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Las Vegas Supercross – 2011 Series Finale – Preview for Saturday’s race action

Four Titles on the Line as Season Finale

Below you’ll find links helpful on Supercross.com for the 2011 AMA Supercross Series Finale in Las Vegas this weekend.

But first, courtesy Feld Motor Sports:



The greatest season in Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, history will come to a dramatic conclusion on Saturday with the highly-anticipated season finale from Las Vegas Sam Boyd Stadium. A packed house will welcome the world’s best riders as Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto looks to secure his first-career Supercross class title. For the first time in Monster Energy Supercross history, four titles will be awarded at the season finale at Sam Boyd Stadium, including the Supercross class, Eastern/Western Regional Supercross Lites and Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Shootout titles.




On the heels of capturing his championship-leading sixth win of the season in Salt Lake City, Villopoto now holds a nine-point lead over TwoTwo Motorsports/Bel-Ray Racing’s Chad Reed while reigning Monster Energy Supercross Champion Ryan Dungey sits 12 points behind for the Rockstar/Makita Suzuki squad.




Last Saturday, Villopoto entered the penultimate round of the championship with just a nine-point advantage over his three closest challengers, Reed, Dungey, and San Manuel Yamaha’s James Stewart. Coming off back-to-back wins at the previous two rounds, a determined Stewart put himself in position to win again in Utah, grabbing the holeshot and opening up an early lead. However, on Lap 8, Stewart fell to the ground after losing his front end, handing the lead and second place over to Villopoto and Reed, who were engaged in battle. Upon remounting in third, Stewart crashed hard in the whoops, allowing Dungey to take over the position.




Once out front, Villopoto continued to charge, opening up a gap over Reed and fending off his rivals advances over the final laps. Dungey rounded out the podium in third while Stewart soldiered home to 10th. As a result of his misfortune, Stewart lost considerable ground to Villopoto in the standings, but still remains within reach of the title, 23 points out of the lead.

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“We have all done our work this year, and it is paying off,” said Villopoto. “It is a lot easier going into Vegas with a nine-point lead. Hopefully, I will be standing on top of the box.”




Never before in the 38-year history of Monster Energy Supercross have four riders entered the final race of the championship with a shot at the coveted title. The 2011 championship has been witness to arguably the most competitive action the sport has ever seen, boasting five different winners. Additionally, past champions Reed, Dungey and Stewart have been challenged by a pair of former Supercross Lites champions in Villopoto and Supercross class rookie Trey Canard, who won three races for American Honda before suffering a season-ending injury a few weeks ago. On any given week, the action has been unpredictable with extremely heavy parity and some of the most dramatic moments of misfortune experienced by each of the title contenders.




Over the course of the previous 16 weeks of racing, the points lead has changed hands on five different occasions among three riders. Through it all, the championship has culminated in the most captivating title fight of all time and in just a few days, a record number of riders will engage in battle to determine who will walk away from Las Vegas as champion.




While the biggest names of the Supercross class lay it all on the line on Saturday night, the rising stars of the Supercross Lites class will determine the respective Eastern- and Western-Regional champions for the first time ever inside Sam Boyd Stadium.




The ultra-competitive Supercross Lites Western Regional Championship took another dramatic turn in Salt Lake City as GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac captured his second-career win in what has been an impressive rookie season. Now, the title fight is closer than ever with Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Broc Tickle, who finished third in Salt Lake City, holding just a two-point lead over his rookie rival. As a result, whichever rider finishes ahead of the other will likely be crowned with his first-career championship.




After a two-race break, the Supercross Lites Eastern Regional Championship will also bring its 2011 season to a close in Las Vegas. With three wins and a podium result in all eight races so far this season, GEICO Honda’s Justin Barcia sits 20 points ahead of Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson. The up-and coming riders have been the class of the field throughout the season and like their West-Region counterparts, one of these riders will leave Sam Boyd Stadium with his first-career title.




Following the final main events for each respective region, the 20 fastest Supercross Lites class riders in the country will go head-to-head for pride and prestige in the annual Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Shootout. The one-of-a-kind race is the lone opportunity for fans and riders to determine which young star stands amongst the rest via an intense 10-lap battle.




The final race of the 2011 Monster Energy Supercross season takes place this Saturday, May 7 with practice and qualifying beginning at 12:30 p.m., and the main event starting at 7:00
p.m.Salt Lake City race results and points, along with photos, are here.



