Recently crowned 250 SX East Supercross champion Wil Hahn will not be joining his GEICO Honda teammates for the beginning of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship season next week at Hangtown because he’s scheduled to undergo surgery on a broken hand on Wednesday morning.
“It’s a real bummer for sure,” Hahn said. “I had so much momentum going for me after finishing on the podium at every Supercross race and we won the championship. I wish there was another way around it, but for my long term heath, surgery right now is my best bet.”
Hahn broke his hand during the final practice at the Supercross finale at Sam Boyd Stadium last weekend. Hahn was able to gut out the East main event, finish third and clinch the title by a handful of points. He did sit out the East-West shootout, however.
“I’m just thankful it’s not as bad as it could have been,” Hahn said. “It doesn’t take anything away from the weekend I had in Vegas. I’m still pumped about winning the title.
“I’m still trying to sort through all the text messages, voicemails and tweets congratulating me on the championship. My family, friends and the fans have been awesome, and I can’t thank everyone enough.”
On Wednesday, Dr. Arthur Ting, orthopedic surgeon and team doctor for the NHL’s San Jose Sharks, is scheduled to insert a plate to stabilize the broken bone in Hahn’s hand.
The recovery time for the injury is three to four weeks, and Hahn said he’s targeted a return date of June 22 for the Budds Creek National in Mechanicsville, Md.
Hahn’s teammates: Eli Tomac, Zach Osborne, Justin Bogle and Zach Bell will start the outdoor season on May 18 at the Hangtown MX Classic in Sacramento, Calif.
The 2013 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, season commenced with the year-end awards ceremony this at The Joint by Rouge inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas tonight. A total of 18 awards were presented to deserving industry personnel, teams and riders to recognize all of the hard work and dedication they put in during the 2013 season.
The 2013 Monster Energy Supercross season saw five different winners throughout the 17 race season with Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto taking home over half of them with ten. With Villopoto and Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki’s Davi Millsaps swapping roles as the season points leaders throughout all 17 races, it was Villopoto who came up on top securing his third consecutive 450SX Class Championship at last weekend’s 16th race at Salt Lake City’s Rice-Eccles Stadium.
The reigning 450SX Class champion finished in 16th place at the season opener in Anaheim but successfully defended his title by fighting from a 20-point deficit. By winning his third consecutive title, Villopoto has become only the fifth rider in the history of Monster Energy Supercross to win three consecutive 450 SX Class championships. Bob Hannah (’77 – ’79), Ricky Carmichael (’01 – ’03) and Jeremy McGrath (’93 – ’96, ’98 – ’00) are the only other riders to accomplish that feat. Villopoto’s comeback is the third-greatest in Monster Energy Supercross history behind Ricky Carmichael’s 2002 season, where he started the season in 20th place, and James Stewart’s 2009 season, where he started in 19th place.
Ryan Villopoto has said about winning his third straight championship “It’s unreal. We at Monster Energy Kawasaki started the season off really rough and had a lot of stepping stones to overcome, but we did it as a team and we did it well. There’s a core group of people that I have that are some of the best. Number one is my wife, I have the best mechanic and everyone behind the scenes. My trainer, it’s amazing to be up here for a third time. My mom and dad, family and friends, sponsors everyone knows who they are. Thank you all.”
After lining up at the starting gate for the opening race in Anaheim and the second race in Phoenix, GEICO Honda’s Kevin Windham decided to hang up his boots at the second Anaheim race after 17 seasons in the sport. Windham racked up 207 career starts, earned 18 Main Event wins and 75 podium finishes. Windham also left the sport being third on the all-time consecutive start list with 100.
Windham accepted the “14” award in front of his friends, family and people who admire him in the industry. The 14 award is similar to a life time achievement award and was created to celebrate the 17 years that Windham wowed fans across the country during his professional supercross career.
“There are so many people I can sit here and thank,” said Windham. “I have memories with so many of you. Feld, thank you for giving us a platform for doing what we love. Thank you for all my sponsors getting me through this tough time. Thank you everyone.”
Red Bull KTM took home their first title in the Western Regional 250SX Class with Ken Roczen battling with the 2012 champion Eli Tomac throughout the entire eight race season. The battle for the coveted Eastern Regional 250SX Class title came all the way down to the Las Vegas race where GEICO Honda’s Wil Hahn prevailed over Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin to take home the championship by a mere three points.
Ken Roczen said “Getting that championship last night was amazing. I didn’t lie on TV, I said I was going to get it in Vegas. I have to give it up for the team. It’s been an amazing year, besides last weekend we didn’t finish worst than second, I think that’s a great thing.”
Wil Hahn said “2008 when I started my career, it took me a lot to get here now. First and foremost, my family got me here. They have been there since day one, I will never forget that. The last couple of years with GEICO Honda, I made a lot of mistakes but these guys all made it happen and believed in me. Every single person on my team deserves recognition right now. I wanted to accomplish this a long time ago, but it was worth the wait.”
