Round 14 – Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series 2013 – Minneapolis
‘Hometown’ favorite Ryan Dungey, the 2010 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Champion tops defending Supercross Champion Ryan Villopoto in the 20 lap 450 Main Event. Villopoto retains points lead. In 250 East SX action, Marvin Musquin wins the 15 lap Main Event over Wil Hahn. Hahn leads Musquin by 5 points now.
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Notes: Chad Reed is back racing. Attendance of 48,846 in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.
In timed 250 East Qualifying, it’s number 25, Marvin Musquin with the quickest lap – 50.03 seconds. Arenacross Champion Tyler Bowers is second – at 50.43 seconds! Third and fourth – Wil Hahn and Blake Wharton – 50.7 & 50.8 respectively. All four of those top riders are in the 50 second per lap range. 47 riders attempted to qualify.
In the premiere 450 SX class Qualifying it’s ‘hometown’ rider Ryan Dungey with the quickest lap – 49.29 seconds. Ryan Villopoto is right behind Dungey – 49.7 seconds. Then James Stewart at 49.76 seconds. Trey Canard 49.85, Justin Barcia 50.12, Josh Hill 50.18, Davi Millsaps 50.2. Chad Reed is tenth at 50.6.
250 East Heat 1 – this race will go six laps. The leader at the end of lap one – Blake Wharton number 13 on Suzuki. By the end of the second lap, Arenacross Champion Tyler Bowers has moved to second. He’s followed by Gavin Faith, Jackson Richardson, and Cole Thompson.
At the finish – it’s Blake Wharton winning, Tyler Bowers second, Gavin Faith third.
250 East Heat 2 – this race should feature Musquin v. Hahn. And at the end of lap one, it’s Marvin Musquin with the lead. He’s followed by David Buller. Wil Hahn is back in 15th.
At the halfway point (three laps in) it’s Musquin leading, followed by David Buller, then Daniel Herrlein, Landen Powell, A J Catanzaro … Wil Hahn is up to ninth.
At the finish – it’s Marvin Musquin with the win. Then Herrlein (393 Honda), Vince Friese (42 Honda), and Wil Hahn all the way up to fourth!
450 SX Heat 1 – the 450 heats go eight laps. Josh Hill, number 75 on the RCH Suzuki, leads on lap one. Josh won the Main Event here back in 2008! He’s followed by Mike Alessi, Chad Reed, Justin Brayton, Ryan Villopoto, Phil Nicoletti, and Trey Canard.
At the halfway point, Hill is holding off Chad Reed by less than a second. Brayton next, and then Villopoto and Canard.
Villopoto moves past Brayton and into third. Last lap – Hill leads Reed by just over one second, and Reed leads Villopoto by just over one second.
At the checkered, Josh Hill holds on for the win! It’s the first win of the season for the RCH (Ricky Carmichael / Carey Hart) Suzuki team. Chad Reed finishes second, Ryan Villopoto third. Then Canard, Brayton, Goerke, Alessi, Nicoletti, Lamay, and Adam Enticknap.
450 SX Heat 2 – it’s two Suzuki’s out front – Davi Millsaps leading, being pursued by James Stewart! Then Andrew Short, Jake Weimer, Rob Kiniry, Ryan Dungey, and Justin Barcia are the top group of the 20 riders that started this race.
Then James Stewart passes Millsaps for the lead. At the halfway point, it’s Stewart, Millsaps, Andrew Short (29 KTM), Jake Weimer, Ryan Dungey, Justin Barcia, and Broc Tickle (20 Suzuki).
And then Stewart crashes. He hits the barricades on the side of the track, flies thru the air, and then hits the ground. Millsaps takes over the lead.
End of lap five – Millsaps, Short, Dungey, Weimer, Barcia, Tickle … Stewart is out – he’ll have to go thru the LCQ.
At the checkered, it’s Davi Millsaps winning, Ryan Dungey second, and Andrew Short third. Then Barcia, Weimer, and Tickle.
In the 450 LCQ (Last Chance Qualifier) James Stewart wins handily. Chris Blose takes second. Will the extra laps on the track give Stewart any kind of advantage in the Main Event?
