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Kevin Windham, Justin Barcia eager for Daytona

By cpFTR9 on March 06, 2012 6:04 PM

Kevin Windham won the Daytona Supercross when it was at its wickedest. He's eager for a little more Daytona magic on Saturday night at Daytona International.

"Daytona is as unique as it gets," the Geico Honda sponsored Windham said in a team release. "I've been fortunate enough to win there. It was a mud race and one of the toughest races of my life, but we got the 'W.' It's always one of the toughest races of your life. The track is nasty, it's ever changing and the laps are a lot longer than a regular Supercross race. It beats you up pretty bad."

Windham, fresh off of his second fourth-place finish of the season and is hoping the change up on Saturday will equate to his first podium of the season.

"We're at the halfway point of the season and this race is a big hurdle to get over," Windham said. "Hopefully, we'll sail smoothly through it. It's so important to keep the thing on two wheels at this race so that will be my focus."

Windham is fifth in the Supercross standings, five points behind the sidelined Chad Reed for fourth.

Justin Barcia, the championship leader in the Supercross Lites East series, is looking to bring his fourth consecutive victory home for GEICO Honda.

"The team is coming by my house in Florida to do some testing before the race, which will be big," Barcia said. "We're going to go to Daytona with the same determination we've had all year. The track is always tough there, but you get a special feeling when you are there. A lot of great guys have won there and I want to add my name to the list."

Barcia leads Red Bull KTM's Ken Roczen by 18 points.

The team's rookie Lites rider, Justin Bogle, is trying to bounce back from a late spill and fifth-place finish in St. Louis and get on the podium for the second time this season.

"The track's I train on at Trey Canard's place have a good layout with pretty good sandy sections," Bogle said. "That should be pretty good practice. I want to get back on that box. Getting there felt really good in Atlanta and St. Louis didn't feel so good."

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Villopoto and Dungey at the Top Again Round 9, St Louis

By FTR on March 04, 2012 4:26 AM

Congratulations Ryan's! 

Ryan Villopoto takes a swift first place while Dungey on his heels again takes the #2 podium spot.  Great race guys, I love the way this series is going!!! Such exciting racing.  I hate that Chad is out but we still have Stewart being crazy fast as usual.  Watch out for him!

Will posts stats in a bit....

St. Louis Preview AMA Supercross Monster Energy

By cpFTR9 on March 03, 2012 4:01 PM

March 2, 2012 Feld Motorsports

The second win of the 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, season for Red Bull KTM's Ryan Dungey has helped renew the longstanding rivalry between he and Monster Energy Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto, the reigning Monster Energy Supercross Champion. As the second half of the season kicks off this weekend from St. Louis' Edward Jones Dome, for the ninth race of the championship, the battle for the title has been renewed.

One week ago, inside Atlanta's Georgia Dome, Dungey fended off a late charge from his rival to help shrink his deficit in the Supercross Class standings to only 10 points behind Villopoto. It was Dungey's second triumphant effort of 2012, ending a six-week drought from his first win of the season in Phoenix, the second race on the schedule. The win also signified just the second ever victory for KTM in the premier division. The new relationship between Dungey and the Austrian manufacturer has proven to be a successful one, and based on Dungey's comments last Saturday night, it looks to get better.

Although he didn't walk away victorious, Villopoto was arguably the fastest man on the track once again last weekend, posting the quickest lap of the main event. A tricky track and a small tip over ultimately cost Villopoto a shot at his fourth consecutive win, but he still enters St. Louis in full control of the championship. The defending champion will once again carry the red number plate into action tomorrow night, looking for his fifth overall victory of the 2012 season.

"The track was tough last weekend and there weren't too many spots to make up time," said Villopoto. "Even though Chad (Reed) is out of the chase, that doesn't change my plan. We lost three points last weekend, so we need to just keep to our goal in St. Louis, which is trying to win races."

