2010 Indianapolis AMA Supercross Results

February 20, 2010
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Ryan Villopoto had a rough time at the Indy Supercross, but the Monster Energy Kawasaki rider made the most of it by claiming his third win in a crazy night of racing inside Lucas Oil Stadium. He heads to Atlanta with another win under his belt and is now tied with Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey for the championship lead. Josh Hill, who was tied with Dungey coming into this round, lost 10 points to the leaders by finishing in ninth place.
Ryan Villopoto took his third win of the 2010 AMA Supercross Season in Indy  but it wasnt easy.
Ryan Villopoto took his third victory in Indy, but it wasn’t easy. Bike trouble and a trip to the LCQ made for a hard-earned victory.

Grabbing his second-consecutive win, the Kawasaki rider moved from third in the standings to leading the chase with 145 points. Villopoto is not the only rider picking up momentum though. Dungey’s runner-up finish shows he is back on track after a couple of rough weeks. We will have to wait to see if Hill can bounce back from a disappointing finish after being one of the most consistent rider over the past month. This is the second race in a row where Kevin Windham has finished on the podium which proves the veteran racer still has what it takes to make an impact on this championship.

During the first heat race Davi Millsaps and Trey Canard went down in front of the field, collecting Villopoto along with a slew of other riders. A hole was punched through the water pump cover of RV’s factory KX450F in the pile up, so he was forced into the last chance qualifier. Meanwhile, Hill easily cruised to the win with Villopoto watching form the pits. Windham went to work in the second heat finishing four-and-a-half seconds ahead of Dungey. The struggles continued for Villopoto when he had a bad start in the LCQ. He was in eighth-place on the first lap but he was riding a determined race. Despite a few close calls and some tight passes the Kawasaki rider made it to the front of the pack and into the main.

Kevin Windham was fast all night  but defensive riding could have cost him a win in Indy.
Kevin Windham was fast all night, but defensive racing may have cost him the win in Indy. Windham finished third behind Dungey.

In the main event Millsaps pulled the holeshot, followed closely by Windham, Villopoto and Dungey. In an epic battle KW and Millsaps swapped back-and-forth for first place, rubbing and bumping throughout the first few laps. Villopoto had made the best of his poor gate pick and found himself on the heels of the Honda duo as they scrapped for the lead. On Lap 3, K-dub finally made a pass stick on Millsaps and did his best to put a gap between himself and the rest of the pack. Two laps later Villopoto also made it by the Red Bull Honda rider. Villopoto then went to work chasing down Windham and finally made his way past him on Lap 12. The earlier tussle with Millsaps appeared to have worn down the GEICO Powersports Honda rider, and he eventually was relegated to a third-place finish when Dungey went by three laps later. The second-place Suzuki pilot was 3.6 seconds back when the checkered flag flew. Justin Brayton and Millsaps rounded out the top-five. 

Ryan Dungey rode a solid race in Indy to finish second behind Villopoto.
Ryan Dungey rode a solid race to finish second behind Villopoto. The two racers are now tied for the points lead in the 2010 AMA Supercross Series.

 Villopoto looked relieved when he rolled up to the podium. “I had the very last gate on the outside and I had to just make something of it. It was either all or nothing,” said the three-time SX Lites champion. “So I was able to get a great start from where I was, and then I just battled for the lead.”

