Justin Barcia And Eli Tomac Come Out On Top In Phoenix
Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, was the site of two AMA Supercross races this past weekend, and motorsports fans were not disappointed by the performances put on by some of the world's top riders.
More than 50,000 spectators were on hand to watch the action-packed events in the two main races. Eli Tomac gave them a show in the Western Regional 250 class event, as the Honda rider rallied from a fifth-place start to grab the lead and eventually the win over Ken Roczen and Martin Davalos. It was the second victory for Tomac in as many races, keeping him in the top spot in the points standings.
"I am totally stoked," said Tomac. "I am now two-for-two this season, and to get a win here in Phoenix is huge because I have a lot of family and friends here. I haven't had a lot of great races here in the past, so picking up the win is awesome."
Supercross rookie Justin Barcia took first place in the 450 class race. He beat out reigning champion Ryan Villopoto and Davi Millsaps, who won the opening event in Anaheim last weekend, for the top spot on the podium. The victory moves Barcia into second place for the season, while Millsaps remains in first.
Rockstar Energy Racing Phoenix Supercross 450cc Race Report
When the Supercross series kicks off in Anaheim each year there is pressure on everybody. Seasoned riders, rookies and even everyone in the industry. All are so ready for the SX season to start after spending the previous couple months assembling teams, writing contracts, testing, photo shoots, video shoots etc. Angel Stadium is also so close to all the corporate offices of major team sponsors. So while there is a lot expectation for riders to start the season off on top, industry regulars are scrambling the entire week prior and day of the race to tie up all loose ends under the scrutinizing eyes of their bosses and company owners. Phoenix is a complete flip flop. When the series moves to the red clay of Arizona, the pressure shifts almost entirely to the riders. The guys who did good at A1 want nothing more then to back up their performance. The guys who did not do so well are aiming to redeem themselves. The race action in Phoenix certainly did not disappoint and the red plate remained in the clutches of Rockstar Energy Racing’s Davi Millsaps.
Davi Millsaps opened a lot, if not all outside eyes with his very impressive victory in the season opener. So many people wanted to interview Davi during the week in between rounds 1 and 2, one could certainly wonder how he had time to sleep. The question still remained, could Millsaps back it up. Anything in the top five would do just that. It’s going to be a long 17 race season and consistency has been proven to pay off in the past so that is the goal. Throughout the day in practice DM18 was not as comfortable as he was the previous week in California. As the gate dropped for his heat race he put the days events behind him and finished a solid second, giving him a good gate pick going into the main. As the group exited turn one in the main event Millsaps missed getting the holeshot by a mere few inches. It most certainly helps to start near the front with the level of competition in the 2013 450 class. Davi fought hard all 20 laps, never giving up. Battling all the way through. As the race neared it’s completion, he slipped just off the podium into fourth. Then he got a little help as Trey Canard went down on the last lap. Fortunately Trey got up uninjured. Davi kept it on two wheels, put himself in position and wound up on the podium. If you can have a bit of a rough day and still get third, You’re gonna be in it every week and the long run for the title hunt. Millsaps carries the red plate and a six point lead as the series moves back to Anaheim where he rode so well one week ago.
Davi Millsaps: “For how bad the day was, coming out and establishing a third was good.If I can make these days my worst and my best days last weekend, I’ll be good.”
Source: Rockstar Energy Racing
James Stewart Rides-Out Knee Injury At Phoenix
Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing's James Stewart continued to demonstrate his talent and drive by quickly recovering after last week's knee injury to put in an impressive performance at round two of the AMA/ FIM World Supercross Championship at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday night.
Despite playing-it cautiously to prevent further damage to his knee - hurt at last weekend's opening round in Anaheim - the 27 year old raced to seventh place in the 450 Supercross class Main Event in front of more than 50,000.
Stewart started the weekend by once-again setting the fastest qualifying time in the day's practice sessions. By the start of the evening program, he was more than ready to race: In his heat race, Stewart pulled the holeshot on his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 and led all eight laps to victory. In the 20-lap Main Event, he struggled at the start but quickly settled into a comfortable spot in the top 10, but held off an increasingly-aggressive challenge and rode a smart, instinctive race.
