2013 FIM World Motocross – Round 5 – Sevlievo, Bulgaria

It’s Round 5 of MX GP – at the beautiful circuit of Sevlievo. In MX1, it’s Frenchman Gautier Paulin on top, followed by Tony Cairoli and Clement Desalle. In MX2, it’s Jeffrey Herlings first, Jordi Tixier second. Video highlights are below.

MX1 – Gautier Paulin won his first MX GP of the season today, winning the first moto, and taking second in the second moto. Second overall today – World Motocross Champion Tony Cairoli, who went 4/1. Third goes to Clement Desalle – taking two thirds. Gautier moves to second place in the points chase, behind Tony Cairoli.

Gautier Paulin on top of MX1 in Bulgaria – photo courtesy Youthstream

Gautier said after his win “It was a very good weekend, and it was great to race with Antonio, as it has been difficult to see him winning so many races. I had a great feeling with the track and my bike since the first practice session, and today I got two good starts. I got the hole-shot in the first heat and won it, then in the second Antonio won but I learned a lot racing with him. It’s great to win a GP, the first one for me this season – I got four podiums including one GP win in the first five GP’s, that’s pretty good. We worked a lot with the team, we know what we have to improve, and I want to thank all the people who are working with me.”

MX2 – Jeffrey Herlings is perfect so far this season – he’s won all five GP’s so far – Qatar, Thailand, Valkenswaard, Arco di Trento, and Bulgaria. He’s won all ten motos. The next MX GP will be in Portugal.

MX2 Grand Prix Results:

  1. Jeffrey Herlings – KTM – 1/1
  2. Jordi Tixier – KTM – 2/2
  3. Al Lupino – KAW – 8/3
  4. Jose Butron – KTM- 4/6
  5. Max Anstie – SUZ – 9/4
  6. Chris Charlier – YAM
  7. Glenn Coldenhoff – KTM
  8. Dean Ferris – YAM
  9. Jake Nicholls – KTM
  10. Val Teillet – KAW
  11. Petar Petrov – YAM
  12. P Rauchenecker – KTM
  13. Harri Kullas – HON
  14. Dylan Ferrandis – KAW
  15. Ivo Monticelli – TM

MX1 Grand Prix Results:

  1. Gautier Paulin – KAW – 1/2
  2. Tony Cairoli – KTM 4/1
  3. Clement Desalle – SUZ – 3/3
  4. Kevin Strijbos – SUZ – 2/4
  5. Jeremy van Horebeek – KAW – 7/6
  6. Tommy Searle – KAW – 5/8
  7. Ken de Dycker – KTM – 9/5
  8. David Philippaerts – HON
  9. Max Nagl – HON
  10. Davide Guarneri – KTM
  11. Rui Goncalves – KTM
  12. Shaun Simpson – TM
  13. Joel Roelants – YAM
  14. Jon Barragan – KTM
  15. Tanel Leok – HON

MX2 Championship points:

  1. Jeffrey Herlings – 250
  2. Jordi Tixier – 185
  3. Glenn Coldenhoff – 157
  4. Jose Butron – 143
  5. Christophe Charlier – 137
  6. Max Anstie – 128
  7. Dean Ferris – 115
  8. Al Lupino – 109
  9. Jake Nicholls – 104
  10. Romain Febvre – 98
  11. Mel Pocock – 87
  12. Petar Petrov – 80
  13. Julien Lieber – 71
  14. Dylan Ferrandis – 64
  15. P Rauchenecker – 64

MX1 Championship points:

  1. Tony Cairoli – 235
  2. Gautier Paulin – 195
  3. Clement Desalle – 189
  4. Ken de Dycker – 183
  5. Kevin Strijbos – 160
  6. Tommy Searle – 147
  7. Rui Goncalves – 109
  8. Max Nagl – 100
  9. Xavier Boog – 90
  10. Evgeny Bobryshev – 87
  11. David Philippaerts – 86
  12. Tanel Leok – 79
  13. Jeremy van Horebeek – 78
  14. Joel Roelants – 76
  15. David Guarneri – 74
  16. Shaun Simpson – 72
  17. Jon Barragan – 58
  18. Steven Frossard – 47

 

Max Nagl flies high on the beautiful Sevlievo race track – photo courtesy Honda World MX

 

 YouTube video highlights of the 2013 MX GP of Bulgaria courtesy of Youthstream

 

 

Round 15 – Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series 2013 – Seattle

Round 15 – Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series 2013 – Seattle

In front of 53,862 fans, Justin Barcia has won the 450 SX Main Event over defending champion Ryan Villopoto. The 250 West regional series returned to action, with Ken Roczen winning over Eli Tomac to extend his series points lead. .