Windham was obviously not satisfied with his third-place finish, “I’ll be honest with you. I was fast all night, and I’m disappointed with my ride just ’cause I wasn’t when it counted. I wasn’t able to break away, and then I went into that defensive mode. Then I wasn’t able to grip it and rip it.”
The absence of James Stewart and Chad Reed has made the racing close and exciting, and more of the same can be expected in Atlanta, Georgia next weekend. Villopoto and Dungey will be battling for first in the title chase during the first race in the Southern states this season. As we have seen all year long, you can’t count out any of the riders that have finished in the top-10 during these recent rounds as the Supercross class is inspired and the racing is closer than ever.
Supercross Results:
1. Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki)
2. Ryan Dungey (Suzuki)
3. Kevin Windham (Honda)
4. Justin Brayton (Yamaha)
5. Davi Millsaps (Honda)
6. Chris Blose (Honda)
7. Grant Langston (Yamaha)
8. Nick Wey (Kawasaki)
9. Josh Hill (Yamaha)
10. Jason Lawrence (Yamaha)
11. Ivan Tedesco (Yamaha)
12. J Browne (Kawasaki)
13. Michael Byrne (Yamaha)
14. Kyle Chisholm (Yamaha)
15. Matt Boni (Honda)
16. Tommy Hahn (Suzuki)
17. Jason Thomas (Suzuki)
18. B Payne (Honda)
19. Daniel Reardon (Yamaha)
20. Trey Canard (Honda)

Supercross Overall Standings:
1. Ryan Villopoto – 145
2. Ryan Dungey – 145
3. Josh Hill – 135
4. Davi Millsaps – 114
5. Kevin Windham – 106
6. Justin Brayton – 105
7. Ivan Tedesco – 97
8. Nick Wey – 74
9. Andrew Short – 69
10. Tommy Hahn – 61 

Supercross Lites
Christophe Pourcel started the East Coast Light season as if his Number 1 plate guaranteed success. The Monster Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider confidently earned his first 25 points in the division with a wire-to-wire win over Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Austin Stroupe. Grabbing a podium finish in his first race as a pro, Justin Barci took a hard-fought third.

Christophe Pourcel put his holeshot in the main event to good use.  The Pro circuit rider took the Lites class win in Indy.
Christophe Pourcel (1) took first round East Coast lites win, leading from start to finish. 

In the first heat Stroupe took the win, while Pourcel rode a consistent pace to finish on top in the second heat. Nico Izzi collected the last spot into the Lites main event with a second place finish in the last chance qualifier.

Pourcel got the holeshot in the 15-lap main event and never looked back, pulling out to a comfortable lead ahead of Barcia, Stroupe, Brett Metcalfe and Ryan Sipes. Lap 4 saw Barcia go down while running second place. he managed to get going again and only dropped two spots and got underway in fourth. The rookie Honda rider maintained the position and then put a last-lap pass on Sipes, earning him his first career SX Lites podium. 
“The last lap was super ridiculous. I made such a good charge. Training extra hard gave me so much extra energy,” said Barcia. “I just passed Sipes on the last corner. He had a good race though; it was awesome.”

Justin Barcia had a great rookie debut in Indy  making a last lap pass to capture third place.
Justin Barcia had a great rookie debut. A last-lap pass on Ryan Sipes gave the Honda rider his first podium finish of his SX Lites career.


Supercross Lites Results:
1. Christophe Pourcel (Kawasaki)
2. Austin Stroupe (Suzuki)
3. Justin Barcia (Honda)
4. Ryan Sipes (Yamaha)
5. Brett Metcalfe (Honda)
6. Dean Wilson (Kawasaki)
7. Kyle Regal (Yamaha)
8. Nico Izzi (Yamaha)
9. Martin Davalos (Yamaha)
10. Troy Adams (Suzuki)
11. Blake Baggett (Suzuki)
12. Jake Moss (Suzuki)
13. Levi Kilbarger (Honda)
14. Adam Chatfield (Kawasaki)
15. Taylor Futrell (KTM)
16. Michael Willard (Honda)
17. Vince Friese (Yamaha)
18. Kyle Cunningham (Honda)
19. Tevin Tapia (KTM)
20. James Decotis (Honda)

Supercross Lites Overall Standings:
1. Christophe Pourcel – 25
2. Austin Stroupe – 22
3. Justin Barcia – 20
4. Ryan Sipes – 18
5. Brett Metcalfe – 16
6. Dean Wilson – 15
7. Kyle Regal – 14
8. Nico Izzi – 13
9. Martin Davalos – 12
10. Troy Adams – 11

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