– AMA Monster Energy Supercross 2013 – Round 5 – Anaheim III
– Dungey Scores First Monster Energy Supercross Win of 2013 Season at Angel Stadium
– Two in a Row for Roczen with 250SX Class Win
ANAHEIM, Calif. (February 2, 2013) – Before 41,294 fans inside Angel Stadium, Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey won his first Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, race of the season. Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen won his second consecutive Western Regional 250SX Class Main Event.
JGRMX/Toyota/Yamaha’s Justin Brayton scored the Nuclear Cowboyz® Holeshot Award with MotoConcepts Racing’s Mike Alessi trailing in second place. Brayton crashed in turn three, giving the lead to Alessi as Dungey secured second position.
Two-time defending Monster Energy Supercross Champion Ryan Villopoto was 11th place on the opening lap aboard his Monster Energy Kawasaki. On Lap 1, Rockstar Energy Racing’s Davi Millsaps moved into third place as Dungey took over the lead. Villopoto crashed after making contact with Alessi on the second lap and re-started in 19th place. Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart moved into second place on Lap 6, moving Millsaps back to third place.
Millsaps waited until Lap 13 to re-pass Stewart for second place. Stewart was passed again for third by Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Justin Barcia.
Dungey, who secured his position in the Main Event via the final transfer position in the Last Chance Qualifier, became the fourth different winner in five races this season and moved into second place in season standings. Millsaps finished second and holds a 14-point lead over Dungey. Barcia, who did not finish the last two races, finished third.
“We felt some emotion coming into tonight’s race after barely making it into the Main Event,” said Dungey. “The team was sweating it, but we pulled it off. It’s a long season and this is a big step for the team.”
Rookie Joey Savatgy won the Nuclear Cowboyz Holeshot Award aboard his JDR/JStar KTM to start the Western Regional 250SX Class Main Event with Roczen on his back wheel in second place. Roczen quickly moved into the lead on the opening lap as he passed Savatgy. Defending champion Eli Tomac, who rides for the GEICO Honda team, started near the middle of the field but moved into fourth place on Lap 5.
Roczen extended his points lead to 20 over Tomac with the win. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Martin Davalos finished second and Tomac finished third.
“I need to keep this up and take it to the next level,” said Roczen. “This has been a great two races for me, but the season is not over yet, so I need to keep the pressure on as we head to San Diego next week.”
Metal Mulisha founder Brian Deegan’s son Haiden competed in tonight’s KTM Junior Supercross Challenge, finishing fourth overall. The epic freestyle motocross arena tour, Nuclear Cowboyz, which features the Metal Mulisha, can be seen at arenas across the country.
Monster Energy Supercross will continue next Saturday night, February 9, from Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.
450SX Class Results: Oakland
1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM
2. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki
3. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda
4. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki
5. Chad Reed, Australia, Honda
6. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda
7. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda
8. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki
9. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki
10. Justin Brayton, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Yamaha
450SX Class Points
1. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki – 107
2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM – 93
3. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda – 92
4. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki – 90
5. Chad Reed, Australia, Honda – 81
6. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda – 71
7. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda – 61
8. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki – 56
9. Justin Brayton, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Yamaha – 53
10. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki – 48
Western Regional 250SX Class Results: Oakland
1. Ken Roczen, Germany, KTM
2. Martin Davalos, Ecuador, Kawasaki
3. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda
4. Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Yamaha
5. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Suzuki
6. Travis Baker, Romoland, Calif., Yamaha
7. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., KTM
8. Austin Politelli, Riverside, Calif., Honda
9. Max Anstie, England, Suzuki
10. Zach Osborne, Chesterfield, S.C., Honda