The ‘news’ coming into this weekend’s event, two-time AMA Supercross Series Champion James Stewart is out for the remainder of the supercross season, but will be back for the motocross season.

 

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In the 250 West Qualifying, it’s Eli Tomac on top with the quickest lap – 54.42 seconds. His teammate Zach Osborne next – 54.92 seconds. Then Kyle Cunningham, Jason Anderson, Martin Davalos, Ken Roczen (55.14), Malcolm Stewart, Ryan Sipes, and Travis Baker rounding out the top ten of 46 riders – 56 seconds even.

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Eli Tomac

The 450 SX Qualifying has Ryan Dungey with the quickest lap – 53.07 seconds. Second is Justin Barcia, 54.55, Ryan Villopoto 54.71, Trey Canard 55.02, Jake Weimer 55.13, Josh Hill 55.22, Andrew Short 55.24, Broc Tickle 55.41, Chad Reed 55.6, and Davi Millsaps tenth at 55.98 seconds. 40 riders are attempting to race in this class tonight.

Ryan Dungey is number 5 in 2013 AMA Supercross

Ryan Dungey

It has rained off and on, with the second timed practice being a bit slicker than the first.

250 West Heat 1 – the first race of the night will go six laps. It’s the first time the West riders have been in action since the San Diego race back in February.

Martin Davalos number 40 on the Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki leads the first lap, with GEICO Honda’s Zach Osborne (338) running second.

The track is slippery, especially on the top of the surface, and the bottom seems a bit hard, so the riders lap times are off compared to their first timed practice.

Martin Davalos goes on to win this race just over Zach Osborne. Malcolm Stewart, on a KTM, finishes third. Then Travis Baker, Kyle Cunningham, and Christian Craig.

250 West Heat 2 – this race should feature the top three in the series – Ken Roczen, Eli Tomac, and Cole Seely. The race starts … Ken Roczen leads …. and … there is a crash … and the race is red flagged on the opening lap. They will restart …

Restart – it’s Eli Tomac first, and former MX2 World Motocross Champion Tyla Rattray in second. Seely is eighth. Roczen back in 12th.

At the halfway point it’s Tomac leading, and Jason Anderson has passed Tyla Rattry to move into second. Rattry third, Seely sixth, Roczen eighth.

At the finish, it’s Eli Tomac with the win. Jason Anderson is second, Tyla Rattray third. Cole Seely finishes sixth, and Kenny Roczen finishes seventh.

450 SX Heat 1 – these races go eight laps. And it’s number 18 on the Rockstar Energy Suzuki Davi Millsaps with the lead. He’s followed by Justin Barcia.

By the end of lap two, Millsaps is stretching out his lead, and Trey Canard has passed teammate Barcia and moved into second. Barcia third, then, Vince Frieses, Weston Peick, Cody Gilmore, and Michael Horban. Broc Tickle is 12th. The average lap time is about 5 seconds slower than Qualifying, due to the mud and ruts.

Halfway point – Barcia has gone back around American Honda Muscle Milk teammate Trey Canard. So it’s Millsaps leading Barcia by almost five seconds. Canard third. Then Vince Friese and Josh Hill.

At the finish, it’s Davi Milsaps winning, Justin Barcia closing the gap but still second, and Trey Canard a ways back in third.

450 SX Heat 2 – this heat race will feature the top two in the series – Ryan Villopoto and Ryan Dungey. Add in two-time AMA Supercross Series Champion Chad Reed, and last year’s winner here in Seattle Andrew Short …

It’s Ryan Villopoto first, and Ryan Dungey second! Jake Weimer is third. Chad Reed is fifth, Andrew Short is 14th.

Villopoto is slowly, slight stretching out a lead on Dungey. Villopoto has the quickest lap so far – 58.9 seconds. Dungey’s quickest lap so far in this race is just over 59 seconds. Let’s see how this plays out …

Halfway point – four laps in – Villopoto looks in command. He leads Dungey now by almost seven seconds. Then it’s Jake Weimer, Justin Brayton, Chad Reed, and Mike Alessi. Andrew Short is 12th.

Ryan Villopoto wins this race handily by over 10 seconds. Ryan Dungey is second. Then it’s Justin Brayton, Jake Weimer, Chad Reed, and Mike Alessi. Short finishes 14th.

