San Francisco Sum Up

San Francisco Sum Up

Ryan Dungey looked ready to collect his third victory at round four of the Supercross season in San Francisco, but he had the wily veteran Kevin Windham to deal with who posted the fastest qualifying time on the soggy course.



Unfortunately, Windham had a terrible outing and the challenge during the 20-lap main event never materialized. Ryan Villopoto had a slow start to his sophomore 450 SX season, but the rider found his groove in this fourth week of racing. RV took to the task after rounding the first circuit in sixth. He was into the top-three by Lap 6 and chasing down Josh Hill, another northwest rider with blazing speed this season. RV dispatched the rider just before the halfway point and set out after Dungey who was trying to run and hide up front.



Roger DeCoster’s star rider enjoyed the holeshot but made a mistake on Lap 11 with a crash that dropped him to third and then Davi Millsaps, who also crashed on Lap 4, forced his way past as well. “I lost my foot and went sailing,” said Dungey. “It could have been a lot worse. I am glad I am not hurt.”



Hill was unable to mount a comeback and Villopoto raced ahead to the checkers by nearly four seconds. It is the second-consecutive runner-up for Hill made up ground in the title chase. It was the first time for Millsaps on the box this season.


“The track was tough and slippery,” said Villopoto. “It was hard to put in 20 perfect laps out there tonight. It wasn’t the start that I wanted, so I played catch-up. It is a long season with a lot of racing left.”


Dungey still leads the season standings by 11 points, but with James Stewart’s return date uncertain, this was a perfect opportunity. Fourth on the night and emerging unscathed from the crash is still a positive outcome and the rider will regroup for next weekend’s race in San Diego.



Trey Canard proved his riding ability in 2008 by winning the Lites East championship in his rookie campaign. Saturday night in San Francisco, the 19-year-old from Shawnee, Okla., 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 team, which has now placed a rider on the podium at all four races in the 2010 Series. As the season reaches the quarter mark, Canard is a solid second in the 250 West Standings, while teammates Kevin Windham and Blake Wharton both hold down fifth-place rankings, Windham in Supercross and Wharton in Supercross Lites.



“This felt so good,” said Canard, who is recovering from a foot injury sustained two weeks ago in Phoenix. “It was like a weight off my shoulders. I’m just so thankful; it’s been a rough go to get this, and that made it awesome.



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Trey Canard

“I had a good start tonight. I just put my head down the first few laps and when I realized I had a decent lead, I kind of got nervous. But I was able to hold on. I built on last week, I just kept doing everything I could, and it paid off.”


Canard expertly answered the numerous challenges of incoming points leader Jake Weimer, who ended up second in the main event, and managed to gain a few valuable points on the tricky racetrack.



The racing surface played a role from the start of the day as heavy rain had soaked AT&T Park Friday night. The soft dirt was quickly riddled with braking bumps and ruts, but the team seemed mostly unfazed by the conditions with all three riders performing well in their respective practice sessions. In fact, Windham paced the 450 class with the top time of practice, while Canard and Wharton earned the fifth and seventh spots in Lites.



In the Lites heat race, Canard and Wharton both started strong with Canard the quickest of the six-lap test. Wharton barely trailed him until lap four, when he crashed and unfortunately could only muster a return to 10th. For the third race in a row, Wharton was faced with having earn a spot in the main event via the Last Chance Qualifier. Once again, the young rider channeled his frustration in the critical LCQ, got the holeshot, and quickly pulled away from the pack, easily garnering the first of the two remaining spots for the main event.



It just wasn’t Wharton’s day, however, as struggles early in the main event relegated him to the back of the pack. He fought to pick up the pace and began making headway, but simply ran out of laps and finished 13th.




Round 4 – AMA/FIM Supercross Series 2010 – San Francisco – January 30

Round 4 – AMA/FIM Supercross Series 2010 – San Francisco – January 30

Ryan Villopoto wins his first 450 Supercross event of the season in San Francisco tonight! Ryan Dungey maintains Supercross Series points lead with fourth place! Trey Canard wins 250 West Main Event! Points leader Jake Weimer finishes second!

