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Round 17 – Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series 2013 – Las Vegas

Published May 4th, 2013

History and drama in Las Vegas Supercross racing tonight

Wil Hahn is the 2013 250 East Regional Supercross Champion. Tyler Bowers wins first ever 250 Main Event, Marvin Musquin second, Wil Hahn third. With that third place, Wil Hahn clinches the 2013 250 East Regional Supercross Championship.

Eli Tomac wins the 250 West Main Event, Kenny Roczen finishes second.

With that second place Ken Roczen is the 2013 250 West Regional Supercross Champion.

Ken Roczen wins the unique East / West Shoot-out as well tonight.

And Ryan Villopoto, who clinched the premiere 450 Supercross Championship last week in Salt Lake City, put a cap on his season by winning his tenth Main Event of the year.

The main focus coming into tonight at the Finale of the 2013 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series was on four riders – Ken Roczen, Wil Hahn, Marvin Musquin, and Eli Tomac. It broke down like this: In the 250 West SX series – Roczen led Tomac by 5 points for the championship. And in the 250 East SX series, Wil Hahn led Marvin Musquin by 5 points. The 2 Championships would be decided tonight. 2 riders will be crowned champions, and 2 riders will be disappointed.

In the 450 Supercross Ryan Villopoto has already clinched the title, but Davi Millsaps and Ryan Dungey will settle who finishes second in the series tonight. In addition, there is the unique East / West Shootout, the only time of the year the 250 West and 250 East riders battle together in the same 15 lap main event.

 

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It is hot and sunny here in Las Vegas today. The track itself is unique from other races – it goes outside the stadium into a high speed area where fans can’t see (except on the stadium’s big monitor), and then the riders literally rocket high speed back into the jam-packed stadium. Plus, lap times are just a bit longer, making the motos longer as well.

Another unique aspect – there are no heats for the 250 class. It’s basically three 15 lap main events – a 250 West Main, a 250 East Main, and a 250 East / West Shoot-out.

In 250 West Qualifying session, it’s Kenny Roczen quickest at 1:06:21. Kyle Cunningham is next at 1 minutes 6.47 seconds. Martin Davalos 1:06:50, Zach Osborne 1:06:71, Eli Tomac 1:06.74, and Jason Anderson 1:06:88.

In 250 East Qualifying session, it’s Wil Hahn quickest at 1:07:22. And Marvin Musquin is next at 1:07:74. Tyler Bowers, the Arenacross champion, is next at 1:08:43. PJ Larsen – 1:09:47, Blake Wharton 1:09:70, and Cole Thompson 1:11:18, with Gavin Faith, Levi Kilbarger, Vince Friese, and Landen Powell all in the 1 minute 11 second range.

The 450 SX Qualifying session has Ryan Villopoto with the quickest lap – 1 minute 5.07 seconds. Ryan Dungey is second – 1:05:17, Justin Barcia third – 1:05:78. Davi Millsaps 1:05:85. Trey Canard 1:06:12. Chad Reed is sixth – 1:06:88.

RV 1 2 3 set fastest lap in 450 Qualifying for Vegas 2013

RV 1 … 2 …. 3 set quickest lap in 450 SX Qualifying

The track is starting to dry out a bit … but should be perfect when the nighttime evening program of racing starts.

The 250 East 15 lap Main Event will go first. Different in many ways. The first race of the night is a Main Event! And the start is outside the stadium, and the riders then scream down ‘Monster Alley’ and come back into the stadium. The leader is Gavin Faith number 67 with the holeshot! Wil Hahn is fourth, Marvin Musquin is sixth. They will go 15 laps.

During the third lap, Tyler Bowers makes the pass and moves into the lead. Hahn is third, Musquin is sixth.

Musquin is on the move though … hes moved up a couple of spots, and can see Hahn right in front of him.

At the end of five laps, it’s Bowers, Faith, Hahn, Musquin, and Blake Wharton.

Next lap, Hahn goes past Faith. A few seconds later, Musquin goes past Faith as well. Bowers, Hahn, Musquin 1, 2, 3.

At the ten lap mark – it’s Tyler Bowers heading to his first ever AMA 250 Supercross Main Event win. Hahn is second, about five seconds behind Bowers. And Musquin is 1.5 seconds behind Hahn …

Lap 12 – Marvin Musquin has caught and now passed Wil Hahn. Bowers is leading, Musquin second, Hahn third. Hahn will take the championship if they stay the way they are … Marvin needs to move up one more position to win and take the championship on a tie breaker (Hahn and Musquin would tie on points, but Marvin gets the tie-breaker based on number of Main Event wins.)

At the end of 15 laps, Tyler Bowers wins his first ever 250 SX Main Event! Marvin Musquin finishes second, and Wil Hahn third. With that third, Wil Hahn clinches the 2013 250 East Supercross Series Championship.

