Round 15 – AMA/FIM Supercross Series 2012 – Seattle
Monster Energy Supercross returns to Seattle for Round 15 of the 2012 series. Andrew Short wins his first ever Supercross Main Event! Kenny Roczen second! Supercross Champion and ‘hometown’ racer Ryan Villopoto had a fall on the first lap, and limped off the track, favoring his left leg. Ryan Sipes wins the 250 West Main Event, and Eli Tomac takes over West points lead from Dean Wilson. Riders and teams invade CenturyLink Field – home of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks!
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News before the race – Ryan Dungey will be back racing tonight, and Kenny Roczen will be on the 350 KTM.
Just as important, the battle for the 2012 AMA West Regional Supercross is very close. 2011 AMA National Lites Motocross Champion Dean Wilson leads Eli Tomac by just two points.
250 West Lites qualifying – On top of the LItes Qualifying, 2009 & 2010 World MX 2 Motocross Champion Marvin Musquin! His quickest lap – 54.12 seconds! Second – points leader Dean Wilson – 54.96. Then Wil Hahn (55.00), Eli Tomac (55.07), Cole Seely (55.29), Martin Davalos (55.65), Jason Anderson (55.72), Matt Moss (55.89, and Ryan Sipes (55.99). There are 44 riders attempting to qualify in the Lites.
450 Supercross Class qualifying – it’s the number 800 Suzuki of Mike Alessi with the quickest time – 53.73 seconds. Next, the 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Champion – Ryan Villopoto at 54.45. Followed by Nico Izzi (54.73), Ken Roczen (54.97), Davi Millsaps (55.13), Justin Brayton (55.22), Ryan Dungey (55.28), Andrew Short (55.41), Jake Weimer (55.58) and Brett Metcalfe tenth best at 55.63. There are 51 riders attempting to qualify for the night time show.
250 West Heat 1 – this race will go six laps. The weather has been tremendous – perfect. No rain, all sunshine, and this race starts as it’s still daylight. The holeshot – the red plate holder, number 15 Dean Wilson.
Dean Wilson is stretching out a lead over second place Martin Davalos. Number 105 Matt Moss is next, and fourth in Eli Tomac.
The top five at the finish – Dean Wilson on Kawasaki wins, Martin Davalos on Suzuki second, Matt Moss on KTM third, Eli Tomac on Honda fourth, and Vince Friese on Honda fifth.
250 West Heat 2 – it’s Marvin Musquin number 38 on the KTM with the holeshot. He’s looking smooth out front, and he’s followed by Wil Hahn and Cole Seely.
They are already coming into lappers. Musquin first, W Hahn next, Jason Anderson has moved into third, and then Cole Seely.
The checkered flag – Marvin Musquin wins! Wil Hahn made an attempt for the lead on Marvin on the last corner before the finish line, but Marvin pulled ahead to win. Cole Seely third.
Marvin said he was excited to win his first ever heat in AMA Supercross, and the track was getting soft and would be tough in the Main.
450 Supercross Heat 1 – 8:08pm. Kenny Roczen on the 350 KTM with the holeshot! And Ryan Villopoto is right behind him. On the second lap, RV pulls up on Roczen, they battle for a couple of corners, but RV takes over the lead.
It’s RV first, Roczen second, Justin Brayont third, Andrew Short fourth and Brett Metcalfe fifth.
At the halfway point of this eight lap race, it’s Ryan Villopoto leading, Ken Roczen second, Justin Brayton third, Andrew Short next, and then Brett Metcalfe.
The finish – Ryan Villopoto wins. Ken Roczen finishes second. Justin Brayton third. Followed by Andrew Short, Brett Metcalfe, and Gavin Faith sixth on his first ride for Joe Gibbs Racing MX, on a Yamaha.
450 Supercross Heat 2 – down the long start straight, it’s number 5 Ryan Dungey, he’s followed by Jake Weimer. Ryan races on the 450 machine for KTM. At the end of the second lap – Dungey first, Weimer second, Nico Izzi next, and then Davi Millsaps.
At the halfway point of this eight lap heat, it’s Ryan Dungey leading, Jake Weimer is second, Davi Millsaps – who has moved into second place in the series point standings, third, then Kyle Chisholm, Kyle Regal, and Mike Alessi.