Western Regional 250SX Class Points
1. Ken Roczen, Germany, KTM – 116
2. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda – 96
3. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda – 89
4. Martin Davalos, Ecuador, Kawasaki – 70
5. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Suzuki – 68
6. Zach Osborne, Chesterfield, S.C., Honda – 68
7. Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Yamaha – 67
8. Christian Craig, Wildomar, Calif., Honda – 54
9. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., KTM – 52
10. Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., Honda – 49
KTM Junior Supercross Challenge
1. Slade Varola, Simi Valley, Calif., KTM 50 SX
2. Tyler Blankenship, Bakersfield, Calf., KTM 50 SX
3. Ty Freehill, El Dorado Hills, Calif., KTM 50 SX
4. Haiden Deegan, Temecula, Calif., KTM 50 SX
5. Ezra Beckett, Anderson, Calif., KTM 50 SX
6. Cameron Steel, Wyee, Australia, KTM 50 SX
7. Logan Lessar, Centennial, Colo., KTM 50 SX
8. Theo Lount, White City, Ore., KTM 50 SX
9. Kolby Kring, Billings, Mont., KTM 50 SX
10. Jace Grandstaff, Oakdale, Calif., KTM 50 SX
11. Steven Perez, Corona, Calif., KTM 50 SX
12. Dane Morales, Huntington Beach, Calif., KTM 50 SX
13. Cody Murph,y Corona, Calif., KTM 50 SX
14. Ryan Yeski, Sierra Vista, Ariz., KTM 50 SX
15. Seth Sadorra, Brentwood, Calif., KTM 50 SX
– Reed Report
It was a case of deja vu for the the Australian, who was solid throughout practice and finished his heat race third. Reed got caught up in a fracas at Turn 3 on the opening lap of the SX 450 Main Event which dropped him back to 19th.
Reed charged through the order, making up 14 positions on his way to finishing fifth. Acknowledging that tonight’s result doesn’t represent the progress made by his TwoTwo Motorsports team Reed said it was the first time this year that he felt he could win.
“I am honestly happy with tonight,” Reed said “Sometimes the result doesn’t always fit the progress you have made.
“I feel like we now have all the pieces of the puzzle and it was the first time this year I felt like I could win.
“Bring on San Diego, I know we are heading in the right direction and I really want to put it all together for a good result,” Reed added.
Reed currently sits fifth in the 450 SX class championship standings on 81 points.
– KTM Report
Red Bull KTM Factory rider Ryan Dungey won his first 450SX Supercross race of the season in front of a packed Anaheim crowd at Angel Stadium. Dungey’s win marked the second KTM win of the night after his teammate, Ken Roczen, took the victory in the 250SX class for the second weekend in a row.
Dungey’s day started well with him turning fast lap times in the afternoon qualifiers but then a mechanical issue at the start of his heat caused him to not finish the race and he had to contest the Last Change Qualifier. Then in the LCQ, Dungey got caught in a first turn pile up and had to work his way into qualifying position. He passed into the final qualifying spot on the last lap to transfer into the main event.
But the American’s luck changed when the gate dropped for the main event. Dungey leaped out to second behind Mike Alessi. He slipped into the lead on the second lap of the race and he never looked back. Dungey pulled away out front while the others battled behind him to take his first win of the 2013 Supercross season.
Roczen extends lead in 250 SX Championship
Meanwhile Roczen picked up his second consecutive 250SX win of the season at a packed Angel Stadium and stretched his points in the championship standings to carry forward the red plate into the next round.
Roczen rode strong all day long, turning fast lap times and eventually qualifying into the main event with a second place finish in his heat to give him a good gate pick for the main event.
The German rider got off to a good start in the main and rounded the first corner in second place. He moved into the lead before the end of the first lap and began to focus on pulling away from the pack. Roczen held on to lead all 15 laps of the main event to capture his second straight victory of the season. Now five rounds into the series, he holds a 20-point lead in the championship standings.
“It is so great to get up here and have my hard work finally pay off,” commented Roczen. “My team and I have been working really hard this year to put our KTM’s up front and in the championship hunt and I feel like we are in a good position. I can’t wait for the next race.”
Dungey and Roczen’s win marks KTM’s first-ever sweep of both Supercross classes. “Tonight has been a great night,” remarked Red Bull KTM Team Manager Roger DeCoster. “We are so proud of both our rider’s and the entire work our team has put in to get to this point. Now we just need to work harder to stay here.” KTM and DeCoster have just recently announced an extension to the US team manager’s contract through 2016.
