Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Finishes the Season on the Podium

2012-05-08 02:02
The 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season came to a close Saturday night at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nev. Although all three champions had already been crowned, including Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto, there was no shortage of racing action. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson finished a strong second in the main event to secure second overall in the Supercross Lites Western Region. Teammate Blake Baggett finished on the podium in third in the Eastern Region and jumped into fourth overall for the season. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer battled all night to finish fourth and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Broc Tickle finished 11th.

Never Backing Down
Although the championship was wrapped up, Wilson wanted nothing, but to win. He posted the fastest time in the Lites West qualifying practice aboard his KX™250F. Heading straight into the West main event, Wilson came around the first corner just outside the top-five and quickly started making moves, progressively pushing his way forward. He tripled into second place by the halfway point and started reeling in the leader, but ran out of time. Second in the main secured second overall in the standings for Wilson in the Supercross Lites Western Region. Wilson had one more chance to get a win in the Lites East/West Shootout, but while battling with the leaders, he was pushed off the track and finished 11th.

“The West coast main event went really well,” said Wilson. “Obviously I wanted to win, but I came through the pack really well and felt good on the bike. I was confident going into the shootout, but ended up jumping off the track and couldn’t find a spot to get back on. I finished second in the points and I’m leaving Las Vegas in one piece, so I’m looking forward to outdoors.”

Roller Coaster Season
Baggett started the day by being fourth fastest in the Lites East qualifying practice and was looking to get another podium before the seasons close. In the main event, he got off the gate in second and began battling with the leader. He slipped to third and stalked second place, but couldn’t find a spot to pass. Baggett finished third, which marked his fifth podium of the season and his third consecutive podium finish. With that finish, he moved up to fourth overall in the Supercross Lites Eastern Region standings. Baggett also suffered a similar fate as Wilson in the East/West Shootout where a bad start kept him from challenging for the lead and he finished in 12th place.

“I felt pretty good all night,” said Baggett. “I was happy with how I rode in the main event considering the track wasn’t perfect. In the shootout I got a bad start and it was just chaos back there. I’m excited to move into the outdoor season and will be going for wins.”

Finishing in One Piece
With multiple riders not finishing all 17 rounds due to injury, Weimer was happy to finish the supercross season healthy and fifth in the championship standings. In his heat race, Weimer came around Monster Alley in second aboard his KX™450F and started stalking the leader. He would stay close in tow and finish second, giving him a great gate pick for the main event. When the gate dropped for the final main event of the season, Weimer got pinched off in the first corner and came around in fifth. By lap seven he had moved into second and the battle ensued. After multiple close calls coming in contact with other riders, Weimer fell to fourth place. Weimer finished his first full supercross season fifth overall with five podium finishes.

“It was kind of a rough night,” said Weimer. “I kept making a lot of mistakes and never felt like I could put a smooth lap together. Right out of the gate guys were slamming into one another and getting sketchy, so I was glad to get out of that mess. I would have liked to have finished better in the points, but I’m healthy and ready for Hangtown.”

Building Blocks
Progression was Tickle’s goal all season, which he finished with a string a top-10 finishes. In his heat race, Tickle looked strong and aggressive as he made his way through the pack to pressure for third, only to settle for fourth. The slick Vegas dirt made for a challenging main event where Tickle came around the high-speed first corner in 10th. He would make his way as high as eighth before dropping to 11th just before the checkered flag. Tickle finished ninth overall in the Supercross class points standings.

“My night started good in my heat race,” said Tickle. “I was right with the leaders, but in the main I didn’t feel comfortable on the track. I’m happy to finish top-10 in the championship and am ready to make the switch to the outdoors.”

Slick Conditions
The dirt at Sam Boyd Stadium is known for being very hard packed and blue-groove, but Saturday night’s conditions were not the typical Las Vegas. During practice the track crew heavily watered the track in an attempt to avoid those conditions. Although the dirt was not as hard, ruts formed in all the transitions of the jumps and corners, making the course very technical and challenging for the riders.

The Champ is Here
Only one week out of knee surgery, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto was on hand in Las Vegas meeting the fans and accepting the congratulations of another championship season.

