Round 2 – AMA/FIM Supercross Series 2012 – Phoenix
In the premiere Supercross class, 2010 AMA Supercross Series Champion Ryan Dungey and KTM are the big winners! Jake Weimer second, defending Supercross Champion Ryan Villopoto third. Dungey and Villopoto tied in point standings. Dean Wilson wins 250 West Regional 15 lap Main Event.
Another beautiful day – blue skies and sunshine. At 12:30pm, the first practice of the day has started.
In the premiere Supercross class, the top qualifying lap times – defending Monster Energy Supercross Champion Ryan Villopoto on top with 51.21 seconds. Then Chad Reed 51.55, Ryan Dungey 51.72, Kevin Windham 51.74, Jake Weimer 51.79, Justin Brayton 52.35, then Josh Hansen, Trey Canard, Mike Alessi, Davi Millsaps, Austin Stroupe, Kyle Patridge, Andrew Short, and Mike Alessi are tops out of 56 qualifiers.
In the 250 West qualifying, top lap times – Dean Wilson 51.63, Eli Tomac 51.99, Zach Osborne 52.06, Jason Anderson 52.19, and then it’s Martin Davalos, Marvin Musquin, Tyla Rattray, Cole Seely, Nico Izzi, and Max Anstie top the group of 66 riders.
Trey Canard – back racing!
James Stewart in practice
Ryan Villopoto in practice
7:32pm. Eli Tomac number 17 with the holeshot on the GEICO Honda. It’s the first race of the night, the 250 West Regional Supercross Heat 1.
Tomac is easily leading this six lap heat race. He’s chased by number 34 and 250 West Series points leader Cole Seely. Jason Anderson is third.
The finishing positions in this race – Eli Tomac first, Cole Seely next, Jason Anderson, Max Anstie fourth, and two-time World Motocross Champion Marvin Musquin fifth.
250 West Heat 2 – holeshot to Martin Davalos. He’s chased by Dean Wilson and Tyla Rattray. On the second lap, Martin Davalos goes down. It’s now Dean Wilson and Tyla Rattray first and second, followed by 338 Zach Osborne!
At the finish – Dean Wilson the winner! Tyla Rattray second! Zach Osborne third! Fourth and fifth positions go to Nico Izzi and Scott Champion.
Supercross Heat 1 – 7:55pm. The first lap leader – Supercross.com / Honda racing team’s Andrew Short! At the end of the first lap, it’s “Shorty” leading, and he’s being chased by Mike Alessi and Chad Reed. Josh Hansen is next, and then James Stewart.
As they start lap five of this eight lap race – it’s Andrew Short number 29 leading, followed very closely by Reed. As they go into a 90 degree right hander, Reedy makes the pass on Short. And then Stewart … goes right past both of them!
Lap six – Stewart leading. Reed second. Short third. And then Reed falls over in a tight right hander! As they complete the lap – it’s Stewart first, Short second, M Alessi third.
James Stewart certainlly has caught fire. He’s leading by a nice margin, with Andrew Short having a nice ride in second. Mike Alessi third, and Josh Hansen up to fourth. Ivan Tedesco is fifth, and Chad Reed has recovered from his fall to get up to seventh.
At the finish – it’s James Stewart winning! Andrew Short second! Mike Alessi third, followed by Josh Hansen, Ivan Tedesco, Kevin Windham, and then Chad Reed.
Supercross Heat 2 – exiting the first corner, it’s the red plated number 1 bike – the Monster Energy Kawasak ridden by Supercross Champion Ryan Villopoto. And he’s followed by team mate Jake Weimer. On the last corner of the first lap – Villopoto goes down! Running order as they start lap three – Jake Weimer, Justin Brayton, Davi Millsaps, Brett Mecalfe, and Ryan Dungey. Villopoto is seventh.
