It’s called the Circle City. And last Saturday night, in front of 60,312 fans, it was Round 11 of the 2013 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series. And just like Daytona the week before, Ryan Villopoto and Marvin Musquin were the two big winners of the night.
Ryan Villopoto is the defending, and two time Supercross Champion. He rides with the number 1 on his Kawasaki. He is also the current series points leader, so he’s heading towards his third straight SX title. He won the 20 lap 450 Main Event Saturday night in Indy – his sixth win of the season, and 30th of his career.
Marvin Musquin is a two time FIM World MX 2 Motocross Champion. Marvin is originally from France, but now makes California his home. He got his first ever AMA Supercross victory in the 250 East class last week in Daytona, and then followed that up with his second win in a row at Indy, by winning the 15 lap 250 Main Event!
What did Ryan Villopoto have to say after winning the 450 Main at Indy?
Ryan Villopoto: Tonight’s race was difficult. The track was deteriorating on every lap and we were pushing it to it’s limits. I was working hard to stay in the lead. James Stewart was riding great. Ryan Dungey was able to make up some time on me here and there, but I just kept pushing hard until the end. It was one of the toughest races of the year. We all had a really fast pace going and with the track breaking down we had to work hard to ride it as hard as we could without over-doing it. I wasn’t able to pull away from the field and I had to run a faster pace throughout the main event. Lucas Oil Stadium has been great to me – it’s an amazing stadium and I love coming here.”
And how about Marvin Musquin? What did he have to say after winning his second 250 race in a row?
“I was really looking for a win tonight, and when I got stuck behind the tuff blocks in the first corner I was so mad and it just made me fight harder. I passed Wil Hahn early on and that made me happy as I need to earn as many points as I can on him. I fought really hard and was able to pass a lot of riders. I was then able to capitalize on the crash of Blake Wharton (who led every lap except the last when he fell) to get the win. It is a lucky win, but this is fantastic to get two race wins in a row. We have been talking about confidence, and tonight I had it. I fought really hard, and I believed in myself. Anything can happen out there.”
2nd place in the 450 Main, Red Bull KTM rider Ryan Dungey: “We made some adjustments in the afternoon practice sessions to get everything dialed in for the night show. The track was both slippery and tacky in spots and it made it a little tricky to determine the best bike set-up. In the end, I was able to pressure Ryan Villopoto throughout the race, but couldn’t make the pass stick. I am happy with second tonight and am looking forward to Toronto next Saturday.”
3rd place in the 450 Main, James Stewart, who led much of the main event “I almost stalled it in that same place twice. But I just stalled it. I don’t know if I hit the brakes … I don’t know what happened. But it’s definitely a bummer because races like that, they’re fun to be in. I was on it from lap one and I felt good. I was pulling away but that happened and I just had to regroup and come back. The Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 worked great in my heat race and even better in the Main Event. That stall was just a stupid move, bogus – that’s what you do when you first get on a motorcycle is stall it! But we’ll regroup and come back strong for Toronto.”
Justin Barcia of the American Honda Muscle Milk 450 team “I’m not completely happy with how tonight went. The track was pretty tough and it was really hard to pass on, which made it difficult. I have some things I need to work on heading into Toronto, so hopefully things will end better next weekend.”
Wil Hahn is the 250 East Series points leader. He finished third in the 250 class at Indy. “I gave it away here tonight. I have to go home and do my homework to get back on top of the box. I am happy that I was able to work my way back to third, but need to win races. There were people flying around everywhere and I was tight and cautious all the way around. That’s just not me. I’m kind of disappointed with the way I raced tonight, to be honest. I’ve got to find a way to get happy and focus on the positives. I’m coming out of here with the points lead still, so the red plate in staying on the GEICO Honda where it belongs. I’m going to put my head down this week before Toronto and just refocus. I want to come out of there with a win. I want to have that feeling again.”