Villopoto's Monster Energy Kawasaki teammate Jake Weimer has tasted the podium twice this season and will be looking for more of that success from here on out. After finishing seventh in Atlanta, Weimer is looking forward to getting back up front in St. Louis, and potentially becoming the fourth player in this championship.

"I need to find a bit more speed," said Weimer. "Running for 20-laps is not the problem. I just need to get faster to run with the leaders every week. Being back in Florida during the week should help to change it up."

Team Honda Muscle Milk's replacement rider Cole Seely came out swinging in Atlanta. The full-time Western Regional Supercross Lites Class contender showed impressive speed in his 2012 debut on the 450, and will look to continue to gain more experience in the premier class during his time filling in for the injured Trey Canard.

"I felt confident with my performance going from the heat race into the main," said Seely, who led seven laps and finished sixth. "In the main, I got the holeshot and expected to see someone's front wheel within the first few laps, but it didn't happen and I was able to lead for a while. I tried to hold a decent pace for as long as I could, but I got a little tired and some of the other guys got by me. That race was good for me to see where I am in the Supercross Class and it gives me more confidence going into this weekend."

GEICO Honda's Kevin Windham hit a milestone in his long and illustrious career, with Atlanta marking his 200th career Monster Energy Supercross start. As a fan favorite and the most veteran rider in the series, Windham's presence out on the track is something no one in the industry wants to come to an end. Fortunately, Windham's passion will keep him around for a few more years. Last Saturday, he commemorated his landmark start with an eighth-place effort and will look to mix it up at the front of the field this weekend.

"I knew as soon I came off the line that it was going to be a long night," said Windham. "Although it left a lot to be desired out there, I am really focused on my accomplishment of being able to stick around this long. With such a competitive Supercross Class, it is hard to go out there and get a podium when you are up against a bad start. I am happy and grateful for everyone who has helped get me to 200 starts."

Team Honda Muscle Milk's Justin Brayton was the lead rider for the Honda camp in Atlanta, posting a solid fifth-place finish. Brayton has endured some nagging injuries in recent weeks, but the positive results out on the track are sure to boost his confidence and speed up the healing process.

In Atlanta, Toyota/Yamaha/JGRMX's James Stewart looked a lot like the blazingly fast rider the industry has been accustomed to watching for so many years. The change in scenery to the East Coast could prove to be beneficial to Stewart, who very well could have had a shot at his second win of the season last weekend if not for some contact out of the gate with another rider. While he sits 44 points out of the championship lead, Stewart is now third in the standings and will eagerly be looking to return to the top step of the podium.

Yoshimura Suzuki's Brett Metcalfe enjoyed a positive start to the weekend in Atlanta by capturing an impressive third-place finish in his eight-lap heat race. In the 20-lap main event, Metcalfe got a mid-pack start and was running in seventh for several laps before eventually finishing ninth.

"I was looking forward to Atlanta, but it was a tough day," said Metcalfe. "I didn't feel comfortable in practice, and it was a tough track for me. That was a bummer because it was a technical track and normally that's good for me. We had some positives, though; I got some good starts on the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450, but I just wasn't able to ride to my potential. I just need to go back and regroup for St. Louis. I haven't been to St. Louis for quite a while, and I've never raced the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 there, so this is something new. Also, it's another round for me to improve, so I'm just going to keep working hard and try to make some progress in all areas."

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Broc Tickle ran into some misfortune in Atlanta when he lost his rear brakes during the main event. Adamantly looking to redeem himself and ride to his potential, Tickle is looking forward to St. Louis and putting forth his best effort of the 2012 season.

"I want a good finish so bad to build off of," said Tickle. "I really like racing in domes, and I know if I get a good start in St. Louis, I'll be able to ride and finish where I should be."

In the Eastern Regional Supercross Lites Championship, current points leader, and defending Eastern Regional Champion Justin Barcia, made his way to the top step of the podium for a second consecutive week. It was yet another strong night for Barcia, who now enters St. Louis with a double-digit lead over the field after only two weeks of competition.