Wil Hahn said “Right now, it’s like waking up from a dream I’ve been having. It’s been like this since Minneapolis. Of course it wouldn’t be worth it without a little adversity. I have a great group in my corner.

Wil Hahn earlier in the day - 2013 Las Vegas SX

Wil Hahn earlier in the day – 2013 Las Vegas SX

250 West 15 Lap Main Event. Now it’s Roczen and Tomac’s turn. The first lap leader is Martin Davalos! As they start the second lap, Davalos leading, Roczen is third, and Tomac is seventh.

Five laps in – Martin Davalos is leading, Kenny Roczen has moved into second, Kyle Cunningham third. Ryan Sipes is next, and then fifth is Eli Tomac.

Lap six – Tomac passes Sipes and moves to fourth.

Lap eight – Tomac makes a nice pass inside of a 90 degree right hander on Cunningham. It’s Davalos, Roczen, and Tomac 1, 2, 3.

Tomac is closing on Roczen. Lap 10 Tomac makes the pass on Roczen to take over second! It’s Davalos, Tomac, Roczen. If they stay in this position, Roczen will claim the championship. If Tomac passes Davalos … they’ll be tied on points.

Tomac is closing on leader Davalos, while at the same time pulling away from Roczen.

Lap 12 – Eli Tomac has passed Martin Davalos for the lead! It’s Tomac, Davalos, Roczen. Tomac and Roczen will tie on points … whoever has the most main event wins get the tie-breaker and the 2013 West Coast Championship!

Lap 14 – Kenny Roczen saves his championship – his first ever – he’s passed Martin Davalos for second!

The checkered flag – Eli Tomac wins, Ken Roczen is second, .. and Kenny Roczen is the 250 West Coast Supercross Champion! Just like Wil Hahn, this is the first ever AMA Professional title for Kenny Roczen.

Ken Roczen said “It’s amazing. I can’t believe it. I hope the fans enjoyed it. I’m glad (the pressure and tension of chasing a championship) is over. I won a world championship with KTM based in Europe, and now I’ve won a championship here in America. My team is amazing.”

450 SX Heat 1 – they will go eight laps like normal. It’s Jake Weimer, Ryan Dungey and Justin Brayton top three on the first lap.

Lap seven – Dungey passes Weimer for the lead. It’s Dungey, Weimer, Brayton, Justin Barcia, and Andrew Short the top five.

Ryan Dungey wins it. Jake Weimer second, then Brayton, Barcia, and Short.

450 SX Heat 2 – it’s the number 1 of Monster Energy Supercross Champion Ryan Villopoto with the lead. Davi Millsaps number 18 is next. Trey Canard is third.

The halfway point of this race – Villopoto is leading Millsaps by almost 2 seconds. Third position is Trey Canard. Chad Reed is up to fourth.

Ryan Villopoto handily wins this race. Davi Millsaps second. Trey Canard third. Weston Peick is next, and fifth is Chad Reed.

It’s time for the 250 East / West Shoot-out. 15 laps. The only time during the year that the East and West face off against each other. Ken Roczen rockets into the stadium with the lead … and RedBull KTM teammate Marvin Musquin is literally side by side with him! Great racing!

As they settle, it’s Kenny Roczen, riding with the number 1 plate, leading. Marvin Musquin is second. Kyle Cunningham is next. Then Martin Davalos, Blake Wharton, and Tyler Bowers. Eli Tomac is 14th.

At the end of five laps, Roczen still leading, but Cunningham has passed Musquin for second place. Musquin third. Davalos, Wharton, Cole Seely, Ryan Sipes, Malcolm Stewart, Jason Anderson, Tyla Rattray and Joey Savatgy. Tomac is 13th.

The race comes to an end – and Ken Roczen has won. Quite a night for him, winning the 250 West Championship, and, winning the East / West Shoot-out. Kyle Cunningham is second, Marvin Musquin third. Tomac finishes 13th. (Results below).

Ken Roczen said after winning the 250 East / West Shoot-out: “It was really important to me to go for the win. I got the holeshot – something I haven’t done a lot of lately. It means a lot to me to win, as this is my final 250 race in Supercross … I can’t think of a better way to go out (of the 250 class).”

20 lap 450 SX Main Event: It’s number 12 Jake Weimer with the holeshot. Chad Reed is second. Then Andrewe Short, Ryan Villopoto, and Ryan Dungey.

By the start of the second lap, Ryan Villopoto has dispatched teammate Weimer and moved into the lead. Ryan Dungey is third. Chad Reed fourth. Justin Barcia fifth.

As they finish lap 5, it’s Ryan Villopoto leading Ryan Dungey. Jake Weimer is third. Davi Millsaps has moved up to fourth, with Reedy fifth.

Millsaps in on a charge. He wants to claim that second place in the final point standings, just as he did last year. He and Dungey are battling for it. Villopoto has a nice lead, Dungey riding well in second, and Millsaps now into third. Then Weimer, Barcia, and Reed.