Eli Tomac was racing in his final 450 SX race of the season, as he gets ready to return to the 250 West series in a few weeks. He said about the Main Event at Indy “It was a big mess in the first turn of the main and I had to get around all that. I still rode pretty well and made my way up to sixth until a little mistake cost me a few spots. I’m excited to head back into the 250 class because I feel like I am going to be really strong confidence-wise. I have learned a lot these last few races on the 450 and that is going to be very helpful when I move up to 450’s full-time. I know I can do a lot better on the 450. Confidence-wise I feel like I’m going to be really strong when I get back on the 250. I’m ready for that to happen, for sure. This time I’ve had on the 450 has been a real learning experience and it will only help me when I make the move full-time in 2014.”
Dean Wilson had a tough night. He fell hard, and went to the hospital Saturday night with a cracked rib and punctured lung. We’ll keep you updated as we learn more about Dean’s condition.
In the 250 East Qualifying sessions, it’s number 15 Dean Wilson on top with the quickest lap – 51.26 seconds. Then Marvin Musquin – 51.56 seconds. Then Wil Hahn 52.37, rising star Jeremy Martin 52.57, then Vince Friese, Gavin Faith, A J Catanzaro, Cole Thompson, Blake Wharton, and James Decotis tenth at 53.3 seconds. 57 riders attempting to qualifying.
Dean Wilson in practice
In the premiere 450 SX class Qualifying, 44 riders are attempting to qualifying. On top today, number 7 – James Stewart. His quickest lap 50.67 seconds. Then Trey Canard is second 51 seconds even. Jake Weimer is third 51.32, Justin Barcia fourth 51.33, Davi Millsaps 51.36 seconds, Ryan Dungey 51.48, Chad Reed 51.56, Ryan Villopoto 51.66, with Matt Goerke and Kyle Partridge rounding out the top ten.
James Stewart number 7 – quickest qualifying in 450 SX Indy 2013
250 East Heat 1 – this race is six laps. And the early leader is … last week’s 250 Daytona Main winner Marvin Musquin on the number 25 Red Bull KTM!
At the halfway point … it’s Musquin with a nice lead over James Decotis, Cole Thompson, Jeremy Martin, and Kyle Peters.
No win is easy – but Marvin Musquin has won this race – and made it look quite easy. Second and third are Decotis and Jeremy Martin. Marvin’s confidence, both mentally and on the bike, must be at an all time high since he and his wife Mathilde moved to the USA in late 2010.
250 East Heat 2 – it looked like Dean Wilson had the lead coming out of the first corner … close by was his team-mate Justin Hill – but exciting a left hand corner a few hundreds yards after the start – Dean Wilson hits the ground hard. Justin Hill is the leader …
2nd lap – Hill is leading, and Wil Hahn is next. As Hahn approaches Hill – Wil bobbles and goes off the track – although keeps his momentum going.
At the halfway point – Blake Wharton has now taken over the lead from Justin Hill. It’s Blake Wharton leading (and he also won here last year), Justin Hills second, Wil Hahn in third. Hahn is now right on the back of Hill …
At the end of this six lap race, number 13 Blake Wharton has won! Justin Hill takes second, Wil Hahn third. Zach Bell 12th. Dean Wilson is scored as 20th. If Dean is able to ride, he will have to come thru the LCQ (Last Chance Qualifier). We won’t know if Dean is able to race until that LCQ lines up later tonight …
Now it’s time for the 450 SX Heat 1 – this race goes eight laps. Coming out of the first turn – it’s Mike Alessi with the holeshot. But he does not hold the lead for long – just a couple of corners later Ryan Villopoto has taken over the top spot.
At the end of lap one – Villopoto, Alessi, J Sipes, J Barcia, C Blose, T Canard, R Dungey, J Brayton, K Partridge, and W Peick.
