Round 3 – AMA/FIM Supercross Series 2010 – Anaheim – January 23
Ryan Dungey wins 450 Supercross Main Event in Anaheim! It’s Ryan’s second supercross victory in a row, and he controls 2010 AMA Supercross Series points lead! Jake Weimer wins 250 West Regional Supercross – his third win in a row!
|450 Supercross Results|
|18.||M Rivas Gomez
|450 Point standings
|M R Gomez
|250 West Results|
|250 West Point standings
It has been raining here all week, but today’s weather is ‘picture perfect’. Practice got started later than normal, because of all the work done to prepare the track. And the track looks great. The riders love it.
Chad Reed is not racing. He broke his hand last weekend in Phoenix during a crash with James Stewart in the main event. Chad has had surgery, and hopes to return to racing in six weeks.
It’s possible defending Supercross Champion James Stewart might not race tonight. James was involved in two crashes at last weekend’s Phoenix Supercross, and he hurt his hand/wrist, ankle, and shoulder. James is here in Anaheim, has ridden in practice, and will decide right before the night time racing whether he’s OK to race or not.
Michael Byrne is taking a position, at least part time, as a racer for the Joe Gibbs Toyota Yamaha Racing team, at least until Josh Grant returns to action.
Last Saturday night’s winner, and current Supercross Series points leader Ryan Dungey said: I’m going to put in a good week of practice and work on what we’ve got to. We’re going to show up to Anaheim 2 ready. Getting the win in Phoenix was cool, but Roger always tells me ‘You’re only as good as your last race.’ So, I’m going to keep pushing.
Dungey had the fastest lap time in practice today, just under 1 minute.
One rider was not introduced in opening ceremonies, and that’s defending AMA Supercross Champion James Stewart. It looks like James Stewart is not racing tonight. James did ride in practice, but evidently the injuries from last weekend are not even close to 100% healed.
250 Heat 1 – totally dominated by Josh Hansen, number 100, on the Pro Circuit Kawasaki, from start to finish.
250 Heat 2 – Jake Weimer, number 12, with the early lead. Weimer looks to be in a nice groove this season – everything is going very well for him, … as he wins this six lap heat race.
450 Heat 1 – Aha! We were fooled! We can see James Stewart is on the starting line for this upcoming 450 Supercross Heat 1! Austin Stroupe is the early leader, but by the end of the first lap it’s James Stewart, with the big number 1 red plates up front. Great action on lap three – Stroupe passes Stewart on the inside of a corner! It’s Stroupe leading, Stewart second, and Andrew Short third. On lap four, Stewart passes Stroupe to retake the lead.
Josh Hill has caught fire. He’s passing a lot of riders … he’s moved into second … and passes team-mate Stewart for the lead! At the end of this eight lap qualifying heat, it’s Josh Hill winning, Stewart second, Andrew Short third, and Stroupe fourth.
450 Supercross Heat 2 – it’s the 2010 Supercross Series points leader Ryan Dungey with the holeshot, and Ryan Villopoto is in second. Dungey is starting to stretch out his lead over Villopoto. Third is Michael Byrne, then Ivan Tedesco, followed by Kevin Windham. Dungey takes the win, followed by Villopoto, Byrne, Tedesco, and Windham.
250 West Main Event – it’s going to be 20 riders, 15 laps. It’s Jake Weimer with the holeshot, team-mate Josh Hansen right behind! Wil Hahn is third, Chris Gosselaar is fourth. Four laps in – Weimer is stretching out his lead, Wil Hahn has battled into second place, Hansen third, and MXGP rider Gautier Paulin looking more and more comfortable on a supercross track running fourth. Trey Canard is fifth.
Weimer is comfortably out front, but the next five are very close together – Wil Hahn, Josh Hansen, Gautier Paulin, Trey Canard, and Cole Seely.
At the checkered flag, it’s Weimer with his third 250 West Main Event win in a row! He leads the West series point standings with 75 points. Second place goes to Wil Hahn, number 49 on the Troy Lee Designs Honda. Third place goes to Trey Canard!
450 Supercross Main Event – 20 riders, 20 laps. Diving into the first corner in first place – it looks like Austin Stroupe on the Suzuki 450! But James Stewart takes over the lead by the next corner! At the end of the first lap it’s Stewart out front, his team-mate Josh Hill in second, Stroupe third, Ryan Dungey fourth, Andrew Short is fifth.
Stewart is leading, but team-mate Josh Hill is trying to get by. Dungey has moved into third. Stroupe is right behind his Suzuki team-mate. Hill tries to stick a wheel underneath Stewart. And Dungey is right behind the two of them! The top three are very close together! Villopoto is in 12th.
Hill keeps trying to go underneath Stewart. Finally, on lap six, in the last corner before the finish line, a tight left hander, Hill takes over the lead from Stewart! And Dungey is right behind both of them! Andrew Short is closing up on those top three in fourth position.
Hill is leading, but Stewart looks to be probing for a way to get by him. He’s goes for the pass in a set of whoops … bobbles a bit … and it allows Dungey to go by him instead! Hill up front, Dungey second, then Stewart, followed by Short. From the vantage point as a spectator, it appears like Stewart is riding with some pain or injury.
The lead three are wheel to wheel to wheel. On lap 14, down the long start straight, Dungey goes past Hill and into the lead! Dungey is now first, Hill second, Stewart third. Dungey is already pulling a lead. After 20 hard fought laps, Ryan Dungey controls the win, and the series points lead. Josh Hilll finishes second, and James Stewart takes third.
