Geico Honda's Eli Tomac finally overcame poor starts this season to win his first race of 2012 at Dodger Stadium.
The Western Regional Supercross Lites Class continued to charge through its schedule on Saturday night with Geico Honda
’s Eli Tomac securing his first win of the season at Dodger Stadium. Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki
’s Dean Wilson
followed up his victory in Arizona with another great ride in Los Angeles, the Scotsman finishing just more than a second ahead of MonsterEnergy Yamaha
’s Zach Osborne.
Rockstar Energy Suzuki’s Martin Davalos
took the holeshot to start the night ahead of Tomac, Osborne and MotoConcepts’ Vince Friese. Utilizing his excellent starting position, Tomac quickly pounced on Davalos to claim the lead while TLD Honda’s Cole Seely got bumped off track during the rough start. Red Bull KTM
’s Marvin Musquin made the pass on Rocket Exhaust’s Michael Leib for sixth on the opening lap, putting the Frenchman just behind Kawasaki’s Tyla Rattray
. Despite winning his heat race, Star Valli Yamaha’s Ryan Sipes had a horrible start outside the top-15 along with SlatonRacing’s Nick Paluzzi and Sipes’ own teammate, Nico Izzi.
Musquin continued to push toward the front by overtaking Rattray for fifth. Meanwhile, Osborne was closing on Davalos for runner-up as the two became caught in a tense duel. On Lap 6 Osborne mounted a final effort that put him ahead as Davalos crashed shortly after, allowing Wilson to move up to third. Riding fast and flawless, Tomac continued to stretch his lead while Davalos recovered back in sixth. Seely’s
Red Bull KTM's Marvin Musquin lost a top-five finish after crashing hard in the final laps.
night continued to get worse as he crashed and dropped down to 16th.
With just five laps remaining Wilson and Musquin began to catch Osborne. By Lap 12 Davalos lost another spot to Rockstar Energy Suzuki
’s Jason Anderson. Just when Musquin was looking at another strong performance, however, the Frenchman crashed hard and couldn’t remount, handing fourth over to Rattray. The pressure on Osborne continued late into the race as Wilson scuttled by for second.
Tomac went on to claim the checkers in dominant fashion after leading every lap.
“I was able to sneak into the lead and ride 15 solid laps,” said Tomac. “It’s a night and day difference when you get a good start. I should have been getting starts like this all season.”
Wilson held on for runner-up, the Scotsman now claiming solid results in the last two rounds. It was also a night to celebrate for Osborne, who secured one of his best results on the podium ahead of Rattray and Anderson.
Los Angeles Supercross Lites Results:
Dean Wilson (above) posted second in Round 3 after overtaking Zack Osborne (below) in the final laps of the Lites main.
1. Eli Tomac (Honda)
2. Dean Wilson (Kawasaki)
3. Zack Osborne (Yamaha)
4. Tyla Rattray (Kawasaki)
5. Jason Anderson (Suzuki)
6. Max Anstie (Honda)
7. Michael Leib (Honda)
8. Matt Moss (KTM)
9. Martin Davalos (Suzuki)
10. Billy Laninovich (Honda)
11. Nico Izzi (Yamaha)
12. Ryan Sipes (Yamaha)
13. Vince Friese (Honda)
14. Teddy Maier (Honda)
15. Cole Seely (Honda)
2012 AMA Supercross Lites Championship Points
1. Eli Tomac, 63
2. Dean Wilson, 62
3. Tyla Rattray, 60
4. Cole Seely, 47
5. Zach Osborne, 47
6. Jason Anderson, 44
7. Marvin Musquin, 42
8. Max Anstie, 32
9. Nico Izzi, 32
10. Billy Laninovich, 27