This is the corner working/safety crew who worked the WERA Grand National Finals in 1991. The safety workers are the unsung heroes of motorcycle racing. The folks who keep an eye on the track, flag to warn riders, pick up bikes and attend to racers when they’ve crashed. The worst part is they only get publicity when something goes wrong. A big thanks goes out to all who have done corner working at races. I’m among those. Back in my WERA days there were times on occasion when there just weren’t enough corner workers and I would be asked to fill in. I was even asked to be starter once at Blackhawk. For some reason they never asked me back after I tried to start a race with a red flag.
SEATTLE, Wash. (April 24, 2010) – Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, made its return West on Saturday night in front of 51,442 fans at Qwest Field. After an exciting evening of action one week ago that changed the complexion of the AMA Supercross class championship, all eyes were on Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey, of Belle Plaine, Minn., who needed to finish sixth or better to secure the title in his rookie season.
In the AMA Supercross Lites Western Regional Championship, DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing Yamaha’s Broc Tickle, of Holly, Mich., raced to his first career victory.
Windham was determined to return to the winner’s circle in Seattle, the site of his last victory in 2008. On a night where the track was extremely technical and rough due to rain throughout the week, the veteran rider grabbed the Spike Holeshot Award and never looked back to lead all 20 laps of the main event.
“That was the gnarliest race I’ve ever ridden,” exclaimed Windham. “The streak is over and it happened here in Seattle. It feels so good. I closed it out here in 2008 strong and I’m glad to do it again. I’ll tell you, as I get older, things like this are much harder to come by. Tonight was just about survival. I was glad I could keep it up on two wheels.”
For Dungey, he took a conservative approach to the tricky layout, riding methodically and smart to finish in fourth place and officially clinch the 2010 title and become only the second rookie in series history to achieve such a feat.
“The track was tough tonight,” said Dungey. “it was very demanding with a lot of ruts. It’s been an awesome season. It’s something else when you’re watching on TV as a little kid and hoping to be up here. It was all hard work that went into this. I’m super pumped. I just tried to take it easy in the main and stay upright. (The season) was a battle all the way. From the start we did all we could and put everything we could out on the track.”
Rockstar Energy Suzuki’s Tommy Hahn, of Decatur, Texas, garnered a career-best runner-up finish while Muscle Milk/Toyota/JGR’s Justin Brayton, of Murrieta, Calif., also achieved a career-best effort, rounding out the podium in third.
After an eight-race break, the AMA Supercross Lites Western Regional Championship returned to action in Seattle for its penultimate round of the 2010 season. GEICO Powersports Honda’s Trey Canard, of Shawnee, Okla., captured the Spike Holeshot Award with teammate Blake Wharton, of Pilot Point, Texas, and Troy Lee Designs Lucas Oil Honda’s Wil Hahn, of Decatur, Texas, in tow. Wharton made a pass for the lead a short time later, incidentally taking out the front wheel of Canard in the process. Weimer also found himself on the ground on the same lap. As both riders worked their way from the back of the field, Tickle moved into the lead and gapped the field. Weimer continued to progress forward as his primary title contender found trouble on several more occasions. Tickle would hold onto first for his inaugural win with Hahn in second and Weimer rebounding for third.
“The track was really technical tonight,” said Tickle. “The ruts were gnarly. I knew it was going to come down to being smart and putting 15 laps together. I can’t thank everyone else enough. For the last week or so I’ve been getting back into supercross (form) and I’m excited to get my first win.”
Canard posted an 11th-place finish, losing 10 points to Weimer and dropping to third in the standings behind Hahn. Weimer holds a 19-point advantage heading into the championship finale.
The 2010 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season continues next weekend with the penultimate round from Salt Lake City, Utah, and Rice Eccles Stadium.
AMA Supercross Class Results: Seattle
1.Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Honda
2.Tommy Hahn, Alvord, Texas, Suzuki
3.Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha
4.Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki
5.Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Honda
6.Nick Wey, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki
7.Michael Byrne, Newnan, Ga., Yamaha
8.Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Kawasaki
9.Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda
10.Kyle Chisholm, Valrico, Fla., Yamaha
AMA Supercross Class Season Standings
1.Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 320
2.Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 266
3.Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Honda, 248
4.Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 231
5.Josh Hill, Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha, 227
6.Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha, 211
7.Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha, 183
8.Nick Wey, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki, 174
9.Tommy Hahn, Alvord, Texas, Suzuki, 161
10.Kyle Chisholm, Valrico, Fla., Yamaha, 147
Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Results: Seattle
1.Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha
2.Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda
3.Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki
4.Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Honda
5.Ryan Morais, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki
6.Josh Hansen, Elbert, Colo., Kawasaki
7.Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda
8.Phil Nicoletti, Bethel, N.Y., KTM
9.Max Anstie, Hemet, Calif., Yamaha
10.Hunter Hewitt, Pilot Point, Texas, Suzuki
Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Season Standings
1.Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki, 155
2.Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda, 136
3.Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda, 131
4.Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha, 125
5.Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Honda, 107
6.Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda, 90
7.Josh Hansen, Elbert Colo., Kawasaki, 75
8.Max Anstie, Hemet, Calif., Yamaha, 75
9.Phil Nicoletti, Bethel, N.Y., KTM, 69
10.Jeff Alessi, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha, 64
Robbie Petersen (264) and Andy Leisner (6) dice for position at the Road America AMA 250 Grand Prix race in June of 1988 in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Leisner, riding an Aprilia, ended up getting the best of Petersen in this race taking fourth. Petersen was fifth on a Honda. It marked the best-career AMA 250 Grand Prix finish for Leisner. Petersen is back in America this year working as crew chief for Ben Bostrom with Pat Clark Motorsports Yamaha. Today Leisner is with the well known motorsports marketing and management company Hardcard.