Round 6 – AMA/FIM Supercross Series 2009 – Anaheim 3 – February 7
James Stewart wins his fifth Supercross Main Event in a row! Jake Weimer wins his third 250 West Supercross Main Event of the season, and takes over points lead!
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|250 West Point Standings|
Two things for sure right now. First, it’s going to rain. Second, defending 250 West Supercross Champion Jason Lawrence will not be racing. Click here to read about Jason Lawrence’s suspension.
Practice was cancelled because of all the rain the day and night beforehand. The track has been completely covered in plastic tarping – something you don’t see too often : ) During the day, the sun came out for a while, but is probably only temporary – there should be lots of rain later. As far as we know, practice has been reschedule to 6pm, and the riders will get only a few laps for practice.
Practice begins just before 6pm – the track is in suprisingly good condition …. and it hasn’t rained yet. In the short practice session, it was James Stewart with the fastest practice lap, Chad Reed with the second fastest lap time.
7:40pm: The first 250 West LItes Supercross Heat 1 starts. It’s number 63 Chris Blose leading. Series points leader Ryan Dungey is in fourth. Riders are still really sorting out the track because of such a limited amount of practice time. By the end of lap two, it’s Blose out front, and Dungey has worked his way into second – and closing. On the fourth lap, Blose spins out in one of the muddier sections of the track, and Dungey has moved into the lead. At the finish it’s Dungey first, Blose second, Daniel Reardon 122 in third.
Tonight’s track was designed by none other than 7-time Supercross champion, Mr. Jeremy McGrath – winningest supercross rider in history!
7:55pm: So far, no rain! And the 250’s heat number two takes off – Jake Weimer with the holeshot! After the six lap heat, Jake wins! Jake is really gaining confidence this year, his first season riding for Pro Circuit Kawasaki. Second place goes to team-mate Ryan Morais, third is Justin Brayton, and fourth goes to Trey Canard.
8:08pm: The first 450 Supercross heat explodes off the gate – Chad Reed goes into the first corner first, Ryan Villopoto comes out of the first corner in first as Reed slips to the outside of the berm, but at the end of lap one – it’s Andrew Short leading, followed by team-mate Davi Millsaps! Villopoto is third, Reed in fourth. Towards the end of lap one, Andrew Short goes off the track. We have Millsaps leading, Chad Reed a ways back in second, Heath Voss next, then Tim Ferry. Where’s Villopoto? He’s out after one lap due to a crash. LCQ time for RV. Halfway thru the eight lap heat, Millsaps is leading by a good margin, Reedy in second, Heath Voss a ways back in third, Tim Ferry closing in fourth. Lap times for the fastest guys in the 450 class are just over one minute. On the final lap, Reed is looking very good, charging towards the lead and Millsaps. At the finish, it’s Millsaps holding on and winning, Reed in second, third goes to Thomas Hahn, with Heath Voss fourth, and Tim Ferry fifth.
And still no rain!
8:23pm: And the holeshot in heat number 2 for the 450’s goes to …. Mike Alessi! But James Stewart blitzes past Alessi and into the lead in the fourth corner! Quickly, by lap three, Stewart has a big lead, Josh Grant has moved into second, followed by Ivan Tedesco, and then Alessi. Kevin Windham is in seventh. As they take the final lap to the checkered flag, James Stewart wins! Second place to Josh Grant, Ivan Tedesco third, Kevin Windham fourth, and Nick Wey finishes fifth.
That big rain storm that was supposed to hit southern California …. where is it? So far, no rain – 9pm.
Ryan Villopoto was not able to finish the LCQ, and will not be racing in the main event.
9:23pm: The 250 Main Event! Exciting the tight left hand first corner, it’s Justin Brayton! Ryan Dungey goes down in the first corner! Jake Weimer is in second as they end the first lap! So, we have Justin Brayton leading on lap two, Weimer is second, Ryan Morais is third … Ryan Dungey is 16th.
On lap five, Dungey goes off the track … rides slowly along the outside and comes back onto the track. Up front it’s Brayton and Weimer putting on a great show, passing each other back and forth. On lap six, it’s Brayton out front, Weimer right behind, Ryan Morais in third, Jeff Alessi is fourth … and Dungey is seventh. Now on lap eight, the top three of Weimer, Brayton, and Morais have bunched up together. Weimer is leading, Brayton second, Morais third. They are riding much more agressively now that the track is a little bit dried out and has been prepped before this main event.
Now, with five laps to go in the 15 lap main, it’s Jake Weimer with the lead, lapping riders. Team-mate Ryan Morais has moved into second, with Justin Brayton in third. Jeff Alessi is fourth, and Ryan Dungey is alone in fifth.
On the final lap, Morais is closing on Weimer! Two corners before the finish, Morais makes his move on Weimer as they go past a lapper … but he gets caught up in the top of the berm! The finish – Jake Weimer wins! Ryan Morais is second … and the team-mates congratulate each other. Third place goes to Justin Brayton, all the way up to fourth is Ryan Dungey, and fifth goes to Jeff Alessi! It’s Jake Weimer’s third win of the season, and he now moves into the points lead for the Western Division Supercross Championship!
Just before 10pm. Still no rain as was predicted! The 450 Supercross riders are on the gate – Reed and Stewart are lined up side-by-side. Davi Millsaps look to be into the first corner first … but James Stewart sneaks smartly by on the inside shorter line and emerges out of the first corner with the lead! Millsaps is second, Reed is in sixth.
As they finish the second lap, it’s Stewart out front, Josh Grant in second, Millsaps in third, Ivan Tedesco fourth, Kevin Windham fifth, and Chad Reed sixth. Is Stewart on his way to his fifth win in a row? He’s starting to stretch out a lead already. Grant is running in second a ways back. then further back in Millsaps, and Reed is now in fourth hunting Millsaps down. Tedesco and Windham follow.
Stewart has a big lead, Grant is second, and on lap six Reed moves past Millsaps into third. On lap eight (the cream rises to the top!) Reed has closed all the way up on Grant, and passed into second. The top two supercross riders in the world are in the top two positions – Stewart out front, Reed 11 seconds behind. Grant goes down … it’s now Stewart, Reed, Tedesco, Millsaps, and then Windham. Grant is running in sixth.
10:09pm: On lap 14, it’s starting to rain (finally). Stewart is out front comfortably. Reed is in second, comfortably. They are both going thru lappers. Davi Millsaps is in third – but quite a ways behind the top two. Tedesco is right behind in fourth. Already, Stewart has lapped up to seventh place. Amazing. The crowd has gotten out their rain gear and umbrellas as the race heads into it’s final laps.
With three laps to go, it’s starting to rain very hard. Looking across the stadium rain drops fill the sky and view. The track is getting very slippery. On the last lap, on a very slippery track, with the crowd standing and cheering in the rain, James Stewart is heading to his fifth win in a row! Stewart has won! Chad Reed takes second. Stewart and Reed have taken the checkered … but riders are still racing on the track. Josh Grant goes down. Kevin Windham is pulled off to the side of the track. Davi Millsaps scores third – his best finish of the season. Ivan Tedesco is next with fourth, and Josh Grant finishes fifth.Five things you might want to do:
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