Round 4 – AMA/FIM Supercross Series 2012 – Oakland
The 20 lap Supercross Main Event victory in Round 4 of the 2012 AMA Supercross Series Oakland goes to James Stewart! Chad Reed is second, Villopoto third, Dungey fourth, Short fifth. Dungey and Reed share points lead going to Anaheim 2! Eli Tomac wins 15 lap West Regional Main Event and extends series points lead!
Beautiful day. Beautiful track. Should be a great day and night of action.
Results, story, images – below. But first, here is a great video – Get Well messages from many for Trey Canard and Ryan Morais
Top 10 250 West Lites qualifying – 2009/2010 World MX 2 Motocross Champion Marvin Musquin quickest (54.727 seconds), Zach Osborne (54.821 seconds), Eli Tomac (54.923 seconds), Dean Wilson (55.292 seconds), Cole Seely (55.614 seconds), Ryan Sipes (55.758 seconds), Jason Anderson (55.811 seconds), Martin Davalos (55.961 seconds), Nico Izzi (55.961 seconds), and Tyla Rattray (56.153 seconds).
Top 10 qualifying times in the premiere Supercross class – defending Supercross Champion Ryan Villopto quickest (54.177 seconds), Ryan Dungey (54.518 seconds), James Stewart (54.899 seconds), Kevin Windham (54.921 seconds), Davi Millsaps (55.079 seconds), Chad Reed (55.308 seconds), Justin Brayton (55.442 seconds), Brett Metcalfe (55.524 seconds), Andrew Short (55.609 seconds), and Kyle Chisholm (55.834 seconds).
Your two fastest qualifiers – Marvin Musquin number 38 in 250 Lites and Ryan Villopoto number 1 in 450 Supercross
Opening ceremonies at Monster Energy Supercross are like no other. Riders get introduced to the crowd – stadium lights out, music blasting, lights and lasers … fireworks, and the final rider introduced to the crowd – the number 1 Kawasaki of defending AMA Supercross Series Champion Ryan Villopoto.
Jake Weimer was first to talk to the crowd. He said, “It’s been going good so far. We are only three rounds in, but I’m happy with where we are at. Hopefully the rest of my night goes well.”
James Stewart was next. He said, “This place is good, we are in Al Davis’ house tonight (this venue hosts the NFL’s Oakland Raiders). I felt good today. Want to give a shout out to our whole crew at Joe Gibbs Racing.”
Ryan Duney said, “It’s a good spot (to be in the points lead). The track has turned out very well. This track has a good flow, should be a long main event, but looking foward to it.”
Chad Reed said, “Like Ryan said, we have a great track tonight. A great start would be great tonight.”
Ryan Villopoto was next. He said, “My qualifying times were good. That leads to a good gate pick, I hope my starts are good tonight instead of coming thru the pack (like the last two weeks).
250 West Heat 1 – 7:33pm. First race of the night. Six laps for the 250 heats. Three guys almost side by side by side in the first corner. But the leader is Martin Davalos, chased by Dean Wilson, and then Max Anstie. The track is in great condition.
Davalos and Wilson are comfortably out front. Wilson goes by though as they end lap four. Just before, a ways back in the pack, former World Motocross Champion Tyla Rattray has fallen.
On the last lap – it’s Dean Wilson out front, Martin Davalos next, and Zach Osborne has closed up on both of them! A few corners before the finish – Osborne has passed Davalos and moved into second! The checkered flag – Dean Wilson first, Zach Osborne second, Martin Davalos third. Max Anstie fourth. Tyla is down on the ground being attended to by medics as the race is completed.
Zach Osborne turned the fastest lap officially of the day – breaking into the 53 second mark. The stadium (Coliseum) has filled in nicely – a big crowd.
250 West Heat 2 – 7:48pm. Here comes the second “Lites” heat. It’s a long start straight, and the leader coming out of the first corner – Billy Laninovich! Cole Seely is next. Followed by Ryan Marmont. Seely has taken over the lead on lap two.
The running order as they complete lap two – Cole Seely first, Laninovich second, Ryan Marmont number 112 is next. Eli Tomac fourth.
Now Seely has stretched out a lead, Laninovich is second – barely holding off the red plated number 17 of Eli Tomac. And Tomac has moved into second.
Lap five of six. Seely out front. Tomac is chasing. Laninovich third. Marvin Musquin fourth. Fifth is Vince Friese.
The checkered flag – Cole Seely is the winner. Eli Tomac is next, Laninovich third, Marvin Musquin finishes fourth, and fifth is Gavin Faith on GEICO Honda team.
Supercross Heat 1 – 8:01pm. The 450 guys go eight laps. The holeshot – Jake Weimer. The leader before the third corner – the red plated number 5 KTM of Ryan Dungey. At the end of lap one – top five – Ryan Dungey, Jake Weimer, Kein Windham, Chad Reed, and Brett Metcalfe.
