Round 5 – AMA/FIM Supercross Series 2009 – San Francisco – January 31

Round 5 – AMA/FIM Supercross Series 2009 – San Francisco – January 31

James Stewart wins his fourth Supercross in a row, taking the 20 lap 450 Supercross Main Event! Jake Weimer takes the 15 lap 250 West Supercross Main Event victory!

450 Results
1. James Stewart YAM
2. Chad Reed SUZ
3. R. Villopoto KAW
4. Josh Grant YAM
5. Andrew Short HON
6. K. Windham HON
7. Josh Hill YAM
8. Davi Millsaps HON
9. Mike Alessi SUZ
10. Ivan Tedesco HON
11. Heath Voss HON
12. Ben Coisy
13. Cole Siebler
14. K Chisholm YAM
15. D McCoy HON
16. T Bowers
17. Josh Hansen HON
18. Troy Adams
19. P Carpenter
20. S Boniface
450 Points
Chad Reed 108
James Stewart 102
Josh Grant 95
R Villopoto 88
Andrew Short 87
Ivan Tedesco 73
Kevin Windham 68
Mike Alessi 58
Tim Ferry 56
Davi Millsaps 55
Josh Hill 51
Heath Voss 40
P Carpenter 39
Ben Coisy 31
Nick Wey 26
Cole Siebler 23
Matt Boni 15
Josh Summey 13
K Chisholm 11
T Adams 11
250 West Results
1. Jake Weimer KAW
2. Ryan Dungey SUZ
3. Trey Canard HON
4. J. Brayton KTM
5. Ryan Morais KAW
6. Ryan Sipes KTM
7. Dan Reardon HON
8. K Cunningham
9. PJ Larsen
10. E McCrummen
11. Cole Seely
12. J Keeney
13. S Borkenhagen
14. A. Chatfield
15. Chris Blose HON
16. T Ingalis
17. M Sleeter
18. B Sheren
19. S Collier
20. Jeff Alessi
250 West Points
Ryan Dungey 92
Jake Weimer 88
Ryan Morais 80
Justin Brayton 68
Chris Blose 56
R Sipes 54
Dan Reardon 42
PJ Larsen 38
J Lawrence 34
B Evans 31
Trey Canard 27
K Cunningham 27
E McCrummen 27
A Chatfield 24
Jeff Alessi 23
C Seely 20
M Sleeter 19
Soubeyras 18
R Clark 17
Borkenhagen 17

San Francisco Supercross

Afternoon: A wonderful day in San Francisco – bright, warm sushine, and a wonderful facility hosting the event – AT&T Park. It’s got to be one of the most scenic facilities in the country – normally it’s the home of the San Francisco (baseball) Giants. Right on the waterfont – very pretty.

In the first 450 Supercross practice, it was James Stewart, winner of the last three events in a row, with the fastest practice lap – just under 50 seconds, followed by Series points leader Chad Reed.

Night time: Opening ceremonies – always entertaining as the lights go out, the music cranks up, and the fireworks and lasers get going. James Stewart was introduced in his ‘rock’ get up – doing Bon Jovi’s ‘Dead or Alive’ song, complete with ‘playing’ the guitar, ‘singing’, and riding out on his bike with his long ‘hair’ and sequined jacket. Classic! And last one introduced, the reigning AMA/FIM Supercross Champion, number 1, Chad Reed!

In the 250 West Supercross Lites, it was announced that defending champion Jason Lawrence would not be racing – he’s ill.

7:31pm: The first race of the night, the 250 West Supercross Lites heat 1 takes off. At the end of the first lap, it’s Justin Brayton 114 on the KTM leading, with Ryan Morais 116 right behind. At the end of that six lap race, it’s Brayton with the win, Ryan Morais second, Cole Seely third (#220 on a Suzuki) and East Coast Lites Supercross Champion Trey Canard finishing fourth.

7:40pm: The second race is the 250 West Supercross Lites heat #2. The holsehot goes to … Ryan Dungey #10, but coming out of the second corner it’s Jake Weimer leading, with Dungey right behind! And the are close, and they are flying! Thre laps in they are already far in front of everyone else. Great, great battle! They are both ‘going for it’. At the checkered, it’s Jake Weimer winning, Ryan Dungey right behind, with Sean Collier finishing third.

7:52pm: The 450 Supercross, heat 1, eight laps. Early leader – Josh Grant! Chad Reed is back in seventh. Ryan Villopoto is 11th. At the end of four laps at the halfway point it’s Josh Grant with a very nice lead, Ben Coisey 979 second, Josh Hill third, Ivan Tedesco fourth, Chad Reed fifth. Villopoto is in eighth. The checkered flag at the end of eight laps – Josh Grant first (and he said he was ‘feeling it’ tonight!), Josh Hill second, Ivan Tedesco third, Reed right behind in fourth, and Ryan Villopoto works up to fifth.

8:04pm: The second 450 Supercross heat takes off! And heading into the first corner, a left hander, it’s Mike Alessi with the holsehot. Just out of the second corner, it’s Davi Millsaps and Tim Ferry on the ground, with what looks like Andrew Short as well. At the end of the first lap, it’s Mike Alessi leading, James Stewart second. But going down the long whoop straight away, Stewart goes by Alessi and into the lead.

