Supercross Gets A New Winner In Return To Minneapolis
Ryan Villopoto may have been dominating AMA Supercross races lately, but it was a different Ryan who found himself on top of the podium after the race in Minneapolis. Minnesota native Ryan Dungey excited the crowd, which included some of his family and friends, with a thrilling victory in the 14th race of the 2013 motorsports season.
Dungey spent much of the race trailing behind Villopoto. He eventually started making up ground during the 15th lap, inching his way to the front before taking over the lead. Villopoto challenged for the top spot one last time, but it wasn’t enough to pull in front of the KTM rider.
“Man, what a ride,” Dungey said after the race. “Ryan [Villopoto] and I put on a hard charge and he kept me honest the whole way … It was pretty loud and I’ve never felt anything like it. This is amazing to win in front of the home crowd, and I never could have dreamed something like this.”
The win was Dungey’s second of the season and was enough to move him into second place in the overall standings. He is now 22 points behind Villopoto.
Ryan Dungey Wins In Front Of Hometown Crowd
Red Bull KTM Factory rider earns 450SX Win at Metrodome
Red Bull KTM Factory rider Ryan Dungey did exactly what his hometown fans expected: he chased down points leader Ryan Villopoto and took the win at the H.H.H. Metrodome to earn a standing ovation by the Minneapolis crowd.
Dungey and his 250SX teammate, Marvin Musquin, earned the fastest lap times in qualifying. Dungey’s fast time earned him the top gate pick in his heat. Unfortunately, Dungey had a mid-pack start in his heat and had to work his way up through the pack. In the eight lap heat he was able to make multiple passes to move into second before the checkered flag flew.
In the main event, Dungey selected a different starting gate which proved to be beneficial as he started the race in third position. It did not take long for him to move into second place behind the lead ride of Ryan Villopoto. The two riders quickly pulled away from the rest of the field and began what would be a 20 lap battle for the win. Dungey trailed throughout the first sixteen laps consistently turning a faster lap time to inch closer to the rear wheel of Villopoto each lap. With four laps to go, Dungey began to apply pressure to Villopoto. With three laps to go he was able to make a pass for the lead. His hometown crowd stood on their feet and cheered as loud as they could for their hero as he took over the lead. The two riders remained close for the final laps. Dungey remained strong and held on to his lead to claim his second victory of the season.
“It feels amazing to get a win here in front of my hometown,” commented Dungey. “I have so many great fans here, and of course, all my friends and family. My bike was running perfect tonight and I felt really comfortable all day. I hope to take the momentum of this win into the final rounds and hopefully land back on the top step of the podium a few more times.”
Next Event: Seattle, WA – April 20, 2013
Source: KTM North America
Rockstar Energy Racing Minneapolis Supercross Race Report
Rockstar Energy Racing enjoyed the nicest weather of the year last weekend in Texas. After making the trip north to Minnesota, a drastic change was experienced. Snow in mid April! Uncommonly cold weather for this time of the year coupled with open pits. The locals were not scared off by the cold however and the paddock area was packed as usual. The team also brushed off the low temps and had a very successful evening.
Davi Millsaps has finished on the podium more than not in 2013. After missing the top 3 by a couple positions last week, he wanted to get back to his game. Davi wasn’t the fastest guy in practice, and wasn’t even in the top 5. That doesn’t always tell the story of what is to come however. While a good qualifying time is always important for heat race gate picks, sometimes much of practice is spent dialing in the bike for the night’s racing. Although the team is constantly testing, there is typically a need for minor adjustments to make things perfect when competing at the highest level. Whether it’s different soil or just a certain section or two on the track.
Davi came out firing immediately after his first drop of the gate. As James Stewart collided with a tuff block just in front of Millsaps and went down. Davi narrowly avoided hitting the soil himself. He careened off Stewart’s bike, thrown completely off balance but somehow saved it. He then went on to easily win the heat. In the 450 main event when it seemed he was certain to garner the holeshot, he was contacted heavily enough by Mike Alessi to stall his bike. Fortunately he was able to bump start it and lose little time. Millsaps still salvaged a decent start as he linked up with the 2 leaders in 3rd. As the top 3 pulled a huge lead over the rest of the field, Davi basically rode around all by himself in 3rd en route to yet another podium finish.
