Eastern Regional Lites Class Leader Barcia Aims for Fifth Win in Six Races
AURORA, Ill. (March 19, 2012) – A strong outing to claim his sixth win of the season, combined with the misfortune of his remaining championship rival, has given Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto firm control of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship. The defending Supercross Class champion carries a 54-point lead into the championship’s annual visit to Toronto’s Rogers Centre for the 12th race of the 2012 season this Saturday night.
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Last weekend in Indianapolis, Villopoto raced to his sixth win this season, patiently working his way from a fifth-place start to work past second-place competitor Brett Metcalfe, and his Yoshimura Suzuki, on Lap 10, and make a winning pass on Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Justin Brayton on Lap 15.
An added significance came with Villopoto’s win at the expense of Toyota/Yamaha/JGRMX’s James Stewart. With the departure of both championship contenders Chad Reed, of TwoTwo Motorsports/Bel-Ray Honda, and Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey due to injury, Stewart assumed the role as the lead challenger to Villopoto’s points lead. Following a win in Daytona, Stewart had the momentum coming into Indianapolis; however, a crash coming out of the first turn in his heat race left Stewart out of contention for the remainder of the evening for precautionary reasons.
With uncertainty surrounding Stewart’s condition and status for this weekend in Toronto, Villopoto could hold as much as 95 points to his credit over fellow Toyota/Yahama/JGRMX rider Davi Millsaps, who currently sits fourth in the Supercross Class standings behind both Dungey and Stewart, respectively.
In Stewart’s absence, both Brayton and Metcalfe assumed the vacancy at the front of the field. Both riders rode strong heat races, with each taking the win in their respective heat for the first time this season, which also helped set the tone for their efforts in the main event.
Brayton’s strong start led to him leading an evening-high 10 laps before succumbing to the pressure of Villopoto. The runner-up effort was a career-best finish for Brayton and could be the spark he needs to contend for a spot on the championship podium at season’s end. For Metcalfe, he found himself in the thick of the battle for the win for most of the main event, ultimately settling for fourth, which tied his best result of the 2012 season.
Millsaps overtook Metcalfe in the late stages of the race to secure his second consecutive podium finish, with a third-place finish. Millsaps has come on strong in the second half of the season, and as a result of his strong results, he is currently fourth in the Supercross Class point standings.
At last season’s Monster Energy Supercross race in Toronto, Dungey overcame a season filled with heartbreak and frustration to break through for his first and only win of the 2011 season. However, the win vaulted Dungey into title contention, igniting a strong run to the finish that ultimately saw him finish third in the championship.
GEICO Honda’s Justin Barcia was in search of his fifth win in five races in the Eastern Regional Supercross Lites Class at Indianapolis. The defending Eastern Regional Supercross Lites Class Champion had dominated the competition coming into last Saturday’s race, but despite his best efforts, he came up short in a bid for five-straight victories.
Barcia experienced his worst start of the season in the main event, while Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen, Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki’s Blake Wharton, and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Darryn Durham battled out front for the win.
A fall by Roczen about halfway through the race allowed Wharton to take over the lead, and eventually the win, while Durham followed in second. Barcia was impressive in his climb from a ninth-place start, and while he missed out on the win, he still secured a fifth consecutive podium finish in third. Heading into Toronto, he holds a 22-point lead over Durham and will be eager to bounce back from his worst outing of the championship.
While he attempts to chip away at Barcia’s advantage, Durham will also have to fend off a confident Wharton, who sits just one point behind in third and has the momentum of his first win this season.
Last season in Toronto, Barcia entered the race as the points leader and was in line for his third win of the championship after a strong start. Barcia led the first eight laps of the main event, but was caught by Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson, who led the final seven laps to take his second win of the championship.
The first Monster Energy Supercross Championship race held in Toronto was on March 29, 2008, with eventual champion Chad Reed winning on a Yamaha. In four years of competition at the Rogers Centre, four different riders have stood atop the podium – Reed, Stewart, Villopoto and Dungey. Both Villopoto and Stewart will look to change that trend on Saturday.
The first points-paying Supercross Lites Class race in Toronto was held on March 28, 2009, with eventual champion Christophe Pourcel winning on a Kawasaki. Like the Supercross Class, there has never been a repeat winner in the Lites Class at Toronto, with Pourcel, Barcia, and Wilson taking victories. Barcia will seek to become the first repeat winner in the division this weekend.
