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AMA Supercross 2013 Schedule OUT RIGHT HERE!!

By cpFTR9 on June 06, 2012 3:53 PM

Feld Motor Sports has announced the 2013 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, schedule. Mostly unchanged from 2012, the championship will once again feature a 17-race season in 10 different states and Canada.

After a four-year hiatus, the series will again visit the Metrodome in Minneapolis, home state to 2010 series champion, Ryan Dungey. The New Orleans round has been dropped from the schedule.

"After reaching milestones in 2012, with sellouts at the two races at Angel Stadium and the Georgia Dome, Monster Energy Supercross also posted record numbers at the Edward Jones Dome," said Charlie Mancuso, President of Feld Motor Sports.

The Metrodome addition means New Orleans fans will once again be without a supercross. After a one-year break, the New Orleans SuperDome got back on the schedule in 2012 but once again disappears in 2013.

For the 22nd time in four decades of competition, Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Calif., will serve as the site of the opening race of the 2013 season. Anaheim will be host for two of the 17 races, on Jan. 5 and Feb. 2, signifying the first and fifth stops, respectively.

Ryan Villopoto, who won the 2012 title four races early, is expected to make his return to racing on Jan. 5, 2013. The Monster Energy Kawasaki rider suffered a knee injury in Seattle that took him out of the remainder of the supercross season and the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship, where he is also the defending champion.

In 2013, Villopoto will attempt to become the fourth rider in supercross history to win three consecutive titles. Dungey, who gave KTM its first Supercross Class main event win in 2012 will also be back in 2013.

The series also hopes to see the return of its other injured riders, former champions James Stewart and Chad Reed, and former SX Lites champions Trey Canard and Kevin Windham. Two-time Lites class champion, Justin Barcia, is expected to make his debut in the premier Supercross Class division.

2013 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Schedule

Date

Venue

City

Jan. 5

Angel Stadium

Anaheim, Calif.

Jan. 12

Chase Field

Phoenix

Jan. 19

Dodger Stadium

Los Angeles

Jan. 26

O.Co Coliseum

Oakland, Calif.

Feb. 2

Angel Stadium

Anaheim, Calif.

Feb. 9

Qualcomm Stadium

San Diego

Feb. 16

Cowboys Stadium

Arlington, Texas

Feb. 23

Georgia Dome

Atlanta

March 2

Edward Jones Dome

St. Louis

March 9

Daytona International Speedway

Daytona Beach, Fla.

March 16

Lucas Oil Stadium

Indianapolis

March 23

Rogers Centre

Toronto

April 6

Reliant Stadium

Houston

April 13

Metrodome

Minneapolis

April 20

CenturyLink Field

Seattle

April 27

Rice-Eccles Stadium

Salt Lake City

May 4

Sam Boyd Stadium

Las Vegas

 

Source: Espn.go.com

Stewart joins Yoshimura Suzuki

By FTR on May 09, 2012 4:41 PM

By BJ Smith | ESPN.com


JS7.com/Red Bull

James Stewart has signed with Yoshimura Suzuki, his fourth different team in five years.

 

Less than 24 hours after being released from his contract with Joe Gibbs Racing Motocross, five-time AMA Supercross/Motocross champion, James Stewart Jr. has signed a multi-year contract with Yoshimura Suzuki Racing.

Stewart will compete in both motocross and supercross championships aboard the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450, beginning with the first round of the 2012 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship in Sacramento, Calif. on May 19.

When Stewart signed his three-year deal with JGRMX in October 2011, he told ESPN.com in an interview that he tested all five brands and said, "To be honest, I gel with the Suzuki guys really well." Now, just over six months after nearly originally signing with yellow, Stewart has joined his fourth different team in five years.

Late last night on his website, James issued a personal note to "publicly thank everyone affiliated with Joe Gibbs Racing and with Yamaha for everything we've done together this year." Stewart went on to say that "it has been a rough year and it's obvious that this is not the outcome any of us saw coming. But in the end, we believe this is what's best for all of us. There have been a lot of rumors and talk about our relationship, but there's really not a lot of truth in them. Let me also take this chance to be clear. My focus is on racing and fighting for wins. It always has been."

