Race Report – Monster Energy Supercross: Atlanta

Kawasakis Sweep Atlanta Barn Burner

By Jordan Powell

Photos by Chris Kinman

The eighth round of the 2011 Monster Energy Supercross series headed back East this weekend to Atlanta, Georgia. With thousands of fans in attendance at the Georgia Dome, Dean Wilson and Ryan Villopoto took the win in their classes. Both main events were amazing, even by Atlanta SX standards.

SUPERCROSS LITES

After crashing in his heat, and winning his LCQ, Geico Powersport Honda’s Blake Wharton rocketed off the line in the Lites class. Right behind him, though, was his Honda teammate, Justin Barcia. For the first few laps the running order was Wharton, Barcia, Blake Baggett, Ryan Sipes, and Dean Wilson. On the fifth lap, Wilson was able to make his way around Sipes. Wharton, on the other hand, continued to hold his lead.

At the halfway point, things started to tighten up a bit, and Barcia, Wilson, Baggett, and Sipes were going into a four-way battle. While up front, Wharton went down and handed the lead over to Wilson. Wharton was able to get back up, and he got back going in fourth. Baggett and Barcia battled from almost start to finish, but the Geico Powersports rider was able to hold off the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider. At the end of the 15 lap main, Wilson took the checkers, followed by Barcia and Baggett. On top of the podium, Wilson said, “I’m glad to get the monkey off my back.” Barcia said that lappers made it hard to pass, but he was also riding with a hurt wrist that he injured earlier in the day. Also, Wilson’s win was the 200th win for Pro Circuit, as well as his first win in the Supercross Lites class.

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Results

1. Dean Wilson (Kaw)
2. Justin Barcia (Hon)
3. Blake Baggett (Hon)
4. Blake Wharton (Hon)
5. Ryan Sipes (Yam)
6. Hunter Hewitt (Suz)
7. PJ Larsen (KTM)
8. Malcolm Stewart (Suz)
9. Jason Anderson (Suz)
10. Matt Lemoine (Kaw)
11. Lance Vincent (Hon)
12. Alex Martin (Hon)
13. Justin Sipes (Kaw)
14. Levi Kilbarger (Hon)
15. Bradley Ripple (Hon)
16. Michael Akaydin (Kaw)
17. Sean Lipanovich (Suz)
18. Nick Myers (Hon)
19. Vernon Mckiddie (KTM)
20. Killy Rusk (KTM)

EASTERN REGIONAL SUPERCROSS LITES CHAMPIONSHIP POINT STANDINGS

1. Dean Wilson (47/1 win)

2. Justin Barcia (47/1)

3. Blake Baggett (40)

4. Ryan Sipes (34)

5. Blake Wharton (33)

6. Jason Anderson (26)

7. Matt Lemoine (23)

8. Lance Vincent (23)

9. Malcolm Stewart (20)

10. Alex Martin (20)

SUPERCROSS

At the start of the 20 lap main, San Manuel/Red Bull/Yamaha’s James Stewart went side by side into the first corner with Justin Brayton, but Brayton was edged out, and James grabbed the holeshot. Stewart, Reed, Trey Canard, Ryan Villopoto, and Ryan Dungey ran in the top five after the first lap. While trying to make a pass on Reed, Canard lost control of his bike through the whoops, and he dropped out of the top five. While in the lead, Stewart lost traction when he exited out of a turn, and Reed took the lead away from the San Manuel rider. Stewart hung on the rear wheel of Reed for a few laps, but then he started to back down. After a couple laps, though, he was right back on him. Once again, Stewart lost traction exiting out of a different turn.

Halfway through, Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and a KTM were in the top five. Reed had about a four second lead when he came up behind Chris Blose. Reed rode the left side of the whoops and ended up on the outside of Blose in the following bowl corner, and just like that, Stewart was back on Reed’s back fender. The two riders went at it for the next few laps, and Stewart finally made the pass on Reed with one lap to go. Reed, however, wasn’t over with the fight, and the two collided in a turn when Reed dove underneath James. While the two fought to pick up their bikes, Villopoto and Dungey passed the two riders. Stewart got the jump on Reed, but once again, Reed caught up and passed Stewart in the final corner. If things were finally good between the two, they definitely don’t look like they are now, as the two riders pulled off the track and exchanged some words.

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Results

1. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
2. Ryan Dungey (Suz)
3. Chad Reed (Hon)
4. James Stewart (Yam)
5. Trey Canard (Hon)
6. Andrew Short (KTM)
7. Justin Brayton (Yam)
8. Kevin Windham (Hon)
9. Ivan Tedesco (Kaw)
10. Brett Metcalfe (Suz)
11. Davi Millsaps (Yam)
12. Nick Wey (Yam)
13. Kyle Regal (Yam)
14. Chris Blose (Kaw)
15. Tye Simmonds (KTM)
16. Matt Boni (Kaw)
17. Fabien Izoird (Kaw)
18. Mike Alessi (KTM)
19. Antonio Balbi (Yam)
20. Kyle Partridge (Hon)

SUPERCROSS SERIES POINT STANDINGS

1. Ryan Villopoto (171/3 wins)

2. James Stewart (161/3)

3. Chad Reed (150/1)

4. Trey Canard (146/1)

5. Ryan Dungey (145)

6. Andrew Short (110)

7. Brett Metcalfe (104)

8. Justin Brayton (90)

9. Davi Millsaps (88)

10. Ivan Tedesco (78)