“We’ve got to go back and make a few tweaks on my bike and myself to improve and move forward. The track was kind of inconsistent tonight. It was bumpy in some places where it’s normally not, slick in some places and sticky in others. I just struggled a little bit tonight. All day actually, in practice, in the heat and the main. Hopefully I can pull it together in the next race. Definitely good to get another podium. I’m not complaining by any means. A lot of people are looking at the bad this year cause I was in the points lead and now I’m in 3rd. It’s just the fact that every single person is in this class. I’ve never led the points. I’ve never been on the podium 9 times in one season. It’s really been an accomplishment for myself and my team to be up in the front as much as we are. I still feel like we’ve made a statement. We’re here and we’re not going anywhere and we’re going to keep pushing to move forward.” – Davi Millsaps
Blake Wharton’s night was nearly a carbon copy of Davi’s. He didn’t have his best practice qualifying times of the year, yet went on to cross the finish line in first in his heat race. He didn’t get the holeshot in the main but produced a solid start. The difference in the night for Blake was the happenings in his main. The aggression between him and his fellow competitors on the track made for excellent spectating for all. There was a lot of contact throughout the first half of the race. Wharton was getting and dishing blows. At about lap 5, Blake came together with Tyler Bowers. As a result he moved into 3rd place. He then settled into a good pace and completed the 250 main event continuing his podium streak with a solid 3rd, just like Millsaps.
“Minneapolis, Minnesota. First time for me racing here. I guess the last race was in 2008 so that was cool. Practice was good and my heat race was good. The main was full of action and that first five laps was crazy! Gotta get with the front guys and go, just do my thing. I ended up 3rd, not where I wanted to be, I lost the pace for a minute. But it is what it is, we’re going to Vegas now so we’ll see how it goes.” – Blake Wharton
“Today went good. I think the biggest thing is that you always get expectations. I think that we’ve set our expectations a lot higher as the series has gone on. We won 2 heat races and that was great. The guys looked really good. Both guys looked great all day. We were on the box and we finished 3rd but we want to win. That’s what we’ve come here for, what we did early on and before the series ends we wanna do it again.” – Dave Gowland
As the East Coast series will now take two weeks off before the final in Las Vegas, Millsaps and team will head to Seattle and rejoin Jason Anderson and Ryan Sipes as the West Coast Series reconvenes.
Source: Rockstar Energy Racing
Josh Hill Back On Form At Minneapolis SX
Josh Hill earned his first heat race win of the season en-route to a second consecutive top-10 Main Event finish on Saturday night to lead RCH Racing at Round 14 of the Monster Energy AMA/ FIM World Supercross Series in Minneapolis.
A packed Hubert H. Humphrey Dome welcomed riders for the first time since 2008 on a chilly day in Minnesota: Riders and mechanics had to brave the outdoor working conditions that saw the ambient temperature drop into the 20’s by time the gate dropped for the evening session.
Hill’s comeback continues to be the ‘feel-good’ story inside the 450SX Class paddock as the defending event champion had his most-impressive ride aboard the Dodge/ Sycuan Casino/ RCH Racing/ Bel-Ray/ Suzuki RM-Z450 this season. He was sixth in both afternoon practice sessions to earn the third gate for his Heat. He used a slick manoeuvre early in the eight-lap qualifier to claim the lead and never looked back, leading all eight laps. And he edged Chad Reed by 1.131-seconds to secure RCH Racing its first qualifying race victory of the season.
Said Hill: “I was fourth after the gate dropped; a decent start for me. I set myself up where I could get one clean shot on those guys and I made a pass on all three. I was in the right place at the right time and took advantage of what was in front of me. Reed was coming fast but he made a small mistake and I was able to hold him off. It was cool. I got the jump on Ryan Villopoto and just pinched him off a bit. It was a solid ride. It was cool.”
With the second gate selection for the Main Event, Hill was able to bang handlebars with the leaders early, riding as high as fourth on lap eight in the 20-lap Main Event until falling off the lead-pack pace in the second half of the race.
