Race Report – San Francisco

LITES QUALIFYING

words by BayoDome

photos by Kinman

Lites Heat 1
Ryan Morais on the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/ Kawasaki grabbed the holeshot but was quickly taken over by Muscle Milk/MDK/KTM's Justin Brayton. A good battle ensued through the first few laps with the two leaders until a bobble by Morais gave Brayton some breathing room. In third and fourth place, Cole Seely and Geico Powersports/Honda's Trey Canard stayed within a bike length of each other for the first four laps and even closer at times in the closing laps. Further back the field was somewhat evenly spread with Moto Concepts' Jeff Alessi in fifth, and Seaspan/Troy Lee Designs/Honda's Sean Borkenhagen in sixth until Muscle Milk/MDK/KTM's Ryan Sipes made a move on the last lap to claim sixth.
1. Justin Brayton
2. Ryan Morais
3. Cole Seely

Lites Heat 2
Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki's Ryan Dungey had the clear holeshot but his lead was quickly stolen by Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/ Kawasaki's Jake Weimer in the first bowl turn and the two battled in the opening laps neck and neck for first. Temporary Division Seven/Star Racing/Yamaha rider Sean Collier held down a solid third by mid race as Canidae/Motosport/Kawasaki's Kyle Cunningham cut his way up to fourth passed Michael Sleeter. On the last lap, Weimer and Dungey continued a great battle for first with Dungey trying many different lines in order to find his way around Weimer but to no avail. Weimer took a narrow but hard-earned win over his series rival.
1. Jake Weimer
2. Ryan Dungey
3. Sean Collier

Lites LCQ
After a first turn pile up, Chris Blose grabbed the holeshot and quickly established himself in the lead, followed by Adam Chatfield. On the last lap, Michael Hall was fighting frantically for second place, but was not able to make the move on Chatfield.
1. Chris Blose
2. Adam Chatfield

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SUPERCROSS QUALIFYING

Supercross Heat 1
Josh Grant on the Toyota/JGR/Yamaha took the holeshot followed closely by Moto Concept's Ben Coisy. Grant quickly opened up a lead as Yamaha rider Josh Hill began to pressure Coisy for third. Meanwhile, Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki's Chad Reed started around ninth, but by the third lap had worked his way up to fifth place behind Red Bull/Honda rider Ivan Tedesco. On lap four Hill, Tedesco, and Reed all got around Coisy with hill putting in some blistering speed to separate himself. Further back, Monster Energy/Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto struggled with a terrible start but by the sixth lap he had worked his way up to sixth. In the closing turns, hill had clearly closed in on Grant, although, Grant seem to ease his pace in the closing laps.
1. Josh Grant
2. Josh Hill
3. Ivan tedesco
4. Chad Reed
5. Ryan Villopoto
6. Ben Coisy
7. Cole Siebler
8. Tyler Bowers
9. Josh Hansen

Supercross Heat 2
Mike Alessi on the Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki took the holeshot followed by San Manuel/L&M/Yamaha's James Stewart.. A First turn pileup claimed Red Bull/Honda's Davey Millsaps , Jagermeister/MDK/KTM's Josh Summey, and Monster Energy/Kawasaki rider Tim Ferry. On the second lap, Stewart charged into the lead after the whoops and into the right hander. In third place was Red Bull/Honda's Andrew Short and fourth was Geico Powersports/Honda's Kevin Windham. Showing some new found confidence after making his first main last weekend, San Manuel/L&M/Yamaha's Kyle Chisolm held down a solid fifth place in front of Seaspan/Troy Lee Designs/Honda's Steve Boniface by the fourth lap. While the top eight were well separated on the sixth lap, a battle raged on for the final transfer position between Paul Carpenter and Jake Marsack. Stewart took a confident win, even without his wig from the opening ceremonies, logging a 48.78 lap on the fourth lap.
1. James Stewart
2. Andrew Short
3. Mike Alessi
4. Kevin Windham
5. Kyle Chisolm
6. Steve Boniface
7. Troy Adams
8. Paul Carpenter
9. Daniel McCoy

Supercross LCQ
Davi Millsaps took the holeshot followed by Heath Voss and Nick Wey. Voss hung with Millsaps as the two pulled away from the rest of the pack.

