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2013 Indy SX Preview

Published March 15th, 2013

Tomorrow night at Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts, will be round 11 of the 2013 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series. And if you are anywhere near Indy, you need to be there!

In the premiere 450 class, it’s Ryan Villopoto leading Davi Millsaps by just two points, 202 to 200, with Ryan Dungey is third at 188. Those three right now look like the main competitors to take home the 2013 Championship.

In the 250 East class, the series leader is Wil Hahn. And here’s how the top four in that class shape up in points – Wil Hahn – 92, Dean Wilson – 87, Marvin Musquin – 78, Blake Wharton – 76. It looks now like one of those four riders will take the 250 East Championship.

It will all come down to the final race in Las Vegas, the first Saturday in May.

Before you keep reading, let’s look back at three things:

  1. The 2012 Indy Supercross
  2. Giant photo feature from last Saturday at Daytona
  3. Results, points, race report, and more photos from Daytona

What do some of the top riders have to say this week coming into the Indy SX?

Series points leader Ryan Villopoto: “We’re in a good place coming into Indy. The track at Daytona was so tough – you just had to keep on your toes and be ready for anything. We didn’t expect to be back in the points lead this fast, but from here we will try to keep the wins coming. But we’ve been consistent and made it back to the top. The dirt is usually pretty good in Indy, but it depends on how the weather has been up there. I’m excited to have the red number plate back.”

Second in 450 points, Davi Millsaps says: Daytona was the worst race of the season so far, so I got that out of my way. Now it’s time to climb my way back up to the top. It’s supercross, it’s going to happen. Other guys had bad races and now I just got rid of mine.”

Third in the 450 points, Ryan Dungey says: It was a pretty rough track in Daytona. Luckily, we got my suspension dialed in after practice and my bike worked really well. I got off to a great start and was able to put myself in a good position early on. It feels great to get back up on the podium.”

How about Daytona 250 winner, (and his first win ever in AMA Supercross), two time World Motocross Champion Marvin Musquin? He’s coming into Indy with a lot of confidence: “Obviously I had a lot of fun riding the Daytona track. I knew everyone was going to be fast, so I stayed calm out front and tried to have fun. I am so happy to get this win and to also gain more confidence knowing that I was pulling away from them each lap.”

Wil Hahn is leading the 250 East series coming into Indy, he says “Indy’s a fun place to be at. It’s an awesome dome, and we’re back in a stadium. For me, it’s mainly a matter of continuing to have fun every race and to wear that red plate with pride. I was satisfied with a second last weekend. The Heat win really helped my confidence heading into the night, so that was cool. I got a fourth-place start in the Main and just tried to stay consistent and capitalize on any mistakes that were made in front of me. I wanted to win, but by the time I got into second, Marvin Musquin was gone. For sure, I want to win and stretch out that lead, but I have to be smart, too. The championship would be a huge deal for me, my family, the team, everyone. I’m going to do everything in my power to make it happen.”

Blake Wharton, who won last year at Indy in the 250 class: “Daytona was a gnarly track. It is always gnarly, technical, dark, shadowy with deep sand. It definitely wasn’t my best night. I was off for sure. If this can be my worst night and still be at least in the top five, that’s alright. It was just an average night for me. I didn’t get the starts I would have liked either. Next weekend is Indy and I won that last year, so that’s always good.”

Dean Wilson: “We are still very much in this championship. We’re only five points back with five rounds remaining. I have everything I need to win races and plan to do so. I’m excited to race this weekend. I’m really determined to get back on the box. I had a brilliant week, and I just need to put all the pieces together to make this weekend a successful one.”

Eli Tomac will be riding his last 450 SX race of the season. He says “Indy will be cool. It’s another place where I’ve never raced and it’s always fun to visit a new facility. This also is my last race on a 450 this Supercross season so I want to make the most of it. I’m ready to have some fun. Daytona was a good ride for me. It was a race where I finally felt like I rode to my abilities. Plus, the bike was set-up exactly how I like. It took some time to get comfortable on it but I totally felt that way in Florida. This is a tough deal at the top level. There are champions all around you every weekend. Nothing is easy, but I wouldn’t want it any other way.”

