After going two years without a victory in the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series, GEICO Powersports Honda rider Kevin Windham has suddenly found himself on a bona fide winning streak.
For the second straight weekend, Windham led wire-to-wire to dominate the 450cc class, this time in a blinding snowstorm at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Utah, site of the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2002 Olympic Games.
Kevin Windham says: "We’re really having some fun," Windham said. "We had an awesome night and I’m really pumped.
"It was sloppy out there. They did a great job prepping the track and then it was all for naught once the race started. One minute it was raining the next it was snowing. It was nuts. I can’t believe the fans stayed with us but it didn’t look like any of them left. I’m so glad we could put on a show for them and get this win for GEICO Powersports Honda."
Riders had to dodge rain and snow flurries throughout the day, but it didn’t slow Windham down as he was quickest in both practice and qualifying. Windham won his heat race by eight seconds, then came three riders away from lapping the entire field in the main event on a sloppy and wet track.
"I’ve always done pretty well when the conditions are bad," Windham said. "Maybe it’s part of being older and having the patience to get through the course. I certainly know I always have a great bike under me and as a rider you can’t ask for anything more."
With the victory, the 32-year-old Windham moves into second place in the season standings with one race left.
In the Lites West race, Trey Canard finished on the podium for the 10th time in 14 races this season. Race winner Josh Hanson beat second-place Canard by 17 seconds.
Trey Canard says: "You always want to do better when you don’t win the race but to get a second-place finish tonight under conditions like this is pretty good," Canard said. "It was like riding during the winter months back home in Oklahoma with all the snow and sleet. It made it very challenging out there."
The Lites West season wrapped up in Salt Lake City. Canard finished in the final points, while Blake Wharton, who was 12th in Saturday’s race Saturday, ended up fifth in the season points.
Trey Canard says: "I’m not very excited about the championship," Canard admitted. "We had some wins and a lot of podium finishes, I finished all the races; there were some positives. We just didn’t achieve our goal of winning the championship.
"You reach a point where you know it’s not going to happen for you and it deflates you. So now we’ll regroup, run the Shootout next weekend in Las Vegas, and push that much harder when the Motocross season starts."
One race remains on the Supercross schedule and it takes place next Saturday at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. It’s the last race of the year for Windham while all four GEICO Powersports Honda Lites riders — Canard, Wharton, Justin Barcia, and Brett Metcalfe — will race one another in the Supercross Shootout.