2013 Seattle SX Preview

Published April 19th, 2013

Supercross returns to the “Emerald City”, at the home of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, CenturyLink Field. Ryan Villopoto leads the premiere 450 SX points chase, with Ryan Dungey and Davi Millsaps pursuing the two-time defending Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series Champion. And the 250 West series, featuring Ken Roczen and Eli Tomac, gets back in action.

Ryan Villopoto leads Ryan Dungey by 22 points, with Millsaps just behind Dungey in points, coming into this Seattle race.

Ryan Villopoto (1) and Ryan Dungey (5)

Ryan Villopoto said after the Minneapolis race “Me and Ryan (Dungey) had a hell of a race out there. The fans were unbelievable. I knew they were rooting for Ryan, but it was awesome to hear them in every turn. It makes it easy to race when they’re so pumped about it. The track was tough, which made it one-lined in some areas, and that allowed Ryan to see where I was going and try something else. It was a good night overall.”

Ryan Dungey said after his victory in Minneapolis “Man, what a ride. Ryan (Villopoto) and I put on a hard charge and he kept me honest the whole way. It’s been a while since I’ve been on top of box, but, man, in front of all these fans it was amazing. We could hear them out there. It was pretty loud and I’ve never felt anything like it. This is amazing to win in front of the home crowd, and I never could have dreamed something like this. It feels amazing to get a win here in front of my hometown. I have so many great fans here, and of course, all my friends and family. My bike was running perfect tonight and I felt really comfortable all day. I hope to take the momentum of this win into the final rounds and hopefully land back on the top step of the podium a few more times.”

More on Minnesota … Marvin Musquin won the 250 East SX Main – his fourth of the season. “It’s a great day. I was fastest in practice, I won my Heat Race, and I won the Main Event with the holeshot. It was a perfect day and a great feeling. I just try to win and don’t worry about what happens. I didn’t make any mistakes and got the holeshot, then I did my best.”

And Wil Hahn, who leads the 250 East over Musquin by just a few points, said afterwards “I’ve been strong and been confident. I’m bummed I haven’t been able to get a win, but it was still a good night. We have the points lead and we’re ready to go win this thing in Vegas.”

Now the 250 East series takes a break until the finale in Vegas, while the 250 West series starts back up. And Ken Roczen leads the West over Eli Tomac by 17 points.

Here are more quotes after the Minnesota race:

Davi Millsaps “We’ve got to go back and make a few tweaks on my bike and myself to improve and move forward. The track was kind-of inconsistent tonight. It was bumpy in some places where it’s normally not, slick in some places; and sticky in others. I just struggled a little bit tonight. All day actually, in practice, in the heat and the Main Event. Hopefully I can pull it together in the next race. Definitely good to get another podium. I’m not complaining by any means. A lot of people are looking at the bad this year because I was in the points lead and now I’m in third. It’s just the fact that every single person is in this class. I’ve never led the points before. I’ve never been on the podium nine times in one season. It’s really been an accomplishment for me and my team to be up in the front as much as we are. I still feel like we’ve made a statement. We’re here and we’re not going anywhere and we’re going to keep pushing to move forward.”

Justin Barcia “I’m not completely happy with how tonight went. The track was pretty tough and had a lot of different lines. I’m tired of getting fourth; I want to be on the podium and I want to win. I know I can, so I have some things I need to work on heading into Seattle.”

Trey Canard “I am grateful to be leaving here healthy and moving onto the next race. Starts are so important and I didn’t get the best ones tonight which made it difficult. I gave all my effort, which is all I can really do.”

Chad Reed returned to racing in MN, after ‘minor’ knee surgery. He said “To be honest I really wasn’t 100% sure I was going to be able to race tonight. It has only been two weeks since my surgery and my knee is still weak. We will build on tonight, I am not disappointed with fifth.”

Blake Wharton “Minneapolis, Minnesota … first time for me racing here. I guess the last race was in 2008, so that was cool. Practice was good and my heat race was good. The Main Event was full of action and that first five laps was crazy! ‘Gotta get with the front guys and go, just do my thing. I ended up third; not where I wanted to be, I lost the pace for a minute. But it is what it is. We’re going to Vegas now so we’ll see how it goes.”