In a press release issued by Yoshimura Suzuki, Stewart said, "I'm really looking forward to joining the team. It's been a pleasure to get to test with these guys and meet the team. I'm very excited -- I love the bike. Ever since I rode it from day one, I knew it was a great opportunity for me to come out and showcase my talent."
 

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GEICO Honda Dominates Vegas Supercross

By cpFTR9 on May 08, 2012 5:14 PM

GEICO Honda Dominates Vegas Supercross

Rob Geiger for Ultimatemotorcycling.com
05/08/2012

 

2012 AMA Supercross Finale

The most successful Supercross season in the history of the GEICO Honda race team climaxed with a spectacular Saturday night at Sam Boyd Stadium that featured newly-crowned champions Justin Barcia and Eli Tomac earning big victories in their respective divisions before going 1-2 in the East/West Shootout.

Barcia's star shined brightest as he dominated the Lites East race from start to finish aboard his 250CRF, taking the holeshot and holding off all his rivals during the 15-lap main event. An hour later, he just about did the same thing in the Shootout, with his most furious competition coming from Tomac. The two finished in first and second.

Barcia racked up seven victories in 10 races during the 2012 AMA Supercross Lites season.

Justin Barcia (GEICO Honda CRF250R Supercross) says: "What an awesome night all the way around. There's no better way to finish my 250 Supercross career than with a double win.

"The main was a pretty good race for me. I wanted to get out front and stay there and I was able to do that. I had one little bobble in the triples, which were huge, and I accidentally put it in neutral. That cost me a little time but luckily I had enough cushion to stay up front.

"It was fun racing Eli in the Shootout. Once we both got around (Martin Davalos) it was just a battle. At one point I cross-rutted and thought I was in trouble but it turns out the same thing happened to him right behind me. He pushed me the whole way. We both wanted the win, but in the end making sure we were 1-2 was the best-case scenario."

Tomac was superb in the final Lites West race of the season, taking the holeshot and fashioning a solid ride for all 15 laps. The victory was his fifth of the season and was accented by teammate Wil Hahn joining him on the podium. Hahn finished third, his best result of his injury-shortened season.

Tomac rode hard in the Shootout as well, keeping Barcia honest for all 10 laps.

Eli Tomac (GEICO Honda CRF250R Supercross) says: "The course was pretty technical and you really had no place to relax. Everyone was riding all-out with nothing to lose and I knew I couldn't let up. The dirt was really good and grippy and I was able to keep it pinned all the way around the outside portion. That helped me stay up front.

"The Shootout was intense. Being only 10 laps it was a sprint the whole way. I stayed on Justin's rear wheel the best I could. We were both going for it. That was fun. Hopefully we'll have some more races with each other when the outdoor season starts."

Hahn was only a tick behind his more decorated teammates all night. After finishing third in the Lites West final he rode to a respectable fifth-pace result in the Shootout, an all-star race featuring the 10 best riders from both the East and the West divisions.

Wil Hahn (GEICO Honda CRF250R Supercross says: "It was a tough season sitting out as many races as I did with my injury so to come out here and finally get on the podium tonight was really special. It made all the rehab work worthwhile. Riding so strong over the past few races has me excited about outdoors. I think it's going to be another big deal for the GEICO Honda team.

"I love the guys in this pit. It was awesome to see Justin and Eli win tonight and run 1-2 in the Shootout. I could see them up ahead of me at different points but I couldn't close the gap. I'm still really pumped about finishing fifth there. It was a great night for all of us."

After a 11th-place result in the Lites East race, rookie Justin Bogle needed a last-gasp, second-place finish in the LCQ to qualify for the Shootout, where he finished 13th.

Justin Bogle (GEICO Honda CRF250R Supercross) says: "I didn't have the best start in the final or the Shootout and when the field stretched out it was hard to find space to pass. My best ride was in the LCQ and I was pumped to earn a spot in the Shootout.

