Last chance for photographers to enter the 2013 Image Quest
(This is pretty cool if u r into photography.)
There are just under six weeks left before submissions close for the Red Bull Illume Image Quest, the world’s largest action and adventure sport photography contest. Photographers have until the end of April 2013 to submit their shots for a chance to earn a coveted spot amongst the top 50 finalists.
The overall Red Bull Illume winner will receive the new Leica S camera, while category winners will each receive a Leica X2. Other prizes will include broncolor’s new Move, their portable flash, and the latest strap system from Sun-Sniper.
For the first time, it can now be revealed that each of the 10 category winners plus the overall winner will be unveiled in a grand ceremony in the city of Hong Kong. With its iconic skyline and burgeoning cultural scene, the buzzing city offers the perfect backdrop and starting point for the first exhibition — and provides even more incentive to take part! The top 50 images (the top 5 images in each of the 10 categories) will then travel around the world’s capitals and metropolitan hubs as a unique and stand-alone night-time photo exhibition. More details will be announced on redbullillume.com in the coming months.
“Red Bull Illume is a fantastic project and gives photographers the chance to show their talent to the entire world!” says Angélique De Weerd, art director at Menzo magazine and member of the Red Bull Illume judging panel.
To date, thousands of images have been submitted from all over the world. However, organizers are keen to ensure that great images are not left sitting idle in laptops and are encouraging all photographers to sift through their photo albums for any overlooked images. There are nearly six weeks till submissions close so there is still plenty of time to head out over the weekend and capture that winning shot!
The contest consists of 10 categories: lifestyle, playground, energy, spirit, close up, wings, sequence, new creativity, experimental and illumination. A team of judges — photo editors from prominent international publications — will select 50 finalist images, including 10 category winners and the overall winner.
Photographers can enter their images online at redbullillume.com. Submissions close on April 30th, 2013.
Last Saturday night was Round 12 of the 2013 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series, held at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada. And there was great racing in both the 450 class, and the 250 East class.
Now let’s get on with what some of the riders had to say afterwards. First, 450 winner, and series points leader Ryan Villopoto: “Tonight in Toronto was some tight racing. Everyone is running such a high pace that there is no room for error. I got a great jump and was able to be there from the beginning and just had to wait for my time to make a move for the lead (on Davi Millsaps). It’s nice to head into the break with a little cushion.”
Ryan Villopoto top of the podium Toronto 2013
Ryan leads Davi in the points, 252 to 240, with Ryan Dungey in third at 230. The next supercross will be in Houston, April 6.
And what did Davi Millsaps have to say after finishing second to Villopoto Saturday night in Toronto? “It’s definitely good to get a solid weekend under my belt – it’s been about 6 weeks for me. I have a weekend off now (for Easter) so I will have a lot of time to practice and get back to where I was. It was a great race for sure and Ryan Villopoto rode awesome. I just made a few mistakes here and there and he capitalised on it. He was obviously going faster than me tonight. All in all, from the past couple weekends to this weekend, I’m going in the right direction. It’s crazy how three days of riding helps so much. I block-passed him in the second turn and he knew I was there so he just had to stand up and let me go by. We’re riding clean. There’s no reason to get all stupid and punt each other and just be enemies for the next five rounds or two years … we’re riding clean and we’ll pass when we have to pass and block-pass when we have to block pass. As fast as we’re going, to take someone out is wrong. We have more respect than that. If it came down to the championship, I think we’d both try – but nothing stupid.”
Some ‘breaking’ news coming from Toronto was that two-time Supercross Champion, and a former AMA National Motocross Champion, Chad Reed is going to have knee surgery Tuesday, March 26. He hopes to be back in action for Round 14 in Minneapolis. Here’s what Reedy has to say: “Well, I got a sniff of the podium tonight. I am excited to be getting the surgery so I can get back to being 100% healthy. My knee surgery that I had last year unfortunately has not healed 100%. I got to a level and it never progressed past that. I actually thought I could get through supercross and motocross and have it fixed in the off season. Now I am favoring it and I am starting to tweak my back. I think it is best that I get it fixed as soon as possible and then get back on the bike ASAP as well. I am looking forward getting back out there, representing my sponsors and my team and having fun with the fans.”
OK, let’s turn to the 250 class for a minute. Marvin Musquin won his third 250 Main Event in a row! He’s second in points, just six behind Wil Hahn. Marvin says: “The track was very tough and slippery today. I had a crash earlier in the day and felt horrible going into the main, but my Red Bull KTM team helped motivate me and I was able to pull it off. My holeshot helped a lot and I am happy to get my third win in a row.”