– Rockstar Energy Suzuki Report
Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki’s Davi Millsaps doubled his points lead to 14 in the 2013 AMA/ FIM World Supercross Championship at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California on Saturday by racing to second overall in an exciting Main Event.
Millsaps – the most-prolific rider in the series so far after five rounds, and with four podiums under his belt – was on fire from the start, in front of a crowd of 41,000 who braved rain in the closing stages of the evening’s final race that made the circuit slippery.
The 24 year old from Murrietta, California was on fire from the start of his heat race aboard the RM-Z450 Suzuki, taking victory. And in the 20-lap 450 Main Event, he engaged in some heated battles as rain fell on the hard-pack Anaheim soil. At one point it looked like Millsaps was going to make the pass for the lead; at other times it appeared as if he would fall into fourth – such was the closeness of racing between the leading riders.
Said Millsaps: “All in all it was a good smart weekend. I didn’t get that great of a start but somehow I came out of the first turn pretty decent, then a bunch of people went down so that helped me out. I’m not ‘gonna complain about that”! I almost threw it away on lap 18 but I pulled it together. There are a bunch of guys out there that can win any weekend. This is Ryan Dungey’s first win so that’s pretty cool for him. I had some good battles, it was a good race; and I’m just pumped to be on the podium. I’m trying to be as consistent as I can.”
In the 250cc Main Event, Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki’s Jason Anderson put in a solid performance to finish fifth.
Anderson (19) – who picked up his first season podium at Oakland last weekend – worked hard to pick-up his pace through practice and went nearly two-seconds faster; which put him the third-fastest time. Then, in his heat race, he went down while in second place, but fought from the back to finish third; putting in the only time within the 52-second range.
Said Anderson: “Today went good but not good: I was just figuring stuff out first practice and had a good second practice, had some crashes, but came out of the night with a fifth. I’ve ‘gotta go and work on my notes from the night now. I don’t feel like I did too much wrong, I just need to stay out of the squirrely mid pack.”
The Rockstar Energy Racing team head’s to scenic San Diego, California next weekend where Millsaps and Anderson will aim to continue their recent success; Millsaps with a 14-point 450cc class lead and Anderson looking to move up in the 250 class points as he currently sits just two points out of fourth overall.
– Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Report
Monster Energy AMA Supercross returned to Anaheim on Saturday night for the third and final stop to Angel Stadium and Round 5 of 17. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Martin Davalos accomplished his best finish of the season landing in second in the 250SX main event. After a heat race win, Davalos got a great start in the main event and chased the leader for the entire 15 laps to score his second podium of the season. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Villopoto overcame a pile up on the first lap to finish eighth and remain in the championship hunt. Teammate Jake Weimer was also caught up in a first lap crash and was unable to finish the main event, while Tyla Rattray encountered problems and was unable to qualify for the main event.
After finishing one step off the podium last weekend in Oakland, Davalos was determined to return his KX™250F to the podium in Anaheim. He traded fastest lap times throughout the day in qualifying and came out flying in his heat race. Davalos got the holeshot and rode to victory in the heat race to give himself first gate pick for the main event. When the gate dropped, he tucked around the first turn and came out in third place. Davalos quickly made a pass into second and began his hunt for the leader. He chipped away at the gap, narrowing it to one second, but could not find a place to close in and make a move. Davalos finished second and moved into fourth overall in the points standings.
“I felt really good out there all day today,” said Davalos. “I worked hard on my starts all week and it paid off tonight. I was being a little too cautious at the end and was riding on the edge of the track to try and find better lines. I’m happy with second. We’re constantly looking to improve and will head to San Diego and look to head into the break on a high note.”
Villopoto was calm and confident heading back to Angel Stadium for the final time this season and threw down fast laps all day. In his heat race he was shuffled towards the back of the field off the start and had his work cut out for him. The track forced Villopoto to be very smooth and select his passing spots carefully, finishing fifth. For the main event, he got a great start on his KX™450F, but two turns later was caught in a pile up. Then on the third lap, Villopoto again was caught up and had to work his way through most of the field. Playing catch up once again, Villopoto progressively picked off riders and finished inside the top-10 in eighth. The defending champion remains in fourth overall in the points standings just 17 points from the leader.
