WHAT A NIGHT! VILLOPOTO CLINCHES 450 TITLE; KEN ROCZEN THROWS AWAY HIS BIG POINTS LEAD; TOMAC FREEZES UP; JASON ANDERSON WINS A BIG ONE

April 29, 2013
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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SALT LAKE CITY IN TEN EASY LESSONS


Ken Roczen was interviewed immediately after failing to qualify. Ken held his composure, but there were tears in his eyes when he rode away.
Photo: KTM

1. Ryan Villopoto clinches the 2013 450 Supercross Championship by winning the main event, but Davi Millsaps and Ryan Dungey kept him honest.

2. The first turn was a joke…a joke that could eventually have Championship consequences. It was very short and had lots of carnage.

3. Chad Reed had to go to the Last Chance after a rock got stuck in his brake pedal. He won the Last Chance and from his 19th pick at the gate he managed to get up to tenth in the main and still holds fifth in the points (but his lead is only 4 points over Trey Canard).

SEE KEN ROCZEN’S CRASHES IN SALT LAKE CITY

4. Ken Roczen’s race craft needs a tune-up. After crashing twice in his heat race, he decided that rather that race his way up to ninth or better to qualify for the main, that he would come back in the pits and wait for the Last Chance. As we are sure Roger DeCoster is telling him right now “Never give up a qualifying spot…because you never know what will happen in the Last Chance.” What happened? Roczen got knocked down in the first turn and could only get back to third. Third does not transfer. Sitting on the sidelines watching the 250 main, he spent a long night with his points lead at the mercy of Eli Tomac.

5. Amazingly, Eli Tomac forgot how to ride in the 250 West main event. He went from the front of the pack back to ninth before working his way back up to sixth. If he had won, which everyone expected him to do, he would have taken over the 250 West points lead by 5 points. Now, Roczen will go to Vegas with a 5 point lead on Tomac. Which just happens to be how big a lead Wil Hahn has on Marvin Musquin in the 250 East (which will also be resolved in Vegas). It is a KTM versus Geico Honda duel in both coasts (and would be really great battle if there weren’t two coasts, but one talent-packed 250 Championship).

6. Dungey and Millsaps will also fight over second place overall in the 450 class in Vegas. They are separated by 3 points. Why do they want to be second instead of third? Bonus money.

JASON ANDERSON’S POST-RACE INTERVIEW

7. Jason Anderson is on the cusp of something big in 2014 (or maybe the 2013 AMA outdoor Nationals). He won his first-ever 250 Supercross in convincing fashion.

8. Josh Hill (7th) and Weston Peick (9th) had the best privateer night in the 450 class. Obviously Jason Anderson was the best privateer in the 250 class.

9. Jake Weimer struggled all night long to 13th on a track that the riders didn’t like. This season Weimer has finished 20th twice, fifth three times, but in the second half of the season he has averaged a 10th place finishing position.

10. Even though the Las Vegas race is a mess with its 250 East race, 250 West race, 250 East/West challenge race, the 450 class and shortened race?it will be very exciting to see the battle for two Championships. As for the East/West race it will be anti-climatic for whoever wins their respective crowns earlier in the night.

WHAT RYAN VILLOPOTO HAD SAY AFTER THE RACE


SALT LAKE CITY RESULTS: 450 CLASS
1. Ryan Villopoto……..Kaw
2. Davi Millsaps………Suz
3. Ryan Dungey………KTM
4. Trey Canard………..Hon
5. Justin Barcia………..Hon
6. Justin Brayton…….Yam
7. Josh Hill……………..Suz
8. Andrew Short……..KTM
9. Weston Peick………Suz
10. Chad Reed……….Hon
Other notables: 11. Broc Tickle; 12. Ben Lamay; 13. Jake Weimer; 14. Bobby Kiniry; 16. Vince Friese.

SALT LAKE CITY RESULTS: 250 WEST
1. Jason Anderson……..Suz
2. Cole Seely…………….Hon
3. Martin Davalos………Kaw
4. Malcolm Stewart…….KTM
5. Christian Craig……….Hon
6. Eli Tomac………………Hon
7. Ryan Sipes……………Suz
8. Tyla Rattray……………Kaw
9. Joey Savatgy…………KTM
10. Travis Baker………..Yam
Other notables: 11. Kyle Cunningham; 12. Zach Osborne; 13. Dakota Tedder; 19. Austin Politelli.

CURRENT AMA 450 SUPERCROSS POINTS
(After 16 of 17 races)
1. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)……..346 (clinched title)
2. Davi Millsaps (Suz)……….318
3. Ryan Dungey (KTM)………315
4. Justin Barcia (Hon)………..261
5. Chad Reed (Hon)………….224
6. Trey Canard (Hon)………..220
7. Andrew Short (KTM)……..202
8. Justin Brayton (Yam)…….177
9. James Stewart (Suz)……..174
10. Broc Tickle (Suz)………..165
Other notables: 11. Jake Weimer (139); 12. Matt Goerke (139); 13. Mike Alessi (107); 14. Weston Peick (91); 15. Josh Hill (86); 16. Bobby Kiniry (57).

CURRENT AMA 250 WEST SUPERCROSS POINTS
(After 8 of 9 races)
1. Ken Roczen (KTM)……………..163
2. Eli Tomac (Hon)………………….158
3. Cole Seely (Hon)………………..135
4. Jason Anderson (Suz)…………124
5. Martin Davalos (Kaw)………….114
6. Zach Osborne (Hon)……………111
7. Kyle Cunningham (Yam)……….96
8. Christian Craig……………………..87
9. Tyla Rattray (Kaw)………………..87
10. Joey Savatgy (KTM)……………87
Other notables: 11. Malcolm Stewart (74); 12. Austin Politelli (74); 13. Travis Baker (70); 15. Ryan Sipes (59); 18. Jake Canada (28).

CURRENT AMA 250 EAST SUPERCROSS POINTS
(After 8 of 9 races)
1. Wil Hahn (Hon)…………………178
2. Marvin Musquin (KTM)………173
3. Blake Wharton (Suz)…………153
4. Vince Friese (Hon)……………103
5. Gavin Faith (Hon)…………….100
6. Dean Wilson (Kaw)…………..87
7. Cole Thompson………………..83
8. Kyle Peters (Hon)……………..78
9. Jeremy Martin (Yam)…………71
10. Justin Hill (Kaw)………………68
Other notables: 11. Lance Vincent (66); 12. Jimmy Decotis (66); 13. A.J. Cantazaro (62); 15. P.J. Larsen (54); 19. Zach Bell (37); 21. Tyler Bowers (34); 34. Austin Coon (3).

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