Round 6 – AMA/FIM Supercross Series 2012 – San Diego
Supercross hits San Diego in a big way – Round 6 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series. Defending AMA Supercross Series Champion Ryan Villopoto wins the 20 lap main event, just ahead of Chad Reed. Ryan Dungey was third. Villopoto extends his points lead as the series heads to Dallas next weekend. In the 250 Lites West race, Dean Wilson wins a crash filled race, Eli Tomac finishes 20th, and Wilson now heads the points.
|250 Lites West Results|
|250 West Points
In the 250 West Lites qualifying – Eli Tomac once again was the fastest qualifier in the Lites practice (46.45), followed by Dean Wilson in second (46.77), Martin Davalos in third (47.13), Jason Anderson in fourth (47.29), and Cole Seely in fifth (47.42).
In the premier Supercross class – Ryan Villopoto had the fastest time in the final practice with a 46.37, just edging out James Stewart (46.38), Chad Reed in third (46.50), Kevin Windham in fourth (46.85), and Ryan Dungey in fifth (46.97). Justin Brayton fell – was thought to have a broken leg – but as of right now is being held out due to potential concussion.
250 West Heat 1 – At the gate drop, Dean Wilson had a decisive holeshot and by the close of the opening lap already had a three second gap back to second place rider, Marvin Musquin. The whoops section proved to be an immediate separator, as the lead trio of of Wilson, Musquin, and Matt Moss had a large lead over the rest of the pack within the first few laps. Gareth Swanepoel was having one of his better heat races of the season while running in fourth place before Jason Anderson found his way around the South African. At the finish, it was Wilson in first, Musquin second, Moss third, Anderson fourth, and Swanepoel fifth.
250 West Heat 2 – Cole Seely came away with the holeshot, but behind him some of the regular front runners were not so lucky. Eli Tomac and Martin Davalos both got caught in a first turn pile up that claimed a few more riders as well. Fortunately everyone escaped unscathed and were able to remount. While Seely quickly opened up a sizable lead on his teammate, Travis Baker, in second place, Tomac and Davalos were forced to fight their way into qualifying positions. Both managed to pick off riders left and right to get into the top nine. Seely came away with the win, with Baker in second, Vince Friese third, Billy Laninovich fourth, and Bruce Rutherford fifth.
450 Supercross Heat 1 – Ryan Villopoto jumped out to another excellent start, just in front of Davi Millsaps. But as has been the case so several times already this season, if Villopoto gets the holeshot, there is no getting around him, Millsaps put in a strong ride and was clearly faster through the whoops but it was not enough. Further back, Kyle Paritrdge was in third while several high ranking names seemed to struggle back in the pack.
Brett Metcalfe had a solid fourth place running, while Cody Mackie held down fifth place. Kevin Windham began the race very far back, but after making several passes in the whoops and an off track excursion by Jake Weimer, the number 14 machine worked his way into fifth at the finish. Villopoto took the win, Millsaps was second, Metcalfe third, Partridge fourth, and Windham fifth.
450 Supercross Heat 2 – James Stewart took the holeshot and looked to be on his way to a win. That is until Mike Alessi managed to make a surprise pass on the number 7 to take over the lead. Alessi would lead the next few laps before a red flag restart was forced due to a downed rider. That downed rider was Andrew Short.
450 Supercross Heat 2 (restart) – The second time around, Chad Reed was able to get a better jump, hopping out to the early lead ahead of Mike Alessi, Ryan Dungey, and James Stewart. After his scary practice crash, Justin Brayton managed to make it back out on the track running in sixth before passing Josh Hansen for fifth. But out front, Reed took advantage of clear track, laying down fast lap times to inch away from Dungey and Stewart as they battled one another.
Dungey had a strong command of second until Stewart was able to find an excellent drive through the long whoops section, passing the KTM rider for second place. At the finish, Reed pulled a classic nac-nac over the finish line for the win, while Stewart was second, Dungey third, Alessi fourth, and Brayton fifth.
250 West 15 lap Main Event – Cole Seely looked to have the holeshot until Vince Friese managed to steal it away from the TLD/Honda rider. However, before entering the whoop section, Dean Wilson was able to block pass Seely and get an excellent drive throught the whoops to take over the lead. Seely struggled in those first two sections and that was enough to give Wilson some breathing room. Meanwhile, Eli Tomac had a less than favorable start and was forced to work his way through the pack. He had worked his way up to the number three position and was looking to make a move on Seely. Then through the whoops, Tomac’s front end dropped down, sending him over the bars and too the ground on lap eight.
Early on, Marvin Musquin found similar misfortune, going down on the dragon back, just before the first triple, but he was able to remount an effort. Tomac, on the other hand, was not so lucky and was forced to retire from the race. Further back, Matt Moss was putting in his best ride of the season so far, taking over the number three position following Tomac’s crash. Gareth Swanepoel was also having his best ride of the year while sitting in fourth place. Dean Wilson eventually rode off to his second win of the season and also took over the points lead due to Tomac’s early dismisal from the race.
Dean Wilson (above) said, “Eli is a tough competitor and its a shame that he went down. It took consistent strong laps and you really had to hit that whoop section just right. I’m absolutely ecstatic right now and I couldn’t be happier. This means so much to me. Thanks to everyone who’s helped me out; I really appreciate it.”
Supercross 20 lap Main Event – Brett Metcalfe jumped out with the holeshot with Jake Weimer second, Villopoto third, Dungey fourth, Reed fifth, and Stewart in sixth. It did not take long for the Villopoto to make his way around his teammate and by lap three had moved into first. By the end of the same lap, Reed moved into second while Stewart and Dungey moved their way forward towards the leaders. Reed seemed to be making the best time as his whoop speed was unmatched in the opening laps.
Stewart’s speed through the difficult section was also impressive, and he was able to use it to his advantage to get around Metcalfe. On lap seven it all went wrong as Stewart found himself crashing in the same spot that took Tomac down in the Lites main event. He was pinned underneath his motorcycle for an unusual amount of time, as he did not appear injured in any way and immediately remounted once clear of his machine, although he was a lap down.
Back up front, Reed’s forward momentum seemed to slow as he stopped making progress on Villopoto in the lead. Dungey, especially seemed to struggle through the whoops, but still managed to hold onto a very solid third place ahead of fourth place rider and fourth qualifier, Kevin Windham. As the laps wound down Reed’s pace seemed to increase, and thanks to some lap traffic he was eventually able pull up alongside Villopoto to make an aggressive pass. In the final turn, Villopoto scrubbed the triple and was able to sneak back by for the lead which he would hold to the end of the race, to the delight of the roaring crowd.
On the podium, Ryan Villopoto (above) said, “How we could go through whoops was really the only place where Reed was able to make up time on me. He closed on me when we came into the lappers but fortunately I was able to get back around him on the last lap.”