Anaheim II Supercross: JDR KTM Report

AMA Supercross

JDR/J-Star/KTM rider Ryan Marmont impressed the crowd Saturday with another top ten finish at the fifth round of the AMA West Supercross Lites Series in Anaheim, Calif.

The Australian Supercross rider has made it a habit of finishing inside the top ten this season and managed to pull it off once more with a 9th place finish at the final Anaheim round.

Marmont had dismal practice times near the bottom 20, but managed to turn it up when it came to racing.

Ryan Marmont (KTM Supercross) says: "I have always struggled with timed qualifying but when I get to a race I can put it together and get the results I need."

His statement proved correct when Marmont lined up for his supercross heat race and pulled a top three start aboard the KTM.

Marmont rode aggressive in his heat fighting for every position. He held his place until the last two laps when he made a bobble after a rhythm section and allowed two riders to pass. He crossed the checkers in 5th for a decent gate pick in the main event.

In the main event, Marmont garnered a 10th place start and held strong. He remained consistent throughout the 15 lap main event, never giving away positions. "It was a rather uneventful main event for me. I just rode a smooth race and capitalized on a few riders mistakes," says Marmont.

He was able to make a move up to 9th after the halfway mark and remained in that position through the finish. His result tonight helped move him up two positions in the series points. After five rounds Marmont now sites 11th overall in the series point standings.

Joining Marmont under the JDR/J-Star/KTM tent where SX riders Tye Simmonds and Dan Reardon aboard their KTM 350 SX-F race machines.

Simmonds was able to qualify directly from his heat with an 8th place result to claim a gate spot on his second career SX main event. Reardon was less fortunate and struggled in his heat and in the LCQ with bad starts that kept him out of the running.

In the main event, Simmonds suffered from a poor start and had to work his way up from near last.

Tye Simmonds (KTM Supercross) says: "I had worked my way up to about 15th before I made a couple mistakes that set me back a few positions. Every time I made some ground I would make another mistake and lose the position I had just gained. I made a couple poor decisions on the track today that set me back. I’m happy to be in the main event but I was really hoping to put together a better overall result."

Simmonds eventually finished the race in 18th place.

With five rounds down, Simmonds and Reardon will head to Houston for the sixth round of the AMA Supercross Series while Marmont will return to Australia to begin preparing for the Australian Motocross Championship.

Next AMA Supercross Event: Houston, TX – Feb. 12, 2011

Overall Anaheim II Results, Supercross Lites:
1. Josh Hansen
2. Eli Tomac
3. Ken Roczen – KTM
4. Broc Tickle
5. Kyle Cunningham
6. Martin Davalos
7. Ryan Morais
8. Bruce Rutherford
9. Ryan Marmont – KTM
10. James Decotis
11. Cole Seely
12. Antonio Balbi
13. Jake Canada
14. Ben Evans
15. Scott Champion
16. Casey Hinson – KTM
17. Kyle Beaton
18. Parker Eckman
19. Yuta Ikegaya
20. Nick Paluzzi

Overall Points Supercross Lites:
1. Josh Hansen – 113
2. Broc Tickle – 105
3. Eli Tomac – 91
4. Ryan Morais – 84
5. Cole Seely – 70
6. Ken Roczen – 69
7. Martin Davalos – 60
8. Kyle Cunningham – 60
9. Tyla Rattray – 58
10. James Decotis – 51
11. Ryan Marmont – 48

Overall Anaheim II Results, Supercross:
1. James Stewart
2. Ryan Villopoto
3. Chad Reed
4. Justin Brayton
5. Trey Canard
6. Andrew Short – KTM
7. Ivan Tedesco
8. Kevin Windham
9. Brett Metcalfe
10. David Millsaps
11. Kyle Regal
12. Mike Alessi – KTM
13. Matt Boni
14. Kyle Chisholm
15. Nick Wey
16. Jason Thomas
17. Chris Blose
18. Tye Simmonds – KTM
19. Fabien Izoird
20. Ryan Dungey

Overall Point Standings Supercross:
1. James Stewart – 117
2. Ryan Villopoto – 112
3. Chad Reed – 90
4. Trey Canard – 87
5. Ryan Dungey – 79
6. Brett Metcalfe – 67
7. Andrew Short – 64
8. Kevin Windham – 59
9. Justin Brayton – 57
10. Ivan Tedesco – 48