Change of Scenery
With the conclusion of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross season, the riders now go from stadium surroundings to the great outdoors changing from short heats and main events to two grueling 30-minute motos. The AMA Pro Motocross Championship kicks off at Hangtown MX Park in Sacramento, Calif., on May 19, 2012.


Results
Monster Energy AMA Supercross
Sam Boyd Stadium – Las Vegas, Nev.
May 5, 2012

Supercross Class Results
1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM
2. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha
3. Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., Honda
4. JAKE WEIMER, RUPERT, IDAHO, MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI
5. JOSH GRANT, CORONO, CALIF., JWR KAWASAKI
6. Nico Izzi, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha
7. Mike Alessi, Hilliard, Calif., Suzuki
8. Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Yamaha
9. Andrew Short, Smithville Tex., Honda
10. NICK WEY, DEWITT, MICH., KAWASAKI

Supercross Class Championship Standings
1. RYAN VILLOPOTO, POULSBO, WASH., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 323
2. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha, 266
3. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 257
4. Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 257
5. JAKE WEIMER, RUPERT, IDAHO, MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 229
6. Mike Alessi, Hilliard, Calif., Suzuki, 206
7. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha, 178
8. Brett Metcalfe, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Suzuki, 177
9. BROC TICKLE, HOLLY, MICH., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI, 171
10. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda, 166

Supercross Lites Western Region Results
1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda
2. DEAN WILSON, MENIFEE, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI
3. Wil Hahn, Decatur, Tex., Honda
4. Martin Davalos, Cairo, Ga., Suzuki
5. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Suzuki
6. Marvin Musquin, Murrieta, Calif., KTM
7. Matt Moss, Murrieta, Calif., KTM
8. Ryan Sipes, Ekron, N.Y., Yamaha
9. Scott Champion, Sun City, Calif., Honda
10. Landen Powell, South Jordan, Utah, Honda

Supercross Lites Western Region Points Standings
1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda, 184
2. DEAN WILSON, MENIFEE, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI, 154
3. Marvin Musquin, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 142
4. Cole Seely, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 119
5. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Suzuki, 111
6. Matt Moss, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 106
7. Ryan Sipes, Ekron, N.Y., Yamaha, 96
8. Martin Davalos, Cairo, Ga., Suzuki, 89
9. Billy Laninovich, Riverside, Calif., Honda, 85
10. Nico Izzi, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha, 78

Supercross Lites Eastern Region Results
1. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda
2. Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Ga., KTM
3. BLAKE BAGGETT, GRAND TERRACE, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI
4. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., KTM
5. Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Suzuki
6. Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Tex., Yamaha
7. Hunter Hewitt, Corona, Calif., Suzuki
8. Jake Canada, Sun City, Calif., Suzuki
9. MATT LEMOINE, COLLINSVILLE, TEXAS, KAWASAKI
10. Kyle Peters, Greensboro, N.C., Yamaha

Supercross Lites Eastern Region Points Standings
1. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda, 210
2. Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Ga., KTM, 165
3. Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Suzuki, 158
4. BLAKE BAGGETT, GRAND TERRACE, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI, 148
5. DARRYN DURHAM, BUTLER, PA., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI, 143
6. Jake Canada, Sun City, Calif., Suzuki, 131
7. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda, 117
8. Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Tex., Yamaha, 85
9. MATT LEMOINE, COLLINSVILLE, TEXAS, KAWASAKI, 78
10. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., KTM, 77

Supercross Lites East/West Shootout
1. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda
2. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda
3. Martin Davalos, Cairo, Ga., Suzuki
4. Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Ga., KTM
5. Marvin Musquin, Murrieta, Calif., KTM
6. Wil Hahn, Decatur, Tex., Honda
7. Ryan Sipes, Ekron, N.Y., Yamaha
8. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., KTM
9. Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Suzuki
10. Matt Moss, Murrieta, Calif., KTM
11. DEAN WILSON, MENIFEE, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI
12. BLAKE BAGGETT, GRAND TERRACE, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI

Source: Kawasaki Motors Corp USA

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