Race Report – Anaheim 2 SX

A sold-out crowd packed the house at Angel Stadium at round four of the Monster Energy Supercross Series, and Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto became the first two-time winner in the Supercross class. In doing so, the defending Supercross Champion took control of the series points lead, leapfrogging past Chad Reed and Ryan Dungey, who shared possession of the red numberplate entering the fifth round of the series. In the Western Regional Supercross Lites class, Geico Honda’s Eli Tomac earned his third win in a row in convincing fashion and pulled further away in the championship point standings.

LITES HEAT 1

Kawasaki privateer Bryce Huffman grabbed the holeshot at the start of Lites heat one and led the field for almost two complete laps before dropping off the pace. Wilson worked through the field quickly after a seventh-place start and took over control of the lead on short order, but as the race wore down Ryan Sipes ran him down and shadowed him across the finish line. Davalos was a distant third.

LITES HEAT 1 RESULTS

1. Dean Wilson (Kaw)

2. Ryan Sipes (Yam)

3. Martin Davalos (Suz)

4. Vince Freise (Hon)

5. Ryan Marmont (KTM)

6. Killy Rusk (Hon)

7. Topher Ingalls (Hon)

8. Jean Ramos (Hon)

9. Matt Moss (KTM)

 

LITES HEAT 2

KTM Red Bull’s Marvin Musquin rocketed out of the gate with the holeshot in heat two and controlled much of the race. Geico Honda’s Eli Tomac patiently stalked Musquin throughout the race and eventually found his way past in the final laps, then stretched out a modest, yet solid lead. Behind Musquin, fast qualifier Nico Izzi held control of third until the final lap, when a hard-charging Cole Seely worked his way past after a couple of wild pass attempts.

LITES HEAT 2 RESULTS

1. Eli Tomac (Hon)

2. Marvin Musquin (KTM)

3. Cole Seely (Hon)

4. Nico Izzi (Yam)

5. Michael Leib (Hon)

6. Billy Laninovich (Hon)

7. Bruce Rutherford (Hon)

8. Gavin Faith (Hon)

9. Jason Anderson (Suz)

 

LITES LCQ

Troy Lee Honda’s Travis Baker took the win in the Lites LCQ aboard his pink Eric Gass-tuned Honda CRF250R. Gareth Swanepoel was a close second, barely holding off a hard-charging Max Anstie. Nick Paluzzi was a lone fourth at the checkered flag.

LITES LCQ RESULTS

1. Travis Baker (Hon)

2. Gareth Swanepoel (Yam)

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LITES MAIN EVENT

Cole Seely grabbed the holeshot at the start of the 15-lap main event and led Eli Tomac and Marvin Musquin in the early laps. Seely looked strong and confident as he led, but slid out as he crossed over the start straight at the start of lap four. Tomac raced into the lead, but Seely picked his bike up quick enough to maintain second over Musquin, who led Izzi and Wilson.

Wilson forced his way past Izzi and into fourth on the fifth lap, then set his sights on Musquin. Though the Scotsman would close to Musquin’s rear fender at times, the former MX2 World Champion would hold onto the position to the checkered flag. Up front, Tomac rode a calm, cool, and collected race and collected his third win of the season with five seconds to spare over Seely, who rode great after his early mishap.

Overall1. Eli Tomac (Hon)
2. Cole Seely (Hon)
3. Marvin Musquin (KTM)
4. Dean Wilson (Kaw)
5. Nico Izzi (Yam)
6. Michael Leib (Hon)
7. Matt Moss (KTM)
8. Vince Freise (Hon)
9. Travis Baker (Hon)
10. Marton Davalos (Suz)
11. Ryan Sipes (Yam)
12. Killy Rusk (Hon)
13. Billy Laninovich (Hon)
14. Bruce Rutherford (Hon)
15. Gareth Swanepoel (Yam)
16. Jean Ramos (Hon)
17. Ryan Marmont (KTM)
18. Topher Ingalls (Hon)
19. Gavin Faith (Hon)
20. Jason Anderson (Suz)
250 Class West Coast Championship Standings (After 5 of 8 rounds) 
1. Eli Tomac (113/3 wins)
2. Dean Wilson (91/1)
3. Marvin Musquin (84)
4. Cole Seely (79/1)
5. Zach Osborne (67)
6. Nico Izzi (62)
7. Tyla Rattray (60)
8. Jason Anderson (54)
9. Matt Moss/Ryan Sipes (53)

TOP LAP TIMES

1. Eli Tomac 55.175
2. Cole Seely 55.239
3. Dean Wilson 56.353
4. Marvin Musquin 56.677
5. Nico Izzi 56.875

SUPERCROSS CLASS

HEAT 1

James Stewart grabbed the holeshot at the start of the first heat race and absolutely destroyed everyone for the first few laps, pulling out a six-second lead over Ryan Dungey and Chad Reed by the fourth lap. Stewart was wheel-tapping a tricky rhythm section the no one else was, but it bit him on lap four and he went down hard. Stewart laid on the ground for a few minutes before walking out of the stadium under his own power. Dungey inherited the lead and held on for the win, but only by the narrowest of margins as Reed really turned up the heat as the race wore down. Andrew Short worked into third at the finish, stuffing his way past Josh Hansen on the last lap in the sand.

