Ryan Villopoto wins Indianapolis Supercross! Ryan Dungey second. Those two are tied for the points lead as the series continues racing next weekend in Atlanta! Christophe Pourcel wins opening round of 250 East Supercross!
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Lucas Oil Stadium
It is cold and snowy outside, but inside the Lucas Oil Stadium it is perfect! And the Lucas Oil Stadium is a tremendous, new, high tech stadium. Trey Canard will be racing in the 450 class today for Red Bull Honda.
In 450 timed practice, the top guys are all running in the 51 second lap times. The top five: Windham, Millsaps, Dungey, Villopoto, and Justin Brayton. In the 250 East class the top qualifiers were defending champion Christophe Pourcel, followed by Austin Stroupe, Ryan Sipes, and Justin Barcia.
It’s not only the first east coast race, which will see a lot of riders riding for the first time this season, but it’s also the very first professional supercross for some riders, for example, Justin Barcia & Dean Wilson, among others – it’s their very first professional supercross race as well!
7:32: The first 250 East Supercross race of the season takes off! And the leader is ….. Nico Izzi number 341 on a Yamaha. Right behind him is number 17 Justin Barcia. Lots of action – Izzi goes down … after four laps we have Austin Stroupe in the lead, he’s followed by James DeCotis, and then Justin Barcia.
At the end of this six lap qualifying heat, it’s Austin Stroupe winning, Justin Barcia second, and James DeCotis third.
Next is the second 250 East qualifying heat – at the end of the first lap it’s Martin Davalos number 577 on a Yamaha leading. The first corner could be a little problematic – both of these first two races produced falls in the first corner.
Things have settled, and guess who’s in the lead? The number 1 red plated defending East Champion – Christophe Pourcel! Next is Davalos, and he’s chased by Kyle Regal.
At the finish of this race, it’s Christophe Pourcel winning easily. Second is Ryan Sipes numbe 46 on a Yamaha, and third is Kyle Regal.
Time for the first qualifying heat of the 450 Supercross class. There is a crash in the first corner, both Davi Millsaps and Ryan Villopoto are involved. Millsaps remounts, near last, Villopoto gets on the bike and heads straight back to the pits – looks like he’s saving it for the LCQ. Meanwhile, up front – Josh Hill! These 450 Supercross qualifying heats are eight laps. At the halfway point, it’s Josh Hill leading, Matt Boni is next, and he’s being chased by Nick Wey.
At the finish, it’s Josh Hill with the win! Second belongs to Matt Boni, with Nick Wey third. Jason Lawrence was sixth, Millsaps eighth, Trey Canard ninth.
450 Qualifying Heat 2 – this race has another crash in the first corner … but the leader is Kevin Windham! Ryan Dungey is second, followed by Justin Brayton. Kevin Windham looks great in the entire race – he wins! Ryan Dungey is second, Justin Brayton third.
In the 450 LCQ, all eyes are on Ryan Villopoto. He started back around seventh. Not good enough to make the main, as only the top two riders make it to the main event! Jason Thomas number 62 is leading, …. but Villopoto looks to be finally getting the hang off the track, and he’s starting to pick off riders. By the end of the fifth lap, Villopoto has really gained momentum, and just moved past Thomas and into the lead! Ryan Villopoto wins the LCQ, Jason Thomas is second, and they both transfer to the main event.
250 East Main Event, 15 laps. The start has defending AMA East Regional Supercross Champion Christophe Pourcel with the lead! Second is Justin Barcia, then Austin Stroupe, Ryan Sipes, and Brett Metcalfe. On lap four, Barcia goes down. At the completion now of four laps – Pourcel is first, Stroupe is second, Sipes third, Barcia remounts in fourth, and Metcalfe is fifth. Dean Wilson is sixth.
At the ten lap mark, it’s Chris Pourcel way out in front, second is Austin Stroupe, third is Ryan Sipes, Barcia still fourth, Metcalfe fifth, and Dean Wilson chasing in sixth.
At the checkered flag, it’s Christophe Pourcel first! Austin Stroupe is second! Two corners before the finish, Barcia passes Sipes for third, making it Barcia on the box, and Sipes fourth. Brett Metcalfe is fifth, Dean Wilson is sixth.
20 lap 450 Main Event takes off – Davi Millsaps with the early lead! He and Kevin Windham are battling .. and Ryan Villopoto is in third! Ryan Dungey is next, following by Grant Langston. Josh Hill is in 11th.
