Four big things took place in Oakland for Round 4 of the 2013 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series.
1. Ryan Villopto won his second race in a row, leading all 20 laps, and right now is probably the most feared rider on the track.
Ryan “This was a good win for us. My guys on the Monster Energy Kawasaki team made a few minor changes to the bike today and they paid off tonight. Everything is starting to come together for us right now.”
When an athlete in an sport is performing at an elite level, they make what they do look easy. Ryan made racing supercross look easy Saturday night in Oakland. Although third in the point standings, he’s only 8 points behind leader Davi Millsaps. Watch out. Davi Millsaps is leading the point standings, and Trey Canard is second … but watch out for Ryan.
2. The crash. Hard to say exactly who did what to whom. But ‘the crash’ … Which involved a lot of riders in the second corner of the first lap of the 450 main, did damage to a lot of riders. In one way or another, it hindered a lot of riders – some more than others. Ryan Dungey, Trey Canard, Andrew Short, Josh Grant, Justin Brayton, James Stewart, Chad Reed.
It basically ruined James Stewart’s night – as he pulled off the track. James said afterwards “I felt fast all day and my knee was feeling better. In the heat race I got a mid-pack start, but I worked my way into second. We made a couple of changes to the RM-Z450 in between the heat races and the main event, and it just felt good; the track felt better and I felt better. I was actually really looking forward to racing tonight. I got a bad start in the main but made some great passes in the first turn and whoop section. Then in that second corner, a rider got out of control and cut another guy off and they pile-drove me pretty good and I hurt my knee again. Eventually I got up and went to jump the triple and landed, and my throttle was stuck. It was one of those races. I have to give it up to the Yoshimura Suzuki team though and all the fans for their support. I’m disappointed but right now it’s all about just being here. The real reason I’m still here racing is because I love doing it. Whether I’m winning or finishing 16th every week, I’ll still be here because I love racing.”
The same applies to Chad Reed. Chad did get up and going again from the crash – and battled back to finish 12th.
Former Supercross Champions Dungey, Stewart, and Reed have yet to win a race …
3. Eli Tomac crashed. Twice. And loses his points lead. Not a good night for the defending West Champion. Crashes hurt, especially in a short series such as the East and West Regional series. Eli knows this. He said afterwards “It was a frustrating night, for sure. I’m now 15 points behind. I didn’t get the kind of start that I wanted and wound up getting in a big pile-up. I was able to get back up from that but a little while later I lost it in the whoops. The competition in this class is so close that you can’t afford to have bad nights like this. I need to go back and focus on my starts for next week. It’s a bump in the road, but there still time to come back and get the red plate back.”
4. Ken Roczen won the 250 West SX Main, and has taken over the points lead. Ken is a former MX 2 World Motocross Champion, and now races for the RedBull KTM team in America. You can’t meet a nicer guy. And a more talented rider. Now with the points lead, Ken has a leg-up on winning his first title in America. Ken says “I almost lost the race when I made a mistake on that finish line jump. Luckily, I was able to stay on the bike and I was able to quickly recover and get back in the race. I’m super happy. I didn’t have the best start, and there was a lot of bar banging at the start. The crew worked great, I’m fit, and charged hard. I’m super happy!”
Look for a giant photo feature on the Oakland race coming later this week. And look for the Anaheim 3 Supercross Preview coming Friday afternoon.
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The crash at Oakland 2013 – Canard, Short, Stewart, Reed, Dungey, and more!
Eli Tomac’s motorcycle – 250 Main Event Oakland 2013
Ken Roczen one hander over the finish line – Oakland 2013