AMA Supercross heads to Jacksonville

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Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey carries a 24-point lead in the AMA Supercross Championship after capturing his fourth win at Round 11. The 2010 Monster Energy Supercross motorcycle racing action makes its second visit ever to Jacksonville at the Jacksonville Municipal Stadium this coming weekend.

Last weekend at the series’ debut from Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Dungey, on his Suzuki RM-Z450, brought Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Ryan Villopoto’s two-race win streak to a halt and gained seven points over his rival with six races remaining.

Ryan Dungey Quote

"This was a big win for me tonight, but there are still a lot of races left to go," said Dungey. "The track got really rough tonight, so that kept me on my toes. I am looking forward to going to Jacksonville next weekend."

After a poor start on his Kawasaki KX450F, Ryan Villopoto battled the field to bring home a fourth place SX finish.

After winning the first three races of the eight-race Eastern Regional SX season, Christophe Pourcel has had to overcome adversity over the last two rounds, but his ability to bounce back from misfortune has allowed him to maintain his edge over Rockstar Makita’s Austin Stroupe on the Suzuki RM-Z250.

For the second week in a row, a first-time winner stood atop the podium in the AMA Supercross Lites class as Rockstar Energy Suzuki rookie Blake Baggett made a late-race pass to capture his first-career professional victory.

Blake Baggett Quote

"This is a dream come true," said Baggett. "I was following Ryan (Sipes) and he didn’t make any mistakes, so I had to be patient. Time was starting to run out and I dove inside and made the pass for the win."

A first-turn crash left both Pourcel and Stroupe well behind after the first corner. Stroupe posted a fifth place finish while Pourcel could only race back to seventh.

Defending AMA Supercross Lites Eastern Regional Champion Christophe Pourcel still holds a five-point lead in the standings despite a pair of rough outings over the past two races on his Kawasaki KX250F.

Last season, at the Monster Energy Supercross debut from Jacksonville Municipal Stadium before 31,653 fans, San Manuel Yamaha’s James Stewart captured a big win and narrowed his deficit to AMA Supercross class point leader Chad Reed to just five. Just one week after clinching the 2009 AMA Supercross Lites Eastern Regional championship, Pourcel won his fifth main event of the season.

Mike Alessi started the AMA Supercross class main event by winning the holeshot, followed closely by Reed, who moved past Alessi in turn two and secured the lead while Stewart snuck into second place.

Stewart tried to set Reed up in a few different sections but the Australian held his ground. Stewart stalked Reed for 13 long laps before he made a pass. Reed promptly answered back and took over the lead on the same lap. Just one lap later, Stewart re-passed Reed and rode to his 10th victory of the season. Reed finished second and GEICO Powersports Honda’s Kevin Windham was third.

Chad Reed Quote

"I had fun out there tonight," said Reed. "I tried to be smooth and consistent out there. This was a great race, and we have three more left on the season. It’s time for me to get up there and go to battle."

"It was a great race, and we actually collided over the triple jump, but that’s racing," said Stewart. "I look forward to the next race."

Daytona was the first city in Florida in to host an AMA Supercross race back in 1974. In 1983 Orlando hosted its first race where Ron Lechein won his first-ever AMA Supercross main event. From 1991-1996, Orlando was the site of the championship’s opening race.

In 1987, the city of Miami hosted its first-ever AMA Supercross race with Ricky Johnson winning the main event. Two years later in Miami, Johnson won the last AMA Supercross class main event of his career.

Tampa hosted its first AMA Supercross race in 1988 and Johnson won that race as well. The following year, Daytona, Miami and Tampa were all on the 1989 season schedule. In 1996, Jeremy McGrath swept all of the Florida races with wins in Daytona, Orlando, and Tampa. Jacksonville will continue the Florida tradition this Saturday for its second Monster Energy Supercross race.

AMA Supercross Points Championship

1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 239
2. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 215
3. Josh Hill, Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha, 192
4. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 174
5. Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Honda, 161
6. Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha, 152
7. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha, 143
8. Nick Wey, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki, 122
9. Kyle Chisholm, Valrico, Fla., Yamaha, 105
10. Tommy Hahn, Alvord, Texas, Suzuki, 100

Eastern Regional Lites Points Championship

1. Christophe Pourcel, Groveland, Fla., Kawasaki, 109
2. Austin Stroupe, Lincolnton, N.C., Suzuki, 104
3. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda, 84
4. Ryan Sipes, Vine Grove, Ky., Yamaha, 77
5. Brett Metcalfe, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Honda, 75
6. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Suzuki, 71
7. Dean Wilson, San Jacinto, Calif., Kawasaki, 71
8. Martin Davalos, Cairo, Ga., Yamaha, 47
9. Nico Izzi, Albany, Ga., Yamaha, 41
10. Kyle Cunningham, Fort Worth, Texas, Honda, 40

Last Year’s Jacksonville SX Results

AMA Supercross Class

James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha
Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Suzuki
Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda
Josh Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Yamaha
Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda
Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Suzuki
Thomas Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Kawasaki
Kyle Chisholm, Valrico, Fla., Yamaha
Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Honda
Billy Laninovich, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Kawasaki

Eastern Regional Lites

Christophe Pourcel, Corona, Calif., Kawasaki
Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, KTM
Austin Stroupe, Lincolnton, N.C., Kawasaki
Darryn Durham, Wildomar, Texas, Yamaha
Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Honda
Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha
Branden Jesseman, New Brighton, Pa., Kawasaki
Matt Lemoine, Collinsville, Texas, Yamaha
Matthew Goerke, Lake Helen, Fla., Suzuki
Steven Clarke, Cairo, Ga., Suzuki

Past Winners in Jacksonville

AMA Supercross
April 4, 2009 James Stewart

AMA Supercross Lites
April 4, 2009 Christophe Pourcel

Tickets are available in advance at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, or charge by phone at 800-745-3000. Fans can also get into the Supercross Pits for FREE from 12:30 – 6 PM Race Day when they recycle a MONSTER Energy Can at the stadium Pit Entrance (valid only with event ticket).

CBS will broadcast the AMA Supercross class at 12:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, March 28. SPEED will broadcast the AMA Supercross Lites class on Sunday, March 28 at 6:00 p.m. EST. Lead Shot Photo Credit: Brian Robinette