Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s James Stewart has announced that he will sit out the last three rounds of the 2013 AMA/FIM Supercross Championship season in order to fully recover from injury. At last weekend’s Minneapolis race, James had a get-off and tweaked the wrist that he’d initially injured at the end of the 2012 AMA Pro Motocross season.
James expects to be rested, rehabbed, and ready to race at the season opening round of AMA Pro MX in May.
Stewart said “The decision to sit out the last few races is a tough one for all of us. The Supercross season hasn’t been going the best, but I’ve been having a great time racing, thanks to the fans and my Yoshimura Suzuki team. They’ve all been supporting me the whole time. So to have this last little injury – I hurt my wrist in the heat race, and then again in the main event – was a disappointment. I think this is the smart decision for us overall and now I’m going to focus on recovering and getting ready for the motocross season. I’m psyched to be on the gate for Hangtown and now I just want to get the AMA Pro MX Championship.”
In just a few weeks, the world’s fastest amateur AMSOIL Arenacross riders will take center stage on the world famous Las Vegas Strip for the annual AMSOIL AMA Amateur National Arenacross Championships (ANAC). This year, South Point Casino and its state of-the-art arena will once again be the sight of two action-packed days of activity that is sure to maintain the highly competitive legacy of this prestigious event.
Day one on Friday, May 3, will feature practice and qualifying for all 27 classes in addition to the first four Main Events of the weekend. Racing continues on Sunday, May 5, with an action-packed day of competition that will crown champions for the remaining 23 classes. With a wide range of skill levels and ages competing at the ANAC, this annual tradition has become one of the most highly regarded amateur competitions in the world.
In conjunction with the 2013 AMSOIL Arenacross season, featuring Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross, hundreds of riders of all ages and skill levels have been competing for his or her shot at a chance to win a coveted national title. Over the course of the 10 weekends that composed the 2013 AMSOIL Arenacross schedule, riders qualified from one of five different amateur regions – North, South, East, West and Central – during the Amateur Day races that took place every Sunday following professional action.
With over 300 riders looking for the chance to qualify on any given weekend, earning one’s way into the ANAC was no easy task. As a result, this year presents one of the most talented fields of riders to ever compete. In total, 540 of the nation’s best amateur competitors, male and female, will converge in Las Vegas the first weekend in May, in conjunction with the Monster Energy Supercross Finals. In the end, a total of 26 riders will emerge as a one-of-a-kind AMA National Champion by the time the weekend concludes.
In the highly talented Expert Class, the top 10 finishers from the ANAC will receive a sought-after 250SX Class Endorsement, which makes them eligible to compete in the 2014 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, season.
Since the 2010 season, the ANAC has been run in conjunction with the dramatic finale of Monster Energy Supercross. With the addition of a full day of practice and qualifying one year ago, doubling the amount of track time for the future stars of AMSOIL Arenacross makes for an action-packed weekend that has enough excitement to satiate any enthusiasts’ hunger for competition. Simply put, combining the ANAC with Monster Energy Supercross in Las Vegas is the ultimate way to close out an incredible 2013 season, making for a can’t-miss weekend for any fan.
Friday’s practice and qualifying sessions for the ANAC, will allow all qualified riders to familiarize themselves with the track while also setting their gate selection for the weekend. The first four Main Events of the weekend in the 85cc (9-15), Expert, Pit Bike, and 65cc (7-11) classes will bring Friday night to a close. On Sunday, eliminations begin for the remaining 23 classes of competition until a rider is crowned as an AMA National Champion for each respective division.
Tickets for the 2013 AMSOIL AMA Amateur National Arenacross Championships are on sale now. Gates and pits open promptly at 8 a.m. for Sunday’s action, with racing set to start shortly thereafter. Friday’s practice and qualifying sessions are free to the public. All competition will be hosted within the spacious South Point Arena, which has established itself as the new home of the ANAC.
