SKIPPY WINS AT HIS FAVORITE SUPERCROSS STADIUM: TOMAC TAKES THE 250 WEST RACE

February 20, 2011
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Bubba regained some of the ground he lost last weekend, but rode stiff.

A dedicated crowd of 53,342 fans withstood the rain inside Qualcomm Stadium on Saturday night as the 2011 Monster Energy AMA Supercross hosted its final race in Southern California this season. In his debut season piloting his own TwoTwo Motorsports team, Chad Reed, captured his sixth-career San Diego Supercross win. Geico Honda’s Eli Tomac captured his first career 250 West Supercross victory.


Justin Brayton was tenth in San Diego and is ninth in 450 points.

It was Reed who crossed the holeshot stripe first to kick off the 20-lap Supercross main event with American Honda’s Trey Canard and Red Bull KTM’s Andrew Short,  in tow. Canard quickly made his move for the top spot and held it for the first five laps before falling and stalling his bike. Reed assumed the lead and held it for the remainder of the main event.

“This is incredible,” said Reed. “I?ve put so much work into this team to make it the best it can be. To win with your name on your chest makes everything so much better. This one is emotional. I just followed Trey because he was showing me some lines. When he went down, it became just about putting together 20 clean laps.”


Andrew Short finally got a good start in the 450 main, but finished where he normally finishes. Photo: Hoppenworld

Canard remounted in third, allowing San Manuel Yamaha’s James Stewart to take over second. However, on Lap 15, Stewart stalled his bike, falling to fourth. While running second, Canard suffered his second fall of the evening, allowing Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey to secure second with Stewart in third. They would complete the podium in that order.

Championship leader Ryan Villopoto  crashed on the opening lap, but fought through the field to secure a seventh-place effort aboard his Monster Energy Kawasaki. He now holds a three-point advantage over Stewart in the points.


Davi Millsaps was fifth and seems to be getting in the groove.

“I just stalled it,” said Stewart. “I’m trying my best. I don’t want to just throw it away like that, but I’m glad to get on the podium. I had nothing for Chad tonight, he was riding great, but I made up a lot of points.”


Ken Roczen finally got to the top step of the podium. It was only a heat race win, but still a win. Photo: Hoppenworld

TOMAC WINS 250 WEST

As the gates dropped on the 250 West main event, Eli Tomac grabbed the holeshot and never looked back, leading wire-to-wire with a convincing win.

“The first five laps I just put my head down and pulled away. It was kind of crazy,” said Tomac, who won by over 10 seconds. “The track was really tricky and slippery. I got a little nervous out (front), but overall it was really good. I’ve learned a lot this season and I’ve gotten a lot better in recent weeks.”

Behind him, a stellar battle ensued for the remaining podium positions among the Pro Circui trio of Josh Hansen, Tyla Rattray and Broc Tickle, as well as Geico Honda’s Jimmy Decotis and Troy Lee Designs Cole Seely . As the group of five riders traded positions, it was Rattray and Tickle who prevailed to round out the top three.

Hansen, the class points leader, fell to sixth, still on the mend from a hand injury suffered at the previous round. As Hansen dropped back, waiting to have a plate installed in his wrist this week, he was passed by his main competitors, but when Kyle Cunningham passed Josh, Kyle whipped his bike sideways in Josh’s direction over a jump. Josh thought that Cunningham’s move was unnecessary, so two corners later he submarined Cunningham in a banked turn. Kyle ended up tenth and, for all practical purposes, he is eliminated from the 250 West title chase.

Hansen’s advantage over teammate Broc Tickle dwindled to three points as the 250 West Championship. The West takes a midseason break until April 16 in Seattle.


Ryan Dungey (1), Trey Canard and Chad Reed are sneaking up on Bubba and Villopoto in the points chase.

450 SAN DIEGO RESULTS:
1. Chad Reed……….Honda
2. Ryan Dungey…….Suzuki
3. James Stewart…..Yamaha
4. Trey Canard………Honda
5. Davi Millsaps……..Yamaha
6. Andrew Short…….KTM
7. Ryan Villopoto……Kawasaki
8. Brett Metcalfe…….Suzuki
9. Mike Alessi………..KTM
10. Justin Brayton….Yamaha


Mike Alessi is living proof that even if you can’t do the whoops you can still make the top ten. Photo: Hoppenworld
           
450 POINTS STANDINGS:
1. Ryan Villopoto…146
2. James Stewart…143
3. Chad Reed………130
4. Trey Canard…….130
5. Ryan Dungey…..123
6. Andrew Short……95
7. Brett Metcalfe……93
8. Davi Millsaps…….78
9. Justin Brayton……76
10. Ivan Tedesco…..66

250 WEST SAN DIEGO RESULTS:
1. Eli Tomac………………..Honda
2. Tyla Rattray……………..Kawasaki
3. Broc Tickle………………Kawasaki
4. Cole Seely………………Honda
5. Jimmy Decotis…………Honda
6. Josh Hansen……………Kawasaki
7. Ken Roczen…………….KTM
8. Ben Evans………………Kawasaki
9. Ryan Morais……………Suzuki
10. Kyle Cunningham….Yamaha

250 WEST POINTS STANDINGS
1. Josh Hansen……….128
2. Broc Tickle…………..125
3. Eli Tomac…………….116
4. Ryan Morais…………96
5. Cole Seely…………..88
6. Ken Roczen…………83
7. Tyla Rattray………….80
8. Kyle Cunningham….71
9. Martin Davalos……..69
10. Jimmy Decotis……67

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