Halfway point – Ryan Villopoto has a seven second lead over Mike Alessi. Trey Canard has moved to third. Then J Sipes, J Barcia, R Dungey, J Brayton seventh. Eli Tomac is in ninth …
Another race win for Ryan Villopoto. He wins this qualifying heat by over 14 seconds over second place. And like Musquin – he made it look easy. Second thru fifth – Trey Canard, Ryan Dungey, Mike Alessi, and Justin Barcia.
450 SX Heat 2 – when the gate drops for the 450’s, there is a definite ‘sound’, a roar, as they literally ‘blast off’.
Andrew Short is the early leader – but James Stewart moves into the lead in just a few corners. At the end of the first lap – it’s James Stewart, Andrew Short, Jake Weimer, Matt Goerke, and Davi Millsaps.
Davi Millsaps is moving up. He’s passed Goerke. And Weimer. He’s now third. Stewart still leads, with Short second.
Millsaps continues … he now passes Short and moves into second. With two laps to go, James Stewart is leading, Davi Millsaps is second, and Andrew Short is third. Then Weimer, Goerke, and Chad Reed has moved into sixth.
James Stewart has done it again – he wins his heat race. Millsaps second. Then Short, Weimer, Georke, and Reed.
The 250 LCQ will go four laps, and two riders will transfer to the main event. And Dean Wilson is not on the starting line …
Zach Bell wins this race, and Mitchell Oldenburg finishes second.
The 450 LCQ goes six laps. Again, two riders will transfer to the main event. Robert Kiniry pulls out the win, and Weston Peick take second.
250 East 15 Lap Main Event – there will be no Dean Wilson in this race. This makes it easier for the other top runners like Wil Hahn, Marvin Musquin, and Blake Wharton. Blake Wharton has the lead exiting the first corner, but it’s Kyle Peters edging him out for first in the next corner. Then Blake retakes the lead!
Running order at the end of lap one – Wharton, Peters, Jackson Richardson, Cole Thompson, A J Catanzaro, Vince Friese. Poor starts by both Marvin Musquin (12th), Jeremy Martin (13th), and Wil Hahn (16th).
Five laps into this 15 lap race – Blake Wharton is leading, Kyle Peters is second, A J Catanzaro third, Vince Friese next, and Marvin Musquin has moved to fifth! Hahn has moved to seventh!
Musquin makes a beautiful pass to overtakes Friese for fourth now (on lap 8). Hahn goes by Friese as well (lap 10).
Will Blake Wharton win the 250 class at Indy for the second year in a row? Right now, with just two laps to go, it looks that way!
Marvin Musquin has come all the way up to second place! And then Blake Wharton has fallen on the last lap!
The checkered flag waves, the fireworks go off, and it is Marvin Musquin with the win! His second win in a row! Kyle Peters takes a well deserved second, with Wil Hahn coming back from a poor start just like Marvin to take third! Wharton recovers to fifth. (Full results below.)
Marvin Musquin wins again!
Marvin said “Of course I was looking for the win. But I didn’t get a good start. There was just no where to go at the start. I fought hard, I passed as many riders as I could, I was looking for Wharton, and unfortunately for Blake, he fell. It’s a lucky win – but I’ll take it. Thanks everyone!”
450 SX Main Event – 20 laps: It’s Davi Millsaps with the early lead! But then just a couple corners in – James Stewart moves into the lead. The top three – James Stewart, Davi Millsaps, and Ryan Villopoto. Ryan Dungey is fourth.
On lap three – teammates Canard and Barcia are side by side – and Canard hits the dirt. He’s not getting up quickly …
At the end of lap five – James Stewart is still leading. Davi Millsaps is about two second back of Stewart. Ryan Villopoto is right behind Millsaps. And Ryan Dungey is holding fourth. Then it’s Andrew Short, Matt Goerke, Justin Barcia, Eli Tomac, Chad Reed, and Weston Peick. Trey Canard is not getting back into the race … but he is walking normally off the track back to the pits.
Lap six – Ryan Villopoto works his way past Millsaps and into second.
