Round 13 – Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series 2013 – Houston
The 2013 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series makes it’s annual stop at Houston’s Reliant Stadium, home of the NFL’s Houston Texan’s football team. Defending champion Ryan Villopoto bests Ryan Dungey in the 450 Main Event. In the 250 East SX Main Event, Blake Wharton beats Wil Hahn & Marvin Musquin
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Notes: James Decotis is off to live in Europe and race the FIM Motocross World Championship series for the CLS MX2 Kawasaki Monster Energy Pro Circuit Team. Chad Reed had knee surgery, but should be back on the bike very soon. He says “I am excited to be getting the surgery so I can get back to being 100 percent healthy. My knee surgery that I had last year unfortunately has not healed completely and I was hoping to make it all the way through supercross and motocross to get it fixed in the off-season. I think it is best that I get it fixed as soon as possible and then get back on the bike ASAP as well. I am looking forward to getting back out there, representing my sponsors and my team, and having fun with the fans.” Trey Canard is back racing today, as he missed the Toronto event due to concussion. Pro Circuit has signed Arenacross Champion Tyler Bowers (#68) for at least the next two races, including tonight.
The track and dirt are in perfect condition. There is one straight-a-way with a series of whoops that are really giving the riders a challenge. In between the first and second timed practices, there are tractors on that section of track smoothing it out just a little bit.
In timed 250 East Qualifying, it’s Marvin Musquin on top with the quickest lap at 52.02 seconds. Next is Wil Hahn 52.45, Tyler Bowers 53.19, Gavin Faith 53.39, and AJ Catanzaro 53.69. Then Friese, Wharton, Thompson, Larsen, and Freeberg round out the top ten of 61 riders.
In the premiere 450 SX class Qualifying it’s another Red Bull KTM on top – Ryan Dungey – 51.2 seconds . Trey Canard is next at 51.57, James Stewart third at 51.61, Justin Barcia fourth – 51.88, Ryan Villopoto 51.99 seconds. Then Davi Millsaps 52.1, followed by Brayton, Hill, Goerke, and Nicoletti.
250 East Heat 1 – the start of this six lap race goes to number 19 Wil Hahn. Hahn is not messing around! He’s stretching out a big lead. Second is Cole Thompson, third Lance Vincent. At the finish it’s Hahn with the win, then Thompson, Vince Friese, Vincent, and Gavin Faith.
250 East Heat 2 – Guess who? Marvin Musquin! Number 25 on the Red Bull KTM! Arenacross Champion Tyler Bowers is in second place, then Blake Wharton third.
Musquin is riding beautifully. Bowers is strong in second. Wharton retains third. And that’s how they finish – Musquin with the win, Bowers second, then Wharton, Jackson Richardson, and Mitchell Oldenburg.
450 SX Heat 1 – Trey Canard with the holeshot – and then there is a big pile up in the second corner. Let’s see how this settles out …
At the end of the third lap of this eight lap race, it’s Trey Canard leading. Josh Hill (75) is second. Justin Barcia is third. Davi Millsaps is 12th – a victim of that pile up …
Canard is out front, Barcia has moved to second … and Millsaps has rocketed into fourth!
Trey Canard wins this race. Justin Barcia second. Josh Hill third. Davi Millsaps fourth. Jake Weimer fifth.
450 SX Heat 2 – The start goes to … Mike Alessi! Ryan Villopoto is second. James Stewart is sixth. Ryan Dungey is even further back.
A little bit into lap two – and Villopoto goes inside of Alessi on a left hand corner to overtake for the lead. The running order at the end of this lap – Villopoto, Alessi, Stewart, Matt Goerke, Broc Tickle, Justin Brayton and Weston Peick. Ryan Dungey is back in eighth.
And the Red Flag comes out after the next lap! This race is stopped! (There are two riders down on the track, having crashed earlier in the race.)
This restart will be a ‘staggered start’. They don’t restart from the starting gate, but literally lined up, with the leader (Ryan Villopoto) at the head of the line. Then Alessi, then Stewart, etc.
The race will still go eight laps total. The first person to make a move on the restarted first lap – James Stewart passes Alessi to take over second. And Ryan Dungey quickly moves into fifth!
Just past the halfway point now – Villopoto leading, Stewart about 1.5 seconds behind him.
At the end of this race, Ryan Villopoto comes away with the win! James Stewart second. Mike Alessi third. Ryan Dungey fourth. And Matt Goerke fifth.
15 lap 250 East Main Event – about seven riders crash in various places in the first corner. The leader is … Blake Wharton! But before the end of the first lap Marvin Musquin has gone past Wharton and into the lead! Then – at the beginning of the next lap – Wharton returns the favors and re-passes Musquin!
As they start the third lap – it’s Wharton first, Musquin second, and Wil Hahn is third!
These top three – also the top three in the series points, are pulling away from the rest of the pack.
Lap six – Musquin makes a mistake going into a tight right hand corner. He tried to go inside Wharton, went into the track markers, then fell over.
It’s now Wharton leading, Wil Hahn chasing in second, and Musquin retains third place.
Hahn is closing on Wharton. And they are starting to run into lappers. Musquin is third, about seven seconds behind Hahn.
