Race Report: Phoenix Supercross

By Donn Maeda

Photos by Brendan Lutes

Ryan Dungey earned a spot in the motocross history books by winning the second round of the Monster Energy Supercross Series, giving the Austrian KTM marquee its first-ever win in the premier division. For the 2010 SX Champ, it was an easy start-to-finish romp, as he grabbed the holeshot and led every lap, uncontested aboard his KTM 450SX-F. Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer earned his first career podium finish by controlling the runner-up position throughout the 20-lap main, while defending Supercross Champion Ryan Villopoto put on an amazing charge through the pack after a first-lap crash to earn third. Leaving Phoenix, Dungey and Villopoto share the series points lead.

In the Supercross Lites division, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson assumed control of the lead on the first lap and raced off with a commanding win. France’s former MX2 World Champion Marvin Musquin held down second at the checkered flag and earned his first US Supercross podium, while Tyla Rattray earned third and took over the series points lead.

 

Lites Qualifying

Cole Seely snared the holeshot at the start of the first heat race, but fast qualifier Eli Tomac wasted little time taking control of the lead. Once out front, Tomac pulled away by tripling through a tricky rhythm section, and at the finish he enjoyed over four seconds on Seely, who held firm control of the runner-up position. Rockstar Suzuki’s Jason Anderson ran unchallenged in third throughout the race, while Max Anstie and Marvin Musquin overcame mediocre starts to round out the top three.

Heat One Results

1. Eli Tomac (Hon)

2. Cole Seely (Hon)

3. Jason Anderson (Suz)

4. Max Anstie (Hon)

5. Marvin Musquin (KTM)

6. Travis Baker (Hon)

7. Billy Laninovich (Hon)

8. Michael Leib (Hon)

9. Teddy Maier (Hon)

 

When the gate dropped at the start of the second Lites heat race, Rockstar Suzuki’s Marton Davalos led the pack through turn one, but his lead lasted less than two laps as he went down in a corner. Dean Wilson took over from there, and rode home with an uncontested win over his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki teammate Tyla Rattray. MX2 GP contender Zach Osborne rode great en route to third, while Nico Izzi worked to a lonely fourth after a so so start. Privateer Scott Champion had a great ride and worked past Gareth Swanepoel for fifth at the checkered flag.

Heat Two Results

1. Dean Wilson (Kaw)

2. Tyla Rattray (Kaw)

3. Zach Osborne (Yam)

4. Nico Izzi (Yam)

5. Scott Champion (Hon)

6. Gareth Swanepoel (Yam).

7. Bruce Rutherford (Hon)

8. Vince Friese (Hon)

9. Jean Carlo Ramos (Hon)

 

Lites LCQ

Davalos holeshot the Lites LCQ and raced away with an easy win. Ryan Sipes and Matt Moss waged war over the final transfer spot; the two riders trading block passes a couple times before Moss ran it in too hard and took them both out, leaving the final transfer position to Adam Chatfield.

LCQ Results

1. Martin Davalos (Suz)

2. Adam Chatfeild (Hon)

 

Lites Main

Tyla Rattray grabbed the holeshot at the start of the 15-lap Lites main event, but Dean Wilson took control on the first lap and led the field to start lap two. Musquin also snuck past Rattray and into second, and the former World Champion did his best to stay glued to Wilson’s rear fender. By the fifth lap, Wilson enjoyed a three-second lead over Musquin, who in turn had a similar cushion over Rattray and Osborne, who battled over third. Anaheim 1 winner Seely suffered a mediocre start and worked into fifth, ahead of Tomac and Anderson.

Seely and Tomac both passed Osborne on the eighth lap to move into fourth and fifth, respectively. Tomac pressured Seely for several laps before stuffing his way past at home plate on the 13th lap, but that was as far as he’d worth through the field. At the checkered flag, Wilson enjoyed a commanding six-second lead over Musquin, Rattray, and Tomac. Rattray took over the series points lead with his third-place finish.