Lap seven. James Stewart stalls in a left hand corner! Ryan Villopoto has taken over the lead! All kinds of action is happening all over the track …
Dungey has been on the move. He’s past Millsaps and into second. The running order – Ryan Villopoto, Ryan Dungey, Davi Millsaps, Andrew Short, James Stewart, Justin Barcia, Matt Goerke, Eli Tomac and Chad Reed. And Dungey is closing on Villopoto for the lead …
Halfway point – Villopoto leads Dungey by less than a second. Davi Millsaps third. James Stewart fourth. Andrew Short fifth.
15 laps into this race – Villopoto, Dungey less than two seconds back, Millsaps third, Stewart fourth, then Barcia and Reed following … Dungey is closing back up a bit on Villopoto …
On the last lap, Millsaps has some kind of problem and Stewart easily goes by.
As the checkered flag falls for the conclusion of the race, Ryan Villopoto has done it. He has won the 2013 Indianapolis Supercross! Ryan Dungey is second, Davi Millsap third, James Stewart fourth (full results below).
Ryan Villopoto victorious Indy Supercross 2013
Ryan Villopoto says “I had to push. We’ve been pushing hard. Indy is a great event, …. sometimes the track gets a bit sketchy though. Ryan (Dungey) was pushing hard.”
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Tomorrow night at Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts, will be round 11 of the 2013 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series. And if you are anywhere near Indy, you need to be there!
In the premiere 450 class, it’s Ryan Villopoto leading Davi Millsaps by just two points, 202 to 200, with Ryan Dungey is third at 188. Those three right now look like the main competitors to take home the 2013 Championship.
In the 250 East class, the series leader is Wil Hahn. And here’s how the top four in that class shape up in points – Wil Hahn – 92, Dean Wilson – 87, Marvin Musquin – 78, Blake Wharton – 76. It looks now like one of those four riders will take the 250 East Championship.
It will all come down to the final race in Las Vegas, the first Saturday in May.
Before you keep reading, let’s look back at three things:
What do some of the top riders have to say this week coming into the Indy SX?
Series points leader Ryan Villopoto: “We’re in a good place coming into Indy. The track at Daytona was so tough – you just had to keep on your toes and be ready for anything. We didn’t expect to be back in the points lead this fast, but from here we will try to keep the wins coming. But we’ve been consistent and made it back to the top. The dirt is usually pretty good in Indy, but it depends on how the weather has been up there. I’m excited to have the red number plate back.”
Second in 450 points, Davi Millsaps says: Daytona was the worst race of the season so far, so I got that out of my way. Now it’s time to climb my way back up to the top. It’s supercross, it’s going to happen. Other guys had bad races and now I just got rid of mine.”
Third in the 450 points, Ryan Dungey says: It was a pretty rough track in Daytona. Luckily, we got my suspension dialed in after practice and my bike worked really well. I got off to a great start and was able to put myself in a good position early on. It feels great to get back up on the podium.”
How about Daytona 250 winner, (and his first win ever in AMA Supercross), two time World Motocross Champion Marvin Musquin? He’s coming into Indy with a lot of confidence: “Obviously I had a lot of fun riding the Daytona track. I knew everyone was going to be fast, so I stayed calm out front and tried to have fun. I am so happy to get this win and to also gain more confidence knowing that I was pulling away from them each lap.”
Wil Hahn is leading the 250 East series coming into Indy, he says “Indy’s a fun place to be at. It’s an awesome dome, and we’re back in a stadium. For me, it’s mainly a matter of continuing to have fun every race and to wear that red plate with pride. I was satisfied with a second last weekend. The Heat win really helped my confidence heading into the night, so that was cool. I got a fourth-place start in the Main and just tried to stay consistent and capitalize on any mistakes that were made in front of me. I wanted to win, but by the time I got into second, Marvin Musquin was gone. For sure, I want to win and stretch out that lead, but I have to be smart, too. The championship would be a huge deal for me, my family, the team, everyone. I’m going to do everything in my power to make it happen.”
