Irving, Texas (April 5, 2008) – Yamaha’s Chad Reed, of Tampa, Fla., picked up his eighth win of the season at tonight’s Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship before 46,656 fans at Texas Stadium. Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto, of Poulsbo, Wash., won the AMA Supercross Lites class main event.
Kawasaki’s Travis Preston, of Hesperia, Calif., won the $1,500 Progressive Direct Holeshot Award but it was the Yamaha’s of Reed and Josh Hill, of Yoncalla, Ore., who took over the top two positions on lap two.
With Reed slowly pulling away, the battle was left to Hill and the Honda’s of Davi Millsaps, of Cairo, Ga., and Kevin Windham, of Centreville, Miss. The trio would battle to the finish, with Hill taking second and Millsaps edging out Windham for third.
The win was Reed’s fourth at Texas Stadium and 34th AMA Supercross victory of his career.
“I feel like I’ve given a lot of wins away this year so I just wanted to go out here and put in a good ride,” said Reed. “I tried to get to the front as quick as possible and let those guys fight it out. This was a track that you had to stay on your toes and watch to not make mistakes.”
Honda’s Josh Grant, of Riverside, Calif., grabbed the $1,000 Progressive Direct Holeshot Award to start the 15-lap AMA Supercross Lites main event, while Villopoto gave close chase in second.
Grant held the lead for the first two laps before a bobble handed over the lead to a charging Villopoto. Once out front, Villopoto avoided lapped traffic and cruised to victory, his second of the season. Grant was second and KTM’s Martin Davalos, of Cairo, Ga., was third.
Points leader Trey Canard, of Elk City, Okla., got tangled up in first-lap traffic and dropped to the back of the pack. He quickly remounted and turned in a championship-saving ride en route to a remarkable fourth place finish. He now holds a XX-point lead over Villopoto.
“Josh and I had a good race going there for a while and I think he stalled his bike in the corner there and I got around him,” said Villopoto. “(Trey) had a whole race lead on me (in the points coming into this race). I was hoping for that mistake. He didn’t have a very good race tonight and that’s what I need. I need some help to get back in this points race. I have try and win, get good starts and try and make that points gap smaller heading into Detroit.”
The AMA Supercross class will be broadcast in HD on SPEED tomorrow at 6 p.m. EST and the AMA Supercross Lites class will air on SPEED in HD Saturday April 12 at 5:00 p.m. EST.
AMA Supercross Class Results, Irving
Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha
Josh Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Yamaha
Davi Millsaps, Cairo, Ga., Honda
Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda
Tim Ferry, Dade City, Fla., Kawasaki
Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda
Charles Summey, Huntersville, N.C., Yamaha
Paul Carpenter, Ithaca, N.Y., Honda
Troy Adams, Homosassa, Fla., Honda
Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Kawasaki
AMA Supercross Class Season Standings
Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha, 287
Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda, 260
Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda, 205
Davi Millsaps, Cairo, Ga., Honda, 204
Joshua Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Yamaha, 173
Tim Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 167
Nathan Ramsey, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha, 147
David Vuillemin, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 123
Paul Carpenter, Ithaca, N.Y., Honda, 120
Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., KTM, 117
AMA Supercross Lites Class Results, Irving<
Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki
Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Honda
Martin Davalos, Cairo, Ga., KTM
Trey Canard, Elk City, Okla., Honda
Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ken., Yamaha
Ryan Morais, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha
Nico Izzi, Saint Clair., Mich., Suzuki
Branden Jesseman, New Brighton, Pa., Kawasaki
Matt Goerke, Lake Helen, Fla., KTM
Billy Payne, Simi Valley, Calif., Honda
Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Season Standings
Trey Canard, Elk City, Okla., Honda, 111
Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 94
Martin Davalos, Cairo, Ga., KTM, 73
Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Honda, 69
Nico Izzi, Saint Clair., Mich., Suzuki, 68
Ryan Sipes, Vine Grove, Ken., KTM, 67
Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ken., Yamaha, 61
Ben Coisy, Manosque, France, Honda, 53
Billy Payne, Simi Valley, Calif., Honda, 53
Branden Jesseman, New Brighton, Pa., Kawasaki, 52
Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Season Standings
Jason Lawrence, Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha, 135
Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 129
Austin Stroupe, Corona, Calif., Kawasaki, 113
Brett Metcalfe, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki, 112
Tommy Hahn, Alvord, Texas, Kawasaki, 101
Dan Reardon, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 95
Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 85
Robert Kiniry, LaFayette, N.Y., Kawasaki, 71
Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Yamaha, 69
Billy Laninovich, Lake Elsinore, Calif., KTM 62
KTM Junior Supercross Challenge
Dawson Evitts, Auburn, Pa., KTM
Andrew Drennan, Brookshire, Texas, KTM
Preston Taylor, Hastings, Nebr., KTM
Alec Brem, Moody, Texas, KTM
Kristian Edwards, Longs, S.C., KTM
Mason Moore, Carlsbad, Calif., KTM
Chase Horton, Katy, Texas, KTM
Caleb Weaver, Corpus Christi, Texas, KTM
Tyler White, Marietta, Ga., KTM
Nicholas Thomas, Broken Bow, Okla., KTM
Garrett Harsch, Belleville, Mich., KTM
Owen Russo, San Pedro, Calif., KTM
Chase Shope, Pahoa, H , KTM
Caleb Conner, Tahlequah, Okla., KTM
Hunter Soileau, DeQuincy, La., KTM
The next Monster Energy Supercross race takes place at Ford Field in Detroit on Saturday, April 12.
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