Stats and notes courtesy Feld Motorsports

450SX Class: Indianapolis Stats

* The first race was held on March 21, 1992, and Jeff Stanton won on a Honda
* There has not been a first-time winner in Indianapolis
* This will be the 22nd time the gate will drop for a 450SX Class race in Indianapolis
* This will be the fifth race at Lucas Oil Stadium; the previous races were held at the RCA Dome
* Indiana native Mike Larocco won the last 450SX Class race of his career in Indianapolis on a Honda
* LaRocco went 14 seasons from his first win to his last win
* Jeremy McGrath won three consecutive races in Indianapolis from 1993-1996, and Ryan Villopoto also won three consecutive races from 2010-2012. With a win this year, Villopoto can be the first rider to win four consecutive races in Indianapolis.
* McGrath holds the all-time win record in Indianapolis with six; Ricky Carmichael is in second place with four
* Carmichael and Chad Reed are the only two riders to win in both classes in Indianapolis
* Carmichael won in Indianapolis on three different brands: Kawasaki, Honda, and Suzuki
* After finishing sixth and 10th at the last two races, Davi Millsaps, who finished third in Indianapolis last year, has the opportunity to recapture the points lead with a win this weekend
* Justin Brayton earned his best finish of the season last year in Indianapolis with a second place
* After Indianapolis last year, Villopoto had a 54-point lead over Ryan Dungey

450 SX Class: Wins by Brand in Indianapolis, Honda: 8, last win 2004, Kawasaki: 6, last win 2012, Yamaha: 4, last win 2008 Suzuki: 3, last win 2009

250 SX Class: Indianapolis Stats

* First race was on March 21st, 1992, and Jimmy Button would win on a Yamaha.
* This will be the 22nd time the gate will drop in Indianapolis for an 250SX Class race
* Mickael Pichon and Davi Millsaps are the only riders to win in Indianapolis in consecutive seasons, can Blake Wharton join them?
* Wharton’s win last year was his first since 2009 and Suzuki’s first since race 11 of 2010
* Last year Darryn Durham, who is currently injured, earned his third podium of the season and had finished in the top-five in every race of the season
* Eventual 250SX Class Champion Justin Barcia lost his first race of the season in Indianapolis last year
* Last year in Indianapolis, 250SX Class riders Marvin Musquin and Cole Seely finished fifth and seventh, respectively

250 SX Class: Wins by brand, Yamaha: 6, last win 2011, Suzuki: 6, last win 2012, Kawasaki: 5, last win 2010, Honda: 4, last win 2008

250 SX Class: First-Time Winners in Indianapolis, Michael Brandes: 2000, Chad Reed: 2002, Josh Hansen: 2004, Davi Millsaps: 2005, Ryan Sipes: 2011

450 SX Class Laps Led: Ryan Villopoto: 82, Davi Millsaps: 37, James Stewart: 29, Justin Barcia: 20, Ryan Dungey: 19, Trey Canard: 7, Ken Roczen: 3, Mike Alessi: 2, Jake Weimer: 1

250SX Class Laps Led: Eli Tomac: 39, Wil Hahn: 30, Cole Seely: 21, Ken Roczen: 19, Marvin Musquin: 15, Dean Wilson: 15, Martin Davalos: 7, Jason Anderson: 4

Past Winners in Indianapolis

450SX Class

March 17, 2012: Ryan Villopoto
March 12, 2011: Ryan Villopoto
February 20, 2010: Ryan Villopoto
February 28, 2009: Chad Reed
March 1, 2008: Chad Reed
March 24, 2007: James Stewart
March 4, 2006: Ricky Carmichael
February 12, 2005: Ricky Carmichael
March 20, 2004: Mike LaRocco
March 1, 2003: Ricky Carmichael
February 9, 2002: David Muillemin
February 10, 2001: Ricky Carmichael
February 12, 2000: Jeremy McGrath
April 24, 1999: Ezra Lusk
February 14, 1998: Jeremy McGrath
February 15, 1997: Jeff Emig
March 30, 1996: Jeremy McGrath
March 18, 1995: Jeremy McGrath
March 9, 1994: Jeremy McGrath
April 24, 1993: Jeremy McGrath
March 21, 1992: Jeff Stanton

250SX Class

March 17, 2012: Blake Wharton
March 12, 2011: Ryan Sipes
February 20, 2010: Christophe Pourcel
February 28, 2009: Austin Stroupe
March 1, 2008: Trey Canard
March 24, 2007: Ryan Dungey
March 4, 2006: Davi Millsaps
February 12, 2005: Davi Millsaps
March 20, 2004: Josh Hansen
March 1, 2003: Branden Jesseman
February 9, 2002: Chad Reed
February 10, 2001: Travis Pastrana
February 12, 2000: Michael Brandes
April 24, 1999: Ernesto Fonseca
February 14, 1998: Ricky Carmichael
February 15, 1997: John Dowd
March 30, 1996: Mickael Pichon
March 18, 1995: Mickael Pichon
March 19, 1994: Ezra Lusk
April 24, 1993: Doug Henry
March 21, 1992: Jimmy Button

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