Forecasts of rain haunted the third round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross series, but as the day progressed on Saturday, rain didn’t touch the Dodgers Stadium after 9am. When the Dirt Wurx crew pulled the white tarp off of the track, they unveiled a perfectly dry layout. Instantly, all thoughts of a “mudder” had vanished, and the crowd in Los Angeles were able to witness some great racing action. For the first time since the season has started, TwoTwo Motorsports/Bel-Ray Racing’s Chad Reed took home a win in the Supercross class, while Geico Honda’s Eli Tomac also left L.A. with his first win in the 2012 Supercross Lites season.

Lites Qualifying

When the gates dropped for the first heat race of the night, Max Anstie blasted out front on his Martin Honda. Close behind was Rockstar/Valli-Star/Yamaha’s Ryan Sipes. Sipes quickly started to make passes at Anstie, and on the second lap the move stuck on the young British rider. Anstie tried to keep hold of second, but Dean Wilson blocked Anstie on the same lap and took the spot. Meanwhile Zach Osborne and Cole Seely were moving quickly through the pack and they eventually climbed into third and fouth. The top four riders pulled away from the rest of the pack as Sipes took the win in heat number one.

Heat One Results

1. Ryan Sipes (Yam)

2. Dean Wilson (Kaw)

3. Zach Osborne (Yam)

4. Cole Seely (Hon)

5. Michael Leib (Hon)

6. Max Anstie (Hon)

7. Vince Friese (Hon)

8. Scott Champion (Hon)

9. Billy Laninovich (Hon)

Eli Tomac quickly jumped out front in heat number two of the Lites class, but Martin Davalos moved his way into first after a couple of turns. After two laps, Davalos, Tomac, Nico Izzi, Tyla Rattray, and Marvin Musquin held down the top five positions. Rattray faltered and dropped back to seventh as Musquin moved up to fourth. Tomac kept the crowd on their feet as he consistently searched for lines to pass Davalos. The two riders ran in to one another multiple times, but Davalos was able maintain his position and he took the win in the second Lites heat race.

Heat Two Results

1. Martin Davalos (Suz)

2. Eli Tomac (Hon)

3. Marvin Musquin (KTM)

4. Nico Izzi (Yam)

5. Tyla Rattray (Kaw)

6. Teddy Maier (Hon)

7. Moss (KTM)

8. Travis Baker (Hon)

9. Nick Paluzzi (Kaw)

Lites LCQ

After a dismal heat race Rockstar Suzuki’s Jason Anderson found himself on the line for the night’s LCQ. Anderson handled the field from the moment the gate dropped, leading every lap and gapping the field in the process. Gavin Faith would take second and the final transfer spot in to the main on his debut ride for the Gieco Powersports Honda team.

1. Jason Anderson

2. Gavin Faith

Lites Main Event

Martin Davalos dashed ahead of the pack to the first turn and bypassed the carnage that claimed a slew of competitors, including Cole Seely and Nico Izzi. Davalos’ lead would be short lived as Eli Tomac swooped past the Suzuki rider and tore away on the open track. Tomac would lead the entire fifteen lap affair, taking both the overall win and point lead in the process. The struggle for the remaining podium spots raged on behind the Honda rider, as American export Zach Osborne and Dean Wilson both made passes on Davalos before engaging in a battle of their own. Osborne, who has limited Supercross experience since his move to Europe, set a high cadence that Wilson easily matched, and the Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider stole second position in the waning moments of the race.

Jason Anderson would carry the momentum gained from his dominant appearance in the LCQ to the main event, finish fifth behind Tyla Rattray. Only two Lites riders, Anderson and winner Tomac, were able to triple-triple a difficult rhythm section that ran alongside the starting line, with Tomac being the sole rider capable of consistently landing  it in the main event.

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Overall
1. Eli Tomac
2. Dean Wilson
3. Zach Osborne
4. Tyla Rattray
5. Jason Anderson
6. Max Anstie
7. Michael Leib
8. Matt Moss
9. Martin Davalos
10. Billy Laninovich
11. Nico Izzi
12. Ryan Sipes
13. Vince Friese
14. Teddy Maier
15. Cole Seely
16. Scott Champion
17. Nick Paluzzi
18. Gavin Faith
19. Marvin Musquin
20. Travis Baker
250 Class West Coast Championship Standings (After 3 of 7 rounds)

1. Eli Tomac (63pts/1 win)
2. Dean Wilson (62pts/1 win)
3. Tyla Rattray (60pts)
4. Cole Seely (47pts)
5. Zach Osborne (47pts)
6. Jason Anderson (44pts)
7. Marvin Musquin (42pts)
8. MAx Anstie (32pts)
9. Nico Izzi (32pts)
10. Billy Laninovich (27pts)

Top Lap Times
1. Eli Tomac 53.915
2. Martin Davalos 54.380
3. Dean Wilson 54.705
4. Marvin Musquin 54.889
5. Zach Osborne 55.018

Supercross Qualifying

Mike Alessi rocketed out front on his MotoConcepts Racing machine, and took the holeshot in the first heat. Heading into the first rhythm section, James Stewart took an inside line of Alessi, and that moved him into first. In an effort to repeat was his teammate did, Davi Millsaps tried to make the pass on Alessi, but he ran into the rear wheel of Stewart and fell back a few laps. After three laps, Andrew Short advanced into third, while Chad Reed and Ivan Tedesco moved into fourth and fifth, respectively. Reed quickly caught up to Short, but be fell back to 11th when he washed out entering the sand section. When the checkered flag came out, Stewart held onto the lead after eight laps, and he took the win in heat number one. Brett Metcalfe put on a hard charge through the pack after suffering from a bad start, and he moved his way into fifth by the end of the race.

