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2013 Salt Lake City SX Preview

All the news that is news heading into Round 16 of the 2013 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series – Salt Lake City, Utah.

The 450 SX class has defending champion Ryan Villopoto leading Davi Millsaps and Ryan Dungey in the points chase. The 250 West has Ken Roczen leading Eli Tomac. And next weekend, all three classes (450, 250 West, and 250 East) will get together for the Finale in Las Vegas to determine all three champions!

Salt Lake City Supercross Preview

Ken Roczen

So, two races to go … this coming Saturday in Salt Lake City, and the Finale in Las Vegas the following Saturday.

 

 

Ryan Villopoto

RV says heading into Salt Lake: “I know we can wrap up the championship up in Salt Lake City. But my main goal is to go out of this race as good as possible. If I don’t wrap it up, I know I’m in a good position heading to the finale in Las Vegas. My Monster Energy Kawasaki team has been great this year and we have all worked hard to put ourselves into a good position to win.”

Second in 450 points Davi Millsaps said after the Seattle race: “It was a tough race. I made a change before the start. It started raining and I ‘kinda panicked. I shouldn’t have made that change but ‘hey, it’s racing and I took a chance. It was good in the beginning when it was slippery. But once it tacked-up a little bit I was struggling. I’m a very heavy front-end rider and I went to a more-grippy front tire and it ended up not raining. So you live and you learn. It was a great night though and it was my 10th podium of the year, so I’m pretty stoked on that. Also my seventh heat race win. It’s just been an awesome season. I know I lost the points lead, then dropped to third; and now I’m back to second but it doesn’t matter. It’s been a great run and the best of the best are all in this class right now and we’re all near the front.”

Davi Millsaps

Ryan Dungey said afterwards in Seattle “I am really bummed that I suffered a crash in the first corner. I am happy with my ride back through the pack but I lost some valuable points in the championship tonight. I am really looking forward to the final two rounds where I feel like I can battle for the win and hopefully get on the top step of the podium for my team before the end of the series.”

Ryan Dungey

Eli Tomac “I was hoping to close the gap a little today. We’ve made our job to repeat a lot more difficult, but as long as I’m still mathematically alive, I’ll keep fighting. Crazy things have happened in the last couple of races of the year and I’m not giving up. I won my heat race which gave me a really good gate pick and was really fired up. I was able to get out and establish a lead for the first nine laps. At that point I got stuck in a deep rut coming out of the whoops and went over the bars. Luckily, I was able to get back up on the bike and hold on to a spot on the podium.”

Eli Tomac

Tomac says about tomorrow’s race in Utah: “It’s always been one of my favorite tracks. I’ve won both times I’ve raced here. We’ll see if we can make it a three-peat. I think I’ve got a good shot at it because I always race well in the thin air. We’re hoping for a big swing in the points, that’s for sure.I need to do my part in that. It’s good to know it’s a round where I normally do well at. You don’t have that thing in the back of your mind second guessing you because you aren’t comfortable. If I run my normal Salt Lake race, I’ll do exactly what I need to do to stay in the hunt.”

Zach Osborne “The whole day was just really good. The practice, my heat race, it all was really good for me. In the main event, I got a solid start – somewhere around fifth place. I worked my way through the pack and got in third and hung in there to the end. The track was really technical tonight, you had to be real precise on hitting your marks. I felt like I was under control most of the race. The last lap I made a pretty big mistake and it almost got away from me.”

Tyla Rattray “It was tough out there, so I’m really happy to walk away with such a strong result. We started off slow trying to get everything adjusted to the conditions, but when it came time to go, we just went out there and made it happen. This is definitely the kind of result to build off of and finish out strong.”

Martin Davalos “My speed was there all day, I just made some mistakes in the main event. I wish I would have gotten a better start, but I’m happy with how I was able to come through the field on such a tough track. It wasn’t the result I was hoping for, but I know I have the speed to get back onto the box before the season wraps up.”

Broc Tickle of RCH Suzuki had his best finish of the season. “It was a pretty good Main tonight. It always stinks when you have to go through the LCQ. My main goal was to get into the Main. I knew that the track was going to deteriorate, but I like rutty tracks. My goal was just to go out there and ride hard for 20 laps and I felt that I did that tonight. I made one mistake in the middle of the race by following somebody and two guys got around me, but I recovered pretty well. I think that I had a top five bike tonight. I’ll take it. This was my best race of the year under some tough circumstances.”

MotoConcepts rider Mike Alessi will miss the remaining two rounds of the AMA Supercross season. Alessi will not be racing the Salt Lake or Las Vegas rounds in order to dedicate testing time on his MCR450 for the Nationals.