15 Lap 250 East Main Event – it’s come down to a battle between Wil Hahn and Marvin Musquin for the 2013 East Championship, with Blake Wharton still having a slight chance. Before the start of tonight’s Main, Hahn leads Musquin by eight points.
And the early leader is … Marvin Musquin! He’s followed by Wil Hahn! Blake Wharton third! The cream rises to the top!
At the end of lap three – it’s Musquin leading Hahn by over five seconds. Tyler Bowers is now third. Wharton is fourth.
Five laps into this race, Musquin has a six second gap on Hahn. Bowers next, then Wharton, Gavin Faith, Cole Thompson, and Lance Vincent.
Ten laps into this race – Musquin leads Hahn by almost ten seconds. Blake Wharton in third. Gavin Faith is fourth, Tyler Bowers fifth.
Marvin Musquin has done it! He’s won the 250 Main Event! It’s Marvin’s fourth win of the season! Hahn finishes second – but still retain the points lead by five. Blake Wharton finishes third (full results below).
Marvin said after the race “It’s a great day. I was fastest in practice, I won my Heat Race, and I won the Main Event with the holeshot. It was a perfect day and a great feeling. I just try to win and don’t worry about what happens. I didn’t make any mistakes and got the holeshot, then I did my best.”
Wil Hahn said after the race “I’ve been strong and been confident. I’m bummed I haven’t been able to get a win, but it was still a good night. We have the points lead and we’re ready to go win this thing in Vegas. I’ve got a smile on my face. I’m getting a little tired of finishing second but fortunately we’ve had such a great season that we’re still in control over the title chase, at least as much as you can be in this sport. If someone had said at the start of the season that I’d have a five-point lead heading into Vegas I would taken that in a heartbeat. It’s right here in front of us now. It’s going to come down to the wire. Marvin’s riding great and we knew we’d be pushing each other until the end. That’s exactly how it’s turned out. I’m going all-in in Vegas. This is something I’ve wanted since I was 2 years old. To be this close right now is really exciting. GEICO and Honda have been by my side this whole time, and this weekend here in Minnesota we got to hang out with all our friends from Amsoil, another longtime sponsor of the team. I want to win this for all of them.”
20 lap 450 SX Main Event – Of course, it’s Mike Alessi with the holeshot. But by the end of the first lap Ryan Villopoto on the Monster Energy Kawasaki has taken the lead! He’s being chased by Ryan Dungey! And Davi Millsaps is into third. Once again – the top three in the series are up front – the cream rises to the top.
After they settle, Josh Hill is fourth, James Stewart fifth, then Justin Barcia, Andrew Short, Trey Canard, and Chad Reed as they start lap five.
Five laps complete – Villopoto leads Dungey by just under two seconds. Millsaps next, just under two seconds back of Dungey. Then Hill, Stewart, Barcia, Short, Canard, Reed, and Weston Peick.
Ten laps in – the halfway point – RV has a 1.6 second lead on RD. Millsaps is third, about five seconds back of Dungey. Fourth thru tenth – Barcia, Short, Hill, Reed, Brayton, Peick, Canard.
And James Stewart is out of the race … he’s pulled off the side of the track … is riding slowly … and heading back to the pits. He has his right arm off the bars, looking like he’s favoring it … although we did not see him fall.
Villopoto is out front. Is there anything to think that he won’t win, just as he’s done the past few weeks? Or will being in his hometown spur Dungey on to move closer and make the pass for the lead?
15 laps in – Villopoto leads Dungey by less than 1 second! Dungey has put down the quickest lap of the night – 49.65 seconds. Dungey is closing! The crowd is … super pumped!
With four laps to go – Dungey makes the move! He passes Villopoto for the lead! They are so close! Villopoto re-passes … then Dungey moves back to the front! The crowd is going crazy!
Ryan Dungey has done it! He’s won the Main Event in his ‘hometown’! Ryan Villopoto is second – but maintains a healthy series points lead. Davi Millsaps finishes third (full results below). Dungey moves past Millsaps into second place in the championship points chase.