"I learned a lot this season and although I wanted more when I started, I'm pretty happy to be healthy on the other end. It's going to be great next year to come into all these different tracks and know what to expect."

GEICO Honda Supercross pro Kevin Windham tried to participate in Saturday's race but only made it through a few laps before deciding to pull out. Windham is still recovering from a mishap at the Houston race.

Source: Ultimatemotorcycling.com

Las Vegas Supercross | Results Spoiler Alert

By cpFTR9 on May 07, 2012 3:22 PM

Las Vegas Supercross | Results

Tom Wera  For Ultimatemotorcycling.com
05/06/2012

2012 AMA Supercross

Spoiler Alert: 2012 AMA Supercross results from Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, listed below

The 2012 AMA Supercross Championship concluded Saturday evening at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas.

And before a sold-out crowd of 39,500 spectators, Red Bull KTM's Ryan Dungey took his fourth win of 2012. When the 20-lap event was complete, the SX-F 450 rider would take the win by over eight seconds ahead of JGRMX/Toyota Yamaha's Davi Millsaps and Team Honda Muscle Milk's Justin Brayton.

Taking the Nuclear Cowboyz Holeshot was MotoConcept Suzuki's Mike Alessi, who was followed closely by Dungey. But on the third corner, Dungey made an inside pass on Alessi for the lead, and went on to lead the rest of the race. At one point, Dungey had a 15-second lead over the field.

Behind, Yoshimura Suzuki's Brett Metcalfe took second from Alessi. And on lap three, Monster Energy Kawasaki's Jake Weimer also made a pass on Alessi for third. Weimer than passed Alessi on the sixth lap, and got into second. Meanwhile Millsaps charged through the field, getting into second on the 10th lap. He remained there to finish second. Brayton also charged through the field to take the final podium position.

As for Dungey, who won last week's round in Salt Lake City, his team reports he's 100-percent fit now following his recent shoulder surgery.

Ryan Dungey (Red Bull KTM SX-F 450) says: "It feels great to end the season with two wins. This was a tough season for me. I am glad to end it on a positive note. I am so happy to be a part of the Red Bull/KTM Team and am grateful for all their support. We are turning our focus to outdoors now with a goal of winning the championship."

Dungey will now return to California where he will train for outdoors over the next two weeks before heading to Sacramento, Calif., for the opening round of the AMA Motocross Series on May 19, 2012.

After leading wire-to-wire, GEICO Honda's Justin Barcia won the final stop of the Eastern Regional Supercross Lites Class Championship. Barcia's teammate Eli Tomac also led all 15 laps of the Western Regional Supercross Lites Class Main Event, winning his fifth race of the season, Feld Motor Sports reports.

Barcia capped off his championship-winning Eastern Regional Supercross Lites Class season by winning the Nuclear Cowboyz Holeshot Award before leading all 15 laps of the Main Event en route to his sixth victory of the season. Barcia clinched the championship earlier this year at the New Orleans stop.

Behind Barcia, Red Bull KTM's Ken Roczen assumed the second-place position with Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Blake Baggett in tow, where they would finish.

Feld Motor Sports says following Barcia's win, he made the announcement that he will ride for the Team Honda Muscle Milk squad next year, and the first time he will race for the new team will be at the Monster Energy Cup at Sam Boyd Stadium on Oct. 20.

Justin Barcia (GEICO Honda CRF250R Supercross) says: "This is a dream come true, and I am looking forward to racing for Team Honda Muscle Milk. I am happy to close out the season with a win; the track was difficult for me out there, but I was able to keep it together."

Tomac opened the Western Regional Supercross Lites Class Main Event by placing his GEICO Honda across the Nuclear Cowboyz Holeshot line with Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki's Martin Davalos and his teammate Jason Anderson following in second and third, respectively, Feld Motor Sports says.

On Lap 3, Anderson moved into third place, passing Davalos, but moments later made a mistake that allowed Davalos to take back second place and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Dean Wilson to move into third. Wilson passed Davalos on Lap 5 to take over the number-two position. GIECO Honda's Wil Hahn moved around Davalos on Lap 11. Wilson finished second and Hahn finished third.