Marvin Musquin after winning the 250 Main
And Wil Hahn finished second in the 250 Main at Toronto: “It’s crazy to say this but second place doesn’t feel that great tonight. I need wins. I can’t have starts like I did tonight and expect to win the championship. From how it is looking now, the championship battle is definitely going to come down to the wire in Vegas. I’m looking forward to this weekend off so I can get some things figured out and remember how I earned the red plate in the first place. I need to get back to riding like I did in Atlanta and St. Louis (both wins). The championship battle between me and Marvin is going to come down to the wire, it looks like,” Hahn said. “I’m really happy we’re going back to Texas, my home state, and it’s cool we have a weekend off for Easter because that gives me another week to get my head straight and remind myself what got me the red plate in the first place. You’re going to see a different rider in Texas.”
And below are quotes from two time Supercross champion and former National MX Champion James Stewart, multi-time AMA National MX Champion and 2010 Supercross Champion Ryan Dungey, 2012 Monster Energy Cup winner Justin Barcia, and Blake Wharton ….
James Stewart: “The heat race went pretty well. In the Main Event, I got an OK start. I kind of slid out on the first jump and almost went down, but I made my way up to fifth and just stayed there. I couldn’t get around those guys in front of me; they were battling pretty hard. I’m very disappointed in myself, no excuses, I just didn’t get it done. It was a bummer, for sure. The Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 was awesome. We made a change after the heat race and the bike was just phenomenal. These results are frustrating for me, we’ve been working so hard, but I’m still fighting and we’ll keep working during the break and come back strong for Houston.”
Ryan Dungey: “After the first lap in the Main, I tried to follow Villopoto through the pack and we had a good battle going, but unfortunately I made a bummer move and stalled the bike. It caused me to not jump the triple and I lost a position. I’m bummed for my mistake but happy I was able to get the position back and land on the podium.”
Justin Barcia: “I’m not quite sure what happened in the main. I felt good all day in qualifying and got second in my heat, but rode really tight in the main. The track was really gnarly and changed so much heading into the night. Starts are so important and mine haven’t been that great in the last couple weeks, which has really hurt me. I know I have the speed to be in front; I just need to work on a few things.”
Blake Wharton: “Canada was pretty good but not where I wanted to be. I won the heat race but in the Main I need more. My speed is good, I feel like my speed is there. I was picking some lines I shouldn’t, doing some things I shouldn’t; and I just didn’t ride the whole time the way I needed to. I feel good on the bike and everything is right there but there are just a few things I’m missing. This weekend is off but it won’t really be off. I’m going to do my thing, I’ll be riding. There’s not really any time to rest during Supercross. ‘Gotta keep sprinting.”
This coming weekend on Supercross.com will be Round 3 of the 2013 FIM World Motocross Championships from Holland. The following weekend supercross returns to action at Reliant Stadium in Houston.
Supercross comes to the Rogers Centre in Toronto Canada. In the premiere 450 SX class, Ryan Villopto wins his seventh race of season, Davi Millsaps second, Ryan Dungey third. Villopoto extends his lead in the championship chase. In the 250 East Main Event, Marvin Musquin wins his third race in a row. Wil Hahn takes second, and leads Musquin by six points.
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In timed 250 East Qualifying, it’s Wil Hahn on top with his quickest lap at 58.91 seconds. Then Blake Wharton 58.96, Marvin Musquin at 59.97. 50 riders attempted to qualify.
Wil Hahn in Toronto
In the premiere 450 SX class Qualifying, it’s Ryan Villopoto on top with the quickest lap of 57.21 seconds. James Stewart second with 57.42. Justin Barcia 57.53, Ryan Dungey at 57.80, then Davi Millsaps 57.96, Justin Brayton 58.17, and Chad Reed 58.21.
Ryan Villopoto sets fastest qualifying time in Toronto
Trey Canard is not racing this weekend – he has a concussion from his fall last weekend at Indy. And Chad Reed announced earlier today that he will have ‘minor’ knee surgery early next week – and that he should be back racing again in just a few weeks. He is racing today – it’s a minor ‘clean up’ in the knee that he injured last year.
250 East Heat 1 – Vince Friese, number 42 riding a Honda, nails the holeshot. Blake Wharton number 13 on Suzuki follows.
Lap 2 – Wharton moves past Friese and into the lead. The top five of this six lap race are: Wharton, Friese, Cole Thompson, Jeremy Martin, and Jackson Richardson.
