Barcia, Tomac and Honda Rule the Lites
By Jon Row
Ryan Dungey led Davi Millsaps and Justin Brayton across the line at the 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season’s final round and put an end to a wild, crash-filled 450cc Supercross class. Only three riders in the series - Millsaps, Metcalfe and Allessi - remained healthy enough to ride all 17 events. Great Vegas weather and a 14% larger perigee moonrise greeted the remaining Supercross riders. Vegas’ signature half-mile sweeper and straightaway jump were enhanced by a huge tabletop just past the finish line and a nasty near vertical 8’ tabletop cut in half at the entrance to Monster Alley. The Vegas round is always sold out months in advance but with Reed, Stewart, Canard and others out of the series there were noticeably empty seats and more “street tickets” available on the road to Sam Boyd stadium. Those who decided to stay home missed a good show.
East Coast Lites Main
East Coast Lites Champion Justin Barcia and his Geico Honda continued to dominate the East 250s leading KTM’s Ken Roczen and Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett in the Lites East main event / East-West shootout qualifier. Barcia won in convincing fashion.
West Coast Lites Main
West Coast Lites Champion Eli Tomac easily made it a double win for Geico Honda. Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson was a distant second with Geico Honda’s Wil Hahn finishing out the podium.
Monster Energy AMA Supercross Lites Dave Coombs Memorial Shootout
East Coast Lites Champ Justin Barcia and West Coast Lites Champion Eli Tomac put on a barn burning riding display going one-two. After leading briefly, Rockstar Suzuki’s Martin Davalos was happy to get third. The Factory Connection Geico Honda boys avenged Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s 2011 Vegas Lites sweep and capped a stellar season with Barcia establishing himself as the year’s Lites top dog. As a warning to the big boys, Barcia’s fastest laps on his 250cc were a mere tenth of a second slower than Dungey’s best aboard a 450cc.
Monster Energy AMA Supercross Main Event
Heat winners Davi Millsaps on the JGR Yamaha and Justin Brayton on the Muscle Milk Factory Honda had a score to settle for second overall in the championship, but Ryan Dungey needed to remind them (and the rest of the field) he’s the other guy who’s won two championships in one year. Dungey took command on the first lap and easily cruised to an 8 second victory, giving KTM its 4th win of the year.
In 2012’s moto-roulette Dungey missed five races thanks to a broken collarbone. After battling with Weimer, and surviving an off track excursion, Millsap’s second secured him #2 overall and was one of his best rides of the year. Fast qualifier Brayton meanwhile could only manage third. Champ Ryan Villopoto was watching from the sidelines and lamenting his season ending knee injury. With much of the field still in rehab you can bet Ryan Dungey is looking forward to the 2012 outdoor series this year.
Watch for Bikeland's upcoming AMA Supercross season wrap-up.