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Fan’s Guide to Supercross 2011: Oakland

Published January 29th, 2011

Looking for ‘the’ place online to find what you need for the fourth race of Supercross 2011? Well, here it is!

Here are direct links to the things we think you’ll find interesting and helpful on Supercross.com as the 2011 Monster Energy Supercross goes to Oakland!

First, info courtesy Feld Motor Sports:

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto, of Poulsbo, Wash., made a statement last weekend at the inaugural Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, race at Dodger Stadium, scoring his second win of the season and stretching his points lead to five over Team San Manuel Yamaha’s James Stewart. This weekend, the championship heads north for its second consecutive race at a new venue for the 2011 season as the Oakland Coliseum hosts the fourth race of Monster Energy Supercross season.

Stewart’s night in Los Angeles resulted in a hard-to-swallow runner-up effort for the two-time Supercross champion. After a rough heat race, he bounced back with a solid start in the main event, grabbing the lead on Lap 3. Stewart looked like he was on a path to take his second straight victory of the season, but tucked the front wheel just past the halfway point. Despite being able to fight his way back into second, Stewart knew he gave away his chance at the win with his mistake. With podium results at each of the first three races, he sits just five points out of the championship lead.

The first Oakland supercross race was held on January 18, 1979 and Jimmy Weinert won on a Kawasaki. Jimmy Weinert used a paddle tire, to win on the all sand track. The AMA has since ruled paddle tires illegal.

“It felt great to come back home for the week, but I’ve been focused and have been working on correcting some of the mistakes I made the last couple races. I’m super excited for Oakland this weekend and hope to bring home the win” said Stewart.

Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey and his Yoshimura-equipped Suzuki RM-Z450 powered to a third-place podium finish at Dodger Stadium. After qualifying fourth, Dungey and his Suzuki came out strong and dominated his heat race with a convincing win. In the main, Dungey grabbed a second-place start out of the gate just behind teammate Brett Metcalfe and pulled into the lead by Lap 2. Dungey’s Suzuki RM-Z kept him at the front pack for the duration of one of the most exciting main events in recent years.

2010 Supercross class champion and Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey sits in third place, 14 points behind leader Ryan Villopoto in the Supercross class standings.

“L.A. was good overall so I’m excited to head to Oakland,” said Dungey. “It’s always good to go to a new venue so I’m definitely looking forward to Oakland and going to another new stadium. We did some work this week, my regular routine, and plan on showing up to Oakland ready to go.”

The Red Bull KTM team continues to improve and saw solid results at Dodger Stadium. Rookie Ken Roczen bounced back from a hard crash in Phoenix to mix it up at the front of the field and challenge for the lead early on in the Supercross Lites main event. Misfortune eventually struck the German rider, but he rebounded to finish sixth.

“If you asked me to reflect on the last three weekends, I would definitely say I have learned a lot,” said Roczen. “I have made a few mistakes each week that are just part of learning. I feel I am improving each week and moving closer to hopefully landing on the podium.

Andrew Short continues to adjust to his KTM 350 SX-F and experienced another strong outing in Los Angeles. While his ninth-place finish isn’t what Short was looking for, it’s also not an indication of how much more confidence and comfort he feels on the new bike after another race under his belt.

Four races into the season, Red Bull KTM’s Andrew Short is hopeful that his progress on the new KTM 350 SX-F will get him near, if not on the podium for the Oakland Coliseum race on Saturday.

“It is the first year of supercross for the new KTM 350 SX-F and I feel we are making great progress each weekend,” said Short. “The bike is a solid bike for supercross racing and I am feeling very comfortable on it. I have some things to work on and have a great team behind me to make sure we get the results to where we need to be.”

After capturing a win at the newest venue on the circuit at Dodger Stadium, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto hopes his luck with new stadiums will follow him into Oakland. He has been able to hold the points lead since the opening round in Anaheim and already has two wins through three races this season.

“It’s always fun going to a new stadium,” said Villopoto. “The dirt should be pretty similar to what we’ve seen in San Francisco and that is where I got my first win last year. I just want to ride smart and keep up the momentum for the championship.”

