The AMA Supercross series headed far north Saturday evening, the SX field competing at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada. The lone international race further upset the points’ battle, allowing only the third rider to lead this season.
The man in the lead after Toronto is Two-Two Motorsports Honda Supercross rider Chad Reed, the Australian taking his eight consecutive podium of the season. Reed finished second behind the reigning Supercross Champion, Ryan Dungey. It was the first win this season for the Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider.
Taking the final spot on the Supercross podium before a crowd of over 45,000 people was last weekend’s Jacksonville winner, Trey Canard on the American Honda.
When the gates dropped for the 20-lap main event, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Fabien Izoird grabbed the Holeshot, followed by Dungey and Valli Motorsports/Rockstar Yamaha’s Nick Wey.
San Manuel Yamaha’s James Stewart ended up hitting the dirt, which also slowed the progression of the former Supercross points leader, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopotop.
Like a true champion, Dungey passed Izoird on the first lap, and ended up leading all 20 laps. Reed challenged Dungey throughout the event, but wasn’t able to pass.
Ryan Dungey (Rockstar Makita Suzuki RMZ450) says: "It’s been a tough one (this season) and it feels great to pull (a win) off. Everyone goes through this at some point because it’s a tough road. I got a great start tonight which was huge. The track was really tough and you had to watch the mistakes."
Chad Reed (Two-Two Motorsports Honda CRF450R) says: "That’s the positive from tonight. I have to just carry on. Ryan (Dungey) road a great race, he was faster in the whoops and turns. It took everything I had to pressure him into making a mistake. The industry decided not to give me a chance this season. I want to win this championship so bad. It would be a bittersweet speech for sure."
When the first lap was completed, Stewart was 13th, and Villopoto was ninth. The two moved through the field, but again made contact, falling to the ground. Stewart was able to remount his YZ450F, and battle his way to fourth. And although Villopoto had bike issues, he finished ninth.
As for the Supercross Lites Class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider and former Canada resident Dean Wilson captured the win. Taking second was the series leader, GEICO Honda’s Justin Barcia. Rounding out the podium was Barcia’s teammate, Blake Wharton.
Barcia followed in second and has been on the podium at every race of the Eastern Regional Supercross Lites Championship. Wharton rounded out the podium in third.
Dean Wilson (Monster Energy Kawasaki KX250F) says: "The track was really tricky tonight. I didn’t get the greatest of starts but I kept pushing forward. It was all I could do. (This win) means a lot to me. We still have three races to go and I’m still far back in the points, but I’ll try my (best)."
The 2011 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season continues next weekend at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, just outside Dallas.
AMA Supercross Class Results: Toronto
1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki
2. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Honda
3. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda
4. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha
5. Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C, Yamaha
6. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Yamaha
7. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM
8. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda
9. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki
10. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda
AMA Supercross Class Season Standings
1. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Honda – 236
2. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki – 233
3. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki – 228
4. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha – 216
5. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda – 214
6. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM – 159
7. Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C, Yamaha – 137
8. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda – 134
9. Davi Millsaps, Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha – 128
10. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Yamaha – 109
AMA Eastern Regional Supercross Lites Class Results: Toronto
1. Dean Wilson, Menifee, Calif., Kawasaki
2. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda
3. Blake Wharton, Aubrey, Texas, Honda
4. P.J. Larsen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM
5. Ryan Sipes, Ekron, Ky., Yamaha
6. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki
7. Gannon Audette, Cairo, Ga., Yamaha
8. Hunter Hewitt, Pilot Point, Texas, Suzuki
9. Darryn Durham, Butler, Pa., Honda
10. Matt Lemoine, Collinsville, Texas, Kawasaki
AMA Eastern Regional Supercross Lites Class Season Standings
1. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda – 138
2. Dean Wilson, Menifee, Calif., Kawasaki – 122
3. Ryan Sipes, Ekron, Ky., Yamaha – 115
4. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki – 100
5. Blake Wharton, Aubrey, Texas, Honda – 89
6. P.J. Larsen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM – 80
7. Matt Lemoine, Collinsville, Texas, Kawasaki – 80
8. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki – 55
9. Lance Vincent, Youngsville, La., Honda – 49
10. Alex Martin, Millville, MN., Honda – 47