Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Supercross Round #7 Dallas from Southern Honda Powersports

2013 Honda CRF450R dirtbike from Southern Honda in Chattanooga TN.
Barcia ripping a burm on a 2013 CRF450R

This week we at Southern Honda were hoping for some better results our of our factory Honda CRF riders. There seemed to be a bit of a dark cloud looming over the Honda paddock during the Dallas round that just couldn't be escaped. In the 250 Supercross class, Geico Honda teammate Will Hahn put in a strong ride on his 2013 CRF250R and easily advanced to the Main in 3rd place. Then came Heat 2. Honda rider Zach Bell pulled a holeshot on the field and jumped out to a convincing lead. Things were looking great until Zach jumped a triple and lost his footing on the peg. In one of the nastiest crashes this year here went flying head over feet and face down into the dirt. It didn't help that he wasn't moving afterward. It was a scary moment for sure.

Awesome photo by Steve Cox

Believe it or not the kid walked away and rode in the LCQ he pulled out a second place and advances to the main! Someone should call him Iron Man.

Here is a play by play of the main:

15 Lap 250 East Main Event – 9:34pm. It’s number 50 with the lead – Kyle Peters. And sadly, Marvin Musquin is involved in a crash in the first corner – and gets going again in dead last.

Dean Wilson has already made his move into the lead by the end of the first lap. Blake Wharton has moved into second. Peters third.

Lap 5 of this race – Dean Wilson has already stretched out a nice lead. Blake Wharton is four seconds back. Peters still third. Wil Hahn is fifth. Justin Hill sixth. Zach Bell eighth. Marvin Musquin up to 11th!

Now ten laps in – Dean Wilson is leading. He looks strong. Blake Wharton is second. Kyle Peters running a nice third. Next is Wil Hahn. He’s followed by Justin Hill. Gavin Faith is sixth. And Marvin Musquin has come all the way up to seventh!

At the finish, it’s Dean Wilson with the first win of the ‘East Coast’ series. Second place goes to Blake Wharton, and third is Wil Hahn.
Will Hahn taking a podium on a CRF250R
Will Hahn taking a podium on a CRF250R
So we team Honda took their first East Coast Lites podium placing him third in points. Awesome!

Trey Canard on his 2013 CRF450R
Trey Canard on his 2013 CRF450R
Now on to the 450 Supercross class. After a terrible start Trey Canard was only able to muster a 9th place finish on his 2013 CRF450R. Reed and Short faired better. Heat 2 was even more ugly with Justin Barcia missing out on the qualifying spot altogether and coming in 11th. He came back to easily win the LCQ but track position for the main was less than ideal.

The 450 Main started out with James Stewarts clutch crapping out and leaving his Yoshimura backed Suzuki RMZ450 not able to make it to the starting gate.

When the gate drops the Honda riders come on strong. Chad Reed broke his leg here last year so he was on a mission to shake his demons.

Chad Reed getting it done. He's as fast as ever.
Chad Reed getting it done. He's as fast as ever.
Here is a play by play of the 450 Main:

20 Lap 450 Main Event – 10:04pm. The riders have done their ‘sight’ lap. Except for James Stewart. Unbelievable. James Stewart will not race this race. He’s on the start line – with no motorcycle. He’s telling the crowd his clutch broke – and he won’t be riding. Obviously, James is bummed. Strange, strange news … bike broken before the race even starts.

Trey Canard trying hard on his CRF450R
Trey Canard trying hard on his CRF450R
10:06 the gate drops. It’s Chad Reed entering the first corner in first, but it’s Ryan Villopoto leading as they exit the first corner. The running order – Villopoto, Reed, Millsaps, Dungey, Alessi.

Ryan Villopoto is trying to get away quickly. He’s stretching his lead. Meanwhile, there is a nice three-way battle for second – it’s Reed, Millsaps, and Dungey. Something is going to happen here …

Towards the end of lap four, Millsaps makes a move inside on a tight right hand corner to overtake Reedy.

Running order on lap five – RV, Millsaps, Reedy, Dungey, Brayton, Alessi, Goerke, Barcia, Short, Albertson, Tickle, Canard.

At the halfway point – ten laps in. Villopoto, Millsaps, Reed, Dungey, Brayton,

On lap 15, Ryan Dungey makes an inside move on Chad Reed to overtake Reed for third. The running order – Ryan Villopoto first, Davi Millsaps second, Ryan Dungey third, Chad Reed fourth, and Justin Brayton fifth. Justin Barcia and Trey Canard are sixth and seventh.

Ryan Villopoto has won this race! It’s the best he can do in trying to retain the number 1 plate. Second place is Davi Millsaps, who retains the 2013 series points lead. Right behind him in third place is Ryan Dungey. Fourth goes to Chad Reed.

So 4th, 6th and 7th isn't bad. Still some work to do but results are steady. Atlanta is right around the corner and we are expecting big things for this race at Southern Honda. By the way, if you are looking for a 2013 CRF450R, we have a few left. See the video below about it:

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