2/1/2010

Wide Open Title Fight Highlights This Weekends Monster Energy Supercross San Diego Invasion

Lites Class Leader Weimer Looks to Re-assert Dominance

AURORA, Ill (February 1, 2010) – The race towards the 2010 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, title got a little tighter heading into this weekend’s race from San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium. AMA Supercross points leader Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey looks to rebound from his worst outing of the season last weekend while Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer aims to reassert himself as the rider to beat in the AMA Supercross Lites Western Regional Championship.

Media day is Thursday, February 4 from Noon-2:00 p.m. inside the press tower at Qualcomm Stadium. Featured riders Ryan Villopoto and Nick Wey of Monster Energy Kawasaki, Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Dungey and Austin Stroupe, as well as FMF KTM’s Tommy Searle will be available for interviews and will ride the track for the media.



Ryan Villopoto was a man on a mission last Saturday night en route to his first win of the 2010 season.
Photo Credit: Frank Hoppen

Last Saturday, Dungey, of Belle Plaine, Minn., brought his double-digit points lead and two-race winning streak into San Francisco’s AT&T Park, but experienced problems while leading, allowing Villopoto, of Poulsbo, Wash., to steal his first win of the 2010 season and close in on his rival. Weimer, of Rupert, Idaho, was looking for his fourth consecutive win in the AMA Supercross Lites class, but was out-dueled by GEICO Powersports Honda’s Trey Canard, of Shawnee, Okla.

Dungey captured the Spike Holeshot Award with Villopoto and Honda Red Bull Racing’s Davi Millsaps, of Tallahassee, Fla., following in second and third respectively. Millsaps passed Villopoto on the first lap but crashed on lap four, giving second place back to Villopoto.

While leading on lap 10, Dungey crashed and dropped back to fourth place. This allowed Villopoto to move into the lead, San Manuel Yamaha’s Josh Hill, of Yoncalla, Ore., to second and Millsaps to third.

“I lost my foot and went sailing,” said Dungey. “It could have been a lot worse. I am glad I am not hurt.”

The win for Villopoto marked the third in his career. Hill finished second and Millsaps finished third.

“The track was tough and slippery,” said Villopoto. “It was hard to put in 20 perfect laps out there tonight. It wasn’t the start that I wanted, so I played catch-up. It is a long season with a lot of racing left.”


Despite some misfortune, Ryan Dungey (#5) still brought home fourth and continues to carry a double-digit points lead into San Diego.
Photo Credit: Frank Hoppen

Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda’s Cole Seely, of Newbury Park, Calif., won the Spike Holeshot Award in the AMA Supercross Lites main event, but it was Canard, who quickly stole the lead. Weimer moved into second with DNA Energy/Star Racing Yamaha’s Broc Tickle, of Holly, Mich., in the number three position. The trio would stay that way throughout the remaining portion of the 15-lap main event.

“I had a rough start to this season, and I am finally starting to come around,” said Canard. “This was great night for me and my team.”

“I hate losing and I lost tonight, but I have the points lead and am thankful for everyone that has helped me get here,” said Weimer.


Josh Hill’s second straight runner-up finish has put him in sight of the points lead, just 11 points behind.
Photo Credit: Frank Hoppen

Last season at Qualcomm Stadium, San Manuel Yamaha’s James Stewart, of Dade City, Fla., extended his winning streak to six races and completely expunged the 23-point deficit from the season start at Anaheim. In the AMA Supercross Lites class, it was Dungey who reclaimed the Western Regional championship points lead with his third win of the season which was complimented by him leading every lap of the main event.

Monster Energy® Supercross made its debut in San Diego on October 25, 1980 when Mike Bell won on a Yamaha. Seven-time AMA Supercross champion Jeremy McGrath and Reed share the all-time AMA Supercross win record at Qualcomm Stadium with five while Stewart owns two wins. Kawasaki’s Todd Campbell won the inaugural AMA Supercross Lites class on January 26, 1995. Stewart and McGrath are tied on the all-time win list with two in the AMA Supercross Lites class.

SPEED will air the AMA Supercross Lites class race on Sunday, February 7 at Noon EST while coverage of the AMA Supercross class follows at 1:00 p.m. EST.

