Monday, January 28, 2013

AMA Supercross Round #4 Oakland

Round #4 is here and we at Southern Honda have been on the edge of our seats. See, motocross/supercross is a big deal here in Chattanooga, TN. Almost like a religion. Some guys spend their Sundays lapping their favorite track or blasting through the woods. Some pray more riding dirt than they do in church the next week between casing out jumps and catching rocks the wrong way at high speed. As always, we are rooting for our boys (and girls @AshleyFiolek67 ;) ) on their Hondas dirtbikes. The 2013 CRF450R has been performing very well under a wide variety of riders. These top riders are using the new KYB PSF Air Forks with great feedback turning into corners. As always the 2013 CRF250R has been ripping it up front with its updated suspension and Honda PGM FI fuel injection. No doubt, these bikes are class leading. Want these Honda dirtbikes at the best price in the southeast? Call Southern Honda Powersports. 
Trey Canard entering the arena in Oakland.
Trey Canard wheelie into the stadium!
It was a tough weekend for Honda riders as a result of crashes and pile ups. Once again the 250 Supercross class was hotly contested between Honda riders Cole Seely and Eli Tomac. In 250SX Heat 1 Honda rider Eli Tomac went down in the first corner but ended up recovering for a 7th place finish which put him into the Main Event by the skin of his teeth. Seely pulled out a 4th. At this point, he's the point's leader. But not for long. Here is the play by play of the main:

15 lap 250 SX West Main Event – 9:26pm. Joey Savatgy on the 176 KTM in the lead! At the end of the first lap, it’s Cole Seely with the lead, and Ken Roczen giving chase!

On the second lap, while running eighth – Eli Tomac goes down!

Eli Tomac having a rare good moment this weekend on his 2013 CRF250R.
Tomac trying to stay alive.
As we start lap three – Seely has a nice lead over Roczen, Jason Anderson is third. Joey Savatgy is next, followed by Martin Davalos and Christian Craig. Eli Tomac is 18th.

The top five after five laps are very spread out. Seely, Roczen, Anderson, Davalos, Savatgy. And then Tomac crashes again! He’s on the side of the track – and he’s not getting up quickly. He is heading back to the pits ….

Lap 12. Roczen has closed up right on Seely for the lead. And in a tight right hand corner, makes the pass for the lead! With Tomac out, and Roczen headed for the win, Roczen will definitely take over the points lead.
Kenny Roczen has won! And taken over the 250 West points lead! Cole Seely second, Jason Anderson third.

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Cole Seely kicking it on his CRF250R
Obviously, this is not the result we hoped for Tomac being that he was the points leader but Cole Seely put in a tremendous ride to end of with 2nd place. Realize that in the 250 Lites class, the smallest mistake and your falling back. As good as the CRF250R is, even it can't overcome full on crashes in this class. These are the best 250 riders in the world and the championship is getting interesting.

250 West Main Event Results:
  1. Ken Roczen – KTM
  2. Cole Seely – HON
  3. Jason Anderson – SUZ
  4. Martin Davalos – KAW
  5. Malcolm Stewart – KTM
  6. Joey Savatgy – KTM
  7. Kyle Cunningham – YAM
  8. Austin Politelli – HON
  9. Christian Craig – HON
  10. Zach Osborne – HON
  11. Tyla Rattray – KAW
  12. Travis Baker – YAM
  13. Jessy Nelson – HON
  14. Chris Plouffe – HON
  15. Jean Ramos – KAW
  16. Josh Cachia – KTM
  17. Kade Mosig – KAW
  18. Killian Rusk – HON
  19. Jake Canada – HON
  20. Eli Tomac – HON
250 West Point standings:
  1. Ken Roczen – 91
  2. Cole Seely – 80
  3. Eli Tomac – 76
  4. Zach Osborne – 58
  5. Jason Anderson – 52
  6. Kyle Cunningham – 49
  7. Martin Davalos – 48
  8. Christian Craig – 47
  9. Malcolm Stewart – 45
  10. Tyla Rattray – 45
  11. Jessy Nelson – 38
  12. Joey Savatgy – 38
  13. Ryan Sipes – 31
  14. Austin Politelli – 26
  15. Max Anstie – 26
  16. Travis Baker – 23
  17. Jake Canada – 21
  18. Michael Leib – 16
  19. Josh Cachia – 12
  20. Jean Ramos – 10

