2009 US Open of Supercross – Las Vegas – Day 1
Yes, it’s that time of year again – time for the RockStar US Open of Supercross at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas! Two action packed nights of tight racing!
The two biggest storylines and names on hand – 2009 AMA Supercross Series Champion James Stewart, and the return to racing after a four and a half month layoff from knee surgery – multi time Lites Supercross Champion and Lites National Motocross champion Ryan Villopoto.
Friday night’s opening ceremonies kicked off at 7pm with the National Anthem, and then with a great display of fireworks, lasers, music, and lights. Ezra Lusk was introduced first. He hasn’t raced an AMA Supercross since 2004? James Stewart was introduced last – wearing the big number 1 on the back of his jersey.
This race has a little bit different format than any supercross or motocross. They started with ‘one on one’ racing’. Each ‘winner’ scored one point for the evening.
The first heat was won by Ryan Villopoto. The second heat was won by Davi Millsaps. The final heat – won by James Stewart.
The Main event had 14 riders in it. The class is ‘run what you bring’, which means riders can be on 250’s or 450’s. All 14 riders were on 450’s, except Tyler Bowers – he qualified on a 250.
The start of the main event – James Stewart number 1 with the holeshot on the Yamaha YZ 450! Daniet Reardon is second, and Matt Goerke, the only rider starting from the second row, is in third! Davi Millsaps in fourth. Christian Craig is next, followed by Villopoto in sixth.
Not a lot of passing, but Stewart still leading, Reardon is relatively close behind (4 seconds), Millsaps is next, followed by Matt Goerke, and then Christian Craig fell, moving Villopoto to fifth.
Then Villopoto pulls off. He hit something on the side of the track, and bent his shift lever. The leaderboard on lap 13 – Stewart, Reardon, Millsaps, Goerke, Craig. Then Millsaps moves past Reardon into second place.
At the end of the 20 lap main event, James Stewart is your winner for the first night of the 2009 RockStar US Open of Supercross! Millsaps finishes second, about eight seconds behind, followed by Reardon.
Notes: Chad Reed was in attendance, but did not race. Ryan Dungey did not race as well. The rumor was that Ryan actually crashed before the Motocross of Nations last weekend in Italy, but raced there anyway. This weekend he did not race. James Stewart had the fastest lap time in practice – around 42 seconds per lap.
The Main Event results from Friday night:
- James Stewart
- Davi Millsaps
- Daniel Reardon
- Matt Goerke
- Christian Craig
- Cole Siebler
- Tyler Bowers
- Nick Wey
- Chris Blose
- Michael Byrne
James said “I’m happy to be back racing. Happy for San Manuel Yamaha and the first race with our 2010 Yamaha YZ 450. I feel good … I have three more races to do before Supercross 2010, so I have a lot of work to do.”
And don’t forget, there is more racing tomorrow night!
Click on the thumbnail to view the larger image: Josh Hansen is riding for Pro Circuit Kawasaki, #100, photo of Nick Wey, Ryan Villopoto is back in action – here updating his Twitter account : ) , James Stewart shares a laugh with his friend, Josh Hansen 100 and Chris Gosselaar 102 action in practice, #1 with the red plate is James Stewart, number 2 is Ryan Villopoto in action after a four month plus layoff, number 11 – Ezra Lusk! James Stewart with a nice whip! Number 34 is Matt Goerke. Lasers fill the arena floor before the start of the opening ceremonies. James Stewart and Ryan Villopoto as part of the opening ceremonies. James Stewart 1 and Wil Hahn blast off on the ‘one on one’ racing. Ryan Villopoto leads Davi Millsaps. Nice start! That would be the ‘start’ girl. Another start, with Ezra Lusk number 11. One of the RockStar Energy Girls, a start with James Stewart #1, James Stewart and Josh Hansen battle. A lot of riders cheered on their mechanics as they ‘raced’!
And, here are the results from the Friday Night Alpinestars 85cc Mini Invitational:
- Adam Cianciarulo
- Chris Allredege
- Jesse Masterpool
- Keith Tucker
- Thomas Covington
- Troy Graffunder
- Colton Ford
- Cole Heath
- Andrew Pierce
- Brandan Leith
- Nick Gaines
- Daniel Baker
Thanks to Feld Motorsports