2013 Award Recipients
Fans Choice – Ryan Dungey (Red Bull KTM)
450SX Rookie of the Year – Justin Barcia (Team Honda Muscle Milk)
Transport Driver of the Year – Andy Hall (Team Honda Muscle Milk)
250SX Class West Champion – Ken Roczen (Red Bull KTM)
Champions Mechanic – Mike Williamson (Monster Energy Kawasaki)
Road 2 Recovery Main Jet – Steve Hudson
250SX Class Team of the Year – Red Bull KTM
Team Manager of the Year – Dave Gowland (Rockstar Energy Racing)
250SX Rookie of the Year – Joey Savatgy (JDR KTM)
250SX Class East Champion – Wil Hahn (GEICO Honda)
Impact Player – Dan Rambert
Team of the Year – Monster Energy Kawasaki
“14” – Kevin Windham
450SX Class Third Place – Davi Millsaps (Rockstar Energy Racing)
450SX Class Second Place – Ryan Dungey (Red Bull KTM)
450SX Class Champion – Ryan Villopoto (Monster Energy Kawasaki)
Part of the ‘show’ at the Awards Banquet in Las Vegas
2013 FIM MX GP series – the Grand Prix of Portugal. In the premiere MX1 class, it’s Frenchman Gautier Paulin with the victory – his second Grand Prix win in a row. Jeffrey Herlings dominated both motos to win the MX2 GP, continuing on his ‘perfect’ season. Cairoli continues to lead the MX1 points chase, while Herlings is ‘perfect’ in MX2 points. Video hi-lites below courtesy Youthstream.
Gautier Paulin said after his victory “It’s been a great result today and I’m really happy with my second MX1 motocross Grand Prix victory and being able to battle with Cairoli. I feel I still have some room to improve, and we are continuing to work hard with the team, who are supporting me in every way possible. I want to continue with these results and be fighting for the victory at every MX GP.”
Gautier Paulin on the top step of the podium, flanked by Tony Cairoli (left) and Clement Desalle (right)
Photo and story courtesy Youthstream
The MXGP of Portugal saw Gautier Paulin and Jeffrey Herlings on the top of the podium in MX1 and MX2 respectively.
Defending World Motocross Champion Antonio Cairoli and Clement Desalle completed the top three of the MX1 class, while Dean Ferris and José Butrón were second and third in the MX2.
MX1 saw Gautier Paulin looking very comfortable in race one, coming from behind to pass Antonio Cairoli for the lead and then going on to win. In race two Paulin put in another strong effort, riding a comfortable second place to secure his second consecutive overall victory for the season.
Antonio Cairoli had both moto holeshots, but in race one had to settle for third after a mistake put him on the ground. Cairoli was on fire in race two leading the race unchallenged from start to finish, awarding him second overall.
Standing on the third step of the podium was Clement Desalle, who finished second in the first race and fifth in the second race after a horrific crash forced him outside the top three.
Both Evgeny Bobryshev, from Russia, and Steven Frossard, from France, did not race today.
In the MX2, defending World Champion Jeffrey Herlings proved yet again he is untouchable, not even a couple crashes could slow down the Flying Dutchman who won both races by more than a minute.
History and drama in Las Vegas Supercross racing tonight
Wil Hahn is the 2013 250 East Regional Supercross Champion. Tyler Bowers wins first ever 250 Main Event, Marvin Musquin second, Wil Hahn third. With that third place, Wil Hahn clinches the 2013 250 East Regional Supercross Championship.
Eli Tomac wins the 250 West Main Event, Kenny Roczen finishes second.
With that second place Ken Roczen is the 2013 250 West Regional Supercross Champion.
Ken Roczen wins the unique East / West Shoot-out as well tonight.
And Ryan Villopoto, who clinched the premiere 450 Supercross Championship last week in Salt Lake City, put a cap on his season by winning his tenth Main Event of the year.
The main focus coming into tonight at the Finale of the 2013 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series was on four riders – Ken Roczen, Wil Hahn, Marvin Musquin, and Eli Tomac. It broke down like this: In the 250 West SX series – Roczen led Tomac by 5 points for the championship. And in the 250 East SX series, Wil Hahn led Marvin Musquin by 5 points. The 2 Championships would be decided tonight. 2 riders will be crowned champions, and 2 riders will be disappointed.
In the 450 Supercross Ryan Villopoto has already clinched the title, but Davi Millsaps and Ryan Dungey will settle who finishes second in the series tonight. In addition, there is the unique East / West Shootout, the only time of the year the 250 West and 250 East riders battle together in the same 15 lap main event.