250 West 15 Lap Main Event – it’s Eli Tomac on the number 1 GEICO Honda with the lead! He’s followed by Christian Craig, and Ken Roczen.

Roczen quickly dispatches Craig and moves into second.

At the end of lap three – it’s Tomac leading Roczen by just over three seconds. Ryan Sipes has moved into third, Zach Osborne has moved into fourth. Then Craig is fifth … Rattray … Stewart … Cunningham. Davalos and Seely are ninth and tenth.

At the end of lap five, Tomac leads Roczen by four seconds. Sipes a ways back in third. Then Osborne, Rattray, Davalos, Craig, Cunningham, and Seely.

Now the race is almost at the 2/3rds point – lap ten. And problems for Tomac, good fortune for Roczen. Tomac goes down, and Roczen takes the lead.

As they start lap 13, Roczen leads Tomac by almost 12 seconds. Zach Osborne is third. Then Cole Seely, Ryan Sipes, and Tyla Rattray.

Kenny Roczen is going to win this race. Ken Roczen has won this race! He extends his series points leads over Tomac by another 3 points. Tomac second. Zach Osborne third. Then Cole Seely and Tyla Rattray fourth and fifth. (Results below.)

Kenny Roczen back in action in Seattle 2013

Kenny Roczen

Ken Roczen said “It’s good to bounce back from a bad Heat Race with good start. It feels great to get the win here tonight. We had a long break and it is good to return to racing and ride up front. I just put my head down and rode smart. The track was really technical out there, with a lot of ruts. It feels good to get a win after such a long break – it’s tough to get in a groove after so much time off, but I’m so happy I was able to walk away with this one. I am happy I didn’t suffer any crashes in the main event and could gain more points in the championship standings.”

450 SX 20 Lap Main Event – it’s Justin Barcia number 51 with the lead on lap one! He’s followed by Mike Alessi, Ryan Villopoto, Davi Millsaps, Vince Friese, Trey Canard, Weston Peick, and Justin Brayton. There is a crash in the first corner, which includes Ryan Dungey and Chad Reed. Dungey finishes the first lap in 13th … and Reed … is out of the race!

Lap five – Justin Barcia is leading … and Ryan Villopoto is second – under two seconds back of Barcia. Davi Millsaps is third, Mike Alessi fourth, Trey Canard fifth. Ryan Dungey has moved up to eighth.

Lap ten – the halfway point. Barcia is laying down quick laps, as is Villopoto. The track is is good condition – lap times for those top two guys are in the 55 second range. Barcia leads, Villopoto about two seconds back. Third is Davi Millsaps, who is five seconds behind Villopoto. Then it’s Trey Canard, and … Ryan Dungey has moved to fifth.

Lap 15 – Barcia is staying strong, maintaining his lead of approx. 2 seconds over Villopoto. Millsaps third … and Dungey has moved to fourth.

Justin Barcia is going to win this race! He’s won! His second Main Event win of the season! Ryan Villopoto is second, but extends his series points lead over Millsaps and Dungey. Third place tonight goes to Millsaps, and Ryan Dungey fourth. (Full results below.)

Justin Barcia is practice - Seattle Supercross 2013

Justin Barcia earlier in the day at CenturyLink Field in Seattle

Justin Barcia said after the race “I tell you what, that holeshot is so key. We made some great changes today on the bike. It was a tough track with so many lines, but there was one main line that was so much better than any other. I’ve been waiting for this since Phoenix.”

250 West Main Event Results:

  1. Ken Roczen – KTM
  2. Eli Tomac – HON
  3. Zach Osborne – HON
  4. Cole Seely – HON
  5. Tyla Rattray – KAW
  6. A. Politelli – HON
  7. Ryan Sipes – SUZ
  8. J. Savatgy – KTM
  9. Martin Davalos – KAW
  10. Jason Anderson – SUZ
  11. Malcolm Stewart – KTM
  12. Christian Craig – HON
  13. K Rusk – HON
  14. J Canada – HON
  15. Travis Baker – YAM
  16. Scott Champion – HON
  17. T Bright – HON
  18. Kyle Cunningham – YAM
  19. B Stewart – YAM
  20. T Ivey – HON