Heat One Results

1. James Stewart (Yam)

2. Mike Alessi (Suz)

3. Andrew Short (Hon)

4. Ivan Tedesco (Kaw)

5. Brett Metcalfe (Suz)

6. Davi Millsaps (Yam)

7. Broc Tickle (Kaw)

8. Chad Reed (Hon)

9. Weston Peick (Kaw)

Phoenix Supercross second place finisher Jake Weimer took the holeshot in heat number two, but had some company from his Monster Energy Kawasaki teammate, Ryan Villopoto, by the first turn. In his second race back, Canard made the push into third on the first lap and would battle for the duration of the heat with Jake Weimer. The two would exchange numerous passes in just eight short laps with Weimer eventually locking the spot. The action between the two allowed Villopoto to speed away without any pressure.

Heat Two Results

1. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)

2. Jake Weimer (Kaw)

3. Trey Canard (Hon)

4. Ryan Dungey (KTM)

5. Ryan Morais (Yam)

6. Josh Grant (Kaw)

7. Kyle Chisholm (Kaw)

8. Kevin Windham (Hon)

9. Josh Hansen (Kaw)

Supercross LCQ

Justin Brayton would be the first of the “heavy hitters” not to make a main event this season. A rough heat race forced the Honda rider to the LCQ, where Brayton was able to grab the early lead and motor away over rivals Nick Wey and Kyle Partridge, who were consumed in a fight of their own for the last spot in the main event. A miscue through the whoops tossed Brayton to the bales that lined the track and the time spent remounting his machine dropped him to eighth place, deep in the field with little time to charge back. Partridge and Wey would continue to duel, now for the lead, with Matt Georke waiting in the wings for the slightest mistake. Partridge would hold off Wey for the win, but both would transfer to the twenty lap finale.

1. Kyle Partridge

2. Nick Wey

Supercross Main

A heavy cloud was cast over the 450 main event after a vicious crash that included Trey Canard, Ryan Morais, Nick Wey, and Kyle Partridge forced a red flag and complete restart. The moments after the accident were tense, as the medics tended to the motionless Morais and Canard without haste and the remaining riders were ushered back to the starting gate as the two were loaded on to the medical carts.

Jake Weimer’s holeshot and lead would set the tone for the rest of the moto, as the Kawasaki rider countered attacks by the likes of Chad Reed and James Stewart with close lines and scrubs just inches away from the veteran racers. Reed’s faster line down the third base lane would allow him to squeeze inside Weimer before the halfway point. Stewart would also pass the Idaho native in the same place, albeit with more aggression which caused Weimer to drop his bike and fall to eleventh place. With the race under his control, Reed built a lead over second place Stewart and third place Ryan Dungey and maintained the calm demeanor that the Aussie is known for. Stewart would falter after casing the final jump in a long rhythm section and quickly stepped off the side of the bike, handing second place to Dungey. The distance the two had built on fourth place Brett Metcalfe allowed Stewart to remount and still finish on the podium.

With a ride that was seemingly a mirror image of the previous week’s effort, Ryan Villopoto clawed through the pack after being knocked to last place on the first lap. As the other seventeen riders launched over the finish line, Villopoto worked to remove his bike from the safety block that it was perched upon. Over the next twenty laps, Villopoto knifed his way past riders and made it to fourth place, mere feet away from Stewart.

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Overall
1. Chad Reed
2. Ryan Dungey
3. James Stewart
4. Ryan Villopoto
5. Brett Metcalfe
6. Davi Millsaps
7. Josh Hansen
8. Broc Tickle
9. Kevin Windham
10. Mike Alessi
11. Jake Weimer
12. Kyle Chisholm
13. Nick Wey
14. Andrew Short
15. Weston Peick
16. Kyle Partridge
17. Josh Grant
18. Ivan Tedesco
19. Trey Canard
20. Ryan Morais
450 Class West Championship Standings (After 3 of 17 rounds)

1. Ryan Dungey (67pts/1 win)
2. Chad Reed (63pts/1 win)
3. Ryan Villopoto (63pts/1 win)
4. James Stewart (48pts)
5. Jake Weimer (48pts)
6. Kevin Windham (43pts)
7. Brett Metcalfe (42pts)
8. Josh Hansen (32pts)
9. Andrew Short (32pts)
10. Davi Millsaps (27pts)

Top Lap Times
1. Ryan Villopoto 54.341
2. Chad Reed 54.446
3. James Stewart 54.565
4. Ryan Dungey 54.750
5. Jake Weimer 55.313

With three weeks of consistent results, Ryan Dungey now controls the point lead. As the tour heads to Oakland, CA, it appears that the 2012 season has just as many variables that 2011 possessed, if not more.