Anaheim 2 Results

Starting the 2012 Monster Energy Supercross campaign, Ryan Villopoto (Monster Energy Kawasaki) had the red plate. After a month of racing where he’d lost the plate after the second race, and it had bounced around among his various rider, Ryan grabbed it back with a convincing win at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA.

Villopoto

Ryan Villopoto

Ryan had grabbed the holeshot, which is never a good sign for the other riders, but Chad Reed (TwoTwo Motorsports) pulled up inside of Ryan in the second turn, and jumped out front. For his part, Ryan said, “I had a great start and pulled the holeshot, but then I’m not sure how he got right next to me, but he was able to run it in on me and get me through the whoops.”

Reed and RV

Reed and RV

Chad later said, “I was fighting for it down there, and all day long out of the first turn I’d been kind of blitzing and somewhat wheel-tapping off of that, from the small one to the bigger one and I felt I was better than Ryan at least at that. He’s vulnerable in the next turn because he almost has to set up for the whoops and I just kind of went in there and it was interesting.” Chad chuckled, and continued. “Fifth round? You kind of be a little nice. But if that was the last round and we’re going for a championship, he was on the ground.”

Bubba

Bubba

But fifth round it was, and Ryan settled into second…but not for long. He got by Chad over a triple before completing the first lap, and third place was held by Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Justin Brayton. Behind him was Toyota/JGRMX/Yamaha’s James Stewart, who’d had to come through the LCQ after a hard crash in his heat race. James explained the crash, saying, “I’d overjumped that little wheel-tap thing, my back end kind of missed it, I caught the next one and slammed the front end down. My hand blew off, and I was riding on the handlebars and went down pretty tough.” James mentioned getting the wind knocked out of him, along with some sore ribs and a sore wrist, so he was definitely not at 100 percent….but he was strong enough to go by Brayton after the first lap, and Chad on lap six.

Brayton

Brayton

We discovered afterward that Chad wasn’t quite 100 percent either, having spent part of the day dealing with a bug. “My stomach was tore up all day, so honestly, I’m happy with that third.

Villopoto was pumped not only on the win, but reassuming the points lead, and the red plates that go with it. “Our bike looks good with red, but it’s early in the season and there’s a lot of racing left.” RV jumps out in front of Reed by three points, and Ryan Dungey (Red Bull/KTM) had finished fourth, and he’s another two points back of Reed.

Supercross Lites

Speaking of red, Eli Tomac (GEICO Honda) is threatening to make it a runaway in the Supercross Lites West series, with his third straight win. Cole Seely (Troy Lee Designs Lucas Oil Honda) had the early jump though, and had lead the first three laps before he slid out in a fast flat corner where the track reconnected with the start straight. Cole said, “The first lap I went around and said, ‘Dang, this thing’s got a lot of grip,’ I was getting pretty confident with the amount of traction I had there, and I think I got overly confident and tried to square up, and the next thing I knew I was sliding her into home.” That allowed Eli an easy way by, though Cole was able to quickly remount for second.

Seely

Behind Seely, Marvin Musquin (Red Bull/KTM) had been in third place throughout, and he rounded out the podium. Dean Wilson (Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki) had to work his way past Nico Izzi (Star-Valli Rockstar Yamaha) for fourth, but he was never quite able to reel in Musquin to grab the last podium spot.

Musquin

With his win at Anaheim, Eli now has a 22-point lead, and one round to go before the Lites West series steps aside for the start of the Lites East in Dallas in two weeks.

Tomac

Eli Tomac

Results
2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross
Anaheim, CA

Supercross Lites Heat 1
1. Dean Wilson
2. Ryan Sipes
3. Martin Davalos
4. Vince Friese
5. Ryan Marmont
6. Killy Rusk
7. Topher Ingalls
8. Jean Carlo Ramos
9. Matt Moss

Supercross Lites Heat 2
1. Eli Tomac
2. Marvin Musquin
3. Cole Seely
4. Nico Izzi
5. Michael Leib
6. Billy Laninovich
7. Bruce Rutherford
8. Gavin Faith
9. Jason Anderson

Supercross Heat 1
1. Ryan Dungey
2. Chad Reed
3. Andrew Short
4. Josh Hansen
5. Broc Tickle
6. Kyle Partridge
7. Jeff Alessi
8. Justin Sipes
9. Nick Wey

Supercross Heat 2
1. Ryan Villopoto
2. Justin Brayton
3. Mike Alessi
4. Kevin Windham
5. Davi Millsaps
6. Jake Weimer
7. Kyle Chisholm
8. Brett Metcalfe
9. Weston Peick

Supercross Lites LCQ
1. Travis Baker
2. Gareth Swanepoel

Supercross LCQ
1. James Stewart
2. Jimmy Albertson

Supercross Lites Main Event
1. Eli Tomac (Honda)
2. Cole Seely (Honda)
3. Marvin Musquin (KTM)
4. Dean Wilson (Kawasaki)
5. Nico Izzi (Yamaha)
6. Michael Leib (Honda)
7. Matt Moss (KTM)
8. Vince Friese (Honda)
9. Travis Baker (Honda)
10. Martin Davalos (Suzuki)
11. Ryan Sipes (Yamaha)
12. Killy Rusk (Honda)
13. Billy Laninovich (Honda)
14. Bruce Rutherford (Honda)
15. Gareth Swanepoel (Yamaha)
16. Jean Carlo Ramos (Honda)
17. Ryan Marmont (KTM)
18. Topher Ingalls (Honda)
19. Gavin Faith (Honda)
20. Jason Anderson (Suzuki)

Supercross Main Event
1. Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki)
2. James Stewart (Yamaha)
3. Chad Reed (Honda)
4. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
5. Justin Brayton (Honda)
6. Kevin Windham (Honda)
7. Davi Millsaps (Yamaha)
8. Mike Alessi (Suzuki)
9. Brett Metcalfe (Suzuki)
10. Broc Tickle (Kawasaki)
11. Jake Weimer (Kawasaki)
12. Kyle Chisholm (Kawasaki)
13. Nick Wey (Kawasaki)
14. Andrew Short (Honda)
15. Weston Peick (Kawasaki)
16. Kyle Partridge (Kawasaki)
17. Justin Sipes (Kawasaki)
18. Jimmy Albertson (Suzuki)
19. Jeff Alessi (Suzuki)
20. Josh Hansen (Kawasaki)

Supercross Lites West Point Standings
1. Eli Tomac 113
2. Dean Wilson 91
3. Marvin Musquin 84
4. Cole Seely 79
5. Zach Osborne 67
6. Nico Izzi 62
7. Tyla Rattray 60
8. Jason Anderson 54
9. Ryan Sipes 53
10. Matt Moss 53

Supercross Point Standings
1. Ryan Villopoto 108
2. Chad Reed 105
3. Ryan Dungey 103
4. James Stewart 95
5. Kevin Windham 73
6. Jake Weimer 71
7. Andrew Short 59
8. Brett Metcalfe 57
9. Davi Millsaps 56
10. Justin Brayton 53

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