Salt Lake City Supercross: Honda Sweeps

SX Race Report

The Honda Red Riders took on round 16 of the 2010 Supercross series in Salt Lake City, UT on Saturday, May 1, and Honda Red Bull Racing’s Davi Millsaps and Andrew Short joined forces with GEICO Powersports Honda’s Kevin Windham to sweep the Supercross podium.

Facing grueling, sloppy racing conditions and battling the weather-including everything from rain to hail and even snow in the open stadium-the Honda trio captured the top three spots aboard their Honda CRF450Rs, with Windham claiming his second consecutive Supercross victory.

After winning their heat races, Millsaps and Windham were again fastest out of the start gate in the final and the pair diced for the lead early on. Pulling off a rock-solid block pass on Millsaps to move into the number one spot, Windham set about showcasing his skills in the mud, taking control out front.

Just as he did last weekend, the 32-year-old Honda veteran led every lap in the main to claim back-to-back Supercross wins. So dominating was Windham’s victory that he lapped all but three riders in the process.

Millsaps settled into the number-two spot for the remainder of the race and finished runner-up.

Short put in a solid come-from-behind performance after rounding the opening lap in seventh to pull off his second consecutive third-place finish and complete Honda’s podium sweep.

Kevin Windham says: "To see Honda up here in the top spot again is just great," said Windham. "The GEICO Powersports Honda team did an amazing job and it’s another great night for the team. The track was so rutted and slick, and the conditions were gnarly tonight. We were prepared for a mud race and knew it was going to be tough, but it became especially tough once it started to snow while we lined up on the start line. I’m very grateful to be in the number one spot for the second week in a row."

Windham’s victory moved him into second in the 2010 Supercross championship heading into the season finale in Las Vegas.

The final round of the Supercross Lites West competition saw GEICO Powersports Honda’s Trey Canard overcome a mid-pack start as he fought his way forward to finish in second place. Troy Lee Designs Honda’s Wil Hahn put in a gutsy performance to finish in third despite separating his shoulder earlier in the week.

Hahn’s teammate Cole Seely struggled in the muddy, dismal conditions to finish in 11th place while GEICO Powersports Honda’s Blake Wharton was 12th. Hahn’s courageous effort resulted in his holding off Canard for the number-two spot in the Lites West championship standings, as Canard finished third overall in points.

Trey Canard says: "It’s been a tough Lites season for me, full of highs and lows," said Canard. "Last weekend’s 11th-place finish really hurt my position in the series points standings but I have to give it up to Wil (Hahn); he hung in there right until the end. The team did an amazing job, giving me a perfect race bike each and every week, and I can’t thank everyone enough for their support this year."

AMA Supercross Championship Main Results
1. Kevin Windham (Hon)
2. Davi Millsaps (Hon)
3. Andrew Short (Hon)
4. Ryan Dungey
5. Kyle Chisholm
6. Michael Byrne
7. Justin Brayton
8. Tommy Hahn
9. Nick Wey
10. Chris Blose (Hon)

Supercross Championship Points Standings (Round 16 of 17):
1. Ryan Dungey 338
2. Kevin Windham 273
3. Ryan Villopoto 266
4. Davi Millsaps 253
5. Josh Hill 229
6. Justin Brayton 225
7. Nick Wey 186
8. Ivan Tedesco 183
9. Tommy Hahn 174
10. Kyle Chisholm 163

AMA Supercross Lites West Results
1. Josh Hansen
2. Trey Canard (Hon)
3. Wil Hahn (Hon)
4. Ryan Morais
5. Jake Weimer
6. Broc Tickle
7. Phil Nicoletti
8. Hunter Hewitt
9. Travis Baker
10. Jeff Alessi

Supercross Lites West Final Point Standings:
1. Jake Weimer 171
2. Wil Hahn 156
3. Trey Canard 153
4. Broc Tickle 140
5. Blake Wharton 116
6. Josh Hansen 100
7. Cole Seely 100
8. Phil Nicoletti 83
9. Max Anstie 82
10. Ryan Morais 76