At the halfway point – ten laps in – Villopoto has a nice gap on Dungey. And Dungey has a nice advantage over Millsaps. Jake Weimer is next, with Justin Barcia in fifth.

Ryan Villopoto has done it. He wins his tenth race of the season. Ryan Dungey finished second tonight, Davi Millsaps third, … but Millsaps wins the battle with Dungey for second overall on the season points. (Results below.)

Ryan Villopoto said after the win “This is the way to cap it off. It’s been a long season, and this is the best way to finish it. Thank you to all the fans that came out – you make it special.”

250 East Main Event Results:

  1. Tyler Bowers – KAW
  2. Wil Hahn – HON
  3. Marvin Musquin – KTM
  4. Blake Wharton – SUZ
  5. Gavin Faith – HON
  6. Vince Friese – HON
  7. L Vincent – KTM
  8. Cole Thompson – HON
  9. D Herriein – HON
  10. A Catanzaro – KAW
  11. B Kiesel – YAM
  12. L Kilbarger – HON
  13. PJ Larsen – YAM
  14. R Zimmer – HON
  15. J Starling – HON

250 West Main Event Results:

  1. Eli Tomac – HON
  2. Ken Roczen – KTM
  3. Martin Davalos – KAW
  4. Kyle Cunningham – YAM
  5. Ryan Sipes – SUZ
  6. Jason Anderson – SUZ
  7. Malcolm Stewart – KTM
  8. Cole Seely – HON
  9. Tyla Rattray – KAW
  10. Joey Savatgy – KTM
  11. Travis Baker – YAM
  12. Topher Ingalls – HON

250 East / West Shoot-out Results:

  1. Ken Roczen – KTM
  2. Kyle Cunningham – YAM
  3. Marvin Musquin – KTM
  4. Martin Davalos – KAW
  5. Blake Wharton – SUZ
  6. Jason Anderson – SUZ
  7. Ryan Sipes – SUZ
  8. Cole Seely – HON
  9. Malcolm Stewart – KTM
  10. Tyla Rattray – KAW
  11. Zach Osborne – HON
  12. Joey Savatgy – KTM
  13. Eli Tomac – HON
  14. Tyler Bowers – KAW
  15. Vince Friese

250 West Point standings:

  1. Ken Roczen – 185
  2. Eli Tomac – 183
  3. Cole Seely – 148
  4. Jason Anderson – 139
  5. Martin Davalos – 134
  6. Kyle Cunningham – 114
  7. Zach Osborne – 112
  8. Tyla Rattray – 99
  9. Joey Savatgy – 98
  10. Malcolm Stewart – 88
  11. Christian Craig – 87
  12. Travis Baker – 80
  13. Austin Politelli – 76
  14. Ryan Sipes – 75
  15. Jessy Nelson – 60

250 East Point standings:

  1. Wil Hahn – 198
  2. Marvin Musquin – 195
  3. Blake Wharton – 171
  4. Vince Friese – 118
  5. Gavin Faith – 118
  6. Cole Thompson – 96
  7. Dean Wilson – 87
  8. Lance Vincent – 80
  9. Kyle Peters – 78
  10. AJ Catanzaro – 73
  11. Jeremy Martin – 71
  12. Justin Hill – 68
  13. James Decotis – 66
  14. Mitchell Oldenburg – 66
  15. Peter Larsen – 62

450 Main Event Results:

  1. Ryan Villopoto – KAW
  2. Ryan Dungey – KTM
  3. Davi Millsaps – SUZ
  4. Jake Weimer – KAW
  5. Justin Barcia – HON
  6. Chad Reed – HON
  7. Weston Peick
  8. Justin Brayton – YAM
  9. Andrew Short – KTM
  10. Broc Tickle – SUZ
  11. Phil Nicoletti
  12. Rob Kiniry
  13. Kyle Regal
  14. Josh Hill – SUZ
  15. Chris Blose

450 Point standings:

  1. Ryan Villopoto – 371
  2. Davi Millsaps – 338
  3. Ryan Dungey – 337
  4. Justin Barcia – 277
  5. Chad Reed – 239
  6. Trey Canard – 221
  7. Andrew Short – 214
  8. Justin Brayton – 190
  9. Broc Tickle – 176
  10. James Stewart – 174
  11. Jake Weimer – 157
  12. Matt Goerke – 139
  13. Mike Alessi – 107
  14. Weston Peick – 105
  15. Josh Hill – 93
  16. Robert Kiniry – 66
  17. Phil Nicoletti – 58
  18. Eli Tomac – 52
  19. Chris Blose – 50
  20. Vince Friese – 45

Kenny Roczen in practice at the Las Vegas Supercross 2013

Kenny Roczen in practice this afternoon

 

Congratulations to Wil Hahn – 2013 250 East Supercross Champion, Ken Roczen – 2013 250 West Supercross Champion.

 

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Wil Hahn and the GEICO Honda team members celebrate on the podium

 

 

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