“It’s been a long road,” he added. “I’m getting closer to where I want to be; happy about the stepping-stone of the last few weeks. I still have years of work to do to get to where I want to be. A few good weekends, for sure, I’m going in the right direction. I’ve worked so hard to get to this point and it would be stupid to give up now. I’m just going to keep working as hard as I can and keep challenging the best riders in the world.”
Team-mate Broc Tickle finished outside of the top 10 for the first time since round 11 in Toronto. He finished 13th, determined early as a pack of riders went down, blocking the racing line and slowing the pace. Tickle was 15th after the first lap, but managed to gain two positions over the final 19 laps.
“After the whoops section, some guys crashed and went down,” said Tickle. “I had nowhere to go. By the time I could react, I just basically ran into the guys in front of me. There wasn’t much I could do; three of us got together. I think it was Phil Nicoletti who went down; not quite sure. Just a tough deal.”
Source: Team Suzuki
James Stewart Still Postive After Minneapolis SX
Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s James Stewart escaped pretty unscathed after a fraught night of racing at the Minneapolis AMA/ FIM World Supercross Championship round at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on Saturday night, despite injuring his wrist and retiring early from the 450 Supercross Main Event.
After qualifying third fastest, Stewart got a good start on his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 in his eight-lap heat race, and was leading the field when he clipped a tuff block and went down. He tweaked his wrist in the get-off but still came back to Holeshot the LCQ and win to transfer to the Main Event.
Said Stewart: “The day was going pretty good. Everything was going smooth and then I went down in the heat race and hurt my wrist. I’m not sure if the hay bale was kicked-in or if I was just too far out, but I caught the hay bale. I stomped on my back brake and went over the handlebars. But I hurt my wrist pretty good. Then I went out for the LCQ and got the Holeshot and just tried to survive.”
In the 20-lap Main Event, Stewart got out of the gate with a top-10 start and quickly moved up to fifth and then fourth place. At that point, he jarred his wrist and was unable to finish the race.
“In the Main Event, I got a bad start but was making my way up,” said Stewart. “My wrist was sore, but I was making it. Then I cased the triple when I was making a pass and jarred the wrist. I’m optimistic that everything is fine. I have to admit, it’s been a rough couple of weekends, but I’m not giving up. Overall, I’m happy with the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 and I’m happy with how our team is working together.”
Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s next event is the 15th round of the 2013 AMA/ FIM Supercross World Championship on Saturday April 20th at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.
Source: Team Suzuki
Marvin Musquin Wins 250SX East Supercross At The Metrodome
Red Bull KTM Factory rider Marvin Musquin dominated the eighth round of the 250SX East Supercross Series held at the H.H.H. Metrodome in front of a nearly sold out crowd.
Musquin rode strong throughout the entire day in Minneapolis. He turned the fastest lap time in afternoon qualifying to earn the top spot in his heat race. He started second off the line in his heat but passed into the lead by the next corner and went on to take the heat win by a 14 second gap.
The heat win earned Musquin the top gate pick in the main event. His gate selection paid off and he launched his KTM out to another great start to pass into the lead after the first corner. He went on to lead every lap of the 15 lap main event, eventually claiming his fourth win of the series with a nearly 10 second margin over the rest of the field.
Musquin’s win at the Metrodome helped him inch closer to championship points lead. With one round remaining, Musquin sits 5 points behind Wil Hahn in the overall standings. Musquin will now have a two week break before returning to the series for the final round to be held in Las Vegas, NV on May 4, 2013.
