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2011 AMA Supercross season

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Anyone watching Supercross?

We're coming up on Round 8 this weekend. It was looking like a Villopoto vs Stewart fight for the championship for a bit. Then Windham ALMOST got a win but crashed out and Canard took a win at Rd6 and then Reed in the wet conditions at Round 7 in San Diego, so things are opening up a little.

Stewart still looks as smooth, strong, and almost as dominant as Rossi has looked in MotoGP for most of his career, but in racing --and especially Supercross-- anything and everything can happen, and usually does in SX before the season is out. 18 Races and mostly back to back weekends it's phenomenal.

I actually prefer the Outdoor MX series for the natural terrain but SX is a great technical spectacle.

The Lites stuff is great too... and we even have a guy who grew up in Canada and is a serious contender for the East Lites series: Dean Wilson. I have photos of him somewhere from early 2001 or there-about when he was kicking butt at Wildrose Motocross Park in Calgary on his KX85... I'll see if I can locate a couple, just for kicks.

Here's the rounds so far:

01 January 8 - Angel Stadium - Anaheim, CA
02 January 15 - Chase Field - Phoenix, AZ
03 January 22 - Dodger Stadium - Los Angeles, CA
04 January 29 - Oak-Alameda City Stadium - Oakland, CA
05 February 5 - Angel Stadium - Anaheim, CA
06 February 12 - Reliant Stadium - Houston, TX
07 February 19 - Qualcomm Stadium - San Diego, CA

and now onto
08 February 26 - Georgia Dome - Atlanta, GA
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Re: 2011 AMA Supercross season

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Rnd 8 - Lites - Main pic

really love this track ... great motivation to keep working on my fitness level...
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Re: 2011 AMA Supercross season

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Round 8 was great racing as the whole season has been so far...

If you thought Barcia's move on Wilson was overly aggressive at Round 7, then when you see Reed's pathetic boneheaded move in the 450 Class in the Main, you will realize that Barcia is a a** Lite compared with ex-factory a**h**** Chad Reed. I havent watched SX for a long time, so I dont know much about the history of most of these riders other than by reputation.

Both of these jerks are like politician's, talking a good talk about the incidents, deflecting questions and claiming there involvement as "normal" competitiveness -- the will to win. They have both also done one other significant thing on camera: they both claim that the other guy is riding the same way that they are when clearly the other guys make much cleaner moves. These guys like the chumps Ive seen in hockey.. amateur, pro, street hockey .. it doesnt matter. there's always a few.

There's probably a good reason beyond the economy that Reed didn't get backing from the factories this year. I hope Honda regrets giving him support and he gets that move enough of repaid back in full + interest soon. I love what Stewart did to try and counteract the takeout.

I'll keep cheering for the true sportmen, like Windham, Stewart and Wilson. There are always some bad moves in racing and some riders who will do anything for the win, even early in the season. But the guys I remember from the old days, are the guys who were sportsmen and strong competitors, like McGrath, Bayle and Stanton. Bradshaw was pretty awesome and wild and I don't remember any ridiculous (clearly intentional) take-outs from him either. All great riders, super competitive, but sportsmen.

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Re: 2011 AMA Supercross season

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If you're not watching the Supercross then you're missing some of the best racing!

Stewart keeps displaying amazing strength, stamina, determination and brilliant riding. He is looking a bit like Stoner in GPs when it comes to his luck though. But he is making magic out of mud.

With all the fall-out up to Round 9 ---- Daytona --- It's all falling into Villopoto's hands at the moment, although Dungey is looking good.

The Daytona track was awesome, and conditions made for great racing AND the camera-shots from an ATV alongside the track was wicked.
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Re: 2011 AMA Supercross season

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As a heads up to peoples - the main event from Round 9 Daytona Supercross by Honda is on yooogube and there are lots of highlight clips from rabid fans...

Watch it on your Android device or iPooo :-) iPuck, iPaid2much, iForgot. (When Steve Jobs' health improves he'll remind you himself... anyhoooo... ok, come on Jobsy -- get out there and slug that Balmer jackazz for us all.)



It's always way better to watch it all live or as near as live on CBS or Speed and see the whole thing unfold through the heat races while the great commentary from Emig and Carmichael as well as Ralph Sheheen keeps it steaming along.

Just past half season now and lots of guys in the hunt :mrgreen: with Dungey doing well but still looking for a win!