The finish line – Ryan Dungey wins this heat in his return to racing. Jake Weimer second, Davi Millsaps third, followed by Kyle Chisholm, MIke Alessi, and Kyle Regal.
250 West 15 lap Main Event – 9:31pm. The track is perfect. The crowd is ready. Anticipation is high. The start gates drops. And into the first corner – it’s Eli Tomac first, but exiting the corner it’s Ryan Sipes. At the end of the first lap it’s Sipes out front, Tomac is second and Dean Wilson third. And the start of the second lap, Wilson moves past Tomac! At the end of the second lap it’s Sipes out front, Wilson second, Tomac third – and they are all very close. Marvin Musquin is ninth.
The start of lap eight – while Sipes is out front, Wilson is second, and Tomac is third – Tomac runs right into Wilson – and Wilson goes down!
Running order now on lap nine – Ryan Sipes out front (number 53 on Yamaha), Eli Tomac is second, then Wil Hahn and Cole Seely. Marvin Musquin is sixth. Dean Wilson is seventh.
Let’s not forget – Ryan Sipes is out front – heading towards his first win of the 2012 season. Lap 14 here has Sipes out front. Tomac is second. Marvin Musquin has moved into third! Dean Wilson is seventh.
Musquin is on fire. He’s now moved past Tomac and into second.
The checkered – it’s Ryan Sipes winning! Marvin Musquin second! Third goes to Eli Tomac, and he takes over the West points lead heading into next weekend’s race in Salt Lake City. Fourth is Cole Seely, then Wil Hahn, Jason Anderson, and Dean Wilson. Tomac leads Wilson by four points now.
Eli Tomac said, “I had to work on my start. Dean (Wilson) put a couple of block passes on me, so I said “Let’s go”. When we collied my shifter got bent, I rode around in third gear. Then my clutch went out, and had to ride in second gear.”
Ryan Sipes said, “I worked really, really, really hard to come back for this race (coming back from an injury). I tried not to push or be perfect, just smooth and consistent. This is huge for me and my team. I was smooth and tried to limit my mistakes. You can’t push hard on this track or you’ll end up on your head.”
Marvin Musquin said, “I had fun on the track, but it was a crazy race. I had a bad start. Everyone was bumping each other – and the track has a lot of deep ruts. But you have to be smart, find new lines, use your head, stay smooth, and I was able to pass a lot of riders. I’m happy about my race, and it’s fun to be on the podium again.”
450 Supercross 20 lap Main Event – 10:08pm. Emerging out of the first corner, it’s Andrew Short on his Honda! Ken Roczen is second, Jake Weimer third. Justin Brayton next, then Ryan Dungey. Ryan Villopoto comes info a left hand corner, bumps into another rider, and hits the ground. He’s up walking, but limping. The champion is out of the race.
Lap four – Andrew Short is leading. Kenny Roczen is chasing him. Then it’s Jake Weimer, Justin Brayton, and Ryan Dungey.
Andrew Short leading, Ken Roczen second – and those two are pulling away just a bit from the rest of the pack.
Lap six – Roczen leaps past Short into a left hand corner! Short comes right back and outjumps him and back into the lead just a few feet later! It’s a Short and Roczen battle! Weimer is a ways back in third. Then Brayton leading Dungey. Brayton and Dungey go into a 180 degree right hander, and Dungey goes down.
Lap ten – halfway point. Is Andrew Short heading towards his first ever 450 Supercross win? Or can Ken Roczen make the pass? Short is looking strong right now.
Running order – lap 14. Short is leading Roczen by 2.5 second. Third is Jake Weimer. Then Justin Brayton, Davi Millsaps, and Ryan Dungey. Shorty is heading towards his first ever Supercross win!
Last lap – Andrew Short is going to win! He wins his first ever Supercross Main Event win! And Kenny Roczen finishes second! Great race!
Kenny Roczen said, “It was so awesome. I’m super happy for Shorty, too. Everyone saw that the 350 is working great, I almost got the holeshot again. I’m so happy. The track is technical with the ruts, I tried to stay calm and this is so great!”
Andrew Short said, “It doesn’t even feel real. I give the glory to God first. We’ve been thru some challenges lately, but I’ve been working for 11 years to acheive this. There are so many people here that have helped me along the way. To win is unreal. I didn’t really believe I could win until the very end.”
52,731 were on hand tonight to witness Andrew’s historic win.