Supercross racing heads to San Francisco
Saturday night in San Francisco AMA Supercross class rookie Ryan Dungey will race for his third consecutive AMA Supercross class win and Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer hopes to keep his three-race win streak alive in the Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites class as the 2010 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, returns to AT&T Park.
Last Saturday night Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey won his second-straight AMA Supercross class race, and Jake Weimer won his third consecutive Western regional AMA Supercross Lites class race, leading all 15 laps of the main event.
Suzuki’s Austin Stroupe won the $1,500 Spike Holeshot Award with Yamaha’s James Stewart on his back wheel through turn one. Stewart moved into the lead, passing Stroupe on the opening lap. Stewart’s San Manuel/Yamaha teammate Josh Hill then passed Stroupe for second. Dungey started in seventh and started working his way through the pack, and by the end of lap two he was in fourth place.
At the end of lap six, Hill passed Stewart for the lead, and on lap 11, Dungey passed Stewart for second. Patiently waiting in second place, Dungey shot past Hill on lap 14 for the lead. Dungey held on for the win and extended his points lead to 15 over Hill. Hill finished second and Stewart finished third.
Josh Hill Speaks…
“On lap 12, I started to get tired and had to settle for second,” said Hill. “That was a great race up at the front of the pack, and I was enjoying the competition. The goal is to keep getting better each week.”
Ryan Dungey Speaks…
“It was a fun race, and we all raced clean,” said Dungey. “I was able to see what lines were working out there, so I learned through the race. I tried to be patient out there tonight. Racing 20 laps is a long time, so you have to be smart.”
James Stewart Speaks…
“Ryan and Josh were riding awesome tonight, and I am happy to come out of here with a decent finish,” said Stewart. “I try my best, and that is all I can do. I always give it 100%.”
Weimer didn’t take long to establish the lead as he moved passed his teammate Josh Hansen, who won the Spike Holeshot Award, after turn two. Hansen, of Elbert, Colo., was passed on lap three by Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda’s Wil Hahn, of Decatur, Texas. Late in the race GEICO Powersports Honda’s Trey Canard passed Hansen late in the race to secure third place.
Hahn held on for second place, which was his best finish of the 2010 season. Weimer now leads the Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites class points race with a 19-point lead over Canard.
Jake Weimer Speaks…
“So far, so good for me,” said Weimer. “I wanted to come out here and win, and that is what I have earned. I am really excited about this. This is a huge step in the right direction.”
Last year in San Francisco, Stewart won his fourth consecutive AMA Supercross class race at AT&T Park last year before 39,414 fans. Weimer won his second Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites class race, snapping the two-race win streak of Dungey,
Supercross made its début at AT&T Park back on January 23, 2003 when Ricky Carmichael won the AMA Supercross class and Stewart won the AMA Supercross Lites class. Carmichael holds the record for the most wins at AT&T Park with three. In the AMA Supercross Lites class, Nathan Ramsey is the only rider to earn two wins in San Francisco.
2010 AMA Supercross Class Season Point Standings (Entering San Francisco)
Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 72
Josh Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Yamaha, 57
Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 52
Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda, 52
James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha, 51
Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Honda, 51
Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha, 43
Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha, 41
Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 37
Tommy Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Suzuki, 30
2010 Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Season Point Standings (Entering San Francisco)
Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki, 75
Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda, 56
Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda, 56
Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Honda, 51
Ryan Morais, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 42
Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha, 42
Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda, 38
Josh Hansen, Elbert, Colo., Kawasaki, 32
Max Anstie, Hemet, Calif., Yamaha, 32
Gautier Paulin, France, Yamaha, 30
CBS Sports will air the AMA Supercross class race on Sunday, January 31 at Noon EST and SPEED will air the AMA Supercross Lites class on Sunday, January 31 at 10:00 p.m. EST.