Lap two – Windham has passed Weimer, moved into second, and is closing on Dungey. As they start lap four now – it is Ryan Dungey first, Kevin Windham second, Jake Weimer third, then Chad Reed and Brett Metcalfe. Reed has moved past Weimer and into third place as they near the end of this lap.
The top five are equally spread out. Dungey, Windham, Reed, Weimer, Metcalfe. Eight seconds separate first thru fifth.
That’s how they finish after eight laps – Ryan Dungey wins! Kevin Windham second. Chad Reed third. Jake Weimer fourth, and Brett Metcalfe fifth.
Dungey said, “It was a good start, which makes it easier to put down good laps. My first heat race win of the season!”
Supercross Heat 2 – Villopoto and Stewart in this one. Along with Andrew Short. Mike and Jeff Alessi. 8:14pm. Holeshot goes to James Stewart! Halfway thru the first lap – it’s Andrew Short into the lead! Justin Brayton second! James Stewart third. Broc Tickle is next … and Ryan Villopoto is fifth.
At the end of lap three – James Stewart moves around Brayton and into second. Starting lap four – Andrew Short leading. James Stewart is closing – quickly. Short and Stewart are close! A tight right hand corner – Stewart passes Shorty! Lap five we have Stewart leading, Short second, … and Villopoto is closing in third.
Lap six – going into the first corner area, Villopoto power slides underneath Shorty. Now – it’s Stewart leading, Villopoto chasing. Andrew Short comfortably in third. Can Villopoto catch Stewart?
Lap seven. Stewart out front. Villopoto just over one second behind. But Villopoto has just turned the quickest lap of the night – 52.77!
Last lap – Villopoto is going for it! Stewart takes the checkered flag just a couple of feet ahead of Villopoto! Andrew Short finishes third. Justin Brayton finishes fourth. Davi Millsaps moves up to fifth.
James Stewart said, “The track is getting slippery. We made some changes. We’ll come back in the main event – but that race was fun. Best heat race for me all season.”
250 West 15 Lap Main Event: Start gate is ready to drop. 9:11pm. 15 laps. A few guys coming into the first turn together. The leader is Martin Davalos. He’s followed by Dean Wilson, and Eli Tomac. Cole Seely is fourth, and Zach Osborne fifth. Top guys up front!
Second lap – Wilson crashes right before a triple jump. Seconds later Seely crashes as well. Lap three the running order is Martin Davalos first, Eli Tomac right behind him. Zach Osborne in third, followed by Matt Moss. Dean Wilson is 19th.
Eli Tomac has moved into the lead! He’s definitely on a roll with fitness, confidence, and machinery. Second is Martin Davalos. Third is Zach Osborne. Matt Moss is next, followed by Ryan Sipes.
Lap seven – it’s Tomac is first, Zach Osborne has moved into second. Third is Davalos. Matt Moss, Jason Anderson, Marvin Musquin. Tyla Rattray did not make the main event – most likely concussion from his earlier crash.
Musquin and Anderson are on the move. Both look poised to pass a few people. Anderson on a roll, passes two peole on lap ten. He’s moved into second. It’s Tomac out front – looking to extend his series points lead. Jason Anderson on Suzuki is second. Zach Osborne is third. Musquin is fourth. On lap 12 – both Osborne and Musquin make the move on Anderson! And then Andrerson went down.
Lap 13 – Eli Tomac is heading for another win, and to extend his series points lead. Zach Osborne is back in second. Marvin Musquin is third. And, Musquin moves past Osborne and into second! Best ride ever in AMA Supercross for Marvin!
Eli Tomac is almost 12 seconds in front of Musquin. Osborne third. Ryan Sipes has moved into fourth. Matt Moss fifth.
Tomac is on a roll. Eli Tomac wins the Oakland Supercross Main Event for the West Region! Extends his series points lead! Marvin Musquin has his best ride ever in AMA Supercross – second place! Third is Zach Osborne! (full results below)
Eli Tomac said after his win, “It feels awesome. That red plate looks way too good to give up. This is one of the trickiest tracks I’ve ever ridden on. It could bite you at any time as you saw. Best bike ever. Going to run the same program – it’s made for great results.”
Marvin Musquin, “Feels good. This weekend I had a good race. I was around tenth place … I rode smooth and I’m really happy. The championship is maybe shot because there are only nine rounds (and I crashed last week in Los Angeles). I did good tonight, and I want to be on the podium for every race. Thanks everybody!”
Supercross 20 Lap Main Event: Here were go. What every one has come for. 9:43pm. Chad Reed with a beautiful start and the lead! Andrew Short is second. James Stewar and Ryan Villopoto are fourth and fifth. Ryan Dungey is around tenth.
Lap three – Chad Reed leading this fast group of riders. James Stewart has moved past Short and into second. Shorty is third. Ryan Villopoto is fourth. Ryan Dungey is ninth.
Lap four – Chad Reed out front. James Stewart second. Ryan Villopoto has moved into third. Andrew Short is fourth. Kevin Windham is fifth. Ryan Dungey is seventh.
