Sunday, January 20, 2013

AMA Supercross Round #3

Back to Angles Stadium in Anaheim for Round 3 of the 2013 AMA Supercross Season and the 2013 CRF450R is starting really show it's strength and consistency under some of the best dirt riders in the world. Big news for the night was that Kevin Windham annouced his retirement. Kevin has been a staple in the Supercross class for years and has always been known to be a tough and consistent rider throughout his career. Kevin is riding for Team Geico Honda for his final year.

Team Geico Honda rider Kevin Windham announces his retirement.
Windham announces is retirement.

Kevin Windham on a 2013 CRF450R available at Southern Honda Powersports
Kevin Windham in action at Anaheim 2

In the 250 Supercross Class after coming in 2nd in Heat Race #2 Honda Rider Eli Tomac was looking strong against his current rival Ken Roczen on his KTM. The 2013 CRF250R that Tomac is riding has been slightly updated for 2013 and we have a few left in stock here at Southern Honda Powersports. Here is a play by play from

It’s time for the 250 Main Event. 15 laps. At 9:23pm it’s Ken Roczen and Cole Seely side by side in the first corner! Seely emerges the leader. There are a couple of falls as well – we can see Max Anstie limping off the track.
The three fastest guys in the class are up front. It’s currently Cole Seely leading Ken Roczen, and Eli Tomac is chasing both of them.
Those top three riders have checked out. Five laps in they are way ahead of the rest of the pack. Seely leads, and Tomac is very close on Roczen.
The top three are very close … and at the end of lap 9 Tomac goes past Roczen on the inside of a left hander corner before the finish jump.
On the start of lap 11, Tomac goes around the outside of the first corner and passes Seely for the lead! It’s Tomac, Seely, Roczen – all still close!

Tomac is starting to pull a slight lead, and Roczen has pushed past Seely. It’s Tomac one, Roczen two, Seely three.
Eli Tomac ripping it on a 2013 CRF250R available at Southern Honda Powersports
 Eli Tomac on his 2013 CRF250R at Anaheim #2

The 450 Supercoss Main Event got off to a good start with Justin Barcia and Trey Canard getting out of the holeshot in 2nd and 3rd respectively. Their pace was looking great until Justin Barcia cased a triple jump and ended up injuring his face on the bars. He split his eyebrow requiring stitches and possibly broke his nose. Not exactly the most fun injury in the world. Pretty much his bike punched him in the face. He had to pull of track because of the bleeding which dropped him to 8th in the Supercross points standings after winning last week's race. He's not out yet, just has to climb out of a hole in a VERY competitive field this year. Here is a play by play of the Main Event:

The 450 Supercross Main Event. 20 laps. At 9:57pm Jake Weimer number 12 rockets into the lead. He’s chased by the two Honda Muscle Milk riders – Justin Barcia and Trey Canard!
On lap 2, Trey Canard moves into the lead! It’s Canard, Weimer, Barcia. Davi Millsaps is fourth. Chad Reed is sixth. James Stewart seventh. Ryan Dungey eighth. And Ryan Villopoto is on the move …
Hectic lap. Barcia lands hard from a jump – looks like he hurt his wrist. He is pulling off the track. Villopoto has moved all the way up to second. (Later on some have said he might of hit his face or nose quite hard. TBD.)
As they settle now starting lap six, it’s Canard leading Villopoto by about 2 seconds. By the end of this lap though – Villopoto has rushed right past Canard and into the lead!
Lap seven now – Villopoto already stretching his lead. Canard is second. Davi Millsaps is third. Chad Reed is fourth. Weimer is fifth. And Stewart goes down in a tight right hand corner – he is up and running … outside the top ten.
Lap 12 – Ryan Villopoto is leading by a big margin over Trey Canard. Davi Millsaps is third, and he’s being chased by Chad Reed. Then it’s Jake Weimer, Andrew Short, and Ryan Dungey.
As they start lap 16, Reed moves past Millsaps. And then Millsaps returns the favor! As they start lap 18, Millsaps spins the rear tire a bit too much, and Reed moves by!
This race belongs to Ryan Villopoto. It’s his first supercross main event victory since April of 2012. Trey Canard is second, Chad Reed third.

Trey Canard in the 2013 Honda CRF450R available at Southern Honda Powersports in Chattanooga TN.
Canard pinning it next to Villipoto on his 2013 CRF450R

Chad Reed launching the CRF450R

Honda riders take 2nd and third!

  Points standings after 3 rounds. (Courtesy of
 450SX Class Points
1.      Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki – 63
2.      Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda – 60
3.      Chad Reed, Australia, Honda – 56
4.      Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki – 52
5.      Ryan Dungey Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM – 48
6.      Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki – 47
7.      Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda – 41
8.      Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda – 40
9.      James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki – 36
10.   Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha – 32

Western Regional 250SX Class Points
1.      Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda – 75
2.      Ken Roczen, Germany, KTM – 66
3.      Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda – 58
4.      Zach Osborne, Chesterfield, S.C., Honda – 47
5.      Christian Craig, Wildomar, Calif., Honda – 35
6.      Tyla Rattray, South Africa, Kawasaki – 35
7.      Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Yamaha – 35
8.      Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Suzuki – 32
9.      Ryan Sipes, Ekron, Ky., Suzuki – 31
10.   Martin Davalos, Ecuador, Kawasaki – 30

"Play by Play" and pics courtesy of

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