Tickets for the event are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or at the Qualcomm Stadium Box Office located at Gate F. The Qualcomm Stadium box office is open Monday-Friday from 10am – 6pm. For fans looking to purchase adult mid-level seats at a discount, log onto www.ticketmaster.com and enter the code SAND20 and pay just $10 for mid-level adult seats! That’s a savings of $20! Valid now thru Friday, February 5th. Discount valid online only with code.

AMA Supercross Class Results: San Francisco
1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki
2. Josh Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Yamaha
3. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Honda
4. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki
5. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda
6. Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha
7. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha
8. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Kawasaki
9. Thomas Hahn, Alvord, Texas, Suzuki
10. Michael Byrne, Atlanta, Ga., Yamaha

AMA Supercross Class Season Standings
1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 90
2. Josh Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Yamaha, 79
3. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 77
4. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda, 68
5. Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Honda, 61
6. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 57
7. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha, 57
8. Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha, 56
9. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha, 51
10. Tommy Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Suzuki, 42

Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Results: San Francisco
1. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda
2. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki
3. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha
4. Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda
5. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda
6. Travis Baker, Temecula, Calif., Honda
7. Josh Hansen, Elbert, Colo., Kawasaki
8. Max Antsie, Hemet, Calif., Yamaha
9. Jeff Alessi, Apple Valley, Calif., Yamaha
10. Phillip Nicoletti, Bethel, N.Y., KTM

Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Season Standings
1. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki, 97
2. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda, 81
3. Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda, 74
4. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha, 62
5. Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Honda, 59
6. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda, 54
7. Josh Hansen, Elbert, Colo., Kawasaki, 46
8. Max Anstie, Hemet, Calif., Yamaha, 45
9. Ryan Morais, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 42
10. Jeff Alessi, Apple Valley, Calif., Yamaha, 40


Past Winners in San Diego

AMA Supercross
February 14, 2009: James Stewart
February 9. 2008: Chad Reed
February 17, 2007: Chad Reed
February 11, 2006: James Stewart
February 19, 2005: Chad Reed
January 24, 2004: Chad Reed
February 08, 2003: Chad Reed
January 12, 2002: David Vuillemin
January 13, 2001: Ricky Carmichael
January 22, 2000: David Vuillemin
January 16, 1999: Ezra Lusk
February 07, 1998: Jeremy McGrath
February 10, 1996: Jeremy McGrath
February 11, 1995: Jeremy McGrath
February 05, 1994: Jeremy McGrath
February 06, 1993: Jeremy McGrath
February 08, 1992: Damon Bradshaw
February 09, 1991: Jean-Michael Bayle
February 10, 1990: Jeff Stanton
February 11, 1989: Rick Johnson
February 14, 1987: Rick Johnson
February 08, 1986: Rick Johnson
January 26, 1985: Johnny O’ Mara
November 16, 1982: Broc Glover
November 14, 1981: Broc Glover
October 25, 1980: Mike Bell

AMA Supercross Lites
February 14, 2009: Ryan Dungey
February 9, 2008: Jason Lawrence
February 17, 2007: Ryan Villopoto
February 11, 2006: Andrew Short
February 19, 2005: Nathan Ramsey
January 24, 2004: Ivan Tedesco
February 08, 2003: James Stewart
January 12, 2002: James Stewart
January 13, 2001: Justin Buckelew
January 22, 2000: Greg Schnell
January 16, 1999: Casey Johnson
February 07, 1998: John Dowd
February 10, 1996: Jeff Willoh
February 11, 1995: Damon Huffman
February 05, 1994: Ryan Hughes
February 06, 1993: Mickael Pichon
February 08, 1992: Jeremy McGrath
February 09, 1991: Jeremy McGrath
February 10, 1990: Ty Davis
February 11, 1989: Jeff Matiasevich
February 14, 1987: Kyle Lewis
February 08, 1986: Donny Schmit
January 26, 1985: Todd Campbell

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For more information on the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, please log on to www.SupercrossOnline.com. For all media requests, please contact Denny Hartwig dhartwig@feldinc.com or 630-566-6305.

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