450 Supercross Results
1. Ryan Villopoto

KAW
2. Josh Hill

YAM
3. Davi Millsaps

HON
4. Ryan Dungey

SUZ
5. Andrew Short

HON
6. Justin Brayton

YAM
7. Ivan Tedesco

YAM
8. Nick Wey

KAW
9. Thomas Hahn

SUZ
10. Michael Byrne

YAM
11. Kevin Windham

HON
12. Kyle Chisholm

YAM
13. Jason Thomas

SUZ
14. C Coulon

KAW
15. F Izoird

KAW
16. Chris Blose

HON
17. M Rivas

KAW
18. J Casillas

KAW
19. J Browne

KAW
20. Kyle Patridge

KAW
450 Point Standings

Ryan Dungey 90

Josh Hill 79

Ryan Villopoto

77
Andrew Short 68

Kevin Windham 61

Ivan Tedesco

57

Davi Millsaps

57

Justin Brayton

56
James Stewart 51
Thomas Hahn 42

Nick Wey 38

Michael Byrne 29

Kyle Chisholm 28
Jason Thomas 22
Grant Langston 19
Austin Stroupe 18
Manuel Rivas 17

Fabien Izoird

17
Chris Blose

16
Cyrille Coulon 11

250 West Results
1. Trey Canard

HON
2. Jake Weimer

KAW
3. Broc Tickle

YAM
4. Wil Hahn

HON
5. Cole Seely

HON
6. T Baker

YAM

7. Josh Hansen

KAW
8. Max Anstie

YAM
9. Jess Alessi

YAM
10. P Nicoletti

11. McCrummen

12. J Canada

13. Blake Wharton

HON
14. Ryan Clark

HON
15. Ant. Balbi

KAW
16. D Hendrix

KAW
17. H Hewitt

SUZ
18. C Gosselaar

HON
19. J Clark

KAW
20. J Potter

HON
250 West Point Standings

Jake Weimer 97

Trey Canard 81
Wil Hahn 74

Broc Tickle 62
Blake Wharton 59
Cole Seely 54
Josh Hansen 46
Max Anstie 45
Ryan Morais 42
Jeff Alessi 40
Travis Baker 38

Gautier Paulin 30

R Kiniry 30

Tommy Searle 27

P Nicoletti 27
Ryan Clark 22

Borkenhagen 21

Hunter Hewitt

18
C Gosselaar

15

Antonio Balbi

14

AT&T Park

Let’s start with last week. Multi time Supercross Champion Chad Reed missed racing at Anaheim 2, because of a crash, broken hand, and surgery. Now, this Friday, the big news (which you can see elsewhere on the home page of Supercross.com) defending AMA Supercross Champion James Stewart is out – broken bone in wrist, surgery yesterday. It’s looking like there will be a ‘changing of the guard’ this year in supercross, as far as the premiere 450 Supercross Champion is concerned! The top two riders in supercross from the past few years – both out of action!

The San Francisco Supercross event is held at AT&T Park – a beautiful venue that is home to baseball’s San Francisco Giants. And today is a a beautiful day as well in San Francisco – a great day for supercross!

Two riders who will not be racing in the 250 Lites West Supercross Class this weekend – KTM’s Tommy Searle and Suzuki rider Ryan Morais. Both had falls last weekend, and are not racing in San Francisco. But both hope to be back in action next weekend at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. In the 250 West practice, Josh Hansen number 100 was quickest in timed practice. Followed closely by Wil Hahn, Broc Tickle, Jake Weimer, and Trey Canard. In 450 Supercross practice, Kevin Windham was the quickest, followed by Ryan Dungey, Ryan Villopoto, Andrew Short, and Josh Hill.

There was a rousing & enthusiastic opening ceremony, that included the swearing in of new service members into the US Military. Very patriotic, and the crowd loved it. The biggest round of applause though in opening ceremonies – for the last rider introduced – series points leader Ryan Dungey!

