SUPERCROSS RESULTS: DEAN WILSON WINS 250 EAST (EASTERN CANADA, THAT IS); RYAN DUNGEY SHUTS UP THE CRITICS IN THE 450 CLASS; REED LEADS POINTS


Bubba was one second a lap faster than anybody else in Toronto. It didn’t do him any good for the umpteenth time.

250 EAST NIGHT QUALIFERS
With only 38 riders showing up for the Day Qualifiers, every rider who made it to Canada made the Night Program. The slowest qualifier (Cole Studstill) was 19 seconds a lap slower than the fast qualifier (Ryan Sipes).

FASTEST 250 EAST QUALIFIERS
1. Ryan Sipes………53.045
2. Dean Wilson…….53.238
3. Justin Barcia…….54.072
4. Blake Baggett…..54.629
5. Matt Lemoine……54.659

450 NIGHT QUALIFERS
With only 42 riders showing up for the 40 spots in the 450 night program, the AMA was faced with the task of dropping two riders.They don’t have to because the gate will hold 22 riders, so they can put 21 riders in the each 450 heat races). Sadly, Jess Kangas (1:05.140) and the only Canadian in the field Josh Snider (1:11.949) were sent home.

FASTEST 450 QUALIFIERS
1. James Stewart….51.818
2. Trey Canard……..52.947
3. Chad Reed………53.057
4. Ryan Dungey……53.340
5. Ryan Villopoto….53.523

250 HEAT RACES

250 Heat One: 1. Justin Barcia, 2. Gannon Audette, 3. Lance Vincent, 4. Matt Lemoine, 5. Ryan Sipes, 6. Justin Sipes, 7. AJ. Catanzaro, 8. Alex Martin, 9. Jason Anderson.

250 Heat Two: 1. Dean Wilson, 2. Blake Baggett, 3. Malcolm Stewart, 4. Darryn Durham, 5. Blake Wharton, 6. P.J. Larsen, 7. Hunter Hewitt, 8. Les Smith, 9. Brad Ripple.


Rock River Yamaha’s Weston Peick (43) holeshot the second 450 heat race. It made his night and season highlight reel. Weston was 12th in the main. Photo: Courtesy Louie Peick

450 HEAT RACES

450 Heat One: 1. Trey Canard, 2. Ryan Dungey, 3. Kevin Windham, 4. Davi Millsaps, 5. Nick Wey, 6. Cole Seely, 7. Chris Blose, 8. Austin Stroupe, 9. Matt Boni.

450 Heat Two: 1. James Stewart, 2. Chad Reed, 3. Ryan Villopoto, 4. Ivan Tedesco, 5. Michael Byrne, 6. Weston Peick, 7. Justin Brayton, 8. Tye Simmonds, 9. Mike Alessi.

250 LAST CHANCE

Two to the main: 1. Taylor Futrell, 2. Ronnie Renner, 3. Tyler Bright, 4. Hunter Clement, 5. Michael Akaydin.

450 LAST CHANCE

Two to the main: 1. Andrew Short, 2. Fabien Izoird, 3. Jason Thomas, 4. Vince Friese, 5. Kyle Partridge.


The Rogers Centre.                                                          Photo: Hoppenworld

THE CANADA ROUND OF THE AMERICAN SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP

45,217 Canadians came to Toronto’s Rogers Centre to see the 12th stop of the 17 race AMA Supercross Championship. The only thing missing was a full field of riders…as only 38 250 riders showed up for 40 spots in the program and 42 showed up for the 450 class (the typical number is around 55 riders in each class).

HERE IS WHAT HAPPENED


Although Chad Reed boomeranged back and forth behind him, Dungey never broke a sweat.

MONKEY OFF HIS BACK: Ryan Dungey won his first race of the season. It took the current champion 12 races to get a win, but in the process of chasing a win he has pulled himself into third place in the standings?only eight points back from the leader. “It’s been a tough one (this season) and it feels great to pull a win off. Everyone goes through this at some point because it’s a tough road. I got a great start tonight, which was huge. The track was really tough and you had to watch the mistakes,” said Dungey.

SKIPPY TAKES THE POINT: Chad Reed is now the points leader. Reed’s second was good enough to take over the front of the pack after Ryan Villopoto had another bad night. Reed has a three point lead on Villopoto, eight on Dungey and 20 on James Stewart. “I have to just carry on. Ryan Dungey rode a great race, he was faster in the whoops and turns. It took everything I had to pressure him into making a mistake. The industry decided not to give me a chance this season,. I want to win this championship so bad. It would be a bittersweet speech for sure,” said Reed.