"The night went really good for me," said Barcia. "I had good practices and a decent heat race, but I knew I could be up front in the main. The GEICO Honda CRF250R was running great and I felt awesome. I got the holeshot in the main and ran my own race. With two wins under my belt, I am ready to head into next weekend and grab a third."

GEICO Honda's newest rider, Justin Bogle, made his podium debut in Atlanta, finishing third in the Supercross Lites Class Main Event with an impressive performance. Following the controversy he experienced in his Monster Energy Supercross debut in Arlington, it was a step in the right direction for Bogle, who undoubtedly learned a lot through his first two weeks in the championship.

"The track was really good, a lot more technical than Arlington, which I think suits my riding style better," said Bogle. "I got a sixth-place start and was able to make some passes and capitalize on some mistakes. It was a great night and I'm excited for the rest of the season."

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Blake Baggett bounced back from a crash at the opening race of the championship to finish second in Atlanta, and jump up to fifth in points. Baggett, a three-time winner in Monster Energy Supercross competition, sits 22 points behind the leader and is focused on narrowing that points gap.

"I rode every day going into Atlanta and did the same thing this week," said Baggett. "We tested some new settings this weekend and I feel confident for Saturday. Going into St. Louis the goal is simple, try to win, and try and collect as many points as possible."

Fellow Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Darryn Durham was hoping to back up his runner-up effort from the first race of the championship with another podium effort. While he still rode well, Durham settled for a fifth place finish last weekend. He still sits second in the points and is coming into St. Louis loose and ready.

"I rode tight last weekend and never got in a flow of clicking off smooth laps," said Durham. "I'm looking forward to the dirt in St. Louis, its awesome so hopefully I can make up some points."

Red Bull KTM's Ken Roczen posted the fastest lap of the day in afternoon practice from Atlanta, posing a major threat to Barcia at the front of the field. However, in the main event, Roczen made an error in judgement when his bike got caught in the starting gate, forcing the German rider to start the race in dead last. Roczen's recovery effort and ride through the field was impressive, ultimately finishing sixth, but he now sits 15 points out of the championship lead and has yet to challenge for a win.

Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki's Blake Wharton was definitely one of the hardest-fighting riders in the Supercross Lites Class at Atlanta. After getting a great start in his heat race, Wharton battled for the lead for most of the heat before a small mistake saw him finish fourth. In the main event, Wharton again got a good start and was running in a podium position for most of the 15-lap race before finishing fourth. This weekend, he enters the site of his lone Monster Energy Supercross victory, which came during his rookie season in 2009.

"I put myself in a pretty good position in the main in Atlanta," said Wharton. "I had some little problems, but everyone's going to have problems. In the heat race, I was doing well, but then I crashed. I've just got to go and work at it some more. I like St. Louis; I won there in 2009. That sure would be nice, to go there and throw down and take the win."

Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki teammate Hunter Hewitt also turned in an impressive performance in Atlanta. Like Wharton, Hewitt had a good showing in his heat race, carding a fourth-place finish. In the main event, Hewitt put in a smart, consistent ride, coming from behind to bring home an eighth-place result.

"We made some big improvements in Atlanta," said Hewitt. "I wanted to set a goal and achieve it, and I did that. I got a 15th-place start in the main event, but I was able to work my way up to eighth place. This was an improvement and I'm excited to carry that momentum over to St. Louis."

Star Valli Yamaha's Kyle Cunningham overcame discomfort from his crash two weeks ago in Arlington to run up front and finish third in his heat race in Atlanta. In the Supercross Lites Class Main Event, Cunningham pushed hard but a minor get-off irritated his injured wrist. Trying to salvage a solid result, he backed off and finished seventh.

"The track was fun, I just wish I was 100-percent healthy," said Cunningham, who was unable to practice during the week. "Things were going really good until I crashed in the main, and then my wrist started hurting, so I had to do what was best to finish the race. Now, I'm looking forward to St. Louis. It's been awhile since I've been there and the track is pretty fun."

Source: Feld Motorsports

Ryan Dungey is the Man!!!

