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2012 Monster Energy Supercross Championship Kicks off This Saturday Night

Published January 3rd, 2012

Courtesy Feld Motor Sports: The 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, season kicks off this Saturday at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif., with defending Supercross Class champion Ryan Villopoto staging a title defense against the world’s greatest riders. SPEED will broadcast the race live at 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

Villopoto, who rides for the Monster Energy Kawasaki team, made a statement at last year’s season opener by leading all 20 laps of the main event en route to his tenth career win. This year Villopoto will not only defend his title, he is trying to become only the sixth rider in history to win the season opener in back-to-back years.

“It’s a nice way to start out the season,” said Villopoto following last year’s season opener. “Starting out this way makes things much easier. I hope I can start putting together some more wins and a championship this year.”

Villopoto didn’t waiver from his winning ways as he was crowned the sport’s biggest prize at the season finale at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium. In doing so, he became the 12th rider to win the season opener and the championship.

In last year’s Western Regional Supercross Lites Class main event, Monster Energy/Pro-Circuit/Kawasaki’s Josh Hansen opened the season with win after taking the lead on lap eight.

The first supercross race held in Anaheim was December 4, 1976, and Marty Smith won on a Honda. This weekend will mark the 56th time the gate will drop for a race in Anaheim and the 22nd the city has played host to the season opener. Stewart Ricky Carmichael and Jeremy McGrath are tied on the all-time Supercross Class win list in Anaheim at eight. Ivan Tedesco hold the Supercross Lites Class all-time win record in Anaheim at five. Angel Stadium is the only stop on the tour that will host two races, January 7 and February 4.

Past Winners in Anaheim

Supercross Class

  • February 5, 2011: James Stewart
  • January 8, 2011: Ryan Villopoto
  • February 13, 2010: Ryan Villopoto
  • January 23, 2010: Ryan Dungey
  • January 9, 2010: James Stewart
  • February 7, 2009: James Stewart
  • January 17, 2009: James Stewart
  • January 3, 2009: Josh Grant
  • January 5, 2008: Chad Reed
  • January 19, 2008: Chad Reed
  • February 2, 2008: Chad Reed
  • January 6, 2007: James Stewart
  • January 20, 2007: James Stewart
  • February 3, 2007: James Stewart
  • January  07, 2006: James Stewart
  • January 21, 2006: Ricky Carmichael
  • February  04, 2006: Ricky Carmichael
  • January 8, 2005 Kevin Windham
  • January 22, 2005 Ricky Carmichael
  • February 5, 2005 Ricky Carmichael
  • January 3, 2004 Chad Reed
  • January 17, 2004 Chad Reed
  • January 31, 2004 Kevin Windham
  • January  04, 2003: Chad Reed
  • January 18, 2003: Ricky Carmichael
  • February  01, 2003: Ricky Carmichael
  • January 05, 2002: David Vuillemin
  • January 19, 2002: Mike LaRocco
  • February 02, 2002: Ricky Carmichael
  • January 06, 2001: Jeremy McGrath
  • January 20, 2001: Jeremy McGrath
  • February 03, 2001: Ricky Carmichael
  • January 8, 2000: Jeremy McGrath
  • January 15, 2000: Jeremy McGrath
  • January 09, 1999: Ezra Lusk
  • February 06, 1999: Ezra Lusk
  • January 27, 1996: Jeremy McGrath
  • January 28, 1995: Jeremy McGrath
  • January 29, 1994: Jeremy McGrath
  • January 23, 1993: Jeremy McGrath
  • January 25, 1992: Damon Bradshaw
  • January 26, 1991: Jeff Stanton
  • January 27, 1990: Damon Bradshaw
  • January 28, 1989: Rick Johnson
  • January 31, 1987: Jeff Ward
  • January 18, 1986: David Bailey
  • February 02, 1985: Broc Glover
  • January 28, 1984: Johnny O’Mara
  • January 29, 1983: David Bailey
  • January 30, 1982: Donnie Hansen
  • January 31, 1981: Kent Howerton
  • November 17, 1979: Kent Howerton
  • November 11, 1978: Gaylon Mosier
  • November 12, 1977: Bob Hannah
  • December 04, 1976: Marty Smith


Supercross Lites Class – West

  • February 5, 2011: Josh Hansen
  • January 8, 2011: Josh Hansen
  • February 13, 2010: Trey Canard
  • January 23, 2010: Jake Weimer
  • January 9, 2010: Jake Weimer
  • February 7, 2009: Jake Weimer
  • January 17, 2009: Ryan Dungey
  • January 3, 2009: Jake Weimer    
  • January 5, 2008: Ryan Dungey
  • January 19, 2008: Ryan Dungey
  • February 2, 2008: Jason Lawrence
  • January 6, 2007: Ryan Villopoto
  • January 20, 2007: Ryan Villopoto
  • February 3, 2007: Ryan Villopoto
  • January  07, 2006: Andrew Short
  • January 21, 2006: Grant Langston
  • February 04, 2006: Grant Langston
  • January 8, 2005 Nate Ramsey
  • January 22, 2005 Ivan Tedesco
  • February 5, 2005 Ivan Tedesco
  • January 3, 2004 Ivan Tedesco
  • January 17, 2004 Ivan Tedesco
  • January 31, 2004 Ivan Tedesco
  • January 04, 2003: Travis Preston
  • January 18, 2003: James Stewart
  • February 01, 2003: James Stewart
  • January 05, 2002: Travis Preston
  • January 19, 2002: David Pingree
  • February 02, 2002: Brock Sellards
  • January 06, 2001: Ernesto Fonseca
  • January 20, 2001: Ernesto Fonseca
  • February 03, 2001: Ernesto Fonseca
  • January 8, 2000: David Pingree
  • January 15, 2000: Tallon Vohland
  • January 09, 1999: Casey Johnson
  • February 06, 1999: Nate Ramsey
  • January 27, 1996: Kevin Windham
  • January 28, 1995: Damon Huffman
  • January 29, 1994: Damon Huffman
  • January 09, 1993: Damon Huffman
  • January 25, 1992: Jeremy McGrath
  • January 26, 1991: Jeremy McGrath
  • January 27, 1990: Michael Craig
  • January 28, 1989: Jeff Matiasevich
  • January 31, 1987: Jeff Matiasevich
  • January 18, 1986: Tyson Vohland
  • February 02, 1985: Mike Healy


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