Stewart is already way out front at the halfway point. Way out front. The score board shows Andrew Short second … but we’re not sure if he’s getting lapped or not. At the checkered, it James Stewart win the win, Andrew Short second, Mike Alessi third, and Kevin Windham fourth. Ferry and Millsaps have to go to the LCQ.

9:02pm: The 250 Main Event literally blasts off! Jake Weimer with the holeshot of the 15 lap race! At the end of the third lap, Weimer has a nice lead, Ryan Dungey is in second, with Trey Canard in third! At the end of seven laps, Dungey has moved up closer to Weimer. They are a bit ahead of third place Canard, who is followed by Justin Brayton.

With five laps to go, it’s just like their heat – Weimer leading, Dungey right behind. Canard is third, Brayton fourth, Morais fifth … but all eyes are on Weimer and Dungey, battling for the lead! But on lap 12, as Dungey goes inside Weimer on a tight left hander for the lead, Dungey goes down! Now with three laps to go, it’s Weimer out front, Canard in second (his best ride of the season), Dungey back to third.

On lap 14, Dungey and Canard are battling! Dungey passes Canard and moves into second!

The 250 West Main event win goes to … Jake Weimer! He was very fast and very agressive all race! Finishing econd, and still points leader is Ryan Dungey! Canard takes third. Brayton finishes fourth, Morais fifth.

9:27pm: The 450 Supercross Class takes off! It’s James Stewart with the holeshot! At the end of lap one, James Stewart is leading, Mike Alessi is second, Chad Reed right behind, followed by Ryan Villopoto. Will Stewart take his fourth win in a row?

Stewart’s out front on the fourth lap, Alessi about two seconds behind, Chad Reed almost right next to him, and Villopoto right there as well! Reed finally goes past team-mate Alessi, Villopoto goes past Alessi. The top five after five laps – Stewart, Reed, Villopoto, Alessi, and Josh Grant.

Stewart is making it look easy (and it’s not easy to win a supercross!). He’s got a four second lead over Reed in second, with Villopoto about one second behind Reedy. Fourth is Josh Grant, fifth is Andrew Short.

It’s pretty much stayed the same now as they are on lap 16 – Stewart comfortably out front, Reedy in second, Villopoto about 2 second behind Reed, then Josh Grant, and then Andrew Short.

At the checkered, the crowd is on their feet as James Stewart wins! Chad Reed takes second, Ryan Villopoto third, Josh Grant fourth, and Andrew Short fifth.

Stewart looked good. Obviously real good! Reed is leading the points, using consistency as his main ‘weapon’ right now, leading James by six points. They look set to battle the rest of the season, and it should be a lot of fun!

Can’t say enough good things about the track, the weather, and the venue itself. The sold-out crowd says volumes for how the night was – awesome!

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San Francisco 2009 Photo Gallery

Click on the thumbnail to view the large image. In these photos below you’ll see: The 250 West Podium, The 450 Supercross Podium, James Stewart taking the win, James Stewart in a corner, Trey Canard, who had his best ride of the sesaon, Ryan Villopoto, Ryan Dungey in practice, Josh Grant doing a nice whip, James Stewart 7, Ryan Morais 116 in practice, Mike Alessi leading Ryan Villopoto & Chad Reed, Chad Reed 1 in practice, two photos of Reedy in the main event, Andrew Short in practice, overview of the stadium and track during the day, James Stewart in practice, three of the biggest supercros fans ever!, overview of the track at night, with James Stewart on the big-screen in his ‘rock’ gear, Ryan Villopoto in practice, Jake Weimer in practice, Weimer leading Ryan Dungey in the 250 main event, and two photos of Jake Weimer jumping, one as he’s taking the checkered flag.


Red Bull X-Fighters 2009 World Series ready for take-off

Red Bull X-Fighters 2009 World Series ready for take-off

The Red Bull X-Fighters World Series in 2008 marked a milestone in the history of freestyle motocross. Spanning six countries in three continents, the world’s best riders pulled off 1,130 jumps in front of more than 170,000 spectators as the series raised the level of FMX to new heights. In 2009, there will be new highlights: stops in Calgary and London, joining series staples Mexico City and Madrid, along with a return to the historic Stockyards in Fort Worth, Texas, where more than 20,000 fans cheered on the world’s best FMX riders last June, with another 20,000 fans watching from outside the venue.




Since its inception in Valencia, Spain in 2001, taking the sport to the ultimate level of competition and combining it with creative orchestration at iconic global locations has been at the heart of Red Bull X-Fighters. The series climbed to new heights in 2008 with spectacular contests in the bull fighting arenas of Mexico City and Madrid, the stone quarry of Wuppertal in Germany, the Sambodromo parade ground in Rio de Janeiro, a purpose-built rodeo arena in Texas and an historic stadium in Warsaw – which was brought back to life for a day before it was brought down by the wrecking ball.