By cpFTR9 on March 01, 2012 3:14 PM

Among the major events of the many Supercross seasons, the Atlanta Supercross would not fail the 70,000 screaming racing fans that packed into the Georgia Dome on Saturday night to take in round number eight of the 2012 AMA Supercross Series.

Attracting local fans from Georgia, as well as those from Florida, Tennessee, Alabama and beyond, the Atlanta Supercross hosted one of the most action-packed rounds of the season, and in the end, none other than Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey scored the exhilarating win, his second of the Supercross season.

Accompanying Dungey on the podium was JGRMX’s James Stewart, who rode his Red Bull-backed Yamaha to a third-place finish after being relegated to the back of the pack early in the main event.

With Atlanta now in the history books, the series will officially reach halfway next weekend in St. Louis, and Dungey has pulled to within 10 points of the championship points lead. Further back, but still in the mix, Stewart has to work double time to cut out the 44-point deficit that separates him from a third stadium title, but as history has proven, anything can happen in Supercross.

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Atlanta Supercross Results 2012

By cpFTR9 on February 27, 2012 4:29 PM

Atlanta Supercross Results 2012

Matt Davidson

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Danger, adrenaline and competition are what fuel this moto enthusiast. Driven by a spirit for sportsmanship, our racing guru here at MotoUSA can be spotted at finish lines the world over as he delivers the latest battles from the two-wheeled realm.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

In front of more than 70,000 fans the 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship ripped up the red clay inside the Georgia Dome with Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey posting his second win of the season to tighten the championship picture. The contest went down to the final laps as Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto went all out against RD5, but ultimately had to settle for runner-up after making some small but costly errors. JGR Yamaha’s James Stewart rounded out the top-three in Atlanta after recovering from another bad start to finish more than 20 seconds behind Dungey.

Cole Seely surprised everyone by taking the holeshot during his first-ever 450 ride while filling in for Trey Canard at Honda. Dungey and JGR Yamaha’s Davi Millsaps were right behind the rookie as Villopoto struggled for position back in sixth after a small crash. As Seely completed the opening lap with the lead, Stewart was back in 15th and looking to quickly make up ground after getting in a small tussle with Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer. The night was starting off strong for Big Red as Justin Brayton helped put the second Honda inside the top-four during the opening laps. Meanwhile Seely continued to lead while Stewart made the pass on H&H Kawasaki’s Josh Hansen for seventh and started working on Millsaps. Shortly after, Villopoto and Brayton traded paint while battling for fourth with RV eventually getting the position.

Hansen’s position inside the top-10 was erased when he stalled it the following lap. Stewart kept his forward momentum by making another pass on Brayton for fifth as Dungey officially moved into the lead on Lap 8. On the next lap JS7 got around his teammate, Millsaps, for fourth with Villopoto next in his sights. Despite being passed Seely was keeping pace with Dungey for a while, but the rookie started making mistakes and left the door wide open for Villopoto and Stewart.

With seven laps left RV really started picking it up to chase down Dungey. Stewart remained more than four seconds behind as Dungey made a few mistakes which allowed RV to close the gap. As the race entered the final laps VIllopoto made a huge mistake in the sand section, but another error by RD5 brought the two together. With the crowd in Atlanta on its feet the duo went at it on the penultimate lap. Under intense pressure to make a move, Villopoto slid out in a turn but stayed upright. The error gave Dungey a major advantage heading into the final lap, and a few more mistakes allowed Dungey to claim the win a few bike lengths ahead.

“To get that first win right off the bat (for KTM) in Phoenix was nice, but it took a while after that,” said Dungey. “But, to back it up here in Atlanta, it was a great night. We’ve been looking for that one for a while. The whole team has been working hard and things haven’t gone our way with testing and stuff, but we’re coming around to it and I think things are progressively getting better.”

After losing a close battle with Dungey, Villopoto holds onto a 10-point lead in the series as it approaches Round 9.

