2013 FIM World Motocross – Round 4 – Arco Di Trento, Italy – Qualifying

The 2013 FIM World Motocross Championships are in Arco Di Trento this weekend for Round 4 of MX GP. Coming into today’s Qualifying Races, Tony Cairoli of Italy, the defending World MX1 Motocross Champion, leads the MX1 series. And Jeffrey Herlings, the defending MX2 World Champion from Holland, leads that series.

But today, in Qualifying, it was Ken de Dycker from Belgium, riding for Red Bull KTM topping the MX1 race, and Jordi Tixier from France, also Red Bull KTM mounted, topping the MX2 Qualifying race. Cairoli finished fourth in the MX1 race, and Herlings finished fourth in the MX2 race. The Grand Prix is tomorrow.

More notes below …

Clement Desalle

MX2 Qualifying Results:

  1. Jordi Tixier – KTM
  2. Glenn Coldenhoff – KTM
  3. Dean Ferris – YAM
  4. Jeffrey Herlings – KTM
  5. Christophe Charlier -YAM
  6. Mel Pocock – YAM
  7. Tim Gajser – KTM
  8. Max Desprey – YAM
  9. Al Lupino – KAW
  10. Jose Butron – KTM
  11. Jeremy Seewer – SUZ
  12. Max Anstie – SUZ
  13. James Decotis – KAW
  14. Jake Nicholls – KTM
  15. Pascal Rauchenecker – KTM

MX1 Qualifying Results:

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

MX2 Championship points (after 3 rounds):

  1. Jeffrey Herlings – 150
  2. Jordi Tixier – 101
  3. Romain Febvre – 98
  4. Glenn Coldenhoff – 97
  5. Jose Butron – 74
  6. Max Anstie – 72
  7. Chris Charlier – 71
  8. Dean Ferris – 69
  9. Jake Nicholls – 64
  10. Julien Lieber – 62
  11. Mel Pocock – 58
  12. Al Lupino – 57
  13. Petar Petrov – 49
  14. Al Tonkov – 34
  15. P. Rauchenecker – 34

MX1 Championship points (after 3 rounds):

  1. Tony Cairoli – 142
  2. Clement Desalle – 116
  3. Ken De Dycker – 115
  4. Gautier Paulin – 108
  5. Kevin Strijbos – 89
  6. Evgeny Bobryshev – 87
  7. Tommy Searle – 87
  8. Rui Goncalves – 73
  9. Tanel Leok – 61
  10. Joel Roelants – 58
  11. Xavier Boog – 56
  12. David Philippaerts – 49
  13. Steven Frossard – 47
  14. Max Nagl – 45
  15. Davide Guarneri – 41

Notes: Arco Di Trento is a beautiful venue in the north of Italy. The race track is called “Ciclamino”.

American James Decotis has joined the CLS Pro Circuit Kawasaki team. He finished 13th in the MX2 race – his first taste of MX GP.

From Honda World MX: A disappointing outcome for Honda World Motocross, and Russian racer Evgeny “Bobby” Bobryshev:

The Honda World Motocross team is disappointed to announce that Evgeny Bobryshev will not race in Arco Di Trento this weekend for round four of the MX1 World Championship, as further tests following a small crash in training this week have revealed a fracture to his right fibula.

Bobryshev, who was feeling positive following his first podium finish in over year at Valkenswaard last time out, has had a good few days testing on the harder ground in preparation for this weekend. Unfortunately for the Honda pilot, in his final preparations Bobryshev had a small crash on an out-lap in Faenza on Wednesday, which twisted his ankle and left him incredibly sore.

Initial tests showed nothing but a badly sprained ankle, which would heal enough to race this weekend, although with medical attention from the team’s physio and the doctors at Padova University, further X-rays have shown a small fracture to the bottom of the right fibula. Bobryshev will certainly be unable to race this weekend, as the feeling with his ankle has deteriorated while the swelling has increased, and there is some doubt as to whether he will be healed in time for Sevlievo, Bulgaria next week.

As expected Bobryshev is incredibly disappointed that a small crash will have such a dramatic effect on his championship possibilities, but the 25-year-old Russian racer will certainly be doing everything possible with regular treatment from the team’s physio Giuseppe Chiodi to recover as quickly as possible.

