Last Night In Town: Red Bull KTM Sweeps Anaheim Three 2013

After one final stop at Angels Stadium, the even-tighter championship now continues on to new locations. The last night in Orange County may have been the most thrilling of the three, as it featured numerous surprises, upsets, and challenges over the course of the eight-race program. Ryan Dungey overcame a mechanical-caused heat race DNF to win the main event, while his teammate, Ken Roczen, simply walked the 250 class to take his second-straight victory.

250 Supercross Class

250 Heat One 

For a moment it appeared that Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda's Jessy Nelson would grab yet another holeshot, but as the pack funneled into the first turn, Martin Davalos snuck to the inside and stole the lead. The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider led a stacked field of competition, including the full Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda team and Ken Roczen, but was never challenged for the spot over the six-lap sprint. Roczen quickly passed the rookie Nelson to take second place, but the already-established gap between he and Davalos was too much too close in a short time. Cole Seely would also go by Nelson for third, and with that the head pack of riders was set. These four riders seemingly controlled the first heat race of the night, as there was a massive gap between them and fifth place rider, Kyle Cunningham.

 Results

  1. Martin Davalos
  2. Ken Roczen
  3. Cole Seely
  4. Jessy Nelson
  5. Kyle Cunningham
  6. Austin Politelli
  7. Dakota Tedder
  8. Derek Anderson
  9. Scott Champion

250 Heat Two 

Geico Honda teammates Eli Tomac and Zach Osborne led the field into the first turn, with Tomac at the point. Tomac began to inch away as early as the third turn, and no rider would come close to striking on the defending champion.  Halfway through the first lap, JDR/J-Star/KTM's Joey Savatgy slid to the inside of Osborne in a tight hairpin and the Geico rider began to fall, striking something on the KTM on his way down. The contact left Osborne visibly shaken and he shuffled off of the track after the field passed by.

Rockstar Energy Racing's Jason Anderson was somewhat buried in the pack in the opening moments of the race, but steadily climbed into the top-three on the final lap. Rather than settle for third, he began to battle with Savagty for the runner-up spot. The two riders made contact with only turns to go, leaving Anderson on the ground, but he was able to remount and hold on to third.

 Results

  1. Eli Tomac
  2. Joey Savatgy
  3. Jason Anderson
  4. Josh Cachia
  5. Max Anstie
  6. Travis Baker
  7. Juan Ramos
  8. Kade Mosig
  9. Tyler Bereman

250 LCQ

The issue that affected Zach Osborne in his heat race vanished in time for the LCQ, as the Geico Honda rider pulled an impressive start from an outside gate and grabbed third place behind Dillan Epstein and Chris Plouffe. He would then make his move for both spots in one section of the track and rocket off with the lead, leaving the two riders to face Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda's Christian Craig. The three would shuffle for second place a handful of times until Craig swooped in front of Plouffe and sent the privateer Honda to the ground.

 Results

  1. Zach Osborne
  2. Christian Craig

250 Main Event

250 main event holeshot honors were again claimed by a rookie, as Joey Savatgy funneled into the first turn at the head of the class. He would be quickly overtaken by points leader Ken Roczen and heat winner Martin Davalos, but kept the two riders in sight for a number of laps before dropping back to seventh place.

With his championship hopes shaken, the pressure is again on Eli Tomac. His main event start was less than stellar and it put him deep in the field, but as the laps ticked by, Tomac slowly worked his way to the front. The defending champion picked off a slew of riders to eventually climb to third place, which will help control the damage caused by his Oakland DNF.

After running the pace for the duration of the night, Cole Seely's main event was mired by crashes. The mistakes would not only cost him positions on the track, but in the overall standings as well. Closest competitors Roczen and Tomac respectively managed to score the most points possible, but Seely's 12th place finish would allow Tomac to move into second place in the points chase.

Anaheim Three marked the first race of Ken Roczen's time with the red number plate, and it is clear that he doesn't inteand to let it change hands again. After getting to the front of the field with a great start, he filed by Savatgy and lead the majority of the main event without distraction, eventually taking the win.

With one teammate out with injury and another unable to qualify for the main event, it was up to Martin Davalos to hold down the fort for the PC team. There were numerous occasions where Davalos would be the fastest rider on the track, but he was never able to close and strike on Roczen. He second place finish would be a season best for the Ecuadorian.

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Overall
1. Ken Roczen
2. Martin Davalos
3. Eli Tomac
4. Kyle Cunningham
5. Jason Anderson
6. Travis Baker
7. Joey Savatgy
8. Austin Politelli
9. Max Anstie
10. Zach Osborne
11. Jessy Nelson
12. Cole Seely
13. Christian Craig
14. Josh Cachia
15. Scott Champion
16. Kade Mosig
17. Jean Ramos
18. Dakota Tedder
19. Tyler Bereman
20. Derek Anderson
250 Class Championship Points Standings (After 5 of 9 rounds)
1. Ken Roczen (116pts/2 wins)
2. Eli Toamc (96/3 wins)
3. Cole Seely (89)
4. Martin Davalos (70)
5. Jason Anderson (68)
6. Zach Osborne (68)
7. Kyle Cunningham (67)
8. Christian Craig (54)
9. Joey Savatgy (52)
10. Jessy Nelson (49)

450 Supercross Class

450 Heat One

Davi Millsaps claimed the holeshot on his Rockstar Energy Racing bike and tore off with Team Honda Muscle Milk's Justin Barcia in tow. The two riders would pace the track without as much as a pass attempt for the lead, giving Millsaps the win. Numerous battles took place elsewhere in the pack, as TwoTwo Motorsports' Chad Reed and Kranyak Racing's Andrew Short tousled for third, with Reed eventually taking the spot. The majority of attention was directed to Monster Energy Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto, who overcame a sub-10th place start to climb into fifth by the checkered flag.

