Round 4 – Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series 2013 – Oakland
Ryan Villopoto wins 450 Supercross Main Event in Oakland. Kenny Roczen victorious in 250 West SX Main. Millsaps retains points lead in 450, Roczen takes over points in 250 West.
It’s the O.co Coliseum – home of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders football team, and MLB’s Oakland Athletics baseball team. Today – it’s Monster Energy Supercross!
The weather this morning – once again perfect. Clear, sunny, just a few puffy clouds in the sky, and temp about 65 degrees.
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Two-time World MX2 Motocross Champion Marvin Musquin, who will being racing once the East Regional Series starts in Dallas, said after the track walk “The track is very good, very technical, should make for some great racing!”
There is one sand section – a sweeping right hand u-turn that is giving a lot of riders problems … should be interesting …
Ken Roczen in Oakland – practice 1
In 250 SX West timed practice, it’s Kenny Roczen on the Red Bull KTM quickest at 56.33 seconds. Next is Jason Anderson at 57 seconds. Zach Osborne, Martin Davalos, and Eli Tomac at 57.4 seconds. 58 riders at attempting to qualify.
In 450 SX time practice, it’s James Stewart the quickest at 55.1 seconds. Ryan Dungey is next with 56.66 seconds. Ryan Villopoto is next at 56.3. Then it’s Trey Canard, Chad Reed, Davi Millsaps, Broc Tickle, Josh Grant, Matt Goerke, Justin Barcia, Jake Weimer, and Justin Brayton 12th at 56.9. 50 riders at attempting to qualify.
James Stewart in practice – 2013 Oakland Supercross
As practice comes to a close, and the sun starts to set – it is starting to get a bit cold.
250 SX Heat 1 – 7:36pm. The start goes to Christian Craig. There is a crash in the first corner. It involves series points leader Eli Tomac. He gets going dead last …
As they settle, it’s Troy Lee Designs teammates Christian Crag and Jessy Nelson out front. Then Craig hits the dirt. There have been a lot of crashes already as we start lap three of this six lap race.
The running order – Jessy Nelson, Tyla Rattray, Jake Canada, Cole Seely, Jason Anderson, Christian Craig …. Eli Tomac is tenth.
The top nine will transfer directly to the Main Event. Jessy Nelson leads Tyla Rattray by a comfortable margin. And Jessy Nelson wins! Tyla Rattray is second. Jason Anderson third. Then Seely, Canada, Craig, Eli Tomac seventh, Jean Ramos, Chris Plouffe, and Max Anstie tenth.
250 SX Heat 2 – 7:50pm. Lots of guys enter the first corner ‘first’, but Zach Osborne emerges out of the first corner in first place. Ken Roczen is second, Martin Davalos is third.
On the second lap, in the hardest part of the big sandy u-turn corner (the exit at the end) Ken Roczen bursts past Osborne and into the lead. As they start the third lap it’s Roczen out front, Osborne second, Davalos third, Joey Savatgy fourth, and Malcolm Stewart fifth.
This six lap race win goes to Kenny Roczen. Zach Osborne is second. Martin Davalos third. Then Joey Savatgy and Malcolm Stewart fourth and fifth.
450 SX Heat 1 – 8:06pm. It’s Justin Brayton with the lead out of the first corner … but Davi Millsaps makes the pass coming down the long straight heading into the third corner. The ‘sand’ corner. And a few riders in the pack go down in that corner as well.
Millsaps is stretching out his lead on the second lap. Good battle for second – it’s Brayton, Ryan Dungey, and Trey Canard all close together.
Right at the end of lap three, both Dungey and Canard make the move on Brayton. So it’s Millsaps out front, Dungey now about 3.5 seconds back. Canard chasing Dungey. Then Brayton, followed by Josh Grant and Justin Barcia.
This race will go eight laps. The top nine will transfer directly to the 450 Main Event.
The top three are gone – Millsaps, Dungey, Canard. They are far ahead of the rest. And Dungey and Canard are gaining on Millsaps …
It’s Davi Millsap winning, Ryan Dungey and Trey Canard right behind.
450 SX Heat 2 – 8:22pm. Three are three Supercross Champions in this race – James Stewart, Chad Reed, and Ryan Villopoto. And it’s current Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series Champion Ryan Villopoto on the number 1 Kawasaki with the lead!
Villopoto is already stretching out his lead. Mike Alessi is second … behind him is Jame Stewart. Chad Reed has a poor start. On lap two he is in tenth place.
Villopoto is riding strong, fast, and aggressive. He’s leading. James Stewart has moved into second place. Then it’s M Alessi, Matt Goerke, and Kyle Chisholm. Reedy is ninth …
The top four are very stretched out.
Attendance is announced 46,896. Nice crowd!
The winner, easily, Ryan Villopoto. Then Stewart, Alessi, Goerke, Chisholm, …. and Reedy comes all the way up to sixth!
15 lap 250 SX West Main Event – 9:26pm. Joey Savatgy on the 176 KTM in the lead! At the end of the first lap, it’s Cole Seely with the lead, and Ken Roczen giving chase!
On the second lap, while running eighth – Eli Tomac goes down!
As we start lap three – Seely has a nice lead over Roczen, Jason Anderson is third. Joey Savatgy is next, followed by Martin Davalos and Christian Craig. Eli Tomac is 18th.
