DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – While NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Jamie McMurray and the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops team celebrate their Daytona 500 triumph, work is underway at Daytona International Speedway as the “World Center of Racing” is transformed into a motorcycle-enthusiast paradise.
Construction has already begun on the legendary tri-oval on the Daytona Supercross By Honda course, which was designed by five-time Daytona Supercross By Honda champion Ricky Carmichael for the third consecutive year.
Mark Barnett, a three-time National Supercross and Motocross champion, is once again building the course. This year’s course layout will have a couple of new twists such as the relocation of the starting gate to the West end of the tri-oval and placement of the finish line in the center of the track closer to the fans.
The paddock for Supercross teams will also have a new location in the blue garages, which are located adjacent to the Sprint FANZONE and will provide easier accessibility for the fans.
Daytona Supercross By Honda will host the best Supercross riders in America with top names expected to compete such as three-time and defending champion Chad Reed, Kevin Windham, Ryan Dungey, Davi Millsaps and Ryan Villopoto.
They will be battling on one of the toughest and most challenging layouts of the season in an attempt to put their name alongside greats such as Bob Hannah, Jeff Stanton, Jeremy McGrath and Ricky Carmichael as winners of the Daytona Supercross By Honda.
Here’s a look at some of the numbers behind the construction of this year’s Daytona Supercross By Honda course:
3 Number of tractors working to spread the dirt (1 loader, 1 crawler, 1 skid steer)
10 Number of dump trucks used to transport loads of dirt
38 Number of jumps on the track
175 Number of dump truck loads of dirt used to build the course on the tri-oval grass
400 Number of man-hours needed to complete the construction of the course
400 Number of 2×9 Styrofoam blocks which will be used for safety along the course
2,900 Mileage (in feet) of the Supercross course from start to finish
5,000 Tons of dirt needed to build the Supercross track
For more information and tickets for the Daytona Supercross By Honda as well as the rest of Daytona 200 Week events, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.
Demuth Takes Second Straight Victory in San Antonio
Voss Grabs Lites Victory in Front of Hometown Crowd
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SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The second half of the 2010 AMA Arenacross Series kicked-off on Saturday night from the legendary Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. After yet another memorable night of bar-banging action, Babbitts Monster Energy/Ti Lube Kawasakis Josh Demuth, of North Richland Hills, Texas, raced to his second straight victory and third overall win of the season. Mico, Texas Heath Voss grabbed the AMA Arenacross Lites victory in a guest appearance in the series.
Points leader and Babbitts Monster Energy/Ti Lube Kawasaki rider Tyler Bowers, of Danville, Ky., was the rider to beat on Saturday night, dominating the majority of the 25-lap AMA Arenacross class main event. However, as the race drew to a close, Demuth put forth one of the most impressive surges to close the gap on his teammate and steal the victory. With the win, Demuth gained another three points on Bowers in the season standings, reducing the deficit to 12 points with five rounds remaining. Bowers held on for second while fellow teammate Chad Johnson, of Rhinelander, Wis., helped give Babbitts its third podium sweep of the 2010 season.
The return of the AMA Arenacross Lites Western Regional Championship resulted in an impressive victory for one of the sports most well-known and well-loved riders. EduNation/Hanger 13 Hondas Voss made a long-awaited return to the AMA Arenacross Series, taking advantage of the opportunity to race in front of his family and friends. After getting a good start, he took the lead early and never looked back, cruising to victory. Reynard Mods Kawasakis Cory Green, of Nowata, Okla., finished second while GPF Babbitts Kawasakis A.J. Catanzaro, of Middlefield, Conn., rounded out the podium in third.
Bowers remains the AMA Arenacross class points leader while Green leads the AMA Arenacross Lites Western Regional Championship by two points over Catanzaro.
The AMA Arenacross Series continues next weekend from Fresno, Calif. and the Save Mart Center, Saturday, February 27 at 7:30 p.m. PT.