Eli Tomac (GEICO Honda CRF250R Supercross) says: "This shows that GEICO Honda has done a great job this year with us winning both Supercross Lites Class titles and Wil [Hahn] finishing third tonight."

The dominant performance by the GEICO Honda team set the stage for the 10 lap Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Shootout. Once again, Barcia won the Nuclear Cowboyz Holeshot Award, and he was trailed by Davalos and Tomac.

On Lap 3 Davalos took advantage of a mistake by Barcia to move into the lead. Two laps later, both Barcia and Tomac moved around Davalos. Barcia was able to hold off the hard charging Tomac for the win. Tomac finished second and Davalos was third.

Team Honda Muscle Milk's Justin Brayton won the second annual Brett Michaels Rock Hard-Ride Hard Award and received a $10,000 bonus.

2012 AMA Supercross Class Results: Las Vegas

  1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM
  2. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha
  3. Justin Brayton, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Honda
  4. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki
  5. Joshua Grant, Corona, Calif., Kawasaki
  6. Nico Izzi, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha
  7. Mike Alessi, Hilliard, Fla., Suzuki
  8. Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Yamaha
  9. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda
  10. Nick Wey, DeWitt, Mich., Kawasaki

 

2012 AMA Supercross Final Season Standings

  1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 323
  2. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha, 266
  3. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 257
  4. Justin Brayton, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Honda, 257
  5. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki, 229
  6. Mike Alessi, Hilliard, Fla., Suzuki, 206
  7. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha, 178
  8. Brett Metcalfe, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Suzuki, 177
  9. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Kawasaki, 171
  10. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda, 166

 

2012 AMA Western Regional Supercross Lites Class Results: Las Vegas

  1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda
  2. Dean Wilson, Menifee, Calif., Kawasaki
  3. Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda
  4. Martin Davalos, Cairo, Georgia, Suzuki
  5. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Suzuki
  6. Marvin Musquin, Murrieta, Calif., KTM
  7. Matt Moss, Murrieta, Calif., KTM
  8. Ryan Sipes, Ekron, Ky., Yamaha
  9. Scott Champion, Sun City, Calif., Honda
  10. Landen Powell, South Jordan, UT, Honda

 

2012 AMA Western Regional Supercross Lites Class Season Standings

  1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda, 184
  2. Dean Wilson, Menifee, Calif., Kawasaki, 154
  3. Marvin Musquin, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 142
  4. Cole Seely, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 119
  5. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Suzuki, 111
  6. Matt Moss, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 106
  7. Ryan Sipes, Ekron, Ky., Yamaha, 96
  8. Martin Davalos, Cairo, Georgia, Suzuki, 89
  9. Billy Laninovich, Riverside, Calif., Honda, 85
  10. Nico Izzi, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha, 78

 

2012 AMA Eastern Regional Supercross Lites Class Results: Las Vegas

  1. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda
  2. Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM 
  3. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki 
  4. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., KTM
  5. Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Suzuki
  6. Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Yamaha 
  7. Hunter Hewitt, Corona, Calif., Suzuki
  8. Jake Canada, Sun City, Calif., Honda
  9. Matthew Lemoine, Collinsville, Texas, Kawasaki
  10. Kyle Peters, Greensboro, NC, Yamaha

 

2012 AMA Eastern Regional Supercross Lites Class Season Standings

  1. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda - 210
  2. Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM - 165
  3. Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Suzuki - 158
  4. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki - 148
  5. Darryn Durham, Butler, Pa., Kawasaki - 143
  6. Jake Canada, Sun City, Calif., Honda - 131
  7. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda - 117
  8. Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Yamaha - 85
  9. Matthew Lemoine, Collinsville, Texas, Kawasaki - 78
  10. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda - 77

 