As they start lap six, Windham is leading, Villopoto is charging in second, closing up on Winhdam! Millsaps is a close third, following by Dungey! The top four are starting to pull away! On lap seven, on the sweeping left hand start corner, Dungey moves past Millsaps! It’s now Windham leading, Villopoto a few bikes lengths behind, Dungey one second behind, Millsaps starting to drop back. Justin Brayton is fifth. Josh Hill is 10th.
On lap nine, Villopoto moves right up side by side with Windham! Dungey is right behind in third! The top three are close! At the halfway point, Windham leads Villopoto by one bike length! And Dungey is just a couple of bike lengths behind Villopoto! Something is going to happen here!
On the start of lap 12 – Villopoto squeezes past Windham and into the lead! Villopoto is already starting to pull out a quick lead. Now you have Windham and Dungey battling for the runner up position! In the same spot Villopoto passed Windham, now Dungey goes past Windham!
The running order on lap 15 – Villopoto nicely out front, Dungey is a comfortable second, Windham in comfortable in third, Millsaps is fourth, Justin Brayton fifth. Josh Hill is 10th.
Ryan Villopoto and Ryan Dungey are now tied in the 450 Supercross point standings, as the series heads to the Georgia Dome next weekend for Round 8 of the 2010 AMA / FIM Supercross Series!
Click on thumbnail to view larger image. Photos by Angela Hall. Ryan Villopoto number 2 winning the 450 Supercross Main Event, 450 podium with L – R Ryan Dungey, Ryan Villopoto, and Kevin Windham, 250 podium L – R Austin Stroupe, Chris Pourcel, and Justin Barcia, number 1 Christophe Pourcel winning the 250 Main Event, 24 is Brett Metcalfe, two shots of the red number 1 – Christophe Pourcel, 38 is Trey Canard in his first 450 Supercross race tonight, 18 is Davi Millsaps, 108 is Pro Circuit rookie Dean Wilson, two shots in a row of Ryan Dungey, number 8 is Grant Langston, 75 is Josh Hill, 75 Hill talks with 338 Jason Lawrence, inside the ultra modern Lucas Oil Stadium, number 17 is Justin Barcia, 23 is Justin Brayton, 14 is Kevin Windham, then Windham practicing a start, 8 is Grant Langston, two shots in a row of Jason Lawrence 338, 18 is Davi Millsaps, part of the outside of the stadium, three shots in a row of number 2 – Ryan Villopoto, 122 is Daniel Reardon, 46 is Ryan Sipes, 45 is Austin Stroupe, next is number 10 Thomas Hahn, two shots of number 9 Ivan Tedesco, two shots of the entire track, Trey Canard, and four shots of number 2 Ryan Villopoto.
Facts & stats courtesy Feld Motor Sports:
AMA Supercross Class Titles by Brand: Honda: 15 (1982, ’83, ’84, ’86, ’88, ’89, ’90, ’91, ’92, ’93, ’94, ’95, ’96, ’02, ’03), Yamaha: 11 (1974, ’77, ’78, ’79, ’80, ’98, ’99, ’00, ’04, ’08, ’09), Kawasaki: 6 (1976, ’85, ’87, ’97, ’01, ’07), Suzuki: 3 (1981, ’05, ’06), Can-Am: 1 (1975)
AMA Supercross Class Wins by Brand: Honda: 192 (First win 1976), Yamaha: 161 (First win 1974), Kawasaki: 95 (First win 1976), Suzuki: 53 (First win 1976), Can-Am: 7 (First win 1974), CZ: 2 (First win 1974)
AMA Supercross Class Champions: Jeremy McGrath: 7 (’93, ’94, ’95, ’96, ’98, ’99, ’00), Ricky Carmichael: 5 (’01, ’02, ’03, ’05, ’06), Bob Hannah: 3 (’77, ’78, ’79), Jeff Stanton: 3 (’89, ’90, ’92), Jeff Ward: 2 (’85, ’87), Chad Reed: 2 (’04, ’08), James Stewart: 2 (’07, ’09), Rick Johnson: 2 (’86, ’88), Jim Ellis: 1 (’75), Jim Weinert: 1 (’76), Mike Bell: 1 (’80), Mark Barnett: 1 (’81), Donnie Hansen: 1 (’82), David Bailey: 1 (’83), Johnny O’Mara: 1 (’84), J. M. Bayle: 1 (’91), Jeff Emig: 1 (’97)