At the finish, it’s Blake Wharton with the win. Then Vince Friese, Cole Thompson, Jackson Richardson, and Zach Freeberg.
250 East Heat 2 – this will feature the top two competitors in the East – Wil Hahn (19) and Marvin Musquin (25). It’s Marvin Musquin with the lead coming out of the first corner, with Justin Hill (317) in second. At the end of the first lap, Wil Hahn has moved up to fourth.
The top five at the halfway point – Marvin Musquin, Justin Hill, Gavin Faith, Wil Hahn, and James Decotis. Hahn then takes a little fall as he slides out …
Marvin Musquin leads Justin Hill by just over .5 of a second with just over 2 laps to go. But at the finish – it’s Musquin with the win. Hill second. James Decostis moves to third, Gavin Faith fourth, and Wil Hahn takes fifth.
450 SX Heat 1 – normally the dirt at this race in Toronto is a bit wet, soft, and rutted. But promoter Feld Motorsports has done a good job – this year it’s better than it’s ever been – even most of the riders have commented that it’s the best they’ve ever seen in Toronto.
Coming out of the first corner, it’s Phil Nicoletti number 49 with the lead.
But James Stewart is riding well – he’s moved into the lead. The top five as they complete lap two of this eight lap race – James Stewart, Phil Nicoletti, Justin Brayton, Ryan Dungey, and Andrew Short.
At the halfway point (4 laps), it’s James Stewart with a comfortable lead, Phil Nicoletti with a nice ride in second, Ryan Dungey into third, Justin Brayton fourth, and Broc Tickle fifth. Dungey is pressuring Nicoletti …
James Stewart wins this opening 450 SX Heat. He looked like the James of old – he rode very well. Second goes to Ryan Dungey. Then it’s Justin Brayton, Andrew Short, Broc Tickle, and Phil Nicoletti.
450 SX Heat 2 – it’s so evident when the 450’s start. The roar of those bikes is quite a sound. The leader at the start of this race? The number 1 of Ryan Villopoto.
At the halfway point of this eight lap heat, it’s Ryan Villopoto leading comfortably. Justin Barcia has moved into second. Davi Millsaps is third. Then Mike Alessi, Jake Weimer, and Chad Reed.
With Villopoto out front, Barcia and Millsaps are having a good battle for second. At the finish – it’s Ryan Villopoto first, Justin Barcia next, Davi Millsaps third, Jake Weimer fourth, and Chad Reed finishes fifth – even with a bad knee.
15 Lap 250 East Main Event – it’s Marvin Musquin number 25 on the Red Bull KTM with the lead! Can he win his third straight race in a row???
As they settle, it’s Marvin Musquin leading, Blake Wharton into second, and Wil Hahn into third. Then it’s Vince Friese, Jeremy Martin, James Decotis, and Cole Thompson. Justin Hill is walking off the track after falling …
Just past the five lap mark, Musquin is leading, but Wharton and Hahn are battling. And on lap seven, Hahn has moved past Wharton and into second. It’s Musquin, Hahn, Wharton.
At the ten lap mark, it’s still Marvin leading and out front – he’s heading for his third win in a row in America! Wil Hahn is second, Blake Wharton third … and Jeremy Martin is closing on Wharton.
15 laps. And the winner is Marvin Musquin! Parfait! Wil Hahn second, Blake Wharton third. (Full results below.)
Marvin Musquin wins Toronto 250 SX
Marvin said “It feels so good to win. The track is a bit slippery. I felt bad about my crash in practice – I really didn’t feel very good. But the team believed in me. It feels so good!”
20 Lap 450 SX Main Event – Chad Reed, who is scheduled to have knee surgery on Tuesday to ‘clean up’ some things unfinished from last year’s knee surgery – is leading this race! Davi Millsaps is second!
On lap two – Millsaps just leaps right past Reed and into the lead! It’s Millsaps leading, Chad Reed second, and Ryan Villopoto third – we are now on lap three.
Right behind those three – Ryan Dungey and James Stewart. Then Jake Weimer and Andrew Short and Justin Barcia. It’s intense …
Lap three – Villopoto has moved past Reed. So, it’s Millsaps leading, Villopoto in second, Reed third, then Dungey and Stewart!
