2007 Supercross Dallas Results

March 31, 2007
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Darcy Lange rounded the first lap at the head of the 250F pack, right where he needed to be in his quest for a last race takeover. Unfortunately, three laps later he would yield to Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey two held the point position until Lap 8 when both Lange and his Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki teammate, Ben Townley, moved by with Townley taking his turn up front. The two KX-F riders would finish out the last half of the main event in that order.

Dungey  down  was racing for the win until this spill cost him a couple positions - Texas
Townley (101), Lange (105) and Dungey (62) put on a great show tonight in Texas Stadium until the Suzuki rider made this mistake. Once again it was Townley who emerged on top. The Kiwi is closing in on his first American championship.

Dungey held on for third while points leader, Ryan Morais, scavenged fourth on his Boost Mobile/Yamaha of Troy ride after completing the first lap in fifth. He’s still in the championship lead, but that’s not to say he’s exactly in control of things as the series takes two weeks off before the final round in Detroit on April 21. Only three points separate Morais and Townley, which means that the YZ-F rider would have to win the final round. If he finished second to Townley he would lose by way of the race-win tiebreaker.

“This is the biggest win for me so far,” said Townley. “It’s been a long time since I felt like I did tonight, probably since the middle of 2005. This is huge, it’s like mission accomplished. After Atlanta, I didn’t think that I would have the chance to win the championship. Then in the past few weeks, I got two wins and I have been able to keep creeping closer and closer. Tonight, I knew if I could win, then I could be right back in there.”

Lange is still very much in the picture and is only five points adrift of his teammate. It’ll likely take a DNF or some other form of catastrophe, but it’s far from impossible with this buck-wild group.

Tucker Hibbert nabbed his second consecutive 10th place, but scored a surprise victory over Dungey in Heat Race 2.

Supercross Lites Results:
1. Ben Townley, Kaw
2. Darcy Lange, Kaw
3. Ryan Dungey, Suz
4. Ryan Morais, Yam
5. Tommy Hahn, Hon
6. Matt Goerke, Yam
7. Branden Jesseman, Yam
8. Kelly Smith, Suz
9. Broc Tickle, Yam
10. Tucker Hibbert, Yam

Supercross Lites Overall Standings:
1. Morais, 114
2. Townley, 111
3. Lange, 106
4. Jesseman, 88
5. Goerke, 83

Unlike last week, James Stewart didn’t try his damndest to let Chad Reed get a win. Instead he gated well and led Reed throughout the race. Both men drove by the factory Honda of early leader, Andrew Short, on Lap 3 and then proceeded to run away from the pack for the remaining 18 laps. Stewart collected his 10th win of the season, but Reed did a fairly admirable job of sticking with the Kawasaki rider and even posted the fastest lap time of the main event.

Short held third until Lap 7 when his teammate, Davi Millsaps, relegated the Colorado native to fourth. Neither of the young Red Riders could hold off the old veteran on another Monster Kawasaki. Stewart’s teammate, Tim Ferry, moved in the final podium spot at the half-way mark.

With five-to-go Reed was nearly three seconds behind the Number 7 Kawasaki. Ferry was another 17 seconds back, but had a comfortable six seconds on fourth-place Millsaps. Stewart would kick it down in the final stages which allowed for a margin of victory under one second while Ferry wound up almost a half-minute behind for a distant podium finish.

“I have a 35-point lead so that makes it a little bit more calming going into Detroit,” said Stewart, who also leads the WSX series by 29 points with three rounds remaining. “All I have to do is get second at the next two races and the championship is mine.”

Honda has to be thrilled with the way its team is shaping up. After being decimated by injuries and a slow start to begin the season, both factory riders made the top-5 with Kevin Windham trailing in sixth. Millsaps and Short were both faster than their older cohort which bodes well for the outdoor series.

Supercross Results:
1. James Stewart, Kaw
2. Chad Reed, Yam
3. Tim Ferry, Kaw
4. Davi Millsaps, Hon
5. Andrew Short, Hon
6. Kevin Windham, Hon
7. Michael Byrne, Suz
8. Paul Carpenter, Kaw
9. David Vuillemin, Hon
10. Jeff Gibson, Kaw

Supercross Overall Standings:
1. Stewart, 285
2. Reed, 253
3. Ferry, 203
4. Windham, 167
5. Ricky Carmichael, 160