News 2 Feb 2011

Anaheim 2 Supercross to feature PINK theme this weekend

Anaheim 2 will feature a PINK theme for the second year in a row on Saturday.

Anaheim 2 will feature a PINK theme for the second year in a row on Saturday.

Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, heads to Anaheim’s Angel Stadium this Saturday for its second annual PINK themed race in support of finding a cure for breast cancer.

The PINK Supercross race will help fund the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure 60-mile walk.

With the season four races in, San Manuel Yamaha’s James Stewart has assumed control of the points lead in the Supercross class with a win last weekend.

Last weekend before 44,394 fans at a rainy Oakland Coliseum, Stewart won ahead of Australia’s Chad Reed while former points leader Ryan Villopoto crashed out of the lead to wind up fourth.

“This is a great win for me and the team,” said Stewart. “It’s a long season and it’s all about winning a championship. The rain tonight made it a little difficult, but I am glad I came out on top.”

Meanwhile, Pro Circuit/Monster Energy/Kawasaki’s Broc Tickle earned his first win in the Western Regional Supercross Lites class, which puts him one point behind the division leader, teammate Josh Hansen.

“Man, I overrode the track tonight,” exclaimed Hansen. “When I made the mistake of tripling two in a row, I tightened up and my teammate [Tickle] passed me fair and square.

“I need to pick it up for this coming weekend in Anaheim and really be smart out there.”

Tickle was stoked to take his first victory of 2011.

“I was so focused out there tonight,” said Tickle. “I knew it was going to be really slick out there, so I tried to ride smooth and take it lap by lap.”

Last year during the final Anaheim race, Villopoto won the evening’s race at Angel Stadium in front of a nearly sold out crowd.

GEICO Powersports Honda’s Trey Canard – now in the 450 class – won his second Western Regional Supercross Lites class main event of the season.

The first race was held in Anaheim on December 4, 1976, and Marty Smith won on a Honda.

Ricky Carmichael and Jeremy McGrath share the all-time Supercross class win record at Angel Stadium with eight wins each.

In the Western Regional Supercross Lites class, three riders have swept all three races at Angel Stadium – Villopoto, Ivan Tedesco and Ernesto Fonseca.

Stewart, Windham and McGrath are the only riders in history to win in the Supercross Lites class and Supercross class at Anaheim.