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Fan’s Guide to Supercross 2011: San Diego

Published February 19th, 2011

We provide direct links to the things we think you’ll find interesting and helpful on Supercross.com, as the 2011 Monster Energy Supercross goes to Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego for Round 7 of the AMA Supercross Series.

Not only is there a heated battle between James Stewart and Ryan Villopoto for the top spot in Supercross, it’s the last round of the Western Regional Supercross Lites Class for a while, until the series heads back west later in the season.

But first, info courtesy Feld Motor Sports:

Through six Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, races, 31 points separate the top five riders in the Supercross class season point standings as the parity-driven championship heads to San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto, of Poulsbo, Wash., leads the Supercross class points race and Josh Hansen, of Elbert, Colo., leads the Western Regional Supercross Lites class points race.

Last weekend in Houston, before 45,859 fans, American Honda’s Trey Canard, of Shawnee, Okla., captured his first career Supercross class victory as Stewart relinquished his points lead following two crashes in the main event. Houston served as the host city for the opening race of the Eastern Regional Supercross Lites class championship, where GEICO Honda’s Justin Barcia, of Ochlocknee, Ga., earned the victory. This weekend the Western Regional Supercross Lites class championship continues with Hansen, who broke bones in his left hand and fingers, protecting his eight-point lead over his teammate Broc Tickle in the championship.

GEICO Honda’s Kevin Windham, of Centreville, Miss., started the Supercross main event in Houston with a commanding lead as Stewart and TwoTwo Motorsports Chad Reed went down in turn one. Bad luck struck Windham on lap ten when he crashed in a rhythm section. The crash allowed Canard to assume the lead and set up an exciting battle with defending Supercross class champion Ryan Dungey, which saw the two literally drag race to the finish line.

“I don’t know what to say,” said Canard. “It was an awesome race. I just tried to hang in there, because it was a tricky track. I made a mistake and Ryan Dungey gained a lot of time on me and from there I was just riding defensive. We had a bit of a rough week this week, but this makes it all better.”

Dungey finished second, almost clipping Canard at the line, and rebounded from his DNF one week ago.

“The championship isn’t over till it’s over,” said Dungey. “There’s still a lot of racing left. We came up a little bit shy and I just have to look forward to next weekend.”




Completing the podium was Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto, of Poulsbo, Wash., who overcame a bad start of his own, crossing the line in 12th on the first lap.




“That was a tricky first turn,” said Villopoto. “It was super tight but I got through there. There were definitely some close moments in that race. The name of the game when you’re at the top of the standings is consistency.”




Villopoto moved into the points lead, holding a nine-point lead over Stewart.




In the Eastern regional Supercross Lites class main event, Suzuki City’s Malcolm Stewart, of Haines City, Fla., grabbed the holeshot in his professional debut. He was quickly passed by Barcia and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson, of Menifee, Calif., who gradually pulled away from the field. The pair of sophomore riders traded the top spot on several occasions before Barcia asserted himself in the lead and held on for the remainder of the race.




“That’s racing right there,” said Barcia. “If we didn’t put on a show, then I don’t know what will. We had a great race out there. I’m just so thankful for my whole team. Going that fast, that hard and that intense for 15 laps was crazy, but that’s what I’ve been training for.”




Wilson followed in the runner-up spot while his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki teammate Blake Baggett, of Grand Terrace, Calif., followed in third.




Monster Energy Supercross made its debut in San Diego on October 25, 1980 when Mike Bell won on a Yamaha. Seven-time supercross champion Jeremy McGrath and Reed share the all-time AMA Supercross win record at Qualcomm Stadium with five while Stewart owns two wins. Kawasaki’s Todd Campbell won the inaugural Supercross Lites class on January 26, 1995. Stewart and McGrath are tied on the all-time win list with two in the Supercross Lites class.




After a day filled with rain, a well-groomed track greeted riders inside San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium for the fifth round of the 2010 Monster Energy Supercross. 51,843 Southern California fans braved the weather as Davi Millsaps, who now rides for the JGRMX/Toyota team, captured his first Supercross class victory of the season. Eventual Western Regional Supercross Lites class champion and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer, of Rupert, Idaho, won his fourth Supercross Lites class victory in five races.