Team Manager Tony Alessi says “It’s a unique situation whereby we have new technology for the 450 that requires a great deal of  attention and testing time to develop. Mike had decent results in the Supercross series but our goals for the Nationals are much higher. The team needs additional testing to best develop the 450 technology, and all of us, from Mike, to the team, to our sponsors want to be back on the podium.”

And Mike Alessi himself says “Last year we had a great run in the Nationals (AMA Motocross), finishing second overall with solid moto finishes.  I got great starts, ran up front and won a moto last year but expect more from myself coming into this season. Without testing support or factory backing I need to develop the MCR450 and, with the new parts we are using, it’s best to get as much track time as possible.”

And Cole Seely has resigned with the Troy Lee Designs / Lucas Oil / Honda Race Team for 2014. Team Manager Tyler Keefe says “It is great to have Cole finishing out his Lites career with TLD and I feel that he has a great chance at winning the West Coast Lites Championship in 2014. I look forward to working with Cole as he is a great asset to the TLD team.”

Team owner Troy Lee says “I’m stoked to keep the family together really. Cole’s been with us for a long time, brought us our first wins, and put TLD on the map. He’s become very instrumental in working with our amateurs and to the program as a whole. He’s so technical with his riding, skateboarding, drifting, and everything he does, he’s really helped us develop our products and protection, and helped perfect our line.”

And Cole Seely says “I’m excited to extend my contract and continue working with the TLD Team. We’ve had lots of success in the past and I’m looking forward to keeping that going and bringing home a title next year. I definitely want to thank my agent, Brian Siegrist, for helping to get all my deals handled, and of course, Troy, Tyler and the whole crew for believing in me and giving me another chance to represent the team.”

Cole finishes up the next 2 rounds of the 2013 Supercross season at Salt Lake City and Las Vegas, and will begin the 2013 Motocross season at Hangtown on May 18th with teammates Christian Craig and Jessy Nelson.

Monster Energy Supercross Notes Package – Salt Lake City – Courtesy of Feld Motorsports

450 SX Class Stats: Salt Lake City

·The first race was held on April 28, 2001, and Ricky Carmichael won on a Kawasaki en route to the first premier class championship of his career
·This is the ninth time the gate will drop for a 450SX Class race in Salt Lake City
·From 2001-2004, Salt Lake City hosted a 450SX Class race and in 2009 the championship returned to Rice-Eccles Stadium
·There has never been a first-time winner in Salt Lake City
· At last year’s stop in Salt Lake City, Ryan Dungey earned his third win of the season and 10th of his career, tying Mike LaRocco on the all-time 450SX Class win list
· Davi Millsaps earned his fourth podium of the season with a second-place finish last year

Wins by brand: Salt Lake City: Honda: 3, Yamaha: 3, Kawasaki: 1, KTM: 1

250 SX Class Stats: Salt Lake City

· The first race was held on April 28th, 2001, and Ernesto Fonseca won on a Yamaha
· This will be the ninth time the gate will drop for 250SX Class race in Salt Lake City
·Ken Roczen can give KTM their first 250SX Class win in Salt Lake City
·Jason Anderson can give Suzuki their first win in Salt Lake City
·Eli Tomac can become the first three time winner in Salt Lake City
·There has never been a first-time winner in Salt Lake City

250 SX Class: Salt Lake City wins by brand: Kawasaki: 4, Honda: 3, Yamaha: 1

450 SX Class laps led: Ryan Villopoto: 141, Davi Millsaps: 47, Justin Barcia: 40, James Stewart: 35, Ryan Dungey: 23, Trey Canard: 7, Ken Roczen: 3, Mike Alessi: 2, Jake Weimer: 1

250 SX Class laps led: Eli Tomac: 48, Marvin Musquin: 46, Wil Hahn: 30, Blake Wharton: 28, Ken Roczen: 25, Cole Seely: 21, Dean Wilson: 15, Martin Davalos: 7, Jason Anderson: 4

Past Winners in Salt Lake City

450 SX Class

April 28, 2012: Ryan Dungey
April 30, 2011: Ryan Villopoto
May 1, 2010: Kevin Windham
April 25, 2009: James Stewart
April 24, 2004: Kevin Windham
April 26, 2003: Chad Reed
April 27, 2002: Ricky Carmichael
April 28, 2001: Ricky Carmichael

250 SX Class

April 28, 2012: Eli Tomac
April 30, 2011: Eli Tomac
May 1, 2010: Joshua Hansen
April 25, 2009: Trey Canard
April 24, 2004: Ivan Tedesco
April 26, 2003: James Stewart
April 27, 2002: James Stewart
April 28, 2001: Ernesto Fonseca

 

 

 

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