Tickets for all rounds of the 2010 season can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com and www.arenacross.com.
For more information on the AMA Arenacross Series log on to www.arenacross.com.
AMA Arenacross Class Results (San Antonio, Texas)
1. Josh Demuth, North Richland Hills, Texas, Kawasaki 2. Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Kawasaki 3. Chad Johnson, Rhinelander, Wis., Kawasaki 4. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Honda 5. Kevin Johnson, Spring, Texas, Kawasaki 6. Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Honda 7. Dave Ginolfi, Lake Hopatlong, N.J., Suzuki 8. Gray Davenport, Lehi, Utah, Kawasaki 9. Nathan Skaggs, Chillicothe, Ohio, Honda 10. Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, Honda
AMA Arenacross Lites Class Results (San Antonio, Texas)
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Ryan Villopoto wins Indianapolis Supercross! Ryan Dungey second. Those two are tied for the points lead as the series continues racing next weekend in Atlanta! Christophe Pourcel wins opening round of 250 East Supercross!
It is cold and snowy outside, but inside the Lucas Oil Stadium it is perfect! And the Lucas Oil Stadium is a tremendous, new, high tech stadium. Trey Canard will be racing in the 450 class today for Red Bull Honda.
In 450 timed practice, the top guys are all running in the 51 second lap times. The top five: Windham, Millsaps, Dungey, Villopoto, and Justin Brayton. In the 250 East class the top qualifiers were defending champion Christophe Pourcel, followed by Austin Stroupe, Ryan Sipes, and Justin Barcia.
It’s not only the first east coast race, which will see a lot of riders riding for the first time this season, but it’s also the very first professional supercross for some riders, for example, Justin Barcia & Dean Wilson, among others – it’s their very first professional supercross race as well!
7:32: The first 250 East Supercross race of the season takes off! And the leader is ….. Nico Izzi number 341 on a Yamaha. Right behind him is number 17 Justin Barcia. Lots of action – Izzi goes down … after four laps we have Austin Stroupe in the lead, he’s followed by James DeCotis, and then Justin Barcia.
At the end of this six lap qualifying heat, it’s Austin Stroupe winning, Justin Barcia second, and James DeCotis third.
Next is the second 250 East qualifying heat – at the end of the first lap it’s Martin Davalos number 577 on a Yamaha leading. The first corner could be a little problematic – both of these first two races produced falls in the first corner.
Things have settled, and guess who’s in the lead? The number 1 red plated defending East Champion – Christophe Pourcel! Next is Davalos, and he’s chased by Kyle Regal.
At the finish of this race, it’s Christophe Pourcel winning easily. Second is Ryan Sipes numbe 46 on a Yamaha, and third is Kyle Regal.
Time for the first qualifying heat of the 450 Supercross class. There is a crash in the first corner, both Davi Millsaps and Ryan Villopoto are involved. Millsaps remounts, near last, Villopoto gets on the bike and heads straight back to the pits – looks like he’s saving it for the LCQ. Meanwhile, up front – Josh Hill! These 450 Supercross qualifying heats are eight laps. At the halfway point, it’s Josh Hill leading, Matt Boni is next, and he’s being chased by Nick Wey.
At the finish, it’s Josh Hill with the win! Second belongs to Matt Boni, with Nick Wey third. Jason Lawrence was sixth, Millsaps eighth, Trey Canard ninth.
450 Qualifying Heat 2 – this race has another crash in the first corner … but the leader is Kevin Windham! Ryan Dungey is second, followed by Justin Brayton. Kevin Windham looks great in the entire race – he wins! Ryan Dungey is second, Justin Brayton third.
In the 450 LCQ, all eyes are on Ryan Villopoto. He started back around seventh. Not good enough to make the main, as only the top two riders make it to the main event! Jason Thomas number 62 is leading, …. but Villopoto looks to be finally getting the hang off the track, and he’s starting to pick off riders. By the end of the fifth lap, Villopoto has really gained momentum, and just moved past Thomas and into the lead! Ryan Villopoto wins the LCQ, Jason Thomas is second, and they both transfer to the main event.
