2011 AMA Supercross
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After Saturday evening’s AMA Supercross race in Cowboys Stadium, a familiar name regained the points lead due to his second-place finish: Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto.
Villopoto was able to slip into second due to contact between two other familiar Supercross names, Two-Two Motorsports Honda’s Chad Reed and San Manuel Yamaha’s James Stewart.
When these two bumped near mid-race, which seems to be a regular occurrence this season, Villopoto and the reigning champ Ryan Dungey (Rockstar Makita Suzuki) were able to ascend into second and third positions.
But as this action occurred behind, American Honda’s Trey Canard was already gone. Canard took his third victory of 2011 AMA Supercross after wire-to-wire win.
Trey Canard (American Honda CRF450R) says: “I’m so grateful. So many people from home are here. This is such an awesome day and I’m just so thankful. I knew I needed another good start and it happened again. I tried to put in (20) solid laps, (but) the whoops were really tough. We’ll see (about the championship). I’m just going to keep doing the best I can. That’s all I can control.”
The Supercross main got underway before over 51,000 fans in Cowboys Stadium, Round 13 of 17 in the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship. Taking the Nucear Cowboyz Holeshot was Mike Alessi aboard the KTM SX-F 350, but by the end of the lap Canard had the lead.
Canard was followed by Reed, Stewart, Dungey and Villopoto. Reed and Stewart kept the famed rivalry going, and began battling for second position. But the two had some contact in the whoops during lap 8, and both Supercross riders ran off the track.
This allowed Dungey and Villopoto to fill the positions, as Stewart would remount in fifth, Reed in eight.
A few laps later Dungey made some contact with a lapped rider, and hit the dirt, allowing Villopoto to pass into second. Dungey got back on the Suzuki quickly, and rejoined in third. The order remained this way to the checkered flag, with Canard finishing over two seconds ahead of Villopoto. Stewart would finish fourth, and Reed eight.
Ryan Villopoto (Monster Energy Kawasaki KX450F) says: “Tonight was crazy. I got an ok start. There was a little problem with my bike, but nothing major. I just kept plugging away and things worked in my favor. The track was really tough for 20 laps, so sometimes you just got to sit back and let things happen.”
Although Villopoto regained the Supercross lead, he doesn’t have it by much; with five rounds remaining, Villopoto now leads Reed by six points, with Dungey in third only a point behind Reed.
In the Supercross Lites Class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson claimed his third victory of the series.
Grabbing the holeshot was GEICO Honda’s Justin Barcia, the Supercross Lites points’ leader. He was followed out of the gate by DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing Yamaha’s Ryan Sipes and Wilson.
Sipes got into the lead by the end of Lap 1, but Barcia wasn’t far behind. On the fourth lap, Barcia regained the lead. A lap later Sipes crashed out, having to settle for a DNF. Wilson then slipped into second, and began chasing down Barcia.
Wilson and Barcia would battle, but Wilson would finally pass on lap 14, taking victory. Barcia’s teammate, Blake Wharton, would take the final podium position.
Blake Wilson (Monster Energy Kawasaki KX250F) says: “This means so much. It wasn’t an easy race. I’ve been battling the stomach flu all day. I just kept pushing and didn’t give up. It went all to way to last lap, which was fun for everyone here. I made a pass on him and he got me back, then I got by again, he stuffed me and I stalled. I had one last chance to get him and I stuck it.”
AMA Supercross Class Results: Cowboy Stadium, Arlington
1. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda
2. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki
3. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki
4. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha
5. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda
6. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM
7. Tommy Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Yamaha
8. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Honda
9. Austin Stroupe, Lincolnton, N.C., Yamaha
10. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., KTM
Supercross Class Season Standings (after round 12 of 17)
1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki – 255
2. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Honda – 249
3. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki – 248
4. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda – 239
5. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha – 234
6. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM – 174
7. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda – 150
8. Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C, Yamaha – 141
9. Davi Millsaps, Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha – 128
10. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki – 114
Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Results: Cowboys Stadium, Arlington
1. Dean Wilson, Menifee, Calif., Kawasaki
2. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda
3. Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Honda
4. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki
5. Matt Lemoine, Collinsville, Texas, Kawasaki
6. Darryn Durham, Butler, Pa., Honda
7. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki
8. Gannon Audette, Cairo, Ga., Yamaha
9. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda
10. Tyler Bright, Sumter, S.C., Honda
Eastern Regional Supercross Lites Class Season Standings
1. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda – 160
2. Dean Wilson, Menifee, Calif., Kawasaki – 147
3. Ryan Sipes, Vine Grove, Ky., Yamaha – 119
4. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki – 114
5. Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Honda – 109
6. Matt Lemoine, Collinsville, Texas, Kawasaki – 96
7. P.J. Larsen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM – 80
8. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki – 73
9. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda – 59
10. Lance Vincent, Youngsville, La., Honda – 56
The next round of the 2011 AMA Supercross season will be in Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, on Saturday, April 9.