Round 16 – AMA/FIM Supercross Series 2012 – Salt Lake City
The penultimate round of the 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series takes place today here in Salt Lake City, UT. The University of Utah’s Rice-Eccles Stadium has hosted Supercross racing for the better part of a decade and the event always seems to deliver plenty of excitement. In the Supercross Class, Ryan Dungey took the big win in only his second ride back after his collarbone injury. In West Lites racing, Eli Tomac was able take his first ever Supecross championship with the main event win.
|250 Lites West Results|
|250 Lites West Pts
250 West Lites qualifying – Red Bull/KTM’s Marvin Musquin had the fastest qualifying time (47.12), with Dean Wilson second (47.30), and Martin Davalos third (47.59). GEICO/Honda teammates Wil Hahn (47.60) and Eli Tomac (47.68) completed the top five.
450 Supercross Class qualifying – After missing the first two practice sessions, Ryan Dungey was still able to claim the pole position in qualifying (47.11). Jake Weimer came out with second (47.32) and Davi Millsaps was third (47.57). Justin Brayton (47.63) and Broc Tickle (47.82) rounded out the top five.
250 West Heat 1 – Matt Moss jumped out to an early lead ahead of Chris Plouffe and Ryan Sipes. Moss was unable to clear the first triple and was quickly over taken by Sipes, Plouffe, and Dean Wilson. After the first lap, Wilson was pressuring Sipes for the lead and the two went back and forth before Sipes went down on his own in the corner before the finish line. Wilson would go onto take the win just ahead of Wil Hahn, who had made a late race charge. Moss, Sipes, and Plouffe rounded out the top five.
250 West Heat 2 – Marvin Musquin took the holeshot with Martin Davalos and Jason Anderson in tow. Eli Tomac did not have the best start but soon found his way towards the front pack. Heading through the first whoop section, the trio of Musquin, Davalos, and Tomac were all within one bike length of each other. But in the following turn, Musquin went down, handing the lead to Davalos just before the second triple. For one lap, Tomac followed Davalos before he was able to find more speed through the whoops and take over the lead in the next corner. Tomac went on to take the win in front of Anderson, Davalos, Billy Laninovich, and Musquin.
450 Supercross Heat 1 – Jake Weimer was able to get the best jump out of the gate, with Andrew Short and Mike Alessi close by. Short attempted a move on Weimer early on but was unable to make the pass. The two would stay close for the remainder of the race but Weimer eventually took the win with Short in second. Tickle was able to get around Alessi to take over third while Kyle Regal rounded out the top five.
450 Supercross Heat 2 – Ryan Dungey looked to have the holeshot but along the first rhythm straight, Justin Brayton pulled up alongside and was able to take the inside line in the second turn to take over the lead. Davi Millsaps soon found his way past Ryan Dungey through whoops and set his sites upon Justin Brayton. For several laps, Millsaps stalked Brayton and for a long while was less than one bike length behind. Heading out of the first rhythm section on the sixth lap, Millsaps was able to get around Brayton in the same place that Brayton had overtaken Dungey. Millsaps would win by a very narrow margin over Brayton with Dungey not far behind. Tyler Bowers and Matt Goerke were fourth and fifth.
250 West 15 lap Main Event – Off the start, Jason Anderson had the best jump, taking the holeshot ahead of Marvin Musquin and Dean Wilson. Eli Tomac did not get the best jump but within the first few laps had worked his way through the pack and, in a risky maneuver, passed Musquin in the first turn sweeper and through the rhythm section.
For the next several laps Tomac continued to gain on Wilson with the crowd on its feet for another battle. Finally on lap eight, Tomac was able to force the pass just after the first rhythm section. But he did not stop there. Up to this point, Anderson had held a very comfortable lead, but slowly began to tighten up as the laps clicked off. With so many mistakes, it wasn’t long before Tomac was right on the number 44.
After a few laps of reeling in Anderson, Tomac was able to make the pass to take over the lead. At that point, Wilson rode in third place but that was not the end of the race. In the closing laps, Wilson made a big error through the second whoop section, dropping the front end and cartwheeling into the face of the finish line jump. Tomac not only took the win, but with Wilson dropping out of the race, he also was able to claim his first West Supercross Lites Championship. Anderson finished second and Davalos third. Wil Hahn and Musquin rounded out the top five.
450 Supercross 20 lap Main Event – Davi Millsaps took the early lead ahead of Ryan Dungey and Jake Weimer. But Weimer did not wait long to make his move on Dungey, forcing his way infront of the KTM rider on the second lap. While Millsaps seemed to have a clear lead, the duo of Weimer and Dungey continued to close on the leader.
At the mid-way point Dungey made a pass on Weimer through the first turn sweeper and made it stick for a short period of time. However, two turns later, Weimer made a text book block/stuff pass on Dungey, taking the number five machine down before the whoops.
Millsaps continued to ride out front but Dungey was not ready to let the lead pack go. After shaking off the fall, Dungey regained his composure and went back on a charge. First he reeled in and passed Weimer on lap 15. Then he went on to stalk, catch, and pass, Millsaps just before the last lap due to Millsaps getting caught up in some lapped traffic. With the crowd on its feet, Dungey was able to take a surprise, come-from-behind win ahead of Millsaps and Weimer in third. Justin Brayton and Mike Alessi rounded out the top five.