trend Report? We try to tell you who is going to place where – before the race goes off!
As they enter lap ten of this race, Wilson out front, Musquin about six seconds back, Rattray in third. Cole Seely has moved to fourth, and then Eli Tomac. Osborne sixth. Then Anderson, Davalos, Izzi, Laninovich, Anstie, Lieb, and Baker.
Lap 11 – Wilson comfortable out front. Musquin second, although Rattray is closing just a bit. Good battle next with Seely barely leading Tomac – they come together in a 90 degree right hander. Tomac moves past! The top six now – Wilson, Musquin, Rattray, Tomac, Seely, and Osborne.
Last lap – Wilson appeard headed for the win – his first of this season. Marvin Musquin appears headed for second – his best ever finish in AMA Supercross.
The finish – Dean Wilson wins! Marvin Musquin finishes second! Tyla Rattray third! (Full results below.) Tyla Rattray is the new points leader as the series head into round 3 next Saturday.
Phoenix Supercross Photo Gallery:
2011 AMA Supercross Series Champion Ryan Villopoto opens 2012 season with win in Angel Stadium of Anaheim Supercross Main event. Chad Reed finishes second, with Ryan Dungey third. Cole Seely wins 250 West Main Event
Another great southern California day. Early morning fog and cold has given way to clear sunny skies by 11:30am. Track walk for teams and riders has begun.
Track walk – 11:08am Pacific Time – Angel Stadium, Anaheim California
In the premiere Supercross class, the top qualifying lap times: James Stewart on top with a time of 1 minute even, Ryan Villopoto next 1.01.628, Ryan Dungey 1.02.120, Justin Brayton 1.02.34, Jake Weimer 1.02.53, Kevin Windham 1.02.96, Chad Reed 1.02.96, Andrew Short 1.03.34, and rounding out the top ten of 53 qualifiers – Austin Stroupe – 1.03.42.
In the 250 West qualifying, top lap times – Ryan Sipes on top with 1.02.21, Cole Seely 1.02.60, Zach Osborne – MX GP contender – 1.02.61, Eli Tomac 1.02.78, Dean Wilson 1.02.79, two time World MX2 Champion Marvin Musquin 1.02.96 … and down from there for the 72 qualifiers.
7:36pm – the first race of the 2012 AMA Supercross season takes off – 250 West Heat 1 – it’s number 28 on the Pro Circuit Kawasaki – Tyla Rattray out front! But number 58 Wil Hahn makes his move and into the lead. As they start lap three – it’s Hahn out front, Rattray – a former World MX 2 champion – second. Two time World MX2 Champion Marvin Musquin is third on his Red Bull KTM – in his first ever AMA Supercross race. He’s followed by Cole Seely and Travis Baker of the Troy Lee team.
After six laps – this race concludes – 58, 28, 38, 34, and 51. Wil Hahn with the win. Tyla Rattray second. Marvin Musquin third. Cole Seely fourth, and Travis Baker fifth.
The track is in great condition, the weather is perfect, and it’s a sold out crown here in Anaheim.
250 West Heat 2 – it’s 7:49pm as the gate drops, and it’s number 31 on Suzuki Martin Davalos with the lead. And he has a big lead over second place number 15 Dean Wilson. Third is Ryan Marmont on KTM. Fourth Nico Izzi on Yamaha, and GP runner Zach Osborne fifth on Yamaha. This race will go six laps as well.
On the last lap, Dean Wilson is closing on Davalos! He’s right behind him. Davalos takes the checkered flag, with Wilson just one bike length behind in second. Third goes to Nico Izzi, fourth Zach Osborne, and fifth Matt Moss. Eli Tomac, after falling at the start, came up to seventh, and then had a mechanical issue.
Supercross Heat 1 – 8:04pm. Mike Alessi with the holeshot on his Suzuki. He’s chased by Chad Reed. Third is Davi Millsaps. Supercross Series Champion Ryan Villopoto starts outside the top 10.
On lap three, Chad Reed moves past Alessi and into the lead. It’s Reed first, Alessi second, Millsaps third. Then Ryan Morais, Broc Tickle, Josh Hansen, Ryan Villopoto, and Chris Blose. This race will go eight laps.
Villopoto is on the move, while Reed sails out front. Villopoto passes Millsaps and moves into third on the last lap. The top three tighten up at the end, but Chad Reed wins it. Mike Alessi is second. Ryan Villopoto third. Followed by Millsaps, Morais, Tickle, Hansen.
Supercross Heat 2 – 8:20pm. The holeshot goes to … it’s really close between Ryan Dungey and Brett Metcalfe! But Andrew Short emerges with the lead as they settle in! On the second lap, Andrew, on the number 29 Honda leads, he’s chased by Ryan Dungey, and Ivan Tedesco. Fourth is …. James Stewart!
