Monday, February 4, 2013

AMA Supercross Round #5 Anaheim from Southern Honda

Round #5 Anaheim 3 from Angels Stadium
Angel's Stadium, Anaheim 3
Another round and another winner this week as Ryan Dungey goes from the worst night ever to the best night. Once again we were following the 3rd Anaheim round closely here at Southern Honda and were hoping to see Team Muscle Milk and Team Geico Honda finish consistently and at or near the front. Qualifying started well in the 250 Supercross class with Geico Honda rider Eli Tomac laying down the fastest lap on his 2013 Honda CRF250R. His luck continued in his heat race where he dominated the field and easily moved on to the main event. Tomac's luck did not continue as he got off to a bad start.
Eli Tomac on his 2013 CRF250R available from Southern Honda Powersports
Eli Tomac riding hard to catch up to Roczen.
Here is a play by play of what happened:

Time for the 250 West SX Main Event. 15 laps. Joey Savatgy leads Kenny Roczen and Martin Davalos out of the gate!
Not for long though. Ken Roczen goes into first quickly. Martin Davalos moves to second. Savatgy third. Travis Baker is next, followed by Zach Osborne. Eli Tomac is eighth.

At the end of lap five, Roczen is riding just like he’s done when he won the MX2 World Championship. Strong. Aggressive. Smooth. Stylish. And fast. Martin Davalos is running well in second. Although a ways back, Joey Savatgy in third. Eli Tomac has moved up to fourth.

Lap ten: Roczen leading, but Davalos is hanging tough. Eli Tomac is third – a good distance back.
Fourth is Kyle Cunningham, then Travis Baker, Zach Osborne, and Joey Savatgy. Jason Anderson is next. Cole Seely is having a tough ride in 12th.

Ken Roczen has won.

That puts Eli Tomac down 20 points to the Red Bull KTM rider with 4 races to go.

250 West Main Event Results:
  1. Ken Roczen – KTM
  2. Martin Davalos – KAW
  3. Eli Tomac – HON
  4. Kyle Cunningham – YAM
  5. Jason Anderson – SUZ
  6. Travis Baker -
  7. Joey Savatgy – KTM
  8. Austin Politelli
  9. Max Anstie – SUZ
  10. Jessy Nelson – HON
  11. Zach Osborne – HON
  12. Cole Seely – HON
  13. Christian Craig – HON
  14. Josh Cachia
  15. Scott Champion
  16. Kade Mosig
  17. Jean Ramos
  18. Dakota Tedder
  19. Tyler Bereman
  20. Derek Anderson
250 West Point standings:
  1. Ken Roczen -116
  2. Eli Tomac – 96
  3. Cole Seely – 89
  4. Martin Davalos – 70
  5. Jason Anderson – 68
  6. Zach Osborne – 68
  7. Kyle Cunningham – 67
  8. Christian Craig – 54
  9. Joey Savatgy – 52
  10. Jessy Nelson – 49
  11. Malcolm Stewart – 45
  12. Tyla Rattray – 45
  13. Austin Politelli – 39
  14. Travis Baker – 38
  15. Max Anstie – 38
  16. Ryan Sipes – 31
  17. Jake Canada – 21
  18. Josh Cachia – 20
  19. Michael Leib – 16
  20. Jean Ramos – 14

The 450 Supercross class again was full of ups and downs for our team Honda riders. Canard, Reed and Barcia all qualified right next to each other. In heat 1 Barcia chased Davi Millsaps all race and ended up 2nd place in his heat. Trey Canard was in heat 2 with some of the big hitters but still managed a 4th place.  Then came the main event. Another pileup took out Honda rider Chad Reed once again. Barcia ripped it and stayed with the lead group on his 2013 Honda CRF450R. Here is the play by play:

Chad Reed getting taken out on his 2013 CRF450R
Chad Reed getting taken out on his 2013 CRF450R
Time for the 450 SX Main Event. 20 laps. It’s barely noticeable … but there is a slight mist failing. Not enough to be considered rain. But maybe enough to mist up riders’ goggles quicker than normal. It’s not affecting the track at all.

It’s Mike Alessi with the holeshot! Ryan Dungey is second! Then Trey Canard and Davi Millsaps. James Stewart follows. Then Barcia. Those top six are close.

Towards the end of the second lap, Mike Alessi goes down. Ryan Dungey is leading. He’s now chased by Davi Millsaps. And James Stewart! Barcia is next, then Canard. Villopoto is ninth. Reed is 11th.
Justin Barcia watches a heat race.
Just Barcia watching a Heat Race.
Lap four – Millsaps is hounding Dungey. Stewart right behind. Great race.

Running order at the end of lap five – Dungey, Millsaps, Stewart, Barcia, Andrew Short, Broc Tickle, Chad Reed, Matt Goerke, Kyle Chisholm, Trey Canard … where is Ryan Villopoto? Villopoto has dropped to 16th.

Lap 7 – on a tight left hand corner, Stewart goes inside and passes Millsaps for second. Dungey leads, Stewart now second, then Millsaps.

Halfway point – lap ten. Dungey is starting to pull away. He’s on his way to his first Main Event win of the season. Had to go thru an LCQ to do it. And if he wins, it would make a KTM sweep combined with Roczen’s win in the 250′s.

Running order – Dungey, Stewart, Millsaps, Barcia, Short, Chad Reed, Tickle, Canard, Matt Goerke, Kyle Chisholm, Justin Brayton, and Ryan Villopoto 12th out of 20 riders.
Lap 14. Davi Millsaps passes James Stewart to take back second place! Dungey leads, Millsaps second, Stewart third, Barcia fourth, and Chad Reed is fifth. Trey Canard eighth. Ryan Villopoto ninth.
Barcia battles past Stewart!
Ryan Dungey has won this race. Barcia pulls out a podium spot with a 3rd.

Barcia put in a good ride for a podium spot.
Barcia put in a good ride for a podium spot.
450 Main Event Results:
  1. Ryan Dungey – KTM
  2. Davi Millsaps – SUZ
  3. Justin Barcia – HON
  4. James Stewart – SUZ
  5. Chad Reed – HON
  6. Andrew Short – HON
  7. Trey Canard – HON
  8. Ryan Villopoto – KAW
  9. Broc Tickle – SUZ
  10. Justin Brayton – YAM
  11. Matt Lemoine -
  12. Jimmy Albertson
  13. Matt Goerke – KTM
  14. Kyle Chisholm
  15. Vince Friese
  16. PJ Larsen
  17. Mike Alessi – SUZ
  18. Josh Grant – YAM
  19. Chris Blose
  20. Jake Weimer – KAW
450 Point standings:
  1. Davi Millsaps – 107
  2. Ryan Dungey – 93
  3. Trey Canard – 92
  4. Ryan Villopoto – 90
  5. Chad Reed – 81
  6. Andrew Short – 71
  7. Justin Barcia – 61
  8. James Stewart – 56
  9. Justin Brayton – 53
  10. Jake Weimer – 48
  11. Matt Goerke – 47
  12. Broc Tickle – 47
  13. Josh Grant – 40
  14. Kyle Chisholm – 37
  15. Vince Friese – 30
  16. Mike Alessi – 29
  17. Matt Lemoine – 26
  18. Weston Peick – 22
  19. Kevin Windham – 21
  20. Jimmy Albertson – 21
"Play by play" and points list courtesy of Photos courtesy of Honda Powersports and
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