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Round 15 – Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series 2013 – Seattle

Published April 20th, 2013

In front of 53,862 fans, Justin Barcia has won the 450 SX Main Event over defending champion Ryan Villopoto. The 250 West regional series returned to action, with Ken Roczen winning over Eli Tomac to extend his series points lead. .

The ‘news’ coming into this weekend’s event, two-time AMA Supercross Series Champion James Stewart is out for the remainder of the supercross season, but will be back for the motocross season.

 

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In the 250 West Qualifying, it’s Eli Tomac on top with the quickest lap – 54.42 seconds. His teammate Zach Osborne next – 54.92 seconds. Then Kyle Cunningham, Jason Anderson, Martin Davalos, Ken Roczen (55.14), Malcolm Stewart, Ryan Sipes, and Travis Baker rounding out the top ten of 46 riders – 56 seconds even.

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Eli Tomac

The 450 SX Qualifying has Ryan Dungey with the quickest lap – 53.07 seconds. Second is Justin Barcia, 54.55, Ryan Villopoto 54.71, Trey Canard 55.02, Jake Weimer 55.13, Josh Hill 55.22, Andrew Short 55.24, Broc Tickle 55.41, Chad Reed 55.6, and Davi Millsaps tenth at 55.98 seconds. 40 riders are attempting to race in this class tonight.

Ryan Dungey is number 5 in 2013 AMA Supercross

Ryan Dungey

It has rained off and on, with the second timed practice being a bit slicker than the first.

250 West Heat 1 – the first race of the night will go six laps. It’s the first time the West riders have been in action since the San Diego race back in February.

Martin Davalos number 40 on the Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki leads the first lap, with GEICO Honda’s Zach Osborne (338) running second.

The track is slippery, especially on the top of the surface, and the bottom seems a bit hard, so the riders lap times are off compared to their first timed practice.

Martin Davalos goes on to win this race just over Zach Osborne. Malcolm Stewart, on a KTM, finishes third. Then Travis Baker, Kyle Cunningham, and Christian Craig.

250 West Heat 2 – this race should feature the top three in the series – Ken Roczen, Eli Tomac, and Cole Seely. The race starts … Ken Roczen leads …. and … there is a crash … and the race is red flagged on the opening lap. They will restart …

Restart – it’s Eli Tomac first, and former MX2 World Motocross Champion Tyla Rattray in second. Seely is eighth. Roczen back in 12th.

At the halfway point it’s Tomac leading, and Jason Anderson has passed Tyla Rattry to move into second. Rattry third, Seely sixth, Roczen eighth.

At the finish, it’s Eli Tomac with the win. Jason Anderson is second, Tyla Rattray third. Cole Seely finishes sixth, and Kenny Roczen finishes seventh.

450 SX Heat 1 – these races go eight laps. And it’s number 18 on the Rockstar Energy Suzuki Davi Millsaps with the lead. He’s followed by Justin Barcia.

By the end of lap two, Millsaps is stretching out his lead, and Trey Canard has passed teammate Barcia and moved into second. Barcia third, then, Vince Frieses, Weston Peick, Cody Gilmore, and Michael Horban. Broc Tickle is 12th. The average lap time is about 5 seconds slower than Qualifying, due to the mud and ruts.

Halfway point – Barcia has gone back around American Honda Muscle Milk teammate Trey Canard. So it’s Millsaps leading Barcia by almost five seconds. Canard third. Then Vince Friese and Josh Hill.

At the finish, it’s Davi Milsaps winning, Justin Barcia closing the gap but still second, and Trey Canard a ways back in third.

450 SX Heat 2 – this heat race will feature the top two in the series – Ryan Villopoto and Ryan Dungey. Add in two-time AMA Supercross Series Champion Chad Reed, and last year’s winner here in Seattle Andrew Short …

It’s Ryan Villopoto first, and Ryan Dungey second! Jake Weimer is third. Chad Reed is fifth, Andrew Short is 14th.

Villopoto is slowly, slight stretching out a lead on Dungey. Villopoto has the quickest lap so far – 58.9 seconds. Dungey’s quickest lap so far in this race is just over 59 seconds. Let’s see how this plays out …

Halfway point – four laps in – Villopoto looks in command. He leads Dungey now by almost seven seconds. Then it’s Jake Weimer, Justin Brayton, Chad Reed, and Mike Alessi. Andrew Short is 12th.

Ryan Villopoto wins this race handily by over 10 seconds. Ryan Dungey is second. Then it’s Justin Brayton, Jake Weimer, Chad Reed, and Mike Alessi. Short finishes 14th.

250 West 15 Lap Main Event – it’s Eli Tomac on the number 1 GEICO Honda with the lead! He’s followed by Christian Craig, and Ken Roczen.

Roczen quickly dispatches Craig and moves into second.

At the end of lap three – it’s Tomac leading Roczen by just over three seconds. Ryan Sipes has moved into third, Zach Osborne has moved into fourth. Then Craig is fifth … Rattray … Stewart … Cunningham. Davalos and Seely are ninth and tenth.

At the end of lap five, Tomac leads Roczen by four seconds. Sipes a ways back in third. Then Osborne, Rattray, Davalos, Craig, Cunningham, and Seely.

Now the race is almost at the 2/3rds point – lap ten. And problems for Tomac, good fortune for Roczen. Tomac goes down, and Roczen takes the lead.

As they start lap 13, Roczen leads Tomac by almost 12 seconds. Zach Osborne is third. Then Cole Seely, Ryan Sipes, and Tyla Rattray.