Evgeny says “What can I say? I am devastated not only for the team, the sponsors but also myself. Everyone puts so much work in and I know I have put a lot of effort in too, so to have to miss races from such a small crash is a really bitter pill to swallow. Basically we did some riding in Belgium after Valkenswaard and then on the harder ground here in Italy, and everything has been great. I’ve been fast and everything with the bike has been good, so I was feeling really positive for the weekend. On the first laps around Faenza I caught my foot in a rut and twisted it, which made me have a small crash. It was so small the boys didn’t even come over to see if I was okay. I rode back and later I felt a little uncomfortable, so we went to get it checked out. I was pleased to hear it was only a sprain, and there was no doubt really that I would ride at the weekend, but over the last two nights I’ve been in a lot of pain and I had to go to get a more detailed look at the sore area. The doctors found the small fracture; it really isn’t very big at all, and it’s a clean, straight, fracture but it will take around three weeks to heal properly. I can only say sorry to everyone, as I am so disappointed not to be able to race this weekend.”

Lorenzo Resta: Honda World Motocross Team Manager “Obviously we as a team feel incredibly disappointed, but we have to remember that this is motocross, and these things do happen. Unfortunately it has such a dramatic effect on what we are trying to achieve. What is really difficult for us to accept is an injury that will prevent Bobby from racing that was incurred with such a small crash, when he can bounce back from much bigger, spectacular crashes with no injury at all. We have exhausted every option here to make him more comfortable, but the pain was still increasing, which made sense when the fracture was found. Bobby must take the time out to heal without risking further damage, and with him being unable to kick off the bike, it wouldn’t be sensible to allow him to try and race this weekend. Now he will have more treatment and hope to be back for Bulgaria, although it’s difficult to say at this stage whether it’s possible.”

From Monster Energy Yamaha, number 183, Steven Frossard, from France, had a minor surgery after Round 3 in Holland over Easter weekend. He says “The operation went well and it wasn’t long before I started to feel good with my foot. I was hopeful of going to Italy and was keen to try the bike with the special modification I have in my boot. From the time around the track I knew I would be able to ride at the weekend. I cannot say what my goal will be but I want to get my season moving in the right direction.”

Max Nagl of Honda World MX

More news from Monster Energy Yamaha: The intense pace and demands of the Italian soil was too much for Frossard’s recently operated left foot. The pin in the metatarsal was causing unexpected nerve pain to the former Italian Champion’s extremity and medication could not get him sufficiently comfortable. Frossard attempted several laps in practice but realized he needs some more recovery time after surgery last week to get into race trim. He expects to be back in the paddock for the Grand Prix of Portugal in three weeks. Roelants suffered a crash during qualifying that left the former GP winner feeling dazed and nursing a sore shoulder, which rules him out for the race tomorrow.

Beautiful Arco Di Trento

Photos courtesy Youthstream, World Honda MX, and Suzuki

Here is the race report from today, courtesy Youthstream: The beautiful track of Arco di Trento hosted today the MX1 and MX2 qualifying races, as well as the first race of the EMX125 European Championship. Ken De Dycker and Jordi Tixier won the qualifying races and Pauls Jonass won the first heat of the first round of the EMX125 European Championship.

MX1 – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s KTM Ken De Dycker did an incredible qualifying race, starting in eighth position and finishing the heat with almost three seconds difference over second place Clement Desalle. The Belgian felt really good on the Italian track and he is expecting a good start tomorrow in order to try to be on the podium or even win the MXGP of Trentino.

Rockstar Energy Suzuki’s Clement Desalle was fourth after the first corner but in the opening lap he managed to overtake Rui Gonçalves and then Xavier Boog. While Desalle was riding second he was surprised by De Dycker, who moved from third to first, so the Suzuki rider dropped down to third again. However, after a couple of laps Desalle made the pass on Tommy Searle and the Belgian rode second until the chequered flag.

The third place was Kawasaki Racing’s Gautier Paulin who had previously obtained the best lap time during the pre-qualifying practice. The French rider felt really good today, but he missed a good start in the qualifying race and he was around 11th position after the first corner. However, Gautier managed to get a good rhythm to cross the finish line third right in front of Antonio Cairoli.

Home rider Antonio Cairoli was tenth in the pre-qualifying practice but he was confident for the race today. However, he also had a bad start and he had to give his best to finish fourth. By the end of the race the Italian was really close to Gautier, but a stone hit on his goggles and the Italian decided to ride safe, finish the race and focus on tomorrow’s races.