All Seats – $35 (General Admission)
*Includes free Pit Entry
Service charges, facility, and handling fees may apply. Tickets can be purchased at the South Point Arena Box Office, over the phone at 866-796-7111, or online at www.SouthPointArena.com <http://www.southpointarena.com/>
Here is the schedule of events for the entire ANAC weekend:
Friday, May 3
12:30 PM – Track Walk 12:45 PM – Riders Meeting 1:15 PM – First Session of Practice and Timed Qualifying Begins 3:15 PM – Final Sessions of Timed Qualifying Begins 6:00 PM – Main Events for 85cc (9-15), Expert, Pit Bike, and 65cc (7-11) Classes
Sunday, May 5
7:30 AM – Track Walk 7:40 AM – Riders Briefing 7:45 AM – Team Faith Devotional 8:00 AM – Final Practice, followed by Heat Races for Remaining Classes 12 Noon – Opening Ceremonies, followed by Main Events for Remaining Classes
This story is about Red Bull KTM Racing Worldwide. This past weekend they did something very special. In a 20 hour span, Red Bull KTM riders Marvin Musquin, Ryan Dungey, Jeffrey Herlings, and Tony Cairoli won all four major supercross and motocross races in the world. Marvin & Ryan at the Minneapolis Supercross, and Jeffrey & Tony at Round 4 of the FIM World Motocross Championships in Italy.
The recap of the races are quite simple – Marvin Musquin continued his meteoric rise in supercross by winning his fourth 250 SX Main Event of the season. Ryan Dungey won his ‘home’ supercross event, in what was one of the most exciting races of the year. Jeffrey Herlings remains ‘perfect’ in the MX2 World Motocross Series. And Tony Cairoli swept both motos of MX1 in Italy as he aims for a seventh World MX Championship.
Let’s now begin with Red Bull KTM’s Worldwide Director of Motorsports and Racing, Pit Beirer.
Pit and family
Pit is the one that convinced KTM to pursue this direction of world dominance in supercross and motocross. Pit had vision, Pit had a plan.
First it was to attack the World Championships, which at the time had been primarily based in Europe. Who was one of the first people Pit brought in to fulfill this vision? 10-time World Motocross Champion from Belgium – Stefan Everts.
That’s Stefan Everts talking to Jordi Tixier
Fast forward a few years later, as Pit extends his vision and plan to begin in the USA, Pit brings in another ‘legend’ from Belgium – Roger De Coster.
That’s Roger on the right
Can you see the pattern beginning to develop?
Now, let’s talk a little bit about each of these riders that won over this past weekend:
Marvin Musquin – winner of the 250 SX Main Event in Minneapolis Saturday night. Marvin is not only flourishing well here in the USA, but he won two MX2 World Motocross titles, 2009 and 2010. Riding for …. Red Bull KTM!
Marvin last Saturday night in Minneapolis
Ryan Dungey – winner of the 450 Supercross Main Event Saturday night in Minneapolis. Ryan Dungey has won a lot of titles. An AMA West SX title. An AMA 250 Lites National Championship. The 2010 AMA Supercross Series Title. The 2010 AMA 450 National MX Championship. And he won the 2012 AMA 450 National Motocross Championship …. riding for Red Bull KTM!
That’s Ryan Dungey on top after winning the 2013 Minneapolis SX
Jeffrey Herlings – winner of MX2 at Sunday afternoon’s MX GP of Italy. Jeffrey fits right into Pit and KTM’s vision of developing young riders to become champions. Jeffrey follows in the footsteps of Marvin (MX2 champion in 2009, 2010), and Ken Roczen (2011 MX 2 World Motocross Champion). Jeffrey won the 2012 World MX 2 Motocross Championship, riding for Red Bull KTM! And so far this season, he’s won every moto (eight).
Jeffrey Herlings is perfect so far this season
And finally, Tony Cairoli. Tony swept both motos of MX1 Sunday afternoon in Italy. Tony is THE dominant force in World Motocross. He is a six time world Motocross Champion, and he leads the 2013 points chase as he aims for another title. He rides the KTM 350. A project spear-headed by KTM, Stefan and Pit.