Bubba didn’t crash a single time in Toronto. Instead, he crashed twice, once in the first turn and once with Ryan Villopoto.

BUBBA TASTES CANADIAN SOIL: James Stewart is the most consistent rider in the 450 class. He consistently crashes. Canada was no different as he found himself on the ground early in the race?after colliding with Ryan Villopoto (causing Villopoto to be delayed much more that Stewart). Stewie got up off the ground and worked his way back to fourth, but lost points to Reed and Dungey.

RYAN VILLOPOTO’S BLACK CLOUD HAS A SILVER LINING: Ryan Villopoto is the luckiest Supercross racer on the face of the earth. He has had two miserable races (not qualifying for the Main last week and finishing ninth this week), but even after all the drama, Ryan is still only three points out of the lead…with five races to go. Villopoto has to turn his luck around…but for guy who seems to be cursed over the last fortnight, he has also been kissed by the good fortune of having enough riders contending for the Championship that no single rider has done him much damage. That wouldn’t have been in the case in the past?when only two riders were vying for the title at this point in the season.

FRENCH GUY LEADS: Jake Weimer’s fill-in rider, Frenchman Fabien Izoird pulled the holeshot and got to lead for almost a lap before Dungey moved into the lead. Izoird was basically cannon fodder for the rest of the race?ending up 13th.

NICK WEY HAS A GREAT NIGHT
: Nick not only got a sixth place for the night, but he raced hard for it. It must feel good to be resurrected as a real player.

THE NEW PLAY LIST: The current list of contenders hasn’t been pared down by much. Trey Canard, James Stewart, Ryan Dungey, Ryan Villopoto and Chad Reed are all with 22 points of each other. It is now a race of see who makes a mistake first?and of winning races (the three-point difference between finishing first and finishing second now looms large).


Ryan Sipes started at the front, went to the back (when Blake Wharton got under him and spooked him off the track) and came back to finish fifth in the 250 East

DEAN IS BACK: Justin Barcia led for seven laps in the 250 East main (after Blake Wharton took Ryan Sipes wide-enough to push him off the track), but Dean Wilson stalked him until the whoop section on lap eight. From there on it was Wilson’s race. “The track was really tricky tonight. I didn’t get the greatest of starts but I kept pushing forward. It was all I could do. This win means a lot to me. We still have three races to go and I’m still far back in the points, but I’ll try my best.”

BARCIA’S ADVANTAGE: Justin Barcia finished second and sits 16 points in front of Wilson.


The Rogers Centre track before the night began.                                  Photo: Hoppenworld

250 EAST MAIN EVENT
1. Dean Wilson
2. Justin Barcia
3. Blake Wharton
4. P.J. Larsen
5. Ryan Sipes
6. Blake Baggett
7. Gannon Audette
8. Hunter Hewitt
9. Darryn Durham
10. Matt Lemoine
11. Justin Sipes
12. Les Smith
13. A.J. Catanzaro
14. Alex Martin
15. Lance Vincent
16. Ronnie Renner
17. Taylor Futrell
18. Brad Ripple
19. Malcolm Stewart
20. Jason Anderson

450 MAIN EVENT
1. Ryan Dungey
2. Chad Reed
3. Trey Canard
4. James Stewart
5. Justin Brayton
6. Nick Wey
7. Andrew Short
8. Kevin Windham
9. Ryan Villopoto
10. Cole Seely
11. Davi Millsaps
12. Weston Peick
13. Fabien Izord
14. Michael Byrne
15. Tye Simmonds
16. Matt Boni
17. Chris Blose
18. Ivan Tedesco
19. Austin Stroupe
20. Mike Alessi

250 EAST POINT STANDINGS
1. Justin Barcia………..138
2. Dean Wilson……….122
3. Ryan Sipes…………115
4. Blake Baggett……..100
5. Blake Wharton……..89
6. P.J. Larsen…………..80
7. Matt Lemoine……….80
8. Malcolm Stewart….55
9. Lance Vincent……..49
10. Alex Martin………..47


Andrew Short was seventh in Toronto (after coming from behind) and is sixth in 450 season points (but 55 points out of fifth). Photo: Hoppenworld

450 POINTS STANDINGS
1. Chad Reed………….236
2. Ryan Villopoto…….233
3. Ryan Dungey………228
4. James Stewart…….216
5. Trey Canard………..214
6. Andrew Short……..159
7. Justin Brayton…….137
8. Kevin Windham…..134
9. Davi Millsaps………128
10. Nick Wey………….109

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