HEAT RACE 1 RESULTS

1. Ryan Dungey (KTM)

2. Chad Reed (Hon)

3. Andrew Short (Hon)

4. Josh Hansen (Kaw)

5. Broc Tickle (Kaw)

6. Kyle Partridge (Kaw)

7. Jeff Alessi (Suz)

8. Justin Sipes (Kaw)

9. Nick Wey (Kaw)

 

HEAT 2

Mike Alessi grabbed the holeshot and led the way in heat two, but Davi Millsaps took over almost immediately. Millsaps led Alessi for half of the race until the Motoconcepts rider attempted to dive underneath the leader, taking both of them down in the process. Jake Weimer, who was running third, led the race for the nest straightaway, but fast qualifier Justin Brayton stuffed him in the sand section and took him down. While all this madness was going down, Ryan Villopoto quietly snuck towards the front of the pack after suffering a miserable start. Once into second, RV reeled Brayton in and the two engaged in a heated battle for the lead. After trading several passes, the defending champion took over for good just before the white flag and ran away with a solid win.

HEAT 2 RESULTS

1. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)

2. Justin Brayton (Hon)

3. Mike Alessi (Suz)

4. Kevin Windham (Hon)

5. Davi Millsaps (Yam)

6. Jake Weimer (Kaw)

7. Kyle Chisholm (Kaw)

8. Brett Metcalfe (Suz)

9. Weston Peick (Kaw)

LCQ

After his spectacular crash in the heat race, Stewart showed up in the LCQ and raced to an easy win over BTOSports.com ride Jimmy Albertson, who rode alone in second. Stewart rode conservatively in the LCQ, opting not to wheel tap the jump  that sent him to the ground in his heat race. Bob Kiniry took home the gas card in third.

LCQ RESULTS

1. James Stewart (Yam)

2. Jimmy Albertson (Suz)

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MAIN EVENT

Brayton was the quickest into turn one, but Villopoto pushed his way into the lead exiting turn one. Reed surprised everyone, though, by blasting into the lead in turn two and leading the first lap and a half. Villopoto took control of the lead before the start of lap three and went to work up front. Reed maintained control of second for the first third of the race, but Stewart slowly chipped away at the distance between himself and his rival before making the pass in the same section that bit him in his heat race. By the time Stewart took over second, RV had established a five-second lead that he would maintain until the checkered flag.

Stewart rode solid once into second and held Reed at bay throughout the remainder of the race. The two finished only a few seconds apart, while Dungey came home fourth, some 10 seconds further back after making his way past a determined Brayton halfway through the main event. In winning, Villopoto became the first two-time winner of 2012, and completed his sweep of the Anaheim Supercross events.

Overall1. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
2. James Stewart (Yam)
3. Chad Reed (Hon)
4. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
5. Justin Brayton (Hon)
6. Kevin Windham (Hon)
7. Davi Millsaps (Yam)
8. Mike Alessi (Suz)
9. Brett Metcalfe (Suz)
10. Broc Tickle (Kaw)
11. Jake Weimer (Kaw)
12. Kyle Chisholm (Kaw)
13. Nick Wey (Kaw)
14. Andrew Short (Hon)
15. Weston Peick (Kaw)
16. Kyle Partridge (Kaw)
17. Justin Sipes (Kaw)
18. Jimmy Albertson (Suz)
19. Jeff Alessi (Suz)
20. Josh Hansen (Kaw)
450 Class West Championship Standings (After 5 of 17 rounds)

1. Ryan Villopoto (108/2 wins)
2. Chad Reed (105/1)
3. Ryan Dungey (103/1)
4. James Stewart (95/1)
5. Kevin Windham (73)
6. Jake Weimer (71)
7. Andrew Short (59)
8. Brett Metcalfe (57)
9. Davi Millsaps (56)
10. Justin Brayton (53)

TOP LAP TIMES

1. Ryan Villopoto 55.019
2. James Stewart 55.205
3. Chad Reed 55.436
4. Ryan Dungey  55.722
5. Justin Brayton 55.853