Quotes: Ryan Dungey, 450 Supercross Main Event winner, and 2010 AMA Supercross Series points leader: I owe a lot to the team! I owe a lot of people credit! My mom, God, a whole bunch of people!
As far as my speed for the night in the main event, I work on always striving to get better and never settle. Never! It was a great night for me personally, and a great night for the RockStar Makita Suzuki Racing team. I can’t wait for the next race next weekend in San Francisco!
Ryan’s Team Manager, Roger De Coster: The way the 450 Supercross Main Event happened was perfect, because if Ryan got the holeshot, people would say ‘Well, he got the holeshot and that’s what helped him win.’ Coming from behind was good for Ryan. He was fifth coming out of the first turn, and having to pass some guys made the win that much better. It’s good for his confidence, and the circumstances of the race were perfect for us.
Josh Hill – 2nd place finisher in the 450 Supercross Main Event: I feel like I simply tried to ride my own race. I gave it everything I had the first 12 laps … but Dungey came in hard and I ran out of gas a lil’ bit … I couldn’t keep that pace the whole 20 laps. That is something I need to work on more … it makes me more hungry to win!
Jake Weimer, winner of the 250 West Supercross Main Event: It’s awesome. I am super happy and I could not ask for more. I feel like I am on the right track and setting myself up for the ultimate goal, which is to win the title. It is definitely not time to let my guard down. I need to stay focused, enjoy tonight, and wake up Monday morning hungry as ever to go get the fourth win, so that is the goal for now.
I was a little bit late off the gate in the main, but got a good start and I had a really good drive. Hansen rode a little bit wide and I was able to sneak up inside and came out first in the first lap. Then I had a really good sprint right away and held it from there. I rode consistent laps, the track was a little bit tricky, a little bit slick, a little bit rutty, and the whoops were pretty beat up. I just got my gap, and rode consistent from there.
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Photos Gerald Geronimo (except 2). Click on thumbnail to view larger image. 250 Start with Josh Hansen number 100, number 20 is Broc Tickle, number 255, number 12 is Jake Weimer, Josh Hansen airborne, 63 on KTM is Sean Borkenhagen, 38 is Trey Canard, 49 is Wil Hahn, 21 is Blake Wharton, 321 is Gautier Paulin, Start of the 250 Main Event, 102 is Chris Gosselaar, 200 is Cole Seely, 48 is Max Anstie, Wil Hahn over a triple jump, Jake Weimer winning the 250 Main Event, Wil Hahn, Jake Weimer, and Trey Canard, left to right, on the 250 podium, James Stewart number1, 75 is Josh Hill, 23 is Justin Brayton, 2 is Ryan Villopoto, 5 is winner Ryan Dungey, 14 is Kevin Windham, Justin Brayton, 57 is J. Browne! 47 is Matt Boni, 450 Supercross Main Event Start! 29 is Andrew Short, 26 is Michael Byrne, riding for the Joe Gibbs team, number 1 – James Stewart, 9 is Ivan Tedesco, 10 is Thomas Hahn, 8 is Grant Langston, Brayton and Villopoto battle, Josh Hill 75 leading team James Stewart 1, Stewart with some airtime, Ryan Dungey taking the 450 Supercross Main Event win! Dungey on the podium with Josh Hill left and James Stewart right. Ryan Dungey number 5 – photo courtesy Suzuki. Over view of the pits. Number 29 is Andrew Short, 8 is Grant Langston, Jake Weimer number 12, number 1 is James Stewart, 801 is Jeff Alessi, 100 is Josh Hansen, Gautier Paulin and Ryan Morais in practice, 5 is Ryan Dungey, number 2 is Ryan Villopoto, 19 is Tommy Searle, 38 is Trey Canard, Kevin Windham number 14, the track covered up earlier in the week as it was raining, by Angela Hall, overview of the track on Saturday afternoon.
Facts & stats courtesy Feld Motor Sports:
AMA Supercross Class Titles by Brand:
Honda: 15 (1982, ’83, ’84, ’86, ’88, ’89, ’90, ’91, ’92, ’93, ’94, ’95, ’96, ’02, ’03)
Yamaha: 11 (1974, ’77, ’78, ’79, ’80, ’98, ’99, ’00, ’04, ’08, ’09)
Kawasaki: 6 (1976, ’85, ’87, ’97, ’01, ’07)
Suzuki: 3 (1981, ’05, ’06)
Can-Am: 1 (1975)
AMA Supercross Class Wins by Brand
Honda: 191 (First win 1976)
Yamaha: 161 (First win 1974)
Kawasaki: 93 (First win 1976)
Suzuki: 52 (First win 1976)
Can-Am: 7 (First win 1974)
CZ: 2 (First win 1974)
AMA Supercross Class Champions
Jeremy McGrath: 7 (’93, ’94, ’95, ’96, ’98, ’99, ’00)
Ricky Carmichael: 5 (’01, ’02, ’03, ’05, ’06)
Bob Hannah: 3 (’77, ’78, ’79)
Jeff Stanton: 3 (’89, ’90, ’92)
Jeff Ward: 2 (’85, ’87)
Chad Reed: 2 (’04, ’08)
James Stewart: 2 (’07, ’09)
Rick Johnson: 2 (’86, ’88)
Jim Ellis: 1 (’75)
Jim Weinert: 1 (’76)
Mike Bell: 1 (’80)
Mark Barnett: 1 (’81)
Donnie Hansen: 1 (’82)
David Bailey: 1 (’83)
Johnny O’Mara: 1 (’84)
J.M. Bayle: 1 (’91)
Jeff Emig: 1 (’97)