At the end of this 15 lap main event, Blake Wharton has done it! He wins! Wil Hahn is second, Marvin Musquin is third. Tyler Bowers finishes fourth. (Results below.)
Hahn now leads Musquin by 8 points as the series heads to Minneapolis next week.
Wharton said afterwards “The track was rough, it had some tricky spots. It feels good to win anywhere, but it feels especially good to win here where I grew up. I want to keep improving.”
20 lap 450 Main Event – another holeshot by Mike Alessi. But before the end of lap one, it’s Ryan Villopoto into the lead! At the end of lap two, Villopoto first, Trey Canard into second, Alessi third, then Ryan Dungey, and James Stewart.
Lap four – Villopoto is already starting to stretch out a lead. Trey Canard is second. Ryan Dungey is third. Then James Stewart. Davi Millsaps is … seventh.
As Villopoto pulls away on lap seven, there is a good battle going on between Trey Canard, Ryan Dungey, and James Stewart. Dungey moves past Canard, .. then a few corners later Stewart goes past Canard.
As Villopoto reaches the halfway point, he’s got a five second lead over Dungey. Stewart very close. Then Canard, then Barcia … just a ways back is Millsaps. And just before the finish line jump – James Stewart slides out and crashes. Stewart remounts … but he’s riding slowly around the track. He pulls of the track and into the mechanics area … Stewart comes back out onto the track after mechanics adjust things near the front of the bike.
Villopoto is on his way to his fifth win in a row. His eighth win of the season. The 32nd SX Main Event win of his career. And possibly heading towards his third supercross championship in a row.
Lap 15 – Villopoto leads Dungey by 4.5 seconds. A ways back in third is Trey Canard. He’s chased by teammate Justin Barcia. And Davi Millsaps is in fifth. Stewart has pulled off the track ..
Ryan Villopoto has done it – fifth win in a row, eighth of the season, 32nd of his career. Ryan Dungey finishes second. Third goes to Trey Canard, then Justin Barcia and Davi Millsaps (results below).
Ryan Villopoto now leads Davi Millsaps by 21 points, with Dungey four points behind Millsaps.
Ryan Villopoto said afterwards “It’s huge winning tonight. The track was so tough. I got a great start. You have to make things happen quick. I wanted to push forward right away and be in front before we started getting into lappers.”
250 East Main Event Results:
- Blake Wharton – SUZ
- Wil Hahn – HON
- Marvin Musquin – KTM
- Tyler Bowers – KAW
- Gavin Faith – HON
- Cole Thompson – HON
- PJ Larsen –
- L Vincent – KTM
- D Herriein – HON
- S Clarke – KTM
- L Kilbarger – HON
- Z Williams – HON
- Vince Friese – HON
- J Richardson – HON
- R Zimmer – HON
- B Ripple – KTM
- A J Catanzaro – KAW
- C Crawford – KAW
- Mitchell Oldemburg – HON
- Zack Freeberg – HON
250 East Point standings:
- Wil Hahn – 156
- Marvin Musquin – 148
- Blake Wharton – 133
- Vince Friese – 89
- Dean Wilson – 87
- Gavin Faith – 82
- Kyle Peters – 78
- Cole Thompson – 72
- Jeremy Martin – 71
- Justin Hill – 68
- James Decotis – 66
- PJ Larsen – 54
- Mitchell Oldenburg – 51
- Lance Vincent – 51
- AJ Catanzaro – 49
- Zach Bell – 37
- Zack Freeberg – 36
- Levi Kilbarger – 34
- Jackson Richardson – 33
- Steven Clarke – 27
450 Main Event Results:
- Ryan Villopoto – KAW
- Ryan Dungey – KTM
- Trey Canard – HON
- Justin Barcia – HON
- Davi Millsaps – SUZ
- Justin Brayton – YAM
- Andrew Short – KTM
- Josh Hill – SUZ
- Jake Weimer – KAW
- Broc Tickle – SUZ
- Matt Goerke – KTM
- P Nicoletti – YAM
- Robert Kiniry – YAM
- L Smith – KTM
- Chris Blose – YAM
- Kyle Partridge –
- Weston Peick – SUZ
- Adam Enticknap –
- James Stewart – SUZ
- Mike Alessi – SUZ
450 Point standings:
- Ryan Villopoto – 277
- Davi Millsaps – 256
- Ryan Dungey – 252
- Justin Barcia – 202
- Chad Reed – 196
- Trey Canard – 185
- James Stewart – 171
- Andrew Short – 162
- Justin Brayton – 137
- Broc Tickle – 133
- Matt Goerke – 129
- Jake Weimer – 106
- Mike Alessi – 85
- Weston Peick – 63
- Eli Tomac – 52
- Josh Hill – 50
- Robert Kiniry – 45
- Josh Grant – 40
- Jimmy Albertson – 38
- Kyle Chisholm – 38
Just in case you missed some of what was published on Supercross.com this past week …
- Review of the 2012 SX race in Houston
- Review the last SX race in Toronto two weeks ago
- Last weekend’s World MX GP in Holland
- Interview with Giuseppe Luongo
- April Fools articles – Travis Pastrana’s head transplant & Supercross.com’s own 2014 SX / MX Schedule!