250 West Heat 1 – Series points leader Jake Weimer 12 with the early lead! And he leads the entire six laps, winning easily!

250 West Heat 2 – Early leader – number 38 Trey Canard! Trey Canard wins the six lap qualifying heat over Josh Hansen!

450 Supercross Heat 1 – Andrew Short number 29 on the Honda out front! He’s followed closely by Ryan Dungey. Short and Dungey look good out front. They are close, with Millsaps back in third. Short and Dungey are putting on a good, close race. Right at the end of lap seven, Dungey jumps a little bit ackwards, allowing Short to pull away on the final lap, and also allows Millsaps into second. Short wins, Millsaps second, and Dungey gets a sixth. The fastest lap times of the night so far as just under 53 seconds.

450 Supercross Heat 2 – Out front early and riding with a purpose, number 2, Ryan Villopoto. Second place belongs to Josh Hill 75 on the L & M San Manuel Yamaha. The finish after eight laps – Villopoto the winner, Hill is second, third goes to Kevin Windham, followed by Michael Byrne.

The start of the 250 West Main Event takes off at 9:13pm! The holeshot goes to – Trey Canard! Jake Weimer is second! Josh Hansen get pushed out of the first corner and off the actual race course! At the end of the fourth lap, it’s Canard leading Weimer by a little over 3 seconds. Third place is Broc Tickle. Wil Hahn is running ninth. At the end of 12 laps of the 15 lap main event, Canard is running strong. Close to four second lead over Weimer in second. Third is still Broc Tickle, riding well, and Wil Hahn has moved into fourth. His team-mate Cole Seely is fifth. At the end of the 15 lap main event, it’s Trey Canard with his first West Supercross win of the year! Jake Weimer is second, and still leads the point standings. Third goes to Broc Tickle, followed by Wil Hahn and Cole Seely!

At 9:42pm, the 450 Supercross Class blasts off! The leader! Ryan Dungey! He’s followed by Davi Millsaps, Josh Hill, Nick Wey, Chris Blose, Ryan Villopoto, Andrew Short, Ivan Tedesco and Kevin Windham. As they settle in after five laps, it’s Dungey still leading, Josh Hill is second, Ryan Villopoto has moved to third … then Milllsaps, Wey, Short, Tedesco, Windham, and Brayton.

Dungey is cruising out front. But Hill and Villopoto are battling. Two corners before the halfway point, in a tight left hand corner, Villopoto goes inside Hill. And stops briefly : ) but makes the pass none-the-less. It’s now Dungey leading, Villopoto second, Josh Hill third. It’s all that matters right now. At the end of lap 11, right before the finish jump, Dungey crashes! He gets the bike going again before Villopoto can pass! But he slows a few moments later to check out the bike ….. Ryan Villopoto is now leading! Josh Hill is second. Davi Millsaps is third ….. Dungey is fourth.

At the end of the 20 lap main event, it’s Ryan Villopoto, riding the number 2 Kawasaki, winning his first 450 Supercross event of the season! Josh Hill with a very nice second place and another podium finish, Davi Millsaps gets third, and Ryan Dungey hangs on with fourth, Andrew Short fifth. Dungey still leads the point standings as the series head to San Diego next week!

Race winner Ryan Villopoto said: I went into the main with a good gate pick. I didn’t get the start that I wanted, but I got up to third pretty quickly. Josh Hill and I went back and forth for a little bit. I was able to get around him and out of the corner of my eye I saw Ryan Dungey go down and I thought ‘it is on now’. I took the lead and I made up some points this weekend. Hill and I battled back and forth. He ran me high after the finish line and I got into the tuff blocks a little bit. It wasn’t too bad. It was all racing. I didnt know if Dungey was going to be able to get back or not. I pushed to build a gap so I could get the win. The track was tough, and you had to be smooth and perfect. It was slippery and rutty.


