Wil Hahn And James Stewart Best The Rest In Atlanta

Eight weeks into the season and it is still dishing up surprises, this time in the form of two new winners. James Stewart and Wil Hahn showed the field and a packed Georgia Dome how quickly a motorcycle could travel around the stadium floor, and both did it with ease and little in the way of direct competition. The ATL win was the first of Wil Hahn’s career, while the 20-lap wire-to-wire win by James Stewart was his first of the season.

250 East Coast Supercross Class

250 Heat One

Dean Wilson shot out of the gate and around the inside of the first turn to steal the holeshot from his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki teammate Justin Hill and MotoConcepts Racing's Gavin Faith. With a clear track ahead, Wilson checked out and claimed the first win of the night.

The real action took place behind Wilson, as Hill, Faith, and Myplash/Metal Mulisha/Star Racing/Yamaha's Jeremy Martin all diced for the top-three spots. Hill would tip over in a turn and lose a spot to Martin, but the group of riders had such a gap on fifth place Oldenburg that there was no real pressure.

In the final turn, Cole Thompson attempted a last-ditch pass for ninth on Jesse Wentland, but it would go awry. The move would put both riders on the ground and allowed Kurtis McCabe to grab the final transfer to the main event.

1. Dean Wilson (Kaw)
2. Gavin Faith (Hon)
3. Jeremy Martin (Yam)
4. Justin Hill (Kaw)
5. Steven Clarke (KTM)
6. Mitchell Oldenberg (Hon)
7. Vince Friese (Hon)
8. Lance Vincent (KTM)
9. Kurtis McCabe (Hon)

250 Heat Two

Geico Honda's Zach Bell claimed yet another heat race holeshot in the second go, with Red Bull KTM's Marvin Musquin just behind. After his vicious crash and attempt to ride in Dallas, Bell has become popular with fans, and the Georgia Dome erupted in cheers as he led the field. As the race continued on, Bell's teammate, Wil Hahn, began to close on the top-two and slipped around Musquin in one of the many hairpin turns. Hahn then mounted another charge and reeled in Bell on the final lap, and the two riders skied the wall jump before making contact in the following straightaway. This would kill Bell's momentum and hand Hahn the lead and eventual win.

With Hahn in control, Musquin and Bell began to fight for second. Bell went for a charge down the inside line, but cased a double that led into a turn and went down. He would remount and finish fifth.

1. Wil Hahn (Hon)
2. Marvin Musquin (KTM)
3. Blake Wharton (Suz)
4. Kyle Peters (Hon)
5. Zach Bell (Hon)
6. Jimmy Decotis (Hon)
7. Jackson Richardson (Hon)
8. Gareth Swanepoel (Kaw)
9. AJ Catanzaro (KTM)

250 LCQ

From the gate drop to the final jump, the 250 LCQ belonged to Cole Thompson. The Canadian rider has made a name for himself over the past two seasons with a series of impressive performances in the 250 class, and his precise laps in the LCQ distanced him from his mistake-prone competitors. The opening was filled with carnage, as riders hit the deck in multiple separate incidents, which shook the running order up drastically. Once the mayhem settled, the race for second place between Zack Freeburg and Adam Gulley began. Gulley batted down Freeburg's advances and with that, the Missouri privateer was in the main.

1. Cole Thompson
2. Adam Gulley

250 Main Event

As the 250 field rocketed into the first turn, it was clear the Wil Hahn was already at the front of the pack. Despite the fact the entire East Coast was behind the Honda rider, Hahn remained calm and in control. It appeared that Dean Wilson was biding his time while running in second and setting up a late-race strike, but with every lap, Hahn inched further away. Marvin Musquin, the day's top 250 qualifier, started the main event fifth, but quickly moved by rookie Justin Hill and Blake Wharton for third. With these three riders running 1-2-3, the stage for an unrestrained 250 main was set.

Yet, sadly, this never came to fruition. Hahn's lead rose and dropped every lap; Wilson would close one lap, then Hahn would pull away on the next. In the final laps, the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider increased his aggression, launched over the wall-jump single, squared-up turns, and scrubbed every section possible. He was within feet of Hahn in the final stretches, but Hahn ignored the pressure and claimed the first main event win of his career.

Main Event
1. Wil Hahn
2. Dean Wilson
3. Marvin Musquin
4. Blake Wharton
5. Jeremy Martin
6. Justin Hill
7. Gavin Faith
8. Kyle Peters
9. Vince Friese
10. Zach Bell
11. Mitchell Oldenburg
12. Lance Vincent
13. Cole Thompson
14. Jimmy Decotis
15. Steven Clarke
16. Gareth Swanepoel
17. Adam Gulley
18. AJ Catanzaro
19. Kurtis McCabe
20. Jackson Richardson
250 Class Championship Points Standings (After 2 of 9 rounds)
1. Dean Wilson (47pts/1 win)
2. Wil Hahn (45pts/1 win)
3. Blake Wharton (40)
4. Marvin Musquin (35)
5. Kyle Peters (31)
6. Justin Hill (31)
7. Gavin Faith (28)
8. Vince Friese (24)
9. Jimmy Decotis (20)
10. Lance Vincent (20)

450 Supercross Class

450 Heat One

Davi Millsaps pinned his Rockstar Energy Racing bike around the outside of the first turn and grabbed the early lead from BTO Sports KTM's latest signee, Andrew Short. From that point on, there would be no challenge for the position, as Millsaps seemingly cruised to a dominating 7.97-second win over Short.