Now more about tomorrow’s race in Seattle: CBS will broadcast the 450SX race on Sunday, April 21 at 1:00 p.m. ET, while SPEED will broadcast the 250SX race at 5:30 p.m. ET.

 

 

Ken Roczen

Here are some pre-race quotes …

Eli Tomac “It feels like I haven’t raced in forever. This last part of the season is like a fresh start to a mini-season for me. I’ve been feeling really good the whole time I’ve been off. I’m really looking forward to this weekend. The 450 kept me on the track racing as long as I could. It really help my confidence to ride against the best guys in the world. It helped me push harder and realize I have to make it happen, get good starts and not make any mistakes while I’m out there. I’m ready to get after it.”

Zach Osborne “It took two or three weeks to get my shoulder better. Once I was better, I decided to race some GNCC races. That went real well for me because I got on the podium both races I was in. I did it as a training tool but it also gave me some good confidence and good feedback on my fitness. I’m going into these last three races really prepared and I plan on racing like I’ve got nothing to lose. I went back out to California and did a lot of outdoor testing. It’s went really well for me. It can be an awkward time of year and it’s hard to get a good mix of Supercross and motocross training. I’ve just decided to get in there and put in as much work as possible.”

Martin Davalos “It’s been a while, but I am so excited to get back out there and race. We’ve done a lot of testing and have made a lot of progress during the time off and I’m ready to show what we’re capable of.”

Former World MX 2 Motocross Champion Tyla Rattray “This hasn’t been the season I was hoping for to this point, but I’ve still got three weekends to turn some heads. We’ve been working really hard throughout the break and I really hope I can take that next step and run at the front of the field.”

Blake Baggett “As hard as it is to stay away from the track, I think it’s in my best interest to make sure I’m in full health in time for Hangtown. I want nothing more than to defend my championship, so my focus is being at my best for the summer.”

The 2013 AMA Pro Motocross Championship season kicks off May 18 at Hangtown.

Seattle Notes and Stats courtesy Feld Motorsports

The first race in Seattle was held on February 18, 1978, and Jimmy Ellis won on a Honda. The first 250SX Class race was held on February 8 1985, and Bader Manneh, won on a Kawasaki. The 2013 season marks the 42nd time the gates will drop for a supercross race in Seattle. From 1978 – 1999, the race was held at the Seattle King Dome, and this year marks the ninth race at CenturyLink Field.

450 SX Class Stats: Seattle

·The first race was held on February 18, 1978, and Jimmy Ellis won on a Honda; it was his first and only win on a Honda
·This will be the 42nd time the gate will drop in Seattle for a 450SX Class race and the ninth race at CenturyLink Field
·From 1978-1999, the race was held in the old Seattle King Dome
·In 1984 during a double-header race in Seattle, Jeff Ward and Rick Johnson each won the first 450SX Class races of their career
·From 1979-1989, the King Dome hosted double-header races
·Riders to sweep double headers at the King Dome: Mike Bell: ‘80; Darrel Shultz: ’81; Bob Hannah: ’83; Ron Lechien: ’85; Rick Johnson: ’87 & ’89
·Larry Ward won the first 450SX Class race of his career in Seattle in 1990 on a Suzuki. Nine years later, he won the last 450SX Class race of his career in Seattle on a Suzuki. That would be the last race held in the King Dome.
· Andrew Short won last year’s Main Event in Seattle, marking the first win of his career
· Short became the fifth different winner of the 2012 season
· After clinching his second championship, Ryan Villopoto crashed at last year’s race in Seattle, tearing his ACL and missing the final two races of the championship
· As a 250 SX Class rider last year, Ken Roczen raced the 450SX Class and earned the first podium of his career with a second-place finish.