CLS MX1 Kawasaki Monster Energy Pro Circuit’s Searle had a really good start and he rode second during the first two laps, but as soon as he found the opportunity he overtook Xavier Boog, who had taken the holeshot, and rode first during three laps. The British rider was then surprised by a fast Ken De Dycker, who was coming from behind and Searle dropped down to second. The CLS Kawasaki Monster Energy Pro Circuit rider could not keep the second position for a long time as Desalle, Paulin and later on Cairoli were coming really fast from behind. In the end Searle finished fifth.

Arco di Trento also saw a very strong Max Nagl who had a really good jump off the gate and was fifth at the first corner, but he struggled to find his rhythm and lost some positions already in the first lap. The German rider started feeling better on his Honda machine and he succeeded in crossing the finish line sixth ahead of Xavier Boog and Kevin Strijbos. Tanel Leok was ninth and David Philippaerts rounded up the top ten followed by his compatriot Davide Guarneri.

Shaun Simpson, who obtained the best third result at the pre-qualifying race, crashed on the first lap and he could only finish twelfth. Jeremy Van Horebeek also crashed in the first lap and he damaged the handlebar of his Kawasaki. The Belgian rider entered the pitlane to have his bike fixed, but he had some pain on his ribs and he had to pull out from the race.

Steven Frossard and Evgeny Bobryshev did not take part in the qualifying heats, as they are both still struggling with their injuries. Joel Roelants crashed during the practice session and he could not take part in the qualifying race either as injured his shoulder.

MX2 – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jordi Tixier admitted that he did not have a good start but he said to himself that he had to find the way to move up and reach the lead, and in fact, this is what he did. The French rider found the perfect lines to move from fourth to second and when there were only two laps to go Tixier managed to overtake Glenn Coldenhoff and won the race.

Standing Construct KTM’s Coldenhoff took the holeshot of the MX2 Qualifying race and he managed to lead the heat comfortably until Tixier came really fast from behind and the Dutch rider could not keep the first position and crossed the finish line second. Coldenhoff felt really well today on the track and he is very optimistic for tomorrow’s races.

Monster Energy Yamaha’s Dean Ferris decided not to take part in the main races of the MXGP of the Netherlands to try to be fully recovered from the injuries he suffered some weeks before. The Australian rider had some time off the bike and this morning he already had really good feelings on his Yamaha and he finished third in the pre-qualifying practice. In the qualifying race Ferris rode a consistent first half of the heat in second, but when Tixier overtook him he was not able to pass him back.

In the first corner after the start there was a big crash where Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings got involved, as well as Jake Nicholls. Fortunately, both riders did not get injured and while Herlings finished fourth the British rider crossed the finish line fourteenth.

Monster Energy Yamaha’s Christophe Charlier was very satisfied with his performance today as he managed to ride among the top five riders of the MX2 class. Charlier rode fifth most of the race and by the end of the heat he made the pass on Pocock and he moved up to fourth. However, Herlings was coming really fast from behind and the French rider was overtaken by the Dutchman when there were only two laps to go.

Mel Pocock had one of his best performances of the season today since he entered the FIM MX2 World Championship. The British rider started third and he managed to ride in fourth most of the heat. In the end he could not keep the rhythm and he crossed the finish line sixth. Tim Gajser, who is riding as a wildcard at the MXGP of Trentino, had also a really good day and he finished seventh in the MX2 qualifying race.

Maxime Desprey was eighth and Alessandro Lupino and Joe Butron completed the top ten. American Jimmy Decotis admitted that he is really enjoying his experience in the FIM Motocross World Championship after he finished thirteenth in the qualifying race.

Ken de Dycker!

 

Jordi Tixier

 

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2013 Minneapolis SX Preview

2013 Minneapolis SX Preview

It’s the first time Monster Energy AMA Supercross has been in Minnesota since 2008. And if check out one of the links below, you’ll see what Supercross.com’s 2008 race report looked like back in 2008 for Minneapolis. Josh Hill won the 450 SX Main, and Ryan Villopoto won his first ever 250 Lites Supercross event.

But it’s now 2013. Time for Round 14 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series. The big questions at the top of everyone’s thoughts coming into this event: Can Ryan Villopoto be beat? Or will Davi Millsaps and Ryan Dungey step up? What’s going to happen in the ultra-close 250 East SX series between Wil Hahn and Marvin Musquin?

First, you’ll need to catch up on what everyone has done last week in Houston – it’s going to give you the results, the latest point standings, photos, and more. And then check out the last time SX was in MN!

