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SEATTLE SUPERCROSS: STEWART WINS AND GAINS POINTS, VILLOPOTO LOSES AND GAINS POINTS, REED CRASHES AND GAINS POINTS, DUNGEY IS THE ONLY LOSER

April 17, 2011
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Sun, in Seattle?

Going into the Seattle Supercross Ryan Villopoto had a five point lead on Ryan Dungey…coming out of Seattle Ryan had a six point lead (only now it was on Chad Reed). Villopoto was fourth overall?but still gained points.

Going into Seattle Chad Reed was eight points behind Villopoto, and even though Chad crashed and fell back from second to third place late in the race, he left Seattle only six points behind Ryan Villopoto. Reed gained points.

James Stewart was 16 point back going into Seattle. James won the race and left Seattle only nine points back (cutting his points deficit significantly).

Ryan Dungey was the big loser in Seattle, but his “Big Loss” was only two points. He went into Seattle five points behind, finished a distant fifth and left Seattle only seven points behind.

Kevin Windham did the job that everyone expected Trey Canard to do?play the spoiler. When Trey Canard got hurt this week, it looked bad for the Championship points chasers, especially James Stewart because Stewart needed to win the last three Supercross races, while Canard (who was fifth in points behind Villopoto, Dungey, Reed and Stewart) would hopefully steal points away from the lead three by finishing second…which would give Stewart a minimum of a five-point gain every week. When Canard got hurt, the spoiler card was shuffled out of the deck. But, Kevin Windham took on the spoiler role in the gumbo of Seattle and finished second, which allowed Stewart to gain nine points on Dungey, seven points on Villopoto and five points on Reed. Suddenly, thanks to K-Dub?Stewart is back in the Championship.


The Seattle rain wasn’t a big problem during the rain, but the gumbo it left behind led to some spongy jumps. Andrew Short demonstrates line selection by choosing number seven from the left.

SEATTLE SUPERCROSS: 450 RESULTS
1. James Stewart…….Yam
2. Kevin Windham……Hon
3. Chad Reed………….Hon
4. Ryan Villopoto…….Kaw
5. Ryan Dungey……….Suz
6. Mike Alessi………..KTM
7. Kyle Regal…………Yam
8. Davi Millsaps……..Yam
9. Tommy Hahn……..Yam
10. Andrew Short…..KTM
11. Michael Byrne…..Suz
12. Nick Wey………….Yam
13. Fabien Izoird……Kaw
14. Ivan Tedesco…..Kaw
15. Jason Thomas…Suz
16. Vince Friese…..Yam
17. Tyler Bowers….Kaw
18. Cole Siebler……Kaw
19. Chris Blose……..Kaw
20. Austin Stroupe…Yam
 
450 SUPERCROSS POINTS STANDINGS
(with two races left)
1. Ryan Villopoto……..293
2. Chad Reed……..287
3. Ryan Dungey……..286
4. James Stewart……..284
5. Trey Canard……..255
6. Andrew Short……..196
7. Kevin Windham……..187
8. Davi Millsaps……..158
9. Justin Brayton……..141
10. Ivan Tedesco……..134

MEANWHILE IN THE 250 WEST THINGS TIGHTEN UP LIKE A DRUM

When we last left the 250 West almost eight weeks ago (which is some fairly stupid race scheduling by Feld?since it makes the first two-thirds of the 250 West seem like ancient history) Josh Hansen was nursing an injured hand and clinging to a slim points lead. The long break may have been death to the drama of the series, but it was great for Hansen’s injury. It gave him time to have surgery and heal up?that is until he crashed in practice at Seattle and hurt his newly operated on hand again. Back into survival mode, the best Hansen could do was sixth place…and even that was a brave ride…since he passed Ryan Morais on the last lap to salvage that.

Troy Lee Design’s Cole Seely won Seattle. This was great win for Cole and a blessing for Hansen. Seely is 32 points out of the points lead and not a threat for the title, but by winning he denied Hansen’s two major rivals, teammate Broc Tickle and Geico’s Eli Tomac, maximum points. Thus, Hansen’s sixth wasn’t the death knell that it could have been (since the difference between first and sixth is ten points).

Tomac and Tickle did what they had to do by finishing second and third, which was to beat Hansen. In the end, Tickle now leads the Championship by two points over Hansen and seven points over Tomac.


No trouble parking in the pits because only 76 riders showed up.

In an interesting footnote, there weren’t enough 250 West riders to require that any riders go home. In fact the heat races and last chance had lots of empty gates as only 34 riders showed up to race.

The 450 class was only a little better..as only two riders were sent packing. Feld and the AMA need to rethink the feasiblity of not eliminating rider when the total turnout is only 42 riders?especially when riders are in short supply. They could easily have allowed the two non-qualifers to start on the outside of the gate (since it holds 22 riders). By sending the two riders home, they increase the risk that those two riders will skip the next round. It wouldn’t hurt to have 21 riders in each of the 450 heat races and it would be a nice gesture from an organization that is short on nice gestures to the riders.

SEATTLE SUPERCROSS: 250 WEST RESULTS
1. Cole Seely (Hon)
2. Eli Tomac (Hon)
3. Broc Tickle (Kaw)
4. Kyle Cunningham (Yam)
5. Tyla Rattray (Kaw)
6. Josh Hansen (Kaw)
7. Ryan Morais (Suz)
8. Martin Davalos (Suz)
9. Travis Baker (Hon)
10. Gared Steinke (Kaw)

250 WEST POINTS STANDINGS
(with two races left)
1. Broc Tickle……………145
2. Josh Hansen…………143
3. Eli Tomac……………..138
4. Cole Seely……………113
5. Ryan Morais………….110
6. Tyla Rattray…………….96
7. Kyle Cunningham…….89
8. Ken Roczen……………83
9. Martin Davalos………..82
10. James Decotis………67

Photos: Hoppenworld

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