History and drama at Salt Lake City Supercross tonight
450 Supercross: Ryan Villopoto wins the race, and with it, his third straight Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series Championship. Only three other riders (Hannah, McGrath, Carmichael) have won three straight titles in the history of AMA Supercross.
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It is sunny and dry here today in Utah. In the 250 West Qualifying, it’s Kenny Roczen quickest at 48.48 seconds. Martin Davalos next at 48.89, Jason Anderson 49 even, Zach Osborne 49.11, Ryan Sipes 49.44, Cole Seely 49.53, Malcolm Stewart 49.59, Christian Craig 49.84, Kyle Cunningham 50 seconds even, and Eli Tomac 50.1 out of 46 riders.
The 450 SX Qualifying has Davi Millsaps with the quickest lap – 47.46 seconds. Ryan Dungey is next – 47.73 seconds. Ryan Villopoto third – 48.47 seconds. Trey Canard – 48.52. Justin Barcia – 48.56, Justin Brayton 48.67, Josh Hill 48.85, Broc Tickle 48.99, Ben Lamay 49.01, Chad Reed tenth out of 40 riders at 49.26.
Back to Ryan Villopoto, and if he wins his third consecutive supercross championship. Only three riders have done it before in the entire history of supercross: Bob Hannah did it from 1977 – 1979, Jeremy McGrath has done it twice, 1993 – 1996 and 1998 – 2000, and Ricky Carmichael won three consecutive titles, 2001 – 2003.
250 West Heat 1 – just like all the other 250 Heats of the season, this race will go six laps. The last few races of the year have a different ‘vibe’ than most of the races earlier in the season, because the first heat of the ‘night’ starts while it’s still daylight.
Martin Davalos (number 40 Kawasaki) has the holeshot, and he’s followed by Zach Osborne. Eli Tomac has crashed in the first corner, but comes around at the end of the first lap in about tenth.
The track was dry earlier today, but right now is about in perfect condition. The high elevation of Salt Lake City (approx. 4400 feet above sea level at the track) and low humidity can make the track dry out quickly.
At the halfway point, it’s Davalos leading, Osborne is second, and Joey Savatgy (176 KTM) running third. Tomac has moved up to fifth!
Martin Davalos wins this race. Zach Osborne finishes second. Joey Savatgy takes third. And Eli Tomac takes fifth.
250 West Heat 2 – it’s Jason Anderson with the holeshot, and then in the second corner – Ken Roczen tumbles over. And now Malcolm Stewart (number 32 KTM) has taken over the lead …
Just past the halfway point – it’s Malcolm Stewart leading, Jason Anderson is running second, and Tyla Rattray is third. Ken Roczen is 17th … and then he pulls of the track! His mechanic gets on the back of the bike, and they both head back to the KTM pits.
Malcolm Stewart (yes, he is the brother of James Stewart) is going to win his first ever race in AMA Supercross! Malcolm Stewart wins this heat race! Jason Anderson takes second, Tyla Rattray third. Ken Roczen will have to go to the LCQ …
450 SX Heat 1 – it’s number 5, Ryan Dungey on the RedBull KTM with the lead. Trey Canard has pulled into second …
At the end of lap one, it’s Dungey, Canard, Andrew Short, Broc Tickle, Chad Reed, Vince Friese, Weston Peick, and Justin Brayton.
This race will go eight laps. At the halfway point, it’s Dungey leading, Canard second, Short third, then Broc Tickle and Weston Peick. Chad Reed is stopped on the track – he’s looking down toward the bottom of the motor of his bike … gets going again, but is a ways back (15th).
Ryan Dungey wins this race! Second goes to Trey Canard. Third is Andrew Short. Then Tickle, Peick, and Brayton. Reedy finishes 19th – he’ll go to the LCQ too.
450 SX Heat 2 – it’s the top two in the series – Ryan Villopoto first, Davi Millsaps second. And one lap in – Millsaps makes the pass on Villopoto! Third and fourth are Josh Hill and Justin Barcia.
Millsaps is pulling away a bit from Villopoto. Millsaps has put down the quickest lap of the night – 46.6 seconds.
Davi Millsaps wins this race. Ryan Villopoto takes second. However, the points for the championship come by how a rider does in the Main Event. Josh Hill takes third, and Justin Barcia finishes fourth.
The 450 Main Event is probably going to come down once again to the top three in the series, Ryan Villopoto, Davi Millsaps, and Ryan Dungey.
250 LCQ – a lot of drama right from the start of this race. Kenny Roczen, who is leading the 250 West Points chase, goes down in the first corner with a lot of other riders. The leader is Topher Ingalls (91 on Honda).
It’s hard to believe – but at the end of the second lap Roczen is up to third! He’s got to get into the top 2 to make it to the main event …
One lap to go – Travis Baker has the lead. Ingalls is second. Roczen is about five seconds behind Ingalls.
This is hard to believe as well – Ken Roczen does not make the 250 Main Event! Eli Tomac has said it for much of the season – that ‘anything’ can happen. And ‘anything’ has happened to Ken Roczen – he finishes third in this race, and does not qualify to race in the Main Event. The 250 West Championship will have to come down to the finale in Las Vegas. And let’s see how many points Eli Tomac makes up, or even goes ahead of Roczen after tonight’s Main Event. (Baker wins LCQ, Ingalls second, Roczen third.)
450 LCQ – Chad Reed does what a two-time AMA Supercross Series (2004, 2008) does – win. Cody Gilmore (374 Kawasaki) takes second.
15 lap 250 West Main Event – how will Eli Tomac respond with Roczen out of the race? If Tomac finishes third in the main, they will be tied on points going into Vegas. If Tomac gets second, he’ll have a two point advantage over Roczen. If Tomac wins, he’ll have a five point advantage over Roczen.