2012 AMA Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Shootout

  1. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda
  2. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda
  3. Martin Davalos, Cairo, Georgia, Suzuki
  4. Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM
  5. Marvin Musquin, Murrieta, Calif., KTM
  6. Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda
  7. Ryan Sipes, Ekron, Ky., Yamaha
  8. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., KTM
  9. Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Suzuki
  10. Matt Moss, Murrieta, Calif., KTM

Source: Ultimatemotorcycling.com

2012 Supercross Salt Lake City Results

By FTR on April 30, 2012 5:50 PM

 

Monster Energy AMA Supercross Lites overall season standings

Rank Name Score
1 Eli Tomac 159
2 Dean Wilson 132
3 Marvin Musquin 127
4 Cole Seely 119
5 Jason Anderson 95
6 Matt Moss 92
7 Billy Laninovich 84
8 Ryan Sipes 83
9 Nico Izzi 78
10 Travis Baker 75

Dungey wins AMA Salt Lake City

By FTR on April 30, 2012 5:41 PM


Ryan Dungey was back on top of the podium at the AMA Supercross in Salt Lake City, Utah.


SALT LAKE CITY -- Ryan Dungey raced to his third victory of the AMA Supercross season Saturday night, and Eli Tomac won for the fourth time to wrap up his first Western Regional Supercross Lites season title.

Dungey, the KTM rider from Belle Plaine, Minn., returned to action last week in Seattle after missing five races because of a broken collarbone.

Ryan Villopoto has already clinched the season title. A nine-time winner this year, he missed the race after injuring his left knee in a first-lap crash in Seattle.

Dungey, knocked to the ground after contact with Jake Weimer on the eighth lap, rallied to take the lead from Davi Millsaps with two laps left in front of 40,548 fans at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Millsaps finished second, and Weimer was third, and Justin Brayton fourth.

"It was great racing out there tonight, and I really dug deep," Dungey said. "I didn't see (the pass) coming and that was my fault. My front wheel got a barrier in the corner and I went down. My focus was to run him down, and I did. I had a tough part of the middle of the season, and I knew I had the speed tonight. I just needed to be patient."

Steve CoxEli Tomac won the Western Regional Supercross Lites class.


Tomac, the Honda star from Cortez, Colo., held off Jason Anderson.

"It was huge to close out the night with a race win and a championship," Tomac said. "That was some good racing out there. Off the gate I got bumped around and was able to slowly pick guys off and try to pace. I did my best not to do anything stupid. That was the best way to do it."

The season finale is next week in Las Vegas.

Seattle Supercross Results 2012

By cpFTR9 on April 23, 2012 8:28 PM

Seattle Supercross Results 2012

By Byron Wilson for Motorcycle-usa.com

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Honda’s Andrew Short scored the first top finish of his career in the premier class in Seattle. Powerhouse Ryan Villopoto of Monster Energy Kawasaki went down early in the race and didn’t return, leaving the front spot wide open for the first time in months. Short was able to grab the Nuclear Cowboyz holeshot and retained the lead for the entire race. It was the first Supercross victory of his veteran career.

“It doesn’t feel real,” exclaimed Short. “My team has been through some challenges, but we stuck together. There are so many people who have helped me in 11 years of doing this. I’m getting old. I didn’t believe (I could win) too much until the end and I think that’s been one of my problems in the past. All I wanted to do was be out here and to win is unreal.”

Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen, up from the Lites class, took a hard-earned second place on his borrowed 350 SX-F, only two seconds behind the Honda at the checkers. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer secured third after working his way forward. It was nearly a catastrophic evening for his teammate Ryan Villopoto. Despite having the title wrapped up, RV crashed and looked to have seriously injured his leg. Preliminary reports indicate that it's not as serious as feared. Hopefully the Kawasaki rider will be back in action in Salt Lake City.

“Ryan didn’t get such a good start,” said Reid Nordin, Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Manager. “He was charging through the pack and lost the front end and ended up getting a handle bar to the gut, which knocked the wind out of him, and he got a stinger when the foot peg came down on him. He’s really bummed out and upset with himself with what happened. He really wanted to do well for the fans here.”