Blake Wharton, who won last year at Indy in the 250 class: “Daytona was a gnarly track. It is always gnarly, technical, dark, shadowy with deep sand. It definitely wasn’t my best night. I was off for sure. If this can be my worst night and still be at least in the top five, that’s alright. It was just an average night for me. I didn’t get the starts I would have liked either. Next weekend is Indy and I won that last year, so that’s always good.”
Dean Wilson: “We are still very much in this championship. We’re only five points back with five rounds remaining. I have everything I need to win races and plan to do so. I’m excited to race this weekend. I’m really determined to get back on the box. I had a brilliant week, and I just need to put all the pieces together to make this weekend a successful one.”
Eli Tomac will be riding his last 450 SX race of the season. He says “Indy will be cool. It’s another place where I’ve never raced and it’s always fun to visit a new facility. This also is my last race on a 450 this Supercross season so I want to make the most of it. I’m ready to have some fun. Daytona was a good ride for me. It was a race where I finally felt like I rode to my abilities. Plus, the bike was set-up exactly how I like. It took some time to get comfortable on it but I totally felt that way in Florida. This is a tough deal at the top level. There are champions all around you every weekend. Nothing is easy, but I wouldn’t want it any other way.”
Stats and notes courtesy Feld Motorsports
450SX Class: Indianapolis Stats
* The first race was held on March 21, 1992, and Jeff Stanton won on a Honda
* There has not been a first-time winner in Indianapolis
* This will be the 22nd time the gate will drop for a 450SX Class race in Indianapolis
* This will be the fifth race at Lucas Oil Stadium; the previous races were held at the RCA Dome
* Indiana native Mike Larocco won the last 450SX Class race of his career in Indianapolis on a Honda
* LaRocco went 14 seasons from his first win to his last win
* Jeremy McGrath won three consecutive races in Indianapolis from 1993-1996, and Ryan Villopoto also won three consecutive races from 2010-2012. With a win this year, Villopoto can be the first rider to win four consecutive races in Indianapolis.
* McGrath holds the all-time win record in Indianapolis with six; Ricky Carmichael is in second place with four
* Carmichael and Chad Reed are the only two riders to win in both classes in Indianapolis
* Carmichael won in Indianapolis on three different brands: Kawasaki, Honda, and Suzuki
* After finishing sixth and 10th at the last two races, Davi Millsaps, who finished third in Indianapolis last year, has the opportunity to recapture the points lead with a win this weekend
* Justin Brayton earned his best finish of the season last year in Indianapolis with a second place
* After Indianapolis last year, Villopoto had a 54-point lead over Ryan Dungey
450 SX Class: Wins by Brand in Indianapolis, Honda: 8, last win 2004, Kawasaki: 6, last win 2012, Yamaha: 4, last win 2008 Suzuki: 3, last win 2009
250 SX Class: Indianapolis Stats
* First race was on March 21st, 1992, and Jimmy Button would win on a Yamaha.
* This will be the 22nd time the gate will drop in Indianapolis for an 250SX Class race
* Mickael Pichon and Davi Millsaps are the only riders to win in Indianapolis in consecutive seasons, can Blake Wharton join them?
