Ryan Dungey celebrates his first race win of the 2013 Supercross season with Red Bull KTM Team Manager, Roger DeCoster.
Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey
earned his bread at Anaheim 3. In his heat race, a blown rear shock kept him from advancing to the main, so it was off to the Last Chance Qualifier. Once racing got under way in the LCQ, a sizable pile-up pushed Dungey back to seventh and he had to scrape to make the top two, which he did with a final lap pass to earn second-place. Things got much better in the main though, and after a strong start, Dungey was able to get to the lead in the opening laps, holding there until the checkers. Behind Dungey, Rockstar Suzuki’s Davi Millsaps
faced intense pressure for the runner-up position, but was able maintain in second to the finish. Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Justin Barcia
put an end to his recent string of bad luck, making it to the final step on the podium.
“We felt some emotion coming into tonight’s race after barely making it into the Main Event,” said Dungey. “The team was sweating it, but we pulled it off. It’s a long season and this is a big step for the team.”
Much like the previous round in Oakland, the start of the Anaheim 3 race was marked by a pile-up that frustrated the hopes of some top riders. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto
was one of the hardest hit, falling back as far as 18th at one point and having to battle up through the pack to earn his eventual eighth-place finish. Two Two Motorsports’ Chad Reed
was also set back, but he fared better than RV and was able to push up to fifth before the finish. MotoConcepts’ Mike Alessi
came out strong off the start, but slipped to the very back of the pack following a number of mistakes throughout the round.
Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart
rode free from major difficulty for one of the first times this season, battling up front for podium position throughout the contest. A few late race bobbles cost him a spot on the rostrum though, allowing Barcia to get past in the final laps. Stewart earned his best result of the year, to this point at least, finishing in fourth. Behind Reed in fifth, Honda rider Andrew Short proved that the recent behind-the-scenes team changes haven’t affected his ability to keep pace with his factory-backed competitors, taking sixth. Barcia’s teammate, Trey Canard, went down more than once during the race, but was able to salvage position to finish in seventh.
Millsaps remains the overall points leader, now sitting 14 points ahead of new second-placed rider, Dungey. Canard slipped to third overall, but trails the KTM rider by a single point. Villopoto’s eighth-place finish at Anaheim 3 was enough to keep him in fourth overall, just 17 points off Millsaps’ lead.
Anaheim 3 450 Supercross Results 2013
Ryan Dungey moved to second overall in 450 SX championship points following his win at Anaheim 3.
1. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
2. Davi Millsaps (Suzuki)
3. Justin Barcia (Honda)
4. James Stewart (Suzuki)
5. Chad Reed (Honda)
6. Andrew Short (Honda)
7. Trey Canard (Honda)
8. Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki)
9. Broc Tickle (Suzuki)
10. Justin Brayton (Yamaha)
11. Matt Lemoine (Kawasaki)
12. Jimmy Albertson (Honda)
13. Matt Goerke (KTM)
14. Kyle Chisholm (Yamaha)
15. Vince Friese (Honda)
450 Supercross Championship Points 2013:
1. Davi Millsaps, 107
2. Ryan Dungey, 93
3. Trey Canard, 92
4. Ryan Villopoto, 90
5. Chad Reed, 81
6. Andrew Short, 71
7. Justin Barcia, 61
8. James Stewart, 56
9. Justin Brayton, 53
10. Jake Weimer, 48