Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto has now won three rounds in a row after surviving another battle with Aussie Chad Reed.
The 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross
series headed east this week, where Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto
pulled off his third consecutive victory - this time before 53,000 fans at Cowboys Stadium. Scoring his fourth win of the season, Villopoto stretched his points lead to 13 after coming out on top in another fight with TwoTwo Motorsports’ Chad Reed
as the Aussie crashed hard and had to be helped off track. Red Bull KTM
’s Ryan Dungey
continued being Mr. Consistent after notching another podium in second despite a horrible start, while Kawasaki
’s Jake Weimer finished third to rebound from his disappointing finish in San Diego last week.
MotoConcepts Suzuki’s Mike Alessi got the jump on the field in Dallas to take the holeshot ahead of Villopoto and Reed. RV and Reed both broke past Alessi for the lead quickly as JGR Yamaha’s James Stewart
started in eighth. After shuffling for position out of the first turn, Weimer was up to third while Reed started attacking Villopoto for the lead. Meanwhile, Dungey faced a long night after starting in 14th due to a bad gate pick.
On Lap 2 Reed was all over RV and had the crowd on its feet as the Aussie stalked the frontrunner. Just then JGR Yamaha
’s Davi Millsaps went down right in front of Stewart, causing JS7 to stall in the process. A few laps later the drama continued as Reed, who was looking incredibly fast and comfortable, dropped the front end and did a hard nosedive into the ground. Reed was slow getting up and eventually had to be helped off track with what looked to be a knee injury.
TwoTwo Motorsports' Chad Reed had to be helped off the track following a hard nosedive into the ground at Dallas.
With Reed out, Villopoto stretched his lead out ahead of Weimer and Alessi as Dungey began inching into the top-four. After being passed by nearly the entire field JS7 was back up to ninth while Dungey started working on Alessi for third. Up front RV was in a class of his own more than 11 seconds ahead. As the race entered its final five laps Dungey got the better of Alessi for third as Geico Honda
’s Kevin Windham
started closing in from fifth place.
The final laps ticked by without much action as RV continued to control the field. Meanwhile Dungey was recording the fastest laps on the track as he continued to reel in Weimer. Shortly after, the two met head-to-head for the second week in a row while dueling for second in the final laps. Weimer refused to give in to Dungey as they traded spots, both displaying unusually aggressive riding. Behind them Windham, who was on pace to secure a top-five finish, suddenly dropped down to seventh as RV posted his third consecutive victory more than eight seconds ahead.
“The track really broke down out there tonight, and when that happens, you have to be smart and play it safe,” said Villopoto. “It’s a bummer for Chad (Reed). I am looking forward to next weekend in Atlanta.”
Dungey got the last word in his fight with Weimer to finish second, a great result considering he barely qualified in his heat race and had a bad start in the main. Alessi just missed a podium spot in fourth while posting his best finish so far this season ahead of H&H Kawasaki’s Josh Hansen. Stewart crossed the finish line jump more than 30 seconds behind Villopoto, with the two-time champ now more than 40 points behind in the series.
Dallas AMA Supercross Results:
1. Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki)
2. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
3. Jake Weimer (Kawasaki)
After starting the main down in 14th, KTM's Ryan Dungey charged up to second to salvage as many points as possible.
4. Mike Alessi (Suzuki)
5. Josh Hansen (Kawasaki)
6. James Stewart (Yamaha)
7. Kevin Windham (Honda)
8. Brett Metcalfe (Suzuki)
9. Justin Brayton (Honda)
10. Kyle Chisholm (Kawasaki)
11. Broc Tickle (Kawasaki)
12. Nick Wey (Kawasaki)
13. Kyle Partridge (Kawasaki)
14. Robert Kiniry (Yamaha)
15. Davi Millsaps (Yamaha)
2012 AMA Supercross Championship Points:
1. Ryan Villopoto, 158
2. Ryan Dungey, 145
3. Chad Reed, 128
4. James Stewart, 116
5. Jake Weimer, 92
6. Kevin Windham, 92
7. Brett Metcalfe, 88
8. Mike Alessi, 81
9. Justin Brayton, 80
10. Josh Hansen, 80