“I just made a little mistake, and early on in the race I fell over and that cost me, huge,” said Villopoto. “The track was tough tonight, you could really see (that) and I just slipped up and washed the front end out. Overall, we had a good night. It just wasn’t the best of weeks coming into this (race), so to come out with a second is good.”

Stewart made good work of a difficult start to salvage another podium this season, leaving him now 34 points behind Dungey. Millsaps took the checkers behind his teammate in fourth, as Brayton and Seely closed out the night for Honda in fifth and sixth, respectively.

Atlanta AMA Supercross Results:
1. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
2. Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki)
3. Jams Stewart (Yamaha)
4. Davi Millsaps (Yamaha)
5. Justin Brayton (Honda)
6. Cole Seely (Honda)
7. Jake Weimer (Kawasaki)
8. Kevin Windham (Honda)
9. Brett Metcalfe (Suzuki)
10. Nick Wey (Kawasaki)
11. Kyle Chisholm (Kawasaki)
12. Mike Alessi (Suzuki)
13. Matt Goerke (Suzuki)
14. Robert Kiniry (Yamaha)
15. Josh Hansen (Kawasaki)

2012 AMA Supercross Championship Points:
1. Ryan Villopoto, 180
2. Ryan Dungey, 170
3. James Stewart, 136
4. Chad Reed, 128
5. Jake Weimer, 106
6. Kevin Windham, 105
7. Brett Metcalfe, 100
8. Justin Brayton, 96
9. Davi Millsaps, 94
10. Mike Alessi, 90

Source: Motorcycle-usa.com

Chad Reed Injury Update - out for Season

By FTR on February 21, 2012 11:36 PM

 

Carlsbad, California – In a devastating blow for TwoTwo Motorsports Chad Reed, injuries sustained at last weekend’s Dallas round of the AMA Supercross, have forced him to retire from the remainder of the 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship.

Reed suffered a horrific crash while challenging for the race lead on Lap 7 and was unable to finish the race. 

Initial scans have revealed the Australian has torn his anterior cruciate ligament, broken his tibia and fibula, sustained two broken ribs and has a broken T6 vertebrae. 

At this point in time doctors are waiting for the swelling on his knee to subside before they conduct surgery.

“To say I am hurting right now would be a major understatement,” Reed said. “I am just trying to figure out what hurts more, the injuries or the fact that I am going to be out for a while with knee surgery.

“This is bitterly disappointing, I felt like I had everything in my corner this time. I’ve never felt more comfortable, from the bike and team to my riding.  

“I was genuinely in a position to fight for race wins week in week out and expected to be going to Las Vegas for a shot at the title. 

“To my sponsors and fans thank-you for your messages of support, they mean a lot.  This is a difficult time,” Reed added.

The TwoTwo Motorsports team and sponsors will regroup over the next week and formulate a plan to move forward.

Reed is aiming to return for the outdoor season but that goal will be re-evaluated by doctors post surgery.

Chad Reed and TwoTwo Motorsports are proudly supported by Bel-Ray, Honda Motorcycles, Shift, Etnies, Skullcandy, Fox, Pro Circuit, Factory Effex, Specialized, Showa, Dunlop, Renthal, America's Tire.com, Discount Tire.com, DT1 Airfilters, D.I.D, Hinson Clutches, VP Race Fuels, Matrix, JStar Motors, Dubya and Mechanixwear.

 

SOURCE: http://www.racerxonline.com/2012/02/20/official-pr-reed-out-for-supercross

Chad Reed Crash at Dallas

By FTR on February 20, 2012 6:43 PM

Bad news regarding Chad Reed just came out via his twitter.  Official tweet from Chad:

"Well I spent the day in the hospital yesterday here's the damage...
2 broken ribs, broken spinous T6. Torn ACL and fractured tib fib."


No timetable has been set on his return. Get well soon Chad!

 

 

Aussie Chad Reed's hopes of claiming the 2012 AMA Supercross title have taken a hit after an ugly crash at Cowboys Stadium in Texas.

Reed went into the seventh round of the series second in the championship but has now lost that position after failing to finish the main event in Arlington.