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Ryan Villopoto

Notes and stats courtesy Feld Motorsports

450 SX Class Stats Minneapolis

· This will be the 13th time the gate will drop for a 450SX Class race in Minneapolis
· The first race held was on April 16th, 1994, and Jeremy McGrath would won a Honda
· Jeremy McGrath won six in-a-row in Minneapolis from ’94 – ’99
· McGrath became the first rider in 450SX Class history to win at the same venue on three different brands. He achieved this in Minneapolis with wins on a Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki.
· This is the first race in Minneapolis since 2008. Josh Hill won that race, which was his first and only career 450SX Class victory.
· KTM has never won here. Can Ryan Dungey change this at his home town track?

· In 1997 the Metrodome hosted its largest-attended supercross race with 60,049 fans; In the 12 races held at the Metrodome, 635,913 fans have attended with an average attendance of 52,992.
· The Metrodome is the 94th different venue to host a 450 SX Class race
· In 12 races, from 1994 to 2008, only five different riders won in Minneapolis: McGrath: 6; Ricky Carmichael: 3; David Vuillemin: 1; Kevin Windham: 1; Josh Hill: 1
· Windham is the first rider to win Minneapolis in both classes

450 SX Class Minneapolis wins by brand: Honda: 6, Yamaha: 4, Kawasaki: 1, Suzuki: 1

250 SX Class Stats Minneapolis

· The first race was held on April 16, 1994, and Damon Huffman won on a Suzuki
· This is the 13th time the gate will drop for a 250 SX Class race in Minneapolis
· Kevin Windham earned his first-ever 250 SX Class victory in Minneapolis in 1996
· Can Suzuki win back-to-back for the first time since the second and third races of the 2009 season? Ryan Dungey accomplished this for Suzuki.
· Ryan Villopoto won the last 250SX Class race here in 2008
· Having won 250SX Class Main Events in Minneapolis, James Stewart or Villopoto can join Windham as dual-class winners with a win this weekend

250 SX Class Minneapolis wins by brand: Suzuki: 5, Yamaha: 3, Kawasaki: 3, Honda: 1

450 SX Class Lap Lead: Ryan Villopoto: 125, Davi Millsaps: 47, James Stewart: 35, Justin Barcia: 20, Ryan Dungey: 19, Trey Canard: 7, Ken Roczen: 3, Mike Alessi: 2 Jake Weimer: 1

250 SX Class Laps Led: Eli Tomac: 39, Marvin Musquin: 31, Wil Hahn: 30, Blake Wharton: 28, Cole Seely: 21, Ken Roczen: 19, Dean Wilson: 15, Martin Davalos: 7, Jason Anderson: 4

Note: TwoTwo Motorsports Honda’s Chad Reed was out of action in Houston following surgery to repair the knee he injured last season. The timetable for Reed’s return was uncertain, but he could be back in action this weekend as his recovery has gone well. The TwoTwo Motorsports race rig is in Minneapolis, prepared to put Reed out on the track if he’s ready.

Broadcast coverage from Minneapolis will air live via next-day coverage, with the 450SX Class airing Sunday, April 14, at 12 noon EST on CBS Sports. Coverage of the 250SX Class will follow on SPEED at 4:30 p.m. ET.

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Wil Hahn

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Marvin Musquin

Past Winners in Minneapolis

450 SX Class

March 15, 2008: Josh Hill
February 21, 2004: Kevin Windham
February 15, 2003: Ricky Carmichael
February 16, 2002: Ricky Carmichael
March 17, 2001: Ricky Carmichael
March 26, 2000: David Vuillemin
March 20, 1999: Jeremy McGrath
March 21, 1998: Jeremy McGrath
March 15, 1997: Jeremy McGrath
January 20, 1996: Jeremy McGrath
January 21, 1995: Jeremy McGrath
April 16, 1994: Jeremy McGrath

250 SX Class

March 15, 2008: Ryan Villopoto
February 21, 2004: James Stewart
February 15, 2003: Branden Jesseman
February 16, 2002: Chad Reed
March 17, 2001: Travis Pastrana
March 26, 2000: Derrick Shae Bentley
March 20, 1999: David Pingree
March 21, 1998: Stephane Roncada
March 15, 1997: Kevin Windham
January 20, 1996: Kevin Windham
January 21, 2005: Damon Huffman
April 16, 1994: Damon Huffman

Trey Canard

 

 

Photo Feature: 2013 Houston SX

Photo Feature: 2013 Houston SX

Houston, we have Supercross. Photos. 45 of them. Who are you going to see?