1. Davi Millsaps

2. Heath Voss

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LITES MAIN EVENT

Jake Weimer grabbed the holeshot followed closely by Cole Seeley and Ryan Dungey. Rounding out the top five on the opening lap were Trey Canard, and Ryan Sipes. On the second lap Dungey made a move on Seeley through an on/off section taking over second. Out front Weimer had already opened up a solid three-second lead. Further back, Kyle Cunningham, Sipes, Justin Brayton and Sean Borkenhagen had some great battling as third place in the series, Ryan Morais recovered from a bad start in ninth place. By lap five, Dungey had separated himself from Canard and was working on Weimer, closing the gap to about one second. The two leaders were the only riders dipping below 50-second lap times, and had a one-section lead on Canard by the half-way mark. By lap nine Morais had moved into fifth place between KTM teammates Brayton and Sipes in fourth and sixth, respecitvely.


Dungey seemed to be methodically working on Weimer, following him just close enough to pressure but did not make a move until right after the long whoop section. Unfortunately, that move did not work out too well.
In the turn right before the first triple, Dungey fell down, with the crowd roaring, giving Weimer a comfortable lead. Dungey quickly remounted in third place behind Canard and within a lap had already re-passed the Honda rider. On the last lap Dungey was again working his way back up to Weimer but with too little time left. Weimer took a well-earned win for his second victory of the season.
1. Jake Weimer
2. Ryan Dungey
3. Trey Canard
4. Justin Brayton
5. Ryan Morais
6. Ryan Sipes
7. Dan Reardon
8. Kyle Cunningham
9. P.J. Larsen
10. Eric McCrummen
11. Cole Seely
12. Justin Keeney
13. Sean Borkenhagen
14. Adam Chatfield
15. Chris Blose
16. Topher Ingalls
17. Michael Sleeter
18. Brady Sheren
19. Sean Collier
20. Jeff Alessi

Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Season Standings

  1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 92
  2. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki, 88
  3. Ryan Morais, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki, 80
  4. Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 68
  5. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Honda, 56
  6. Ryan Sipes, Vine Grove, Ken., KTM, 54
  7. Dan Reardon, Menifee, Calif., Honda, 42
  8. PJ Larsen, Stanley, N.C., Kawasaki, 38
  9. Jason Lawrence, Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha, 34
  10. Ben Evans, Boise, Idaho, Honda, 31

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SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT

James Stewart grabbed the holeshot with Mike Alessi, Ryan Villopoto and Chad Reed in tow. Reed quickly made his way around Villopoto and went to work on his teammate. Further back, Josh Grant held down fifth followed by Andrew Short and Ivan Tedesco. Perhaps a surprise to many in the crowd, Alessi held off his teammate for the opening laps but was finally overtaken by Reed following the second triple. With clear track in front of him and some distance to make up, Reed began his charge on series rival Stewart. However, with Stewart being the only rider dipping below 50 second lap times, Reed had his work cut out for him. Villopoto, fresh off of his first podium last weekend, kept Reed in his sights heading towards the halfway mark.
By the tenth lap Stewart held a growing seven-second lead over Reed, as Villopoto would not let go of the Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki rider, keeping him within two seconds.


Further back, Short was holding off Windham for fifth place, with Josh Hill, and Millsaps behind them.
In the closing laps, the track was obviously breaking down, with ruts being well developed on some of the landings. Riders could be seen making some mistakes. Stewart, however had the look of the rider we have grown accustomed to seeing; confident, smooth, and incredibly fast. Finish tower ablaze, Stewart took a win that he had every right to be proud of.

1. James Stewart
2. Chad Reed
3. Ryan Villopoto
4. Josh Grant
5. Andrew Short
6. Kevin Windham
7. Josh Hill
8. Davi Millsaps
9. Mike Alessi
10. Ivan Tedesco
11. Heath Voss
12. Ben Coisy
13. Cole Siebler
14. Kyle Chisholm
15. Daniel McCoy
16. Tyler Bowers
17. Josh Hansen
18. Troy Adams
19. Paul Carpenter
20. Steve Boniface

AMA Supercross Class Season Standings

  1. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Suzuki, 108
  2. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha, 102
  3. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha, 95
  4. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 88
  5. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda, 87
  6. Ivan Tedesco, Tallahassee, Fla., Honda, 73
  7. Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Honda, 68
  8. Mike Alessi, Apple Valley, Calif., Suzuki, 58
  9. Tim Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 56
  10. Davi Millsaps, Tallahassee, Fla., Honda, 55

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