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Round 10 - Indy

Supercross Class Results: Indianapolis

1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki
2. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha
3. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Honda
4. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki
5. Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C., Yamaha
6. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda
7. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda
8. Nicholas Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Yamaha
9. Cole Seely, Corona, Calif., Honda
10. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., KTM

and the season standings

Supercross Class Season Standings

1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 221
2. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha, 195
3. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Honda, 192
4. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 183
5. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda, 169
6. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM, 129
7. Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C., Yamaha, 121
8. David Millsaps, Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha, 114
9. Brett Metcalfe, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Suzuki, 107
10. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda, 103

next... Round 10 - Florida...
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Re: 2011 AMA Supercross season

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AMA SX R11 - Jacksonville Florida -- bizarre how things changed for the worse for two great riders but great to see of # 41 making his mark - Trey Canard
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Re: 2011 AMA Supercross season

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Kudos to Wilson in the East Lites class! - Hope to see him hit the top of the podium next time...

And good news today regarding James Stewart's crash in the 450 class-- Though the Asterisk medical crew assisted him off of the track, further evaluation showed no signs of serious injury. Banged up and bruised, Stewart will spend the week recovering and preparing to race Toronto. “I was really hoping to pull this one out,” Stewart said. “It was my home state, I’m familiar with the tracks, all my fans were there cheering me on and it’s just really disappointing for me, my team, my sponsors and my fans. It’s all about Toronto and the rest of the season now.”
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The Toronto Supercross really marked some dramatic changes in the 450 Supercross season after bad luck in Jacksonville for Villipoto and the erratic Stewart who both had less than stellar finishes in Toronto.

Finally Ryan Dungey got his first win of the season. That marks 6 different race winners for 2011.

Toronto Supercross Results

1. Ryan Dungey SUZ
2. Chad Reed HON
3. Trey Canard HON
4. James Stewart YAM
5. Justin Brayton YAM
6. Nick Wey YAM
7. Andrew Short KTM
8. Kevin Windham HON
9. Ryan Villopoto KAW
10. Cole Seely HON

So Chad Reed now leads the series! Amazing -- and since I'm not a Chad fan I'll say "ANYBODY BUT REED!"

Overall Supercross Points

1. Chad Reed, 236
2. Ryan Villopoto, 233
3. Ryan Dungey, 228
4. James Stewart, 216
5. Trey Canard, 214
6. Andrew Short, 159
7. Justin Brayton, 137
8. Kevin Windham, 134
9. Davi Millsaps, 128
10. Nick Wey, 109

The season is now 2/3rds complete there's 5 weeks remaining, 5 races, and the top 5 guys all have a shot for the championship!!

What's left?

- April 2 - Cowboys Stadium - Dallas, TX
- April 9 - Edward Jones Dome - St. Louis, MO
- April 16 - Qwest Field - Seattle, WA
- April 30 - Rice-Eccles Stadium - Salt Lake, UT
- May 7 - Sam Boyd Stadium - Las Vegas, NV

Man! I wonder if I could somehow manage to go to the Seattle, Utah or Nevada races -- that'd be wicked! I need to renew my passport.

Here's a lap around the track circa 2006 with James Stewart...

and a pic of Dungey holding off Reed...
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Round 13 - Arington/Dallas, Texas

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R13 - The Dallas track was hardpacked with an unreal whoops section!

Lites - Dean Wilson rode hard and countered Justin Barcia to perfection... he did exactly what I hoped for after the last round.

450 - badda bing! bim bam boom! for some front runners and Canard pulls away to become another guy with two race wins under his belt ... all the Top 5 guys were in it and working hard against a tough track and against eachother...

Great racing as usual and the closest SX season in years...

Vid: Stewart was so crazy fast through the whoops, but no place to go when he gains a ton of time on Reed and loses it exiting the section...


Supercross 450 Results: Arlington

1. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda
2. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki
3. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki
4. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha
5. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda
6. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM
7. Thomas Hahn, Alvord, Texas, Yamaha
8. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Honda
9. Austin Stroupe, Lincolnton, N.C., Yamaha
10. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., KTM

Supercross 450 Season Standings

1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 255
2. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Honda, 249
3. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 248
4. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda, 239
5. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha, 234
6. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM, 174
7. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda, 150
8. Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C., Yamaha, 141
9. David Millsaps, Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha, 129
10. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki, 114

East Supercross Lites Results: Arlington

1. Dean Wilson, Menifee, Calif., Kawasaki
2. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Georgia, Honda
3. Blake Wharton, Aubrey, Texas, Honda
4. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki
5. Matthew Lemoine, Collinsville, Texas, Kawasaki
6. Darryn Durham, Butler, Penn., Honda
7. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki
8. Gannon Audette, Cairo, Georgia, Yamaha
9. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda
10. Tyler Bright, Sumter, S.C., Honda

