2010 Atlanta Supercross Results

February 27, 2010
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Almost 70,000 fans packed the Georgia Dome to watch a pair of excellent Monster Energy AMA Supercross main events that saw the 450 class turned upside down. The Lites division was no less spectacular with untimely crashes and brutal hand-to-hand combat that lasted from the holeshot to the checkered flag. The ATL track featured uncharacteristically slippery dirt that caused havoc with the riders all night. A technical layout and massive 80-foot quad also added to the excitement and challenges inside the Georgia capital.


Suzukis Ryan Dungey is heading to Daytona with  20 point buffer between him and Josh Hill.
Ryan Dungey pulled it together in Atlanta, suvived the carnage and emerged with a maasive points lead in the championship standings.

Ryan Dungey holeshot the 20-lap 450 main event and immediately started pulling a gap on Red Bull Honda replacement rider, Trey Canard, in second and Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto third. San Manuel Yamaha’s title hopeful, Josh Hill, started around 10th and had his work cut out in what he hoped would be a weekend to rebound.

At the halfway point, RV crashed and killed his KX450F on a dangerous triple-triple. His Monster Energy bike flipped him over the handlebars and crammed the exhaust muffler full of dirt, making it impossible for Villopoto to get it restarted. After pushing it to the mechanics area he was able to get the muffler unplugged and he returned to the track, but the damage was done. He would eventually be credited with 19th position.

Despite his neck brace coming undone with five laps to go, Dungey managed to toss it away and sprint to his third victory of the season and a healthy lead in the championship.  The Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider seemed relieved to have stopped Villopoto’s winning streak at two. “Tonight felt awesome. It was a night that I had to get back,” he said. “I had a couple of races that were tough. I feel like we finally found the missing ingredient.”  

Canard finished second in only his second-ever 450 Supercross race.  When asked about his first podium in the premier Supercross class, the Honda rider had this to say, ” I’m just thankful to be here; thankful for the opportunity, and thankful that I was able to use it to my full potential. I’m just excited. I’m pretty speechless. It was a great night. There’s something in the air in Atlanta.”

Davi Millsaps used his heat race victory to spur a solid third-place result in the main event, giving Red Bull Honda two of the top-three spots.  “It’s hard coming from the back when every fast guy is ahead of you,” said Millsaps. “I ended up getting third, so I’m pretty pumped with that.”
Dungey got a major windfall with each of his main competitors suffering disappointing performances. Villopoto crashed out, Hill got a terrible start and Kevin Windham crashed his GEICO Powersports Honda into oncoming traffic and took a long time to get remounted. The result is a 20-point advantage over Hill and 23 points ahead of Villopoto in second and third, respectively.

West Coast Lites Rider Trey Canard crossed the line 20 seconds back from Ryan Dungey for a second place finish in Atlanta.
Honda’s Trey Canard finished the night in second place. This was only his second race in the premier class.

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

Supercross Overall Standings:
1. Ryan Dungey, 170
2. Josh Hill, 150 
3. Ryan Villopoto, 147
4. Davi Millsaps, 134
5. Justin Brayton, 121
6. Ivan Tedesco, 115
7. Kevin Windham, 113
8. Nick Wey, 85
9. Michael Byrne, 71
10. Andrew Short, 69

Supercross Lites

Christophe Pourcel makes it two in a row at the Georgia Dome.  He now enjoys a six point lead over Austin Stroupe.
Christophe Pourcel proved how patient he can be as he let the competition fall by the wayside and collected his second victory of the season.

Christophe Pourcel holeshot the Lites main event but slipped down to fourth when his rear end slid out and killed his drive into the whoops. His Monster Pro Circuit Kawasaki teammate, Dean Wilson, inherited the lead and ran out front during the opening laps.