The three guys up front are hauling. And close together. Reed leads Stewart by two bike lengths. And Stewart leads Villopoto by three bike lengths. All Supercross Champions. All Motocross Champions. Battling side by side by side in Oakland. 15 laps to go!
Villopoto is trying to get around Stewart, now starting lap eight. Running order Reed, Stewart, Villopoto, Short, Kevin Windham, Ryan Dungey is sixth, Davi Milsaps seventh, eighth is Josh Hansen, ninth is Jake Weimer, and tenth is Justin Brayton. But all eyes are on the top three.
Reed has led from the start. Stewart right on his @#$. Villopoto third. On the inside of the first corner, Stewart goes inside Reed and into the lead! Stewart first, Reed next, then Villopoto, Andrew Short next, Dungey has moved into fifth.
Lap 12 – Stewart is starting to stretch out a small lead. Reed still second, but Villopoto is right on him. Ryan Dungey has passed Andrew Short now. Top five – Stewart, Reed, Villopoto, Dungey, Short. Great race.
Stewart slowly pulling away. Reed holding off Villopoto. They are starting to run into lappers.
Lap 15 – Stewart has about a four second lead on Reed. Stewart looks good. Reed, in second, Villopoto in third. Dungey is fourth, and then Andrew Short.
Seems like riders are starting to settle as the race nears the end. Stewart comfortably out front. Reed comfortably in second. Villopoto comfortably in third. Dungey a ways back in fourth, and Andrew Short fifth.
James Stewart has won! The fourth winner of four main events this year! Chad Reed second, Ryan Villopoto third, Ryan Dungey fourth, and Andrew Short fifth. (full results below)
Chad Reed said afterwards, “You look at the points, and it’s not that bad. I got a good start, but I rode like a little girl. I hope I won’t do that in the future. The track was tricky. The moisture was coming up and the lines changed a little bit.”
Ryan Villopoto said afterwards, “First part of the race was good for me. I was trying to make a move – but the track was tough. I started to tighten up a bit and make mistakes. It’s much better than coming from last (as in weeks past). I have to push thru that halfway point where I tightened up and do better next weekend.”
James Stewart says, “Before I say anything – this is to my mechanic. It was awesome. Another shout out to the team and Joe Gibbs for coming out. It’s been a whlie since I been up here. I had a couple of tough races, but our team never gave up. We’ve got a long way to go, but this is a great start.”
Oakland Supercross Photo Gallery:
Eli Tomac’s number 17 – he wins and extends his West series points lead, keeping the ‘red plate’
250 West 15 Lap Main Event Results
- Eli Tomac – HON
- Marvin Musquin – KTM
- Zach Osborne – YAM
- Ryan Sipes – YAM
- Matt Moss – KTM
- Travis Baker – HON
- Nico Izzi – YAM
- Max Anstie – HON
- Martin Davalos – SUZ
- Dean Wilson – KAW
- Cole Seely – HON
- Jason Anderson – SUZ
- Billy Laninovich – HON
- Gavin Faith – HON
- Gareth Swanepoel – YAM
- Michael Leib – HON
- Vince Friese – HON
- K Rusk – HON
- Ryan Marmont – KTM
- T Ingals – HON
Supercross 20 Lap Main Event Results
- James Stewart – YAM
- Chad Reed – HON
- Ryan Villopoto – KAW
- Ryan Dungey – KTM
- Andrew Short – HON
- Kevin Windham – HON
- Davi Millsaps – YAM
- Jake Weimer – KAW
- Justin Brayton – HON
- Josh Hansen – KAW
- Mike Alessi – SUZ
- Kyle Chisholm – KAW
- Broc Tickle – KAW
- Brett Metcalfe – SUZ
- Nick Wey – KAW
- Cody Mackie – KAW
- Weston Peick – KAW
- Rob Kiniry – YAM
- Ben Lamay – YAM
- Kyle Partridge – KAW
250 West Point Standings
- Eli Tomac – 88
- Dean Wilson – 73
- Zach Osborne – 67
- Marvin Musquin – 64
- Tyla Rattray – 60
- Cole Seely – 57
- Jason Anderson – 53
- Nico Izzi – 46
- Max Anstie – 45
- Ryan Sipes – 42
- Matt Moss – 39
- Travis Baker – 38
- Billy Laninovich – 35
- Michael Leib – 29
- Martin Davalos – 27
- Vince Friese – 25
- Teddy Maier – 21
- Wil Hahn – 13
- Champion, Faith, Swanepoel – 10
Supercross Point Standings
- Chad Reed – 85
- Ryan Dungey 85
- Ryan Villopoto – 83
- James Stewart – 73
- Jake Weimer – 61
- Kevin Windham – 58
- Andrew Short – 52
- Josh Hansen – 47
- Brett Metcalfe – 45
- Davi Millsaps – 42
- Mike Alessi – 38
- Justin Brayton – 37
- Kyle Chisholm – 34
- Broc Tickle – 30
- Ivan Tedesco – 21
- Nick Wey – 16
- Trey Canard – 14
- Weston Peick – 10
- Kyle Partridge – 10
- Chris Blose – 9