Anaheim Part Deux: Villopoto And Tomac Rule Second Stop In SoCal

The ebb and flow of the 2013 Monster Energy Supercross season is starting to set in, as the riders on the tour began to settle into their programs. While Eli Tomac’s clinics in the 250 class are becoming predictable, the fact that we have seen three different winners in the 450 class has everyone guessing on what can happen next. The second visit to Angels Stadium of Anaheim only further proved how random this year will be, as one saw the emergence of two title contenders, the injury of another, and uncharacteristic finishes of two more.

250 West Coast Supercross Class

250 Heat One

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Martin jumped out to the early lead by claiming the holeshot of the night’s first race, while Rockstar Energy Racing’s Ryan Sipes was closely in tow. The two riders would exchange numerous passes over the course of the six laps, starting with Sipes’ first strike on the opening lap, Davalos retaliation throughout the midway point of the dash, and finally, Sipes’ drag race win down the start straight. The two-rider battle allowed Sipes’ teammate, Jason Anderson, to reel both in, and on the final lap, he would overtake Davalos for second place.

1. Ryan Sipes
2. Jason Anderson
3. Martin Davalos
4. Michael Leib
5. Max Anstie
6. Travis Baker
7. Christian Criag
8. Kyle Cunningham
9. Dillan Epstein

250 Heat Two

Jessy Nelson blasted out of the gate aboard his Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda and ushered the competition into the first turn. Nelson has become known for starting prowess, but it would not be enough to keep Ken Roczen at bay. The Red Bull KTM rider stole the lead from the rookie in the second turn and controlled the pack for the rest of the dash. Nelson’s issues would continue, as he would falter and crash in one of the track’s many rhythm sections and drop to 15th. Roczen taking control of the heat race in the early moments would pay off because the gap he established was too much for Geico Honda’s Eli Tomac to close in only a handful of laps.

1. Ken Roczen
2. Eli Tomac
3. Zach Osborne
4. Jake Canada
5. Cole Seely
6. Tyla Rattray
7. Joey Savatgy
8. Dakota Tedder
9. Scott Champion

250 LCQ

Jessy Nelson once again hustled his way into the first turn at the front of the field, with Malcolm Stewart this time giving chase. Both riders were well within qualifying position in the night’s second heat race before a crash for Nelson and what appeared to be a mechanical issue for Stewart forced them into the LCQ, but transferring into the main event was an easier task the second time around. After settling into their positions on the first lap, Nelson and Stewart would finish 1-2.

1. Jessy Nelson
2. Malcolm Stewart

250 West Coast Supercross Main Event

Cole Seely proved that the TLD bikes are capable in any hands, and he grabbed the holeshot in a very packed 250 main event over Roczen, Valli Yamaha’s Travis Baker, and Eli Tomac. Baker would ultimately drop back, and the three riders chosen by many to win the West Coast title were fighting a close battle with an open track. Despite the pressure from second and third, Seely rode a composed and steady race for the first two-thirds of the main. He fended off Roczen, who was the fastest of the three through the whoops and was running a creative line over the double that followed.

Just when a pass for the lead by Roczen seemed imminent, Tomac wicked up his own pace, blew by the KTM, and set his eyes on Seely. Part of Tomac’s speedy pursuit came down the start straight; Roczen and Seely squared off the left hand turn that laid before, then wheelied out and down the flat section, while Tomac swept wide and kept the throttle pinned. He would make his pass for the lead on Seely in the following turn and then built another commanding lead. Roczen capitalized on Seely’s time spent searching for alternate lines and reclaimed second place, but would not have enough speed or time to close on Tomac. The three riders would once again make up the podium, in the same order as Anaheim One.

1. Eli Tomac
2. Ken Roczen
3. Cole Seely
4. Zach Osborne
5. Jake Canada
6. Christian Craig
7. Jason Anderson
8. Tyla Rattray
9. Kyle Cunningham
10. Jessy Nelson
11. Malcolm Stewart
12. Martin Davalos
13. Travis Baker
14. Dakota Tedder
15. Scott Champion
16. Dillan Epstein
17. Max Anstie
18. Joey Savatgy
19. Ryan Sipes
20. Michael Leib
250 Class Championship Points Standings (After 3 of 9 rounds)
1. Eli Tomac (75pts/3 Wins)
2. Ken Roczen (66)
3. Cole Seely (58)
4. Zach Osborne (47)
5. Christian Craig (35)
6. Tyla Rattray (35)
7. Kyle Cunningham (35)
8. Jason Anderson (32)
9. Ryan Sipes (31)
10. Martin Davalos (30)