Following his mediocre performances in the first two rounds, TwoTwo Motorsports’ Chad Reed put on a great ride in L.A. to claim the win.
The 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship swung through Dodger Stadium for the second time ever on Saturday with TwoTwo Motorsports’ Chad Reed claiming the victory. The Aussie’s first win of the season was achieved with a calculated ride over his rivals as crashes and poor starts continued to plague several riders. KTM’s Ryan Dungey posted his third straight podium in second to take over the lead in the series, while JGR Yamaha’s James Stewart made his first appearance on the podium despite crashing for the third round in a row.
The night started on a major note of drama when Honda’s Trey Canard – still fresh from his collarbone injury – was landed on during the opening lap of the main by Star Valli Yamaha’s Ryan Morais. The incident immediately brought out a red flag as both riders lay unconscious. Canard and Morais had to leave the track by stretcher, and initial word from Canard’s camp is that Canard is shaken but otherwise okay.
When the gates dropped for the second time Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer had the holeshot in the restart ahead of Hart & Huntington’s Ivan Tedesco and Stewart. Meanwhile Ryan Villopoto, who had a great start before the red flag, suffered a horrendous start and became stuck on a tuff block, dropping him outside
Trey Canard (#41) and Ryan Morais (#65) suffered a serious collision at Dodger Stadium that brought out a red flag.
the top-10. L&M Honda’s Andrew Short also had a bad jump on the gate and was running last while Stewart began to pressure Weimer for the lead. Reed was running third in the opening lap, but a bobble by JS7 put the Aussie in contention for second early on. A strong start by Dungey too proved that the night’s racing would be good as Stewart, Reed and Dungey were all in the top-four.
A battle broke out between Stewart and Reed for second, the duo fighting for multiple laps before Reed made a decisive pass on the ’09 champ. Meanwhile Weimer continued to hold the lead and even put some distance on the field. As Dungey began to pressure Stewart from behind, Villopoto was making his hallmark charge through the field and was now in the top-eight as Reed began to close on Weimer. With Dungey pressuring Stewart from behind, both riders moved closer to Reed and Weimer on Lap 7. On the following lap Reed achieved his first lead of 2012 while JS7 and RD5 still fought for third. During a hard block pass
Ryan Dungey continues to be one of the most consistent riders in the series after finishing second at Dodger Stadium.
Stewart passed Weimer for second, and in the process Weimer crashed – giving Suzuki’s Brett Metcalfe fourth in the order.
Past the halfway point Villopoto continued to put on a miraculous ride as he was now up to sixth and going after Davi Millsaps. As Dungey began to lay the pressure on Stewart, JS7 once again cracked and lost the front end. In the process Reed was running away with the victory as Villopoto nabbed fourth ahead of Metcalfe. Despite his crash Stewart remained within the top-three, but the former champ was receiving tense pressure from RV. In the final laps Reed was on autopilot as the ultimate battle remained between Stewart and Villopoto for the final podium position.
“I have been trying to figure out what I have been doing wrong this year,” said Reed. “I switched to a tire that I used last year and it worked. I am going to keep trying to get better each week. I will take the good with the bad and keep moving forward.”
In the end Reed snagged victory nearly three seconds ahead of Dungey. Despite making more mistakes this round, Stewart landed a small victory by holding off Villopoto for third – his first podium finish this season. Though he’s remained winless since Anaheim, Villopoto’s performance will continue to be applauded as he once again overcame a bad start to finish inside the top-five.
Los Angeles AMA Supercross Results:
Despite another crash James Stewart finished on the podium for the first time this season after battling with Reed.
1. Chad Reed (Honda)
2. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
3. James Stewart (Yamaha)
4. Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki)
5. Brett Metcalfe (Suzuki)
6. Davi Millsaps (Yamaha)
7. Josh Hansen (Kawasaki)
8. Broc Tickle (Kawasaki)
9. Kevin Windham (Honda)
10. Mike Alessi (Suzuki)
11. Jake Weimer (Kawasaki)
12. Kyle Chisholm (Kawasaki)
13. Nick Wey (Kawasaki)
14. Andrew Short (Honda)
15. Weston Peick (Kawasaki)
2012 AMA Supercross Championship Points:
1. Ryan Dungey, 67
2. Chad Reed, 63
3. Ryan Villopoto, 63
4. Jake Weimer, 48
5. James Stewart, 48
6. Kevin Windham, 43
7. Brett Metcalfe, 38
8. Andrew Short, 36
9. Josh Hansen, 36
10. Davi Millsaps, 28