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Overall
1. Dean Wilson
2. Marvin Musquin
3. Tyla Rattray
4. Eli Tomac
5. Cole Seely
6. Zach Osborne
7. Jason Anderson
8. Nico Izzi
9. Max Anstie
10. Travis Baker
11. Michael Leib
12. Billy Laninovich
13. Bruce Rutherford
14. Vince Friese
15. Teddy Maier
16. Scott Champion
17. Gareth Swanepoel
18. Jean Carlo Ramos
19. Adam Chatfield
20. Martin Davalos
250 Class West Coast Championship Standings (After 2 of 7 rounds)

1. Tyla Rattray (42pts)
2. Cole Seely (41pts/1 win)
3. Dean Wilson (40pts/1 win)
4. Marvin Musquin (40pts)
5. Eli Tomac (38pts)
6. Jason Anderson (28pts)
7. Zach Osborne (27pts)
8. Nico Izzi (22pts)
9. Travis Baker (22pts)
10. Max Anstie (17pts)

Top Lap Times
1. Eli Tomac 52.385
2. Dean Wilson 52.523
3. Cole Seely 52.554
4. Tyla Rattray 53.811
5. Marvin Musquin 53.024

Supercross Qualifying

Andrew Short grabbed the holeshot at the start of the first 10-lap Supercross heat, and led Mike Alessi, Josh Hansen and Chad Reed through turn one. James Stewart was mired at the start,but wasted little time slicing through the field. Reed took control of the lead briefly when he block passed Short, but Stewart struck one corner later, passing both Short and Reed and racing into the lead. Reed tried to retaliate in the same corner one lap later, but lost the front end and crashed out of contention. Stewart maintained easy control of the race from then on, even busting out a huge quad that no one had done all day long along the first base line. Short held on for second, well ahead of Alessi on his Motoconcepts 450. Hansen turned in a great ride for fourth, ahead of his H&H teammate Ivan Tedesco.

Heat One Results

1. James Stewart (Yam)

2. Andrew Short (Hon)

3. Mike Alessi (Suz)

4. Josh Hansen (Kaw)

5. Ivan Tedesco (Kaw)

6. Kevin Windham (Hon)

7. Chad Reed (Hon)

8. Tommy Hahn (Hon)

9. Kyle Chisholm (Kaw)

 

Ryan Villopoto took the holeshot at the start of heat one, but a good-sized spill while leading saw him drop to ninth. RV’s Monster Energy Kawasaki teammate Jake Weimer took control of the race and led to the checkered flag, in spite of some heavy pressure from Brayton in the middle of the race. Davi Millsaps looked strong as he raced to third, fending off the charges of Ryan Dungey to the finish, while Villopoto caught back up to fifth at the flag.

Heat Two Results

1. Jake Weimer (Kaw)

2. Justin Brayton (Hon)

3. Davi Millsaps (Yam)

4. Ryan Dungey (KTM)

5. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)

6. Brett Metcalfe (Suz)

7. Trey Canard (Hon)

8. Kyle Partridge (Kaw)

9. Chris Blose (Kaw)

 

Supercross LCQ

Nick Wey claimed the holeshot in the LCQ and led the entire race en route to his first main event of the young series. Justin Sipes held control of second early on, but Jimmy Albertson and Josh Grant worked past and battled tooth-in-nail over the final transfer position. The two riders swapped the position a couple times, but when they made contact entering a corner, Grant was send into a spectacular over-the-bars crash and out of contention. Albertson took the final transfer spot.

LCQ Results

1. Nick Wey (Kaw)

2. Jimmy Albertson (Suz)

Supercross Main

When the gate dropped at the start of the second Supercross main of the season, Dungey grabbed the holeshot aboard his KTM 450SX-F and led Weimer and Windham around the track. Villopoto crashed in the sand on lap one and remounted at the back of the pack, while Stewart struggled with a terrible start. LCQ transfers Wey and Albertson crashed hard together on the opening lap and never returned to the race.

Dungey began to check out early on, distancing himself from Weimer in second and Windham in third. Stewart was the man on the move in the first half of the race, and worked past Reed for sixth before knifing his front end in the sand and crashing out of contention. Villopoto mounted a tremendous charge from the back of the pack and moved into fourth just past the halfway point, setting blistering lap times along the way. On the last lap, RV snuck underneath the popular veteran to steal the third and final podium spot, behind Dungey and Weimer.

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

1. Ryan Dungey (45pts/1 win)
2. Ryan Villopoto (45pts/1 win)
3. Jake Weimer (38pts)
4. Chad Reed (38pts)
5. Kevin Windham (31pts)
6. Andrew Short (29pts)
7. James Stewart (28pts)
8. Justin Brayton (25pts)
9. Brett Metcalfe (22pts)
10. Josh Hansen (22pts)

Top Lap Times
1. Ryan Villopoto 52.030
2. Ryan Dungey 52.058
3. Jake Weimer 52.389
4. James Stewart 52.394
5. Chad Reed 52.825