450 SX Class: Seattle First Time Winners: Darrel Shultz: 1981, Rick Johnson: 1984, Jeff Ward: 1984, Larry Ward: 1990, Ryan Villopoto: 2009, Andrew Short: 2012

450 SX Class Wins by Brand: Seattle: Honda: 19, Yamaha: 9, Kawasaki: 8, Suzuki: 5

250 SX Class: Seattle Wins by Brand: Kawasaki: 10, Honda: 6, Suzuki: 6, Yamaha: 5, KTM: 1

250 SX Class: Seattle First Time Winners: Bader Manneh: 1985, Phil Lawrence: 1995, David Vuillemin: 1997, Broc Tickle: 2010

450 SX Class laps led: Ryan Villopoto: 141, Davi Millsaps: 47, James Stewart: 35, Ryan Dungey: 23, Justin Barcia: 20, Trey Canard: 7, Ken Roczen: 3, Mike Alessi: 2, Jake Weimer: 1

250 SX Class laps led: Marvin Musquin: 46, Eli Tomac: 39, Wil Hahn: 30, Blake Wharton: 28, Cole Seely: 21, Ken Roczen: 19, Dean Wilson: 15, Martin Davalos: 7, Jason Anderson: 4

Past Winners in Seattle

450 SX Class

April 21, 2012: Andrew Short
April 16, 2011: James Stewart
April 24, 2010: Kevin Windham
April 18, 2009: Ryan Villopoto
April 26, 2008: Kevin Windham
April 28, 2007: James Stewart
April 29, 2006: James Stewart
April 23, 2005: James Stewart
January 30, 1999: Larry Ward
January 31, 1998: Jeremy McGrath
February 1, 1997: Doug Henry
February 3, 1996: Jeremy McGrath
February 4, 1995: Jeremy McGrath
May 7, 1994: Mike Kiedrowski
January 30, 1993: Jeremy McGrath
February 1, 1992: Damon Bradshaw
February 2, 1991: Jean-Michael Bayle
February 17, 1990: Larry Ward
February 4, 1989: Rick Johnson
February 5, 1989: Rick Johnson
February 13, 1988: Rick Johnson
February 14, 1988: Ron Lechien
March 28, 1987: Rick Johnson
March 29, 1987: Rick Johnson
February 15, 1986: Jeff Ward
February 16, 1986: Rick Johnson
February 8, 1985: Ron Lechien
February 9, 1985: Ron Lechien
February 11, 1984: Jeff Ward
February 12, 1984: Rick Johnson
February 12, 1983: Bob Hannah
February 13, 1983: Bob Hannah
February 13, 1982: Donnie Hansen
February 14, 1982: Mark Barnett
February 14, 1981: Darrell Shultz
February 15, 1981: Darrell Shultz
February 9, 1980: Mike Bell
February 10, 1980: Mike Bell
February 9, 1979: Mike Bell
February 10, 1979: Bob Hannah
February 18, 1978: Jim Ellis

250 SX Class

April 21, 2012: Ryan Sipes
April 16, 2011: Cole Seely
April 24, 2010: Broc Tickle
April 18, 2009: Ryan Dungey
April 26, 2008: Ryan Dungey
April 28, 2007: Ryan Villopoto
April 29, 2006: James Stewart
April 23, 2005: James Stewart
January 30, 1999: Nathan Ramsey
January 31, 1998: David Vuillemin
February 1, 1997: David Vuillemin
February 3, 1996: Kevin Windham
February 4, 1995: Damon Huffman
May 7, 1994: Ryan Hughes
January 30, 1993: Phil Lawrence
February 1, 1992: Jeremy McGrath
February 2, 1991: Jeremy McGrath
February 17, 1990: Ty Davis
February 4, 1989: Jeff Matiasevich
February 5, 1989: Jeff Matiasevich
February 13, 1988: Jeff Matiasevich
February 14, 1988: Jeff Matiasevich
March 28, 1987: Donnie Schmit
March 29, 1987: Kyle Lewis
February 15, 1986: Willie Surratt
February 16, 1986: Donnie Schmit
February 8, 1985: Bader Manneh
February 9, 1985: Mike Healey

 

James Stewart – out for SX, but he’ll be back for Lucas Oil AMA MX

 

 

 

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