Motorcycle Coach’s Viewpoint
Honestly, I was shocked when I first came to America to make my dream come true. You ask why? Well, the first time I commuted from the East Bay to San Francisco on a motorcycle, I was confronted with California’s laws and rules of the road.
Round 5 San Diego
Not since the ‘03 has Monster Energy AMA Supercross seen three different riders in four races earn victories in the premier AMA Supercross class. As Monster Energy Supercross heads into San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium tomorrow night several riders will look for the opportunity to join 2010 AMA Supercross class winners James Stewart, Ryan Dungey and Ryan Villopoto as the fifth stop of the championship unfolds in sunny Southern California.
Rockstar Makita Suzuki is busy practicing and preparing for Round 5 of the AMA Supercross series, which will take place at San Deigo’s Qualcomm Stadium on February 6, 2010. The team’s rookie racing sensation Ryan Dungey has had an amazing start to the 2010 season and is currently the points leader in the highly competitive class.
Dungey put together a great race effort in San Francisco, leading the first half of the main event and putting more than 9 seconds between him and the competition. His foot caught in a rut half way through the race, which ended in a get-off.
Monster Energy / Pro Circuit / Kawasaki is preparing for the penultimate round in California as the Western Region of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Lites Series heads to Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego this Saturday. Jake Weimer has been putting in laps on the practice track and is poised to step up on to the podium Saturday night.
Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer grabbed his fourth straight podium finishing runner-up at AT&T Park in San Francisco. After winning the first three races of the season, Weimer build a solid points cushion and with Saturday’s second place finish Weimer holds a 16 point lead in the championship standings.
Rain during the week meant the dirt inside the stadium was soft adding a level of difficulty to the track. Even though the weather on Saturday was clear, if a little chilly, there schedule was cut short giving Weimer only one timed practice session.
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto returned to the top step of the podium Saturday night at AT&T Park in San Francisco with his first win of 2010. After dominating his heat race, Villopoto took every advantage at his disposal to earn his third career supercross win.
Villopoto had been looking for a breakout race and San Francisco showed the 21-year-old was ready to battle for the title. After moving into second, Villopoto started to cut the gap to first. When the leader went down, Villopoto was able to take control of the race.
San Francisco took on boatloads of rain leading up to this weekend’s Round 4 of the AMA Supercross series. But just like last week at Anaheim, the track crew did a tremendous job giving the riders a great track to race on.
Series point leader and Supercross rookie phenomenon Ryan Dungey used his Yoshimura powered Suzuki to full advantage grabbing the holeshot in his heat race. But as he drifted wide heading into turn two, while Andrew Short on his Honda Racing Red Bull motorcycle, cut inside and passed into the lead.
Over 41,000 fans were present for only the eighth Supercross ever that was held last weekend at AT&T Park in San Francisco. The defending champions, Team San Manuel Yamaha, were down to single rider at round 4 of 17 for the AMA Supercross Championship. Josh Hill was left to ride the new reverse-slant cylinder 2010 YZ450F after teammate and defending Supercross champion James Stewart required surgery on a broken scaphoid in his right wrist.
Suzuki’s rookie ace Supercross class racer Ryan Dungey went into Round 4 of the series on Saturday night the points leader, and he leaves San Francisco’s AT&T Field still in the lead with 90 points. Dungey finished fourth in the Supercross main event, after leading the race for the first half.
With a shortened practice schedule due to rain that fell in San Francisco in the days leading up to the race, riders were given a total of 15 minutes of practice before the heat races. After timed practice, Dungey was in the second spot with a time of 53.337.
San Francisco will now always have significance for Ryan Villopoto. Because last night the Washington native took his first premiere class main event win of the 2010 Supercross season. Ryan Dungey, the Cinderella rookie and current points leader, had a fall and ruined his chance for another fairytale moment (following wins at Anaheim and Phoenix) ultimately finishing fourth.
Villopoto San Francisco Interview
Click video to see Ryan Villopoto’s exclusive interview with Ashley Phillips after round 4 of his exciting racing action at the 2010 Supercross in San Francisco. Ryan Villopoto made his ’09 debut in the 450 class after three championship years in Supercross Lites. As a rookie in the premier Superscross class during the 2009 season, Villopoto showed his ability to win.
San Francisco Race Summary
Click video to watch Jason Weigandt and Jim Holley provide a complete race wrap-up after an exciting evening of Supercross from San Francisco. Both Chad Reed and James Stewart are out with injuries for at least the next few weeks of racing action. The misfortunes of the Supercross favorites have provided an opportunity for many of the Supercross challengers.
Trey Canard proved his riding ability in 2008 by winning the Supercross Lites East championship in his rookie campaign. Saturday night in San Francisco, the 19-year-old Lites rider showed he could handle the action out west as well by winning his first race of the year at AT&T Park.
The victory extended an impressive streak for Canard’s GEICO Powersports Honda team, which has now placed a rider on the podium at all four races in the 2010 Monster Energy Series. As the season reaches the quarter mark, Canard is a solid second in the 250 West Standings.