Chad Reed rode to his first victory of the season in San Diego despite the slippery conditions.
Wet weather paid a visit to San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium during Round 7 of the 2011 Monster Energy AMA Supercross
Championship. Despite the slick conditions TwoTwo Motorsports’ Chad Reed
charged to his first victory of the season and the 39th win of his career. Rockstar
’s Ryan Dungey and San Manuel Yamaha
’s James Stewart filled out the podium with Factory Honda
’s Trey Canard just missing the steps in fourth. Meanwhile the Lites West Coast Championship returned with Geico Powersports Honda’s Eli Tomac securing his first ever victory in front of Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki
teammates Tyla Rattray and Broc Tickle.
The main event of the evening began with Reed cramming into the first turn for the holeshot as rain began to pummel the San Diego circuit again. Early disappointments took place on behalf of Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto
and JGRMX Yamaha’s Davi Millsaps
as both riders went down quickly in the opening lap. Most of the attention was up front, however, as Reed and Canard became engaged in a frantic battle for the lead. Just off the pace of the frontrunners was Stewart followed by Red Bull KTM
’s Andrew Short, Dungey and Mike Alessi in positions third through sixth, respectively.
On Lap 4 Canard stole the lead away from Reed as Stewart began closing the gap even further. In the meantime RV began his charge through the field from dead last after having more problems and being forced into the pits to remove his rear fender and number plate. Geico Powersports Honda’s Kevin Windham took early leave of the event after suffering difficulties the entire evening with a crash in qualifying and then mechanical issues in the main event. Valli Motorsports Yamaha’s Austin Stroupe was another victim claimed in San Diego when he collided with Stewart’s San Manuel
James Stewart was seen riding rather cautiously in San Diego and finished third behind Chad Reed and Ryan Dungey.
Yamaha teammate, Kyle Regal, on Lap 6. Shortly after and with clear track in front of him, Canard also wiped out in a right-hander and forfeited his lead to Reed, who continued to dominate the event past the halfway point. Reed, Stewart, Dungey and Canard were the running order when Stewart stalled his bike on Lap 15. After losing second place to Dungey, Stewart managed to recover in fourth while Reed continued to put in his best ride of 2011. In the final laps, Canard once again lost the front end of his Honda, causing him to drop out of the top-three. The final lap witnessed RV attempt to put the moves on Short for sixth.
Reed snagged a momentous victory for his rookie TwoTwo Motorsports team with Dungey taking another strong podium finish. Stewart was seen riding cautiously and reserved in San Diego, and despite his lack of aggressiveness JS7 chalked-up another top-three result and moved closer to RV in the standings. Following a memorable first win for Canard in Houston last week, the Honda rider took fourth and is now tied for third in the championship with Reed. Millsaps recovered from his early crash to finish inside the top-five, with KTM’s Andrew Short nailing another top-six result. Still the leader in the series by just three points, Villopoto finished seventh inside Qualcomm after failing to pass Short during the final lap.
2011 AMA Supercross San Diego Results:
1. Chad Reed (Honda)
2. Ryan Dungey (Suzuki)
3. James Stewart (Yamaha)
4. Trey Canard (Honda)
Honda's Trey Canard suffered two falls in San Diego but earned fourth despite the mishaps.
5. Davi Millsaps (Yamaha)
6. Andrew Short (KTM)
7. Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki)
8. Brett Metcalfe (Suzuki)
9. Mike Alessi (KTM)
10. Justin Brayton (Yamaha)
11. Nick Wey (Yamaha)
12. Kyle Regal (Yamaha)
13. Fabien Izoird (Kawasaki)
14. Chris Blose (Kawasaki)
15. Ivan Tedesco (Kawasaki)
2011 AMA Supercross Championship Points:
1. Ryan Villopoto, 146
2. James Stewart, 143
3. Chad Reed, 130
4. Trey Canard, 130
5. Ryan Dungey, 123
6. Andrew Short, 95
7. Brett Metcalfe, 93
8. Davi Millsaps, 78
9. Justin Brayton, 76
10. Ivan Tedesco, 66
Eli Tomac secured his first win of 2011 after nailing the holeshot and running a clean race.
Tomac snared the holeshot off the muddy straight in San Diego with Kawasaki’s Josh Hansen, Honda’s James Decotis, Kawasaki’s Rattray and DNA Shred Stix Yamaha’s Kyle Cunningham in hot pursuit. Despite having the fastest times in practice, Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen was slow out of the gate and had an early crash to relegate him toward the back of the field. Also hitting the deck early was Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Morais. But the man on a mission in San Diego was Tomac as he launched himself through challenging track conditions with more than a six-second lead. Meanwhile, Decotis got around Hansen for second as Rattray, Tickle and TLD Honda’s Cole Seely all begin pressuring Hansen for the final podium position.
Rattray was first to breach the point leader’s defense for third with Tickle not too far behind. Seely continued putting on an impressive ride by passing Hansen as both Rattray and Tickle shot around Decotis. Toward the end Roczen was able to improve his lackluster start by passing for eighth as Cunningham saw his decent start shattered after crashing due to a questionable block pass by Hansen. Tomac went on to grab his first Supercross win with a mammoth lead ahead of Rattray the South African, who posted his best performance so far this season despite riding in pain. By finishing third Tickle is now just three points shy of Hansen, who took sixth after struggling most of the evening with his broken left pinky finger.
2011 AMA Supercross Lites San Diego Results:
1. Eli Tomac (Honda)
2. Tyla Rattray (Kawasaki)
3. Broc Tickle (Kawasaki)
4. Cole Seely (Honda)
5. James Decotis (Honda)
Kawasaki's Josh Hansen struggled with his injured hand and finished sixth after losing steam in the final laps.
6. Josh Hansen (Kawasaki)
7. Ken Roczen (KTM)
8. Ben Evans (Kawasaki)
9. Ryan Morais (Suzuki)
10. Kyle Cunningham (Yamaha)
11. Antonio Balbi (Kawasaki)
12. Martin Davalos (Suzuki)
13. Ryan Smith (Suzuki)
14. Tommy Weeck (Honda)
15. Nick Paluzzi (Yamaha)
2011 AMA Supercross Lites Championship Points:
1. Josh Hansen, 128
2. Broc Tickle, 125
3. Eli Tomac, 116
4. Ryan Morais, 96
5. Cole Seely, 88
6. Ken Roczen, 83
7. Tyla Rattray, 80
8. Martin Davalos, 69
9. James Decotis, 67
10. Kyle Cunningham, 60