How many people remember the opening round of AMA Supercross 2011 back in January at Angel Stadium in Anaheim? Do you remember who won? How about the Lites West class? Let’s flashback to the opening round of AMA Supercross 2011, as we look forward to the 2012 season. Below is the original article from “Anaheim 1” 2011.
Ryan Villopoto wins opening round of Supercross 2011, an AMA / FIM World Championship at Angel Stadium of Anaheim! Josh Hansen wins opening round of Supercross West Regional Lites class, as Monster Energy Pro-Circuit Kawasaki sweeps the podium!
It was a beautiful afternoon in southern California. And now, the top supercross racers in the world get ready to battle Saturday night in Anaheim.
250 West Heat 1 – first race of 2011 Supercross! The holeshot goes to number 20 – Pro Circuit rider Broc Tickle! Also in this race – Ryan Morais on Suzuki, Tyla Rattray is his first season of supercross, and Eli Tomac is his first season of supercross.
Lap times around 1 minute 2 seconds for the fastest guys.
The top four in this six lap heat – Tickle first, Morais second, Tomac third, Rattray fourth.
Tyla Rattray makes his AMA Supercross debut.
250 Heat 2 – Hole-shot goes to Josh Hansen number 100 on the Pro Circuit Kawasaki! This race has Josh Hansen winning, N. Paluzzi second, T Baker third, and GP racer Ken Roczen fourth in his first ever AMA Supercross.
450 Heat 1 – hole-shot to Justin Brayton! Team mate Davi Millsaps is second … but Kevin Windham moving into point position right away. Supercross Champion Ryan Dungey is back in fifth.
At the end of this eight lap heat race, it’s number 10 Justin Brayton. Kevin Windham second, Ryan Dungey third, and Davi Millsaps fourth, in his first race for Joe Gibbs Racing.
Bubba’s first supercross race in almost a year.
450 Heat 2 – it’s Ryan Villopoto with ‘attitude’ out front. He’s followed by Brett Metcalfe … but here comes James Stewart and Chad Reed!
Villopoto is leading, but it’s James Stewart with some attitude. He’s right on Ryan’s back tire! Oh the lap six, Stewart makes the pass on Villopoto! At the finish of this eight lap race, with the fastest guys running 57 second lap times. its Stewart with the win. Villopoto second, Metcalfe third, and Chad Reed fourth.
Josh Hansen wins heat 2 and the 250 main event.
250 West Main Event – 20 riders. 15 laps. Broc Tickle number 20 is the first lap leader, followed by team-mate Josh Hansen number 100. Both on Pro Circuit Kawaski’s. Third is another Pro Circuit Kawasaki team-mate of theirs – 2008 World MX 2 Champion Tyla Rattray.
Hansen moves around team-mate Tickle and into the lead. It’s Pro Circuit Kawasaki 1, 2, 3 at the checkered! Josh Hansen winning! Broc Tickle second, and Tyla Rattray third! Ken Roczen finishes seventh is his first AMA Supercross main event.
Monster Energy Pro-Circuit Kawasaki sweeps the podium. (L-R) Tyla Rattray, Josh Hansen & Broc Tickle.
Supercross Main Event – 20 laps – 20 riders. It’s Ivan Tedesco in first! Followed closely by Ryan Villopoto. Suzuki team mates Brett Metcalfe and Ryan Dungey battling in third and fourth. Then Kevin Windham, Josh Grant, Mike Alessi, Davi Millsaps, Trey Canard. James Stewart ninth. Chad Reed 12th.
On lap four, Ryan Villopoto moves into the lead! And over the next few laps, a lot of position changes! On lap ten – it’sÃ‚Â Villopoto leading second place Ryan Dungey by almost ten seconds. Trey Canard is third. James Stewart is next, then Ivan Tedesco, then Kevin Windham, followed by Chad Reed.
Ryan Villopoto cruises for an easy victory in A1.
On lap 13, Stewart has passed Trey Canard. The running order is – Villopoto first, Dungey second, Stewart third, Canard, Tedesco, Windham, Reed, Metcalfe, Josh Grant, Andrew Short, Kyle Chisholm, Nick Wey, Kyle Regal, Mike Alessi and J Thomas.
At the finish, Ryan Villopoto has won the opening round of Supercross 2011! 2010 Champion Ryan Dungey finishes second. And James Stewart third. Trey Canard fourth, Chad Reed fifth, and then Kevin Windham.
(L-R) James Stewart, Ryan Villopoto & Ryan Dungey.
What does this all mean? Well, a few things. Ryan Villopoto is 100% healthy and at full race speed. Ryan Dungey is there every week, and second is good, especially in a long series that is just starting. James Stewart finished third in what is really his first supercross race in almost a year. Trey Canard is now full time 450 Supercross class, and fourth place is a good showing. Chad Reed is on a new team, of which he is also ‘owner’, and on a new bike – Honda. Fifth is not bad in their first showing.
Looking forward to the next race – next Saturday in Phoenix!
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