As they start the last lap of this eight lap heat – Jake Weimer and his Kawasaki are leading. Justin Brayton is chasing. Davi Millsaps third. Ryan Dungey fourth. Brett Metcalfe fifth. Ryan Villopoto sixth, and Trey Canard seventh. There are 20 riders total in this heat.
The winner of this race – Jake Weimer! Justin Brayton second! Then Davi Millsaps, Ryan Dungey, … Ryan Villopoto up to fifth. Then Metcalfe and Canard.
250 West 15 lap main event – 9:11pm: 250 MX Lites National Motocross Champion Dean Wilson (#15) with the lead! He’s chased by Marvin Musquin (#38). Third place is Tyla Rattray. Second and third are former MX2 World Motocross Champions – Marvin from France, Tyla from South Africa. And leader Wilson is originally from Scotland!
Five laps in – Wilson lead Musquin and Rattray. Zach Osborne has moved into fourth. Cole Seely is fifth. Then Tomac, Anderson, Davalos, Laninovich, Izzi, Anstie, Swanepoel, Leib.
Wilson has a comfortable lead – Musquin has a comfortable lead of Rattray as well now. Fourth is Osborne … but he’s been chased hard by Cole Seely and Eli Tomac. Close battle between those three!
As they enter lap ten of this race, Wilson out front, Musquin about six seconds back, Rattray in third. Cole Seely has moved to fourth, and then Eli Tomac. Osborne sixth. Then Anderson, Davalos, Izzi, Laninovich, Anstie, Lieb, and Baker.
Lap 11 – Wilson comfortable out front. Musquin second, although Rattray is closing just a bit. Good battle next with Seely barely leading Tomac – they come together in a 90 degree right hander. Tomac moves past! The top six now – Wilson, Musquin, Rattray, Tomac, Seely, and Osborne.
Last lap – Wilson appeard headed for the win – his first of this season. Marvin Musquin appears headed for second – his best ever finish in AMA Supercross.
The finish – Dean Wilson wins! Marvin Musquin finishes second! Tyla Rattray third! (Full results below.) Tyla Rattray is the new points leader as the series head into round 3 next Saturday.
Dean Wilson said: It feels good. That definitely wasn’t me last week. I stayed out of trouble tonight from the beginning, and it feels good. Thanks to all the fans for cheering me on, you are the best. I got a pretty good start and then just rode as best as I could. It was a bit slippery (the track) at the end, but it was all good. There are so many fast guys, but I’ll try to do the same thing again next week.
Marvin Musquin said: I’m still working very hard. Last year was obviously a big bummer for me to miss supercross, but my Red Bull KTM and team is working so well. I want to thank all the French fans here, and all the fans here!
Supercross 20 lap main event: 9:41pm. Down the long starting straight and into the first corner – it’s Ryan Dungey number 5 on his KTM with the lead! Lots of action on the first lap – like champion Ryan Villopoto falling on the first lap! At the end of the first lap – Dungey with a big lead already! Jake Weimer is second, Kevin Windham third. Then it’s Metcalfe, Canard, Short, Blose, Reed, Chisholm, Stewart, T Hahn, etc. Villopoto almost last.
On lap five, as the carnage settles and riders start to get into their rhythms, Ryan Dungey is leading. He’s got a nice lead over second place Jake Weimer. Third is the young Kevin Windham. Brett Metcalfe in fourth. Trey Canard is fifth. Then Short, Reed, Stewart. Villopoto 12th.
Dungey way out front, Weimer comfortably in second. Windham comfortably in third. Reed and Stewart are close together. And then Stewart goes down in a sand section!
Running order now on lap ten – Dungey, Weimer, Windham, Trey Canard, Andrew Short, and Villopoto has moved past Metcalfe and Reed now! Stewart is 13th.
Lap 15 – Dungey looks to be heading to his first win of the season. And it will be KTM’s first ever win in the premiere Supercross class. Jake Weimer with his best ride in a long time – in second. Third belongs to Kevin Windham. Ryan Villopoto has come from near last to fourth! Trey Canard in his first of this year, is in fifth. Andrew Short is sixth. Chad Reed seventh. Then Metcalfe, and then Stewart.
