Ryan Villopoto was unstoppable Saturday evening at the first of 17 rounds in the 2012 AMA Supercross Championship.
The Monster Energy Kawasaki rider took the holeshot, and wasn't touched for the entire main event in Angel Stadium, Anaheim, Calif.
On a night when seemingly everything was working against him, GEICO Honda rider Eli Tomac gutted out an impressive third-place finish in the Supercross West Lites main event at Angel Stadium.
During his Supercross debut on the Red Bull KTM SX-F 450 in Angel Stadium Saturday, Ryan Dungey earned the Austrian motorcycle manufacturer its first-ever U.S. SX podium.
The 2012 AMA Supercross Championship marks the second year that Chad Reed is competing with his self-owned team, Two-Two Motorsports Honda.
In the 2011 AMA Supercross/Motocross championships, Australian's Chad Reed began a new trek, competing with his self-owned team, Two-Two Motorsports Honda.
Financially, things were tight in 2011, but for 2012, Reed has full backing from American Honda, who provided the No. 22 rider with a CR-F 450 for the SX season.
With the first race of the season providing little taste of success, the riders in the GEICO Honda stable are ready for bigger things at the second stop of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross tour this Saturday at Chase Field.
The new Full Armor Skid Plates from Cycra Racing, which are used by top Motocross/Supercross teams such as Chad Reed's Two-Two Motorsports and the Factory Connection GEICO Honda team, bring together a contoured fit and superior protection that customers have come to expect from the premier plastic manufacturer in the motorcycle industry.
Two things were guaranteed at the 2012 AMA Supercross season-opener in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday evening - intense racing between grid that includes four past champions, and the Monster Energy girls.
Bad luck reared its head and bit GEICO Honda's Wil Hahn for the second consecutive year.
Following a 2011 beset by injury, Hahn will now miss three to six weeks of the 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Lites West season after fracturing his right hip during training on Wednesday at the Honda practice facility in Corona, Calif.
In the AMA Supercross Championship, winning the season opener provides a rider with much incentive for the upcoming season.
Incentive? Well, considering the winner of the season-opener went on to take that year's championship an incredible 18 times in the history of Supercross, winning the first race can easily instill confidence in a rider.
Spoiler Alert: 2012 AMA Supercross results from Chase Field, Phoenix, listed below:
Chase Field Phoenix, the second stop on the Monster Energy AMA Supercross tour, proved that 2012 is going to be a highly competitive year, challenging 2011's "Greatest Season Ever."
James "Bubba" Stewart followed up sixth at the 2012 AMA Supercross season opener (Anaheim I) with an eighth-place finish at Chase Field, Phoenix, Saturday evening.
This was after the Joe Gibbs Racing Yamaha pilot crashed while battling his way through the field towards the front. But Phoenix Supercross didn't start this way for Stewart.
GEICO Honda turned up a pair of fours on Saturday night at the Monster Energy AMA Supercross event at Chase Field.
Supercross rider Kevin Windham and Lites West rider Eli Tomac both barely missed finishing on the podium with each pulling home in fourth place. However, the path each rider got to the same finish was as different as night and day.
HJC, a maker of motorcycle helmets, has four pro racers in its 2012 sponsorship lineup, including the American Ben Spies (Yamaha Factory Racing) in MotoGP.