Ice-Trey took another victory at Dallas, making it three wins so far for the SX rookie in 2011.
The 2011 Monster Energy AMA Supercross
series returned to Texas with major rewards for SX rookie Trey Canard
. The Factory Honda
rider claimed his third win of the season ahead of Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto and Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Meanwhile Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson took another victory in the East Coast Lites division ahead of Geico Powersports Honda teammates Justin Barcia and Blake Wharton.
Red Bull KTM’s Mike Alessi roped another holeshot in the main ahead of Canard and Dungey, who both quickly snaked by to take the top-two positions at the start of the race. Despite putting in a good performance in his heat race, Honda’s fill-in rider for Josh Grant -Cole Seely - suffered a hard crash in the opening laps and was out. JGR Yamaha’s Justin Brayton also encountered misfortune and recorded a DNF as Reed shot ahead of Dungey for second. Stewart also found a way ahead of Dungey for third and, although Villopoto was near the back of the pack exiting Turn 1, the Kawasaki rider somehow managed to slip through the field into fifth behind Dungey.
Ryan Villopoto reclaimed the lead in the 2011 championship after taking second in Dallas.
The whoops proved a popular passing point during the evening as Stewart overtook Reed through the section for second. Meanwhile, Canard maintained his major lead out front by more than five seconds as Reed refused to let Stewart get away. Reed threw a solid block pass on Stewart to retake his position, but it wouldn’t be the last encounter between the two. Shortly afterward Stewart got sideways in the whoops and lost his footing while trying to pass Reed. Stewart ended up taking out Reed in the process of crashing, with Reed later recovering down in eighth from the incident. Stewart suffered less than the Aussie after resuming the race in fourth.
Events played in favor of Canard, who had his lead increased even more when Dungy also his the dirt. Also benefitting from the crashes was RV, who assumed second behind Canard after Dungey’s crash with Stewart and Honda’s Kevin Windham rounding out the top-five in the final laps. Reed would go on to make more mistakes that forced him down to 10th as Stewart’s bike began emitting steam from its engine. In the final lap Dungey was hunting Villopoto down while leaving Stewart in the dust.
Canard eventually snatched his third win in Arlington, bumping him up to fourth in the championship standings.
“I’m so grateful,” said Canard. “So many people from home are here. This is such an awesome day and I’m just so thankful. I knew I needed another good start and it happened again. I tried to put in (20) solid laps, (but) the whoops
Ryan Dungey posted yet another podium finish this season after a spirited performance in Texas.
were really tough. We’ll see (about the championship). I’m just going to keep doing the best I can. That’s all I can control.”
RV overcame a mediocre start and the crashes around him to finish runner-up, and by doing so reclaimed the lead in the series with just four rounds left.
“Tonight was crazy,” said Villopoto. “I got an ok start. There was a little problem with my bike, but nothing major. I just kept plugging away and things worked in my favor. The track was really tough for 20 laps, so sometimes you just got to sit back and let things happen.”
Dungey earned another podium finish in third and now trails Villopoto by just seven points. Stewart recovered from his incident with Reed to finish fourth, but is now 21 points behind the leader. Overall it was a miserable night for Reed, who was performing well before his accident with Stewart. The Aussie also crashed on the final lap, leaving him to finish back in eighth.
Dallas AMA Supercross Results:
1. Trey Canard (Honda)
2. Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki)
3. Ryan Dungey (Suzuki)
4. James Stewart (Yamaha)
James Stewart missed the podium and had a major crash with Chad Reed. He is now fifth overall in the series.
5. Kevin Windham (Honda)
6. Andrew Short (KTM)
7. Tommy Hahn (Yamaha)
8. Chad Reed (Honda)
9. Austin Stroupe (Yamaha)
10. Mike Alessi (KTM)
11. Weston Peick (Yamaha)
12. Fabian Izoird (Kawasaki)
13. Chris Blose (Kawasaki)
14. Michael Byrne (Suzuki)
15. Ivan Tedesco (Kawasaki)
2011 AMA Supercross Championship Points:
1. Ryan Villopoto, 255
2. Chad Reed, 249
3. Ryan Dungey, 248
4. Trey Canard, 239
5. James Stewart, 234
6. Andrew Short, 174
7. Kevin Windham, 150
8. Justin Brayton, 141
9. Davi Millsaps, 128
10. Ivan Tedesco, 114
Kawasaki's Dean Wilson (#15) made a last-lap pass ahead of Justin Barcia (#17) for his third win of the 2011 season.
In the Lites class Barcia started the main on a high note by picking up the holeshot ahead of Yamaha’s Ryan Sipes, Wilson and Wharton. Jason Anderson was an early victim of the Texas circuit after going off the track and crashing out. Meanwhile, Sipes was a constant pest to Barcia, who was doing everything he could to keep his wheel out front. Wharton and Matt Lemoine rounded out the top-five as Sipes took over the lead from Barcia on Lap 3 by beating him through the whoops.
But Sipes’ moment of glory didn’t last long as he hit the deck, giving the top position back to Barcia. Suzuki City’s Malcolm Stewart ran sixth in the order ahead of Lance Vincent, Darryn Durham, Justin Sipes and Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett. In the final laps of the contest Wilson really picked up his pace to pressure Barcia. As the laps ticked by Barcia’s lead over the team green rider was cut short through careless errors.
With the white flag out, Wilson decided to strike. The Scotsman successfully completed the pass to take the lead on the final lap, and eventually took the checkers ahead of the field.
“This (win) means so much,” said Wilson. “It wasn’t an easy race. I’ve been battling the stomach flu all day. I just kept pushing and didn’t give up. It went all the way to the last lap, which was fun for everyone here. I made a pass on him and he got me back, then I got by again, he stuffed me and I stalled. I had one last chance to get him and I stuck it.”
Once again Barcia took second, extending his record of finishing on the podium in every East Coast race so far. For the second week in a row Wharton claimed third in the order, finishing more than 15 second behind Wilson at the finish line jump. Despite crashing twice in the main, Stewart managed fourth behind Wharton as Lemoine round out the top-five finishers.
Dallas AMA Supercross Lites Results:
1. Dean Wilson (Kawasaki)
2. Justin Barcia (Honda)
3. Blake Wharton (Honda)
4. Malcolm Stewart (Suzuki)
5. Matt Lemoine (Kawasaki)
Barcia earned another podium in Dallas and leads the East Coast Lites Championship by 13 points with just two races left.
6. Darryn Durham (Honda)
7. Blake Baggett (Kawasaki)
8. Gannon Audette (Yamaha)
9. Alex Martin (Honda)
10. Tyler Bright (Honda)
11. Hunter Hewitt (Suzuki)
12. Jason Anderson (Suzuki)
13. Taylor Futrell (Honda)
14. Lance Vincent (Honda)
15. Hunter Clements (Honda)
2011 AMA Supercross Lites Championship Points:
1. Justin Barcia, 160
2. Dean Wilson, 147
3. Ryan Sipes, 119
4. Blake Bagget, 114
5. Blake Wharton, 109
6. Matt Lemoine, 96
7. P.J. Larsen, 80
8. Malcolm Stewart, 73
9. Alex Martin, 59
10. Lance Vincent, 56