On the last lap, Ryan Villopoto has made an incredible pass on Kevin Windham to take over third!
Ryan Dungey has won his first Supercross Main event of the young season, and the first Supercross main event of KTM’s history in the USA! Jake Weimer takes second! Ryan Villopoto all the way up to third! Kevin Windham fourth. Chad Reed works back up to fifth. (full results below) Dungey and Villopoto are now tied in the series championship point standings.
Ryan Dungey said: This is a great feeling. Got the holeshot. Want to thank the entire team. And the Man above and the Lord. I got to thank everyone – they all put the work in – the entire team!
Jake Weimer said: I want to thank everyone. It’s been a long road to get here. It’s been an awesome night. I was hurt last year, and when I came back I struggled. I worked hard to get here, it feels good, and I’m really happy.
Ryan Villopoto said: Tough night. Davi went down in front of me. I went right into him. That happened on the first lap, and you’ve got 20 laps to make it up. I salvaged a lot of points tonight.
Phoenix Supercross Photo Gallery:
Zach Osborne with Amanda
Cole Seely’s red plated number 34 Lucas Oil Troy Lee Honda
250 West 15 Lap Main Event Results
- Dean Wilson – KAW
- Marvin Musquin – KTM
- Tyla Rattray – KTM
- Eli Tomac – HON
- Cole Seely – HON
- Zach Osborne – YAM
- Jason Anderson – SUZ
- N Izzi – YAM
- Max Anstie – HON
- T Baker – HON
- Michael Leib – HON
- B Laninovich – HON
- B Rutherford – HON
- Vince Friese – HON
- T Maier – HON
- Scott Champion – HON
- Gareth Swanepoel – YAM
- J Ramos – HON
- A Chatfield – HON
- Martin Davalos – SUZ
Supercross 20 Lap Main Event Results
- Ryan Dungey – KTM
- Jake Weimer – KAW
- Ryan Villopoto – KAW
- Kevin Windham – HON
- Chad Reed – HON
- Andrew Short – HON
- Trey Canard – HON
- James Stewart – YAM
- Brett Metcalfe – SUZ
- Josh Hansen – KAW
- Ivan Tedesco – KAW
- Kyle Chisholm
- Davi Millsaps – YAM
- Justin Brayton – HON
- Chris Blose – KAW
- Mike Alessi – SUZ
- K Patridge – KAW
- T Hahn – HON
- Nick Wey – KAW
- J Albertson – SUZ
250 West Point Standings
- Tyla Rattray – 42
- Cole Seely – 41
- Dean Wilson – 40
- Marvin Musquin – 40
- Eli Tomac – 38
- Jason Anderson – 28
- Zach Osborne – 27
- Nico Izzi – 22
- Travis Baker – 22
- Max Anstie – 17
- Ryan Sipes – 16
- B Laninovich – 16
- Teddy Maier – 14
- Wil Hahn – 13
- Vince Friese – 13
- Michael Leib – 10
- Matt Moss – 10
- Bruce Rutherford – 8
- Scott Champion – 5
- Swanepoel, R Marmont – 4
Supercross Point Standings
- Ryan Dungey – 45
- Ryan Villopoto – 45
- Jake Weimer – 38
- Chad Reed – 38
- Kevin Windham – 31
- Andrew Short – 29
- James Stewart – 28
- Justin Brayton – 25
- Brett Metcalfe – 22
- Josh Hansen – 22
- Ivan Tedesco – 18
- Mike Alessi – 17
- Kyle Chisholm – 16
- Trey Canard – 14
- Davi Millsaps – 13
- Broc Tickle – 9
- Chris Blose – 9
- Ryan Morais – 6
- Albertson, Partridge, T Hahn – 4