Dungey Scores 4th Win of 2012 Monster Energy Supercross Season at Season Finale in Las Vegas

2012-05-06 10:10
Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey, of Belle Plaine, Minn., won his fourth Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, race tonight in front of a sold-out crowd of 39,509 at Sam Boyd Stadium. After leading wire-to-wire, GEICO Honda’s Justin Barcia, of Ochlocknee, Ga., won the final stop of the Eastern Regional Supercross Lites Class Championship. Barcia’s teammate Eli Tomac, of Cortez, Colo., also led all 15 laps of the Western Regional Supercross Lites Class Main Event, winning his fifth race of the season.

MotoConcepts’ Mike Alessi, of Hilliard, Fla., captured the Nuclear Cowboyz® Holeshot Award to start the Supercross Class Main Event. Dungey didn’t wait long to make his move on Alessi to take the lead on Lap 1. Yoshimura Suzuki’s Brett Metcalfe, of Lake Elsinore, Calif., moved into second place on Lap 2, passing Alessi, and on the following lap, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer, of Rupert, Idaho, found his way into third place.

Weimer advanced into second place on Lap 6, while JGRMX/Toyota/Yamaha Davi Millsaps secured third place and set his sights on Weimer. Weimer and Millsaps mixed it up on Lap 7, trading places for second place with Weimer holding the position. Millsaps finally made the pass on Weimer on Lap 10 and rode to a second place finish. Dungey won with an 8 second margin of victory and Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Justin Brayton, of Fort Dodge, Iowa, finished third.

Millsaps finished second in the season point standings and Dungey finished third.

“After the Heat Race, we made a change to the bike that really helped out in the Main Event,” said Dungey. “The track was hard-packed tonight and a little tough. I am really happy that I could get this win for the KTM team.”

Barcia capped off his championship-winning Eastern Regional Supercross Lites Class season by winning the Nuclear Cowboyz Holeshot Award before leading all 15 laps of the Main Event en route to his sixth victory of the season. Barcia clinched the championship earlier this year at the New Orleans stop.

Behind Barcia, Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen, of Murrieta, Calif., assumed the second-place position with Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett, of Grand Terrance, Calif., in tow, where they would finish.

Following Barcia’s win, he made the announcement that he will ride for the Team Honda Muscle Milk squad next year, and the first time he will race for the new team will be at the Monster Energy Cup at Sam Boyd Stadium on October 20.

“This is a dream come true, and I am looking forward to racing for Team Honda Muscle Milk,” said Barcia. “I am happy to close out the season with a win; the track was difficult for me out there, but I was able to keep it together.”

Tomac, of Cortez, Colo., opened the Western Regional Supercross Lites Class Main Event by placing his GEICO Honda across the Nuclear Cowboyz Holeshot line with Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki’s Martin Davalos, of Cairo, Ga., and his teammate Jason Anderson, of Edgewood, N.M., following in second and third, respectively.

On Lap 3, Anderson moved into third place, passing Davalos, but moments later made a mistake that allowed Davalos to take back second place and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson to move into third. Wilson passed Davalos on Lap 5 to take over the number-two position. GIECO Honda’s Wil Hahn, of Decatur, Texas moved around Davalos on Lap 11. Wilson finished second and Hahn finished third.

“This shows that GEICO Honda has done a great job this year with us winning both Supercross Lites Class titles and Wil [Hahn] finishing third tonight,” said Tomac.

The dominant performance by the GEICO Honda team set the stage for the 10 lap Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Shootout. Once again, Barcia won the Nuclear Cowboyz Holeshot Award, and he was trailed by Davalos and Tomac.

On Lap 3 Davalos took advantage of a mistake by Barcia to move into the lead. Two laps later, both Barcia and Tomac moved around Davalos. Barcia was able to hold off the hard charging Tomac for the win. Tomac finished second and Davalos was third.

Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Justin Brayton won the second annual Brett Michaels Rock Hard-Ride Hard Award and received a $10,000 bonus.

Supercross Class Results: Las Vegas
Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM
Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha
Justin Brayton, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Honda
Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki
Joshua Grant, Corona, Calif., Kawasaki
Nico Izzi, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha
Mike Alessi, Hilliard, Fla., Suzuki
Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Yamaha
Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda
Nick Wey, DeWitt, Mich., Kawasaki

Supercross Class Season Standings
Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 323
Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha, 266
Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 257
Justin Brayton, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Honda, 257
Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki, 229
Mike Alessi, Hilliard, Fla., Suzuki, 206
James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha, 178
Brett Metcalfe, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Suzuki, 177
Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Kawasaki, 171
Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda, 166

Western Regional Supercross Lites Class Results: Las Vegas
Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda
Dean Wilson, Menifee, Calif., Kawasaki
Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda
Martin Davalos, Cairo, Georgia, Suzuki
Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Suzuki
Marvin Musquin, Murrieta, Calif., KTM
Matt Moss, Murrieta, Calif., KTM
Ryan Sipes, Ekron, Ky., Yamaha
Scott Champion, Sun City, Calif., Honda
Landen Powell, South Jordan, UT, Honda

Western Regional Supercross Lites Class Season Standings
Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda, 184
Dean Wilson, Menifee, Calif., Kawasaki, 154
Marvin Musquin, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 142
Cole Seely, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 119
Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Suzuki, 111
Matt Moss, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 106
Ryan Sipes, Ekron, Ky., Yamaha, 96
Martin Davalos, Cairo, Georgia, Suzuki, 89
Billy Laninovich, Riverside, Calif., Honda, 85
Nico Izzi, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha, 78

Eastern Regional Supercross Lites Class Results: Las Vegas
Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda
Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM
Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki
Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., KTM
Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Suzuki
Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Yamaha
Hunter Hewitt, Corona, Calif., Suzuki
Jake Canada, Sun City, Calif., Honda
Matthew Lemoine, Collinsville, Texas, Kawasaki
Kyle Peters, Greensboro, NC, Yamaha

Eastern Regional Supercross Lites Class Season Standings
Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda – 210
Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM – 165
Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Suzuki – 158
Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki – 148
Darryn Durham, Butler, Pa., Kawasaki – 143
Jake Canada, Sun City, Calif., Honda – 131
Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda – 117
Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Yamaha – 85
Matthew Lemoine, Collinsville, Texas, Kawasaki – 78
Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda – 77

Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Shootout
1. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda
2. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda
3. Martin Davalos, Cairo, Georgia, Suzuki
4. Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM
5. Marvin Musquin, Murrieta, Calif., KTM
6. Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda
7. Ryan Sipes, Ekron, Ky., Yamaha
8. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., KTM
9. Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Suzuki
10. Matt Moss, Murrieta, Calif., KTM

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