Kawasaki's Dean Wilson posted his first win of the season in Phoenix after leading all 15 laps.
The Monster Energy AMA Supercross
Lites class continued the fight into Phoenix’s Chase Field Saturday night with Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson
taking his first win of the season. Following his disappointing performance in the opening round, the Scotsman bounced back with a dominant ride in Arizona ahead of Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin and Wilson’s own teammate, Tyla Rattray
Rattray rocketed down the starting straight to claim the Nuclear Cowboyz holeshot award for the night with Musquin right on his rear wheel. Following the congestion in the first turn, it was Wilson who surfaced with the lead as Monster Energy Yamaha
’s Zach Osbourne and TLD Honda’s Travis Baker rounded out the top-five in the opening lap. Geico Honda
’s Eli Tomac suffered another poor start outside the top-10, but he was quickly making progress to catch up with TLD Honda’s Cole Seely.
While Osbourne was desperately trying to keep up with Rattray, Seely became caught in a battle for fifth with Baker, Suzuki’s Martin Davalos
, Jason Anderson and Tomac. The action intensified when Baker was pushed wide as Tomac tried getting by Seely. Behind them Anderson had moved up to seventh ahead of Davalos as Wilson continued to increase his lead ahead of the field. By Lap 6 Wilson was
Frenchman Marvin Musquin helped make it a good night for KTM by finishing second.
more than four seconds ahead of Musquin, who was holding his own ahead of the South African. A few laps later Seely and Tomac had both overtaken Osbourne for fourth and fifth respectively, the duo continuing to play cat and mouse throughout much of the main.
On Lap 12 Tomac dropped the hammer and attempted a hard block pass on Seely, allowing him to get by for fourth. After his major tussle with Seely, Tomac set his sights on Rattray and the final podium spot to salvage as many points as possible. Wilson continued his flawless performance in the remaining laps, the current 250 Motocross champ posting a solid victory well ahead of his rivals.
“This feels great,” exclaimed Wilson. “Last weekend just wasn’t me. I think I was too confident coming in. It just means so much to get this win. The track was really slippery and required a lot of throttle control. This class is unbelievable and it’s not going to be easy (to win), but I want to be in the championship and I’m going to try my best.”
It was also one of the best performances for Musquin as the Frenchman clinched second in the order less than three seconds behind Wilson. Following his holeshot and consistent ride, Rattray now leads the overall rankings thanks to his third-place finish. Though he failed to make it inside the top-three, Tomac had a commendable ride in which he fought back from 15th to finish fourth. Meanwhile Seely followed up his victory at Anaheim by rounding out the top-five at Chase Field.
Phoenix Supercross Lites Results:
1. Dean Wilson (Kawasaki)
2. Marvin Musquin (KTM)
3. Tyla Rattray (Kawasaki)
4. Eli Tomac (Honda)
5. Cole Seely (Honda)
Geico Honda's Eli Tomac once again proved his speed in the Lites class but suffered another poor start.
6. Zachary Osbourn (Yamaha)
7. Jason Anderson (Suzuki)
8. Nico Izzi (Yamaha)
9. Max Anstie (Honda)
10. Travis Baker (Honda)
11. Michael Leib (Honda)
12. Billy Laninovich (Honda)
13. Bruce Rutherford (Honda)
14. Vince Friese (Honda)
15. Teddy Maier (Honda)
2012 AMA Supercross Lites Championship Points:
1. Tyla Rattray, 42
2. Cole Seely, 41
3. Dean Wilson, 40
4. Marvin Musquin, 40
5. Eli Tomac, 38
6. Jason Anderson, 28
7. Zachary Osbourne, 27
8. Nico Izzi, 22
9. Travis Baker, 22
10. Max Anstie, 17