2010 Daytona AMA Supercross Results

March 6, 2010
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Competitors in the Monster Energy AMA Supercross series were greeted by the roughest track of the season with a brutal Ricky Carmichael-designed layout on the infield of Daytona International Speedway. Riders had to work harder and longer than they are accustomed to, but the results were much the same with big names racing to the front in the night program.


Ryan Villopoto went wire-to-wire to win his forth race of the year at Daytona.
Ryan Villopoto only gained three points in the title race, but he established himself in the minds of his competitors as the dominant 450 rider.

Ryan Villopoto snuck inside to take the holeshot in the 450 main event, but a big crash by Grant Langston through the Boulevard of Broken Dreams and Busted Bikes – a nasty rhythm section full of deep ruts and massive bumps – caused the red flag to come out. Langston’s ampm J-Law Racing Yamaha augured in after he landed hard and dug his footpegs into the soft Daytona dirt, causing him to endo into the next jump landing. Langston was carted off, but managed a reassuring wave on his way to the ambulance.

Having to start again was no biggie for RV who took the lead position right away with another inside move on Turn 1. Josh Hill followed in second on his San Manuel Yamaha with Ryan Dungey third on the Rockstar Makita Suzuki. Last week’s runner-up, Trey Canard, was quickly into fourth.

Dungey went easily into the second position on Lap 3, but Villopoto was already over five seconds ahead. Hill, still beat up from a big crash in Atlanta, began working backward, dropping all the way to ninth at the finish. The most impressive man of the night was definitely Villopoto, who muscled his KX450F around the track at will. RV was pumped on his dominant win, pumping his fists repeatedly at the checkers.

RV explained his strategy for leading the toughest race of the series, “Basically to minimize the mistakes out there, ‘cause you’ll go from a section out there that is hard clay to a section that’s really sandy and soft. It’s the little mistakes that kill you. I was lucky enough to not make very many of them and keep that gap what I needed. I had a pretty good gap, and then I was making a few little mistakes there towards the middle of the race. I was able to get it back under control and stabilize my gap.”

Ryan Dungey rode a strong race at Daytona  finishing second.  The Suzuki pilot just couldnt close the gap between him and Ryan Villopoto.
Ryan Dungey still holds a 20-point advantage over Villopoto in the championship.

Dungey protected his championship lead with a very solid second place while Canard finished on the podium for the second week in a row on his borrowed Red Bull Honda. Andrew Short, who usually pilots the CRF450R, is probably getting a little worried about his ride – and rightfully so. Canard is proving he can transition to the premier class in a big way.

“Man, finishing on the podium is an awesome feeling in the big-bike class. It pretty much feels like a win,” said Canard. “I’ve got to tell ‘ya, it kind of bums me out those guy ran away from me like they did. I’ll just keep working and try to get better.”

GEICO Powersports Honda’s Kevin Windham recovered from a mediocre start to finish in fourth with fellow Red Rider, Davi Millsaps, in fifth. West Lites competitor Ryan Morais made his return to racing after missing multiple rounds due to injury, but signed up in the 450 division now that the series is on the East Coast. He made an impressive debut in the premier class with a top-10 finish.

Supercross Results:
1. Ryan Villopoto, Kawasaki
2. Ryan Dungey, Suzuki
3. Trey Canard, Honda
4. Kevin Windham, Honda
5. Davi Millsaps, Honda
6. Tommy Hahn, Suzuki
7. Nick Wey, Kawasaki
8. Kyle Chisholm, Yamaha
9. Josh Hill, Yamaha
10. Ryan Morais, Suzuki
11. Jared Browne, Kawasaki
12. Michael Byrne, Yamaha

Red Bull Hondas Trey Canard once again earned a spot on the podium.  The West Coast Lites finished a distant third behind Villopoto and Dungey.
Trey Canard is proving that he belongs in the 450 class.

13. Matt Boni, Honda
14. Jason Thomas, Suzuki
15. Manual Rivas, Kawasaki
16. Heath Voss, Honda
17. Chris Blose, Honda
18. Justin Brayton, Yamaha
19. Ivan Tedesco, Yamaha
20. Grant Langston, Yamaha

Supercross Overall Standings:
1. Ryan Dungey, 192
2. Ryan Villopoto, 172
3. Josh Hill, 162
4. Davi Millsaps, 150
5. Kevin Windham, 131
6. Justin Brayton, 124
7. Ivan Tedesco, 117
8. Nick Wey, 99
9. Kyle Chisholm, 82
10. Michael Byrne, 80

Supercross Lites

Christophe Pourcel celebrates his third win in as many races.
Christophe Pourcel quickly took the lead in the Lites main event and rode away with an impressively smooth victory.

Blake Baggett holeshot the Lites main event on his Rockstar Canidae Suzuki, but quickly succumbed to Makita Rockstar Suzuki’s Austin Stroupe and series leader, Christophe Pourcel. Lap times were roughly 10 seconds longer than a usual Lites race, but the extra length didn’t seem to faze the Frenchman as he put his Monster Pro Circuit Kawasaki ride into his third consecutive victory of the season.

Dean Wilson put his Monster Pro Circuit past Baggett and the two rookies continued to hammer away at each other and the brutal track, getting within striking distance of Stroupe as the white flag waved. The North Carolina native would hold on for second with Baggett coming up just short of the podium in his first Daytona appearance. Wilson took the final rostrum spot.
Dean Wilson was all smiles once he caught his breath, “My race was really awesome. It was a long race, and it was a good battle the whole race too. I came off the start and I thought I had the holeshot. I was kind of outside so I just didn’t want to let Austin get pushed out. I went outside and came out in sixth or seventh. I just worked my way forward. It was a really good race; I’m happy with it.”

By the time Erin Bates got to him on the podium, Pourcel hardly looked winded – a bad omen for his 250F competitors.

Supercross Lites Results:

Black Baggett holeshot the East Coast Lites main event  but Austin Stroupe and Christophe Pourcel made quick work of the rookie  passing him before the end of the first lap.
Blake Baggett put in the best ride of his rookie season with a near-podium finish at Daytona.

1. Christophe Pourcel, Kawasaki
2. Austin Stroupe, Suzuki
3. Dean Wilson, Kawasaki
4. Blake Baggett, Suzuki
5. Justin Barcia, Honda
6. Ryan Sipes, Yamaha
7. Brett Metcalfe, Honda
8. Darryn Durham, Honda
9. Kyle Cunningham, Honda
10. Martin Davalos, Yamaha
11. Vince Friese, Yamaha
12. Alex Martin, Honda
13. Nico Izzi, Yamaha
14. James Decotis, Honda
15. Josh Lichtle, Yamaha
16. Jake Moss, Suzuki
17. Troy Adams, Suzuki

Pro Circuits Dean Wilson Finished on the podium for the second weekend in a row.  Wilson now sits in third place in the standings.
Dean Wilson is another rookie who is proving that Supercross has a bright future.

18. Kyle Keylon, Suzuki
19. Michael Willard, Honda
20. Levi Kilbarger Honda

Supercross Lites Overall Standings:
1. Christophe Pourcel, 75
2. Austin Stroupe, 66
3. Dean Wilson, 53
4. Brett Metcalfe, 50
5. Blake Baggett, 44
6. Justin Barcia, 39
7. Ryan Sipes, 39
8. Nico Izzi, 30
9. Vince Friese, 29
10. Jake Moss, 27

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