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AMA Supercross: Anaheim II SX Preview

2011 Supercross, Round 5

When Round 5 of the 2011 AMA Supercross Championship gets underway this Saturday night at Anaheim, the color pink will be observable on everything, from advertisements to to lights to motorcycles to the rider’s uniforms.

The "PINK" Supercross race will be celebrating its second annual year at Anaheim, and the SX event will help fund the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure 60-mile walk, the ultimate event for the fight against breast cancer.

San Manuel Yamaha’s James Stewart will arrive in California for Anaheim II Pink Supercross with a two-point lead in the Supercross Championship; the Haines City, Fla., native won last week at Oakland, placing him two points ahead of Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto.

At the Oakland Supercross race, Villopoto grabbed the holeshot, and held onto the lead until the second lap. During that lap, Villopoto went down on the KX450F, giving the lead to Stewart.

Stewart held the lead on his Yamaha YZ450F for the remaining 18 laps, and was joined on the podium by Two-Two Motorsports Honda rider Chad Reed and the reigning champion, Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey, respectively.

James Stewart (San Manuel Yamaha) says: "This is a great win for me and the team," said Stewart. "It’s a long season and it’s all about winning a championship. The rain tonight made it a little difficult, but I am glad I came out on top."

Pro Circuit/Monster Energy/Kawasaki’s Broc Tickle earned his first win in the Western Regional Supercross Lites class at Oakland, and is now one point behind his teammate, Josh Hansen. Tickle finished the Oakland SX race ahead of Hansen and Geico Honda rider Eli Tomac.

Broc Tickle says: "I was so focused out there tonight. I knew it was going to be really slick out there, so I tried to ride smooth and take it lap by lap."

Last year, Villopoto took the win in the premier class, and then-Supercross Lites class rider Trey Canard took the Lites win on the GEICO Honda CRF250.

The first Anaheim SX race was held on Dec. 4, 1976, and Marty Smith won on a Honda. Ricky Carmichael and Jeremy McGrath share the all-time Supercross class win record at Angel Stadium with eight wins each.

In the Western Regional Supercross Lites class, three riders have swept all three races at Angel Stadium: Villopoto, Ivan Tedesco and Ernesto Fonseca. Stewart, Windham and McGrath are the only riders in history to win in the Supercross Lites class and Supercross class at Anaheim.

AMA Supercross Class Season Standings (after four rounds)
James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha – 92
Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki – 90
Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki – 78
Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda – 71
Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Honda – 70
Brett Metcalfe, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Suzuki – 55
Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM – 49
Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Honda – 46
Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C, Yamaha – 39
Kyle Chisholm, Valrico, Fla., Yamaha – 39

AMA Supercross Lites Class Western Regional Season Standings

Josh Hansen, Elbert, Colo., Kawasaki – 88
Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Kawasaki – 87
Ryan Morais, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki – 70
Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda – 69
Cole Seely, Corona, Calif., Honda – 60
Tyla Rattray, Wildomar, Calif., Kawasaki – 58
Ken Roczen, Mattstedt, Germany, KTM – 49
Martin Davalos, Cairo, Ga., Suzuki – 45
Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Yamaha – 44
Jimmy DeCotis, Peabody, Mass., Honda – 40

Anaheim 2 Supercross TV Schedule:

SPEED will broadcast the Supercross Lites class at 5 p.m. EST followed by the Supercross class at 6 p.m. EST on Sunday, Feb. 6.

Anaheim 2 Supercross Tickets:

Tickets are available at Angel Stadium Box Office, all Ticketmaster retail locations, charge by phone at (800)745-3000, SupercrossOnline.com, or online at ticketmaster.com.

Practice and qualifying begins at 12:30 p.m., and the main event begins at 7 p.m. Club Level tickets are available for $75 Adult/Child; Diamond Club and Field $50 Adult/Child; Sections 401-436 $35 Adult/Child; Sections 506-535 $35 Adult/Child; Sections 501-505 & 536-540 $20 Adult/Child. Fans can also get into the 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).

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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