2011 AMA Toronto Supercross: Preview
For the only time in the 2011 season, AMA Supercross heads north to Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada, for Round 12 Saturday evening.
The order as it’s been up top in the Supercross points race was upset last weekend at Jacksonville, Fla. Although he didn’t start at Jacksonville due to crashing in LCQ, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto still obtains the lead, but only by 7 points.
Ryan Villopoto (Monster Energy Kawaskai KX450F) says: “I was really disappointed with how things went in Jacksonville,” said Villopoto. “I have been feeling really good and it didn’t show. Everyone has bad days and I’m really glad I got out of there healthy. My focus remains the same and I just want to get back out there so I can make up the points I lost.”
The order from second to fourth has changed after Jacksonville, one of the wildest races of 2011 Supercross. The biggest news besides Villopoto not starting in the main event was a first-lap crash by San Manuel Yamaha’s James Stewart, who was then in second place in the standings.
Due to the Jacksonville crash, Stewart did not garner any points, and fell from second to fourth in the standings, 23 points behind the leader Villopoto. Chad Reed (Two-Two Motorsports Honda) is currently in second, with the reigning champion Ryan Dungey (Rockstar Makita Suzuki) moving into third in the points, five ahead of Stewart.
James Stewart (San Manuel Yamaha YZ450F) says: “I was really hoping to pull this one out,” Stewart said. “It was my home state, I’m familiar with the tracks, all my fans were there cheering me on and it’s just really disappointing for me, my team, my sponsors and my fans. It’s all about Toronto and the rest of the season now.”
As for the Jacksonville results, Trey Canard took his second win of the 2011 AMA Supercross season aboard the American Honda CRF450R. He was joined on the podium by Reed and Dungey.
Trey Canard (American Honda CRF450R) says: “Opening the main, I was really excited about my start, which has been my downfall this year. I thought the first 12 laps were solid, I rode really well. Late in the race, I switched up my line in the whoops and it was definitely not working which made me run up into a few lappers and lose momentum. Reed really closed up on me at the end and I felt the pressure. He passed me at one point, but something clicked and I charged right back to the front. The last two laps I rode good and did what I needed to do to take the win.”
In the Eastern Regional Supercross Lites Class championship, GEICO Honda’s Justin Barcia, took his second win of the season. Finishing second and third were Wilson and DNA Shred Stix/Star Yamaha’s Ryan Sipes, respectively.
Barcia is now 17 points ahead Sipes in the point standings.
Past Winners in Toronto
- March 13, 2010: Ryan Villopoto
- March 28, 2009: James Stewart
- March 29, 2008: Chad Reed
- December 2, 2006: Chad Reed
- December 3, 2005: James Stewart
- December 4, 2004: Ricky Carmichael
Supercross Lites Class
- March 13, 2010: Justin Barcia
- March 28, 2009: Christophe Pourcel
- March 29, 2008: Shaun Skinner
- December 2, 2006: Martin Davalos
- December 3, 2005: Davi Millsaps
- December 4, 2004: Nate Ramsey
Tickets are available at the Rogers Centre Box Office, SupercrossOnline.com, all Ticketmaster retail locations, online at ticketmaster.ca , or charge by phone at 416.870.8000.
Practice and qualifying begins at 12:30 p.m., and the main event begins at 7 p.m. Gold level tickets: $40; Extreme tickets: $25; Treadhead tickets: $15; Pizza Pizza Kids tickets: $15.
Toronto Supercross TV Schedule
SPEED will broadcast the AMA Supercross class at noon (EST) and the AMA Supercross Lites class at 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 27, 2011.
Supercross Class Season Standings (after 11 rounds)
1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki – 221
2. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Honda – 214
3. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki – 203
4. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha – 198
5. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda – 194
6. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM – 145
7. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda – 121
8. Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C, Yamaha – 121
9. Davi Millsaps, Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha – 118
10. Brett Metcalfe, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Suzuki – 107
Eastern Regional Supercross Lites Class Season Standings
1. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda – 116
2. Ryan Sipes, Ekron, Ky., Yamaha – 99
3. Dean Wilson, Menifee, Calif., Kawasaki – 97
4. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki – 85
5. Matt Lemoine, Collinsville, Texas, Kawasaki – 69
6. Blake Wharton, Aubrey, Texas, Honda – 69
7. P.J. Larsen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM – 62
8. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki – 53
9. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Suzuki – 44
10. Lance Vincent, Youngsville, La., Honda – 43