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Supercross Class Results: Indianapolis
- Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki
- Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., Honda
- Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha
- Brett Metcalfe, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Suzuki
- Cole Seely, Murrieta, Calif., Honda
- Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Suzuki
- Marvin Musquin, Murrieta, Calif., KTM
- Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Kawasaki
- Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Kawasaki
- Nico Izzi, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha
Supercross Class Season Standings
- Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki – 246
- Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM – 192
- James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha – 177
- Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha – 151
- Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda – 146
- Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., Honda – 143
- Brett Metcalfe, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Suzuki – 142
- Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki – 134
- Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Honda – 128
- Mike Alessi, Hilliard, Calif., Suzuki – 128
Eastern Regional Supercross Lites Class Results: Indianapolis
- Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Suzuki
- Darryn Durham, Butler, Pa., Kawasaki
- Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda
- Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki
- Jake Canada, Sun City, Calif., Honda
- Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda
- Matthew Lemoine, Collinsville, Texas, Kawasaki
- Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ken., Kawasaki
- Les Smith, York, SC., KTM
- Shawn Rife, Mechanicsburg, Ohio., Honda
Eastern Regional Supercross Lites Class Season Standings
- Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda – 120
- Darryn Dunham, Butler, Pa., Kawasaki – 98
- Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Suzuki – 97
- Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki – 80
- Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Ga., KTM – 80
- Jake Canada, Sun City, Calif., Suzuki – 72
- Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda – 61
- Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Yamaha – 43
- Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., KTM – 42
- PJ Larsen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM – 38
Past Winners in Toronto
March 26, 2011: Ryan Dungey
March 13, 2010: Ryan Villopoto
March 28, 2009: James Stewart
March 29, 2008: Chad Reed
Supercross Lites Class
March 26, 2011: Dean Wilson
March 13, 2010: Justin Barcia
March 28, 2009: Christophe Pourcel
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Luthi leads Moto2™ field on day one
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Day one at Jerez underway
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Jerez Test week to wrap up pre-season
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PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is pleased to launch “AMA Get Out and Ride! Month” for April 2012. Now in its second year, AMA Get Out and Ride! Month encourages motorcyclists everywhere to enjoy the thrill of motorcycling in the dirt and on the street.
“There’s no better way to rekindle America’s ongoing love affair with motorcycling than AMA Get Out and Ride! Month,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “While some motorcyclists enjoy riding in temperate weather year-round, many riders have to wait out the winter, and April is the perfect time to kick off another great riding season.”
Each week during AMA Get Out and Ride! Month, the AMA will focus on a special motorcycling theme:
March 31-April 6: “AMA Get Out and Ride Your Way!” week taps into the individualism of motorcycling and highlights solo riding on favorite trails and twisties.
April 7-13: “AMA Get Out and Ride Together!” week spotlights the fun of riding with others, including AMA clubs and the online motorcycle community (O/MC). During the week, upcoming rallies and smaller local events, from AMA dual-sport and adventure-touring rides to AMA National Conventions and Gypsy Tours will be featured.
April 14-20: “AMA Get Out and Ride for a Cause!” week celebrates the generosity of motorcyclists and showcases events and activities where motorcyclists use their love of riding to help others less fortunate and champion the motorcycling lifestyle.
April 21-27: “AMA Get Out and Ride Smart!” week promotes rider training and awareness skills needed to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience on every ride.
New for 2012 is a weekly trivia contest hosted on the AMA Facebook page, where participants will have the opportunity to submit answers to a motorcycle-related trivia question. One winning entrant, whose name will be drawn from the correct submissions each week, will be rewarded with a prize.
Another new feature this year is “Freedom Friday,” a special call-to-action that will be posted on the AMA Facebook page each Friday to alert motorcyclists about important issues that pose a threat to motorcycling freedoms.
While AMA Get Out and Ride! month officially kicks into gear in April, now is the time to prepare. Check out the helpful tips and tools provided on the AMA website at Americanmotorcyclist.com > Riding > Street > Resources.
Stay tuned to www.AmericanMotorcyclist.com/Riding/GetOutAndRide in the coming days for more details about AMA Get Out and Ride! Month.
About the American Motorcyclist Association
Since 1924, the AMA has protected the future of motorcycling and promoted the motorcycle lifestyle. AMA members come from all walks of life, and they navigate many different routes on their journey to the same destination: freedom on two wheels. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights organization, the AMA advocates for motorcyclists’ interests in the halls of local, state and federal government, the committees of international governing organizations, and the court of public opinion. Through member clubs, promoters and partners, the AMA sanctions more motorsports competition and motorcycle recreational events than any other organization in the world. AMA members receive money-saving discounts from dozens of well-known suppliers of motorcycle services, gear and apparel, bike rental, transport, hotel stays and more. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, the AMA honors the heroes and the heritage of motorcycling for future generations. For more information, please visit AmericanMotorcyclist.com.