Kenny Roczen is going to win this race. Ken Roczen has won this race! He extends his series points leads over Tomac by another 3 points. Tomac second. Zach Osborne third. Then Cole Seely and Tyla Rattray fourth and fifth. (Results below.)

Kenny Roczen back in action in Seattle 2013

Kenny Roczen

Ken Roczen said “It’s good to bounce back from a bad Heat Race with good start. It feels great to get the win here tonight. We had a long break and it is good to return to racing and ride up front. I just put my head down and rode smart. The track was really technical out there, with a lot of ruts. It feels good to get a win after such a long break – it’s tough to get in a groove after so much time off, but I’m so happy I was able to walk away with this one. I am happy I didn’t suffer any crashes in the main event and could gain more points in the championship standings.”

450 SX 20 Lap Main Event – it’s Justin Barcia number 51 with the lead on lap one! He’s followed by Mike Alessi, Ryan Villopoto, Davi Millsaps, Vince Friese, Trey Canard, Weston Peick, and Justin Brayton. There is a crash in the first corner, which includes Ryan Dungey and Chad Reed. Dungey finishes the first lap in 13th … and Reed … is out of the race!

Lap five – Justin Barcia is leading … and Ryan Villopoto is second – under two seconds back of Barcia. Davi Millsaps is third, Mike Alessi fourth, Trey Canard fifth. Ryan Dungey has moved up to eighth.

Lap ten – the halfway point. Barcia is laying down quick laps, as is Villopoto. The track is is good condition – lap times for those top two guys are in the 55 second range. Barcia leads, Villopoto about two seconds back. Third is Davi Millsaps, who is five seconds behind Villopoto. Then it’s Trey Canard, and … Ryan Dungey has moved to fifth.

Lap 15 – Barcia is staying strong, maintaining his lead of approx. 2 seconds over Villopoto. Millsaps third … and Dungey has moved to fourth.

Justin Barcia is going to win this race! He’s won! His second Main Event win of the season! Ryan Villopoto is second, but extends his series points lead over Millsaps and Dungey. Third place tonight goes to Millsaps, and Ryan Dungey fourth. (Full results below.)

Justin Barcia is practice - Seattle Supercross 2013

Justin Barcia earlier in the day at CenturyLink Field in Seattle

Justin Barcia said after the race “I tell you what, that holeshot is so key. We made some great changes today on the bike. It was a tough track with so many lines, but there was one main line that was so much better than any other. I’ve been waiting for this since Phoenix.”

250 West Main Event Results:

  1. Ken Roczen – KTM
  2. Eli Tomac – HON
  3. Zach Osborne – HON
  4. Cole Seely – HON
  5. Tyla Rattray – KAW
  6. A. Politelli – HON
  7. Ryan Sipes – SUZ
  8. J. Savatgy – KTM
  9. Martin Davalos – KAW
  10. Jason Anderson – SUZ
  11. Malcolm Stewart – KTM
  12. Christian Craig – HON
  13. K Rusk – HON
  14. J Canada – HON
  15. Travis Baker – YAM
  16. Scott Champion – HON
  17. T Bright – HON
  18. Kyle Cunningham – YAM
  19. B Stewart – YAM
  20. T Ivey – HON

250 West Point standings:

  1. Ken Roczen – 163
  2. Eli Tomac – 143
  3. Cole Seely – 113
  4. Zach Osborne – 102
  5. Jason Anderson – 99
  6. Martin Davalos – 94
  7. Kyle Cunningham – 86
  8. Joey Savatgy – 75
  9. Tyla Rattray – 74
  10. Austin Politelli – 72
  11. Christian Craig – 71
  12. Jessy Nelson – 60
  13. Travis Baker – 59
  14. Malcolm Stewart – 56
  15. Ryan Sipes – 45
  16. Max Anstie – 38
  17. Josh Cachia – 29
  18. Jake Canada – 28
  19. Jean Ramos – 21
  20. Scott Champion – 17

450 Main Event Results:

  1. Justin Barcia – HON
  2. Ryan Villopoto – KAW
  3. Davi Millsaps – SUZ
  4. Ryan Dungey – KTM
  5. Jake Weimer – KAW
  6. Mike Alessi – SUZ
  7. Broc Tickle – SUZ
  8. Justin Brayton – YAM
  9. Andrew Short – KTM
  10. P Nicoletti – YAM
  11. Vince Friese – HON
  12. Josh Hill – SUZ
  13. B Lamay – YAM
  14. C Blose – YAM
  15. C Gilmore – KAW
  16. Weston Peick – SUZ
  17. Kyle Partridge – HON
  18. Trey Canard – HON
  19. Michael Horban – KTM
  20. Chad Reed – HON

450 Point standings:

  1. Ryan Villopoto – 321
  2. Davi Millsaps – 296
  3. Ryan Dungey – 295
  4. Justin Barcia – 245
  5. Chad Reed – 213
  6. Trey Canard – 202
  7. Andrew Short – 189
  8. James Stewart – 174
  9. Justin Brayton – 162
  10. Broc Tickle – 155
  11. Matt Goerke – 139
  12. Jake Weimer – 131
  13. Mike Alessi – 107
  14. Weston Peick – 79
  15. Josh Hill – 72
  16. Eli Tomac – 52
  17. Robert Kiniry – 50
  18. Phil Nicoletti – 42
  19. Vince Friese – 40
  20. Josh Grant – 40
  21. Chris Blose – 40

Next weekend is the penultimate round of the series, at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah, and the following week is the series Finale in Las Vegas Sam Boyd Stadium.

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Ryan Villopoto racing in his home town of Seattle

 

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