2012 AMA Supercross
Spoiler Alert: 2012 AMA Supercross results from Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, listed below
Once again, the 2012 AMA Supercross Championship was missing many of its major riders, including JGRMX Yamaha’s James Stewart (out with wrist injury) and Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey (out following shoulder surgery).
This allowed this year’s AMA Supercross Champion, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto, to capture his ninth win at round 14 of 17. And Villopoto, who clinched the AMA SX title two weeks ago at Houston, was able to take the New Orleans win in dominating finish.
Before 33,392 fans at Mercedez-Benz Superdome, Villopoto grabbed the Nuclear Cowboyz holeshot and took a wire-to-wire win. Joining him on the New Orleans podium was Jeff Ward Racing Kawasaki’s Josh Grant and Team Honda Muscle Millk’s Justin Brayton.
Once Villopoto began opening a gap on the field, the battle quickly turned to the remaining podium positions. Grant got a great start and was quickly in second. MotoConcepts Suzuki’s Mike Alessi attempted to hunt Grant down, but crashed on lap 16 after hitting another rider. This gave third to Brayton, who held it to the checkered flag.
As for Grant, it was his best finish since winning the opening round of the 2009 AMA Supercross Championship; it was also the inaugural podium for the Jeff Ward Racing Team.
The New Orleans’ win was Villopoto’s fourth consecutive race-win.
Ryan Villopoto (Monster Energy Kawasaki KX450F Supercross) says: "The track was tough, so the bike was a big key. The track was breaking down and it had a lot of ruts, so it was easy to get caught off guard. You had to stay on toes and try to log consistent laps. I’m looking forward to returning home next week (in Seattle)."
In the Eastern Regional Supercross Lites Class, GEICO Honda’s Justin Barcia secured his second-consecutive title with a fourth-place finish. Taking his first win of his career was Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Darryn Durham.
As the gates dropped on the Eastern Regional Supercross Lites Class Main Event, Eleven10 Mods Honda’s Alex Martin, of Millville, Minn., captured the Nuclear Cowboyz Holeshot Award, with Barcia and Durham in tow. Prior to the conclusion of the opening lap, Durham made his way into second and proceeded to make what would be the winning pass on Lap 2 over Martin, Feld Motor Sports says..
JDR/J-Star KTM’s Malcolm Stewart, of Haines City, Fla., worked his way into second following a strong start and set his sights on Durham. Behind him, Barcia took advantage of his healthy points lead and settled into podium position, needing only to finish fourth or better.
On Lap 6, Stewart crashed out of second, allowing a three-way battle for the position to ensue between Barcia, Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen, of Murrieta, Calif., and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett, of Grand Terrace, Calif. Baggett prevailed in this battle and after Durham bobbled heading into a triple jump on Lap 9, it became a duel between the teammates, Feld Motor Sports says.
Baggett moved inside Durham several times in an attempt to make a pass during the closing laps but wasn’t able to secure the position and settled for second. It marked the first win of the season for Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki in the Eastern Regional Supercross Lites Class, capped off by a 1-2 effort, Feld Motor Sports says.
Darryn Durham (Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki KX250F Supercross) says: "This is at the top of the list (of accomplishments). I’m speechless. It was a great race and I couldn’t have done it without my team. I’m super excited, but just don’t know what to say. I had a rough practice and heat race, but got great start. I think I led all the laps, but I don’t even know."
Barcia settled into fourth, his first finish off the podium this season, to guarantee back-to-back championships, while his teammate Justin Bogle made a late charge to the front to tie his career-best finish in third, Feld Motor Sports says.
Justin Barcia (GEICO Honda CRF250R Supercross) says: "Tonight is mind blowing. To win two championships feels amazing. It was a tough season at times, but it took a lot of hard work and dedication to get here. I couldn’t have done it without everyone on my team. This is an awesome feeling."
The 2012 Monster Energy Supercross Championship heads to CenturyLink Field in Seattle next week for Round 15 of 17.
2012 AMA Supercross Class: New Orleans:
- Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki
- Josh Grant, Corona, Calif., Kawasaki
- Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., Honda
- Brett Metcalfe, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Suzuki
- Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda
- Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha
- Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Yamaha
- Kyle Chisholm, Valrico, Fla., Kawasaki
- Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda
- Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Kawasaki
2012 AMA Supercross Class Season Standings (after round 14 od 17):
- Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki – 321
- Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha – 206
- Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., Honda – 201
- Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM – 192
- James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha – 178
- Brett Metcalfe, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Suzuki – 172
- Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki – 171
- Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda – 166
- Mike Alessi, Hilliard, Fla., Suzuki – 162
- Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Kawasaki – 133
2012 Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Results:
- Darryn Durham, Butler, Pa., Kawasaki
- Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki
- Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda
- Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda
- Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM
- Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Yamaha
- Jake Canada, Sun City, Calif., Honda
- Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Kawasaki
- Austin Politelli, Sun City, Calif., Honda
- Philip Nicoletti, Cochecton, N.Y., Honda
2012 Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Season Standings:
- Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda – 185
- Darryn Durham, Butler, Pa., Kawasaki – 143
- Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM – 143
- Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Suzuki – 142
- Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki – 128
- Jake Canada, Sun City, Calif., Honda – 118
- Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda – 107
- Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Yamaha – 70
- Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda – 67
- Matthew Lemoine, Collinsville, Texas, Kawasaki – 66