The early leader is Zach Osborne (338 Honda). Eli Tomac is running second. Jason Anderson is third.
Lap two sees Jason Anderson move past Osborne and into the lead. And then Cole Seely (43 Honda) goes past both Tomac, and then Osborne!
It’s Jason Anderson leading, Cole Seely second. Zach Osborne is third, and Eli Tomac is fourth. Would team tactics (both Osborne and Tomac race for the GEICO Honda team) come into play?
Tomac seems to be struggling. Martin Davalos has passed Tomac. And Davalos then goes past Osborne. At the end of five laps – it’s Anderson, Seely, Davalos, Osborne, Tomac, and Kyle Cunningham.
Ken Roczen, even missing this event, could still go into Vegas with the points lead. Tomac is continuing to make mistakes, and is running lap times two second slower than the leader.
At the ten lap point – it’s Jason Anderson leading – could he win his first ever 250 Main? Then Cole Seely is second. Martin Davalos third. Malcolm Stewart has moved to fourth! Then Zach Osborne, Ryan Sipes, Kyle Cunningham, Christian Craig, and Eli Tomac ninth.
The checkered flag falls – and Jason Anderson (21 Rockstar Suzuki) wins his first ever 250 SX Main Event! Cole Seely takes second. Martin Davalos third. Eli Tomac sixth. Ken Roczen still has the points lead going into the finale in Las Vegas next Saturday night! (Results below.)
Jason said after the win “I struggled a bit in practice. I can’t thank everyone that’s helped me to get to this place, including the entire Rockstar Energy Suzuki team.”
Amazing win for Jason. And amazing that Ken Roczen still leads the points, by five, over Tomac, heading into Vegas next weekend.
20 Lap 450 Supercross Main Event – Ryan Dungey gets the holeshot – but by the third corner, Ryan Villopto has moved into the lead! And by the end of the first lap, Davi Millsaps is third.
Both Millsaps and Dungey must get by Villopoto in order for the championship to come down to the finale in Vegas. But Villopoto is leading, and has done this before – win, and win championships.
Millsaps make the pass on Dungey.
Five laps complete – Villopoto leads Millsaps by 2.5 seconds. Dungey is two seconds back of Millsaps. If things continue this way – Ryan Villopoto will win the race, the championship, and make history.
The ten lap point – halfway – they are dealing with lappers. Villopoto still leads … but Millsaps is going for it.
It was a dramatic final ten laps – Villopoto leading, Millsaps chasing, Dungey right behind him.
But Ryan Villopoto has done it! He wins the race, clinches the 2013 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series Championship – his third straight! (Results below.)
RV said after the race “Winning the championship is unreal. It’s amazing, especially to make it three in a row. We started out the season rough – I can’t thank everyone enough, especially my wife, my trainer, my mom and dad, my entire team.”
250 West Main Event Results:
- Jason Anderson – SUZ
- Cole Seely – HON
- Martin Davalos – KAW
- Malcolm Stewart – KTM
- Christian Craig – HON
- Eli Tomac – HON
- Ryan Sipes – SUZ
- Tyla Rattray – KAW
- Joey Savatgy – KTM
- Travis Baker – YAM
- Kyle Cunningham – YAM
- Zach Osborne – HON
- Dakota Tedder – KAW
- Topher Ingalls – HON
- Scott Champion – HON
- Tyler Bereman – KAW
- Casey Hinson – HON
- Ross Johnson – HON
- Austin Politelli – HON
- Bracken Hall – HON
250 West Point standings:
- Ken Roczen – 163
- Eli Tomac – 158
- Cole Seely – 135
- Jason Anderson – 124
- Martin Davalos – 114
- Zach Osborne – 111
- Kyle Cunningham – 96
- Christian Craig – 87
- Tyla Rattray – 87
- Joey Savatgy – 87
- Malcolm Stewart – 74
- Austin Politelli – 74
- Travis Baker – 70
- Jessy Nelson – 60
- Ryan Sipes – 59
- Max Anstie – 38
450 Main Event Results:
- Ryan Villopoto – KAW
- Davi Millsaps – SUZ
- Ryan Dungey – KTM
- Trey Canard – HON
- Justin Barcia – HON
- Justin Brayton – YAM
- Josh Hill – SUZ
- Andrew Short – KTM
- Weston Peick – SUZ
- Chad Reed – HON
- Broc Tickle – SUZ
- Ben Lamay – YAM
- Jake Weimer – KAW
- Rob Kiniry – YAM
- Phil Nicoletti – YAM
- Vince Friese – HON
- Chris Blose – YAM
- Cody Gilmore – KAW
- A Enticknap – HON
- K Partridge – HON
450 Point standings:
- Ryan Villopoto – 346
- Davi Millsaps – 318
- Ryan Dungey – 315
- Justin Barcia – 261
- Chad Reed – 224
- Trey Canard – 220
- Andrew Short – 202
- Justin Brayton – 177
- James Stewart – 174
- Broc Tickle – 165
- Jake Weimer – 139
- Matt Goerke – 139
- Mike Alessi – 107
- Weston Peick – 91
- Josh Hill – 86
- Robert Kiniry – 57
- Eli Tomac – 52
- Phil Nicoletti – 48
- Vince Friese – 45
- Chris Blose – 44
Next weekend is the final of the series, at Las Vegas Sam Boyd Stadium. The Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross series then starts May 18 at Sacramento / Hangtown.
Review the previous races of the 2013 season:
RV wins championship
Congratulations to Ryan Villopoto – 2013 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series Champion (and 2011, 2012 Champion as well).