HOUSTON SUPERCROSS NEWS: ROCZEN WINS, BARCIA FINED $5000, MILLSAPS GETS SECOND IN THE 450’S, STEWART CRASHES OUT, WINDHAM CRASHES IN HEAT RACE …OH YEAH, VILLOPOTO CLINCHES 450 CHAMPIONSHIP

April 3, 2012
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The big news from Houston, although anticlimactic, was that Ryan Villopoto clinched his second AMA Supercross Championship and won his eighth race of the season. But the fireworks were actually in other aspects of night’s activities. The second biggest news of the night was the total meltdown of Justin Barcia after the race. In a fit of anger mixed with tears, Barcia roosted the medical crew, downed Lance Vincent and Ken Roczen before openly crying on TV. All because he got second after a collision with Lance Vincent. What would have happened if he got third? Machine gun fire? And we thought that there was no crying in baseball…or motocross. The AMA fined Barcia $5000.

450 CLASS IS A GIMME…GIMME THE TITLE!

JGR’s Davi Millsaps continued his hot hand off the staring line with another holeshot. Davi’s time at the front was short, as Villopoto went by  right away. By lap two the front three were Villopoto, Millsaps and Mike Alessi. The only actual movement at the front was when Jake Weimer passed Alessi to take over third…and that is how they wold finish on the podium.

“It’s huge,” said Villopoto. “There is a lot of hard work that went into this, and I am only one piece of the pie; the whole Monster Energy Kawasaki team has worked very hard all year to help me make this happen.”

Davi Millsaps second place moved him to third in the points standings and got him to within one point of second place rider Ryan Dungey (who has held second for weeks without actually racing).

Kevin Windham crashed out of his heat and didn’t make the main, while James Stewart completed six laps before he bailed hard.

250 EAST COMES DOWN TO THE LAST LAP

Justin Barcia holeshot the 250 main event, only to be passed by Ken Roczen on the first lap. Barcia would repass the German on the next lap and it looked like the race for the front had been resolved. Not so!

On his way to what would have been his sixth win of the season, Barcia collided with lance Vincent, who he was lapping, on the final lap of the race, and crashed. Ken Roczen cruised by as Barcia got going in time to salvage second. The win was only Ken Roczen’s second-ever 250 Supercross victory.

Blake Baggett was third with Blake Wharton fourth.

“This is so awesome,” said Roczen. “This is not how I want to win a race. Justin rode a great race and was really fast tonight, so it is unfortunate that he crashed. I am super happy to be back on top of the box.”

Just Barcia still leads the championship points race by 32 points over Wharton with New Orleans and the short race at Las Vegas to go for the East series.

HOUSTON 450 CLASS:
1. Ryan Villopoto…Kaw
2. Davi Millsaps…Yam
3. Jake Weimer…Kaw
4. Mike Alessi…Suz
5. Justin Brayton…Hon
6. Bobby Kiniry…Yam
7. Broc Tickle…Kaw
8. Nico Izzi…Yam
9. Weston Peick…Kaw
10. Josh Grant…Kaw
11. Kyle Chisholm…Kaw
12. Brett Metcalfe…Suz
13. Wil Hahn…Hon
14. Kyle Regal…Kaw
15. Matt Goerke…Suz
16. Jeff Alessi…Suz
17. Preston Mull…Hon
18. Daniel Blair…Suz
19. Josh Hansen…Kaw
20. James Stewart…Yam

450 SUPERCROSS POINTS STANDINGS
(After 13 of 17 events)

1. Ryan Villopoto…296
2. Ryan Dungey…192
3. Davi Millsaps…191
4. Justin Brayton…181
5. James Stewart…178
6. Jake Weimer…170
7. Kevin Windham…166
8. Brett Metcalfe…154
9. Mike Alessi…154
10. Chad Reed…128

HOUSTON 250 EAST:
1. Ken Roczen…KTM
2. Justin Barcia…Hon
3. Blake Baggett…Kaw
4. Blake Wharton…Suz
5. Phillip Nicoletti…Hon
6. Alex Martin…Hon
7. Jake Canada…Hon
8. Justin Bogle…Hon
9. Kyle Cunningham…Yam
10. Matt Lemoine…Kaw
11. Kyle Peters…Yam
12. Austin Politelli…Hon
13. Les Smith…KTM
14. Shane Sewell…KTM
15, Tommy Weeck…Hon
16. Malcolm Stewart…KTM
17. Darryn Durham…Kaw
18. Zack Freeberg…Hon
19. Daniel Herrlein…Hon
20. Lance Vincent…KTM

250 EAST POINTS STANDINGS
(After 7 of 9 events)

1. Justin Barcia…167
2. Blake Wharton…135
3. Ken Roczen…127
4. Darryn Durham…118
5. Blake Baggett…106
6. Jake Canada…104
7. Justin Bogle…87
8. Alex Martin…65
9. Matt Lemoine…57
10. Malcolm Stewart…55

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