250 West Point standings:

  1. Ken Roczen – 163
  2. Eli Tomac – 143
  3. Cole Seely – 113
  4. Zach Osborne – 102
  5. Jason Anderson – 99
  6. Martin Davalos – 94
  7. Kyle Cunningham – 86
  8. Joey Savatgy – 75
  9. Tyla Rattray – 74
  10. Austin Politelli – 72
  11. Christian Craig – 71
  12. Jessy Nelson – 60
  13. Travis Baker – 59
  14. Malcolm Stewart – 56
  15. Ryan Sipes – 45
  16. Max Anstie – 38
  17. Josh Cachia – 29
  18. Jake Canada – 28
  19. Jean Ramos – 21
  20. Scott Champion – 17

450 Main Event Results:

  1. Justin Barcia – HON
  2. Ryan Villopoto – KAW
  3. Davi Millsaps – SUZ
  4. Ryan Dungey – KTM
  5. Jake Weimer – KAW
  6. Mike Alessi – SUZ
  7. Broc Tickle – SUZ
  8. Justin Brayton – YAM
  9. Andrew Short – KTM
  10. P Nicoletti – YAM
  11. Vince Friese – HON
  12. Josh Hill – SUZ
  13. B Lamay – YAM
  14. C Blose – YAM
  15. C Gilmore – KAW
  16. Weston Peick – SUZ
  17. Kyle Partridge – HON
  18. Trey Canard – HON
  19. Michael Horban – KTM
  20. Chad Reed – HON

450 Point standings:

  1. Ryan Villopoto – 321
  2. Davi Millsaps – 296
  3. Ryan Dungey – 295
  4. Justin Barcia – 245
  5. Chad Reed – 213
  6. Trey Canard – 202
  7. Andrew Short – 189
  8. James Stewart – 174
  9. Justin Brayton – 162
  10. Broc Tickle – 155
  11. Matt Goerke – 139
  12. Jake Weimer – 131
  13. Mike Alessi – 107
  14. Weston Peick – 79
  15. Josh Hill – 72
  16. Eli Tomac – 52
  17. Robert Kiniry – 50
  18. Phil Nicoletti – 42
  19. Vince Friese – 40
  20. Josh Grant – 40
  21. Chris Blose – 40

Next weekend is the penultimate round of the series, at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah, and the following week is the series Finale in Las Vegas Sam Boyd Stadium.

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Ryan Villopoto racing in his home town of Seattle

 

2013 FIM World Motocross – Round 5 – Sevlievo, Bulgaria – Qualifying

The 2013 MX GP series heads to the beautiful hillside circuit of Sevlievo. Tony Cairoli and Jeffrey Herlings, the defending MX1 and MX2 World Motocross Champions, are leading their respective class points chase this season.

Today in the Qualifying Races, it’s Jeffrey Herlings on top on MX2, and Gautier Paulin on top in MX1. (Results below.) The Grand Prix is tomorrow. There are YouTube videos below highlighting both the MX1 and MX2 Qualifying races.

 

Gautier Paulin!

Monster Energy Yamaha’s Steven Frossard is still on the sidelines as the Frenchman fully recovers from recent surgery on his left foot. He plans to be back in action for the MX Grand Prix of Portugal on May 5. Evgeny Bobryshev is not racing this weekend as well – a broken bone in his leg.

MX2 Qualifying Race Results:

  1. Jeffrey Herlings – KTM
  2. Jordi Tixier – KTM
  3. Jake Nicholls – KTM
  4. Christophe Charlier – YAM
  5. Jose Butron – KTM
  6. Mel Pocock – YAM
  7. Al Lupino – KAW
  8. Ivo Monticelli – TM
  9. Dylan Ferrandis – KAW
  10. Petar Petrov – YAM
  11. Valentin Teillet – KAW
  12. James Decotis – KAW
  13. Tim Gajser – KTM
  14. P. Rauchenecker – KTM
  15. Max Anstie – SUZ

MX1 Qualifying Results:

  1. Gautier Paulin – KAW
  2. Kevin Strijbos – SUZ
  3. Tommy Searle – KAW
  4. Max Nagl – HON
  5. Tony Cairoli – KTM
  6. Jeremy van Horebeek – KAW
  7. Clement Desalle – SUZ
  8. Rui Goncalves – KTM
  9. Davide Guarneri – KTM
  10. Ken de Dycker – KTM
  11. David Philippaerts – HON
  12. Matiss Karro – KTM
  13. Joel Roelants – YAM
  14. Shaun Simpson – TM
  15. Tanel Leok – HON

MX2 Championship points (after 4 rounds):

