Round 9 – AMA/FIM Supercross Series 2010 – Daytona – March 6
Ryan Villopoto wins Daytona Supercross by Honda! Ryan Dungey retains Supercross Series Championship points lead. Christophe Pourcel wins 250 East Lites Main Event, leads that series as well
|450 Supercross Results|
|450 Point standings
|250 East Results|
|250 East point standings
Daytona International Speedway
It’s a beautiful day here in Daytona Beach for Round 9 of the AMA Supercross Series. Sun shining, not a cloud in the sky, close to 70 degrees. During the evening, it can be expected to be a bit cooler, but it will be dry.
Daytona is different. It’s non-stop action and racing for over a week – every discipline of racing you can think of. Of course, we preferential to Supercross. It’s an entirely different atmosphere, track, crowd, and more compared to a ‘normal’ supercross. Ryan Dungey leads the Series, and, Chad Reed is back in action!
Daytona puts on what’s called ‘Bike Week’. It’s something you have to experience if you’ve never been here! (You can watch Amanda give you a little taste of ‘Bike Week’ from yesterday here at this link.) It is way more than just motorcycling! And, the Daytona International Speedway continues to grow and improve – always adding new things, new features, even new buildings, to the enormous facility. Again, it’s something you have to see to believe. DIS (Daytona International Speedway) is almost like it’s own city – it’s that big!
Back in action after a number of weeks off with an injured hand – multi-time Supercross Champion Chad Reed – he’s back! Chad is not only back, but in the first practice session today Chad set the fastest lap time, just under 1 minute 3 seconds. Ryan Dungey has the second fastest qualifying lap to Reed.
In the 250 East Lites class, defending champion Christophe Pourcel had the quickest lap time – 1 minute 3 seconds!
As the riders are introduced to the crowd in opening ceremonies, Chad Reed tells the fans that he will not be racing tonight. He did ride well in practice, but decided before racing, he might need another week of practice to be able to race at full speed for entire motos.
250 East Heat 1 – Early leader is Darryn Durham. But Austin Stroupe took the lead on the third lap. And Stroupe held on to win.
250 East Heat 2 – Brett Metcalfe was the early leader, then Christophe Pourcel took the lead … and eventually the win.
450 Supercross Heat 1 – Grant Langston leading the first few laps! He looked good – then he stalled his bike on lap three. Kyle Chisholm had the lead for a while … but Ryan Dungey was charging, made the pass with just under two laps to go, and won this heat.
450 Supercross Heat 2 – Trey Canard was the early leader, followed by Josh Hill and Ryan Villopoto. They put on a good show, but eventually Ryan Villopoto showed his strength and experience, and went on to the win in this heat. Canard second, Hill third.
250 East Main Event – the early leader – Austin Stroupe! He’s followed by Christophe Pourcel, and Blake Baggett! On lap six, Christophe Pourcel goes past Stroupe and into the lead! It’s Pourcel, then Stroupe, and Blake Baggett, number 66 on a Suzuki.
At the ten lap point of this 15 lap main event, it’s Christophe Pourcel leading, Austin Stroupe is about three seconds behind in 2nd place. Blake Baggett still running strong in third. And Dean Wilson is in fourth.
At the end of the race, it’s Christophe Pourcel winning his third of three 250 Main Events of 2010 in the East! Austin Stroupe finishes second, and rookie Dean Wilson of Pro Circuit is third. Blake Baggett has a nice ride for fourth, and Justin Barcia finishes fifth.
450 Supercross Main Event – the lead goes to …. Ryan Villopoto … but Grant Langston falls down … and this race is red-flagged. Unfortunately, Grant was taken off the track on a stretcher. We’ll keep you updated as soon as we find out anything regarding Grant. (News comes in later – Grant is OK, all body parts are moving, he’s just got a sore back and neck.)
So, at 9:43pm, the 450 Supercross Main Event takes off (again)! The leader is Ryan Villopoto! Josh Hill is second, and third is Ryan Dungey. On lap three – Dungey passes Hill, moves into second. Meanwhile, Villopoto is looking good out front. At the five lap mark we have Villopoto leading, Dungey second, Hill third, and Trey Canard is running fourth. And then Trey Canard passes Josh Hill on lap seven.
At the halfway point, ten laps into this 20 lap moto, it’s Ryan Villopoto, Ryan Dungey, Trey Canard, Davi Millsaps, Josh Hill, Kevin Windham, Nick Wey, Kyle Chisholm, Thomas Hahn, and Ryan Morais.
20 brutal laps at Daytona, and the winner is … Ryan Villopoto! Ryan Dungey finishes second, and Trey Canard finishes third!
Dungey leads Villopoto in the points standings ( 192 to 172 ) as they head into round 10 of the series next weekend in Toronto, Canada!
Ryan Villopoto said “I got a great start .. a holeshot. The track was tough. I’m trying to play catch up. I like the track, it suited me well.”
Click on thumbnail to view larger images. Ryan Dungey after his race, Davi Millsaps is 18, Christophe Pourcel after his win, Ryan Dungey, talking with his ‘crew’ including Ricky Carmichael on the right hand side, number 2 is Ryan Villopoto, Ryan Villopoto off his bike, 250 podium, 450 podium, Andrew Short and Stephanie, 38 is Trey Canard, 1 is Christophe Pourcel, 45 is Austin Stroupe, Stroupe talking to announcer Larry Naston, one of the trophies from Daytona, Ryan Dungey airborne on the number 5 Suzuki, Grant Langston is number 8, 108 is Dean Wilson, Justin Barcia 17 gets ready for action, Amanda on site. 17 is Justin Barcia, number 1 in the next two photos is Christophe Pourcel, 22 is Chad Reed, nice head shot of Trey Canard 38, overview from the Grandstands of the supercross track, Mike Gosselaar talks with number 5 Ryan Dungey, then an action shot of number 5 Ryan Dungey, Ryan Dungey 5 and Ryan Villopoto 2, the Grandstands of Daytona International Speedway, 75 is Josh Hill, a photo of the cool new Honda CRF 250 2010 model – in white! Justin Barcia is 17, Kevin Windham is 14, 8 is Grant Langston, 24 is Brett Metcalfe, 18 is Davi Millsaps, 116 is Ryan Morais riding the 450 class for Suzuki, number 5 is Ryan Dungey, Ryan Villopoto is number 2 walking with his race tech, 22 on the track is Chad Reed, Chad Reed gives his race tech a ride back to their pit area, two photos of Austin Stroupe, 38 is action of Trey Canard, number 2 is Ryan Villopoto in action (twice), and number 108 is Dean Wilson of the Pro Circuit team.
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: 192 (First win 1976), Yamaha: 161 (First win 1974), Kawasaki: 96 (First win 1976), Suzuki: 54 (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)