2011 AMA Supercross Series Champion Ryan Villopoto opens 2012 season with win in Angel Stadium of Anaheim Supercross Main event. Chad Reed finishes second, with Ryan Dungey third. Cole Seely wins 250 West Main Event (more photos below!)
Another great southern California day. Early morning fog and cold has given way to clear sunny skies by 11:30am. Track walk for teams and riders has begun.
Track walk – 11:08am Pacific Time – Angel Stadium, Anaheim California
In the premiere Supercross class, the top qualifying lap times: James Stewart on top with a time of 1 minute even, Ryan Villopoto next 1.01.628, Ryan Dungey 1.02.120, Justin Brayton 1.02.34, Jake Weimer 1.02.53, Kevin Windham 1.02.96, Chad Reed 1.02.96, Andrew Short 1.03.34, and rounding out the top ten of 53 qualifiers – Austin Stroupe – 1.03.42.
In the 250 West qualifying, top lap times – Ryan Sipes on top with 1.02.21, Cole Seely 1.02.60, Zach Osborne – MX GP contender – 1.02.61, Eli Tomac 1.02.78, Dean Wilson 1.02.79, two time World MX2 Champion Marvin Musquin 1.02.96 and down from there for the 72 qualifiers.
James Stewart had the fastest qualifying time
7:36pm – the first race of the 2012 AMA Supercross season takes off – 250 West Heat 1 – it’s number 28 on the Pro Circuit Kawasaki – Tyla Rattray out front! But number 58 Wil Hahn makes his move and into the lead. As they start lap three – it’s Hahn out front, Rattray – a former World MX 2 champion – second. Two time World MX2 Champion Marvin Musquin is third on his Red Bull KTM – in his first ever AMA Supercross race. He’s followed by Cole Seely and Travis Baker of the Troy Lee team.
After six laps – this race concludes – 58, 28, 38, 34, and 51. Wil Hahn with the win. Tyla Rattray second. Marvin Musquin third. Cole Seely fourth, and Travis Baker fifth.
The track is in great condition, the weather is perfect, and it’s a sold out crowd here in Anaheim.
250 West Heat 2 – it’s 7:49pm as the gate drops, and it’s number 31 on Suzuki Martin Davalos with the lead. And he has a big lead over second place number 15 Dean Wilson. Third is Ryan Marmont on KTM. Fourth Nico Izzi on Yamaha, and GP runner Zach Osborne fifth on Yamaha. This race will go six laps as well.
On the last lap, Dean Wilson is closing on Davalos! He’s right behind him. Davalos takes the checkered flag, with Wilson just one bike length behind in second. Third goes to Nico Izzi, fourth Zach Osborne, and fifth Matt Moss. Eli Tomac, after falling at the start, came up to seventh, and then had a mechanical issue.
Supercross Heat 1 – 8:04pm. Mike Alessi with the holeshot on his Suzuki. He’s chased by Chad Reed. Third is Davi Millsaps. Supercross Series Champion Ryan Villopoto starts outside the top 10.
On lap three, Chad Reed moves past Alessi and into the lead. It’s Reed first, Alessi second, Millsaps third. Then Ryan Morais, Broc Tickle, Josh Hansen, Ryan Villopoto, and Chris Blose. This race will go eight laps.
Villopoto is on the move, while Reed sails out front. Villopoto passes Millsaps and moves into third on the last lap. The top three tighten up at the end, but Chad Reed wins it. Mike Alessi is second. Ryan Villopoto third. Followed by Millsaps, Morais, Tickle, Hansen.
Supercross Heat 2 – 8:20pm. The holeshot goes to … it’s really close between Ryan Dungey and Brett Metcalfe! But Andrew Short emerges with the lead as they settle in! On the second lap, Andrew, on the number 29 Honda leads, he’s chased by Ryan Dungey, and Ivan Tedesco. Fourth is …. James Stewart!
Stewart moves to third. He’s now chasing Dungey. And on lap three – he moves past Dungey into second. Lap three has Short out front, Stewart is closing, Dungey third. These three have bunched up together.
Shorty, riding for Supercross.com Honda, is holding off Stewart. On lap five, after a close battle, Stewart edges into the lead. It’s Stewart first, Short right behind, and Dungey right behind Short. Good race. Fourth is Tedesco, and fifth is Jake Weimer.
Last lap – Stewart out front. Short holding off Dungey. With just four corners left in the race, Dungey moves past Short. James Stewart wins! Ryan Dungey second, Andrew Short third. Fourth Jake Weimer, and fith Ivan Tedesco. Brett Metcalfe finishes sixth.
In the four lap 250 LCQ – number 17 Eli Tomac on the GEICO Honda dominated the race.