Click on thumbnails to view larger images from the Las Vegas Supercross
It is hot and sunny here in Las Vegas today. The track itself is unique from other races – it goes outside the stadium into a high speed area where fans can’t see (except on the stadium’s big monitor), and then the riders literally rocket high speed back into the jam-packed stadium. Plus, lap times are just a bit longer, making the motos longer as well.
Another unique aspect – there are no heats for the 250 class. It’s basically three 15 lap main events – a 250 West Main, a 250 East Main, and a 250 East / West Shoot-out.
In 250 West Qualifying session, it’s Kenny Roczen quickest at 1:06:21. Kyle Cunningham is next at 1 minutes 6.47 seconds. Martin Davalos 1:06:50, Zach Osborne 1:06:71, Eli Tomac 1:06.74, and Jason Anderson 1:06:88.
In 250 East Qualifying session, it’s Wil Hahn quickest at 1:07:22. And Marvin Musquin is next at 1:07:74. Tyler Bowers, the Arenacross champion, is next at 1:08:43. PJ Larsen – 1:09:47, Blake Wharton 1:09:70, and Cole Thompson 1:11:18, with Gavin Faith, Levi Kilbarger, Vince Friese, and Landen Powell all in the 1 minute 11 second range.
The 450 SX Qualifying session has Ryan Villopoto with the quickest lap – 1 minute 5.07 seconds. Ryan Dungey is second – 1:05:17, Justin Barcia third – 1:05:78. Davi Millsaps 1:05:85. Trey Canard 1:06:12. Chad Reed is sixth – 1:06:88.
RV 1 … 2 …. 3 set quickest lap in 450 SX Qualifying
The track is starting to dry out a bit … but should be perfect when the nighttime evening program of racing starts.
The 250 East 15 lap Main Event will go first. Different in many ways. The first race of the night is a Main Event! And the start is outside the stadium, and the riders then scream down ‘Monster Alley’ and come back into the stadium. The leader is Gavin Faith number 67 with the holeshot! Wil Hahn is fourth, Marvin Musquin is sixth. They will go 15 laps.
During the third lap, Tyler Bowers makes the pass and moves into the lead. Hahn is third, Musquin is sixth.
Musquin is on the move though … hes moved up a couple of spots, and can see Hahn right in front of him.
At the end of five laps, it’s Bowers, Faith, Hahn, Musquin, and Blake Wharton.
Next lap, Hahn goes past Faith. A few seconds later, Musquin goes past Faith as well. Bowers, Hahn, Musquin 1, 2, 3.
At the ten lap mark – it’s Tyler Bowers heading to his first ever AMA 250 Supercross Main Event win. Hahn is second, about five seconds behind Bowers. And Musquin is 1.5 seconds behind Hahn …
Lap 12 – Marvin Musquin has caught and now passed Wil Hahn. Bowers is leading, Musquin second, Hahn third. Hahn will take the championship if they stay the way they are … Marvin needs to move up one more position to win and take the championship on a tie breaker (Hahn and Musquin would tie on points, but Marvin gets the tie-breaker based on number of Main Event wins.)
At the end of 15 laps, Tyler Bowers wins his first ever 250 SX Main Event! Marvin Musquin finishes second, and Wil Hahn third. With that third, Wil Hahn clinches the 2013 250 East Supercross Series Championship.
Wil Hahn said “Right now, it’s like waking up from a dream I’ve been having. It’s been like this since Minneapolis. Of course it wouldn’t be worth it without a little adversity. I have a great group in my corner.”
Wil Hahn earlier in the day – 2013 Las Vegas SX
250 West 15 Lap Main Event. Now it’s Roczen and Tomac’s turn. The first lap leader is Martin Davalos! As they start the second lap, Davalos leading, Roczen is third, and Tomac is seventh.
Five laps in – Martin Davalos is leading, Kenny Roczen has moved into second, Kyle Cunningham third. Ryan Sipes is next, and then fifth is Eli Tomac.
Lap six – Tomac passes Sipes and moves to fourth.
Lap eight – Tomac makes a nice pass inside of a 90 degree right hander on Cunningham. It’s Davalos, Roczen, and Tomac 1, 2, 3.
Tomac is closing on Roczen. Lap 10 Tomac makes the pass on Roczen to take over second! It’s Davalos, Tomac, Roczen. If they stay in this position, Roczen will claim the championship. If Tomac passes Davalos … they’ll be tied on points.
Tomac is closing on leader Davalos, while at the same time pulling away from Roczen.
Lap 12 – Eli Tomac has passed Martin Davalos for the lead! It’s Tomac, Davalos, Roczen. Tomac and Roczen will tie on points … whoever has the most main event wins get the tie-breaker and the 2013 West Coast Championship!
Lap 14 – Kenny Roczen saves his championship – his first ever – he’s passed Martin Davalos for second!