Millsaps is the healthiest he’s been in weeks. Villopoto has been on a roll and has a lot of confidence. Who will prevail? Can Villopoto overtake Millsaps, or will Millsaps hold off Villopoto in this main event?
Lap five – Villopoto has closed right up on Millsaps. Dungey now in third. Reedy fourth, then James Stewart. They are all within about five seconds of each other.
Halfway point – ten laps in. Davi Millsaps and Ryan Villopoto are putting on a great show. Millsaps still leads, and Villopoto is right behind him. Dungey is just a bit back in third. Then Reed, Stewart, Barcia, Weimer, Short, Tickle and Brayton rounding out the top ten.
Villopoto continually looks like he’s going to pass Millsaps – but Millsaps continues to be the leader!
Now the top three are literally right upon each other. Very exciting! Millsaps first, Villopoto second, Dungey close in third!
On lap 12, Ryan Villopoto makes the pass for the lead on Millsaps in a tight left hand corner. Then Dungey makes a small bobble …
Lap 15 – Ryan Villopoto is out front. Davi Millsaps is second. Ryan Dungey third. Chad Reed fourth. Then Stewart and Barcia fifth and sixth.
Ryan Villopoto is heading to his seventh victory of the season. And he’ll extend his series points lead by three points over Millsaps if positions remain the same.
Ryan Villopoto has done it again – his seventh victory of the season, the 31st of his career, and most importantly, he’s got the series points lead as the series heads towards a big finale in Las Vegas come the first Saturday in May. Millsaps second, Dungey third (Full results below.)
Ryan Villopoto has won the 2013 Toronto Supercross
Ryan said afterwards “The track started to deteriorate. It was tough. You have to be careful not to override. We are getting closer … five more races to go.”
250 East Main Event Results:
- Marvin Musquin – KTM
- Wil Hahn – HON
- Blake Wharton – SUZ
- Jeremy Martin – YAM
- Cole Thompson – HON
- Vince Friese – HON
- James Decotis – HON
- Gavin Faith – HON
- Jackson Richardson – HON
- Kyle Peters – HON
- Peter Larsen – YAM
- A J Catanzaro – KAW
- Lance Vincent – KTM
- Levi Kilbarger – HON
- Zack Freeberg – HON
- Kyle Hussey – KAW
- David Buller – HON
- Austin Coon – HON
- Brady Kiesel – YAM
- Justin Hill – KAW
250 East Point standings:
- Wil Hahn -134
- Marvin Musquin – 128
- Blake Wharton -108
- Dean Wilson – 87
- Vince Friese – 80
- Kyle Peters – 78
- Jeremy Martin – 71
- Justin Hill – 68
- Gavin Faith – 66
- James Decotis – 66
- Cole Thompson – 58
- Mitchell Oldenburg – 49
- A J Catanzaro – 45
- Peter Larsen – 40
- Lance Vincent – 38
- Zach Bell – 37
- Zack Freeberg – 35
- Jackson Richardson – 26
- Levi Kilbarger – 24
- Steven Clarke – 16
450 Main Event Results:
- Ryan Villopoto – KAW
- Davi Millsaps – SUZ
- Ryan Dungey – KTM
- Chad Reed – HON
- Justin Barcia – HON
- Jake Weimer – KAW
- James Stewart – SUZ
- Broc Tickle – SUZ
- Andrew Short – KTM
- Matt Goerke – KTM
- Justin Brayton – YAM
- Phil Nicoletti – YAM
- Josh Hill – SUZ
- Ben Lamay – YAM
- Rob Kiniry – YAM
- Chris Blose – YAM
- Justin Sipes – KAW
- Weston Peick – SUZ
- Les Smith – KTM
- Mike Alessi – SUZ
450 Point standings:
- Ryan Villopoto – 252
- Davi Millsaps – 240
- Ryan Dungey – 230
- Chad Reed – 196
- Justin Barcia – 184
- James Stewart – 169
- Trey Canard – 165
- Andrew Short – 148
- Justin Brayton – 122
- Broc Tickle – 122
- Matt Goerke – 119
- Jake Weimer – 94
- Mike Alessi – 84
- Weston Peick – 59
- Eli Tomac – 52
- Josh Grant – 40
- Jimmy Albertson – 38
- Kyle Chisholm – 38
- Josh Hill – 37
- Robert Kiniry – 37
There is no supercross race next weekend – it’s a week off for Easter. In the MX GP World Championships however, next weekend will be the Grand Prix of the Netherlands in Valkenswaard.