Past Winners in San Diego




Supercross class:




February 6, 2010: Davi Millsaps


February 14, 2009: James Stewart


February 9. 2008: Chad Reed


February 17, 2007: Chad Reed


February 11, 2006: James Stewart


February 19, 2005: Chad Reed


January 24, 2004: Chad Reed


February 08, 2003: Chad Reed


January 12, 2002: David Vuillemin


January 13, 2001: Ricky Carmichael


January 22, 2000: David Vuillemin


January 16, 1999: Ezra Lusk


February 7, 1998: Jeremy McGrath


February 10, 1996: Jeremy McGrath


February 11, 1995: Jeremy McGrath


February 5, 1994: Jeremy McGrath


February 6, 1993: Jeremy McGrath


February 8, 1992: Damon Bradshaw


February 9, 1991: Jean-Michael Bayle


February 10, 1990: Jeff Stanton


February 11, 1989: Rick Johnson


February 14, 1987: Rick Johnson


February 8, 1986: Rick Johnson


January 26, 1985: Johnny O’Mara


November 16, 1982: Broc Glover


November 14, 1981: Broc Glover


October 25, 1980: Mike Bell



Supercross Lites class




February 6, 2010: Jake Weimer


February 14, 2009: Ryan Dungey


February 9, 2008: Jason Lawrence


February 17, 2007: Ryan Villopoto


February 11, 2006: Andrew Short


February 19, 2005: Nathan Ramsey


January 24, 2004: Ivan Tedesco


February 8, 2003: James Stewart


January 12, 2002: James Stewart


January 13, 2001: Justin Buckelew


January 22, 2000: Greg Schnell


January 16, 1999: Casey Johnson


February 07, 1998: John Dowd


February 10, 1996: Jeff Willoh


February 11, 1995: Damon Huffman


February 5, 1994: Ryan Hughes


February 6, 1993: Mickael Pichon


February 8, 1992: Jeremy McGrath


February 9, 1991: Jeremy McGrath


February 10, 1990: Ty Davis


February 11, 1989: Jeff Matiasevich


February 14, 1987: Kyle Lewis


February 8, 1986: Donny Schmit


January 26, 1985: Todd Campbell




Supercross Class Stats: San Diego

  • The first race was held October 25, 1980, and Mike Bell won on a Yamaha
  • This will be the 28th time the gate will drop for a Supercross class race in San Diego
  • The only first time winner in San Diego is David Vuillemin in 2000
  • Jeremy McGrath has five wins in San Diego
  • McGrath and James Stewart have won in San Diego in both the Supercross Lites and Supercross classes
  • Honda won 10 of 11 races in San Diego from 1985 to 1996
  • San Diego hosted the opening race of the supercross championship in 1985
  • Honda has had five event sweeps in San Diego and Yamaha has had two
  • Suzuki has never won in San Diego, Ryan Dungey can change this Saturday night



Supercross Class Recap from Houston

  • Trey Canard earned the first Supercross class win of his career. He became the 54th different rider to win a Supercross class event.
  • He became the 23rd different racer to win on a Honda
  • After a 20th place finish at Anaheim 2, Dungey finished second in Houston
  • Davi Millsaps scored the best finish of his season with fourth place
  • In 1991 Mike Fisher, who is now the Team Manager for Monster Energy Kawasaki, finished fourth at three races, giving KTM their best-ever Supercross class finish
  • Andrew Short earned a season-best fifth place in Houston on his KTM
  • At the ninth race of the 1992 season, there were three KTM motorcycles in the top 20: Mike Fisher, Keith Johnson, Mark Musselman
  • In Houston, there were three KTM motorcycles in the top 10: Andrew Short, Ken Roczen, and Mike Alessi
  • Chad Reed earned his sixth consecutive top ten finish
  • Ryan Villopoto regained the points lead with a third-place finish In 66 career starts, James Stewart has finished out of the top ten four times. He finished 15th in Houston
  • For the first time since the 15th race of the 2009 season, Honda swept a Supercross event, winning the premier class and Supercross Lites class

Supercross Lites Class Stats: San Diego




The first race was held on January 26, 1985, and Todd Campbell won on a Kawasaki, marking the inaugural Supercross Lites class race


This will be the 24th time the gate will drop for a Supercross Lites class race in San Diego




Supercross Laps Led: James Stewart 66, Ryan Villopoto 29, Trey Canard 10, Kevin Windham 10, Ivan Tedesco 3, Ryan Dungey 1, Brett Metcalfe 1




Supercross Lites Class Laps Led: Josh Hansen 34, Broc Tickle 22, Cole Seely 15, Justin Barcia 13, Eli Tomac 3, Dean Wilson 2, Ken Roczen 1




Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto, of Poulsbo, Wash., used a 14-point swing in Supercross class point standings to move into the covered number-one position following the 20-lap main event at Houston’s Reliant Stadium last weekend for the sixth stop of the 2011 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship. With two wins and three additional podium finishes, Villopoto is the most consistent rider in the field heading into San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium tomorrow night.