Said Stewart: "Round two was a little bit better than round one. My knee was sore but I was able to deal with it in the Main Event. I got a bad start, but I was able to pass a couple of people and then I did what I did last week; I just stayed there. I'm happy we got out of Phoenix without damaging anything and I felt a little stronger than I did last week. We have a couple of things to work on, but the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 was awesome. In both Main Events this year, it's been phenomenal. Unfortunately, I'm just not riding up-to-par right now. One reason is because of the injury, but the other is I that just need to let it hang-out there a little more. I can feel that I'm getting stronger, so we'll be better next week, for sure."
Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing returns to Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California for the second time this year for the third round of the 2013 AMA/ FIM World Supercross Championship next Saturday, January 19th.
Source: Team Suzuki
Ryan Dungey Fights Back to 8th at Phoenix Supercrosss
Red Bull KTM Factory rider Ryan Dungey fought back to 8th position after a last place start at the second round of the Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship Series held at Chase Field. After two rounds, Dungey now sits 5th in the overall point standings.
Dungey got off to a poor start in the first 450SX heat and came around the first corner in 8th position. Shortly into the first lap, another rider crashed and fell into Dungey pushing him off of the track right at the peak of a triple jump. After recovering from the hard crash, Dungey reentered the race in last position. He turned down fast laps but was unable to move up to qualifying position and went back to the pits to prepare for the LCQ.
Dungey found himself in a mid-pack position off the start of the LCQ. By the end of the first lap he had moved into 3rd place and was sitting in 2nd by the halfway point. He remained in 2nd through the end of the race to take the final transfer spot to the main event.
Dungey’s qualifying position gave him final gate pick for the main event which put him in the farthest outside gate for the start of the race. When the gate dropped, Dungey got pushed outside and was sent off the track. He came around the first lap of the race in 18th place and quickly tried to recover from his poor start and charge through the pack.
By the halfway point, Dungey had moved into 11th position. Two laps later he had climbed into the top ten. He spent the remaining laps reeling in Kevin Windham and Andrew Short and was able to make the pass on both riders to move up to 8th place at the end of the twenty lap race. Although disappointed in his night, Dungey is more motivated to return to the third round and put his KTM up front.
Red Bull KTM Factory Team Manager, Roger DeCoster, stated, “Unfortunately, Ryan didn’t have great starts tonight which affected his overall results. He came from the rear of the field to finish a solid 8th place and we are grateful to salvage those points. Overall, the bike was running great tonight and once we perfect the starts we should be in the running for a win.”
Next Event: Anaheim II – January 19, 2013
Source: KTM North America
Ken Roczen Takes 2nd at Phoenix Supercross
Red Bull KTM Factory rider Ken Roczen earned his second straight podium of the season when he finished 2nd overall in the 250SX class at the second round of the Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship held at Chase Field.
Roczen was placed in the first heat where he nailed the holeshot and pulled out to an early lead. Out front, he repeatedly knocked off fast laps and had pulled to a 6 second lead by the halfway point. He led every lap to the checkers to take his second heat win of the season.
“It feels great to get the heat win tonight,” commented Roczen. “Racing is the best form of training, and luckily, I was able to get some good laps in during that heat and I feel confident going into the main. The track is really good tonight and I am ready for the big show.”
When the gate dropped for the main event, Roczen had a bad jump off the gate and found himself in mid-pack around the first corner. He quickly set to work picking up positions but lost valuable time to the front runners as he moved through the pack. By the halfway point Roczen had moved into the top five, a lap later he made a pass on both Jessy Nelson and Cole Seely to move into podium position. With four laps to go, he set his sights on the 2nd place ride of Martin Davalos and began to reel him in. On the final lap, Roczen made a pass to take over the position and went on to take his second podium of the season.
“I am disappointed in my start tonight,” stated Roczen after the race. “I just had a bad start and had to spend too much time coming through the pack. My focus this last week has been my starts and I will continue to work on them in order to get up front early and battle for the lead in the next rounds.”
Next Race: Anaheim II – January 19, 2013
Source: KTM North America
Rockstar Energy Racing Phoenix Supercross 250cc Race Report
Ryan Sipes is going to finish on the podium, and he’s going to do so very soon. He without a doubt has the speed and desire. Although it doesn’t show on paper, he was very close in Phoenix. Ryan always puts up good times in practice and this week was no different. In his heat race he got a good start and rode to strong 3rd place finish. Sipes did not get off the line as well in the 250 class main event however. You can’t ever count Ryan out though. He started outside the top ten and then quite simply just went to work. Methodically picking off one rider after another. In the waning moments of the 15 lap contest suddenly Ryan was all the way up to the fourth place position! However on the last lap, he came into contact with Cole Seely which stalled his momentum going into a rhythm section allowing two more riders to move past him. As the checkers waived, he cross the finish in 7th. The ingredients are there though and Sipes will unquestionably be extremely hungry going into round 3. He currently sits fourth in points.
