2010 Houston AMA Supercross Results

April 10, 2010
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Kawasakis Ryan Villopoto took his seventh win of the season and gained nine points on his rival Ryan Dungey.  The possibility of a showdown in Vegas is growing every race.
Ryan Villopoto was stoked to collect another win and have his rival, Ryan Dungey suffer some bad luck.

Ryan Villopoto picked up his seventh victory of the season in front of nearly 45,000 fans at Houston’s Reliant Stadium. Villopoto was seven seconds ahead of GEICO Powersports Honda’s Kevin Windham with Valli Yamaha’s Ivan Tedesco another six seconds adrift.

Chad Reed finished fourth, immediately making his presence felt as he forced current points leader, Ryan Dungey, into fifth and stole extra points for his Monster Kawasaki teammate, RV. This is exactly what Kawi needs from its superstar duo if it hopes to pull within striking distance as the series winds down. RV gained nine points on the night and is now 12 points behind the Suzuki rider who stalled his bike early in the race which forced him to work through the pack.
Villopoto’s start to the day was slow, struggling through practice. When time ran out in qualifying the best the Kawasaki pilot could muster was eighth quickest. His struggles continued into his heat race where he crossed the line back in fifth place, over 17 seconds behind heat winner Davi Millsaps. Once the gate dropped for the main however, RV shot out of the gate like the season depended on it. After nailing the holeshot, Number-2 sprinted ahead and never looked back. If Villopoto can continue this streak, the finale in Vegas will be epic. RV said it himself, “It’s gonna come down to the end.”

Ryan Dungeys Night did not go as he had planned.  A stall in the main event dropped the point leader back to fifth place.
Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey saw his championship lead shrink to 12 points after his fifth place finish in Houston.

“I think this is my first actual holeshot of year,” said Villopoto of his main event start. “It’s always great to get (a good start). I’ve definitely struggled in practice this season. I don’t know why but I turn it around come race time. It bums me out when I look at the board in practice and I’m not on it but at end of the night it’s awesome to lead all 20 laps and come out with a win. And tonight I was able to gain a lot of points.”

K-Dub was fast all night, but just couldn’t keep Villopoto’s pace in the main. “I had Villopoto in the heat, easy. He finds a way to wick it up, so hats off to him. I’m late in my career, and to know I can still run up there, especially in front of this crowd, it’s just awesome. I had a wonderful night start to finish.”

Ivan Tedesco hasn’t seen the podium since his third-place finish in San Diego. The Yamaha rider diced it up with Dungey and Hill early on, but both fell by the wayside as the race progressed. “Tonight I felt pretty good. I felt good in practice. I got a decent start and just kind of made it happen. I had a good battle with Hill and Dungey for a second, and then I was kind of in no-man’s land after that, “ said Tedesco after hosing Pro Circuit’s Mitch Payton with his celebratory champagne.

The return of Reed and Short off the disabled list went well for both riders. Reedy battled through the pack after an 11th-place start to finish fourth, helping his teammate gain valuable points on Dungey. Red Bull Honda’s Short had an impressive heat race finishing third. The Texas native started the main and worked his way up to eighth.

Ivan Tedesco made the podium for the second time this year.  Hot Sauce diced it up with Dungey and Hill for his eventual third place position.
Ivan Tedesco matched his previous season best finish in Houston as he rode to a third place finish.

Supercross Results:
1. Ryan Villopoto, Kawasaki
2. Kevin Windham, Honda
3. Ivan Tedesco, Yamaha
4. Chad Reed, Kawasaki
5. Ryan Dungey, Suzuki
6. Tommy Hahn, Suzuki
7. Davi Millsaps, Honda
8. Andrew Short, Honda
9. Justin Brayton, Yamaha
10. Josh Hill, Yamaha
11. Nick Wey, Kawasaki
12. Manuel Riveras, Kawasaki
13. Kyle Chishol, Yamaha
14. Michael Byrne, Yamaha
15. Matt Boni, Honda
16. Kyle Regal, Yamaha
17. Josh Demuth, KTM
18. Jason Thomas, Suzuki
19. Chris Blose, Honda
20. Jason Lawrence, Yamaha

Supercross Overall Standings:
1. Ryan Dungey, 277
2. Ryan Villopoto, 265
3. Josh Hill, 217
4. Davi Millsaps, 203
5. Kevin Windham, 201
6. Ivan Tedesco, 179
7. Justin Brayton, 176
8. Nick Wey, 141
9. Tommy Hahn, 128
10. Kyle Chisholm, 123

Supercross Lites

Pro Circuits Christophe Pourcel won his second East Coast Lites Championship in Houston.  He only needed a fourth place to take it  but of course the Fast Frenchman won.
Mitch Payton and the Monster Pro Circuit Kawasaki team enjoyed another championship celebration after Christophe Pourcel claimed the Eastern Region Supercross Lites title.

Christophe Pourcel took advantage of a season-ending injury to Austin Stroupe to claim his second Supercross Lites championship with a victory in Houston. The Monster Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider now leads Justin Barcia 159-122, an insurmountable difference with only one round remaining. Suzuki rider Blake Baggett was second on the night with Barcia in tow on the GEICO Honda.

“I didn’t know I could win the championship tonight,” said the Frenchman. “I always go out and race and try to win every weekend. You never know when you might win the title and I did tonight. I’m happy. I’m just going to get a good night’s rest and try to win next week. Then I can celebrate.”

Rockstar Energy’s Blake Baggett battled it out with PC’s Dean Wilson for second until the Canadian Kawasaki pilot took a digger in the whoops in a last ditch effort to make a pass stick. Wilson was obviously bummed that he bailed, “I was going for it; I really wanted to be top two and get by Blake. I tried a stupid pass, it didn’t work, and I crashed.”

Stroupe suffered an injury to his shoulder in a practice crash involving Kyle Cunningham.  The Suzuki rider landed on Cunningham during the first timed session. After a visit to the Asterisk Medical trailer Stroupe went to the hospital for further evaluation. Hopefully the Number-45 rider will be back in good health for the outdoors. 

GEICOs Justin Barcia benefited from Dean Wilsons crash in the whoops just before the finish.
Justin Barcia finished in third palce after Dean Wilson took a digger trying to pass for second place.

Supercross Lites Results:
1. Christophe Pourcel, Kawasaki
2. Blake Baggett, Suzuki
3. Justin Barcia, Honda
4. Brett Metcalfe, Honda
5. Martin Davalos, Yamaha
6. Kyle Cunningham, Yamaha
7. Ryan Sipes, Yamaha
8. James Decotis, Honda
9. Dean Wilson, Kawasaki
10. Troy Adams, Suzuki
11. Justin Sipes, Kawasaki
12. Michael Willard, Honda
13. Kyle Keylon, Suzuki
14. Steven Clarke, Suzuki
15. Adam Chatfield, Kawasaki
16. Matt Lemoine, Suzuki
17. Vince Friese, Yamaha
18. Sean Lipanovich, Honda
19. Kyle Gills, Kawasaki
20. Topher Ingalls, Yamaha

Supercross Lites Overall Standings:
1. Christophe Pourcel, 159
2. Austin Stroupe, 126
3. Justin Barcia, 122
4. Brett Metcalfe, 113
5. Blake Baggett, 102
6. Ryan Sipes, 91
7. Dean Wilson, 83
8. Kyle Cunningham, 69
9. Martin Davalos, 65
10. Troy Adams, 58

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