Despite a disappointing fifth place finish last weekend in Los Angeles, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Josh Hansen is looking to regain control of his early season dominance in the Supercross Lites class and make the podium this Saturday at the Oakland Coliseum race.

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Josh Hansen maintained his points lead heading into the Oakland Coliseum. He is looking to bounce back from a fifth-place finish in Los Angeles and go after his third win of the season.

“I think Oakland is going to be good,’ said Hansen. “I’m looking forward to getting back on the bike and seeing if I can get another win.”

Still making his mark on the Supercross Lites West Region class is Broc Tickle. He currently sits four-points back from teammate Hansen in the championship and is still very hungry for his first win aboard the Kawasaki KX’250F and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki.

“I felt better than I have all year in Los Angeles, but my results didn’t show it,” said Tickle. “I made a mistake at the end of the race that cost me a podium, but I still was able to get some good points. Hopefully Oakland will go a little better.”

Having to make some adjustments to his training routine before Los Angeles because of a wrist injury, Tyla Rattray looks to get back on track and go after another podium finish in Oakland.

“I had to take some time off before Los Angeles to let my wrist heal up and I was a little rusty before the race,” said Rattray. “Hopefully I can get back to my normal routine and put in a good ride in Oakland.”

CBS will broadcast the Supercross class race at 12:00 p.m. EST and SPEED will broadcast the Supercross Lites class race at 6:00 p.m. EST on January 30, 2011. Tickets are available at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Box Office – phone at (800) 745-3000.

Practice and qualifying begins at 12:30 p.m., and the main event begins at 7:00 p.m. Club Level tickets are $75 Adult/Child; Trackside $45 Adult/Child; Lower View $35 Adult/Child; Upper View $25 Adult/Child; Extreme Value $10 Adult/Child.

Fans can also get into the Pits for FREE from 12:30 – 6pm Race Day when they recycle a MONSTER Energy Can at the stadium Pit Entrance (valid only with event ticket).

Supercross Class Stats: Oakland

The first race was held in Oakland on January 18, 1979, and Jimmy Weinert won on a Kawasaki


This will be the fourth time a Supercross class race has been held in Oakland


In 1980 Kent Howerton won on a Suzuki


In 1979 Jimmy Weinert used a paddle tire to win on the all sand track. Later that year, Weinert won the final Supercross class race of his career in Daytona.


In 1984 Ron Lechien won on a Honda, marking his first win on a Honda

Supercross Class Recap: Los Angeles:

Ryan Villopoto earned his 11th career Supercross class win


Villopoto is now tied with Ezra Lusk and Mike Bell on the all time Supercross win list


Through the first three races, Villopoto and Stewart are the only riders to not finish off the podium


Since 1974, the first Supercross class racer to win two events went on to win the title 22 times in 37 seasons


Trey Canard earned his third straight top-four finish


Justin Brayton gets his first top-five finish of the season


Tye Simmonds qualified for the first main event of his career on a KTM 350


Ryan Dungey earned his second podium of the season, and third top-five finish

Supercross Lites Class Recap: Los Angeles:

Cole Seely became the 82nd different rider to win a Supercross Lites class main event


Seely gave the Lucas Oil/Troy Lee/ Honda team their first Supercross Lites class win of the 2011 season


Seeley gave Honda their first Supercross Lites class win since the St. Louis last year


This was the first race since Dallas in 2010 that a Kawasaki rider was not on the podium

Supercross Class Laps Led: James Stewart 28, Ryan Villopoto 27, Ivan Tedesco 3, Ryan Dungey 1, Brett Metcalfe 1


Supercross Lites Class Laps Led: Josh Hansen 15, Broc Tickle 15, Cole Seely 15


Holeshot Award (Supercross Class): Ivan Tedesco (Anaheim 1), James Stewart (Phoenix), Brett Metcalfe (Los Angeles)


Holeshot Award (Supercross Lites Class): Broc Tickle (Anaheim 1), Broc Tickle (Phoenix), Cole Seely (Los Angeles)


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