Race Report: Indianapolis SX 2012

By Brendan Lutes
Photos by Chris Kinman
The 10th round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series concluded tonight inside Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana, with Monster Energy Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto taking home his third consecutive win in Indy and his sixth win of the season. With the victory, Villopoto also extended his points lead. As for his main competition, last week's winner JGR/Toyota/Yamaha's James Stewart crashed out of contention in his heat race.
In the Lites class, Rockstar Suzuki's Blake Wharton managed to stop Geico Honda's Justin Barcia from taking home his fifth win in a row. For Wharton, the win came in a wild main event that saw a red flag wave followed by the first-ever staggered start. The win marked Wharton's second career Lites class victory.

SUPERCROSS LITES HEAT 1
The holeshot of the first race of the night went to Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Darryn Durham followed by Babbits/Monster Energy/Kawasaki's Tyler Bowers and MotoConcept's Jake Canada. As the laps continued, Durham began to open up a comfortable lead while Canada managed to work his way around Bowers to take over second. Meanwhile, Red Bull KTM's Ken Roczen was busy working his way up towards the front and on the third lap managed to work his way around both Bowers and Canada. From there, Roczen set his sights on Durham up front.
With two laps remaining, Roczen began to pressure Durham for first, diving inside and out in an attempt to make a pass stick. On the last lap, Roczen made a pass on Durham, but was quickly re-passed by the Kawasaki rider one turn later. From there, Durham held onto the lead, taking the win ahead of the German racer. Finishing third was Canada followed by Bowers and Kawasaki-mounted Sean Rife.

Results:
1. Darryn Durham (Kaw)
2. Ken Roczen (KTM)
3. Jake Canada (Hon)
4. Tyler Bowers (Kaw)
5. Sean Rife (Kaw)
6. Blake Baggett (Kaw)
7. A Pellegrini (Suz)
8. Kyle Cunningham (Yam)
9. Kyle Peters (Yam)

SUPERCROSS LITES HEAT 2
The holeshot for heat two went to Rockstar Suzuki's Blake Wharton followed by Geico Honda teammates Justin Barcia, Justin Bogle, and JDR/J-Star/KTM's Malcolm Stewart. Unfortunately, though, Stewart went down dropping back to last before pulling off on the first lap. On the second lap, Barcia muscled his way around Wharton to take over the lead. After that, Barcia began to open up a slight lead while Bogle started to pressure Wharton for second.
On the final lap things settled down as Barcia motored away for the win followed by Wharton and Bogleā€”the top there were way out front from fourth. When the checkered flag waved, Barcia took the win followed by Wharton, Bogle, and Lemoine.

Results:
1. Justin Barcia (Hon)
2. Blake Wharton (Suz)
3. Justin Bogle (Hon)
4. Matt Lemoine (Kaw)
5. Les Smith (KTM)
6. Alex Martin (Hon)
7. Sean Sewell (KTM)
8. Brad Ripple (Hon)
9. PJ Larsen (KTM)

SUPERCROSS LITES LCQ
The holeshot went to MotoConcept's Tommy Weeck followed by KTM-mounted Kelly Smith. As the laps continued, Weeck held onto the lead with Smith in second. Behind the top, two, JDR/J-Star/KTM's Malcolm Stewart was making a valiant charge up to the front.
With one lap to go, Stewart had worked his way up to second and did everything he could to pass Smith for the final transfer position. In the second to last turn, though, Stewart went down while attempting to make a pass. Weeck took the win followed by Smith in second.

