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.

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Overall
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)

450 Supercross Class

450 Heat One

A number of riders were collected in a first turn pile-up, but Justin Brayton just missed being caught in the ruckus and grabbed the early lead. The JGRMX/Toyota/Yamaha rider turned in eight near-flawless laps to take the win while a number of his competitors dealt with crashes and issues. Series points leader Davi Millsaps was one of the racers caught in the first turn crash and wisely returned to his semi to prepare for the LCQ. Brayton's teammate, Josh Grant, and Ryan Dungey were locked in an intense battle with Vince Friese for fourth place, and the two latter mentioned riders would falter in the same turn on the same lap. Friese became caught on the blocks that marked the inside of the lane while Dungey swung wide and went down on his own. The crash by Dungey would knock the Red Bull KTM rider out of a transfer position to the main event and to 11th, but his charge in the final laps would allow him to climb back to ninth.

1. Justin Brayton
2. Trey Canard
3. Mike Alessi
4. Robert Kiniry
5. Josh Grant
6. Vince Friese
7. Matt Lemoine
8. Jake Weimer
9. Ryan Dungey

450 Heat Two

Ryan Villopoto rocketed into the first turn at the head of the pack in the second 450 heat and immediately began to distance himself from the stacked heat race pack that included Matt Georke, James Stewart, Chad Reed, and Justin Barcia. The defending champion would never feel pressure from any of the aforementioned four and went on to lockdown another heat race win, this time with an eight second lead. Stewart settled into second place finished the heat race without issue or battle, while Chad Reed charged his way through the pack to take third. Barcia's heat race was much more eventful, as he overcame a poor start to climb to eighth before a crash would mangle his Team Honda Muscle Milk 450 and put him far away from a transfer.

1. Ryan Villopoto
2. James Stewart
3. Chad Reed
4. Kyle Chisholm
5. Andrew Short
6. Broc Tickle
7. Matt Georke
8. Weston Peick
9. Chris Blose

450 LCQ

The two previous main event winners, Millsaps and Barcia, faced off for a thrilling six lap 450 LCQ. The Honda rider would take the holeshot, but Millsaps was able to close after Barcia fumbled in a rhythm section in the first laps, then make the pass when the exact mistake happened again on the next lap. The consecutive errors left Barcia somewhat reeling and caused him to launch an unrelenting attack of Millsaps. Both riders were far ahead of third place, but they exchange close passes down the straight-aways and through the turns. Barcia's last-ditch pass on Millsaps in the final turn would not be enough for the win, but his second place was enough to get him into the finale.

1. Davi Millsaps
2. Justin Barcia

450 Main Event

Despite a bout with the flu during the week, Jake Weimer claimed the 450 main event holeshot ahead of Justin Barcia and Trey Canard. The Honda teammates swapped the position and Canard set off after Weimer, eventually making the pass for the lead on lap three. The weekend essentially marked the one year anniversary of Canard's gruesome LA crash, but the date did not appear to faze him in the pursuit of his first 2013 win.

Just after Canard overtook the lead, his teammate Barcia would have an issue while going up the face of a triple, lose speed, and violently case into the landing. The damage from the impact was apparent, and Barcia pulled off the track and right to the waiting Asterisk medical crew with a broken nose.

James Stewart's main event was rather rough and two incidents dropped the Yoshimura Suzuki rider to 12th. The first included a close pass by Josh Grant in the right handed hairpin the followed the finish line double, where the JGRMX rider sent Stewart up and into the Tuff Blocks at the top of the berm. This would drop him back to 10th, and then a second fall would put him at the very tail end of the pack just before the halfway point.

Two unfulfilling rounds backed Chad Reed against the wall coming into stop three, but the TwoTwo Motorsports Honda rider was comfortable and fast over the 20-lap main. Reed was on the move from the time the gate dropped and went from outside the top-five and into third over the course of the race. His charge was not without resistance, as he was battled for third with Davi Millsaps over a number of laps before making the pass stick.

Canard's lead was not safe from Ryan Villopoto, who was on a tear from the moment the gate dropped. Villopoto came from seventh to second in a matter of six laps, closed on Canard as they skimmed the whoops, then charged past as they passed through the mechanic's area. From there, it was Villopoto's to win and little by little, he built a massive 6.886 second margin of victory.

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Main Event
1. Ryan Villopoto
2. Trey Canard
3. Chad Reed
4. Davi Millsaps
5. Jake Weimer
6. Ryan Dungey
7. Andrew Short
8. Justin Brayton
9. Matt Georke
10. Josh Grant
11. Broc Tickle
12. James Stewart
13. Weston Peick
14. Mike Alessi
15. Kyle Chisholm
16. Vince Friese
17. Chris Blose
18. Robert Kiniry
19. Matt Lemonie
20. Justin Barcia
450 Class Championship Points Standings (After 3 of 17 rounds)
1. Davi Millsaps (63pts/1 Win)
2. Trey Canard (60)
3. Chad Reed (56)
4. Ryan Villopoto (52/1)
5. Ryan Dungey (48)
6. Jake Weimer (47)
7. Andrew Short (41)
8. Justin Barcia (40)
9. James Stewart (36)
10. Josh Grant (32)