  1. Jeffrey Herlings – 200
  2. Jordi Tixier – 141
  3. Glenn Coldenhoff – 128
  4. Jose Butron – 111
  5. Christophe Charlier – 107
  6. Romain Febvre – 98
  7. Max Anstie – 98
  8. Dean Ferris – 89
  9. Jake Nicholls – 82
  10. Mel Pocock – 77
  11. Al Lupino – 76
  12. Julien Lieber – 71
  13. Petar Petrov – 61
  14. Dylan Ferrandis – 50
  15. P Rauchenecker – 47

MX1 Championship points (after 4 rounds):

  1. Tony Cairoli – 192
  2. Ken de Dycker – 155
  3. Clement Desalle – 149
  4. Gautier Paulin – 148
  5. Kevin Strijbos – 120
  6. Tommy Searle – 118
  7. Rui Goncalves – 89
  8. Evgeny Bobryshev – 87
  9. Xavier Boog – 83
  10. Max Nagl – 75
  11. Tanel Leok – 69
  12. David Philippaerts – 61
  13. Joel Roelants – 58
  14. Shaun Simpson – 54
  15. David Guarneri – 52
  16. Jeremy van Horebeek – 49
  17. Steven Frossard – 47

Max Nagl flies high in Bulgaria – courtesy Honda World Motocross

Clement Desalle – courtesy Suzuki Racing

YouTube video highlights of the MX1 race – won by Gautier Paulin 21

YouTube video highlights of the MX2 race, won by Jeffrey Herlings 84

Race report below, videos, and photo of Gautier Paulin courtesy of Youthstream

MX1 – Kawasaki Racing Team’s Gautier Paulin started the day clocking the fastest lap time in the pre-qualifying session and he succeeded in having a good start and led the race from the beginning. The French rider admitted after the race that he feels really comfortable with the settings of his bike and he is more consistent in his starts, so he is now ready to be fighting for wins.

Second place was Rockstar Energy Suzuki’s Kevin Strijbos, who started 8th. The Belgian rider felt really well on his Suzuki, especially after the team had made some changes to the bike settings. Strijbos is very confident for tomorrow and he is looking forward to obtaining his first podium of the season.

CLS MX1 Kawasaki Monster Energy Pro Circuit’s Tommy Searle had a great qualifying race today at Sevlievo. The British rider started second. Then he made a small mistake at the upper part of the track and Strijbos passed. Searle is very happy with his progression in the MX1 class and he is now closer than ever to obtain his first podium of the season.

Honda World Motocross’ Max Nagl had a good start and he finished in a solid fourth potion. The German rider proved last weekend that he is getting his confidence back and today he managed to keep Cairoli at bay during the last laps of the qualifying race. Nagl finished fourth ahead of the Italian.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Antonio Cairoli was ninth in the pre-qualifying session and fifth in the qualifying race. Sevlievo is not one the Italian’s favourite tracks, but he will give his best tomorrow to be on the podium once again.

Jeremy Van Horebeek had a good start and he succeeded in finishing sixth, ahead of Desalle, who had taken the holeshot but a small mistake in the opening lap made him drop down to the tenth position. Rui Gonçalves started also with the front group, but after riding third during the first half of the qualifying race, he lost his rhythm and he could only cross the finish line eighth. His teammate Xavier Boog, who is entering his 100th Grand Prix this weekend, was forced to retire from the qualifying race as he twisted his ankle when landing from a jump.

MX2 – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings was the fastest today at the Bulgarian track and he dominated with great authority, crossing the finish line almost 22 seconds ahead his teammate Jordi Tixier, who finished second. The Dutch rider had a good start today, so he was pleased to race at the front since the beginning and he hopes to do the same tomorrow and win the Bulgarian Grand Prix for the first time.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jordi Tixier started third in the qualifying race but he quickly moved up to second and he managed to hold the position comfortably until the finish flag. The French rider is looking forward to a good start tomorrow in order to try to stop his teammate to win both heats and fight for what it would be his maiden overall victory of the season.

Wilvo Nestaan JM Racing KTM’s Jake Nicholls took the holeshot and was second during the first two laps of the qualifying race, but Tixier was faster than him and he dropped down to third. However, the British rider managed to keep a good rhythm and he rode third until the chequered flag. Tomorrow Nicholls is determined to finish once again on the podium and leave completely behind the bad result he obtained in Arco di Trento last weekend.

Monster Energy Yamaha’s Christophe Charlier showed really good speed today in Sevlievo. The French rider started fifth and after some laps he managed to move up to third, but he made a mistake and he lost the position with Nicholls. Charlier is making significant improvements every Grand Prix, but he still lacks a little bit of confidence to fight for the top three positions at every race.