Reed and Villopoto had pulled a gap on the field and were engaged in a see-saw battle for the lead when the crash happened.

Reed has a moment heading into the whoops on lap seven and bounced over the handlebars. As he and the bike tumbled to a halt Reed's leg became caught in the bike, injuring his left knee.

Reed now trails points leader and reigning champion Ryan Villopoto by 30 points in third place, with Ryan Dungey 13 points behind Villopoto in second.



http://www.foxsports.com.au/motor-sports/aussie-watch/aussie-ama-supercross-star-chad-reed-injured-in-crash-at-cowboys-stadium-in-arlington-texas/story-fn8am8xg-1226275392014

 

Villopoto races to 3rd straight AMA Supercross win

By cpFTR9 on February 20, 2012 12:30 PM

Villopoto races to 3rd straight AMA Supercross win

The Associated Press

Ryan Villopoto raced to his third straight AMA Supercross victory and fourth in seven rounds this season, edging Ryan Dungey on Saturday night in front of 53,952 fans at Cowboys Stadium.

Villopoto, the Kawasaki star from Poulsbo, Wash., extended his season points lead to 13 points.

Honda's Chad Reed, from Dade City, Fla., crashed while stalking Villopoto midway through the final.

"The track really broke down out there tonight, and when that happens, you have to be smart and play it safe," Villopoto said. 'It's a bummer for Chad. I'm looking forward to next weekend in Atlanta."

Earlier, Honda's Justin Barcia, from Ochlocknee, Ga., won the opening race of the Eastern Regional Supercross Lites Class Championship.

"They didn't make it easy on me tonight," Barcia said. "I had a great night ... I have learned a lot from the past few years, and it paid off tonight."

The Associated Press

 

AMA Supercross Dallas Results

By cpFTR9 on February 19, 2012 5:00 PM

Dallas Supercross Results 2012

Matt Davidson

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Danger, adrenaline and competition are what fuel this moto enthusiast. Driven by a spirit for sportsmanship, our racing guru here at MotoUSA can be spotted at finish lines the world over as he delivers the latest battles from the two-wheeled realm.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Description: Ryan Villopoto - 2012 AMA Supercross San Diego
Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto has now won three rounds in a row after surviving another battle with Aussie Chad Reed.

The 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series kicked off its east coast tour in front of 53,000 fans at Cowboys Stadium with Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto pulling off his third consecutive victory. Scoring his fourth win of the season, Villopoto stretched his points lead to 13 after coming out on top of another brief fight with TwoTwo Motorsports’ Chad Reed as the Aussie crashed hard and had to be helped off track. Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey continued being Mr. Consistent after notching another podium in second despite a horrible start, while Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer finished third to rebound from his disappointing finish in San Diego last week.

MotoConcepts Suzuki’s Mike Alessi got the jump on the field in Dallas to take the holeshot ahead of Villopoto and Reed. RV and Reed both broke past Alessi for the lead quickly as JGR Yamaha’s James Stewart started in eighth. After shuffling for position out of the first turn, Weimer was up to third while Reed started attacking Villopoto for the lead. Meanwhile, Dungey faced a long night after starting in 14th due to a bad gate pick.
 
On Lap 2 Reed was all over RV and had the crowd on its feet as the Aussie stalked the frontrunner. Just then JGR Yamaha’s Davi Millsaps went down right in front of Stewart, causing JS7 to stall in the process. A few laps later the drama continued as Reed, who was looking incredibly fast and comfortable, dropped the front end and did a hard nosedive into the ground. Reed was slow getting up and eventually had to be helped off track with what looked to be a knee injury.

Description: Chad Reed: We were actually better this week to last week but the results on paper just dont show it. In the main event I found myself in the wrong place at the wrong time every time. Everyone I came up on was racing hard and instead of me racing hard and charging forward and putting myself in the right position I was continually in the wrong place each time. - Phoenix
TwoTwo Motorsports' Chad Reed had to be helped off the track following a hard crash in Dallas.