Results:
1. Tommy Weeck (Hon)
2. Kelly Smith (KTM)

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SUPERCROSS LITES MAIN EVENT
The holeshot of the Lites main event went to Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Blake Baggett followed by Red Bull KTM's Ken Roczen, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Darryn Durham, and Rockstar Suzuki's Blake Wharton. As for Geico Honda's Justin Barcia, he suffered a horrible start and was buried back just outside the top-10. A few laps later, Roczen took over the lead, dropping Baggett back to second. Behind them, Wharton managed to move into third past Durham while Barcia did his best to catch up to the leaders.
Only a few laps into the main, Barcia went down in a turn, losing his front end and valuable positions. He remounted, but was well behind the leaders after finally getting back on his bike. Up front, Baggett began to pressure Roczen for the lead while Wharton held close to the top-two. Shortly after this, however, a red flag came out, stopping the race due to VMS/Star Racing/Yamaha's Kyle Cunningham going down hard following the whoop section.
The race was restarted using a new staggered start so the riders could rejoin the race in their previous positions. With things tightened back up, the race began where it left off, but Wharton and Durham both quickly passed Baggett to take over second and third respectively, moving Baggett back to fourth. A few laps later, Roczen went down in the turn heading onto the start straight, handing the lead over to Wharton with Durham second and Barcia in third. Barcia had worked hard to get up to third and was holding strong over Baggett in fourth.
With two laps to go, Wharton held onto a comfortable lead with Barcia closing on Durham for second. When the checkered flag came out, though, Wharton took his first win of the season while Barcia couldn't catch Durham for second. The finishing order was Wharton, Durham, and Barcia.

Overall
1. Blake Wharton (Suz)
2. Darryn Durham (Kaw)
3. Justin Barcia (Hon)
4. Blake Baggett (Kaw)
5. Jake Canada (Hon)
6. Justin Bogle (Hon)
7. Matt Lemoine (Kaw)
8. Tyler Bowers (Kaw)
9. Les Smith (KTM)
10. Sean Rife (Hon)
11. Austin Pellegrini
12. Kyle Peters (Yam)
13. S. Sewell (KTM)
14. PJ Larsen (Suz)
15. Alex Martin (Hon)
16. Tommy Weeck (Hon)
17. Kelly Smith (KTM)
18. Brad Ripple (Hon)
19. Ken Roczen (KTM)
20. Kyle Cunningham (Yam)
250 Class East Coast Championship Standings (After 5 of 9 rounds)
1. Justin Barcia (120/4 wins)
2. Darryn Durham (98)
3. Blake Wharton (97/1 win)
4. Blake Baggett (80)
5. Ken Roczen (80)
6. Jake Canada (72)
7. Justin Bogle (61)
8. Kyle Cunningham (43)
9. Malcolm Stewart (42)
10. P.J. Larsen (38)

Top Lap Times
1. Justin Barcia 52.465
2. Darryn Durham 52.557
3. Blake Wharton 52.715
4. Ken Roczen 52.873
5. Blake Baggett 53.197

SUPERCROSS HEAT 1
When the pack thundered into the first turn, Yoshimura/Suzuki's Brett Metcalfe, BTOsports.com/Suzuki's Matt Goerke, and Muscle Milk Honda's Cole Seely. As for JGR/Toyota/Yamaha's James Stewart, he went down hard in a huge pile up in the first rhythm section along with Geico Honda's Kevin Windham.
As the race continued, Seely began to pressure Metcalfe for the lead while Goerke held down third, followed by Kawasaki privateer Justin Sipes. With three laps remaining, Seely went down in a bowl turn and rejoined the race out of qualifying position. Within one lap, though, Seely was back up to ninth. Up front, Metcalfe continued to hold down a very comfortable lead over Goerke, Sipes, and Nico Izzi. In the end, Metcalfe took the win followed by Goerke, Sipes, Izzi, and Tickle.

Results:
1. Brett Metcalfe (Suz)
2. Matt Goerke (Suz)
3. Justin Sipes (Kaw)
4. Nico Izzi (Yam)
5. Broc Tickle (Kaw)
6. Marvin Musquin (KTM)
7. Weston Peick (Kaw)
8. Cole Seely (Hon)
9. Ryan Clark (Kaw)

SUPERCROSS HEAT 2
Entering the first turn in the lead for the second heat was Muscle Milk Honda's Justin Brayton followed by MotoConcepts' Mike Alessi and Monster Energy Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto. Just after the completion of the first lap, Villopoto took over second, and from there, quickly moved up to the rear fender of Brayton. On lap three, though, Villopoto lost the front end in a turn and almost lost second to Millsaps, but got un in time to still remain in second.
As the laps continued, Brayton held onto a comfortable lead over Villopoto, Millsaps, Alessi, and JWR/DNA/Kawasaki's Kyle Chisholm. In spite of his best efforts, though, RV couldn't catch Brayton before the checkered flag flew. When the race concluded, Brayton took his first heat race win of the year. Villopoto finished second, Millsaps, third, Alessi fourth, and Chisholm fifth.

