Preview of the Oakland Supercross 2013
Series Points Leader Davi Millsaps: The day started off good (last Saturday in Anaheim). I had good qualifying times and felt good on the bike. The bike felt great. The track was pretty gnarly. I went over the bars going into the first turn which is ‘kinda weird. I hit my head a little bit; hurt my wrist, my hands, my fingers, my back and my shoulders. But I won the LCQ, got a decent start in the Main Event, and worked my way into third. I rode in third for 18 laps and ended up going down with two to go. All in all though, it was a good race and I’m happy with the result. I would have been happier with third, but with how the day was – and how it ended – it was pretty good.
Two-time Supercross Champion Chad Reed: We need to keep chipping away and the next thing we need to do is start challenging for the race wins. Today (last Saturday in Anaheim) we showed up with a good bike, changed a click in the suspension settings here and there, but for the most part we didn’t change any hard parts, which was nice. It was good to be on the on podium, we were within the window tonight so it was a much better day. There isn’t enough time in a week and a weekend to get where we need to be but we are getting there slowly and hopefully next weekend we will be down for a win. I’m excited for this next week to polish up the settings a little bit and then try to be better and stronger for next weekend. I feel like it can only get better from here – I need to be consistent, but I also need to win races.
Two-time Supercross Champion James Stewart comments on video below:
Trey Canard: Tonight (last Saturday night in Anaheim) was great and I am very thankful to even be here. It was an uphill battle all week and even today with being sick but I was able to set that aside and make it on the podium. A year ago tonight I was being taken away on a stretcher so I believe it is only by God’s hand that I am able to race today. I can’t thank the whole Team Honda Muscle Milk crew enough for everything that they do and for everyone who has supported me.
250 West SX points leader Eli Tomac: Oakland is a little bit different compared to the rest of our West Coast tracks. The dirt is usually a little bit softer. They get rain and moisture up there a little more often so the base is softer than a lot of the other places. You have to adjust, but soft dirt is something I like, so it should suit me well.
Rockstar Energy Suzuki’s Max Anstie, who will also contest the World Motocross Championships in early March starting in the country of Qatar: We had worked really hard all week and made some real improvements. It was coming together all day (last Saturday in Anaheim) and we were riding solid entering the night show. Throughout the heat race I showed we had what it took to run inside the top five and heading into the Main I felt confident. Unfortunately, shortly after the start, there was a big crash and one of the upside down bikes clipped me. I just got banged up a little bit. It was unfortunate as we had made such good progress the previous week, we were getting things figured out and I was looking forward to having a good race. But I have been working with my doctor and will be back to 100% to have a good race in Oakland this Saturday.
Saturday night’s 450 SX Class race will air on CBS Sunday, January 27 CBS at Noon ET and SPEED will air the 250 SX Class race at 1:00 p.m. ET.
Monster Energy Supercross Notes Package – Oakland, Calif., O.Co Coliseum
Courtesy Feld Motorsports
450SX Class: Oakland Stats
· The first race was held on January 18, 1979, and Jimmy Weinert won on a Kawasaki
· This will be the sixth time the gate will drop in Oakland for a 450SX Class race
· In 1980, Kent Howerton won on a Suzuki
· In 1984, Ron Lechein won a Honda; it was his first race aboard a Honda
· In 1979, Jimmy Weinert used a paddle tire to win on the all sand track in Oakland; the AMA would later outlaw the use of the paddle tire. He also won the last 450SX Class race of his career that year in Daytona.
· James Stewart has won two-in-a-row in Oakland with his 2011 and 2012 wins; the two-time Monster Energy Supercross Champion has yet to earn a win this season
· Stewart’s win last year in Oakland broke a five-race winless streak
· Chad Reed earned the 117th podium of his career and his 126th top five in Oakland last year
· Villopoto earned his 28th career podium finish with a third in Oakland
· Reed, Villopoto, and Ryan Dungey are the only three racers to be in the top five after Oakland
· Andrew Short earned a season-best fifth place and his third top 10 of the 2012 season in Oakland
· The top four finishers in last year’s Main Event in Oakland were former 450SX Class Champions, Stewart, Reed, Dungey and Villopoto, respectively; this was the first time in the sport’s history that this has happened.
450SX Class: Wins by Brand in Oakland: Yamaha: 2, Kawasaki: 1, Suzuki: 1, Honda: 1
250SX Class: Oakland Stats
* This will be the third time the gate will drop for a 250SX Class race in Oakland
* In the inaugural 250SX Class race in Oakland, Broc Tickle would win on a Kawasaki, and last year Eli Tomac scored the win
* Tomac’s win in Oakland was the fourth of his career
* Tomac gave Honda their third win of the season last year
* With a rider on the poidium at last year’s race in Oakland, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s 17-race podium streak was snapped
250SX Class: Wins by brand in Oakland: Kawasaki: 1, Honda: 1
450SX Class Laps Led: Justin Barcia: 20, Davi Millsaps: 17, Ryan Villopoto: 15, Trey Canard: 7, Jake Weimer: 1
250SX Class Laps Led: Eli Tomac: 28, Cole Seely: 10, Martin Davalos: 7