“Tonight was a frustrating result,” said Villopoto. “We felt really good all day and in the main event, I got about a fourth place start but that all went away when a rider came and took us all high in the next berm. The track was really tough to pass on, but we were able to salvage some good points.”
After sitting out last week due to illness, Weimer returned to Anaheim ready to race. He quietly rode to sixth place in his heat race and looked to be close to his old speed. In the main event he rounded the first turn within the top-10, but suffered a crash along the first baseline section, forcing him out of the race. Weimer will look to return in San Diego and is currently 10th overall in the points standings.
Rattray had a difficult night, which began in the heat race. After battling for position in the opening laps, the South African came together hard with another rider. Although he did not crash, the collision sheared the bolts off his front brake caliper forcing him out of the race. He lined up for the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ) among many other top riders who suffered back luck in the heat races. The LCQ only takes two riders to the main event and Rattray was not able to make a pass for second and finished third, ending his night. Rattray sits 12th in the points standings.
– Yoshimura Suzuki Report
Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s James Stewart celebrated his best result of the season so far at round five of the AMA/ FIM World Supercross Championship on Saturday night.
Stewart demonstrated tremendous speed and skill as he raced his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 to a solid fourth-place finish as the series visited Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California for the third and final time this year.
The Anaheim 3 Supercross saw Stewart once again claim rights to the fastest qualifying time in the premier 450 class. Despite nursing an injured knee from round one, Stewart has been the fastest qualifier at four of the season’s five events. And in Saturday night’s eight-lap heat race, the Yoshimura Suzuki rider again showed formidable speed, overcoming a poor start and picking his way through the field to finish a promising third.
Said Stewart: “In the heat race, I got a bad start, but I made my way up to third. I had some good lap times on the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450. I felt pretty good and I was riding pretty strong.”
At the start of the 20-lap Main, he struggled but slotted into fifth place by the end of lap one. Riding like the multi-time champion that he is, he pushed hard and moved smoothly into third place, and then into the runner-up spot. He fought an intense battle for second and ran in a podium position for most of the race before eventually finishing fourth.
“The race was pretty interesting,” said Stewart. “I got a terrible start but I made some good passes. There were a couple of different pile-ups but I was able to avoid those this week. I ran second for more than half the race and then third for another quarter – and then ended up making a couple of mistakes- but fourth place could be worse. Overall, I was happy about being up at the front. It was a big confidence-booster and I’m happy to leave Anaheim healthy and in the top five. We’ll continue to build, the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 was working awesome; and we’ll continue to work on it and get ready for San Diego.”
Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s next event is the sixth round of the 2013 AMA/ FIM World Supercross Championships on Saturday, February 9th at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.
– Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe Report
Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe’s Max Anstie finished ninth in the last AMA/ FIM World Supercross 250 Main Event that he’ll be racing this year.
In the series’ third visit to the Anaheim Stadium in California on Saturday – and in front of 41,294 fans – the 19 year old set the seventh-best qualifying time, had a good start in his heat, but a problem with his front brake saw him drop a couple of places. But, the US-based Briton ended up in fifth position which qualified him for the Main Event.
A mistake at the start of the Main, however, saw him at the back of the pack and 13th after the first lap, but Anstie worked his way back to ninth and collected 12 points. He leaves the championship in 15th position and will focus on his preparation for the first World MX2 Grand Prix in Qatar on March 2nd.
Said Anstie: “The day started off well in Anaheim, I put in fourth-fastest time in the first Qualifying session then dropped back to seventh in the second one. I felt confident and ready to go for the night show. I got off to a good start in my heat but a slight problem with my front brake caused me to drop back a few spots. I ended up fifth and with good lap times and some good lines, things felt like they were coming together. But in the Main, I made a small mistake on the gate and I managed to claw my way back into ninth.
“It’s not where I wanted to finish my last SX race of the season, but we learnt so much and it has definitely got me prepared mentally and race-wise for Qatar in a month. I can’t wait to get on the GP race bike! I know I am better-prepared that all other GP riders and the whole team has worked so hard to make things happen. We’ll keep working and good things will come!”