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2013 Monster Energy AMA Supercross

The Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship heads to Angel Stadium. Anaheim, Calif., Saturday evening for the third and final time of 2013.

As the series throttles into the 60th running of AMA SX at Angel Stadium, Rockstar Energy Suzuki’s Davi Millsaps leads the 450 class. Millsaps has finished on the podium in three of four races, including his win at the Anaheim I season opener last month.

Millsaps leads Team Muscle Milk Honda’s Trey Canard by seven points, and is eight points ahead of the reigning AMA Supercross Champion, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto.

Villopoto is on a typical roar now, the two-time SX champ winning the last two rounds by large margins (Oakland, Anaheim II). All together, Villopoto has five wins at Angel stadium, and will be seeking his third straight of 2013 there Saturday evening.

Ryan Villopoto (Monster Energy Kawasaki KX-F450 Supercross) says: “The points race is what we are going after, and winning the holeshot gives you a great advantage. We made some changes to the bike today that I think really helped us out there tonight, so hats off to my team. It is a long season, and we are going to keep plugging away.”

As for Millsaps, his performance after four of 17 rounds gives him the points lead, which is the first time he was leading in his seven-year career.

Talking of last week’s Oakland round, where he finished second, Millsaps says: “It was a good ending to a day that started off not that great and I’m pretty excited about it. Pretty cool ride.

“First practice and second practice were not that great. Third practice was better but I was still uncomfortable and not feeling it. Even in the Heat Race I was struggling. To come out on the podium, I definitely got my confidence back up [to where it needs to be]. Next week is next week. I’m going to take this one step at a time.”

Taking third at last week’s Oakland round was Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey. There was a huge crash during turn two, which involved TwoTwo Motorsports Honda’s Chad Reed, Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart, Toyota/Yamaha/JGR’s Josh Grant, and Team Honda/Muscle Milk’s Justin Barcia. Stewart, Reed, and Grant rejoined the race, but Barcia was forced to withdraw.

In the Western Regional 250SX Class, Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen moved into the points lead after winning his first race of the season last weekend in Oakland. Before that, GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac won the opening three rounds.

Feld Motor Sports says at last Monster Energy Supercross race at Angel Stadium, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer opened the 450SX Class Main Event with the Nuclear Cowboyz® Holeshot Award with Team Honda Muscle Milk teammates Justin Barcia and Trey Canard in tow. After a sixth-place start, Villopoto began to charge through the field, eventually passing Canard on Lap 5 for the lead and rode to victory.

The first supercross race held in Anaheim was December 4, 1976, when Marty Smith won on a Honda. This weekend’s race will be the 60th time the gate will drop for a race in Anaheim in 38 years. James Stewart, Ricky Carmichael and Jeremy McGrath are tied on the all-time 450SX Class win list in Anaheim at eight. Ivan Tedesco holds the 250SX Class all-time win record in Anaheim with five wins, Feld Motor Sports says.

Angel Stadium AMA Supercross on TV

Anaheim III Supercross will air live on SPEED at 7:30 p.m. PDT Saturday, Feb. 2.

2013 Monster Energy AMA Supercross 450 Class Points (after four of 17 rounds):
1.     Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki – 85
2.     Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda – 78
3.     Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki – 77
4.     Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM – 68
5.     Chad Reed, Australia, Honda – 65
6.     Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda – 56
7.     Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki – 47
8.     Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C., Yamaha – 42
9.     Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda – 41
10.  Matt Goerke, Lake Helen, Fla., KTM – 39

2013 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Western Regional 250 Class Points:
1.     Ken Roczen, Germany, KTM – 91
2.     Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda – 80
3.     Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda – 76
4.     Zach Osborne, Chesterfield, S.C., Honda – 58
5.     Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Suzuki – 52
6.     Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Yamaha – 49
7.     Martin Davalos, Ecuador, Kawasaki – 48
8.     Christian Craig, Wildomar, Calif., Honda – 47
9.     Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., KTM – 45
10.  Tyla Rattray, South Africa, Kawasaki – 45

Past Winners at Anaheim Supercross:

450SX Class:

January 5, 2013                                     Davi Millsaps
January 19, 2013                                   Ryan Villopoto
February 4, 2012                                   Ryan Villopoto
January 7, 2012                                     Ryan Villopoto
February 5, 2011:                                  James Stewart
January 8, 2011:                                    Ryan Villopoto
February 13, 2010:                                 Ryan Villopoto
January 23, 2010:                                  Ryan Dungey
January 9, 2010:                                    James Stewart
February 7, 2009:                                  James Stewart
January 17, 2009:                                  James Stewart
January 3, 2009:                                    Josh Grant
February 2, 2008:                                  Chad Reed
January 19, 2008:                                  Chad Reed
January 5, 2008:                                    Chad Reed
February 3, 2007:                                  James Stewart
January 20, 2007:                                  James Stewart
January 6, 2007:                                    James Stewart
February 4, 2006:                                  Ricky Carmichael
January 21, 2006:                                  Ricky Carmichael
January 7, 2006:                                    James Stewart
February 5, 2005:                                  Ricky Carmichael
January 22, 2005:                                  Ricky Carmichael
January 8, 2005:                                    Kevin Windham
January 31, 2004:                                  Kevin Windham
January 17, 2004:                                  Chad Reed
January 3, 2004:                                    Chad Reed
February 1, 2003:                                  Ricky Carmichael
January 18, 2003:                                  Ricky Carmichael
January 4, 2003:                                    Chad Reed
February 2, 2002:                                  Ricky Carmichael
January 19, 2002:                                  Mike LaRocco
January 5, 2002:                                    David Vuillemin
February 3, 2001:                                  Ricky Carmichael
January 20, 2001:                                  Jeremy McGrath
January 6, 2001:                                    Jeremy McGrath
January 15, 2000:                                  Jeremy McGrath
January 8, 2000:                                    Jeremy McGrath
February 6, 1999:                                  Ezra Lusk
January 9, 1999:                                    Ezra Lusk
January 27, 1996:                                  Jeremy McGrath
January 28, 1995:                                  Jeremy McGrath
January 29, 1994:                                  Jeremy McGrath
January 23, 1993:                                  Jeremy McGrath
January 25, 1992:                                  Damon Bradshaw
January 26, 1991:                                  Jeff Stanton
January 27, 1990:                                  Damon Bradshaw
January 28, 1989:                                  Rick Johnson
January 31, 1987:                                  Jeff Ward
January 18, 1986:                                  David Bailey
February 2, 1985:                                  Broc Glover
January 28, 1984:                                  Johnny O’Mara
January 29, 1983:                                  David Bailey
January 30, 1982:                                  Donnie Hansen
January 31, 1981:                                  Kent Howerton
November 17, 1979                               Kent Howerton
November 11, 1978:                              Gaylon Mosier
November 12, 1977:                              Bob Hannah
December 4, 1976:                                Marty Smith

250SX Class

January 5, 2013                                     Eli Tomac
January 19, 2013                                   Eli Tomac
February 4, 2012:                                  Eli Tomac
January 7, 2012:                                    Cole Seely
February 5, 2011:                                  Joshua Hansen
January 8, 2011:                                    Joshua Hansen
February 13, 2010:                                 Trey Canard
January 23, 2010:                                  Jake Weimer
January 9, 2010:                                    Jake Weimer
February 7, 2009:                                  Jake Weimer
January 17, 2009:                                  Ryan Dungey
January 3, 2009:                                    Jake Weimer
February 2, 2008:                                  Jason Lawrence
January 19, 2008:                                  Ryan Dungey
January 5, 2008:                                    Ryan Dungey
February 3, 2007:                                  Ryan Villopoto
January 20, 2007:                                  Ryan Villopoto
January 6, 2007:                                    Ryan Villopoto
February 4, 2006:                                  Grant Langston
January 21, 2006:                                  Grant Langston
January 7, 2006:                                    Andrew Short
February 5, 2005:                                  Ivan Tedesco
January 22, 2005:                                  Ivan Tedesco
January 8, 2005:                                    Nathan Ramsey
January 31, 2004:                                  Ivan Tedesco
January 17, 2004:                                  Ivan Tedesco
January 3, 2004:                                    Ivan Tedesco
February 1, 2003:                                  James Stewart
January 18, 2003:                                  James Stewart
January 4, 2003:                                    Travis Preston
February 2, 2002:                                  Brock Sellards
January 19, 2002:                                  David Pingree
January 5, 2002:                                    Travis Preston
February 3, 2001:                                  Ernesto Fonseca
January 20, 2001:                                  Ernesto Fonseca
January 6, 2001:                                    Ernesto Fonseca
January 15, 2000:                                  Tallon Vohland
January 8, 2000:                                    David Pingree
February 6, 1999:                                  Nathan Ramsey
January 9, 1999:                                    Casey Johnson
January 27, 1996:                                  Kevin Windham
January 28, 1995:                                  Damon Huffman
January 29, 1994:                                  Damon Huffman
January 9, 1993:                                    Damon Huffman
January 25, 1992:                                  Jeremy McGrath
January 26, 1991:                                  Jeremy McGrath
January 27, 1990:                                  Michael Craig
January 28, 1989:                                  Jeff Matiasevich
January 31, 1987:                                  Jeff Matiasevich
January 18, 1986:                                  Tyson Vohland
February 2, 1985:                                  Mike Healy

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