Stewart and Weimer Top Anaheim Series Opener

Defending Supercross Champion James Stewart rode a calculated race at the first Monster Energy Supercross event of 2010 and emerged with a popular win at Angel’s Stadium aboard his San Manuel Yamaha YZ450F. Stewart’s biggest competition came from his former training partner and Supercross-class rookie, Ryan Dungey of the Rockstar Makita Suzuki team. Veteran Kevin Windham of the Geico Powersports team rounded out the podium after working past Andrew Short and Ryan Villopoto. Chad Reed was a surprise DNF after pulling off at the start of lap two.

In the Western Regional Supercross Lites class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer controlled the race from start-to-finish, leading formr Eastrn Regional Supercross Lites Champion Trey Canard and Rockstar Suzuki rider Ryan Morais across the finish line.

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DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing/Yamaha rider Broc Tickle led the first Supercross Lites heat from wire-to-wire. Geico Powersports Honda rider Trey Canard pressured Tickle in the early stages but crashed in a corner and dropped to third behind Tickle’s teammate, British rider Max Anstie, who had a great showing in his first-ever Supercross start.

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Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer had an easy time winning the second Lites heat race. His biggest competition – teammate Josh Hansen – flew off the track in the first corner and spent the entire race playing catch up. Weimer’s good friend Ryan Morais did keep him fairly honest aboard his Rockstar Suzuki. At the flag, Hansen worked back into third, just ahead of rookie Cole Seeley aboard his Lucas Oils/Troy Lee Designs/Honda.

Motoconcepts Yamaha rider Jeff Alessi took control at the start of the Supercross Lites LCQ, but a mistake on the last lap allowed a hard-charging Sean Borkenhagen – aboard a Factory Services KTM 250SX-F – to pounce and steal the win.

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SUPERCROSS LITES MAIN EVENT

When the gate dropped at the start of the 15-lap main event, Weimer rocketed off the line with the lead, just ahead of Hansen, Gautier Paulin and Morais. Hansen looked great as he pressured Weimer, but he washed his front end and crashed at the start of lap two and remounted in seventh. At the start of lap three, the order was Weimer, Morais, Canard and Geico Powersports Honda’s Blake Wharton, but Hansen was clearly on the move and gaining ground.

On the fifth lap, Canard showed a burst of speed and closed to Morais’ rear wheel, pressuring him for the runner-up spot. Morais, however, rode tough and held his ground until the ninth lap, when Canard worked past in a tricky rhythm section after the third-baseline triple. Hansen, meanwhile, pulled over and glanced down at his bike while running a solid fifth behind Wharton, and dropped back to ninth.

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Up front, Weimer had an easy go of things until he began to encounter lapped traffic. The tight track conditions made it tough to work past the slower traffic, but Weimer did so with patience and precision. At the finish, he was four-seconds clear of Canard, who was only a couple bikelengths ahead of Morias, who worked through the lapped traffic like a madman. Wharton was a distant fourth, with a hard-charging Wil Hahn hot on his tail, while Tickle, Tommy Searle, Hansen, Anstie and Alessi rounded out the top 10.

SUPERCROSS LITES RESULTS

1. Jake Weimer (Kaw)
2. Trey Canard (Hon)
3. Ryan Morais (Suz)
4. Blake Wharton (Hon)
5. Wil Hahn (Hon)
6. Broc Tickle (Yam)
7. Tommy Searle (KTM)
8. Josh Hansen (Kaw)
9. Max Anstie (Yam)
10. Jeff Alessi (Yam)
11. Hunter Hewitt (Suz)
12. Sean Borkenhagen (KTM)
13. Bob Kiniry (Suz)
14. Cole Seeley (Hon)
15. Gautier Paulin (Yam)
16. Phil Nicoletti (KTM)
17. Chris Gosselaar (Hon)
18. Ben Evans (Suz)
19. Ryan Clark (Hon)
20. Travis Baker (Yam)

