It was Round 8 of the 2011 AMA / FIM Supercross Series, in Atlanta’s GeorgiaDome. The big winner? Well, keep reading below and look at the photos to find out what happened!
Ryan Villopoto has won the Atlanta Supercross 20 lap Main Event! Dean Wilson wins 250 Lites East Regional Supercross 15 lap Main Event! It’s round 8 of the AMA / FIM World Supercross Series. The Supercross series heads to the red clay of Georgia. In front of over 69,000 fans!
In timed practice, the 250 East has Ryan Sipes on top, riding a Yamaha, with his best lap time being 48.09 seconds, then Dean Wilson with 48.1, third is Jason Anderson (SUZ, 48.52). Fourth is Blake Baggett with 48.7, the Nico Izzi, riding a Honda, with 48.9, Malcolm Stewart (SUZ 49.13), then Blake Wharton (49.41), and Justin Barcia back in tenth at 49.91.
In the Supercross class, defending Champion Ryan Dungey on top with 46.88, next Chad Reed with 46.9, James Stewart 46.93, Trey Canard 47.4, Justin Brayton 47.47, Davi Millsaps 47.5, and Ryan Villopoto 47.65.
In ‘breaking’ news, although there are a lot of people saying a lot of different things about it, it looks like Team Manager Larry Brooks, of the L & M San Manuel Yamaha Team, which has riders James Stewart and Kyle Regal, is not with the team. There are lots of rumors floating around about this – when we find out the actual happenings, we will report them.
250 East Heat 1 – Justin Barcia number 17 with the holeshot. Malcolm Stewart is second – looking good in his second ever professional race. He’s number 139 on Suzuki. Blake Baggett is third. On lap four of this six lap race, Baggett passes Stewart.
Justin Barcia takes the win! Blake Baggett is second, Malcolm Stewart finishes third. Then Hewitt, Dean Wilson, Alex Martin, and L Vincent.
250 East Heat 2 – Ryan Sipes number 25 on Yamaha leading, second is PJ Larsen on KTM. Third is Jason Anderson on the Suzuki, fourth is J Sipes, fifth Michael Akaydin. And Ryan Sipes wins the heat, as they finish in that order! Ryan Sipes fastest lap was 49.3 seconds.
Supercross Heat 1 – Trey Canard is the leader of this eight lap race! Chad Reed is second, Brett Metcalfe is third. And Metcalfe goes down at end of straight away in whoops – hard.
At the four lap mark – halfway – Trey Canard is leading Chad Reed by just a few bike lengths. Third is Davi Millsaps, and then Mike Alessi.
Canard is leading a nice race with Reed right behind. And Canard hold Reed off for the win! Reed is second, then Davi Millsaps, Andrew Short, Mike Alessi, and Kyle Regal.
Supercross Heat 2 – Ryan Villopoto with the early lead. As they settle after a few laps of this qualifying heat, it’s Villopoto leading, James Stewart has moved past Tedesco and in to second, Ivan Tedesco is third. Ryan Dungey is back in eighth.
The track looks a little harder, and a little drier than in years’ past.
At the conclusion of this race – it’s Ryan Villopoto winning! James Stewart is second. Kevin Windham has smartly moved into a third place finish. Ivan Tedesco is next, then Justin Brayton, Ryan Dungey and Tye Simmonds.
250 East 15 lap Main Event – Blake Wharton 21 with the holeshot! He’s followed by team-mate Justin Barcia! And third is Blake Baggett. Malcolm Stewart is in 16th.
As lap four starts, it’s Blake Wharton with the lead, Justin Barcia is second, Blake Baggett is third, then Ryan Sipes, Dean Wilson, H Hewitt, J Anderson, PJ Larsen, Alex Martin ninth.
Blake Wharton, riding on the GEICO Honda team, has been training with former World Motocross Champion Sebastien Tortelli. He’s leading now on the eighth lap. Barcia still second, Baggett third … Dean Wilson has moved into fourth. Then Ryan Sipes fifth.
Lap 10 – with Wharton still leading, Dean Wilson has passed both Baggett and Barcia! It’s now Wharton, Wilson, Barcia, Baggett, Hewitt. Then R Sipes, PJ Larsen, and Malcolm Stewart. Wharton is looking good.
With just over two laps to go, Wharton goes down approaching a right hand corner! Wilson takes over the lead!
Checkered flag and the win for Dean Wilson! Great race! Second is Justin Barcia, a little over two seconds behind. Third goes to Blake Baggett. Fourth is Blake Wharton after falling. Fifth Ryan Sipes.
Dean Wilson number 15
The win for Dean is his first in professional AMA Supercross. He says: It’s amazing. I got a really bad start in my heat race. I spun out pretty bad, so I was scared of that in the Main Event … I didn’t lean forward enough and I wheelied. But to come through the pack like that in the Main and get my first supercross win is just amazing. It’s like a dream. I’m so pumped to get this win. It wasn’t easy … I had to work the whole way … I’m just really pumped. I’m so happy.
Supercross 20 lap Main Event – JS7 with the holeshot! (James Stewart). Followed by Chad Reed, Trey Canard, Ryan Villopoto, and Ryan Dungey.
James Stewart – first off the line
On lap three – Stewart makes just a tiny bobble … and Chad Reed passes James Stewart for the lead! It’s Reed, Stewart, Villopoto.
Canard must of fell … cause as we get going on lap five … it is Chad Reed leading, James Stewart 1.5 seconds behind him, Villopoto in third, Dungey in fourth, then Short, Brayton, Windham, then Canard.
On lap eight, Reed is slowly started to pull a gap on James Stewart. Ryan Villopoto is four second behind them, and Ryan Dungey is three seconds behind Villopoto. Short is fifth.
Just past the halfway point, as they start lap 11, Stewart has closed up a bit on Reed. Chad first, Stewart just over half second behind. They are putting on a great show! The are battling each other hard, but “respectfully”. Then Villopoto, Dungey, Short, Brayton, Canard, Windham, Metcalfe, Millsaps, Tedesco, Regal, Wey, Blose, Simmonds.
Top riders are running lap times around 47 seconds. Reed has an almost two second lead, as Stewart made a little bobble in a right hand corner. But the top two guys Reed and Stewart are flying.
Chad Reed leading Supercross Main Event
As Reed was starting to pull a gap on Stewart again, on lap 16 Chad gets stuck behind one – and Stewart is able to close! Reed is leading, and Stewart is less than half a second behind. Villopoto third, Dungey fourth, Short fifth, Canard up to sixth.
Lap 19 – Stewart passes Reed in a tight right hand corner and moves into the lead! Both have won two AMA Supercross Championships. And then a few corners later, Reed attempts to pass Stewart back in another tight right hand corner … and they both fall! They are both down!
Ryan Villopoto is the new leader! Ryan Dungey is second! Reed now third, Stewart now fourth! Canard fifth, then Short.
Ryan Villopoto has won the Atlanta Supercross! What a race! Villopoto extends his series points lead! Ryan says: It was crazy. Sometimes it’s not the guy that rides the fastest, but the smartest.
Ryan Villopoto takes win at Atlanta Supercross 2011
And what about that ‘respectful’ racing that Reed and Stewart were doing? Wonder how they feel now after colliding on the last lap while going for the win?
Ryan Villopoto has a ten point lead over James Stewart now as the series head to Daytona Beach next Saturday, March 5 – for the Daytona Supercross by Honda
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Ryan Villopoto in Atlanta
Dean Wilson and team-mate Blake Baggett – Champagne time!
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