Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey pulled out his fourth win of the season and padded his lead in the points race.
The first night of racing held under the $1.3-billion retractable dome of the new Cowboys Stadium was a wild one. Massive pile-ups and gnarly crashes netted some unexpected results in the East Coast Lites main event. First turn problems also spelled trouble for some of the front runners in the premier class. It seems that after every race we think the racing couldn’t get any better, but it does. It’s kind of nice not knowing for sure who is going to be standing at the top of the box when the champagne bottles are popped.
At the start of the 20-lap Supercross main it was Kawasaki’s Nick Wey with the holeshot. Dungey, however, would promptly make his way past Wey, followed by Yamaha’s Josh Hill and Honda Red Bull’s Davi Millsaps, JGR’s Justin Brayton, and Trey Canard (filling in for an injured Andrew Short). Last weekend’s winner, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto, was way back in ninth.
By Lap 4, Dungey had already opened up a three-second gap over Hill, who was losing ground to Millsaps. The next lap Millsaps would make the pass for second taking Canard along with him. By mid-way point Villopoto, who set the fastest time of the race, had slotted himself into sixth-place some 11 seconds behind the leaders.
Meanwhile, up front Dungey continued to run a clean race keeping a steady gap. Canard looked like he might be able to take away Millsaps’ second-place position, but in the end Millsaps kept the youngster at bay crossing the line right behind Dungey. Third went to Canard followed by Villopoto and Brayton.
Davi Millsaps pushed though the pain to get back onto the podium in Dallas. The Red Bull Honda rider finished just ahead of his teammate Trey Canard.
Canard continues to put up impressive results while running with the big dogs of the sport. “It’s good; I’m having fun. It’s just about experience and getting track time,” said the Honda racer about another podium finish in the 450 -class. If the Red Bll rider keeps snagging podiums, there is a possiblity of him finishing in the top ten in both classes of the 2010 season.
Davi Millsaps wasn’t sure how he would fair tonight after injuring his back last week, “Half way through my back started cramping up. I calmed ‘er down so I would be able to finish the moto. But I’m excited to get another podium.”
Ryan Dungey was his usual calm self on the winner’s circle. The Supercross class rookie knows there is plenty of racing left before a champion is crowned.
“I just have to let it happen. I can’t really force things that aren’t in my control. I’m going to do all I can and be all I can,” said Dungey on the thought of a rookie championship. “Like I said before, just try to carry the momentum.”
Dallas Supercross Results:
1. Ryan Dungey, Suzuki RM-Z450
2. Davi Millsaps, Honda CRF450R
3. Trey Canard, Honda CRF450R
4. Ryan Villopoto, Kawasaki KX450F
5. Justin Brayton, Yamaha YZ450F
6. Josh Hill, Yamaha YZ450F
7. Kevin Windham, Honda CRF450R
8. Kyle Chisholm, Yamaha YZ450F
9. Jason Lawrence, Yamaha YZ450F
10. Thomas Hahn, Suzuki RM-Z450
In the Supercross Lites class, Rockstar Suzuki’s Blake Baggett bagged his first career win over Yamaha’s Ryan Sipes and Geico Powersports Justin Barcia.
At the start of the 15-lap race it was Sipes who was out in front and was chased by Troy Adams, Jake Moss, Baggett, Barcia, and fellow Suzuki rider Austin Stroupe. Reigning champ, Christophe Pourcel was back in 17th after Martin Davalos mowed down half of the pack in the first turn.
Adams and Moss would both drop out of the race moving Baggett and Barcia into second and third position, respectively. Sipes tried to getaway from the pack but just wasn’t able to open up much of a gap with the top five guys separated by just a few seconds. By halfway point Pourcel had charged up the field and had moved just inside the top-10.
With one lap to go Baggett moved his RM-Z250 past Sipes and would go on to win the race by just under two seconds. Other notable finishes included Stroupe, who finished off the podium for the first time this year with a fifth place. Pourcel mustered a seventh-place result which was also his worst this year.
A massive first turn pile-up collected most of the front runners in the East Coast Lites main event, opening the door for Sipes and Baggett to get their turn out front.
Baggett was beside himself after crossing the finish line. Several times in the awards ceromony he was overcome with emotion having achieved his first Supercross Lites win. “It’s just unbelievable, the best night of my life for sure. To go from the LCQ race, with it being restarted and getting second. I was the last person in,” said the No. 66 rider. “I never thought this night would happen, especially not tonight.”
Dallas Supercross Lites Results:
1. Blake Baggett, Suzuki RM-Z250
2. Ryan Sipes, Yamaha YZ250F
3. Justin Barcia, Honda CRF250R
4. Martin Davalos, Yamaha YZ250F
5. Austin Stroupe, Suzuki RM-Z250
6. Matt Leimoine, Suzuki RM-Z250
7. Christophe Pourcel, Kawasaki KX250F
8. Mike Willard, Honda CRF250R
9. Tyler Futrell, KTM 250 SX-F
10. Steven Clarke, Suzuki RM-Z250