In no particular order, Supercross Champion Ryan Villopoto, Ryan Dungey, James Stewart, Trey Canard, Tyler Bowers, Justin Barcia, Marvin Musquin, Broc Tickle, Wil Hahn, Davi Millsaps, 250 Main Event winner Blake Wharton, and Justin Brayton.

 

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3 Supercross Champions - Stewart, Dungey, Villopoto

2013 Houston SX Review

Houston’s Reliant Stadium. Great venue. Great crowd (49,438 fans). Great track. Great action. The question now has become – can anyone beat Ryan Villopoto?

The defending Supercross champion won once again Saturday night in Houston. Round 13 of 17 for the 2013 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series Championship. Ryan’s fifth win in a row – St. Louis, Daytona, Indy, Toronto, and now Houston. Ryan’s 32nd career SX Main event win.

Ryan Villopoto

Ryan said after his victory in Houston: “The track was breaking down out there, and there were several variables that we had to deal with. You had to move quickly out there tonight, and that is what I did in the early part of the race. I wanted to establish a lead before the lapped riders would begin to play a factor in the race. Getting five wins in a row is incredible. We’ve come a long way since Anaheim and have constantly improved to the point where we are now on top. The field is so close that you really need to have everything dialed in order to win and we’ve been able to do that these past few weeks.”

Coming into this weekend’s race in Minneapolis, the question remains – can anyone beat Ryan Villopoto, … or will he claim his third straight supercross title this season? Ryan leads second place in points Davi Millsaps by 21 points with four races left in the 2013 series.

Second in the 450 Main Event in Houston – Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey. Ryan sits third in points – 25 points behind leader Villopoto. Here’s what Ryan Dungey had to say after his second place finish Saturday night: “I definitely needed a better start tonight. We are all so close in lap times that if you don’t get the best start, the leaders pull away quickly. I was able to get into 2nd place but didn’t leave myself enough time to catch Ryan Villopoto. Overall, I am happy to be on the podium and very happy with my bike and hope to continue to improve at the next round.

Ryan Dungey

Saturday night is the next round in MN – Ryan Dungey’s home state.

More on the 450 class …

James Stewart was riding well in Houston – until a little fall in the Main, which ultimately damaged the motorcycle and he had to pull off the race track. He said after the Houston event: “In the heat race, I was riding pretty good and somebody went down. Whenever you see a red flag you know someone has gone down and that sucks. So we restarted and I was riding really good, we were starting to close in on the leader, but I jumped on one of the hay bales and that bent my shifter. I could’ve pushed it but I decided not to take any chances. The Main Event didn’t go like we hoped it would. I didn’t get a good start but I made some great passes and made my way up. I was in third and we were going at it pretty good. But I ended up washing-out the front end and I jacked up my front wheel. Overall, we made some great progress with the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 and it was running great. It was the fastest bike out there in the whoops. These weren’t the best results, but we worked great together as a team and that’s what counts. Now we’re just looking forward to racing at Minneapolis next weekend and testing for Motocross.”

Trey Canard had one of his better races this entire season. He said after the Houston race “I am just grateful to be here. This is probably the most clear-headed I have been in weeks and is probably the best day I have had all season. My result at Anaheim 1 was better but overall this day was great. It has been a long time since I have won a heat race and that really helped heading into the main. I did the best that I could tonight and that is all I can ask for, so I am grateful to be on the podium.”

And Trey’s teammate Justin Barcia said about Houston “I would prefer to be on the podium but overall, today was an okay day. I felt good in practice and was able to get a good gate pick heading into the heat. I made a mistake at the beginning of the heat but was able to come back and finish right behind Trey in second. In the main event I didn’t get a great start but finished fourth.”

Now we get to the equally competitive 250 East Series. Wil Hahn leads Marvin Musquin by just eight points. And Blake Wharton won the Main in Houston.

We start with points leader Wil Hahn – Wil Hahn finished second behind Wharton in the 250 East Main Event, but gained two points on Marvin Musquin for the points chase. “I want to win every race I’m in, regardless of who is in what position or whatever. But to gain points this late in the season with only two races left, that’s big, and I’m definitely happy with the result. I rode great all day. I felt good in practice, I won my Heat race, and I was riding great in the Main. I made a couple little mistakes, yeah, but I had my aggression back, which is what I wanted. It sounds good to say you’re not thinking about the championship, like you’re all focused on the next thing or whatever, but you’d have to be crazy not to think about it. We only have two races. It’s right here in front of us. I’m actually okay with it. I’m not intimidated by the situation. It really just gets me more excited. I can’t wait to get to Minneapolis and get after it. I’m having the time of my life. Looking back about the Houston Main, I maybe could have been a little more patient in the Main and waited for better spot to challenge Blake but woulda, shoulda, coulda, whatever. Bottom line, we maintained the points lead and the GEICO Honda is leading the pack into Minneapolis next weekend. That’s awesome.”