Silver Action KTM’s José Butrón did not have a good start today in the qualifying race, but he managed to move from his initial eighth position to fifth. The Spanish rider did not want to take any risks today and he rode safe during the whole day in order to assure a good result at tomorrow’s races.

2013 Seattle SX Preview

Supercross returns to the “Emerald City”, at the home of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, CenturyLink Field. Ryan Villopoto leads the premiere 450 SX points chase, with Ryan Dungey and Davi Millsaps pursuing the two-time defending Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series Champion. And the 250 West series, featuring Ken Roczen and Eli Tomac, gets back in action.

Ryan Villopoto leads Ryan Dungey by 22 points, with Millsaps just behind Dungey in points, coming into this Seattle race.

Ryan Villopoto (1) and Ryan Dungey (5)

Ryan Villopoto said after the Minneapolis race “Me and Ryan (Dungey) had a hell of a race out there. The fans were unbelievable. I knew they were rooting for Ryan, but it was awesome to hear them in every turn. It makes it easy to race when they’re so pumped about it. The track was tough, which made it one-lined in some areas, and that allowed Ryan to see where I was going and try something else. It was a good night overall.”

Ryan Dungey said after his victory in Minneapolis “Man, what a ride. Ryan (Villopoto) and I put on a hard charge and he kept me honest the whole way. It’s been a while since I’ve been on top of box, but, man, in front of all these fans it was amazing. We could hear them out there. It was pretty loud and I’ve never felt anything like it. This is amazing to win in front of the home crowd, and I never could have dreamed something like this. It feels amazing to get a win here in front of my hometown. I have so many great fans here, and of course, all my friends and family. My bike was running perfect tonight and I felt really comfortable all day. I hope to take the momentum of this win into the final rounds and hopefully land back on the top step of the podium a few more times.”

More on Minnesota … Marvin Musquin won the 250 East SX Main – his fourth of the season. “It’s a great day. I was fastest in practice, I won my Heat Race, and I won the Main Event with the holeshot. It was a perfect day and a great feeling. I just try to win and don’t worry about what happens. I didn’t make any mistakes and got the holeshot, then I did my best.”

And Wil Hahn, who leads the 250 East over Musquin by just a few points, said afterwards “I’ve been strong and been confident. I’m bummed I haven’t been able to get a win, but it was still a good night. We have the points lead and we’re ready to go win this thing in Vegas.”

Now the 250 East series takes a break until the finale in Vegas, while the 250 West series starts back up. And Ken Roczen leads the West over Eli Tomac by 17 points.

Here are more quotes after the Minnesota race:

Davi Millsaps “We’ve got to go back and make a few tweaks on my bike and myself to improve and move forward. The track was kind-of inconsistent tonight. It was bumpy in some places where it’s normally not, slick in some places; and sticky in others. I just struggled a little bit tonight. All day actually, in practice, in the heat and the Main Event. Hopefully I can pull it together in the next race. Definitely good to get another podium. I’m not complaining by any means. A lot of people are looking at the bad this year because I was in the points lead and now I’m in third. It’s just the fact that every single person is in this class. I’ve never led the points before. I’ve never been on the podium nine times in one season. It’s really been an accomplishment for me and my team to be up in the front as much as we are. I still feel like we’ve made a statement. We’re here and we’re not going anywhere and we’re going to keep pushing to move forward.”

Justin Barcia “I’m not completely happy with how tonight went. The track was pretty tough and had a lot of different lines. I’m tired of getting fourth; I want to be on the podium and I want to win. I know I can, so I have some things I need to work on heading into Seattle.”

Trey Canard “I am grateful to be leaving here healthy and moving onto the next race. Starts are so important and I didn’t get the best ones tonight which made it difficult. I gave all my effort, which is all I can really do.”

Chad Reed returned to racing in MN, after ‘minor’ knee surgery. He said “To be honest I really wasn’t 100% sure I was going to be able to race tonight. It has only been two weeks since my surgery and my knee is still weak. We will build on tonight, I am not disappointed with fifth.”

Blake Wharton “Minneapolis, Minnesota … first time for me racing here. I guess the last race was in 2008, so that was cool. Practice was good and my heat race was good. The Main Event was full of action and that first five laps was crazy! ‘Gotta get with the front guys and go, just do my thing. I ended up third; not where I wanted to be, I lost the pace for a minute. But it is what it is. We’re going to Vegas now so we’ll see how it goes.”