It’s Champagne Time for Tony!
Can you see the patterns continuing to develop for Red Bull KTM? If so, get ready for …. Jordi Tixier! : )
The Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series heads this weekend to Seattle for Round 15, and the 250 West Coast battle between Kenny Roczen and Eli Tomac starts back up. Ken, who rides for Red Bull KTM, has won 250 West SX Main events earlier this season, and more importantly, leads the 250 West points standings coming into Seattle. Coverage will be here on Supercross.com.
The FIM World Motocross Series is already under way as well. As mentioned about, you can see what happened this past Sunday in Italy. This coming weekend the series heads to Bulgaria. MX GP coverage is on Supercross.com.
MX1 – Tony Cairoli is … unbelievable. He continues to dominate the top level of World Motocross. He’s already won six world championships, and although early in the season, … can anything stop him from claiming title number 7 this year? He won both 35 minutes plus two lap motos today in his home country of Italy.
T o n y C a i r o l i
Tony Cairoli said after his MX1 GP win: “I’m so happy, winning this round here in Italy, in front of my fans. It has a very special meaning to me. In the actual races, everything went smoothly during both heats. I knew that on this track having a great start was necessary. I got into a good rhythm and tried to not make any mistakes, since this is a quite tough and slippery track. I’m really excited about this victory (number 57 for Tony!) and honored by the many fans that were here today, and cheering me on. Now I hope to see the same or even more in Maggiora, Italy, when we race there later this season.”
Clement Desalle: “The first moto was not too bad but I was disappointed because I was stuck too long behind Gautier Paulin and I could not pass him. My start was better in the second moto. I was third but in the second corner I touched Searle and it was like my bike was glued to his. I don’t know what happened. I restarted last and on the second lap I crashed again. I came back to eighth but it was a bad day. My work didn’t pay anything back.”
MX2 – Jeffrey Herlings is perfect so far this season. He won both 35 minutes plus 2 lap motos today. The defending MX2 World Motocross Champion has won all eight motos of the season. Can he go undefeated? It’s a long season – but Jeffrey is definitely aware of the feat of going undefeated.
Next weekend the series heads to Bulgaria and the beautiful circuit of Sevlievo.
Photos courtesy of Honda World MX, Suzuki Racing, and Youthstream.
And here, courtesy of Youthstream, is their race report:
MX1 – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Antonio Cairoli did not have a good day yesterday, but today he was fully focused on his starts, as he knew they were going to be the key to win his home Grand Prix. The Italian took the holeshot in both heats, winning the Get Athena holeshot award after the first race, and he succeeded in making good laps and controlling the heats until the chequered flag. Cairoli congratulated the organizers for the great job done especially on the track. He was also very pleased with the big crowd that travelled to Arco di Trento to support him and see him winning his 57th Grand Prix victory. Cairoli has now the same number of GP victories as Belgian Joel Smets and in front of him there is only Stefan Everts with 101 GP wins.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Ken De Dycker did not have a good start in the first race and it was really difficult for him to go towards the front, but in the end he managed to finish fourth. In the second race he had a good start and he rode comfortably in second from the beginning until the end to finish second overall. At the moment De Dycker is second in the championship points stadnings, six points ahead of Clement Desalle.
The third overall position was Kawasaki Racing Team’s Gautier Paulin, after finishing second and fourth in today’s races. In the first race Paulin was fifth in the first corner, but he quickly moved up to third and after five laps he overtook Tommy Searle in second. The French rider tried to close the gap with race leader Cairoli, but he made several mistakes and finally had to settle for second. Paulin admitted that his start was not that good in the second race and that he almost crashed, but he gave his best lap after lap to move from his initial eighteenth position up to fourth, which gave him third overall position.
Rockstar Energy Suzuki’s Clement Desalle had a very good first race, where he finished third behind Paulin after having started down in sixth position. The Belgian rider tried to overtake Paulin during the entire race, but in the end he had to settle with third position. In the second moto Desalle crashed in the second corner with Tommy Searle and David Philippaerts, and he had to restart from last place to finish eighth. In the end, Desalle finished fourth overall.