* Wharton’s win last year was his first since 2009 and Suzuki’s first since race 11 of 2010
* Last year Darryn Durham, who is currently injured, earned his third podium of the season and had finished in the top-five in every race of the season
* Eventual 250SX Class Champion Justin Barcia lost his first race of the season in Indianapolis last year
* Last year in Indianapolis, 250SX Class riders Marvin Musquin and Cole Seely finished fifth and seventh, respectively
250 SX Class: Wins by brand, Yamaha: 6, last win 2011, Suzuki: 6, last win 2012, Kawasaki: 5, last win 2010, Honda: 4, last win 2008
250 SX Class: First-Time Winners in Indianapolis, Michael Brandes: 2000, Chad Reed: 2002, Josh Hansen: 2004, Davi Millsaps: 2005, Ryan Sipes: 2011
450 SX Class Laps Led: Ryan Villopoto: 82, Davi Millsaps: 37, James Stewart: 29, Justin Barcia: 20, Ryan Dungey: 19, Trey Canard: 7, Ken Roczen: 3, Mike Alessi: 2, Jake Weimer: 1
250SX Class Laps Led: Eli Tomac: 39, Wil Hahn: 30, Cole Seely: 21, Ken Roczen: 19, Marvin Musquin: 15, Dean Wilson: 15, Martin Davalos: 7, Jason Anderson: 4
Past Winners in Indianapolis
March 17, 2012: Ryan Villopoto
March 12, 2011: Ryan Villopoto
February 20, 2010: Ryan Villopoto
February 28, 2009: Chad Reed
March 1, 2008: Chad Reed
March 24, 2007: James Stewart
March 4, 2006: Ricky Carmichael
February 12, 2005: Ricky Carmichael
March 20, 2004: Mike LaRocco
March 1, 2003: Ricky Carmichael
February 9, 2002: David Muillemin
February 10, 2001: Ricky Carmichael
February 12, 2000: Jeremy McGrath
April 24, 1999: Ezra Lusk
February 14, 1998: Jeremy McGrath
February 15, 1997: Jeff Emig
March 30, 1996: Jeremy McGrath
March 18, 1995: Jeremy McGrath
March 9, 1994: Jeremy McGrath
April 24, 1993: Jeremy McGrath
March 21, 1992: Jeff Stanton
March 17, 2012: Blake Wharton
March 12, 2011: Ryan Sipes
February 20, 2010: Christophe Pourcel
February 28, 2009: Austin Stroupe
March 1, 2008: Trey Canard
March 24, 2007: Ryan Dungey
March 4, 2006: Davi Millsaps
February 12, 2005: Davi Millsaps
March 20, 2004: Josh Hansen
March 1, 2003: Branden Jesseman
February 9, 2002: Chad Reed
February 10, 2001: Travis Pastrana
February 12, 2000: Michael Brandes
April 24, 1999: Ernesto Fonseca
February 14, 1998: Ricky Carmichael
February 15, 1997: John Dowd
March 30, 1996: Mickael Pichon
March 18, 1995: Mickael Pichon
March 19, 1994: Ezra Lusk
April 24, 1993: Doug Henry
March 21, 1992: Jimmy Button
Here is Travis featured in a brand new ESPN NASCAR Commercial. It’s nice …
ESPN says about the new spot:
With worldwide fame as an action sports star, Travis Pastrana is one of the highest-profile rookies ever to compete in NASCAR. But in a new ESPN commercial, Pastrana’s humility comes through clearly.
After dabbling in NASCAR the past two years, Pastrana has given up action sports and made a fulltime transition to stock car racing for 2013, driving a Ford for Roush Fenway Racing.
Pastrana is featured in the latest round of ESPN’s “Names are Made Here” campaign to promote its season-long coverage of the NASCAR Nationwide Series, considered a breeding ground for future stars of the top-level NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The commercial will begin airing across ESPN platforms on March 18 in advance of ESPN’s telecast of the Nationwide Series race at Fontana, Calif., on March 23.
“I’ve worked with ESPN in the past through my X Games exploits,” Pastrana said. “It’s always a lot of fun and I’m honored to have a commercial in NASCAR. Hopefully this will be the start of a successful NASCAR career.”
The new spot shows Pastrana in action doing a double flip on a motorcycle at the X Games, performing a jump across a body of water in a car and parachuting from an airplane, then switches to scenes of him racing in NASCAR.
“I have 10 world records,” Pastrana says in voiceover. “I have fans all over the world. I even had my own TV show. But here, my name doesn’t mean anything.
Wieden + Kennedy New York is the creative agency for the campaign.