Results:
1. Justin Brayton (Hon)
2. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
3. Davi Millsaps (Yam)
4. Mike Alessi (Suz)
5. Kyle Chisholm (Kaw)
6. Gavin Faith (Hon)
7. Jeff Alessi (Suz)
8. Bobby Kiniry (Yam)
9. Josh Grant (Kaw)

SUPERCROSS LCQ
The start of this race saw Kyle Regal take the holeshot followed by Jimmy Albertson and Kevin Windham. Before the first lap was over, Windham took over second and one lap later, made his way around Regal to move into first, pushing Regal back to second. When the checkered flag flew, K-Dub took an uncontested win followed by Regal and Albertson.

Results:
1. Kevin Windham (Hon)
2. Kyle Regal (Kaw)

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SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT
When the pack rounded the first turn for the final race of the night, MotoConcept's Mike Alessi rounded the first turn in the lead followed by Muscle Milk Honda's Justin Brayton, Red Bull KTM's Marvin Musquin, Brett Metcalfe, and Ryan Villopoto. As the laps continued, Villopoto began to make up time on the leaders, moving up to fourth on the second lap. Up front, Alessi continued to lead with Brayton comfortable in second and Metcalfe third.
On the fifth lap, Brayton managed to dive inside of Alessi to take over the lead. Alessi fell back into second with Metcalfe third and Villopoto fourth. One lap later, Metcalfe managed to get around him and shortly after Villopoto moved past Alessi to take over third. On the seventh lap, Villopoto began to pressure Metcalfe for second, and the two began a great battle that then allowed Brayton to slightly open up his lead.
On the 10th lap, Villopoto finally managed to make a pass stick on Metcalfe and he quickly began to set his sights on Brayton up front. On lap 13, Villopoto made his way to the rear fender of Brayton and was doing all he could to get around the Honda rider. A lap later and lappers began to come into play, as Brayton and Villopoto struggled slightly to get around them. On lap 15, Villopoto made a clean pass on Brayton to take the lead. A few turns later, Brayton made a brief bid to retake the lead, but it didn't work. From there, Villopoto managed to take home his sixth win of the season and his third in a row in Indy. Brayton took second with JGR/Toyota/Yamaha’s Davi Millsaps third after a late-race pass to secure the final podium position.

Overall
1. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
2. Justin Brayton (Hon)
3. Davi Millsaps (Yam)
4. Brett Metcalfe (Suz)
5. Cole Seely (Hon)
6. Mike Alessi (Suz)
7. Marvin Musquin (KTM)
8. Broc Tickle (Kaw)
9. Weston Peick (Kaw)
10. Nico Izzi (Yam)
11. Josh Grant (Kaw)
12. Justin Sipes (Kaw)
13. Bobby Kiniry (Yam)
14. Matt Goerke (Suz)
15. Jeff Alessi (Suz)
16. Kyle Regal (Kaw)
17. Ryan Clark (Kaw)
18. Kevin Windham (Hon)
19. Gavin Faith (Hon)
20. Kyle Chisholm (Kaw)
450 Class Championship Standings (After 11 of 17 rounds)
1. Ryan Villopoto (246pts/6 wins)
2. Ryan Dungey (192/2 wins)
3. James Stewart (177/2 wins)
4. Davi Millsaps (151)
5. Kevin Windham (151)
6. Justin Brayton (143)
7. Brett Metcalfe (142)
8. Jake Weimer (134)
8. Chad Reed (128/1 win)
10. Mike Alessi (128)

Top Lap Times
1. Ryan Villopoto 52.345
2. Justin Brayton 52.511
3. Brett Metcalfe 52.613
4. Davi Millsaps 52.821
5. Kevin Windham 52.999