Ryan Sipes: “Sort of a bummer, but I can’t be bummed cause I felt like rode good. Working my way up and passing guys and I got [Cole] Seely for fourth with two laps to go. I felt like I needed to guard my line and that let him come up and get close. Then we hit in the corner and I was forced to case the double and get passed by a couple more guys. So I went from fourth to seventh in a two straights. But like I said, I rode good and all we can do is come in ready for next weekend.”
After a very successful round 1 Jason Anderson ran into some troubles in round 2. It wasn’t for a lack of effort though. Jason looked great all day in practice and was poised for another impressive evening. His heat race was where his complications arose. As the pack was rounding turn one, Anderson was hit hard by another rider to the inside of him. Jason was slammed to the right, where he tangled with a couple more riders. He was ejected from his bike luckily landing on a tough block as opposed to the concrete-like soil off the track. He remounted and did everything he could but was just too far behind to make it into qualifying position in the short 6 lap heat race. Jason was headed to the LCQ. Not a comfortable place for a top rider to be and for good reason. Anything can happen. Anderson looked to be comfortably on his way to making it into the main until a mistake put him back on the hard ground. He just clipped the landing of the last triple at the end of the longest rhythm section thus far this year ending his night. The good news is that Jason left Arizona 100% healthy and is eager to get back on the line for round 3.
Jason Anderson: “Rough weekend, had a crash in the heat, then I wound up endoing in the LCQ all by myself. So not a good night. For sure we’ll improve on that next week and hopefully be on the box.”
Source: Rockstar Energy Racing
Joey Savatgy Shines in Phoenix
JDR/J-Star/KTM rider Joey Savatgy was the talk of the day at the second round of the Monster Energy Supercross Series held at Chase Field after turning in an impressive heat race and finishing inside the top ten in the 250SX class in only his second professional Supercross race. The rookie Supercross star was joined by both his teammates, Malcolm Stewart and Josh Cachia, in the main event which allowed the entire team to be well represented for the night show.
Stewart was placed in the first 250SX heat where he earned a 7th place start. Within the first three turns he made a pass into 6th position. He stuck to the tail of the 5th place rider but was unable to move up a position and finished the race in 6th place to qualify to the main event.
All eyes were on the #176 of Savatgy at the start of the second 250SX heat where he pulled a massive holeshot and led his first official lap around a Supercross track. He held off pressure from Martin Davalos early in the race to maintain the led for the first five laps. On the final lap, it was Eli Tomac who began to pressure Savatgy. With a few corners to go, Tomac snuck in on the inside and pushed Savatgy off the track to take over the lead. Savatgy gave it his all and came back to cross the line in 2nd position just a bike length behind Tomac.
“It was hard to not pull off the win after leading the first five laps of the heat,” commented Savatgy. “Overall, I am happy with my performance and excited to get a great gate pick for the main event.”
The third member of the JDR/J-Star/KTM Team, Josh Cachia, qualified for his first official Supercross race after finishing 8th in the second heat. The Australian rider suffered a few crashes at Anaheim that kept him from qualifying but he rode a solid heat race in Phoenix to put his KTM in the main.
When the gate dropped for the main, it was Savatgy who jumped out front early. At the end of the first lap, Savatgy was sitting in 3rd position while Cachia and Stewart were running 11th and 12th respectively. Throughout the fifteen lap main, Savatgy charged hard and managed to hold his own against the veteran 250SX riders. At the end of the race he was able to finish inside the top ten with a 9th place finish. Cachia held on for 14th overall while Stewart finished 18th after suffering a crash part way through the race.
Next Race: Anaheim II – January 19, 2013
Source: KTM North America
Top-10 For Max Anstie In 250 SX Series
Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe's Max Anstie continued his 2013 World MX2 pre-season training program by fighting back from 18th position at Saturday's second round of AMA/ FIM World Supercross series at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona.
