News 22 Jan 2012

Reed breaks through for LA victory, Tomac dominates Lites

TwoTwo Motorsports’ Chad Reed won the Supercross Class main event at tonight’s Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, at Dodger Stadium.

Chad Reed won the Los Angeles round of AMA Supercross at Dodger Stadium tonight. Image: Simon Cudby.

TwoTwo Motorsports’ Chad Reed won the Supercross Class main event at tonight’s Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, at Dodger Stadium before 35,741 fans, marking his first win of the season.

After winning the holeshot, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer held the lead position until being passed by Reed on lap six.

Toyota/Yamaha/JGRMX’s James Stewart made a pass on Weimer for second place, and during the pass, Weimer crashed, falling to 14th place.

Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey, who won last weekend’s race in Phoenix, settled into fourth place behind Stewart. Dungey was able to capitalise on a crash by Stewart on lap 12 as he took over the number three position.

Dungey, who finished second, has also been on the podium at every race this season and now sits in the points lead. Stewart finished a season-best third place.

“I have been trying to figure out what I have been doing wrong this year,” said Reed, who earned his 41st Supercross Class win. “I switched to a tyre that I used last year and it worked.

“I am going to keep trying to get better each week. I will take the good with the bad and keep moving forward.”

Defending champion Ryan Villopoto was fourth tonight, narrowly behind Stewart, after crashing on the first turn of the opening lap.

The Monster Energy Kawasaki rider put forward another heroic ride to salvage all-important points for the series.

Yoshimura Suzuki’s Brett Metcalfe put forward his best ride of the year with fifth, while Cody Mackie missed out on the main event after finishing ninth in the LCQ.

GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac also captured his first Western Regional Supercross Lites Class main event win of the season.

In the Western Regional Supercross Lites Class main event, Tomac quickly passed holeshot winner Martin Davalos, of the Rockstar Suzuki team, shortly after turn one and rode flawlessly for the next 15 laps.

On lap six, Monster Energy Yamaha’s Zach Osborne passed Davalos, for the number two position. While riding in third place, Davalos crashed and lost several positions before reentering the race.

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson, who won last weekend’s main event in Phoenix, passed Osborne on lap 12, where he would finish.

Wilson currently sits in second place. Osborne earned a career-best third-place finish. Tomac’s win marked the third of his career, and he is now the Western Regional Supercross Lites Class points leader, one point ahead of Wilson.

“I was able to sneak into the lead and ride 15 solid laps,” said Tomac. “It’s a night and day difference when you get a good start. I should have been getting starts like this all season.”

Australia’s Matt Moss finished a solid eighth during the main for JDR/J-Star/KTM, despite a crash in the opening laps.

Racing resumes next Saturday at Oakland’s O.com Coliseum.

2012 Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship
Round Three – Los Angeles, CA

Supercross Class Results:
1. Chad Reed, Australia, Honda
2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM
3. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha
4. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki
5. Brett Metcalfe, Australia, Suzuki
6. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha
7. Josh Hansen, Elbert, Colo., Kawasaki
8. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Kawasaki
9. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda
10. Mike Alessi, Hilliard, Calif., Suzuki

Supercross Class Season Standings:
1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM – 67
2. Chad Reed, Australia, Honda – 63
3. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki – 63
4. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki – 48
5. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha – 48
6. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda – 43
7. Brett Metcalfe, Australia, Suzuki – 38
8. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda – 36
9. Josh Hansen, Elbert, Colo., Kawasaki – 36
10. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha – 28

Western Regional Supercross Lites Class Results:
1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda
2. Dean Wilson, Menifee, Calif., Kawasaki
3. Zach Osborne, Chesterfield, S.C., Yamaha
4. Tyla Rattray, Wildomar, Calif., Kawasaki
5. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Suzuki
6. Max Anstie, Hemet, Calif., Honda
7. Michael Lieb, Menifee, Calif., Honda
8. Matt Moss, Australia, KTM
9. Martin Davalos, Cairo, Ga., Suzuki
10. Billy Laninovich, Riverside, Calif., Honda

Western Regional Supercross Lites Class Season Standings:
1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda – 63
2. Dean Wilson, Menifee, Calif., Kawasaki – 62
3. Tyla Rattray, Wildomar, Calif., Kawasaki – 60
4. Cole Seely, Murrieta, Calif., Honda – 47
5. Zach Osborne, Chesterfield, S.C., Yamaha – 47
6. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Suzuki – 44
7. Marvin Musquin, Murrieta, Calif., KTM – 42
8. Max Anstie, Hemet, Calif., Honda – 32
9. Nico Izzi, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha – 32
10. Billy Laninovich, Riverside, Calif., Honda – 27

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