Wil Hahn

And Hahn has this to say about his closest competitor – two-time World MX2 Motocross Champion Marvin Musquin: “He’s a really likable guy. He’s very respectful and just the kind of person you like hanging around. We race each other hard but we always race clean. We have a lot of respect for each other and that carries over to the track. He’s definitely kept me on my toes. You always know he’s right there.”

Blake Wharton, The Renaissance Man, won the 250 East Main in Houston. He said “It’s important to be aggressive out there. I had a great start and it was pretty intense during get first few laps, but I was able to give myself a nice cushion until Wil Hahn pressured me at the end. We had a weekend off with Easter, but I trained and did my thing. There’s no rest even with a weekend off; these guys are riding good. It’s the first win of the season for me. It was a little slower than I’d like to have done it, but it’s a win and it’s Houston, which is always awesome.”

Blake Wharton tops Wil Hahn and Marvin Musquin in Houston

Marvin Musquin: “The track was really good today and I enjoyed the whoops in practice and in the heat but they became very tricky in the main event. Unfortunately, they got the best of me and caused me to crash. I am bummed because I know I had faster lap times than Blake and Wil, but unfortunately, I made a mistake and wasn’t able to catch back up to them today. I am now 8 points back so I am definitely going to have to get back on the top step at the remaining rounds.

Marvin Musquin

A nice story is Tyler Bowers, the Arenacross Champion, making a nice transition into supercross with the Monster Energy Pro-Circuit team. Tyler got fourth Saturday night in Houston, and said “I know that with this great team behind me, paired with my ability, we can be upfront battling. The main event was a bit hairy the first few laps. I rounded the first turn in 19th after a rider went down in front of me and within the first few corners I had made my way into the top-10. From there I just concentrated to riding my lines and trying to keep with the leaders. With another week on the bike and we’ll come out swinging in Minneapolis.

The Monster Energy Supercross Series returns to Minneapolis for the first time in five years next Saturday for Round 14 at the Minneapolis Metrodome. Broadcast coverage of the 450SX Class can be seen via next-day coverage on CBS, beginning at 12 noon EST. Coverage of the 250SX Class can be seen on SPEED at 4:30 p.m. EST.

 

Round 13 – Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series 2013 – Houston

Round 13 – Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series 2013 – Houston

The 2013 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series makes it’s annual stop at Houston’s Reliant Stadium, home of the NFL’s Houston Texan’s football team. Defending champion Ryan Villopoto bests Ryan Dungey in the 450 Main Event. In the 250 East SX Main Event, Blake Wharton beats Wil Hahn & Marvin Musquin

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Notes: James Decotis is off to live in Europe and race the FIM Motocross World Championship series for the CLS MX2 Kawasaki Monster Energy Pro Circuit Team. Chad Reed had knee surgery, but should be back on the bike very soon. He says “I am excited to be getting the surgery so I can get back to being 100 percent healthy. My knee surgery that I had last year unfortunately has not healed completely and I was hoping to make it all the way through supercross and motocross to get it fixed in the off-season. 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 to getting back out there, representing my sponsors and my team, and having fun with the fans.” Trey Canard is back racing today, as he missed the Toronto event due to concussion. Pro Circuit has signed Arenacross Champion Tyler Bowers (#68) for at least the next two races, including tonight.

The track and dirt are in perfect condition. There is one straight-a-way with a series of whoops that are really giving the riders a challenge. In between the first and second timed practices, there are tractors on that section of track smoothing it out just a little bit.

In timed 250 East Qualifying, it’s Marvin Musquin on top with the quickest lap at 52.02 seconds. Next is Wil Hahn 52.45, Tyler Bowers 53.19, Gavin Faith 53.39, and AJ Catanzaro 53.69. Then Friese, Wharton, Thompson, Larsen, and Freeberg round out the top ten of 61 riders.