Muscle Milk Honda’s Justin Brayton looked like the fastest rider on the track at times, gainin steam in the final half of the race. His efforts netted fourth as he outpaced JGR Yamaha’s Davi Millsaps. Both riders scored some much needed points as they contend for second overall on the season. Millsaps has a three-point advantage over the Honda pilot. Returning rider Ryan Dungey is fourth in the championship despite missing the middle of the season. He scored sixth in Seattle following a small crash on Lap 8 aboard his Red Bull KTM. MotoConcepts Suzuki rider Mike Alessi coughed up several positions and slipped across the finish line in seventh.
 
New Orleans second place finisher Josh Grant of Jeff Ward Racing Kawasaki had a difficult race this week with a DNF after 16 laps. Points contender Brett Metcalfe  also suffered a difficult race, going down early on his factory Suzuki and remaining on the sidelines. 

2012 Seattle Supercross Results:
1. Andrew Short (Honda)
2. Ken Roczen (KTM)
3. Jake Weimer (Kawasaki)
4. Justin Brayton (Honda)
5. David Millsaps (Yamaha)
6. Ryan Dungey (KTM)

7. Mike Alessi (Suzuki)
8. Broc Tickle (Kawasaki)
9. Weston Peick (Yamaha)
10. Nicholas Wey (Kawasaki)
11. Kyle Chisholm (Kawasaki)
12. Robert Kiniry (Yamaha)
13. Justin Sipes (Kawasaki)
14. Chris Blose (Kawasaki)
15. Matthew Goerke (Suzuki)

2012 AMA Supercross Championship Standings:
1. Ryan Villopoto, 323
2. Davi Millsaps, 222
3. Justin Brayton, 219
4. Ryan Dungey, 207
5. Jake Weimer, 191
6. James Stewart, 178
7. Mike Alessi, 176
8. Brett Metcalfe, 173
9. Kevin Windham, 166
10. Broc Tickle, 146

2012 Seattle Supercross Lites West Results:

1. Ryan Sipes (Yamaha)

 

2. Marvin Musquin (KTM)

 

3. Eli Tomac (Honda)

 

4. Cole Seely (Honda)

 

5. Will Hahn (Honda)

 

6. Jason Anderson (Suzuki)

 

7. Dean Wilson (Kawasaki)

 

8. Billy Laninovich (Honda)

 

9. Travis Baker (Honda)

 

10. Vince Friese (Honda)

 

11. Scott Champion (Honda)

 

12. Kyle Beaton (Kawasaki)

 

13. Killy Rusk (Honda)

 

14. Martin Davalos (Suzuki)

 

15. Topher Ingalls (Honda)



2012 AMA Supercross Lites West Championship Standings:

1. Eli Tomac, 134

 

2. Dean Wilson, 130

 

3. Cole Seely, 119

 

4. Marvin Musquin, 111

 

5. Ryan Sipes, 78

 

6. Nico Izzi, 78

 

7. Matt Moss, 77

 

8. Travis Baker, 75

 

9. Jason Anderson, 73

 

10. Billy Laninovich, 70

Source: motorcycle-usa.com

Seattle Supercross Preview 2012

By cpFTR9 on April 19, 2012 3:33 PM

Seattle Supercross Preview 2012

By cpFTR9

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

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Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto captured one of his nine wins this season after ripping the field in New Orleans, and now he turns his rampant campaign to his home state of Washington as AMA Monster Energy Supercross next stop is Seattle’s CenturyLink Field. The 15th stop of this 2012 season also brings Villopoto back to where he won the first SX race of his career in 2009. He hasn’t looked back since; Villopoto has become the first rider in history to clinch the championship with four races remaining. Apart from annihilating other records under his Kawasaki KX450F, the only relevant question left unanswered is “who will take second on the podium?”

