2010 Las Vegas AMA Supercross Insider

May 10, 2010
Justin Dawes
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Another year of AMA Supercross racing is in the books, and man, it was a good one. Every race this year was awesome; the outcome of each round was unpredictable and exciting. Las Vegas put the cap on the season like only Sin City could – warm weather, wind, dust and a wild crowd. Let’s look at some of the stories from the last round of the season.

Davi Millsaps pants fell down three-quarters through the main event  causing some difficulties for the Red Bull rider.
Davi Millsaps had a problem with his pants on Las Vegas; they fell down exposing his backside to the crowd and fellow racers.

Honda’s Davi Millsaps suffered an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction on Lap 15 of the main event. Millsaps’ pants started to fall down while being pursued by Kyle Cunningham. By Lap 16, Millsaps rear end was hanging out, mooning Cunningham over every jump. Several ladies in the crowd pulled their dollar bills out as if Number-18 was appearing in a Chippendales’ show. Cramped by his sagging britches, Millsaps dropped to sixth place, which was good enough for third overall in the championship.

Aside from the mooning by Millsaps, Valli Motorsports’ Kyle Cunningham had a great main event filling in for an injured Ivan Tedesco. The East Coast Lites racer opted to ride on the 450 in Vegas rather than compete in the Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Shootout. Coming off the start, Cunningham was back in ninth place, but as the laps progressed he worked though the field to finish fourth for the night.

Chad Reed returned to racing after taking the Salt Lake City round off to hang out with his newborn son, Tate. Now that baby Reed has arrived on the scene, the Kawasaki rider was able to focus more on the task at hand. TwoTwo was on the gas all night and finally returned to the podium. The last time he had a Supercross podium finish was his runner-up in Vegas last year.

Kyle Cunningham rode a strong race to put Ivan Tedescos YZ into fourth place.
Kyle Cunningham rode an inspired race to finish in fourth palce on his Valli Motorsports Yamaha,

GEICO Powersports’ Kevin Windham came into Vegas with two wins and a ton of momentum. As always he was fast in practice and then dominated his heat race on the dusty, slippery track. As the pack blasted into the stadium, K-Dub was mid-pack. One by one, Windham picked off his competition cheered on by the Vegas crowd. In the end, Number-14’s mediocre start dashed his hopes of three wins in a row, but the veteran did make the podium for the fifth time in as many races.

The Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Shootout offers a chance of redemption for riders whose season didn’t go as expected. Although there is no championship on the line, bragging rights go a long way as the riders head outdoors. Pro Circuit’s Dean Wilson’s season fell apart when he was denied re-entry into the U.S. after the Toronto Supercross. Wilson rode his heart out all season in search of a rookie year win, but came up just shy on several occasions. In the Vegas main event, the Canadian racer finished fourth.

Pro Circuits Dean Wilson was looking for a rookie-year win in 2010 during the East West Shootout.
Pro Circuit’s Dean Wilson rode well all day Saturday but still missed a podium finish in the East/West Shootout.

The big story of the night was the Pro Circuit squad’s sweep of the East/West Shootout. With the top-20 riders from each series facing off, more often than not the winner does not have a red Number 1 on their bike. This year however, many were expecting Christophe Pourcel to win for the second year in a row. His West Coast counterpart, Jake Weimer, had other plans – and something to prove. The West Coast champ blasted into the stadium in first place and led every lap to take the win. Pourcel finished third between teammates Josh Hansen and Dean Wilson. Saturday night was the first time Pro Circuit has taken the top four spots in the East/West shootout.

Now it’s time to look forward to the first outdoor National on May 22 at Hangtown. If the season goes anything like the 2010 Supercross season, it’s going to be a great summer for racing.

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