The fans in Salt Lake City braved rain, sleet and snow during the night to watch Kevin Windham take his second win of the season.
A soggy Round 16 of the 2010 AMA Supercross Series is in the books, and it will be long remembered for its frigid temps, rain and snow. Even though the weather turned sour, the Salt Lake City fans were glued to their seats, not wanting to miss a second of the awesome racing that went down. The final champion of the year was crowned and a fan favorite made it two in a row.
Coming into the last round of the West Coast Lites Championship, Pro Circuit’s Jake Weimer had a pretty good lock on the title with a 19-point lead. All he had to do was finish 15th or better, and he would be leaving with his first championship. Unfortunately, he had to do it on the wettest, nastiest night thus far in 2010. Mud races have a way of messing up a sure thing, as the track is treacherous and the strain on the bike is higher. Remember Chad Reed in Daytona a few years ago? Weimer handled it like a seasoned veteran, riding conservatively to a fifth-place finish, putting him 15 points ahead of runner-up Wil Hahn. The Idaho native will now run the 1W plate in Vegas during the East/West Shootout.
Jake Weimer rode a smart race in the sloppy conditions, taking home a Number-1 plate in the process.
Kevin Windham got his second win in a row, vaulting him into second place in the points championship. Even during practice it was apparent K-Dub was the favorite for the win. The crowd cheered the 17-year veteran on every lap of qualifying and the main event. Windham has always shined in tough conditions, but lately he is a serious threat even in perfect weather. After the podium celebration, the Mississippi native vowed to take the win in Vegas to prove he can win when the track is dry.
Chad Reed was not in attendance in SLC due to the birth of his first child. After 36 hours of labor, Ellie gave birth to baby Reed. Due to no sleep for two days and the responsibility of caring for his wife and new son, Reedy opted to sit out this weekend’s race. The MotoUSA crew sends out our congratulations Chad and Ellie. TwoTwo will be back in action at the final round of the season in Las Vegas.
With Reed out to care for his family, Nick Wey was left to carry the flag for the Monster Energy Kawasaki team. Originally signed to ride a KX450F for TiLube/Brown Motorsports, Wey has spent more time on the factory squad filling in for the injured Ryan Villopoto and Reed. Finishing out the season on the factory squad, Number-27 will have ridden 12 of the 17 rounds for factory Kawasaki. Makes you wonder what his original team is getting out of the deal? We just have to say they must be really cool to allow their only rider to jump to the factory squad for two stints in one season.
Red Bull Honda's Davi Millsaps battled through the pain to grab another second-place finish.
Red Bull Honda’s Davi Millsaps left Utah bruised and battered, but he did so with a second-place trophy. During the shortened qualifying practice session; Millsaps hit the dirt hard twice in fairly short succession. After his second trip over the bars he pulled off the track early. During the rider introductions it was obvious the Honda pilot was dealing with some significant pain as he limped to his bike. However there was no sign of weakness once the gate dropped in Millsaps’ heat race. Number 18 won his heat and looked smooth and confident in the process. In the main event, he nearly grabbed the holeshot and battled with Windham for a bit. This is the second time he has finished in the runner-up spot riding through significant pain. Earlier in the year he finished second in Dallas with an injured back.
Props go out to the Dirt Wurx crew this week as they worked their butts off to make the best of a difficult situation. As soon as they finished tearing down the Seattle track, the track crew drove straight though to SLC in order to build the track before the snow fell. Once the track was uncovered, things didn’t look good as there were sections of the track that were better suited for a Jet Ski. The crew mixed sand and lime into the track and by the time practice began the racing surface looked awesome. Even when the rain came down in sheets the ground held up decently. Although it was a bit slippery, and the whoops had to be knocked down before the main event, the track could have been much worse.
Stay tuned to MotoUSA for all the news and action from the final round of the 2010 AMA Supercross Season!