Past Winners in Las Vegas




Supercross Class: May 8, 2010: Ryan Dungey, May 2, 2009: Ryan Villopoto, May 3, 2008: Chad Reed, May 5, 2007: James Stewart, May 06, 2006: James Stewart, May 7, 2005: Chad Reed, May 1, 2004: Kevin Windham, May 03, 2003: Chad Reed, May 04, 2002: Ricky Carmichael, May 05, 2001: Ricky Carmichael, May 06, 2000: Jeremy McGrath, May 01, 1999: Jeremy McGrath, May 02, 1998: Jeremy McGrath, May 17, 1997: Doug Henry, June 10, 1995: Jeff Emig, June 11, 1994: Jeremy McGrath, June 12, 1993: Jeff Stanton, April 25, 1992: Jean-Michel Bayle, May 04, 1991: Mike LaRocco, March 17, 1990: Jeff Matiasevich




Supercross Lites Class: May 8, 2010: Jake Weimer, May 2, 2009: Christophe Pourcel, May 3, 2008: Ryan Dungey, May 7, 2007: Ryan Dungey, May, 06, 2006: Andrew Short, May 7, 2005: Davi Millsaps, May 1, 2004: James Stewart, May 03, 2003: Andrew Short, May 04, 2002: James Stewart, May 05, 2001: Nate Ramsey, May 06, 2000: Travis Pastrana, May 01, 1999: Nate Ramsey, May 02, 1998: Ricky Carmichael, May 17, 1997: Kevin Windham, June 10, 1995: Ryan Hughes, June 11, 1994: Ryan Hughes, June 12, 1993: Damon Huffman, April 25, 1992: Jeremy McGrath, May 04, 1991: Jeremy McGrath, March 17, 1990: Jeremy McGrath




SPEED will broadcast the AMA Supercross class and the AMA Supercross Lites class races live at 10:00 p.m. EST/7:00 p.m. PST.




First time winners in Las Vegas: Jeff Matiasevich (1990); Mike LaRocco (1991); Jeff Emig (1995)




Jeremy McGrath has a combined seven wins in Las Vegas; three Lites class wins and four Supercross class wins




From 1993-2002, Jeremy McGrath competed in 155 of the 156 Supercross class races held; the only race he missed was in Las Vegas




From 1996-2002, McGrath made 110 consecutive starts, and Chad Reed had made 116 starts from 2003 to 2010




In 1997, Doug Henry made history when he won the Supercross class race in Las Vegas on a Yamaha four-stroke, marking the first-time a four-stroke motorcycle won a Supercross class main event




Supercross Class “What If’s”




If Ryan Villopoto wins, it will be his first Supercross class championship and Kawasaki’s seventh Supercross class championship: ’76; ’85, ’87; ’97; ’01, ’07, ’11?




Kawasaki will become the first brand in Supercross class history to win a championship in five different decades




If Chad Reed wins, it will be his third Supercross class championship. ’04, ’08, ’11?




If Reed wins, it will be Honda’s 16th Supercross class championship: ’82-’84, ’86, ’88-’96, ’02-’03, ’11?




If Reed wins, It would be Honda’s first championship since 2003




If Reed wins, he would join Jeremy McGrath, Ricky Carmichael and James Stewart as riders to win a Supercross title on two brands; Carmichael won a title on three brands




It Dungey wins, it will be Suzuki’s fifth Supercross class title




If Dungey wins, he would join Bob Hannah, Jeff Stanton, McGrath, and Carmichael as the only racers to win the Supercross championship back-to-back




Supercross Lites Class “What If’s”




If Honda can win both regional championships, it would be the first time since 1991 that they have swept both titles




Honda’s last Western Regional Supercross Lites class championship occurred in 2002 and their last Eastern Regional Supercross Lites class championship in 2008




Supercross Laps Lead: James Stewart 118, Ryan Villopoto 80, Trey Canard 53, Chad Reed 33, Ryan Dungey 21, Kevin Windham 10, Ivan Tedesco 4, Brett Metcalfe 1




Supercross Lites Class Laps Lead: Justin Barcia 60, Josh Hansen 34, Eli Tomac 33, Cole Seely 30, Broc Tickle  22, Blake Baggett 22, Dean Wilson 15, Ryan Sipes 12, Blake Wharton 11, Ken Roczen 1