“I’ve been trying to stay focused on the long term goal of a championship,” said Villopoto. “I did lose the lead for a few races, but tried to ride smart and stay on two wheels. I’ve only been off the podium twice and I really want to maintain the consistency.”




James Stewart finished 15th. He says: “The second crash is what really set me back, when my front brake got bent. I really had to take it easy the rest of the laps, because my tire kept locking up. The good thing is I didn’t get hurt and I’m excited to show my fans that I’ll be back on top in San Diego.”  Stewart now sits in second place, just nine points shy of the lead.




While Villopoto and Stewart wrestle for the points race, American Honda’s Trey Canard picked up the first Supercross class win of his career.




“It was awesome to get my first-ever Supercross class win last weekend and to put American Honda Racing on top for the first time this season,” said Canard. “I want to build on this momentum going forward and my goal is to finish on the podium every weekend.”




Canard was given the lead on Lap 10 by fellow Honda rider Kevin Windham. Windham suffered a horrific crash that didn’t allow him to return to the main event.




“The race was going so well and I was pulling away from second place,” said Windham. “I probably could have quit doing the obstacle that tripped me up and still won the race. I mean, it’s never over until it’s over but I liked my chances from that point on. The track was deteriorating and a lot of the top riders had quit trying that maneuver where I wrecked. By the end of the race none of them were trying it. Man, it just breaks your heart.”




“I’m going to need to nurse my injuries and just fight through it,” said Windham. “I want to get back to that level as soon as I can. The life of a motocross rider involves dealing with injuries and at this point in the year there isn’t anyone out there that isn’t banged up somehow. When you have all the races in a row there just isn’t adequate time to recover. We’ll do the best we can.”




Defending Supercross class champion Ryan Dungey rebounded in Houston after a DNF at Anaheim 2, finishing second. Dungey and Villopoto jockeyed for positions late in the race before the two engaged in a drag race to the finish line.




“Overall, we had a real solid day in Houston,” said Dungey. “The bike felt great all day. I really owe a lot to Team Rockstar Makita Suzuki because they worked hard. We need to keep pushing and start winning these races. I’m really thankful for the day – coming off of Anaheim 2 was a real tough one for the whole team and myself, but this is a step in the right direction and we’ll keep building from here. It will be good to get a good solid week in and show up in San Diego with my RMZ ready to go.”




Ken Roczen said “I was not thinking very positive before the main event because my heel was still hurting me from the heat,” said Roczen, who jarred his foot in a collision with Ivan Tedesco in the heat race. “But it was not bad in the main, and I forgot about the pain when I was riding. I am so excited to finish inside the top ten. I was more nervous than I had ever been going into this race. The guys in the Supercross class have been my heroes for a long time, and it was pretty cool to get to race with them. I am very happy to have raced this event and hope to do a few more.”




As the action in the Western Regional Supercross Lites class championship returns to action, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Josh Hansen used last week to rest his injured hand. He looks to maintain his points lead in the AMA Supercross Lites Western Region before the seven week break.




“I’ve been focused on getting my hand back to a good place where I can race as hard as I can this weekend,” said Hansen. “It’s not going to be easy, but I’m definitely staying positive.”




Hansen’s teammate Broc Tickle is only eight points behind in the standings and is looking for his second win of the season. His first win came at the rain-soaked track in Oakland, and with the forecast calling for rain, he is hoping that his luck will return.




“I did well in the wet in Oakland so maybe that will also be the case in San Diego,” said Tickle. “I’ve been working really hard during our week off and I want to be able to go into the break on a high note.”




After sitting out Anaheim 2 due to a back injury, Tyla Rattray looks to make his return in San Diego.




“I’m still a bit sore, but I rode for the first time on Monday and it went pretty well,” said Rattray. I should be strong enough for the race on Saturday. I really want to get back out there so I’m going to do everything I can to make it happen.”




Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster retail locations, charge by phone at (800) 745-3000, and participating Yamaha dealers. Practice and qualifying begins at 12:30 pm (weather permitting), and the main event begins at 7:00 p.m. Gold Circle tickets are available for $35 Adult/Child; Mid-Level $30 Adult/Child; Press-Level $30 Adult/Child; Treadhead $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).


Quick links on Supercross.com:



San Diego Supercross Media Day Interview with James Stewart



Andrew Short interviews Ken Roczen at the San Diego Supercross Media Day


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