The top five after five laps are very spread out. Seely, Roczen, Anderson, Davalos, Savatgy. And then Tomac crashes again! He’s on the side of the track – and he’s not getting up quickly. He is heading back to the pits ….
Lap 12. Roczen has closed up right on Seely for the lead. And in a tight right hand corner, makes the pass for the lead! With Tomac out, and Roczen headed for the win, Roczen will definitely take over the points lead.
Kenny Roczen has won! And taken over the 250 West points lead! Cole Seely second, Jason Anderson third. (Full results below.)
Ken Roczen says “I’m super happy. I didn’t have the best start, and there was a lot of bar banging at the start. The crew worked great, I’m fit, and charged hard. I’m super happy!”
The 450 SX 20 Lap Main Event – 9:57pm. Big pile up in the second corner – at least five riders. One rider involved is Chad Reed. He’s first to get going. Josh Grant is another rider – he’s next to get going. James Stewart is another rider involved in the crash. He’s up and running – but very slowly.
Ryan Villopoto is out front. Justin Brayton is running second. Davi Millsaps is third. Mike Alessi fourth. Vince Friese is next. Ryan Dungey is in ninth. Trey Canard is 14th. Chad Reed 17th. Josh Grant 18th. James Stewart 19th – but has pulled out of the race. Justin Barcia is 20th – but also out of the race.
The crash – you can see Dungey was affected, Brayton’s bike, Josh Grant’s bike, Chad Reed (black helmet with Monster logos), James Stewart, Trey Canard, and other carnage …
Ryan Villopoto is already running away with this race on lap five. Davi Millsaps has moved into second – he’s eight seconds behind Villopoto. Third place is Justin Brayton, fourth is Mike Alessi.
Dungey seventh. Canard 10th. Reed 16th. Grant 18th. Again – Stewart and Barcia are out of this race.
On lap 16 Villopoto is out front by over 10 seconds over Millsaps, Ryan Dungey has moved to third. Then it’s Alessi fourth, Canard up to fifth. Canard makes the move on Alessi to move into fourth … Chad Reed is 12th.
Ryan Villopoto has won this race – convincingly! Davi Millsaps takes a nice second – and maintains his series points lead as the series heads back to Anaheim next Saturday. Ryan Dungey finishes third. (Full results below.)
Villopoto said “The points race is what we are going after, and winning the holeshot gives you a great advantage. We made some changes to the bike today that I think really helped us out there tonight, so hats off to my team. It is a long season, and we are going to keep plugging away.”
250 West Main Event Results:
- Ken Roczen – KTM
- Cole Seely – HON
- Jason Anderson – SUZ
- Martin Davalos – KAW
- Malcolm Stewart – KTM
- Joey Savatgy – KTM
- Kyle Cunningham – YAM
- Austin Politelli – HON
- Christian Craig – HON
- Zach Osborne – HON
- Tyla Rattray – KAW
- Travis Baker – YAM
- Jessy Nelson – HON
- Chris Plouffe – HON
- Jean Ramos – KAW
- Josh Cachia – KTM
- Kade Mosig – KAW
- Killian Rusk – HON
- Jake Canada – HON
- Eli Tomac – HON
250 West Point standings:
- Ken Roczen – 91
- Cole Seely – 80
- Eli Tomac – 76
- Zach Osborne – 58
- Jason Anderson – 52
- Kyle Cunningham – 49
- Martin Davalos – 48
- Christian Craig – 47
- Malcolm Stewart – 45
- Tyla Rattray – 45
- Jessy Nelson – 38
- Joey Savatgy – 38
- Ryan Sipes – 31
- Austin Politelli – 26
- Max Anstie – 26
- Travis Baker – 23
- Jake Canada – 21
- Michael Leib – 16
- Josh Cachia – 12
- Jean Ramos – 10
450 Main Event Results:
- Ryan Villopoto – KAW
- Davi Millsaps – SUZ
- Ryan Dungey – KTM
- Trey Canard – HON
- Mike Alessi – SUZ
- Andrew Short – HON
- Matt Goerke – KTM
- Broc Tickle – SUZ
- Vince Friese – HON
- Justin Brayton – YAM
- Jim Albertson – HON
- Chad Reed – HON
- Kyle Chisholm – YAM
- Les Smith – KTM
- Rob Kiniry – YAM
- Josh Grant – YAM
- Cedric Soubeyras – HON
- Matt Lemoine – KAW
- James Stewart – SUZ
- Justin Barcia – HON
450 Point standings:
- Davi Millsaps – 85
- Trey Canard – 78
- Ryan Villopoto – 77
- Ryan Dungey – 68
- Chad Reed – 65
- Andrew Short – 56
- Jake Weimer – 47
- Justin Brayton – 42
- Justin Barcia – 41
- Matt Goerke – 39
- James Stewart – 38
- Josh Grant – 37
- Broc Tickle – 35
- Kyle Chisholm – 30
- Mike Alessi – 25
- Vince Friese – 24
- Weston Peick – 22
- Kevin Windham – 21
- Matt Lemoine – 16
- Jimmy Albertson – 12
- Mike Alessi – 9
- Robert Kiniry – 5