2010 Anaheim 3 Supercross Results

February 13, 2010
Doug Meyer
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Perhaps the most exciting part of tonight’s round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series at Anaheim 3 was the shakeup it produced in the series standings. Once Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto took the holeshot away from Josh Hill in the first turn of the 20-lap main event the rest of the race was fairly routine.

Ryan Villopoto claimed his second win of the year at A3.
Ryan Villopoto claimed his second win of the series at A3 and sits three points out of the points lead.

Villopoto led from start to finish in tonight’s final, the Monster Energy Kawasaki rider claiming his second win of the series, meanwhile Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey finished fourth after suffering a poor start. The turn of events leaves Dungey and Hill, tonight’s runner-up finisher, in a two-way tie for the series points standings while Villopoto sits three points back in third.

Heading into the first turn of the main event, it was Hill who almost grabbed the holeshot, but Villopoto was even with Hill when the two arrived at the first turn and he was able to slip by the San Manuel Yamaha rider at the exit and take the lead. From that point on, Villopoto was able to slowly inch away, finishing the race with a 4.6-second margin of victory over Hill.

“I could see where Josh was and I just tried to ride consistent and I was able to pull on him a little every lap,” said Villopoto. “Once I got a decent lead on him I was able to calm down a little and I just tried to keep that gap.”

Josh Hill now has four-straight runner-up finishes.
Remarkably, Josh Hill now has four-straight runner-up finishes.

After three-straight weeks of adverse weather, tonight’s course was dry and in good shape for racing, although a little one-lined in places, putting an emphasis on the start. After suffering from poor starts in the last few races, Villopoto picked a good time to get a great jump off the line.

“I finally got that holeshot,” said Villopoto. “It was nice to not have to eat any roost for once. It was a good track – it was technical, but everyone was taking the same lines in places and it made it tough for racing.”

After five races on the West Coast, the series moves to Indianapolis to start its eastern swing. Villopoto, who likes the eastern venues, carries a good bit of momentum from tonight’s win into next week’s Indy round.

“I think I’m in a great position heading back east,” said Villopoto. “I think it’s anyone’s race at this point and it will boil down to whoever is the most consistent.”

Hill seemed pleased that he shares the points lead, but admitted he was frustrated with all his runner-up finishes. Tonight’s finish marked his fourth straight second-place finish.

“It’s cool to be tied for the lead, that’s where I want to be,” said Hill. “But I’ve just been riding in my comfort zone every week, and I need to break out of that and ride like I know how to ride. I know I can win one of these, but at the same time I’m happy to be where I’m at.”

Kevin Windham rode a solid race to finish third.
GEICO Powersports’ Kevin Windham was third on his Honda.

Hill stuck tight to Villopoto for the first few laps, but a couple of mistakes at the midway point allowed Villopoto to pull away.

“I tried to put on a charge at the end of the race, but he had too big of a lead,” added Hill. “He rode a great race, and I’m glad to be in the points lead with Dungey but I’m tired getting second all the time.”

GEICO Powersports Honda’s Kevin Windham passed Red Bull Honda’s Davi Millsaps on the seventh lap of the race, and then held on for the duration of the event to finish third – his second podium of the year. At 32 years of age, Windham has plenty of experience to draw on, which might have been a factor on the tricky Anaheim course.

“It was kind of a freight train out there,” added Windham. “Villopoto had one good line out here and I was doing it in the heat but I didn’t feel comfortable doing it in the main and I let it go. It was just one of those tracks where everyone was doing the same thing, which made it close. I thought I could get to Hill, but it just wasn’t in the cards.”
“It was a great ride for me,” added Windham. “I was really happy to get on the podium again and rebound after last weekend. We needed that and we got it.”

As for Dungey, the Minnesota-native suffered a poor start and was relegated to working his way through traffic on track that was difficult to pass on. Dungey was up for the task, though, passing Millsaps on lap nine to take over fourth. Dungey spun out on a flat, dry sweeper, handing the position back to Millsaps, however, he gained it back three laps later and held on to it this time.