Next Event: Las Vegas, NV – May 4, 2013
Source: KTM North America
Minneapolis Overview And Point Standings
2013 AMA Supercross Minneapolis Image Gallery (Click for full size images)
Overall Results – Supercross Class Race Time: 16:44.622
|1||5||Ryan Dungey||KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition||20 Laps||49.652|
|2||1||Ryan Villopoto||Kawasaki KX 450F||+00.903||49.754|
|3||18||Davi Millsaps||Suzuki RM-Z450||+17.409||50.116|
|4||51||Justin Barcia||Honda CRF 450||+28.403||50.948|
|5||22||Chad Reed||Honda CRF 450||+34.998||50.872|
|6||29||Andrew Short||KTM 450 SX-F||+39.362||51.275|
|7||41||Trey Canard||Honda CRF 450||+40.494||51.068|
|8||75||Joshua Hill||Suzuki RM-Z450||+42.717||50.754|
|9||10||Justin Brayton||Yamaha YZ450F||+44.162||51.264|
|10||46||Weston Peick||Suzuki RM-Z450||+48.010||51.925|
|11||62||Matthew Goerke||KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition||+48.909||51.732|
|12||12||Jake Weimer||Kawasaki KX 450F||+49.354||51.147|
|13||20||Broc Tickle||Suzuki RM-Z450||19 Laps||51.939|
|14||800||Mike Alessi||Suzuki RM-Z450||+11.305||52.402|
|15||84||Chris Blose||Yamaha YZ450F||+17.408||52.482|
|16||39||Robert Kiniry||Yamaha YZ450F||+41.744||53.465|
|17||57||Ben Lamay||Yamaha YZ450F||18 Laps||52.817|
|18||7||James Stewart||Suzuki RM-Z450||7 Laps||50.449|
|19||49||Phillip Nicoletti||Yamaha YZ450F||+31.122||52.395|
|20||54||Les Smith||KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition||2 Laps||55.100|
Point Standings – Supercross Class ( Race 14 of 17 )
- Ryan Villopoto – 299
- Ryan Dungey – 277
- Davi Millsaps – 276
- Justin Barcia – 220
- Chad Reed – 212
- Trey Canard – 199
- Andrew Short – 177
- James Stewart – 174
- Justin Brayton – 149
- Broc Tickle – 141
- Matthew Goerke – 139
- Jake Weimer – 115
- Mike Alessi – 92
- Weston Peick – 74
- Joshua Hill – 63
- Eli Tomac – 52
- Robert Kiniry – 50
- Joshua Grant – 40
- Jimmy Albertson – 38
- Kyle Chisholm – 38
Overall Results – Supercross Lites East Class Race Time: 12:51.506
|1||25||Marvin Musquin||KTM 250 SX-F||15 Laps||50.362|
|2||19||Wil Hahn||Honda CRF 250||+08.537||50.726|
|3||13||Blake Wharton||Suzuki RM-Z250||+15.197||51.195|
|4||67||Gavin Faith||Honda CRF 250||+23.638||52.280|
|5||68||Tyler Bowers||Kawasaki KX 250F||+27.682||51.243|
|6||87||Lance Vincent||KTM 250 SX-F||+41.355||52.871|
|7||42||Vince Friese||Honda CRF 250||+42.041||52.256|
|8||73||A J Catanzaro||Kawasaki KX 250F||+43.903||53.264|
|9||552||Steven Clarke||KTM 250 SX-F||+47.574||53.157|
|10||48||Cole Thompson||Honda CRF 250||+51.890||53.048|
|11||248||Mitchell Oldenburg||Honda CRF 250||14 Laps||53.022|
|12||194||Jackson Richardson||Honda CRF 250||+01.435||53.869|
|13||393||Daniel Herrlein||Honda CRF 250||+08.470||52.670|
|14||93||Landen Powell||Honda CRF 250||+12.483||54.357|
|15||412||Levi Kilbarger||Honda CRF 250||+17.147||54.505|
|16||385||Adam Gulley||Kawasaki KX 250F||+34.149||54.421|
|17||862||Ozzy Barbaree||KTM 250 SX-F||13 Laps||56.082|
|18||999||Maxx Malatia||Honda CRF 250||+11.854||56.916|
|19||874||Zack Williams||Honda CRF 250||12 Laps||54.016|
|20||639||David Buller||Honda CRF 250||11 Laps||55.653|
Point Standings – Supercross Lites East Class ( Race 8 of 9 )
- Wil Hahn – 178
- Marvin Musquin – 173
- Blake Wharton – 153
- Vince Friese – 103
- Gavin Faith – 100
- Dean Wilson – 87
- Cole Thompson – 83
- Kyle Peters – 78
- Jeremy Martin – 71
- Justin Hill – 68
- Lance Vincent – 66
- James Decotis – 66
- A J Catanzaro – 62
- Mitchell Oldenburg – 61
- Peter Larsen – 54
- Jackson Richardson – 42
- Levi Kilbarger – 40
- Steven Clarke – 39
- Zachary Bell – 37
- Zackery Freeberg – 36