After winning Round 2 San Manuel Yamaha's James Stewart is now tied with GOAT Ricky Carmichael for the most number of Supercross victories at Chase Field.
Under the bright lights at Phoenix’s Chase Field, San Manuel Yamaha
’s James Stewart
took top honors in the second round of the 2011 Monster Energy AMA Supercross
Championship. Monster Energy Kawasaki
’s Ryan Villopoto
and Red Bull Honda
’s Trey Canard
grabbed second and third, respectively, with Canard earning his first premier class podium finish. Meanwhile in the Supercross Lites class Monster Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Josh Hansen continued his dominance over the field for team green by taking his second win of the season. Hansen’s teammate, Broc Tickle
, and Rockstar Suzuki
’s Ryan Morais rounded out the podium finishers in second and third, respectively, with Germany’s Ken Roczen continuing to struggle after crashing out in the Lites main.
Stewart blasted out of the gates in the main event of the evening for the holeshot. The #7 bike of Stewart was followed by Geico Honda’s Kevin Windham
, Villopoto, JGR Yamaha’s Justin Brayton
and Canard. Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey
and TwoTwo Motorsports’ Chad Reed
ran seventh and eighth in the opening lap as Villopoto made a quick pass on Windham to move into second. Positions juggled back and forth as Reed went ahead of Dungey and Canard moved up to third ahead of Brayton and Windham. On Lap 3 Tommy Hahn
’s night ended prematurely as did Windham’s when both riders fell victim to Phoenix’s slippery track surface and difficult rhythm sections.
Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto took second in the main after losing the front end on Phoenix's slippery track.
Just when a terrific battle was taking shape for the lead, Villopoto also suffered a costly fall. Meanwhile, Dungey made it around Reed shortly after but couldn’t keep a clean pace, and mistakes allowed Reed to make another pass on the defending SX champ. Ultimately Stewart maintained the advantage provided by Villopoto’s mistake and claimed his first win of the 2011 season. Although Villopoto maintains a two-point lead in the series, he now faces direct pressure from Stewart as tension in the series builds.
“(All the riders) were pushing the limit on it all night and it got me," said Villopoto. "I was pushing James (Stewart) and waiting for a mistake, but I ended up being the one (to make one). I still was able to do what I came here to do and leave with some valuable points. Now it’s on to Dodger Stadium.”
Canard continued his excellent showing in the premier class be landing his first podium appearance. He finished third in the main and held off Reed, who also rode well to earn his second top-five result of the season. Dungey rounded out the top-five finishers of the evening in Phoenix and appeared to be lacking the outright speed to run at the front. On a similar note, the KTM
squad of Mike Alessi
and Andrew Short
experienced more upset this week after Alessi was unable to qualify for the main. Short improved on his finish from Anaheim by logging a seventh-place result, but he's still unable to run with the leaders.
“I really wanted to pull that holeshot,” said Stewart after his win. “This track was tough tonight but I haven’t won in over a year so I really wanted this one. I was even a little nervous out there but I want to thank everyone on my team for giving such an awesome bike. This feels great.”
2011 AMA Supercross Phoenix Results:
1. James Stewart, (Yamaha)
2. Ryan Villopoto, (Kawasaki)
Ice-Trey is starting his first premier Supercross season in excellent form after taking third place at Phoenix.
3. Trey Canard, (Honda)
4. Chad Reed, (Honda)
5. Ryan Dungey, (Suzuki)
6. Justin Brayton, (Yamaha)
7. Andrew Short, (KTM)
8. Brett Metcalfe, (Suzuki)
9. Kyle Chisholm, (Yamaha)
10. Kyle Regal, (Yamaha)
11. Davi Millsaps, (Yamaha)
12. Nick Wey, (Yamaha)
13. Weston Peick, (Yamaha)
14. Ivan Tedesco, (Kawasaki)
15. Chris Blose, (Kawasaki)
2011 AMA Supercross Championship Points:
1. Ryan Villopoto, 47
2. James Stewart, 45
3. Ryan Dungey, 38
4. Trey Canard, 38
5. Chad Reed, 34
6. Brett Metcalfe, 26
7. Andrew Short, 25
8. Kyle Chisholm, 22
9. Ivan Tedesco, 21
10. Justin Braytin, 20
Kawasaki's Josh Hansen made it win numer two at Phoenix in the Lites class ahead of Broc Tickle and Ryan Morais.
In the Lites class Tickle took the initial lead out of the long straight. It was a rough fight for the lead as Morais, Hansen, Roczen and Rockstar Energy Suzuki’s Martin Davalos
all remained close for the opening laps. It didn’t take long for Hansen to put the moves on Morais for second, however, and further back Eli Tomac was making quick progress through the field after getting a mediocre start. A strong-willed Davalos made passes ahead of both Morais and Roczen to move up to third as Hansen begin applying pressure to Tickle.
Yamaha’s Kyle Cunningham
was also on the move and putting the heat on Roczen for 5th. Shortly afterward Davalos hit the dirt and gave up third. It would prove to be a wild main for the Lites as Tickle also crashed out while in the lead. Hansen soon assumed the lead and was in impressive form as more crashes took place behind him with Roczen going down in the sand and taking Cunningham down in the process. Riding a calculated race Hansen made it two in a row for Kawasaki with teammate Tickle holding onto second ahead of Morais.
“I’m really stoked,” said Hansen. “I didn’t get the start I needed to, but I tried my best to be patient and it worked out for me. I want to thank everyone on my team for helping me out and giving me a good bike and all these fans for coming out tonight.”
The top-five were rounded out by Cole Seely and Eli Tomac in fourth and fifth with Tyla Rattray
taking sixth in the order. The evening was a definite heart-breaker for Roczen, who so far has had a tough introduction to the U.S. Supercross circuit. After barely squeezing into the main through the LCQ, the 16-year-old had to be helped off the track following his collision with Cunningham.
2011 AMA Supercross Lites Phoenix Results:
1. Josh Hansen, (Kawasaki)
2. Broc Tickle, (Kawasaki)
3. Ryan Morais, (Suzuki)
KTM's Ken Roczen had a punishing day in Phoenix where he had to be helped off the track after crashing in the main.
4. Cole Seely, (Honda)
5. Eli Tomac, (Honda)
6. Tyla Rattray, (Kawasaki)
7. James Decotis, (Honda)
8. Travis Baker, (Honda)
9. Martin Davalos, (Suzuki)
10. Kyle Cuningham, (Yamaha)
11. Jake Canada, (Kawasaki)
12. Ben Evans, (Kawasaki)
13. Bruce Rutherford, (Kawasaki)
14. Antonio Balbi, (Kawasaki)
15. Nick Paluzzi, (Yamaha)
2011 AMA Supercross Lites Championship Points:
1. Josh Hansen, 50
2. Broc Tickle, 44
3. Ryan Morais, 35
4. Tyla Rattray, 35
5. Cole Seely, 34
6. Martin Davalos, 30
7. Eli Tomac, 27
8. Travis Baker, 26
9. Kyle Cunningham, 19
10. Nick Paluzzi, 18