The 19-year-old Briton put in a promising practice and qualifying session, finishing sixth in his heath that placed him into the Main Event, held in front of a packed crowd of 50,109.
Anstie had a good start on his RM-Z250 but was involved in an incident at the first corner, which forced him off the track and way out of contention, but charged back to take 11th and hold eighth place in the series.
"I got a real good gate drop in the Main Event, so it's a real pity I couldn't make it around the first corner cleanly. But it's part of racing too - the most important thing is that I feel at home on my RM-Z250 and with the people around me, who are all working hard! It's nice to see that things are improving each day so I'm looking forward to Anaheim 2!"
Thomas Ramsbacher - Team Manager:
"Max is continuing to show his real potential; it's a great learning experience for both him and the team. From both sides we are working in a positive atmosphere and figuring out on which points of the package we can improve on. We are still on schedule and real happy with the opportunity to ride a pre-season like this with Max."
The Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe team is now facing a busy couple of weeks. While Anstie is preparing for Anaheim 2, the rest of the team is preparing for their European pre-season: Julien Lieber will race the Mantova Starcross in Italy, Le Touquet Beach Race in France and Hawkstone Park in the UK. Jeremy Seewer will race in Mantova and the last round of the Italian International Championship at Arco-di-Trento, while team youngsters Brian Hsu and Jorge Zaragoza will take more time to prepare themselves for the first races.
Source: Team Suzuki
Phoenix Overview And Point Standings
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Overall Results - Supercross Class: 20 Laps
- Justin Barcia: 17:29.219
- Ryan Villopoto: +04.065
- Davi Millsaps: +12.327
- Chad Reed: +13.934
- Trey Canard: +17.521
- Jake Weimer: +27.278
- James Stewart: +31.616
- Ryan Dungey: +33.357
- Andrew Short: +38.562
- Joshua Grant: +44.192
- Kevin Windham: +48.750
- Broc Tickle: +50.237
- Kyle Chisholm: +52.089
- Weston Peick: +53.468
- Justin Brayton: +54.322
- Matthew Lemoine: -1 Lap
- Matthew Goerke: -1 Lap
- Vince Friese: -1 Lap
- Jimmy Albertson: -1 Lap
- Mike Alessi: -1 Lap
Point Standings - Supercross Class ( Race 2 of 17 )
- Davi Millsaps - 45
- Justin Barcia - 39
- Trey Canard - 38
- Chad Reed - 36
- Ryan Dungey - 33
- Jake Weimer - 31
- Ryan Villopoto - 27
- Andrew Short - 27
- James Stewart - 27
- Joshua Grant - 21
- Kevin Windham - 21
- Justin Brayton - 18
- Kyle Chisholm - 16
- Weston Peick - 14
- Matthew Goerke - 13
- Broc Tickle - 12
- Matthew Lemoine - 11
- Vince Friese - 7
- Robert Kiniry - 2
- Jimmy Albertson - 2
Overall Results - Supercross Lites West Class: 15 Laps
- Eli Tomac: 13:17.763
- Ken Roczen: +10.193
- Martin Davalos: +12.382
- Cole Seely: +22.030
- Jessy Nelson: +23.126
- Zach Osborne: +23.683
- Ryan Sipes: +26.467
- Kyle Cunningham: +27.655
- Joey Savatgy: +27.730
- Christian Craig: +32.800
- Max Anstie: +34.686
- Tyla Rattray: +38.970
- Austin Politelli: +47.835
- Josh Cachia: -1 Lap
- Travis Bright: -1 Lap
- Trevor Reis: -1 Lap
- Michael Leib: -1 Lap
- Malcolm Stewart: -1 Lap
- Topher Ingalls: -12 Laps
- Jake Canada: -12 Laps
Point Standings - Supercross Lites West Class ( Race 2 of 9 )
- Eli Tomac - 50
- Ken Roczen - 44
- Cole Seely - 38
- Ryan Sipes - 29
- Zach Osborne - 29
- Kyle Cunningham - 23
- Tyla Rattray - 22
- Max Anstie - 22
- Martin Davalos - 21
- Joey Savatgy - 20
- Christian Craig - 20
- Malcolm Stewart - 19
- Jessy Nelson - 19
- Jason Anderson - 18
- Michael Leib - 15
- Austin Politelli - 13
- Blake Baggett - 7
- Josh Cachia - 7
- Travis Baker - 6
- Travis Bright - 6