Trey Canard put the GEICO Powersports Honda on top of the box at A3.
Trey Canard got win number two at A3.

In the West Region Lites division, GEICO Powersports Honda’s Trey Canard passed TLD/Lucas Oil Honda’s Wil Hahn on the second lap of the main event and rode a solid race to claim his second win of the year. Canard eventually finished the 15-lap final with a five-second margin of victory, while series points leader Jake Weimer was only able to manage an eighth-place finish after sliding out in a slippery turn while trying to make a pass on Hahn for second.

It was Star Racing’s Broc Tickle who eventually wound up with the runner-up finish, passing Hahn on lap four and then holding the Honda rider at bay for the remaining 11 laps.

Despite finishing eighth, the Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki-backed Weimer still holds a 14-point lead in the standings over Canard, with Hahn another seven points back.

“It was awesome,” said Canard. “I made a few mistakes, but this was exactly what I needed to do. I have a ways to go to catch Jake, but anything can happen in this series. It was a bummer for Jake to make that mistake, but I’ve made a whole lot of mistakes this season and we’re not giving up. We’ll go into this break with a lot of momentum and hope for the best.”

Tickle’s second was a career-best.

“Weimer went down in the corner before the finish and Hahn was really close to him and slammed on the brakes and I was able to get them both.”

After moving into second, Tickle said that he was able to relax and ride his own race. “I’m glad to get this finish with the long break coming up and hopefully I can build on it.”

With the series moving east, the West Region Lites riders will take an eight-week break before resuming their schedule in Seattle.

Anaheim 3 Supercross Results:
1. Ryan Villopoto, Kawasaki
2. Josh Hill, Yamaha
3. Kevin Windham, Honda
4. Ryan Dungey, Suzuki
5. Davi Millsaps, Honda
6. Justin Brayton, Yamaha
7. Kyle Chisholm, Yamaha
8. Michael Byrne, Yamaha
9. Daniel Reardon, Yamaha
10. Nick Wey, Kawasaki
11. Ivan Tedesco, Yamaha
12. Chris Blose, Honda
13. Grant Langston, Yamaha
14. Jarred Browne, Kawasaki
15. Fabien Izoird, Kawasaki
16. Cyrille Coulon, Kawasaki
17. Justin Keeney, Kawasaki
18. Weston Peick, Yamaha
19. Jason Thomas, Suzuki
20. Matt Boni, Honda

Supercross Overall Standings:
1. Ryan Dungey, 123
2. Josh Hill, 123
3. Ryan Villopoto, 120
4. Davi Millsaps, 98
5. Ivan Tedesco, 87
6. Justin Brayton, 87
7. Kevin Windham, 86
8. Andrew Short, 69
9. Nick Wey, 69
10. Tommy Hahn, 56 

Supercross Lites Results:
1. Trey Canard, Honda
2. Broc Tickle, Yamaha
3. Wil Hahn, Honda
4. Blake Wharton, Honda
5. PJ Larsen, KTM
6. Phillip Nicoletti, KTM
7. Travis Baker, Yamaha
8. Jake Weimer, Kawasaki
9. Antonio Balbi, Kawasaki
10. Jeff Alessi, Yamaha
11. Ryan Clark, Honda
12. Sean Borkenhagen, KTM
13. Hunter Hewitt, Suzuki
14. Eric McCrummen, Honda
15. Bobby Kiniry, Suzuki
16. Chris Gosselaar, Honda
17. Josh Hansen, Kawasaki
18. Tanner Reidman, Honda
19. Tiger Lacey, Kawasaki
20. Hugo Dagod, KTM

Supercross Lites Overall Standings:
1. Jake Weimer, 135
2. Trey Canard, 121
3. Wil Hahn, 114
4. Broc Tickle, 100
5. Blake Wharton, 89
6. Cole Seely, 76
7. Max Anstie, 63
8. Josh Hansen, 60
9. Phillip Nicoletti, 56
10. Jeff Alessi, 56



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