250 East Main Event, 15 laps. The start has defending AMA East Regional Supercross Champion Christophe Pourcel with the lead! Second is Justin Barcia, then Austin Stroupe, Ryan Sipes, and Brett Metcalfe. On lap four, Barcia goes down. At the completion now of four laps – Pourcel is first, Stroupe is second, Sipes third, Barcia remounts in fourth, and Metcalfe is fifth. Dean Wilson is sixth.
At the ten lap mark, it’s Chris Pourcel way out in front, second is Austin Stroupe, third is Ryan Sipes, Barcia still fourth, Metcalfe fifth, and Dean Wilson chasing in sixth.
At the checkered flag, it’s Christophe Pourcel first! Austin Stroupe is second! Two corners before the finish, Barcia passes Sipes for third, making it Barcia on the box, and Sipes fourth. Brett Metcalfe is fifth, Dean Wilson is sixth.
20 lap 450 Main Event takes off – Davi Millsaps with the early lead! He and Kevin Windham are battling .. and Ryan Villopoto is in third! Ryan Dungey is next, following by Grant Langston. Josh Hill is in 11th.
As they start lap six, Windham is leading, Villopoto is charging in second, closing up on Winhdam! Millsaps is a close third, following by Dungey! The top four are starting to pull away! On lap seven, on the sweeping left hand start corner, Dungey moves past Millsaps! It’s now Windham leading, Villopoto a few bikes lengths behind, Dungey one second behind, Millsaps starting to drop back. Justin Brayton is fifth. Josh Hill is 10th.
On lap nine, Villopoto moves right up side by side with Windham! Dungey is right behind in third! The top three are close! At the halfway point, Windham leads Villopoto by one bike length! And Dungey is just a couple of bike lengths behind Villopoto! Something is going to happen here!
On the start of lap 12 – Villopoto squeezes past Windham and into the lead! Villopoto is already starting to pull out a quick lead. Now you have Windham and Dungey battling for the runner up position! In the same spot Villopoto passed Windham, now Dungey goes past Windham!
The running order on lap 15 – Villopoto nicely out front, Dungey is a comfortable second, Windham in comfortable in third, Millsaps is fourth, Justin Brayton fifth. Josh Hill is 10th.
Ryan Villopoto and Ryan Dungey are now tied in the 450 Supercross point standings, as the series heads to the Georgia Dome next weekend for Round 8 of the 2010 AMA / FIM Supercross Series!
Click on thumbnail to view larger image. Photos by Angela Hall. Ryan Villopoto number 2 winning the 450 Supercross Main Event, 450 podium with L – R Ryan Dungey, Ryan Villopoto, and Kevin Windham, 250 podium L – R Austin Stroupe, Chris Pourcel, and Justin Barcia, number 1 Christophe Pourcel winning the 250 Main Event, 24 is Brett Metcalfe, two shots of the red number 1 – Christophe Pourcel, 38 is Trey Canard in his first 450 Supercross race tonight, 18 is Davi Millsaps, 108 is Pro Circuit rookie Dean Wilson, two shots in a row of Ryan Dungey, number 8 is Grant Langston, 75 is Josh Hill, 75 Hill talks with 338 Jason Lawrence, inside the ultra modern Lucas Oil Stadium, number 17 is Justin Barcia, 23 is Justin Brayton, 14 is Kevin Windham, then Windham practicing a start, 8 is Grant Langston, two shots in a row of Jason Lawrence 338, 18 is Davi Millsaps, part of the outside of the stadium, three shots in a row of number 2 – Ryan Villopoto, 122 is Daniel Reardon, 46 is Ryan Sipes, 45 is Austin Stroupe, next is number 10 Thomas Hahn, two shots of number 9 Ivan Tedesco, two shots of the entire track, Trey Canard, and four shots of number 2 Ryan Villopoto.