ANAHEIM 1 RESULTS: VILLOPOTO & SEELY ARE FLAWLESS-EVERYONE ELSE? NOT SO MUCH


Ryan Dungey ended all the questions about his switch to KTM with a podium position at A1. Photo: Hoppenworld

Ryan Villopoto won Anaheim 1 in front of 45,050 fans and 19 dejected chasers. “Villopoto made us look silly out here tonight,” said Chad Reed. “I am just happy to get second place tonight in this field of riders.”

Ryan Dungey finished third, but it was not without drama. Dungey crashed early in the race while running third behind Villopoto and Reed. James Stewart passed Dungey, Ryan fought back and on lap 11 passed Stewart back. Stewart passed Dungey back on lap 14, but then jumped onto some Tuff blocks and let Dungey take the final podium position.


A quick synopsis of James night in Anaheim is that “he picked up where he left off last year.”

If you were expecting a “new” James Stewart in 2012, you will have to wait until next week’s Phoenix event. Stewart’s ride was strange and reminiscent of last year. He charged up from a bad start, moved by Ryan Dungey and closed on Chad Reed. Then, he slowed and was caught by Dungey. Once Dungey went by him, Stewart was on fire again…except that he couldn’t stay on the track. When he got up from his crash, his left radiator wing was bent back into his lap. He rode slowly while tugging on it, eventually tearing it off the bike and throwing it down?but by then he was back in sixth place.

250 WEST GOES TO COLE SEELY

Cole Seely: 1 at A1.

Troy Lee Designs Cole Seely didn’t get the holeshot, but by lap two he was in the lead and just opened it up from there. “I couldn’t think of a better way to start the season,” said Seely. “To get a win here tonight in front of my family and friends is huge. I learned last year that consistency is key, and I hope to be on the podium at every race.”

Pro Circuit riders Tyla Rattray and Dean Wilson dueled with each other for second, but Wilson finally faded back in the grasp of poor starting Eli Tomac. When the two got side by side, Wilson grabbed too much throttle, spun sideways and got collected by a Tuff block. Wilson would not only lose third place, but fourth and fifth as well.

WHO DIDN’T MAKE THE BIG SHOW AT ANAHEIM 1
The first race of the season is a stressful time. The riders show up for their first shot at a real Supercross track in eight months. Things happen. Good things and bad things?these are the riders that bad thing happened to duting quaifying (because they didn’t make the top 40 to get into the night show). Fortunes change and next week is another story.

450 NON QUALIFERS
(out of 53 riders)
41. Chris Howell
42. Dillon Huddleston
43. Michael Akaydin
44. Scotty Wennerstrom
45. Jeremy O’Driscoll
Other notables: 46. Gregory Crater; 47. Dustin Pipes; 49. Adam Conway; 50. Jorge Buhanda; 53. Jesus Macias

250 NON QUALIFERS
(out of 66 riders)
41. Robert Noftz
42. Mitchel Alcorn
43. Landen Powell
44. Ryan Smith
45. Myles Tedder
Other notables: 46. Chris Gosselaar; 48. Chris Johnson; 52. Tevin Tapia; 54. Casey Hinson; 57. Bryce Stewart; 58. Preston Tilford; 59. Parker Eckman; 60. Travis Bell

FASTEST A1 QUALIFIERS AND HOW THEY FINISHED

As they say, out of sight, out of mind. Zach Osborne wants to race a few 250 West races to keep his name alive in the USA whikle he’s invisible in Europe.

In most sports winning the pole is a big deal. It is typically done on the day before the event to generate interest in the next day’s race. There are pole position awards, photos ops, news stories and a lot of hubbub. Sadly, in Supercross and motocross the fastest qualifer is decided on the day of the event…plus, apart from first pick at the gate?there is no pole to line up next to. So, who was fastest at Anaheim and how did they do in the race?

TOP TEN FASTEST 450 TIMES IN QUALIFYING
(and where they finish in the actual race)
1. James Stewart (1:00.369)…6
2. Ryan Villopoto (1:01.628)…1
3. Ryan Dungey (1:02.120)…3
4. Justin Brayton (1:02.340)…4
5. Jake Weimer (1:02.455)…5
6. Broc Tickle (1:02.533)…12
7. Kevin Windham (1:02.961)…8
8. Chad Reed (1:02.969)…2
9. Andrew Short (1:03.349)…7
10. Austin Stroupe (1:03.429)…23

TOP TEN FASTEST 250 TIMES IN QUALIFYING
(and where they finish in the actual race)
1.Ryan Sipes (1:02.218)…5
2. Cole Seely (1:02.602)…1
3. Zach Osborne (1:02.614)…9
4. Eli Tomac (1:02.781)…3
5. Dean Wilson (1:02.791)…6
6. Marvin Musquin (1:02.969)…4
7. Jason Anderson (1:02.973)…7
8. Wil Hahn (1:03.131)…8
9. Martin Davalos (1:03.982)…19
10. Tyla Rattray (1:04.004)…2


Davi had speed, but he had troubles also.

RESULTS: ANAHEIM 1 450 CLASS:
1. Ryan Villopoto…Kaw
2. Chad Reed…Hon
3. Ryan Dungey…KTM
4. Justin Brayton…Hon
5. Jake Weimer…Kaw
6. James Stewart…Yam
7. Andrew Short…Hon
8. Kevin Windham…Hon
9. Mike Alessi…Suz
10. Josh Hansen…Kaw
11. Brett Metcalfe…Suz
12. Broc Tickle…Kaw
13. Ivan Tedesco…Kaw
14. Kyle Chisholm…Kaw
15. Ryan Morais…Kaw
16. Davi Millsaps…Yam
17. Jimmy Albertson…Suz
18. Chris Blose…Kaw
19. Josh Grant…Kaw
20. Tommy Hahn…Hon


Marvin Musquin finally got to race an AMA Supercross. Fourth in his first try was a good start. MXA photographer John Ker lurks in the background. Photo: Hoppenworld

RESULTS: ANAHEIM 1 250 WEST CLASS:
1. Cole Seely…Hon
2. Tyla Rattray…Kaw
3. Eli Tomac…Hon
4. Marvin Musquin…KTM
5. Ryan Sipes…Yam
6. Dean Wilson…Kaw
7. Jason Anderson…Suz
8. Wil Hahn…Hon
9. Zach Osborne…Yam
10. Travis Baker…Hon
11. Matt Moss…KTM
12. Nico Izzi…Yam
13. Teddy Maier…Hon
14. Billy Laninovich…Hon
15. Vince Friese…Hon
16. Max Anstie…Hon
17. Ryan Marmont…KTM
18. Jackson Richardson…Hon
19. Martin Davalos…Suz
20. Christian Craig…Hon

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