You’ve been asking, and here it is – courtesy of Feld Motor Sports – The schedule of events for the Supercross Finale at Sam Boyd Stadium Saturday in Las Vegas




Saturday




11:00am – 11:30am Rider’s Track Walk (includes 65 & 85 riders)


11:30am – 11:45am 65 & 85 Mandatory Riders Meeting at AMA Truck


11:30am – 11:45pm Riders Meeting (Mandatory)


11:45pm – 12:00pm Chapel Service


12:20pm – 12:28pm Lites Group C Free Practice


12:30pm – 12:38pm Lites East Free Practice


12:40pm – 12:48pm Lites West Free Practice


12:50pm – 12:58pm SX Group A Free Practice


1:00pm – 1:08pm SX Group B Free Practice


1:10pm – 1:18pm 65cc Practice


1:20pm – 1:28pm 85cc Practice


1:30pm – 1:45pm Track Maintenance


1:45pm – 1:55pm Lites Group C Qualifying Practice


1:59pm – 2:09pm Lites East Qualifying Practice


2:13pm – 2:23pm Lites West Qualifying Practice


2:27pm – 2:37pm SX Group A Qualifying Practice


2:41pm – 2:51pm SX Group B Qualifying Practice


2:55pm – 3:03pm 65cc Heat (4 laps)


3:07pm – 3:15pm 85cc Heat (4 laps)


3:15pm – 3:35pm Track Maintenance


3:35pm – 3:45pm Lites Group C Qualifying Practice


3:50pm – 4:00pm Lites West Qualifying Practice


4:05pm – 4:15pm Lites East Qualifying Practice


4:20pm – 4:30pm SX Group A Qualifying Practice


4:35pm – 4:45pm SX Group B Qualifying Practice


4:50pm – 5:00pm 65cc Main Event (6 laps)


5:05pm – 5:15pm 85cc Main Event (6 laps)


5:15pm – 5:30pm 65cc & 85cc Victory Circle


5:15pm – 6:45pm Track Maintenance






Evening Program




7:00pm – 7:30pm Opening Ceremonies


7:30pm – 7:50pm Supercross Lites Main Event*** – 15 Laps, 20 Riders (1-9 to Shootout, 10-20 to LCQ)


7:50pm – 8:00pm Lites East Victory Circle


8:00pm – 8:20pm Supercross Lites Main Event*** – 15 Laps, 20 Riders (1-9 to Shootout, 10-20 to LCQ)


8:20pm – 8:30pm Lites West Victory Circle


8:30pm – 8:40pm Supercross Heat #1 – 8 Laps, 20 Riders (1-9 to Main Event, 10-20 to LCQ)


8:40pm – 8:50pm Supercross Heat #2 – 8 Laps, 20 Riders (1-9 to Main Event, 10-20 to LCQ)


8:50pm – 9:15pm Track Maintenance


9:15pm – 9:25pm Supercross Lites East/West Last Chance Qualifier – 4 Laps, 22 Riders (1-2 to Main)


9:25pm – 9:35pm Supercross Last Chance Qualifier – 6 Laps, 22 Riders (1-2 to Main)


9:40pm – 9:45pm Supercross Lites Parade Lap


9:45pm – 10:00pm Supercross Lites Dave Coombs Sr. Memorial East-West Shootout Main, 10 Laps, 20 Riders 


10:00pm – 10:05pm Supercross Lites Shootout Victory Circle


10:05pm – 10:10pm Supercross Parade Lap


10:10pm – 10:35pm Supercross Main Event – 20 Laps, 20 Riders


10:35pm – 10:45pm Supercross Victory Circle




Notes: For this event, the Lites purse will be paid out for the east-west shootout only. The east and west main events will only pay Championship points.




For the Lites class, the 20 fastest east riders from timed qualifying will be seeded in the east coast main event and the 20 fastest west riders from timed qualifying will be seeded in the west coast main event.




***Lites main event order (east/west) will be determined by coin toss held at the riders meeting.




For the Supercross class, the 40 fastest riders from Timed Qualifying will advance to the evening program (the Fast 40). In the Supercross Class only, a rider who is currently in the Top 10 in points that fails to make the Fast 40 will be placed as 21st gate pick in the first heat race
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