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Supercross – a weekend off? Houston Preview! Glen Helen MX USGP?

Published April 8th, 2010

Supercross is nice enough to grace us with so many weekends of action, drama, excitement, and oh yeah … racing! But having them back to back sometimes makes you wish for a weekend off…. and this last weekend that’s what we got!

Years ago, there were less supercross events. When Rick Johnson won, his 1986 Supercross Championship, I believe there were ten events.

The series might race one, two, three or four events in a row. But then they would have a week or two off. It allowed riders to rest their minds and bodies.

But the past few years, the series has basically run every weekend. Go go go! This past weekend was the first weekend off of the year. In a way … it seems weird, because so many of us went thru ‘supercross with-drawls’. Has it only been just one week off???

So, how about a recap of 2010 so far? In 450 Supercross, we have Ryan Dungey and Ryan Villopoto the top two, with a large lead over third place. In the 250 East Supercross, we have Christophe Pourcel and Austin Stroupe battling for the championship there. And soon the 250 West series will start up again, which is being led by Jake Weimer, and chased by Trey Canard. With these three championships still to be decided, it should make every race until Vegas just as exciting as the first race in Anaheim.

Here is the funny thing though … we all thought this season would be a James Stewert and Chad Reed battle for the Championship!! Think it will happen next year? Or while being injured will they lose a bit of what made them both Champions in the past. Will either of them ever see the Red number one plate on their bike again? No one knows for sure …

OK, now, back to me … it is my blog isn’t it? : ) My weekend off was perfect! I started it off right with a visit to the Angels Stadium (where the Anaheim SX races are) to get a little Angels baseball action! It was the big pre-season game where they took on the the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Angels ended up winning in the 9th inning and I scored an Angels blanket! Not a bad Friday!

Saturday I ventured up to LA to the new W Hotel for the night. It was a celebration for the birthday(s) of two of my good friends. It was such a good turn out as it is every year. A few people you may know on the guest list? Donnie Emler Jr. from FMF, and Brian Barlow From FOX racing … also Roland Sands from Roland Sands Designs. It wasn’t an industry party, but thought id throw in a couple names. I may have seen James Stewert on the dance floor … but not 100% sure.

Sunday of course was Easter and I was lucky enough to spend all day with people I love … and we hid Easter eggs for the little kids to find …. and then later on everyone tries to eat their body weight in chocolate! (I succeeded!)

What a great weekend! But looking foward to a little more Supercross this coming weekend! And that brings me to Houston! Supercross! This weekend!

Feld Entertainment and Motorsports will be your hosts of the Houston Supercross Saturday night at Reliant Stadium, and here is some info courtesy of them!

  • The first race held in Houston was on March 15, 1974, and Pierre Karsmakers won on a Yamaha.
  • This will be the 44th time the gate will drop for an AMA Supercross race in Houston.?Houston has been on the AMA Supercross season schedule since the series championship started in 1974. Daytona is the only other stop on the tour that has been on the schedule every season since 1974.
  • The only cities that have hosted more AMA Supercross races than Houston are Pontiac and Anaheim.
  • Houston hosted the first ever double-header supercross race in 1977.
  • In 1978-1979 Bob Hannah swept both double-headers back to back. In 1981-1982 Mark Barnett did the same thing.
  • Jeff Ward won four consecutive supercross races in Houston, from 1985 – 1988.?Chad Reed has never finished outside of the top three in Houston with two wins, four seconds and a third.

AMA Supercross Class Wins by Brand in Houston: Yamaha – 15?, Kawasaki – 10?, Honda – 10?, Suzuki – 6?, Can-Am – 2

AMA Supercross Class First Time Winners in Houston: Jim Weinert, 1976?Broc Glover, 1980

AMA Supercross Class Most Wins in Houston: ?Bob Hannah – 5, ?Mark Barnett – 5?, Jeremy McGrath – 5

AMA Supercross Class Recap after Jacksonville:

  • Ryan Villopoto earned his sixth win of the season and the eighth of his career. He is now tied with Ron Lechien and Jimmy Ellis on the all-time AMA Supercross win list.
  • Ryan Dungey has nine podiums on the season and 12 top 10 finishes. His championship points lead is 21 on Villopoto.
  • Trey Canard earned his fifth consecutive podium finish, which is a record for an active Lites class rider.
  • Kevin Windham earned another top-five finish. He now has 170 starts and is fourth on the all time AMA Supercross class start list.
  • Kawasaki earned their third event sweep of the season by winning the AMA Supercross and AMA Supercross Lites main events.
  • Ryan Dungey and Josh Hill are the only riders with top 10 finishes in all 12 races. Davi Millsaps, Ryan Villopoto and Justin Brayton have only been out of the top 10 at one race this year.

AMA Supercross Class Podium Finishes: Ryan Dungey – 9, Ryan Villopoto – 7, Trey Canard – 5, Josh Hill – 5, Davi Millsaps – 4, Kevin Windham – 3, James Stewart – 2, Ivan Tedesco – 1

AMA Supercross Class Laps Led: Ryan Villopoto – 98, Ryan Dungey – 94, Davi Millsaps – 18, Kevin Windham – 9, James Stewart – 8, Josh Hill – 8, Nick Wey – 2, Davi Millsaps – 2, Trey Canard – 1

AMA Supercross Lites Class Stats for Houston:

  • The first race was April 20, 1985, and Eddie Warren won on a Kawasaki.
  • This will be the 26th time the gate will drop for an AMA Supercross Lites race in Houston.
  • In 2001 Travis Preston gave Husqvarna their first and only Lites class win in Houston.
  • Kevin Windham is the only rider to win back to back Lites races in Houston. With a win Saturday night, Chris Pourcel will join him.
  • AMA Supercross Lites Class Recap after Jacksonville:
  • Chris Pourcel earned his fourth win of the season and his 11th of his career.
  • Austin Stroupe gets his fifth 2nd place finish of the season.
  • James Decotis earned his first top-five finish of his career. He is one of eight riders to qualify for every main along with Pourcel, Stroupe, Barcia, Metcalfe, Baggett, and fellow privateer Levi Kilbarger.

AMA Supercross Lites Class Laps Led: Jake Weimer – 47, Christophe Pourcel – 35, Trey Canard – 29, Justin Barcia – 15, Ryan Sipes – 13, Blake Wharton – 12, Austin Stroupe – 9, Dean Wilson – 8, Brett Metcalfe – 6, Blake Baggett – 2, Ryan Morais – 1, Wil Hahn – 1.

OK, perhaps you’ve heard – out of nowhere it seems, there is going to be a US Grand Prix of Motocross at Glen Helen Raceway, May 28 – 30th. I don’t know how it came about, and especially so quickly, but it’s a great opportunity for American fans to see the top GP riders in the world, such as World Motocross Champions Antonio Cairoli, Marvin Musquin, and upcoming World Championship racers Jeffrey Herlings, Ken Roczen, Max Nagl, Clement Desalle, and others.



And, the AMA National Motocross Series gets under way the weekend before that in Hangtown! It’s a good time to be a fan of moto!

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p.s. I’d like to remind you about a few things here on Supercross.com that you might not be aware of, or tried out in a while.

  1. Our iPhone app. Gives you all the results and points to the major series worldwide. Include my blog (kinda’ redundant if you are looking at it on your iPhone right now! : ) And, Version 2 should be coming out very soon, with substantial improvements and upgrades – you’ll like it!
  2. The Supercross.com Store
  3. The Supercross.com Community. It’s free. It’s a place to make friends, post messages, upload your own photos and video …


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