Now more about tomorrow’s race in Seattle: CBS will broadcast the 450SX race on Sunday, April 21 at 1:00 p.m. ET, while SPEED will broadcast the 250SX race at 5:30 p.m. ET.

 

 

Ken Roczen

Here are some pre-race quotes …

Eli Tomac “It feels like I haven’t raced in forever. This last part of the season is like a fresh start to a mini-season for me. I’ve been feeling really good the whole time I’ve been off. I’m really looking forward to this weekend. The 450 kept me on the track racing as long as I could. It really help my confidence to ride against the best guys in the world. It helped me push harder and realize I have to make it happen, get good starts and not make any mistakes while I’m out there. I’m ready to get after it.”

Zach Osborne “It took two or three weeks to get my shoulder better. Once I was better, I decided to race some GNCC races. That went real well for me because I got on the podium both races I was in. I did it as a training tool but it also gave me some good confidence and good feedback on my fitness. I’m going into these last three races really prepared and I plan on racing like I’ve got nothing to lose. I went back out to California and did a lot of outdoor testing. It’s went really well for me. It can be an awkward time of year and it’s hard to get a good mix of Supercross and motocross training. I’ve just decided to get in there and put in as much work as possible.”

Martin Davalos “It’s been a while, but I am so excited to get back out there and race. We’ve done a lot of testing and have made a lot of progress during the time off and I’m ready to show what we’re capable of.”

Former World MX 2 Motocross Champion Tyla Rattray “This hasn’t been the season I was hoping for to this point, but I’ve still got three weekends to turn some heads. We’ve been working really hard throughout the break and I really hope I can take that next step and run at the front of the field.”

Blake Baggett “As hard as it is to stay away from the track, I think it’s in my best interest to make sure I’m in full health in time for Hangtown. I want nothing more than to defend my championship, so my focus is being at my best for the summer.”

The 2013 AMA Pro Motocross Championship season kicks off May 18 at Hangtown.

Seattle Notes and Stats courtesy Feld Motorsports

The first race in Seattle was held on February 18, 1978, and Jimmy Ellis won on a Honda. The first 250SX Class race was held on February 8 1985, and Bader Manneh, won on a Kawasaki. The 2013 season marks the 42nd time the gates will drop for a supercross race in Seattle. From 1978 – 1999, the race was held at the Seattle King Dome, and this year marks the ninth race at CenturyLink Field.

450 SX Class Stats: Seattle

·The first race was held on February 18, 1978, and Jimmy Ellis won on a Honda; it was his first and only win on a Honda
·This will be the 42nd time the gate will drop in Seattle for a 450SX Class race and the ninth race at CenturyLink Field
·From 1978-1999, the race was held in the old Seattle King Dome
·In 1984 during a double-header race in Seattle, Jeff Ward and Rick Johnson each won the first 450SX Class races of their career
·From 1979-1989, the King Dome hosted double-header races
·Riders to sweep double headers at the King Dome: Mike Bell: ‘80; Darrel Shultz: ’81; Bob Hannah: ’83; Ron Lechien: ’85; Rick Johnson: ’87 & ’89
·Larry Ward won the first 450SX Class race of his career in Seattle in 1990 on a Suzuki. Nine years later, he won the last 450SX Class race of his career in Seattle on a Suzuki. That would be the last race held in the King Dome.
· Andrew Short won last year’s Main Event in Seattle, marking the first win of his career
· Short became the fifth different winner of the 2012 season
· After clinching his second championship, Ryan Villopoto crashed at last year’s race in Seattle, tearing his ACL and missing the final two races of the championship
· As a 250 SX Class rider last year, Ken Roczen raced the 450SX Class and earned the first podium of his career with a second-place finish.

450 SX Class: Seattle First Time Winners: Darrel Shultz: 1981, Rick Johnson: 1984, Jeff Ward: 1984, Larry Ward: 1990, Ryan Villopoto: 2009, Andrew Short: 2012

450 SX Class Wins by Brand: Seattle: Honda: 19, Yamaha: 9, Kawasaki: 8, Suzuki: 5

250 SX Class: Seattle Wins by Brand: Kawasaki: 10, Honda: 6, Suzuki: 6, Yamaha: 5, KTM: 1

250 SX Class: Seattle First Time Winners: Bader Manneh: 1985, Phil Lawrence: 1995, David Vuillemin: 1997, Broc Tickle: 2010