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Marvin Musquin

In the premiere 450 SX class Qualifying it’s another Red Bull KTM on top – Ryan Dungey – 51.2 seconds . Trey Canard is next at 51.57, James Stewart third at 51.61, Justin Barcia fourth – 51.88, Ryan Villopoto 51.99 seconds. Then Davi Millsaps 52.1, followed by Brayton, Hill, Goerke, and Nicoletti.

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Ryan Dungey

250 East Heat 1 – the start of this six lap race goes to number 19 Wil Hahn. Hahn is not messing around! He’s stretching out a big lead. Second is Cole Thompson, third Lance Vincent. At the finish it’s Hahn with the win, then Thompson, Vince Friese, Vincent, and Gavin Faith.

250 East Heat 2 – Guess who? Marvin Musquin! Number 25 on the Red Bull KTM! Arenacross Champion Tyler Bowers is in second place, then Blake Wharton third.

Musquin is riding beautifully. Bowers is strong in second. Wharton retains third. And that’s how they finish – Musquin with the win, Bowers second, then Wharton, Jackson Richardson, and Mitchell Oldenburg.

450 SX Heat 1 – Trey Canard with the holeshot – and then there is a big pile up in the second corner. Let’s see how this settles out …

At the end of the third lap of this eight lap race, it’s Trey Canard leading. Josh Hill (75) is second. Justin Barcia is third. Davi Millsaps is 12th – a victim of that pile up …

Canard is out front, Barcia has moved to second … and Millsaps has rocketed into fourth!

Trey Canard wins this race. Justin Barcia second. Josh Hill third. Davi Millsaps fourth. Jake Weimer fifth.

450 SX Heat 2 – The start goes to … Mike Alessi! Ryan Villopoto is second. James Stewart is sixth. Ryan Dungey is even further back.

A little bit into lap two – and Villopoto goes inside of Alessi on a left hand corner to overtake for the lead. The running order at the end of this lap – Villopoto, Alessi, Stewart, Matt Goerke, Broc Tickle, Justin Brayton and Weston Peick. Ryan Dungey is back in eighth.

And the Red Flag comes out after the next lap! This race is stopped! (There are two riders down on the track, having crashed earlier in the race.)

This restart will be a ‘staggered start’. They don’t restart from the starting gate, but literally lined up, with the leader (Ryan Villopoto) at the head of the line. Then Alessi, then Stewart, etc.

The race will still go eight laps total. The first person to make a move on the restarted first lap – James Stewart passes Alessi to take over second. And Ryan Dungey quickly moves into fifth!

Just past the halfway point now – Villopoto leading, Stewart about 1.5 seconds behind him.

At the end of this race, Ryan Villopoto comes away with the win! James Stewart second. Mike Alessi third. Ryan Dungey fourth. And Matt Goerke fifth.

15 lap 250 East Main Event – about seven riders crash in various places in the first corner. The leader is … Blake Wharton! But before the end of the first lap Marvin Musquin has gone past Wharton and into the lead! Then – at the beginning of the next lap – Wharton returns the favors and re-passes Musquin!

As they start the third lap – it’s Wharton first, Musquin second, and Wil Hahn is third!

These top three – also the top three in the series points, are pulling away from the rest of the pack.

Lap six – Musquin makes a mistake going into a tight right hand corner. He tried to go inside Wharton, went into the track markers, then fell over.

It’s now Wharton leading, Wil Hahn chasing in second, and Musquin retains third place.

Hahn is closing on Wharton. And they are starting to run into lappers. Musquin is third, about seven seconds behind Hahn.

At the end of this 15 lap main event, Blake Wharton has done it! He wins! Wil Hahn is second, Marvin Musquin is third. Tyler Bowers finishes fourth. (Results below.)

Hahn now leads Musquin by 8 points as the series heads to Minneapolis next week.

Wharton said afterwards “The track was rough, it had some tricky spots. It feels good to win anywhere, but it feels especially good to win here where I grew up. I want to keep improving.”

Blake Wharton wins in Houston 2013

Blake Wharton

20 lap 450 Main Event – another holeshot by Mike Alessi. But before the end of lap one, it’s Ryan Villopoto into the lead! At the end of lap two, Villopoto first, Trey Canard into second, Alessi third, then Ryan Dungey, and James Stewart.

Lap four – Villopoto is already starting to stretch out a lead. Trey Canard is second. Ryan Dungey is third. Then James Stewart. Davi Millsaps is … seventh.

As Villopoto pulls away on lap seven, there is a good battle going on between Trey Canard, Ryan Dungey, and James Stewart. Dungey moves past Canard, .. then a few corners later Stewart goes past Canard.