In New Orleans, Jeff Ward Racing Kawasaki’s Josh Grant came out of certain standings/points obscurity to finish second, taking a good start out of the gate to secure second position and not relinquish it for the entire race. New Orleans was Grant’s best finish since his win in the 2009 Anaheim 1 opener and it’s the first podium for the new Jeff Ward Racing team. Regardless of anomalies though, the points battle for second in the championship remains between JGRMX Yamaha rider Davi Millsaps and Muscle Milk Honda’s Justin Brayton. Millsaps' teammate, James Stewart, is out with a reported broken hand, no word on his return as of yet.

Davi Millsaps declined a bit in New Orleans, placing sixth and allowing his Honda rival to pull within five points of second in the championship standings. Brayton lucked out when MotoConcepts Suzuki’s Mike Alessi made contact in with a lapped rider near the end of the New Orleans race and wrecked. This put Brayton in third and he was able to hold the spot comfortably, finishing better than six seconds ahead of Yoshimura Suzuki rider Brett Metcalfe.

The factory Suzuki pilot is in position to be a contender for a championship podium finish in the series if he can out ride Millsaps and Brayton in Seattle. If Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Jake Weimer can avoid jumping off the track, he will also be one to watch, only one point shy of Metcalfe’s sixth-place standing.

Brayton showed his skill at coming back from a lackluster start in New Orleans, as well as L&M Honda rider Andrew Short. Alessi also proved he’s not to be counted out last round and could unsettle the contentious battle between Millsaps and Brayton if he can figure out how to keep it all together for an entire race. With so many top riders out with injuries, and so many others showing heart in the final rounds of the 2012 season, it’s anyone’s contest in Seattle.


The races will broadcast live on SPEED starting at 7:30 p.m. PST.

 

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AMA Supercross New Orleans Results 2012

By cpFTR9 on April 16, 2012 12:51 PM

New Orleans Supercross Results 2012

JC Hilderbrand

Off-Road Editor  Source: Motorcycle-usa.com

 

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto claimed the championship in Houston and then took a week off during the Easter break, but the KX450F rider showed no signs of slowing down as the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship Series resumed in New Orleans. The champ collected another victory, easily outpacing his competitors in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. He was joined on the podium by Jeff Ward Racing Kawasaki rider Josh Grant, who made his first appearance on the box, and Muscle Milk Honda’s Justin Brayton.

“The track was tough, so the bike was a big key,” said Villopoto. “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.”

Villopoto jumped off the gate and raced to another holeshot. In typical fashion, he roosted away to a comfortable margin and then cruised easily through the 20-lap main. Grant also gated well which allowed him to run in second for the e ntire race. This is the first time the Jeff Ward Racing program has scored a podium finish in its inaugural year of racing. Grant’s history of bad luck has followed him into the 2012 season but New Orleans was a return to form for the former Supercross race winner.

Mike Alessi has been riding well lately and his MotoConcepts Suzuki circled in third for 15 laps. Unfortunately he tangled with a lapped rider, crashed and was unable to start his RM-Z450. He eventually finished 13th. It’s a disappointing result for the Californian rider who has been struggling in vain all season to hoist a trophy. Brayton happily took advantage of the mistake and moved his CRF450R into third, holding on through the checkers.

Australian import Brett Metcalfe was the highest-placing Suzuki in fourth. The factory pilot is another who has been fighting valiantly all season and is starting to show up more often in the top-five with James Stewart, Ryan Dungey, Trey Canard, Kevin Windham and Chad Reed all on the sidelines. Andrew Short scored fifth in the Superdome. This was his first race back from injury and the Honda rider came though big time for the Supercross.com team.