SUPERCROSS QUALIFYING

Motoconcepts Yamaha rider Dan Reardon holeshot the first Supercross heat race, but a few mistakes dropped him from the leaders pace on the first lap. Honda Red Bull rider Davi Millsaps took control a few corners into the race. Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider Ryan Dungey took control of second early on, and methodically reeled Millsaps in, until he was on the leader’s rear wheel at the start of the white-flag lap. Millsaps held on, however, for the win ahead of Dungey and Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Chad Reed, who sliced through the field after a terrible start. Notable qualifiers included ampm/Boost Mobile/J-Law teammates Grant Langston and Jason Lawrence, who finished sixth and ninth, respectively.

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Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Austin Stroupe holeshot the second Supercross heat and the first-timer in the class led for a lap and a half before Supercross Champion James Stewart took control. Honda Red Bull rider Andrew Short followed Stewart past Stroupe and did his best to keep up, but with a clear track before him, Stewie went to work and checked out. Villopoto was the last rider to work past Stroupe, doing so on the fourth lap in the whoops. At the finish, it was Stewart with a five-second lead over Short, followed at a distance by Villopoto and Stroupe. A surprise non-qualifier was Stewart’s teammate Josh Hill, who went down on lap one and came home in 15th.

Hill stormed out of the gate with a vengeance when the gate dropped for the Supercross LCQ and he made quick work of the field, enjoying four-second lead at the start of lap two.

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SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT

When the field lined up for the parade lap, JGR/Muscle Milk/Yamaha’s Josh Grant was noticably absent. Apparently, last year’s round-one winner was still feeling the effects of his big crash earlier in the week and thought better of lining up for the main.

Dungey led the way at the start of the 20-lap Supercross main event, earning the Spike holeshot award aboard his Rockstar Makita Suzuki RM-Z450. Stewart was second ahead of Villopoto, Stroupe, Short and Reed, who pulled off with broken spokes in his wheel before starting lap two. Dungey looked like a seasoned veteran as he maintained control of the point position, with Stewart seemingly content to sit back and watch in second. The two slowly but surely crept away from third-placed Villopoto, who had his hands full with Short and Windham.

At the halfway point, Dungey pulled out a three-second cushion over Stewart, who made a few small mistakes that had the crowd on its toes. Villopoto, meanwhile, began to succumb the the cold that haunted him in the days prior and could do little as both Short and Windham raced past. Windham brought the crowd to its feet on lat 15 when he blitzed past Short in the whoops, the wily veteran taking control of the final spot on the podium.

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With five laps to go, Stewart caught fire and almost instantly reeled the leader in, driving the crown absolutely nuts. A calculated dive to the inside of the first turn at the start of lap 18 rewarded Stewart with the lead, and almost instantly, the Supercross Champion began to pull away from his former training partner. On the white flag lap, Dubgey let it all hang out and pulled right back up to Stewart’s rear wheel, nearly passing him in the first-baseline whoops. Dungey’s popular charge came to an end three corners from the finish, however, when he lost traction in a corner before a tricky step-down double and was forced to back off. Though he was the victor, Stewart was visibly unsatisfied with his performance. Dungey was second, comfortably ahead of Windham, while Short and Villopoto rounded out the top five.

SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT RESULTS

1. James Stewart (Yam)
2. Ryan Dungey (Suz)
3. Kevin Windham (Hon)
4. Andrew Short (Hon)
5. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
6. Josh Hill (Yam)
7. Ivan Tedesco (Yam)
8. Justin Brayton (Yam)
9. Davi Millsaps (hon)
10. Grant Langston (Yam)
11. Tommy Hahn (Suz)
12. Nick Wey (Kaw)
13. G. Aranda (Kaw)
14. F. Izoird (Kaw)
15. Justin Keeney (Kaw)
16. Michael Byrne (Kaw)
17. Jason Lawrence (Yam)
18. Austin Stroupe (Suz)
19. Chad Reed (Kaw)
20. Josh Grant (Yam)