Anaheim was all about emotions as Davi Millsaps and Trey Canard pulled off happy surprises by going one-two while the big-name stars struggled. In Phoenix, Davi and Trey couldn’t make lightning strike twice – but Davi left Phoenix with the points lead, while Trey is third in points.
Last week Justin Barcia ran the majority of the race in third place, just biding his time behind Millsaps and Canard, but when the time came to pull the trigger Justin made a mistake and endoed...dropping back to seventh. Tonight, Bam Bam didn’t make any mistakes, he holeshot the main and checked out.
JUSTIN BARCIA IS THE MAN
Ryan Villopoto still wasn’t error free, as he lost the front end and went down early in the 450 main, but regrouped and worked his way back to third, where he got a gift with a lap to go when Trey Canard threw it away, picked it up too quick and lost it again...and ended up getting passed by Villopoto, Millsaps and Reed...turning a second into a fifth.
RYAN VILLOPOTO ON GETTING BIT
Ryan Dungey didn’t have it. At least he didn’t have any luck making it through the first couple turns. He didn’t have it in his heat race and ended up in the Last Chance, where he played it conservative to make it to the main and earned a terrible gate pick in the process. That bad gate pick, made it possible for Ryan to get involved in first turn scuffle. Ryan regrouped, thought it over for a lap or two, and then worked his way up to eighth. Not good, but only one place behind James Stewart (who was seventh).
Stewie's knee hurts and he’s trying to make it from week to week – thinking it will get better. Without any confidence and concerned about other riders getting under him on his right-hand side, Bubba has been finding a seam in the traffic (somewhere between seventh and eighth place) and riding home safely...to live and fight another day.
Mike Alessi would be the holeshot king...if the first turn was about 20 feet wider than his first “best guess.” Mike went off the track and crashed...holding up a large number of riders. He remounted and rode sedately around to finish 20th...which is where he finished last week when he crashed and bent his bars. Two races and two points to his credit – at this rate he’s have 17 points by season’s end.
Kevin Windham, Justin Brayton and Josh Grant can’t be happy with being mid-pack (and by mid-pack we mean hovering around tenth place). With the exception of Jimmy Albertson displacing Bobby Kiniry in the final results, there were 19 riders this week who were in the top 20 last week.
DAVI MILLSAPS ON IT NOT BEING HIS DAY
PHOENIX RESULTS: 450 CLASS
(After 2 of 17 races)
1. Justin Barcia
2. Ryan Villopoto
3. Davi Millsaps
4. Chad Reed
5. Trey Canard
6. Jake Weimer
7. James Stewart
8. Ryan Dungey
9. Andrew Short
10. Josh Grant
11. Kevin Windham
12. Broc Tickle
13. Kyle Chisholm
15. Justin Brayton
16. Matt Lemoine
17. Matt Goerke
18. Vince Friese
19. Jimmy Albertson
20. Mike Alessi
Even with Tomac's double, KTM's Ken Roczen (94) and Troy Lee Design's ColeSeely (43) are still in the hunt. Photo: KTM
Eli Tomac won his second straight race and has it all in hand with seven races to go in the 250 West.
ELI TOMAC ON WHY HE WANTED TO WIN IN PHOENIX
Guess who was second? Okay, you don't have to guess – it was Ken Roczen (who is always second).
KEN ROCZEN ON THE MISTAKE HE MADE
Martin Davalos crashed spectacularly in his heat race, had to go the Last Chance, got the outside gate pick for the main and came out of the first lap in the lead. That is bad luck and good luck all on the same night. Davalos led for a long time, until a slow starting Eli Tomac motored by for the win. Then, Martin gave up second place to Ken Roczen, but when you fly through the air in your heat race, have to go to the Last Chance and get the last gate on the starting line–you are very happy to be third.
MARTIN DAVALOS ON SURVIVING
Blake Baggett's broken hand couldn't take the beating. He tried in practice, but it was a no go. So, he sat Phoenix out. We won’t see Baggett on the line again until April. Pro Circuit must now look to the 250 East (with Darryn Durham, Dean Wilson and Justin Hill) because Tyla Rattray and Davalos would need a miracle to catch up in the points (last weekend Davalos’ radiator was wrecked in the Jessy Nelson first turn crash and Tyla Rattray is pedestrian at best).
In a first for Supercross, Jake Canada got black flagged for not strapping his helmet on. He had an issue with his helmet on the line and only got it on his head in time for the gate to drop...so, he went with the straps flapping in the breeze.
Jason Anderson finished fourth at A1, but fell down while in the final qualifying spot in the 250 Last Chance. Malcolm Stewart was fifth in Anaheim, but he was 18th in Phoenix. Jessy Nelson caused a big crash in Anaheim and ended up 18th last week. This week he was fifth.
The three most consistent guys, after two races, are Eli Tomac (1-1), Ken Roczen (2-2) and Cole Seely (3-4).
PHOENIX RESULTS: 250 WEST
(After 2 of 9 races)
1. Eli Tomac
2. Ken Roczen
3. Martin Davalos
4. Cole Seely
5. Jessy Nelson
6. Zach Osborne
7. Ryan Sipes
8. Kyle Cunningham
9. J. Savatgy
10. Christian Craig
11. Max Anstie
12. Tyla Rattray
13. Austin Politelli
14. Josh Cachia
15. Travis Bright
16. Trevor Reiss
17. Michael Leib
18. Malcolm Stewart
19. Topher Ingalls
20. Jake Canada
CURRENT AMA 450 SUPERCROSS POINTS
1. Davi Millsaps (Suz)..........45
2. Justin Barcia (Hon............39
3. Trey Canard (Hon)...........38
4. Chad Reed (Hon)............36
5. Ryan Dungey (KTM)........33
6. Jake Weimer (Kaw)........31
7. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)......27
8. Andrew Short (Hon)........27
9. James Stewart (Suz)......27
10. Josh Grant (Yam)..........21
CURRENT AMA 250 WEST SUPERCROSS POINTS
1. Eli Tomac (Hon).................50
2. Ken Roczen (KTM)............44
3. Cole Seely (Hon)................38
4. Ryan Sipes (Suz)...............29
5. Zach Osborne (Hon)..........29
6. Kyle Cunningham (Yam)....23
7. Tyla Rattray (Kaw).............22
8. Max Anstie (Suz)...............22
9. Martin Davalos (Kaw).........21
10. J. Savatgy (KTM)..............20