Results

  1. Davi Millsaps
  2. Justin Barcia
  3. Chad Reed
  4. Andrew Short
  5. Ryan Villopoto
  6. Jake Weimer
  7. Matt Lemoine
  8. PJ Larsen
  9. Matt Georke

450 Heat Two 

JGRMX/Toyota/Yamaha teammates Josh Grant and Justin Brayton ran the second 450 heat race from the get-go, as they crested the first turn ahead of the other riders. Grant, who notched the third fastest practice time of the day, held his teammate at bay for a number of laps, but as the race wound down, Brayton wicked up that pace and overtook the lead with a close pass. Trey Canard steadily worked through the race to climb into third place, but a small mistake would put the Team Honda Muscle Milk down in a rhythm section and into fourth behind Yoshimura Suzuki's James Stewart.

Just as the gate dropped, Ryan Dungey's KTM began to "sag" as the gas in his air shock seeped out, and as the field thundered away from the gate, he came out slowly, rolled through two turns, and pulled off of the track.

Results

  1. Justin Brayton
  2. Josh Grant
  3. James Stewart
  4. Trey Canard
  5. Mike Alessi
  6. Chris Blose
  7. Kyle Chisholm
  8. Broc Tickle
  9. Vince Friese

450 LCQ 

Velocity3 Yamaha's Robert Kiniry charged to the front of an exceptionally stacked LCQ, but his time at the front would be cut short as he slid out on a small single out of a turn, collecting nearly the entire field, including Ryan Dungey, in the process. N-Fab Yamaha's Phil Nicoletti and HRT's Jimmy Albertson inherited control of the race, but all eyes were on the Red Bull KTM rider. In just a matter of laps, Dungey charged from 11th place and into third, making a number of passes at one time. On the final lap, the front three riders were within just feet of one another, and when Nicoletti faltered, the two waiting racers blew by for the final transfer spots into the main, Albertson first and Dungey second.

 Results

  1. Jimmy Albertson
  2. Ryan Dungey

450 Main Event

Justin Brayton claimed the holeshot in the 450 main event over the full-field of competition, but just turns into the race, he would be unintentionally cleaned-out by Chad Reed; the contact between the two put them in 19th and 20th.

With the two front-runners out and Mike Alessi leading, it was not long Ryan Dungey took over control of the race. His bike then equipped with a traditional spring shock, Dungey carried the field for nearly the entire race and built a massive gap between he and the rest of the podium at the final flag. 

Davi Millsaps' banner year continued on, as an excellent start once again put him in the front group, where he was just a tick off the pace of race winner Dungey. For a period of time, Millsaps settled into a groove and allowed James Stewart to go by, but as the race drew to a close, he reclaimed the runner-up spot.

Still battered from the opening round, James Stewart turned in his best performance of the year with a well-earned fourth place. As we mentioned, the Suzuki rider held on to second, but then dropped to his eventual finishing position with a surging Millsaps and a miscue that allowed Justin Barcia past.

After a rough two weeks, it was obvious that Just Barcia wanted on the podium and that he would do whatever necessary to accomplish the task. For the first three-quarters of the race, he hung back in fourth, seemingly waiting for a mistake by the top-three. When that did not happen, he began to force the issue on James Stewart with aggressive passes in the numerous bowl turns. He would land on the podium, however it was due to a self-inflicted error by Stewart.

The progress made by Ryan Villopoto in the previous two-weeks was somewhat set back in Anaheim, as a poor start and crash while climbing through the pack knocked him down to 10th at the final flag. Seeing Villopoto charge through the field is impressive, but in order to win the championship, these situations must not happen.

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Overall
1. Ryan Dungey
2. Davi Millsaps
3. Justin Barcia
4. James Stewart
5. Chad Reed
6. Andrew Short
7. Trey Canard
8. Ryan Villopoto
9. Broc Tickle
10. Justin Brayton
11. Matt Lemoine
12. Jimmy Albertson
13. Matt Georke
14. Kyle Chisholm
15. Vince Friese
16. PJ Larsen
17. Mike Alessi
18. Josh Grant
19. Chris Blose
20. Jake Weimer
450 Class Championship Points Standings (After 5 of 17 rounds)
1. Davi Millsaps (107pts/1 win)
2. Ryan Dungey (93/1)
3. Trey Canard (92)
4. Ryan Villopoto (90/2)
5. Chad Reed (81)
6. Andrew Short (71)
7. Justin Barcia (61)
8. James Stewart (56)
9. Justin Brayton (53)
10. Jake Weimer (48)