Race Report: Oakland SX 2012

Clear skies and brisk weather welcomed the Supercross fans for the fourth round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross held at the O.co Stadium in Oakland, California. The 2012 season may only be a month into the series, but the excitement continues to travel and build going into the next round. Heading into Oakland, Geico Honda’s Eli Tomac was newly awarded with the coveted red backgrounds and points lead, while Ryan Dungey continued to lead the 450 class. Things would soon change by the end of the night. In the Lites class, Tomac had an easy win as he crossed the finish line with many seconds between himself and second place finisher, Marvin Musquin. The win for Eli marked his second win this year, and he also gained 15 points on Dean Wilson. In the 450 class, JGR’s James Stewart took his first victory of the season, while Chad Reed and Ryan Dungey are now tied for the points lead.

Lites Qualifying

When the gates dropped for heat one of the Lites class, Martin Davalos jumped out front on his Rockstar Suzuki, and he led the pack into the first turn. As the Suzuki rider navigated around the track, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasak’s Dean Wilson stayed on Davalos’ rear wheel. Not far behind were Max Anstie and Michael Leib. For the next couple of laps, Wilson searched high and low for a line to get around Davalos, and the Kawi rider was able to get it done not long after. Tyla Rattray had a severe crash, and he was unable to move right before the face of a triple. This caused the riders to slow down, and a fast charging Zach Osborne was able to make his way up to third place on the final lap. As the three riders made it around the numerous yellow flags to protect Rattray, Osborne was able to dive on the inside of Davalos with one turn left. Wilson took the win in heat one, followed by Osborne and Davalos.

Heat One Results

1. Dean Wilson (Kaw)

2. Zach Osborne (Yam)

3. Martin Davals (Suz)

4. Max Anstie (Hon)

5. Michael Leib (Hon)

6. Ryan Sipes (Yam)

7. Killy Rusk (Hon)

8. Matt Moss (KTM)

9. Topher Ingalls (Hon)

Blasting out of the gate on his privateer Honda and taking the holeshot was Billy Laninovich. Keeping close to him was Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda’s Cole Seely. As the riders rounded the track for the first time, Laninovich continued to lead the 19 riders, but when he approached the whoop section, Seely was able to blitz right by him. Eli Tomac had a mid-pack start, but at the halfway point, he was quickly moving through the pack. On the final lap, Tomac had worked his way into second, and the gap on Seely was significantly closing on each turn. However, Seely was able to maintain his lead, and he soared across the finish line in first.

Heat Two Results

1. Cole Seely (Hon)

2. Eli Tomac (Hon)

3. Billy Laninovich (Hon)

4. Marvin Musquin (KTM)

5. Gavin Faith (Hon)

6. Nico Izzi (Yam)

7. Vince Friese (Hon)

8. Gareth Swanepoel (Yam)

9. Travis Baker (Hon)

Lites LCQ

A crash on the start of heat two left Rockstar Suzuki’s Jason Anderson in dead last, and by the end of the moto, he missed the final transfer spot by one position. Consequently, he was forced into the LCQ, but he came out strong out the gate and grabbed the holeshot ahead of Ryan Marmont. Anderson pulled away with each lap, but a tip over in a corner let the field of riders catch back up. Anderson kept the bike going and was able to still take the win in the LCQ, and JDR’s Marmont took the final trasfer spot into the main.

1. Jason Anderson (Suz)

2. Ryan Marmont (KTM)

Lites Main Event

When the 30-second board was raised to the sky, the Lites class revved up their engines as they watched the display board countdown. When the timer hit zero, Martin Davalos rocketed out front on his Rockstar Suzuki and took the Nuclear Cowboyz Holeshot Award. As the riders crossed the track for the first time, Davalos, Dean Wilson, Eli Tomac, and Cole Seely rounded out the top four. Just as the riders were about approach the first triple on the track, Wilson got squirrely through a short rhythm before it, and he was ejected off of his bike. Right after the triple, Seely was also lying on the ground. Both riders remounted, but they were at the back of the pack. The two separate crashes let Tomac and Osborne advance into second and third, respectively. Tomac quickly caught up to Davalos, and he worked his way around the Suzuki rider. As the riders entered one of the rhythm sections on the track, Davalos appeared to have some problems, and he lost another position to Osborne. After six laps, the top five riders were Tomac, Osborne, Davalos, Moss, and Jason Anderson.

Anderson was on a charge, and by the halfway mark, he found himself in second place. He continued to put in some fast laps, but lost a position to Osborne while they were going through a section with a bunch of yellow flags waving. As he tried to catch back up to Osborne, he crashed exiting the whoops. This let Marvin Musquin go by, and the Red Bull KTM rider quickly started to close the gap on Osborne. With a couple laps to go before the end of the race, Musquin was able to push his way into second, but by that time, Tomac had increased his gap to about 10 seconds. The Geico Honda rider took the win inside the O.co Stadium, while Musquin and Osborne rounded off the podium.

Overall
1. Eli Tomac
2. Marvin Musquin
3. Zach Osborne
4. Ryan Sipes
5. Matt Moss
6. Travis Baker
7. Nico Izzi
8. Max Anstie
9. Martin Davalos
10. Dean Wilson
11. Cole Seely
12. Jason Anderson
13. Billy Laninovich
14. Gavin Faith
15. Gareth Swanepoel
16. Michael Leib
17. Vince Friese
18. Killy Rusk
19. Ryan Marmont
20. Topher Ingalls
250 Class West Coast Championship Standings (After 4 of 7 rounds)

1. Eli Tomac (88pts/2 wins)
2. Dean Wilson (73pts/1win)
3. Zach Osborne (67pts)
4. Marvin Musquin (64pts)
5. Tyla Rattray (60pts)
6. Cole Seely (57pts/1 win)
7. Jason Anderson (53pts)
8. Nico Izzi (46pts)
9. Max Anstie (45pts)
10. Ryan Sipes (43pts)

Top Lap Times
1. Eli Tomac 54.524
2. Martin Davalos 54.816
3. Marvin Musquin 55.138
4. Jason Anderson 55.213
5. Ryan Sipes 55.511

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