MX2 – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings admitted today that it seems that he is becoming his own rival, as he had to fight once again from the back of the pack to win both races – his fourth Grand Prix win of the year. In the first race he did not have a good jump off the gate, but was confident as he knew he had the speed to ride for the lead. In fact, by the middle of the race he caught his teammate Tixier who was riding at the front, and when there were five laps to go Herlings managed to take the lead. In the second race Herlings literally hit the gate at the start, so he had to give all his best once again to move all the way up to the lead from the very last position.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jordi Tixier obtained the Get Athena Holeshot Award after getting the holeshot of the first race. The French rider was dominating the race comfortably until he was overtaken by his teammate Herlings by the end of the heat. In the second race Tixier could not start at the front and it was very difficult for the French rider to recover some positions. In the end Tixier finished fourth of the race and second of the Grand Prix.
KTM Silver Action’s José Butrón obtained his second podium of the season after finishing sixth and second in today’s races. In the first heat the Spanish rider had a great start and after riding second in in the first lap, he rode third most of the heat. However, he had a mechanical problem, which made him drop down to sixth. In the second race Butrón succeeded in taking the holeshot and led the first sixth laps until Herlings overtook him. At that point Dean Ferris was behind the Spanish rider and he was making a lot on pressure on him, but Butrón gave all his best to finish second and achieve the third overall position of the Grand Prix.
‘Hometown’ favorite Ryan Dungey, the 2010 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Champion tops defending Supercross Champion Ryan Villopoto in the 20 lap 450 Main Event. Villopoto retains points lead. In 250 East SX action, Marvin Musquin wins the 15 lap Main Event over Wil Hahn. Hahn leads Musquin by 5 points now.
Click on thumbnails to view larger images from the Minneapolis Supercross
Notes: Chad Reed is back racing. Attendance of 48,846 in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.
In timed 250 East Qualifying, it’s number 25, Marvin Musquin with the quickest lap – 50.03 seconds. Arenacross Champion Tyler Bowers is second – at 50.43 seconds! Third and fourth – Wil Hahn and Blake Wharton – 50.7 & 50.8 respectively. All four of those top riders are in the 50 second per lap range. 47 riders attempted to qualify.
In the premiere 450 SX class Qualifying it’s ‘hometown’ rider Ryan Dungey with the quickest lap – 49.29 seconds. Ryan Villopoto is right behind Dungey – 49.7 seconds. Then James Stewart at 49.76 seconds. Trey Canard 49.85, Justin Barcia 50.12, Josh Hill 50.18, Davi Millsaps 50.2. Chad Reed is tenth at 50.6.
250 East Heat 1 – this race will go six laps. The leader at the end of lap one – Blake Wharton number 13 on Suzuki. By the end of the second lap, Arenacross Champion Tyler Bowers has moved to second. He’s followed by Gavin Faith, Jackson Richardson, and Cole Thompson.
At the finish – it’s Blake Wharton winning, Tyler Bowers second, Gavin Faith third.
250 East Heat 2 – this race should feature Musquin v. Hahn. And at the end of lap one, it’s Marvin Musquin with the lead. He’s followed by David Buller. Wil Hahn is back in 15th.
At the halfway point (three laps in) it’s Musquin leading, followed by David Buller, then Daniel Herrlein, Landen Powell, A J Catanzaro … Wil Hahn is up to ninth.
At the finish – it’s Marvin Musquin with the win. Then Herrlein (393 Honda), Vince Friese (42 Honda), and Wil Hahn all the way up to fourth!
450 SX Heat 1 – the 450 heats go eight laps. Josh Hill, number 75 on the RCH Suzuki, leads on lap one. Josh won the Main Event here back in 2008! He’s followed by Mike Alessi, Chad Reed, Justin Brayton, Ryan Villopoto, Phil Nicoletti, and Trey Canard.