Red Bull X-Fighters 2009 World Series ready for take-off - Photo 1 of 1




Despite the breathtaking staging and spectacular shows, the sporting battles remained at the center of attention and the dazzling competition is what left behind the lasting memories around the world – the duels between eventual champion Mat Rebeaud of Switzerland against Americans Jeremy Stenberg and Jeremy Lusk; Rebeaud’s incredible final round in Fort Worth with 10 backflips; the first 360 by Sweden’s Frederik Johansson in Madrid; Norwegian Andre Villa’s horrifying crash in Rio; and the thrilling come-from-behind challenge by young Spaniard Dany Torres, who crowned his strong season with a victory in Warsaw.




The 2009 season kicks off with the start of what has become a tradition – Mexico City – on March 27. After that the series packs up and wanders north to Canada for the first time with the second stop of the season in Calgary on May 30 before moving south to Fort Worth on June 27. The European leg of the tour starts with a two-day event in Madrid (July 16-17) and concludes in London on August 22.




The successful format last year of Rookies versus Heroes has been developed further this year, according to Tes Sewell, the series’ competition director: “Instead of four top-seeded riders, we’ll have eight this year who will duel it out with the local challengers.”




The top eight riders are: last year’s champion Mat Rebeaud (SUI), Robbie Maddison (AUS), Jeremy Lusk (USA), Jeremy Stenberg (USA), Dany Torres (ESP), Eigo Sato (JPN), Thomas Pagés (FRA) and Andre Villa (NOR).




The expectations of defending champion Rebeaud are high. “It’s breathtaking and insane how fast the sport is growing,” he said.




“Red Bull X-Fighters is an amazing series,” said Maddison, the series runner-up. “I’m excited to visit the new locations, and after coming so close to winning the championship last year, it’s on in 2009!”




For additional information, please visit www.redbullxfighters.com







Houston Supercross 2009 Photos

Houston Supercross 2009 Photos

The Houston Supercross was this past Saturday night. James Stewart won the 450 Supercross class, and Christophe Pourcel won the 250 East Supercross Lites class. This coming Saturday, the series moves to AT&T Park in San Francisco.



These are our favorite photos from the Houston Supercross. You can click on the thumbnail to view the larger image.




In these supercross images, you’ll see: Number 7 James Stewart on his Yamaha, number 1 Chad Reed on his Suzuki, two great shots of the 450 Supercross Main Event start, a first corner shot with Chad Reed 1, Andrew Short 29, Josh Hill 75, Mike Alessi 800, with James Stewart and Josh Grant just next to Chad Reed’s right elbow, Andrew Short in a cool Red Bull hat (it was cold in Houston!), Brett Metcalfe number 24 on his Honda, our of our friends at Reliant Stadium, two shots of Chad Reed number 1 in practice, 250 Supercross Lites winner Christophe Pourcel, Josh Grant number 33, Ivan Tedesco number 9, James Stewart number 7 celebrating his main event win, another shot of James Stewart, Josh Grant number 33, Miss Supercross, a very cute mother and son, two shots of Reliant Stadium, two shots of Ryan Villopoto number 2 on his Kawasaki, James Stewart getting ready to ‘rock’, and James Stewart styling on the track as well.



Houston 2009 Photo Gallery


9th Annual Impact Video Xtremey Awards – May 5th – Costa Mesa CA

9th Annual Impact Video Xtremey Awards – May 5th – Costa Mesa CA



The Impact Video Xtremey Awards have become a highly anticipated annual tradition in motor sports. It is an evening filled with anticipation, fun, and excitement. And for all that attend, it leaves an ever lasting impression as well.




This is the only Awards Program in motor sports that recognizes the talents that go into producing tremendous videos and films that not only entertain us, but have helped dramatically grow our sport and its respective audience.




The celebrity presenters, the honored guests, and award winners all make this spectacular show a much publicized event. One treat this year – Seven time AMA Supercross/Motocross Champion Rick Johnson will be on hand to receive
the 2009 Impact Video Xtremey Honorary Achievement Award. This award is in recognition of Rick’s career contribution to Supercross, Motocross, off-road racing, sports entertainment, and more.




You’ll be able to see and hear all from the evening right here on Supercross.com, as we will once again give a brief video recap of the evening’s activities.




The 2009 Awards Show will be held at the fantastic Shark Club in Costa Mesa, California, on May 5th.










Honda Red Bull Racing’s Ben Townley: injury update

Honda Red Bull Racing’s Ben Townley: injury update

American Honda announced today that Honda Red Bull Racing rider Ben Townley’s return to competition will be delayed due to rehabilitation complications. Honda Red Bull Racing team manager Erik Kehoe stated “Ben has been training on his CRF450R for about a month and continues to have difficulty with his shoulder. He is working with Red Bull’s elite athlete training staff and will be meeting with several shoulder specialists to identify the cause of the problem and choose the best course of action to expedite his recovery. Our goal is to make sure he is 100 percent before he returns to racing.”



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It may be several weeks before Townley can establish a course of action for treatment. American Honda will provide additional details when they are available.







Courtesy American Honda and Vreeke & Associates









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