Ryan Dungey wins 450 SX Main Event
Ryan Dungey said “Man, what a ride. Ryan (Villopoto) and I put on a hard charge and he kept me honest the whole way. It’s been a while since I’ve been on top of box, but, man, in front of all these fans it was amazing. We could hear them out there. It was pretty loud and I’ve never felt anything like it. This is amazing to win in front of the home crowd, and I never could have dreamed something like this. It feels amazing to get a win here in front of my hometown. I have so many great fans here, and of course, all my friends and family. My bike was running perfect tonight and I felt really comfortable all day. I hope to take the momentum of this win into the final rounds and hopefully land back on the top step of the podium a few more times.”
Ryan Villopoto said “Me and Ryan (Dungey) had a hell of a race out there. The fans were unbelievable. I knew they were rooting for Ryan, but it was awesome to hear them in every turn. It makes it easy to race when they’re so pumped about it. The track was tough, which made it one-lined in some areas, and that allowed Ryan to see where I was going and try something else. It was a good night overall.”
250 East Main Event Results:
- Marvin Musquin – KTM
- Wil Hahn – HON
- Blake Wharton – SUZ
- Gavin Faith – HON
- Tyler Bowers – KAW
- Lance Vincent – KTM
- Vince Friese – HON
- A J Catanzaro – KAW
- Steven Clarke – KTM
- Cole Thompson – HON
- Mitchell Oldenburg – HON
- Jackson Richardson – HON
- Daniel Herrlein – HON
- Landen Powell – HON
- Levi Kilbarger – HON
- Adam Gulley – KAW
- Ozzy Barbaree – KTM
- Max Malatia – HON
- Zack Williams – HON
- David Buller – HON
250 East Point standings:
- Wil Hahn – 178
- Marvin Musquin – 173
- Blake Wharton – 153
- Vince Friese – 103
- Gavin Faith – 100
- Dean Wilson – 87
- Cole Thompson – 83
- Kyle Peters – 78
- Jeremy Martin – 71
- Justin Hill – 68
- Lance Vincent – 66
- James Decotis – 66
- AJ Catanzaro – 62
- Mitchell Oldenburg – 61
- Peter Larsen – 54
- Jackson Richardson – 42
- Levi Kilbarger – 40
- Steven Clarke – 39
- Zach Bell – 37
- Zackery Freeberg – 36
- Tyler Bowers – 34
450 Main Event Results:
- Ryan Dungey – KTM
- Ryan Villopoto – KAW
- Davi Millsaps – SUZ
- Justin Barcia – HON
- Chad Reed – HON
- Andrew Short – KTM
- Trey Canard – HON
- Josh Hill – SUZ
- Justin Brayton – YAM
- Weston Peick – SUZ
- Matt Goerke – KTM
- Jake Weimer – KAW
- Broc Tickle – SUZ
- Mike Alessi – SUZ
- Chris Blose – YAM
- Rob Kiniry – YAM
- Ben Lamay – YAM
- James Stewart – SUZ
- Phil Nicoletti – YAM
- Les Smith – KTM
450 Point standings:
- Ryan Villopoto – 299
- Ryan Dungey – 277
- Davi Millsaps – 276
- Justin Barcia – 220
- Chad Reed – 212
- Trey Canard – 199
- Andrew Short – 177
- James Stewart – 174
- Justin Brayton – 149
- Broc Tickle – 141
- Matt Goerke – 139
- Jake Weimer – 115
- Mike Alessi – 92
- Weston Peick – 74
- Josh Hill – 63
- Eli Tomac – 52
- Robert Kiniry – 50
- Josh Grant – 40
- Jimmy Albertson – 38
- Kyle Chisholm – 38
Next week the race will be in Seattle, and the 250 West Series returns to action as well …
Editor’s note: Red Bull KTM Racing had quite a weekend. On Sunday, World Motocross Champions Tony Cairoli and Jeffrey Herlings continued their MX GP domination in Italy, both winning. Red Bull KTM won all four major events in off road motorcycling this weekend.