Stewart moves to third. He’s now chasing Dungey. And on lap three – he moves past Dungey into second. Lap three has Short out front, Stewart is closing, Dungey third. These three have bunched up together.
Shorty, riding for Supercross.com Honda, is holding off Stewart. On lap five, after a close battle, Stewart edges into the lead. It’s Stewart first, Short right behind, and Dungey right behind Short. Good race. Fourth is Tedesco, and fifth is Jake Weimer.
Last lap – Stewart out front. Short holding off Dungey. With just four corners left in the race, Dungey moves past Short. James Stewart wins! Ryan Dungey second, Andrew Short third. Fourth Jake Weimer, and fith Ivan Tedesco. Brett Metcalfe finishes sixth.
In the four lap 250 LCQ – number 17 Eli Tomac on the GEICO Honda dominated the race.
The six lap Supercross LCQ – dominated by number 10 Justin Brayton on the Muscle Milk American Honda team.
9:18pm. The 250 Main Event line up are taking their warm up lap. Have you checked out the new Supercross.com Trend Report? We try to tell you who is going to place where – before the race goes off!
9:23pm. The gate drops. They’ll go 15 laps. The leader at the start is number 59 … but no matter. Tyla Rattray is in first as they come by the main grandstands triple jump on the first lap.
Two laps in – Tyla Rattray is in first. Dean Wilson second. But here comes Cole Seely! By the third lap, Rattray out front, but Selly is pushing hard. Dean Wilson comfortably in third. Fourth is number 58 Wil Hahn. Fifth is Vince Friese.
Changes as they start lap five. Cole Seely has taken over the lead! Tyla Rattray is next, followed by Dean Wilson, Wil Hahn, and Ryan Sipes. Next is Marvin Musquin, then Eli Tomac. Rattray is pushing Seely hard. And Hahn is pushing Wilson hard now.
More changes as they reach the halfway point of this race. Cole Seely is comfortably out front. Tyla is second. Dean Wilson third. Eli Tomac has moved into fourth, and Marvin Musquin is fifth. They are all running very close lap times – all around 1 minute 2 seconds per lap.
Cole Seely has taken the win! His second ever 250 West Regional win! Second goes to Tyla Rattray! And Eli Tomac moves up to third at the checkered! Marvin Musquin fourth in his first ever AMA Supercross! Fifth goes to Ryan Sipes. Dean Wilson fell and finished sixth.
20 lap Supercross Main Event – 9:55pm. The premiere Supercross class literally blasts off the starting line. The first corner leader – Ryan Villopoto! It’s Villopoto, Tedesco, Reed, M Alessi, and Dungey.
The settle onto the second lap – Ryan Villopoto is leading. Chad Reed is about two seconds behind. Two second behind him in Ivan Tedesco. Villopoto looks fast. Dungey chasing Villopoto. Then it’s Mike Alessi next.
As they start lap four, Villopoto is looking strong out front. Reed is second. Dungey into third. Tedesco next, and James Stewart has moved into fifth.
Lap five – Villopoto, Reed, Dungey. The top three from the 2011 series. James Stewart has moved into fourth. Tedesco is fifth. M Alessi sixth. Andrew Short seventh. Then Justin Brayton, Brett Metcalfe, and Kevin Windham.
The Supercross Champion is making it look easy. He’s got it all going on right now – the bike is good. He’s physically fit. And his mental strength is top notch. Ryan leads on lap eight.
Chad Reed is second. Good podium position for the championship – remember – it’s 17 rounds – a marathon not a sprint. Ryan Dungey is third, also a good finish in consideration for the championship. James Stewart is fourth. He’s a ways behind Dungey. Then comes Tedesco, M Alessi, A Short, and J Brayton.
Lap ten – Dungey has a bobble. Stewart overtakes his position. Top ten run down at the halfway point – Villopoto, Reed, Stewart, Dungey, Tedesco, M Alessi, Short, Brayton, Windham, and Jake Weimer.
Lap 12 – Dungey goes past Stewart and into third again! And now Dungey is catching Reed! And Stewart is right behind! All three former Supercross Champions!
Villopoto is out front by himself – he leads by over 20 seconds on lap 14! Amazing. But the battle for second has the crowd’s attention. Reed, Dungey, Stewart – all close together! Fourth a good ways back is Ivan Tedesco – his best ride in a long time.
At the end of lap 15, Stewart battles past Dungey! It’s Villopoto way out front, Reedy still in second, Stewart third, and Dungey fourth. Lap 16 – Stewart falls going into a left hander! Dungey moves up!
20 laps in – and Ryan Villopoto has done it! Winning in convincing fashion! Chad Reed finishes second! Ryan Dungey third! And Justin Brayton moves up to fourth, with Jake Weimer fifth! James Stewart finishes sixth, Andrew Short seventh, and Kevin Windham eighth.