KTM Earns First Supercross Class Victory Ever Last Weekend in Phoenix
AURORA, Ill. (January 16, 2012) – As Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, returns to Dodger Stadium this Saturday night, Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey and Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto are deadlocked in the Supercross Class points race at 45.
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Last weekend at Phoenix Dungey captured his first win of the season and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson lay claim to the Supercross Lites Class victory.
Dungey grabbed the Nuclear Cowboyz® Holeshot and checked out on the field. Behind him, Toyota/Yamaha/JGRMX’s Davi Millsaps, of Murrieta, Calif., and Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto, of Poulsbo, Wash., assumed their spots at the front of the field, with both TwoTwo Motorsports/Bel-Ray Honda’s Chad Reed, of Dade City, Fla., and Toyota/Muscle Milk/JGRMX’s James Stewart, of Haines City, Fla., mired in the field following mid-pack starts.
The wild action of the night began when Millsaps went down in the track’s sand section on the opening lap, collecting Villopoto and relegating both riders to the tail end of the field. Villopoto’s misfortune allowed both Reed and Stewart to move forward, crossing the line 8th and 13th, respectively.
From there, Reed, Stewart, and Villopoto began climbing their way through the field, with Reed and Stewart doing so together. Just as Stewart made his way past Reed in his continued forward progression, he went down in the same section as Villopoto on Lap 7, falling outside the top 10. Villopoto eventually made his way around Reed and set his sights on the top five, slowly picking his way through the field and bringing the crowd to its feet.
In the end, Dungey took the checkers by over six seconds for his second Supercross Class win in Phoenix.
“This was a big step in the right direction for KTM,” said Dungey. “They’ve been behind me the whole way and believed in me. We’ve come a long way since the off-season, but there’s still a lot of racing to go. I got off to a great start and (moved) into the lead early, which made it nice on myself. If it wasn’t for all these people (at KTM) working their butts off every week, this wouldn’t happen, so I owe this all to them.”
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer, of Rupert, Idaho, finished second for his first career Supercross Class podium, while Villopoto passed most of the field and fought his way into third to salvage his points lead.
“It was a tough night,” said Villopoto. “Davi (Millsaps) went down in front of me in the sand and I went right into him. It happened on first lap, and when that happens, you have your work cut out (for you). There’s 20 laps to do it, so you’ve got to make quick work of it. The bike was working great though. I salvaged a lot of points tonight, so it was good.”
Reed brought home a fifth-place finish, while Stewart soldiered on to finish eighth. Dungey and Villopoto currently have a share of the points lead, and both will adorn their bikes with the red number plate next weekend, signifying the current rider in control of the championship.
In the Supercross Lites Class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Tyla Rattray, of Wildomar, Calif., captured the Nuclear Cowboyz® Holeshot, but Wilson worked his way into the lead on the exit of the second corner. Once out front, Wilson continued to pull away from his competitors and rebound from a sixth-place effort one week ago.
“This feels great,” exclaimed Wilson. “Last weekend just wasn’t me. I think I was too confident coming in. It just means so much to get this win. The track was really slippery and required a lot of throttle control. This class is unbelievable and it’s not going to be easy (to win), but I want to be in the championship and I’m going to try my best.”
Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin, of Murrieta, Calif., garnered his first career Monster Energy Supercross podium in second, while Rattray held on for third, moving into the Western Regional Supercross Lites Class championship points lead.
Last year at the inaugural Supercross race at Dodger Stadium, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto took home his second Supercross class victory of the season. Cole Seely of Corona, Calif., took home his first career Western Regional Supercross Class Lites victory.
This will be the second time the gates will drop for a supercross race at Dodger Stadium.
CBS will broadcast the Supercross class race at 12:00pm EST on Sunday January 22, 2012.
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Supercross Class Results: Phoenix
1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM
2. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki
3. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki
4. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda
5. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Honda
6. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda
7. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda
8. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha
9. Brett Metcalfe, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Suzuki
10. Josh Hansen, Elbert, Colo., Kawasaki
Supercross Class Season Standings
1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM – 45
2. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki – 45
3. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Honda – 38
4. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki – 38
5. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda – 31
6. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda – 29
7. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha – 28
8. Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., Honda – 25
9. Josh Hansen, Elbert, Colo., Kawasaki – 22
10. Brett Metcalfe, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Suzuki – 22
Western Regional Supercross Lites Class Results: Phoenix
1. Dean Wilson, Menifee, Calif., Kawasaki
2. Marvin Musquin, Murrieta, Calif., KTM
3. Tyla Rattray, Wildomar, Calif., Kawasaki
4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda
5. Cole Seely, Murrieta, Calif., Honda
6. Zach Osborne, Chesterfield, S.C., Yamaha
7. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Suzuki
8. Nico Izzi, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha
9. Max Anstie, Hemet, Calif., Honda
10. Travis Baker, Temecula, Calif., Honda
Western Regional Supercross Lites Class Season Standings
1. Tyla Rattray, Wildomar, Calif., Kawasaki – 42
2. Cole Seely, Murrieta, Calif., Honda – 41
3. Dean Wilson, Menifee, Calif., Kawasaki – 40
4. Marvin Musquin, Murrieta, Calif., KTM – 40
5. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda – 38
6. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Suzuki – 28
7. Zach Osborne, Chesterfield, S.C., Yamaha – 27
8. Travis Baker, Temecula, Calif., Honda – 22
9. Nico Izzi, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha – 22
10. Max Anstie, Hemet, Calif., Honda – 17
Past Winners in Los Angeles
January 22, 2011: Ryan Villopoto
Supercross Lites Class
January 22, 2011: Cole Seely
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