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Facts & stats courtesy Feld Motor Sports:



AMA Supercross Class Titles by Brand: Honda: 15 (1982, ’83, ’84, ’86, ’88, ’89, ’90, ’91, ’92, ’93, ’94, ’95, ’96, ’02, ’03), Yamaha: 11 (1974, ’77, ’78, ’79, ’80, ’98, ’99, ’00, ’04, ’08, ’09), Kawasaki: 6 (1976, ’85, ’87, ’97, ’01, ’07), Suzuki: 3 (1981, ’05, ’06), Can-Am: 1 (1975)



AMA Supercross Class Wins by Brand: Honda: 191 (First win 1976), Yamaha: 161 (First win 1974), Kawasaki: 93 (First win 1976), Suzuki: 53 (First win 1976), Can-Am: 7 (First win 1974), CZ: 2 (First win 1974)



AMA Supercross Class Champions: Jeremy McGrath: 7 (’93, ’94, ’95, ’96, ’98, ’99, ’00), Ricky Carmichael: 5 (’01, ’02, ’03, ’05, ’06), Bob Hannah: 3 (’77, ’78, ’79), Jeff Stanton: 3 (’89, ’90, ’92), Jeff Ward: 2 (’85, ’87), Chad Reed: 2 (’04, ’08), James Stewart: 2 (’07, ’09), Rick Johnson: 2 (’86, ’88), Jim Ellis: 1 (’75), Jim Weinert: 1 (’76), Mike Bell: 1 (’80), Mark Barnett: 1 (’81), Donnie Hansen: 1 (’82), David Bailey: 1 (’83), Johnny O’Mara: 1 (’84), J. M. Bayle: 1 (’91), Jeff Emig: 1 (’97)

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American Suzuki’s 2010 motocross contingency – $2.2 million

American Suzuki takes great pride in its longstanding support of motocross racers and that support continues in the 2010 racing season with more than $2.2 million in posted contingency.



These funds will be available at 300 events across the country – more than any other manufacturer. Suzuki will pay the owner of any 2008, 2009 or 2010 RM85, RM-Z250 or RM-Z450 purchased new from a dealership for top 5 finishes at every contingency event, and the top 10 at any of the seven major amateur national events. Those important events include the Lake Whitney Spring National, the GNC International Finals, the NMA World Mini Grand Prix, the Mammoth Mountain MX, the NMA Grand National Championships, the Unlimited Sports Winter Olympics and the AMA Amateur National Championships. In addition to this generous monetary support, Suzuki will also be providing free trackside assistance at the seven amateur nationals as well as other selected events.



“American Suzuki continues to support motocross enthusiasts like no other manufacturer. Every dollar invested in the Motocross Contingency Program is going to the core of our sport – every local and regional racer who attends their weekly event in pursuit of victory. With the addition of the all-new, fuel-injected RM-Z250 and our race-proven RM-Z450, Suzuki racers across America will have a head start on the competition” stated Brian Noah, Suzuki Motocross Support Specialist.



As always, it pays to race a Suzuki. For program details, rules, registration and more, visit www.suzukicycles.com/racing


My two cents on the first three rounds of Supercross

My two cents on the first three rounds of Supercross

There are 17 rounds of the 2010 AMA / FIM Supercross Series. It is a long season … and as so many people say, it’s a marathon, not a sprint.



So far in 2010, it has started off GREAT!



Why? Lots of reasons! Controversy! Drama! New stars! Changing of the guard????



Lets talk about Ryan Dungey for a moment shall we? I just have three letters. One word – W O W. Pretty much sums it up so far doesn’t it?



This is Ryan’s first full season riding in the 450 Supercross class. And he is riding better than anyone in recent memory that’s new full-time to the premiere class. He’s won two of the three races, and is leading the championship series. Ryan works hard, trains hard, and man – does he have talent, and it’s very evident on the big bike.

Now on the topic was has been the ‘old guard’ of supercross – James Stewart and Chad Reed. With Chad out with a broken hand and surgery, and now James out with a broken bone in his wrist and surgery, there looks to be a changing of the guard.