The checkered flag – Eli Tomac wins, Ken Roczen is second, .. and Kenny Roczen is the 250 West Coast Supercross Champion! Just like Wil Hahn, this is the first ever AMA Professional title for Kenny Roczen.
Ken Roczen said “It’s amazing. I can’t believe it. I hope the fans enjoyed it. I’m glad (the pressure and tension of chasing a championship) is over. I won a world championship with KTM based in Europe, and now I’ve won a championship here in America. My team is amazing.”
450 SX Heat 1 – they will go eight laps like normal. It’s Jake Weimer, Ryan Dungey and Justin Brayton top three on the first lap.
Lap seven – Dungey passes Weimer for the lead. It’s Dungey, Weimer, Brayton, Justin Barcia, and Andrew Short the top five.
Ryan Dungey wins it. Jake Weimer second, then Brayton, Barcia, and Short.
450 SX Heat 2 – it’s the number 1 of Monster Energy Supercross Champion Ryan Villopoto with the lead. Davi Millsaps number 18 is next. Trey Canard is third.
The halfway point of this race – Villopoto is leading Millsaps by almost 2 seconds. Third position is Trey Canard. Chad Reed is up to fourth.
Ryan Villopoto handily wins this race. Davi Millsaps second. Trey Canard third. Weston Peick is next, and fifth is Chad Reed.
It’s time for the 250 East / West Shoot-out. 15 laps. The only time during the year that the East and West face off against each other. Ken Roczen rockets into the stadium with the lead … and RedBull KTM teammate Marvin Musquin is literally side by side with him! Great racing!
As they settle, it’s Kenny Roczen, riding with the number 1 plate, leading. Marvin Musquin is second. Kyle Cunningham is next. Then Martin Davalos, Blake Wharton, and Tyler Bowers. Eli Tomac is 14th.
At the end of five laps, Roczen still leading, but Cunningham has passed Musquin for second place. Musquin third. Davalos, Wharton, Cole Seely, Ryan Sipes, Malcolm Stewart, Jason Anderson, Tyla Rattray and Joey Savatgy. Tomac is 13th.
The race comes to an end – and Ken Roczen has won. Quite a night for him, winning the 250 West Championship, and, winning the East / West Shoot-out. Kyle Cunningham is second, Marvin Musquin third. Tomac finishes 13th. (Results below).
Ken Roczen said after winning the 250 East / West Shoot-out: “It was really important to me to go for the win. I got the holeshot – something I haven’t done a lot of lately. It means a lot to me to win, as this is my final 250 race in Supercross … I can’t think of a better way to go out (of the 250 class).”
20 lap 450 SX Main Event: It’s number 12 Jake Weimer with the holeshot. Chad Reed is second. Then Andrewe Short, Ryan Villopoto, and Ryan Dungey.
By the start of the second lap, Ryan Villopoto has dispatched teammate Weimer and moved into the lead. Ryan Dungey is third. Chad Reed fourth. Justin Barcia fifth.
As they finish lap 5, it’s Ryan Villopoto leading Ryan Dungey. Jake Weimer is third. Davi Millsaps has moved up to fourth, with Reedy fifth.
Millsaps in on a charge. He wants to claim that second place in the final point standings, just as he did last year. He and Dungey are battling for it. Villopoto has a nice lead, Dungey riding well in second, and Millsaps now into third. Then Weimer, Barcia, and Reed.
At the halfway point – ten laps in – Villopoto has a nice gap on Dungey. And Dungey has a nice advantage over Millsaps. Jake Weimer is next, with Justin Barcia in fifth.
Ryan Villopoto has done it. He wins his tenth race of the season. Ryan Dungey finished second tonight, Davi Millsaps third, … but Millsaps wins the battle with Dungey for second overall on the season points. (Results below.)
Ryan Villopoto said after the win “This is the way to cap it off. It’s been a long season, and this is the best way to finish it. Thank you to all the fans that came out – you make it special.”
It’s Round 6 of the 2013 FIM MX GP series – the Grand Prix of Portugal. Defending World Motocross Champions Tony Cairoli (MX1) and Jeffrey Herlings (MX2) lead their respective classes. Today in Qualifying it was Clement Desalle in MX1, and Jeffrey Herlings in MX2 with the wins. Results and video hi-lites below.
Clement Desalle said after winning in MX1: “Tomorrow could be good but it is hard work to win a GP. I feel fast here but everybody knows that two GP motos are a different thing. The track was good but there are a lot of classes racing here this weekend and they cannot work on the dirt for every session. They watered the hard-pack sections a lot so we had to be careful in the beginning because it was easy to lose traction. In the first few laps of the heat I thought I was so slow but I saw the other guys were having the same problem. I think the top-five today will be there fighting for the podium tomorrow and I like the track, so hopefully I can win here for a fourth time!”