East Supercross Lites Season Standings

1. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Georgia, Honda, 160
2. Dean Wilson, Menifee, Calif., Kawasaki, 147
3. Ryan Sipes, Ekron, Kent., Yamaha, 119
4. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki, 114
5. Blake Wharton, Aubrey, Texas, Honda, 109
6. Matthew Lemoine, Collinsville, Texas, Kawasaki, 96
7. P.J. Larsen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 80
8. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki, 73
9. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda, 59
10. Lance Vincent, Youngsville, L.A., Honda, 56
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Re: 2011 AMA Supercross season

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Round 14 - St. Louis

Great heat races and the main!

James Stewart wins the St. Louis Supercross. Bubba is now in 4th place in the series, 16 points behind Supercross series leader, Ryan Villopoto who finished 3rd. Ryan Dungey rode hard once again, as he finished in 2nd place and passes Chad Reed for 2nd in the points standing. Justin Barcia wins the 250 East Regional Main Event and increases his points lead over Dean Wilson.

In Lites - Barcia got away well and left others to mix it up -- and they did -- Sipes went well, and Wilson had to punt Barcia's team-mate, Wharton, off the track... not a clean pass... looks like the pressure is taking it's toll and Wilson is now 20 points down with one East Lites race to decide the championship. With 25 points for victory, if Barcia has a smooth last race, he'll have the championship for Honda, but anything can happen out there, as the racing situation it has many times this season especially for Sipes in 250, and also in the 450 class.

I dont think there's any reason to report on the last rounds here, cuz anyone interested in this awesome race season is either watching the action or out blasting berms themselves...
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R15 -Seattle

In between rounds, Trey Canard bit the dust while practicing and is out for the season. He had an amazing Rookie 450 season going! So the top 5 riders -- all within easy reach of the championship -- was down to the top 4 before the racing has even started in Seattle.

With Canard out, Honda found another reason to provide some more small but important factory pieces to Chad Reed for this event. Each of the Japanese manufacturers has a rider in contention for the championship!

Seattle's weather and soil created hugely rapidly changing conditions with the deteriorating track and was the set for another intense race weekend. Gnarly knurled nasty ruts all over the track, on jump faces and the crazy whoop-dee-doos with cross-rutting action pitching riders all over the place the race pace slowed with each heat race. This stuff looks just impossible to ride without being totally fit and focused and extremely skilled.

In the 450s, Stewart was riding heads above the others, and loving it... and the rain man and old-guy (that's 33 years old in Supercross), Kevin Windham was smooth and experienced nabbing second place from the gung-ho younger guys.

Mike Alessi had a great early run on the new KTM350. Dungey fought from 10th into 6th place but blew off the track in the rutted whoops. Chad Reed had a decent start as well and was holding down 2nd for most of the race, until he pitched it in a big way --- buried the nose, over the bars, and had the bike hit him JUST barely... if the bike wouldve contacted him just a little differently I think he wouldve been mud. But luckily he was able to get up BUT Villopoto was right there and fighting hard for that final podium position with only a couple laps to go... but pooof... he came off the bike trying to get past Reed... so Reed got 3rd, and Villopoto was able to get back up, take 4th, while Ryan Dungey had made his way into 5th. Alessi brought the KTM home 6th.

With that race down, the points chase tightened up --- only 2 points between 1st and 2nd, and only 9 points bewteen 1st and 4th place. They have one week off before the final two race weekends. Amazing to see Villopoto, Reed, Dungey, Stewart with only 9 points between them this late in the season.

Also, with Chad Reed placing second he overtook Jeremy McGrath's all-time Supercross podium record.

Overall Point Standings

Ryan Villopoto KAW 293
Chad Reed HON 287
Ryan Dungey SUZ 286
James Stewart YAM 284
Trey Canard HON 255 (out for the season)
Andrew Short KTM 196
Kevin Windham HON 187
Davi Millsaps YAM 156
Justin Brayton 141
Ivan Tedesco KAW 134

250 West series --- Josh Hansen riding with a broken hand managed to slip only a little in the points, losing 1st place in the overall standings to his team-mate Broc Tickle. Lots more racing to come here too.

Two rounds left:

- April 30 - Rice-Eccles Stadium - Salt Lake, UT
- May 7 - Sam Boyd Stadium - Las Vegas, NV
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