Austin Stroupe showed he’s ready to challenge and swapped positions with the Frenchman multiple times, eventually snaring the runner-up spot. Rookie Justin Barcia was next and the GEICO Powersports Honda rider got into it with Pourcel, the veteran eventually letting the wild-child take over third. While those two were playing games and banging bars, it allowed Stroupe and Wilson to pull time at the front. The Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider was able to pass for the lead with seven laps to go and Barcia was next to pass his fellow rookie. Wilson continued to fade under the pressure of leading a main event and Pourcel moved past to run third.

Austin Stroupe once again finished second to Christophe Pourcel.  A fall in the later stages of the race may have cost him the win in Atlanta.
Austin Stroupe once again finished second to Christophe Pourcel. A fall in the later stages of the race may have cost him the win in Atlanta.

Stroupe slid out heading onto the start straight with three laps to go and Barcia was forced wide to avoid the downed RM-Z250. The crafty Frenchman took advantage and squeezed up the inside to pass them both and retake the lead. Barcia tried desperately to make something happen against the current points leader, but he tried a little too hard. Coming up short on a triple put the CRF rider on his head and forced him to the sideline for some tweaks to his machine and an eventual 18th result. Pourcel went on to win in front of Stroupe and GEICO’s veteran, Brett Metcalfe, in third.
Stroupe commented on his fall late in the race, “It was just a bobble. I was trying hard, just trying to win a race.”

Supercross Lites Results:
1. Christophe Pourcel, Kawasaki
2. Austin Stroupe, Suzuki
3. Brett Metcalfe, Honda
4. Dean Wilson, Kawasaki
5. Blake Baggett, Suzuki
6. Vince Friese, Yamaha
7. Matt Lemoine, Suzuki
8. Jake Moss, Suzuki
9. Levi Kilbarger, Honda
10. Kyle Cunningham, Honda
11. Kyle Regal, Yamaha

Justin Barcia went down in the main while contesting the lead. The GEICO Honda rider dropped to 18th.
Justin Barcia sampled the Atlanta dirt during the Lites main.

12. Nico Izzi, Yamaha
13. Michael Willard, Honda
14. Adam Chatfield, Kawasaki
15. Ryan Sipes, Yamaha
16. Tayler Futrell, kTM
17. James Decotis, Honda
18. Justin Barcia, Honda
19. Alex Martin, Honda
20. Kyle Keylon, Suzuki

Supercross Lites Overall Standings:
1. Christophe Pourcel, 50
2. Austin Stroupe, 44
3. Brett Metcalfe, 36
4. Dean Wilson, 33
5. Blake Baggett, 26
6. Ryan Sipes, 24
7. Kyle Regal, 24
8. Justin Barcia, 23
9. Jake Moss, 22
10. Nico Izzi, 22

Rider Quotes:
Ryan Dungey – Rockstar Makita Suzuki:
“I got a great start, which put me in a good position. It’s really enjoyable when the win happens. It doesn’t always go your way, so when it does you have to be very thankful for it.” 

Josh Hill got tagged in the chest by the handlebars when he crashed earlier in the day  but he came back in the main to finish sixth.
Yamaha’s Josh Hill took a set of handlebars to the chest earlier in the day.

Josh Hill – San Manuel Yamaha:
‘That was the hardest race I’ve ever had. I wasn’t even going to race until about 6:30, and I started feeling a little better. But 20 laps out there in my condition, that was so hard. At least I’m still there in the points, but I’m just going to go home and try to heal-up for next week in Daytona.”

Ryan Villopoto – Monster Energy Kawasaki:
“I was going triple-triple through that section and came up on a lapper. “I had to change my line and I ended up casing the jump. That sent me over the bars. Worse than that though was the silencer filled with dirt and I couldn’t get the bike restarted. It wouldn’t have been too bad if I could have got going right away. I wasn’t hurt at all.”

Nick Wey – Monster Energy Kawasaki:
“I’m pushing each week to get better. This week we got another top 10, but it could have been better. I got a decent start, but got stuck on the outside in the first couple of corners. I hit (Davi) Milsaps and almost slid out, so I lost a lot of spots. I’m riding much better during the week and I’m hoping I can bring that to the track on Saturday.”

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