With Reed out, Villopoto stretched his lead out ahead of Weimer and Alessi as Dungey began inching into the top-four. After being passed by nearly the entire field JS7 was back up to ninth while Dungey started working on Alessi for third. Up front RV was in a class of his own more than 11 seconds ahead. As the race entered its final five laps Dungey got the better of Alessi for third as Geico Honda’s Kevin Windham started closing in from fifth place.
The final laps ticked by without much action as RV continued to control the field. Meanwhile Dungey was recording the fastest laps on the track as he continued to reel in Weimer. Shortly after, the two met head-to-head for the second week in a row while dueling for second in the final laps. Weimer refused to give in to Dungey as they traded spots, both displaying unusually aggressive riding. Behind them Windham, who was on pace to secure a top-five finish, suddenly dropped down to seventh as RV posted his third victory in a row more than eight seconds ahead.

“The track really broke down out there tonight, and when that happens, you have to be smart and play it safe,” said Villopoto. “It’s a bummer for Chad (Reed). I am looking forward to next weekend in Atlanta.”

Dungey got the last word in his fight with Weimer to finish second, which was a great result considering he barely qualified for the main in his heat race and had a bad start in the main. Alessi just missed a podium spot in fourth while posting his best finish so far this season ahead of H&H Kawasaki’s Josh Hansen. Stewart crossed the finish line jump more than 30 seconds behind Villopoto, with the two-time champ now more than 40 points behind in the series.

Dallas AMA Supercross Results:
1. Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki)
2. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
3. Jake Weimer (Kawasaki)

Description: Ryan Dungey earned KTM its first-ever Supercross win after dominating Round 2 at Chase Field.
After starting the main down in 14th, KTM's Ryan Dungey charged up to second to salvage as many points as possible.


4. Mike Alessi (Suzuki)
5. Josh Hansen (Kawasaki)
6. James Stewart (Yamaha)
7. Kevin Windham (Honda)
8. Brett Metcalfe (Suzuki)
9. Justin Brayton (Honda)
10. Kyle Chisholm (Kawasaki)
11. Broc Tickle (Kawasaki)
12. Nick Wey (Kawasaki)
13. Kyle Partridge (Kawasaki)
14. Robert Kiniry (Yamaha)
15. Davi Millsaps (Yamaha)

2012 AMA Supercross Championship Points:
1. Ryan Villopoto, 158
2. Ryan Dungey, 145
3. Chad Reed, 128
4. James Stewart, 116
5. Jake Weimer, 92
6. Kevin Windham, 92
7. Brett Metcalfe, 88
8. Mike Alessi, 81
9. Justin Brayton, 80
10. Josh Hansen, 80

 

Source: Motorcycle-usa.com

Dallas Supercross Preview 2012

By cpFTR9 on February 16, 2012 3:19 PM

Dallas Supercross Preview 2012

Matt Davidson Source: motorcycle-usa.com

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Danger, adrenaline and competition are what fuel this moto enthusiast. Driven by a spirit for sportsmanship, our racing guru here at MotoUSA can be spotted at finish lines the world over as he delivers the latest battles from the two-wheeled realm.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Description: Ryan Villopoto - 2012 AMA Supercross San Diego
Ryan Villopoto could be at the start of a winning streak as the 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series heads back east.

The 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship is off to the most competitive start the series has ever witnessed. After the first six rounds the series heads east this weekend toward Dallas. Hosting supercross since 1975, Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas features one of the most historical venues for the sport and its fans as Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto aims for his fourth win of the season. If there’s anything we’ve learned after the California tour, it’s that RV is dead-set on taking another title. Not only has the 23-year-old from Poulsbo, Washington proved the fastest, he’s also shown the most consistency with three wins, two podiums and another top-five finish.

“It was great to get my first win [in San Diego] and end Chad’s win streak at Qualcomm Stadium,” Villopoto said. “Hopefully I can start a streak of my own as we head to Cowboys Stadium this week."