The six lap Supercross LCQ – dominated by number 10 Justin Brayton on the Muscle Milk American Honda team.
9:18pm. The 250 Main Event line up are taking their warm up lap.
9:23pm. The gate drops. They’ll go 15 laps. The leader at the start is number 59 … but no matter. Tyla Rattray is in first as they come by the main grandstands triple jump on the first lap.
Two laps in – Tyla Rattray is in first. Dean Wilson second. But here comes Cole Seely! By the third lap, Rattray out front, but Seely is pushing hard. Dean Wilson comfortably in third. Fourth is number 58 Wil Hahn. Fifth is Vince Friese.
Changes as they start lap five. Cole Seely has taken over the lead! Tyla Rattray is next, followed by Dean Wilson, Wil Hahn, and Ryan Sipes. Next is Marvin Musquin, then Eli Tomac. Rattray is pushing Seely hard. And Hahn is pushing Wilson hard now.
More changes as they reach the halfway point of this race. Cole Seely is comfortably out front. Tyla is second. Dean Wilson third. Eli Tomac has moved into fourth, and Marvin Musquin is fifth. They are all running very close lap times – all around 1 minute 2 seconds per lap.
Cole Seely has taken the win! His second ever 250 West Regional win! Second goes to Tyla Rattray! And Eli Tomac moves up to third at the checkered! Marvin Musquin fourth in his first ever AMA Supercross! Fifth goes to Ryan Sipes. Dean Wilson fell and finished sixth.
20 lap Supercross Main Event – 9:55pm. The premiere Supercross class literally blasts off the starting line. The first corner leader – Ryan Villopoto! It’s Villopoto, Tedesco, Reed, M Alessi, and Dungey.
The settle onto the second lap – Ryan Villopoto is leading. Chad Reed is about two seconds behind. Two second behind him in Ivan Tedesco. Villopoto looks fast. Dungey chasing Villopoto. Then it’s Mike Alessi next.
As they start lap four, Villopoto is looking strong out front. Reed is second. Dungey into third. Tedesco next, and James Stewart has moved into fifth.
Lap five – Villopoto, Reed, Dungey. The top three from the 2011 series. James Stewart has moved into fourth. Tedesco is fifth. M Alessi sixth. Andrew Short seventh. Then Justin Brayton, Brett Metcalfe, and Kevin Windham.
The Supercross Champion is making it look easy. He’s got it all going on right now – the bike is good. He’s physically fit. And his mental strength is top notch. Ryan leads on lap eight.
Chad Reed is second. Good podium position for the championship – remember – it’s 17 rounds – a marathon not a sprint. Ryan Dungey is third, also a good finish in consideration for the championship. James Stewart is fourth. He’s a ways behind Dungey. Then comes Tedesco, M Alessi, A Short, and J Brayton.
Lap ten – Dungey has a bobble. Stewart overtakes his position. Top ten run down at the halfway point – Villopoto, Reed, Stewart, Dungey, Tedesco, M Alessi, Short, Brayton, Windham, and Jake Weimer.
Lap 12 – Dungey goes past Stewart and into third again! And now Dungey is catching Reed! And Stewart is right behind! All three former Supercross Champions!
Villopoto is out front by himself – he leads by over 20 seconds on lap 14! Amazing. But the battle for second has the crowd’s attention. Reed, Dungey, Stewart – all close together! Fourth a good ways back is Ivan Tedesco – his best ride in a long time.
At the end of lap 15, Stewart battles past Dungey! It’s Villopoto way out front, Reedy still in second, Stewart third, and Dungey fourth. Lap 16 – Stewart falls going into a left hander! Dungey moves up!
20 laps in – and Ryan Villopoto has done it! Winning in convincing fashion! Chad Reed finishes second! Ryan Dungey third! And Justin Brayton moves up to fourth, with Jake Weimer fifth! James Stewart finishes sixth, Andrew Short seventh, and Kevin Windham eighth.
Eli Tomac video interview
Wil Hahn video interview
Broc Tickle video interview from Anaheim Supercross
250 West 15 Lap Main Event Results
Cole Seely – HON
Tyla Rattray – KAW
Eli Tomac – HON
Marvin Musquin – KTM
Ryan Sipes – YAM
Dean Wilson – KAW
Jason Anderson – SUZ
Wil Hahn – HON
Zach Osborne – YAM
Travis Baker – HON
Supercross 20 Lap Main Event Results
Ryan Villopoto – KAW
Chad Reed – HON
Ryan Dungey – KTM
Justin Brayton – HON
Jake Weimer – KAW
James Stewart – YAM
Andrew Short – HON
Kevin Windham – HON
Mike Alessi – SUZ
Josh Hansen – KAW
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