At the halfway point, Hill is holding off Chad Reed by less than a second. Brayton next, and then Villopoto and Canard.
Villopoto moves past Brayton and into third. Last lap – Hill leads Reed by just over one second, and Reed leads Villopoto by just over one second.
At the checkered, Josh Hill holds on for the win! It’s the first win of the season for the RCH (Ricky Carmichael / Carey Hart) Suzuki team. Chad Reed finishes second, Ryan Villopoto third. Then Canard, Brayton, Goerke, Alessi, Nicoletti, Lamay, and Adam Enticknap.
450 SX Heat 2 – it’s two Suzuki’s out front – Davi Millsaps leading, being pursued by James Stewart! Then Andrew Short, Jake Weimer, Rob Kiniry, Ryan Dungey, and Justin Barcia are the top group of the 20 riders that started this race.
Then James Stewart passes Millsaps for the lead. At the halfway point, it’s Stewart, Millsaps, Andrew Short (29 KTM), Jake Weimer, Ryan Dungey, Justin Barcia, and Broc Tickle (20 Suzuki).
And then Stewart crashes. He hits the barricades on the side of the track, flies thru the air, and then hits the ground. Millsaps takes over the lead.
End of lap five – Millsaps, Short, Dungey, Weimer, Barcia, Tickle … Stewart is out – he’ll have to go thru the LCQ.
At the checkered, it’s Davi Millsaps winning, Ryan Dungey second, and Andrew Short third. Then Barcia, Weimer, and Tickle.
In the 450 LCQ (Last Chance Qualifier) James Stewart wins handily. Chris Blose takes second. Will the extra laps on the track give Stewart any kind of advantage in the Main Event?
15 Lap 250 East Main Event – it’s come down to a battle between Wil Hahn and Marvin Musquin for the 2013 East Championship, with Blake Wharton still having a slight chance. Before the start of tonight’s Main, Hahn leads Musquin by eight points.
And the early leader is … Marvin Musquin! He’s followed by Wil Hahn! Blake Wharton third! The cream rises to the top!
At the end of lap three – it’s Musquin leading Hahn by over five seconds. Tyler Bowers is now third. Wharton is fourth.
Five laps into this race, Musquin has a six second gap on Hahn. Bowers next, then Wharton, Gavin Faith, Cole Thompson, and Lance Vincent.
Ten laps into this race – Musquin leads Hahn by almost ten seconds. Blake Wharton in third. Gavin Faith is fourth, Tyler Bowers fifth.
Marvin Musquin has done it! He’s won the 250 Main Event! It’s Marvin’s fourth win of the season! Hahn finishes second – but still retain the points lead by five. Blake Wharton finishes third (full results below).
Marvin said after the race “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.”
Wil Hahn said after the race “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. I’ve got a smile on my face. I’m getting a little tired of finishing second but fortunately we’ve had such a great season that we’re still in control over the title chase, at least as much as you can be in this sport. If someone had said at the start of the season that I’d have a five-point lead heading into Vegas I would taken that in a heartbeat. It’s right here in front of us now. It’s going to come down to the wire. Marvin’s riding great and we knew we’d be pushing each other until the end. That’s exactly how it’s turned out. I’m going all-in in Vegas. This is something I’ve wanted since I was 2 years old. To be this close right now is really exciting. GEICO and Honda have been by my side this whole time, and this weekend here in Minnesota we got to hang out with all our friends from Amsoil, another longtime sponsor of the team. I want to win this for all of them.”
20 lap 450 SX Main Event – Of course, it’s Mike Alessi with the holeshot. But by the end of the first lap Ryan Villopoto on the Monster Energy Kawasaki has taken the lead! He’s being chased by Ryan Dungey! And Davi Millsaps is into third. Once again – the top three in the series are up front – the cream rises to the top.
After they settle, Josh Hill is fourth, James Stewart fifth, then Justin Barcia, Andrew Short, Trey Canard, and Chad Reed as they start lap five.