Don’t get me wrong – its been great seeing James and Chad back on the track together, finally dukeing it out! Its been too long! But man, it sure does seem like those two guys do have it out for one another, doesn’t it? They are racers at heart and don’t settle for 2nd place. That’s the bottom line once you’ve been a multi time supercross champion as they both have, and there is a lot of pressure and responsibility when you are in their shoes. In Phoenix they both pushed themselves so hard it caused them to make a couple of mistakes. The last one causing both of them to crash …



And after Chad and James little get together on the track in Phoenix … there was some ‘getting together’ in the pits. We’ve heard all kinds of stories. We even saw parts of it. We’ve seen the post PR releases and videos. I believe the fact is that both riders were issued at least verbal warnings about on and off track behavior.



Lets play a game … if Jason Lawrence had done what James Stewart or Chad Reed did during and/or after the race in Phoenix (based on what we have all heard : ) do you think he would have had the same punishment or lack of? (A verbal warning?) I’m simply pointing out what I see as a potential flaw in the system of rules and fair play and punishments.



Jason Lawrence is not, and would not be viewed by many as a ‘model citizen’ in our sport. His run-ins have been numerous. J-Law is now out of jail, and back training, … and he’s a different person. After speaking to him at the first round in Anaheim, I could see his recent experiences have truly got to him. In a good way. He has a different outlook on life now, he is very grateful for everything. He’s happy and excited and wants to be competitive on the track. He does have a little feeling like he almost doesn’t belong on the starting line. When I asked him “Why?” he said “Amanda, I’ve been in jail for half a year and I just got out, I’ve only been on the bike a few times, and truly, this is all a new and unique experience for me. I want to make the most of it!”.



(Jason didn’t race in Phoenix or Anaheim 2 – he’s had Mono and is waiting until he’s 100% to be back on the track. But welcome back J-Law!)



OK, back to my question – if Jason Lawrence had done what James Stewart or Chad Reed did during and/or after the race in Phoenix (again, based on first hand, second hand, and third hand reports) and with Jason’s ‘history’, would the punishment have been the same? I’m not sure. I honestly don’t know. But I can take a guess that James and Chad help sell more tickets and put more “butts in seats”.



What do you think? You can post a message here in the Message Boards on your opinion of this



Chad and James are both out with broken bones and surgeries. The top two names in our sport, just starting the season, are out for now. That makes for opportunity for others. One thing if I was in their shoes … errrr …. boots. Take your time and get well. Don’t let pressure, fans, friends, family, sponsors, or even yourself come back too soon before you are healed. The hand and wrist are tricky area sometime for healing, and coming back too soon has ruined some riders’ careers in the past ….



That’s my two cents!

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Steven Clarke, Suzuki, London Supercross

Courtesy Suzuki



MVR-D Suzuki wild card rider Steven Clarke finished the final round of the British Supercross Championship on the top step of the podium once again after the British-born American Supercross regular stormed to victory in the British and SX2 International finals at the O2 arena in London at the weekend.



Returning from the US on Friday evening, Clarke – who missed the opening two rounds – was in his usual blistering form, taking the win in both heat races on the 2010 RM-Z250, before going on to dominate the British final, leading from start to finish, then taking the SX2 International final win too on the last lap.



Said Clarke: “I’ve got to be pleased with my performance. The bike ran perfectly and I felt really comfortable in all heat races and both finals. I attempted the SX1 final, but was just too tired from both races and all the recent travel, so decided to call it quits early. A big thanks to the MVR-D team for their support in the last two events. I hope I’ve paid them back with the results.”



Team manager Mark Chamberlain said: “Big congratulations to Steven. He rode extremely well and showed the potential of the new RM-Z250. He returns to the US now, but we are delighted to be able to confirm that he will join us for a couple of races this season, to get in some all-important outdoor practice.”



Final Championship Standings:



British Open: 1st Crockard, 2nd Dodd, 3rd Tollet, 4th Greedy, 5th Clarke (Suzuki).



Pro SX1 Open: 1st Facciotti, 2nd Crockard, 3rd Blizzard, 4th Goosen, 5th Voss.



Pro SX2 Open: 1st Facciotti, 2nd Beaton, 3rd Blizzard, 4th Goosen, 5th Knowles.


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