450 SX Class laps led: Ryan Villopoto: 141, Davi Millsaps: 47, James Stewart: 35, Ryan Dungey: 23, Justin Barcia: 20, Trey Canard: 7, Ken Roczen: 3, Mike Alessi: 2, Jake Weimer: 1

250 SX Class laps led: Marvin Musquin: 46, Eli Tomac: 39, Wil Hahn: 30, Blake Wharton: 28, Cole Seely: 21, Ken Roczen: 19, Dean Wilson: 15, Martin Davalos: 7, Jason Anderson: 4

Past Winners in Seattle

450 SX Class

April 21, 2012: Andrew Short
April 16, 2011: James Stewart
April 24, 2010: Kevin Windham
April 18, 2009: Ryan Villopoto
April 26, 2008: Kevin Windham
April 28, 2007: James Stewart
April 29, 2006: James Stewart
April 23, 2005: James Stewart
January 30, 1999: Larry Ward
January 31, 1998: Jeremy McGrath
February 1, 1997: Doug Henry
February 3, 1996: Jeremy McGrath
February 4, 1995: Jeremy McGrath
May 7, 1994: Mike Kiedrowski
January 30, 1993: Jeremy McGrath
February 1, 1992: Damon Bradshaw
February 2, 1991: Jean-Michael Bayle
February 17, 1990: Larry Ward
February 4, 1989: Rick Johnson
February 5, 1989: Rick Johnson
February 13, 1988: Rick Johnson
February 14, 1988: Ron Lechien
March 28, 1987: Rick Johnson
March 29, 1987: Rick Johnson
February 15, 1986: Jeff Ward
February 16, 1986: Rick Johnson
February 8, 1985: Ron Lechien
February 9, 1985: Ron Lechien
February 11, 1984: Jeff Ward
February 12, 1984: Rick Johnson
February 12, 1983: Bob Hannah
February 13, 1983: Bob Hannah
February 13, 1982: Donnie Hansen
February 14, 1982: Mark Barnett
February 14, 1981: Darrell Shultz
February 15, 1981: Darrell Shultz
February 9, 1980: Mike Bell
February 10, 1980: Mike Bell
February 9, 1979: Mike Bell
February 10, 1979: Bob Hannah
February 18, 1978: Jim Ellis

250 SX Class

April 21, 2012: Ryan Sipes
April 16, 2011: Cole Seely
April 24, 2010: Broc Tickle
April 18, 2009: Ryan Dungey
April 26, 2008: Ryan Dungey
April 28, 2007: Ryan Villopoto
April 29, 2006: James Stewart
April 23, 2005: James Stewart
January 30, 1999: Nathan Ramsey
January 31, 1998: David Vuillemin
February 1, 1997: David Vuillemin
February 3, 1996: Kevin Windham
February 4, 1995: Damon Huffman
May 7, 1994: Ryan Hughes
January 30, 1993: Phil Lawrence
February 1, 1992: Jeremy McGrath
February 2, 1991: Jeremy McGrath
February 17, 1990: Ty Davis
February 4, 1989: Jeff Matiasevich
February 5, 1989: Jeff Matiasevich
February 13, 1988: Jeff Matiasevich
February 14, 1988: Jeff Matiasevich
March 28, 1987: Donnie Schmit
March 29, 1987: Kyle Lewis
February 15, 1986: Willie Surratt
February 16, 1986: Donnie Schmit
February 8, 1985: Bader Manneh
February 9, 1985: Mike Healey

 

James Stewart – out for SX, but he’ll be back for Lucas Oil AMA MX

 

 

 

Photo Feature: 2013 Minneapolis SX

Round 14 of the 2013 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series in Minneapolis was one of the best races of the year. Ryan Dungey battled with defending champion Ryan Villopoto, to ultimately come out on top at the end of the 20 lap 450 SX Main Event. And Marvin Musquin won his fourth 250 East SX main of the season.

 

Click on the thumbnails to view the larger images

 

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Who will you see in the photos? Ryan Villopoto 1, Ryan Dungey 5, Marvin Musquin 25, Wil Hahn 19, Davi Millsaps 18, Blake Wharton 13, Justin Barcia 51, Trey Canard 41, Tyler Bowers 68, Matt Goerke 62, Andrew Short 29, Josh Hill 75, Chad Reed 22, James Stewart 7, Broc Tickle 20, and Jake Weimer 12.

Coming this Saturday on Supercross.com will be the Seattle SX Round 15. The 250 West series returns to action, featuring Ken Roczen and Eli Tomac.

 

Ryan Dungey

Marvin Musquin

 

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