Five laps complete – Villopoto leads Dungey by just under two seconds. Millsaps next, just under two seconds back of Dungey. Then Hill, Stewart, Barcia, Short, Canard, Reed, and Weston Peick.
Ten laps in – the halfway point – RV has a 1.6 second lead on RD. Millsaps is third, about five seconds back of Dungey. Fourth thru tenth – Barcia, Short, Hill, Reed, Brayton, Peick, Canard.
And James Stewart is out of the race … he’s pulled off the side of the track … is riding slowly … and heading back to the pits. He has his right arm off the bars, looking like he’s favoring it … although we did not see him fall.
Villopoto is out front. Is there anything to think that he won’t win, just as he’s done the past few weeks? Or will being in his hometown spur Dungey on to move closer and make the pass for the lead?
15 laps in – Villopoto leads Dungey by less than 1 second! Dungey has put down the quickest lap of the night – 49.65 seconds. Dungey is closing! The crowd is … super pumped!
With four laps to go – Dungey makes the move! He passes Villopoto for the lead! They are so close! Villopoto re-passes … then Dungey moves back to the front! The crowd is going crazy!
Ryan Dungey has done it! He’s won the Main Event in his ‘hometown’! Ryan Villopoto is second – but maintains a healthy series points lead. Davi Millsaps finishes third (full results below). Dungey moves past Millsaps into second place in the championship points chase.
Ryan Dungey wins 450 SX Main Event
Ryan Dungey said “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.”
Ryan Villopoto said “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.”
250 East Main Event Results:
Marvin Musquin – KTM
Wil Hahn – HON
Blake Wharton – SUZ
Gavin Faith – HON
Tyler Bowers – KAW
Lance Vincent – KTM
Vince Friese – HON
A J Catanzaro – KAW
Steven Clarke – KTM
Cole Thompson – HON
Mitchell Oldenburg – HON
Jackson Richardson – HON
Daniel Herrlein – HON
Landen Powell – HON
Levi Kilbarger – HON
Adam Gulley – KAW
Ozzy Barbaree – KTM
Max Malatia – HON
Zack Williams – HON
David Buller – HON
250 East Point standings:
Wil Hahn – 178
Marvin Musquin – 173
Blake Wharton – 153
Vince Friese – 103
Gavin Faith – 100
Dean Wilson – 87
Cole Thompson – 83
Kyle Peters – 78
Jeremy Martin – 71
Justin Hill – 68
Lance Vincent – 66
James Decotis – 66
AJ Catanzaro – 62
Mitchell Oldenburg – 61
Peter Larsen – 54
Jackson Richardson – 42
Levi Kilbarger – 40
Steven Clarke – 39
Zach Bell – 37
Zackery Freeberg – 36
Tyler Bowers – 34
450 Main Event Results:
Ryan Dungey – KTM
Ryan Villopoto – KAW
Davi Millsaps – SUZ
Justin Barcia – HON
Chad Reed – HON
Andrew Short – KTM
Trey Canard – HON
Josh Hill – SUZ
Justin Brayton – YAM
Weston Peick – SUZ
Matt Goerke – KTM
Jake Weimer – KAW
Broc Tickle – SUZ
Mike Alessi – SUZ
Chris Blose – YAM
Rob Kiniry – YAM
Ben Lamay – YAM
James Stewart – SUZ
Phil Nicoletti – YAM
Les Smith – KTM
450 Point standings:
Ryan Villopoto – 299
Ryan Dungey – 277
Davi Millsaps – 276
Justin Barcia – 220
Chad Reed – 212
Trey Canard – 199
Andrew Short – 177
James Stewart – 174
Justin Brayton – 149
Broc Tickle – 141
Matt Goerke – 139
Jake Weimer – 115
Mike Alessi – 92
Weston Peick – 74
Josh Hill – 63
Eli Tomac – 52
Robert Kiniry – 50
Josh Grant – 40
Jimmy Albertson – 38
Kyle Chisholm – 38
Next week the race will be in Seattle, and the 250 West Series returns to action as well …