But the series is also producing a growing threat from one of its veteran riders, Chad Reed. The TwoTwo Motorsports owner/rider had one of his best performances so far this season in San Diego when he clashed with RV in front of 58,782 fans. On Lap 18 of the 20-lap main event, Reed straight up outgunned Villopoto for the lead – something which very few competitors have been able to do. The Aussie also had the foresight to make key adjustments to his bike that proved vital through the whoops – helping make him the fastest rider of the night through that section of track. Even

Description: Chad Reed: It is a very competitive field. We have seen four different winners across four events so I am going to have to work a lot harder if I want to pull away from this group. - Oakland
TwoTwo Motorsports' Chad Reed is coming off a tense fight with Villopoto and is currently second in the championship.

though the win didn’t materialize for him, the knowledge he’s gained thus far have made him especially dangerous for RV.

“The changes that we have made through these West Coast events have been good,” said Reed. “I am excited to be heading back to Florida with a good solid 20-lap race under my belt.”

The season hasn’t even reached its halfway point but already the title prospects for some riders are pretty grim. JGR Yamaha’s James Stewart had a night to forget in the last round after crashing and losing major points in the progress. Looking back on JS7’s season so far, the former champ has had major crashes in every round except Oakland, which he coincidentally won despite a bad crash in practice. All told, Stewart’s mistakes have landed him with a 32-point deficit to Villopoto, and since there’s only 25 points possible in a round, his chances of rebounding aren’t looking too good.

“[It’s] a little bit frustrating but we will go back and keep on working,” said Stewart. “I appreciate all the fans sticking behind us. We’ve got a lot of races left so we will continue getting better.”

Description: KTMs Ryan Dungey started the main in sixth but spend most of the race overtaking Davi Millsaps and Justin Brayton. He eventually finished fourth. - Anaheim 2
KTM's Ryan Dungey is only 10 points behind RV, but does he have the speed required to win his second Supercross title?

After finishing off the box for two weeks in a row, Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey surfaced with his fourth podium of the season in SD. Currently 10 points behind Villopoto, RD is still within striking distance of the defending champ, but his speed has been called into question as of late. At Qualcomm Dungey was one of the slower competitors through the whoops while finishing more than 20 seconds behind Reed. While his victory in Phoenix and third-place finish in San Diego prove he can ride near the front, he lacks the advantage of Villopoto’s quick lap times. Now if only Dungey could borrow some of Stewart’s speed…

One of the biggest storylines in the upcoming round is the Lites transition to the east as a whole new field will be lining up at the gates. The favorite heading into the opening round of the East Coast Lites Championship is defending champ Justin Barcia. The Geico Honda rider had a shocking rise to glory during his brief stint in the 450 motocross class last season, and after finishing on the podium in every supercross round last year Barcia has been a focal point of 2012 speculation. The other potential threat from Big Red this year is Justin Bogle, who is making his supercross debut after some impressive performances in the 2011 AMA 250 Motocross Championship.

As usual, however, Pro Circuit Kawasaki is putting its best foot forward with Blake Baggett. Last year Baggett scored two wins and had podium finishes in nearly every race while challenging for the title. This will be his third campaign for the Lites title and the 20-year-old appears to be getting more consistent with each passing season, which isn’t good news for Barcia. 

Description: Geico Hondas Justin Barcia couldnt hold off Dean Wilson through the whoops and had to settle for second in Toronto.
Reigning East Coast Lites champion Justin Barcia is returning this weekend to defend his title with Geico Honda.


KTM is also in the running for the East Lites title this year. German rider Ken Roczen will contest the series after breaking his arm while practicing for the opening race of the Western Regional Supercross Lites Class Championship in Anaheim. Last year Roczen had several notable finishes in the West Coast series while taking part in his rookie season in AMA Supercross Lites. The German is expected to be stronger this season after finishing sixth overall in the 2011 championship.

Round 7 of the 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship will be broadcast live on SPEED this Saturday with coverage beginning 9:30 p.m. ET.

Source: motorcycle-usa.com

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