2012 New Orleans Supercross Results:
1. Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki)
2. Josh Grant (Kawasaki)
3. Justin Brayton (Honda)
4. Brett Metcalfe (Suzuki)
5. Andrew Short (Honda)
6. Davi Millsaps (Yamaha)
7. Weston Peick (Yamaha)
8. Kyle Chisholm (Kawasaki)
9. Wil Hahn (Honda)
10. Broc Tickle (Kawasaki)
11. Nick Wey (Kawasaki)
12. Jimmy Albertson (Suzuki)
13. Mike Alessi (Suzuki)

14. Justin Sipes (Kawasaki)
15. Gavin Faith (Honda)

2012 AMA Supercross Championship Points:
1. Ryan Villopoto, 321
2. Davi Millsaps, 206
3. Justin Brayton, 201
4. Ryan Dungey, 192
5. James Stewart, 178
6. Brett Metcalfe, 172
7. Jake Weimer, 171
8. Kevin Windham, 166
9. Mike Alessi, 162
10. Broc Tickle, 133

 

Source: motorcycle-usa.com

New Orleans Supercross Lites Results 2012

By cpFTR9 on April 15, 2012 2:05 PM

 

New Orleans Supercross Lites Results 2012

JC Hilderbrand  For motorcycle-usa.com

Off-Road Editor

 

Darryn Durham finally made good on his end of the bargain with Monster Pro Circuit Kawasaki owner Mitch Payton. The likable rider was drafted onto the powerhouse team and given one of the coveted KX250F race bikes for 2012, but until now his results have been below expectations despite flashes of speed. Durham secured is first career Supercross Lites victory in front of more than 33,000 fans, and he was joined by teammate Blake Baggett in second. Geico Honda pilot Justin Bogle was third with teammate Justin Barcia taking fourth and earning the Eastern Region Supercross Lites title for the second year in a row.

“This is at the top of the list,” said Durham. “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.”

The Nuclear Cowboyz Holeshot Award went to Eleven10 Mods Honda rider Alex Martin. The Minnesota rider slipped into the lead straight out of the gate with heat race-winner Barcia in second and Durham in third. Durham moved past both Hondas and took the lead on Lap 2. The Kawasaki rider never relinquished his position for the rest of the 15-lap event. Martin had troubles on Lap 3 when he slipped to sixth, and he continued dropping back in the pack, eventually DNFing.

Malcolm Stewart had a turn in second place aboard his JDR J-Star KTM before crashing out of the race on Lap 5. Barcia was riding consistently with more focus on wrapping up his second consecutive SX Lites title rather than winning the race. Bam Bam allowed Baggett and Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen to pass before settling into a safe rhythm. Bogle, who was in seventh until Lap 4, surged toward the front and nipped the German on Lap 9. The move put the CRF rider on the podium in his rookie season. Meanwhile, Barcia’s efforts paid off, missing the trophy celebration in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, but securing another championship for the Geico Honda team.

“Tonight is mind blowing,” said Barcia. “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.”

With the title secure in the Geico camp, the battle raged for second place in the championship. Durham’s win put him into a tie with Roczen at 143 points apiece, and it also helps give him the nod in the tie-bre aker. Coming into the Big Easy Blake Wharton was sitting in second overall, but a dismal race (14th) on his Rockstar Energy Yoshimura Suzuki leaves him with 142 points and a bitter taste in his mouth as the season heads back to the West Coast. The Texan will carry the sting of dropping two positions at the very end until the East/West shootout in Las Vegas.

2012 New Orleans Supercross Lites Results:
1. Darryn Durham (Kawasaki)
2. Blake Baggett (Kawasaki)
3. Justin Bogle (Honda)
4. Justin Barcia (Honda)
5. Ken Roczen (KTM)
6. Kyle Cunningham (Yamaha)
7. Jake Canada (Honda)

8. Tyler Bowers (Kawasaki)
9. Austin Politelli (Honda)
10. Phil Nicoletti (Honda)
11. Shawn Rife (Honda)
12. Matt Lemoine (Kawasaki)
13. Zachery Freeberg (Honda)
14. Blake Wharton (Suzuki)
15. Tommy Weeck (Honda)

2012 AMA East Supercross Lites Championship Points:
1. Justin Barcia, 185
2. Darryn Durham, 143
3. Ken Roczen, 143
4. Blake Wharton, 142
5. Blake Baggett, 128
6. Jake Canada, 118
7. Justin Bogle, 107
8. Kyle Cunningham, 70
9. Alex Martin, 67
10. Matt Lemoine, 66

Source: Motorcycle-usa.com

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