As Villopoto reaches the halfway point, he’s got a five second lead over Dungey. Stewart very close. Then Canard, then Barcia … just a ways back is Millsaps. And just before the finish line jump – James Stewart slides out and crashes. Stewart remounts … but he’s riding slowly around the track. He pulls of the track and into the mechanics area … Stewart comes back out onto the track after mechanics adjust things near the front of the bike.

Villopoto is on his way to his fifth win in a row. His eighth win of the season. The 32nd SX Main Event win of his career. And possibly heading towards his third supercross championship in a row.

Lap 15 – Villopoto leads Dungey by 4.5 seconds. A ways back in third is Trey Canard. He’s chased by teammate Justin Barcia. And Davi Millsaps is in fifth. Stewart has pulled off the track ..

Ryan Villopoto has done it – fifth win in a row, eighth of the season, 32nd of his career. Ryan Dungey finishes second. Third goes to Trey Canard, then Justin Barcia and Davi Millsaps (results below).

Ryan Villopoto now leads Davi Millsaps by 21 points, with Dungey four points behind Millsaps.

Ryan Villopoto in Houston 2013

Ryan Villopoto

Ryan Villopoto said afterwards “It’s huge winning tonight. The track was so tough. I got a great start. You have to make things happen quick. I wanted to push forward right away and be in front before we started getting into lappers.”

250 East Main Event Results:

  1. Blake Wharton – SUZ
  2. Wil Hahn – HON
  3. Marvin Musquin – KTM
  4. Tyler Bowers – KAW
  5. Gavin Faith – HON
  6. Cole Thompson – HON
  7. PJ Larsen –
  8. L Vincent – KTM
  9. D Herriein – HON
  10. S Clarke – KTM
  11. L Kilbarger – HON
  12. Z Williams – HON
  13. Vince Friese – HON
  14. J Richardson – HON
  15. R Zimmer – HON
  16. B Ripple – KTM
  17. A J Catanzaro – KAW
  18. C Crawford – KAW
  19. Mitchell Oldemburg – HON
  20. Zack Freeberg – HON

250 East Point standings:

  1. Wil Hahn – 156
  2. Marvin Musquin – 148
  3. Blake Wharton – 133
  4. Vince Friese – 89
  5. Dean Wilson – 87
  6. Gavin Faith – 82
  7. Kyle Peters – 78
  8. Cole Thompson – 72
  9. Jeremy Martin – 71
  10. Justin Hill – 68
  11. James Decotis – 66
  12. PJ Larsen – 54
  13. Mitchell Oldenburg – 51
  14. Lance Vincent – 51
  15. AJ Catanzaro – 49
  16. Zach Bell – 37
  17. Zack Freeberg – 36
  18. Levi Kilbarger – 34
  19. Jackson Richardson – 33
  20. Steven Clarke – 27

450 Main Event Results:

  1. Ryan Villopoto – KAW
  2. Ryan Dungey – KTM
  3. Trey Canard – HON
  4. Justin Barcia – HON
  5. Davi Millsaps – SUZ
  6. Justin Brayton – YAM
  7. Andrew Short – KTM
  8. Josh Hill – SUZ
  9. Jake Weimer – KAW
  10. Broc Tickle – SUZ
  11. Matt Goerke – KTM
  12. P Nicoletti – YAM
  13. Robert Kiniry – YAM
  14. L Smith – KTM
  15. Chris Blose – YAM
  16. Kyle Partridge –
  17. Weston Peick – SUZ
  18. Adam Enticknap –
  19. James Stewart – SUZ
  20. Mike Alessi – SUZ

450 Point standings:

  1. Ryan Villopoto – 277
  2. Davi Millsaps – 256
  3. Ryan Dungey – 252
  4. Justin Barcia – 202
  5. Chad Reed – 196
  6. Trey Canard – 185
  7. James Stewart – 171
  8. Andrew Short – 162
  9. Justin Brayton – 137
  10. Broc Tickle – 133
  11. Matt Goerke – 129
  12. Jake Weimer – 106
  13. Mike Alessi – 85
  14. Weston Peick – 63
  15. Eli Tomac – 52
  16. Josh Hill – 50
  17. Robert Kiniry – 45
  18. Josh Grant – 40
  19. Jimmy Albertson – 38
  20. Kyle Chisholm – 38

Just in case you missed some of what was published on Supercross.com this past week …

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