Indianapolis Supercross saw Ryan Sipes win his first Supercross race in the Lites class and Ryan Villopoto continue his winning ways in the the premiere 450 class. RV2 now has a 26-point advantage over the rest of the 450 field, and the East Coast Lites class is turning into tight battle that will go all the way to Vegas.
Since it was built to replace the RCA Dome, Lucas Oil Stadium has played host to Supercross in downtown Indy. The giant, predominantly brick building is an amazing edifice, and attracts one of the largest audiences of the Series. It’s not only a great venue to watch Supercross, it usually features a great track for racing. Although it does not have the “Pit Party” like many of the rounds, there is still a lot going on away from the track. Check out some of the things you may have missed on the telecast…
Lucas Oil Stadium is home to the Indianapolis Colts football team, but the heritage is that of racing. Dragsters, race boats, tractors, and just about anything else you can race is on display on the concourse.
With the frigid temperatures, and lack of an indoor facility large enough to park all of the race semis and usual pit attractions, teams are left with the choice of running an abbreviated pit at the back of their truck, or setting up a temporary shop inside the stadium. Rockstar Makita Suzuki, like most of the factory teams, chose to set up shop outside.
We have shown it to you already this season, but here is another look at Fox's highly anticipated new boot, due to be released sometime in 2012. Featuring a molded sole and a hinge system, this is quite the departure from the F3.
During opening ceremonies, some military personnel repelled from the rafters with the American flag. It was a welcomed change from the standard march to the middle of the track.
Justin Barcia appears more focused than ever, and he will have to maintain that if he wants to take this championship. Blake Baggett and Ryan Sipes are close in the points chase, so JB has little wiggle room for mistakes. Sipes' win this weekend put him within six points of second-place Baggett, who is just six down from Barcia.
We got to see Cole Seely in the American Honda garb for the first time this weekend. He is going to continue racing the Josh Grant's 450 for the next few rounds while the West Coast Lites is on hiatus.
Ryan Sipes has been all over the radar this season with heat wins and continuous top-qualifying lap times. He felt he has given away a race or two, and that he just needed to race a mistake-free main event to finally come out on top. He told us that he didn't even want to think about the win until he saw the checkers.
Cole Seely is starting to experience the press attention his hard work has garnered. If you haven't checked out his interview in the April issue of TWMX, drop everything and go to the newsstand right now.
During track walk, Ralph Sheheen caught up with Kevin Windham, who stoked out the Indy crowd at opening cermonies with two big K-Dub transfers to complement his signature nose wheelie.
Malcolm Stewart is quickly gaining some fan fare of his own these days. Already recognizable from his appearances on Bubba's World, Malcolm is also yielding the attention of race fans. He walked away from Indy with a fourth-place finish, his best of the season.
Dean Wilson is now 16 points out of first place. After starting the season strong, he has faltered more recently. Mistakes and bad starts have kept him from the podium the last two rounds, and some wonder if he has lost focus.
Check out Westin Peick's two custom Fly Racing lids.
RV2 says hello to the crowd during opening ceremonies.
Red Bull KTM opened up the back of their truck for easy access to the bikes outside.
The KTM guys blocked off the far end of the truck to keep the cold from infiltrating the rider's quarters.
Tennis balls on the pegs save the ankles… and probably the cabinet doors when everything is packed into the truck.
The privateers and many of the satellite teams chose to set up shop inside the stadium.
Just prior to racing, the bikes all get staged in the tunnel.
Westin Peick stayed hard at work even when he wasn't on the track. We spotted him assisting his mechanic more then once over the course of the afternoon.
Lucas Oil Stadium is amazing. A twin dragster archway welcomes fans into the giant facility.
Like we said, racing is the real heritage behind the stadium. Check out a replica of Cole Seely's bike hanging above the stairs.
We had to show you this. It is a fully deconstructed drag race motor with each piece suspended. Pretty sweet.
Our favorite pick-up kit of the day.
Deano had a miscue entering the sand section in practice and wadded up. He was definitely more frustrated than injured, but it had to hurt.
Yup. Happy Gilmore (see the helmet).
Geico Honda one of the few premiere teams to pit inside the stadium. They have a good set-up with plenty of space, though, and it seems to work great for them.
RV2 was cool enough to hand out a few autographs to stoked fans just before opening ceremonies.
This guy is by far the most entertaining part of opening ceremonies for us. We see it week in and week out, s it doesn't hold the same amount of luster it once did. This guy handles the fireworks, lasers, and such, and he is PUMPED about it. He jams out like he's DJing a rave in Prague. It's awesome.
Both JGRMX riders, Millsaps and Brayton, are introduced during opening ceremonies now, as they are both inside the top ten overall. Brayton is currently seventh, Millsaps eighth.
Back dimples. Awesome.
One for Dano. 2010's TWMX Manfriend of the Year winner Dano Legere couldn't make it to Indy SX, but K-Dub was sure to let everyone know he was still a part of it.
Rockstar Suzuki and Pro Circuit chose to bring out extra wheelsets in case of an emergency during the main events. In the MXGPs, this is commonplace, but it isn't as routine during the American SX series.
Nick Wey sported a new butt patch inspired by the continuous sh@%-talking between TWMX editor-in-chief Donn Maeda and him.
Speaking of NYK, he had a pretty good night at Indy. He has been dealing with sickness for the last few weeks and hasn't felt 100%. He put in a good ride, though, on Saturday, and finished eighth in the main event, which is his best finish of the season.
Dean Wilson took an untimely dirt sample early in the main event, forbidding him a chance for a podium finish. He ended the night in sixth place. We hope Deano can bounce back this weekend in Jacksonville and battle up front once again.
Blake Baggett went down in the same spot as Wilson while fending off pressure from Ryan Sipes. Baggett was leading the race, but Sipes took control and never looked back.
Justin Barcia put in a great effort to catch Sipes, but Sipes was able to hold him off for the win. After the checkers, Barcia congratulated the Sipes on his first win.
Nico Izzi has shown some great speed this season, but he has crashed at nearly every round, whether it's in practice, or heats, or the main. He suffered another get-off this weekend in the main, and had to log a 16th for the night.
Monster Energy Girls. Why not?
Cole Seely concluded his weekend with a ninth-place finish in his first-ever 450 race. Both American Honda and Troy Lee Designs have to be proud of his effort. We are excited to see how he performs in Jacksonville now that he has some experience under his belt.
Matt Lemoine put in a great performance this weekend, finishing fifth in the main event behind Malcolm Stewart.
See you in Jacksonville.