Elsewhere in the pack, Ryan Dungey was in hot pursuit of Mike Alessi. The privateer MotoConcepts rider cut back and forth across the track in efforts to keep Dungey at bay, and did for numerous laps. Dungey finally made a pass in the track's long rhythm section and took over fourth, and then Chad Reed made a move of his own to take fifth.

RCH/Sycuan/Dodge/Suzuki's Josh Hill held the final transfer spot, but behind him, privateer Weston Peick searched for a place to overtake Hill. A pass seemed imminent, but as the laps wore on, Peick's chances disappeared and Hill went to the main.

1. Davi Millsaps (Suz)
2. Andrew Short (KTM)
3. Jake Weimer (Kaw)
4. Chad Reed (Hon)
5. Mike Alessi (Suz)
6. Eli Tomac (Hon)
7. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
8. Jimmy Albertson (Hon)
9. Josh Hill (Suz)

450 Heat Two

The start James Stewart pulled in his heat race start would be great benefit to the Yoshimura Suzuki rider, but it would create chaos elsewhere in the field. As the pack crested the first turn, Stewart pushed Monster Energy Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto high, which killed the defending champion's forward momentum, but he remained upright. Kyle Chisholm then checked up, tipped his JGR/Toyota/Yamaha, and collected a handful of riders in the crash. Chisholm pulled before completing a lap, which would force him to come through the LCQ later in the night.

Back at the front, it was all James Stewart. The Suzuki rider has controlled his share of heat races this season, and in Atlanta, he would add another mark to his season. Villopoto dropped deep in the top-ten after the first-turn incident, but climbed back into third place by the final flag.

The Georgia clay was deceivingly slick, which Team Honda Muscle Milk's Justin Barcia figured out the hard way while running third. As Barcia charged his bike across the starting line crossover that ran parallel to the mechanic's area, the rear-end broke free and slid him across the floor, which dropped him back and into a battle with teammate Trey Canard. The two racers neglected to race nicely, and the two proceeded to bump for half of a lap, until Trey Canard's bike was damaged and unable to continue. His night became longer with a trip to the LCQ.

1. James Stewart (Suz)
2. Justin Barcia (Hon)
3. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
4. Justin Brayton (Yam)
5. Broc Tickle (Suz)
6. Matt Georke (KTM)
7. Chris Blose (Yam)
8. Les Smith (KTM)
9. PJ Larsen (Hon)

450 LCQ

Weston Peick appeared to have the holeshot, but at the last second, Bobby Kiniry and Trey Canard jumped by. Although both Kiniry and Canard were in the transfer positions, neither wanted to risk allowing Peick, a rider known for his determination, to close in. Canard overtook the lead in the middle portion of the race, and the fans waited for the impending contact between Peick and Kiniry. Peick set the move up numerous times in one particular turn, but each attempt would be unsuccessful. During his final try, Peick gunned his Suzuki and spun onto the ground beneath Kiniry.

1. Trey Canard
2. Robert Kiniry

450 Main Event

Much like the 250 feature, the 450 finish was decided in the first turn. James Stewart again cut by Ryan Villopoto to claim the holeshot and by the time the pack hit the next section of track, the Suzuki rider was already pulling away. Davi Millsaps used the consolidated pack of riders to his advantage and picked off numerous riders at one time to rank third in just a handful of laps, but he was already down a considerable distance from the front two. Millsaps charge was aided a bit by Justin Barcia, who chopped Justin Brayton's front end while the Yamaha rider ran fourth in the opening lap.

Riders in both classes described the Atlanta track has one-lined, and the lack of action in the main event served as evidence. Stewart, clam and smooth in the lead, was never once truly pressured by Villopoto, who himself never felt an attack from Millsaps, who spent the full race just ahead of Barcia, and so forth. The massive separations between each rider did not add any excitement to the 20 long laps. At one point, sixth place Ryan Dungey was on the opposite side of the stadium as seventh place runner Eli Tomac.

Villopoto threw every ounce of speed he possessed into the final laps, but the massive gap was too much to overcome in such a short time. Stewart claimed the Atlanta main event win, his first of the season, over Villopoto and Millsaps.

Main Event
1. James Stewart
2. Ryan Villopoto
3. Davi Millsaps
4. Justin Barcia
5. Trey Canard
6. Ryan Dungey
7. Eli Tomac
8. Jake Weimer
9. Chad Reed
10. Mike Alessi
11. Matt Georke
12. Broc Tickle
13. Justin Brayton
14. Andrew Short
15. PJ Larsen
16. Josh Hill
17. Chris Blose
18. Les Smith
19. Jimmy Albertson
20. Robert Kiniry
450 Class Championship Points Standings (After 8 of 17 rounds)
1. Davi Millsaps (174pts/2 wins)
2. Ryan Villopoto (152/3 wins)
3. Ryan Dungey (148/1 win)
4. Trey Canard (135)
5. Chad Reed (127)
6. Justin Barcia (116/1 win)
7. Andrew Short (102)
8. James Stewart (100/1 win)
9. Justin Brayton (91)
10. Matt Georke (79)