Preview of the Dallas Supercross 2013

Published February 15th, 2013

Round 7 of the 2013 Monster Energy Supercross Series will be at Cowboys Stadium, home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys football team. Cowboys Stadium has some unique features, especially the ‘big screen’ that literally dominates the inside of the stadium. Even in person, you can’t help but look at the screen much of the time instead of the action on the field or the track.

No matter, Saturday night the big guns of supercross will do battle. And you know the names – current series points leader Davi Millsaps. Defending Champion Ryan Villopoto. Former champions Chad Reed, James Stewart, and Ryan Dungey. And top challengers like Trey Canard and Justin Barcia.

The East 250 Regional series gets going this weekend too. Look for riders like two-time FIM World Motocross Champion Marvin Musquin on the Red Bull KTM number 25, Dean Wilson on the Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki, Dean’s team-mate Darryn Durham, Blake Wharton on the Rockstar Energy Suzuki machine, along with his team-mate Nico Izzi, rookie Justin Hill, GEICO Honda’s Wil Hahn and rookie Zach Bell, and more. Of course, coverage of the race on Supercross.com will be here – http://supercross.com/news/

Below courtesy Two-Two Motorsports, GEICO Honda, and Feld Motorsports

Chad Reed is the winningest rider in Dallas history, with four main event wins. He says “We came so close again last week, but yet again the chance to challenge for a win just slipped away. Everything was in place and I felt comfortable, so to come away with another fifth from the weekend was frustrating. We do know we’re on the verge of a win though, and I was able to show that, without the first lap incidents of the other weeks, I am able to push as hard as I ever have. I’ve had some good wins here in Dallas in the past, obviously last season still hangs over us as a real negative from 2012, so the goal is to come away with a positive this weekend.”

Wil Hahn of GEICO Honda says “I’ve been ready to go racing since January. But you have to wait your turn, and I feel like the East is a good choice for me this year. It’s cool because I’ll get to start the year with my family and all my friends from Dallas. It’s been a while since I’ve had a full off-season to prepare. The last few times it’s been a very rushed process because of past injuries and other mishaps I’ve had. It’s nice to have my body healed and to have the time to test my bike. I’m looking forward to the season. We go to a lot of cool stadiums in the East. You can really feel the energy in those big, packed indoor stadiums.

And team-mate Zach Bell says “I’ve been working on Supercross tracks and I’m feeling really good. I’ve been working my butt off and have been getting some great help in training and with the technical stuff on the track. I want to start the year healthy and have some fun out there. Hopefully, I’ll get holeshots and ride up front. I just want to run my own races out there. Right now, I don’t feel like I have a point to prove.”

The team’s third East rider, Justin Bogle, is listed as week-to-week while recovering from a wrist injury. He will not compete in Dallas. He said “I’ve been doing everything I can to get back as soon as I can. I’ve been going to physical therapy five times a week and I’m riding my bicycle to keep my fitness up. I’ll be ready to go as soon as my wrist lets me.

450 SX Class: Dallas/Fort-Worth

* The first race was held on February 28, 1975, and Jimmy Ellis won on a Can-Am
* This will be the 33rd time the gate will drop for a 450SX Class race in Dallas/Fort-Worth area
* This will be the fourth race in Cowboys Stadium
* In 1986, David Bailey won his last race in this market
* In 1983, Mike Bell won his last race in this market
* In 1997, Jeff Emig won his last race in this market
* Ellis gave Can-Am their first ever win in 1975
* In 1977, there were nine different brands in the top 20 in this market: Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Maico, Suzuki, Penton, Husqvarna, Bultaco, and Ossa. Can-Am and Jimmy Ellis did not qualify for this race.

450 SX Class: Dallas/Fort-Worth First Time Winners: Jimmy Ellis, Can-Am, 1975, J.M. Bayle, Honda, 1990, Doug Henry, Honda, 1995, James Stewart, Kawasaki, 2005

450SX Class: Wins by Brand in Dallas/Fort-Worth: Honda: 13, Yamaha: 10, Kawasaki: 7, Can-Am: 2
Suzuki: 1

450SX Class: Most Wins by Rider in Dallas/Fort-Worth: Chad Reed: 4, Rick Johnson: 3

250SX Class Stats: Dallas/Fort-Worth

* The first race was held on May 4, 1985, and Bobby Moore would win on a Suzuki
* This will be the 28th time the gate will drop for a 250SX Class race in this market
* Grant Langston gave KTM their first-ever 250SX Class race win in this market in 2001
* Villopoto won the first 250SX Class race of his career in this market in 2006
* Blake Baggett won the first 250SX Class race of his career in this market in 2010

250SX Class: Wins by Brand in Dallas/Fort-Worth: Kawasaki: 9, Suzuki: 6, Honda: 6, Yamaha: 4, KTM: 1

Former Eastern Regional AMA 250SX Class Champions

1985: Eddie Warren, Kawasaki
1986: Keith Turpin, Honda
1987: Ron Tichenor, Suzuki
1988: Todd DeHoop, Suzuki
1989: Damon Bradshaw, Yamaha
1990: Denny Stephenson, Suzuki
1991: Brian Swink, Honda
1992: Brian Swink, Suzuki
1993: Doug Henry, Honda
1994: Ezra Lusk, Suzuki
1995: Mickael Pichon, Kawasaki
1996: Mickael Pichon, Kawasaki
1997: Tim Ferry, Suzuki
1998: Ricky Carmichael, Kawasaki
1999: Ernesto Fonseca, Yamaha
2000: Stephane Roncada, Yamaha
2001: Travis Pastrana, Suzuki
2002: Chad Reed, Yamaha
2003: Branden Jesseman, Suzuki
2004: James Stewart, Kawasaki
2005: Grant Langston, Kawasaki
2006: Davi Millsaps, Honda
2007: Ben Townley, Kawasaki
2008: Trey Canard, Honda
2009: Christophe Pourcel, Kawasaki
2010: Christophe Pourcel, Kawasaki
2011: Justin Barcia, Honda
2012: Justin Barcia, Honda

450 SX Class Laps Led: Davi Millsaps: 37, Ryan Villopoto: 35, Justin Barcia: 20, Ryan Dungey: 19, Trey Canard: 7, Jake Weimer: 1, Mike Alessi: 1

250 SX Class Laps Led: Eli Tomac: 39, Cole Seely: 21, Ken Roczen: 19, Martin Davalos: 7, Jason Anderson: 4

This weekend’s race will be broadcast live on SPEED beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. CT.

 

 

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