The 450 Supercross main was a tough one for our Honda guys Justin Barcia, Trey Canard, and Chad Reed. After banging through his heat race Trey Canard ends up second place on his way to the main. Then it happened. Villipoto pulls off a wicked holeshot and carnage breaks loose in turn one. Here is the play by play:

The 450 SX 20 Lap Main Event – 9:57pm. Big pile up in the second corner – at least five riders. One rider involved is Chad Reed. He’s first to get going. Josh Grant is another rider – he’s next to get going. James Stewart is another rider involved in the crash. He’s up and running – but very slowly.
Ryan Villopoto is out front. Justin Brayton is running second. Davi Millsaps is third. Mike Alessi fourth. Vince Friese is next. Ryan Dungey is in ninth. Trey Canard is 14th. Chad Reed 17th. Josh Grant 18th. James Stewart 19th – but has pulled out of the race. Justin Barcia is
20th – but also out of the race.

The big crash
The crash – you can see Dungey was affected, Brayton’s bike, Josh Grant’s bike, Chad Reed (black helmet with Monster logos), James Stewart, Trey Canard, and other carnage …

Ryan Villopoto is already running away with this race on lap five. Davi Millsaps has moved into second – he’s eight seconds behind Villopoto. Third place is Justin Brayton, fourth is Mike Alessi.
Dungey seventh. Canard 10th. Reed 16th. Grant 18th. Again – Stewart and Barcia are out of this race.

On lap 16 Villopoto is out front by over 10 seconds over Millsaps, Ryan Dungey has moved to third. Then it’s Alessi fourth, Canard up to fifth. Canard makes the move on Alessi to move into fourth … Chad Reed is 12th.

Ryan Villopoto has won this race. Davi Millsaps takes a nice second – and maintains his series points lead as the series heads back to Anaheim next Saturday. Ryan Dungey finishes third.

So basically Barcia tanked it and got hurt, Reed got up and pulled out a 12th and our boy Trey Canard ripped it all the way back up to 4th. One year off a broken back, this kid is no joke. We are looking forward to Anaheim.

Chad Reed, a Southern Honda customer!
Chad Reed pulled out a respectable finish considering.

450 Main Event Results:
  1. Ryan Villopoto – KAW
  2. Davi Millsaps – SUZ
  3. Ryan Dungey – KTM
  4. Trey Canard – HON
  5. Mike Alessi – SUZ
  6. Andrew Short – HON
  7. Matt Goerke – KTM
  8. Broc Tickle – SUZ
  9. Vince Friese – HON
  10. Justin Brayton – YAM
  11. Jim Albertson – HON
  12. Chad Reed – HON
  13. Kyle Chisholm – YAM
  14. Les Smith – KTM
  15. Rob Kiniry – YAM
  16. Josh Grant – YAM
  17. Cedric Soubeyras – HON
  18. Matt Lemoine – KAW
  19. James Stewart – SUZ
  20. Justin Barcia – HON
450 Point standings:
  1. Davi Millsaps – 85
  2. Trey Canard – 78
  3. Ryan Villopoto – 77
  4. Ryan Dungey – 68
  5. Chad Reed – 65
  6. Andrew Short – 56
  7. Jake Weimer – 47
  8. Justin Brayton – 42
  9. Justin Barcia – 41
  10. Matt Goerke – 39
  11. James Stewart – 38
  12. Josh Grant – 37
  13. Broc Tickle – 35
  14. Kyle Chisholm – 30
  15. Mike Alessi – 25
  16. Vince Friese – 24
  17. Weston Peick – 22
  18. Kevin Windham – 21
  19. Matt Lemoine – 16
  20. Jimmy Albertson – 12
  21. Mike Alessi – 9
  22. Robert Kiniry – 5

"Play by play" and points list courtesy of Photos courtesy of Honda Powersports and
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