Salt Lake City Supercross Notes 2011

April 29, 2011
Matt Davidson
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Although he only trails Reed by three points  Ryan Villopotos recent displays in Jacksonville and Toronto have been disappointing.
Hondas Kevin Windham had another solid performance in St. Louis to finish just outside the top-five.
James Stewarts small mistakes at Indy prevented him from gaining the upper-hand on Ryan Villopoto.
Chad Reed in action at Jacksonville Supercross.
Ryan Dungey struggled on Phoenixs difficult track conditions and finished fifth behind Chad Reed.

For the third year in row the Monster Energy AMA Supercross series is visiting Salt Lake City’s Rice Eccles Stadium. The weekend is shaping up much the way it did in 2010 as a mixture of sleet and rain is expected in the forecast. The conditions should offer a great spectacle as the series embarks on its last outing before the season finale in Las Vegas.
“I’m looking forward to Salt Lake City,” said Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto. “I missed last year and I remember the dirt being a lot like Seattle. I just hope the weather is better to us compared to what I watched on TV last year.”
Villopoto may not get his wish, however. With wet conditions likely there has been a lot of buzz about Windham and his mud skills. In Seattle he overcame a rutted track to secure his first podium of the season. The 33-year-old veteran rider, who recently agreed to race the first few rounds of the ’11 outdoor season with Factory Honda, will have a chance to do one better if he can put together a win for the second year in a row in Utah.
It will be interesting to see if there are any changes now that TwoTwo Motorsports’ Chad Reed has the full weight of Factory Honda in his arsenal. The Aussie benefitted from injuries to Honda riders Josh Grant and Trey Canard as the team decided to back Reed rather than bring in an outsider this late in the game.
I’ve been having a blast so far,” said Reed. “With two races to go it’s time to lay it on the table and bring it.”
Perhaps the most determined for the win in Utah is Yamaha’s James Stewart. One more win could hoist the San Manuel rider into the series’ lead as he only trails RV by nine points with back-to-back wins in the last two rounds.
“My weekend in Seattle was great,” said Stewart. “I really couldn’t ask for anything better. Everything really worked out, my San Manuel Yamaha was riding great, and the technical track kind of played to my advantage. It feels great to get another win! We had a week off, and I hope to make it happen again in Salt Lake.”
Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer, who claimed second in Salt Lake back in 2009, will be scratched off the injured list as he returns to the racing scene in Utah after a long layoff. His aim is a top-five finish, so keep a look-out as he seeks redemption from his absence in the 2011 SX season.
This is one event fans won’t want to miss as the series enters desperate times with questionable weather. Make sure to get those Fantasy Supercross picks in before the gates drop!

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