2013 Toronto SX Preview

March 22nd, 2013 by admin Leave a reply »

The 2013 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series will make it’s one and only stop outside of the USA this weekend – The Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada. Before Saturday’s race, it might help to familiarize yourself with where the series stands.

In the premiere 450 SX class, it’s defending champion Ryan Villopoto leading Davi Millsaps by nine points (227 to 218), and Ryan Dungey in third spot – 210 points.

Ryan Villopoto on his way to victory at Indy 2013 last weekend

Ryan Villopoto

Villopoto has this to say heading into Toronto with both the points lead, and a lot of momentum: “We’re starting to gain momentum. Indy was one of the most challenging tracks thus far so it was great to get the win. Toronto has always been a challenging track as well. The dirt tends to break down and sometimes has a lot of moisture in it. With another win in Toronto we’ll have some breathing room in the points standings.”

In the 250 East series, Wil Hahn is on top with 112 points, Marvin Musquin second with 103 points.

Marvin on top of the box - 2013 Indy SX

Marvin Musquin victorious last weekend in Indy

 

 

One storyline coming into Toronto, and that’s of Davi Millsaps. He’ll be riding the number 18 Rockstar Suzuki in the premiere 450 SX class. He has been riding with an injured knee the past few weeks, which might explain his less than normal results compared to earlier in the season.

Davi said after last week’s race in Indy “Well … bad night, but it could have been worse. I need to keep riding more. It’s been a couple weeks since I’ve been able to ride a lot due to my knee. I’ll shake that rust off. This is a better race than I’ve had the last two weekends, so I need to work on that and keep pushing forward.”

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Davi Millsaps

Wil Hahn is leading the points in the 250 East … But he’s got two-time World MX Champion Marvin Musquin closing behind him with two wins in a row (Daytona and Indy). Here’s what Wil has to say “I’m feeling good and feeling confident. I just need to concentrate on my starts during training to get them a little better. I’ve had to work my way through the field to get on the podium the last couple of weeks. If I would have had better starts I could have used that energy to contend for the win. I rode defensively last week and I don’t need to ride like that.”

Dean Wilson had a tough night last Saturday in Indy, and will not be racing in Canada. He fell hard last Saturday, and went to the hospital with a cracked rib and punctured lung.

Notes and Stats of Toronto courtesy Feld Motorsports

· The first race was held on December 3, 2004, and Ricky Carmichael won on a Suzuki
· Toronto is the only international stop on the circuit
· In 2005, James Stewart won on a Kawasaki
· In 2006, Chad Reed won on a Yamaha
· Reed became the first two time winner in Toronto with his win in 2008. Ryan Villopoto and Stewart have since joined Reed as two-time winners in
Toronto.
· If Reed makes the start this weekend, he will tie Jeff Ward for fifth on the all-time 450 SX Class start list with 160

450SX Class: Toronto Wins by Brand and Last Win: Yamaha: 2, 2009, Kawasaki: 2, 2012, Suzuki: 1, 2011

450SX Class: Indianapolis Recap

* Villopoto earned his 30th career 450SX Class victory. It was his sixth of the season. He is now alone in fifth on the all-time 450SX Class win list.
* Villopoto is one of five riders to win 30 450SX Class races. He earned 30 victories in 69 starts. He is the fourth fastest out of the five riders to accomplish this.
* Stewart was the quickest to 30, doing it in 46 starts. McGrath follows him with 52 starts and Carmichael did it in 67. Reed did it in 89 starts.
* For the fourth year in-a-row, Villopoto has won at least six 450SX Class races; he has helped Kawasaki to 121 victories
* Just as he did in 2011 and 2012, Villopoto became the first rider in 2013 to win three consecutive races
* After finishing 16th at the season opener, Villopoto has recovered to take over the points race by nine over Davi Millsaps
* Dungey earned his second consecutive runner-up finish. He now has 60 career starts and 42 podium finishes, which gives him a 70% career podium percentage
* Stewart made the 98th career 450SX Class start, earning his third podium of the season with a second place. He now has 68 career podium finishes.
* Stewart has been on the podium in three of the four past races
* Millsaps now has 105 consecutive 450SX Class starts and has nine top-five finishes this season
* Justin Barcia earned his seventh top five of his rookie 450SX Class season with a fifth
* Reed made his159th career 450SX Class start, and finished in sixth place; he has had a top-10 finish in 10 of the 11 races this season
* Andrew Short earned his ninth top-10 finish of the season with a seventh; it was his best finish since his sixth at the third race in Anaheim

250 SX Class: Toronto Stats

* This will be the fifth time the gate will drop for an 250SX Class Race in Toronto
* Christophe Pourcel won the first 250 SX Class points paying race in Toronto in 2009 on a Kawasaki.
* Barcia won in 2010 and 2012 on a Honda and Dean Wilson won in 2011 on a Kawasaki
· Barcia earned his fifth win of the season and his ninth-career 250SX Class victory in Toronto last year

250 SX Class: Toronto Wins by Brand (last win), Honda: 2, 2012, Kawasaki: 2, 2011

250SX Class: Indianapolis Recap

* Marvin Musquin became the second rider in KTM’s history to win two consecutive races in the 250SX Class; he now has two Main Event wins to his name
* Musquin joins Roczen in this category; he accomplished this in the Western Regional 250 SX Class earlier this season
* KTM now has 15 250SX Class victories
* KTM tied their all-time wins in a season with four; the last time they had four wins in a season was 2005
* Kyle Peters earned the first podium of his career with a second-place finish
* Wil Hahn is the only Eastern Regional 250 SX Class rider to finish on the podium at every race this year
* Hahn has a nine-point lead in season standings over Musquin
* AJ Catanzaro finished a career-best best fourth place. His previous career-best finish was 11th.
* Justin Hill earned the second top-five finish of his career
* Mitchell Oldenburg earned a career-best seventh place finish.

2013 250SX Class East / West Wins by Brand, Honda: 6, KTM: 4, Kawasaki: 1

450SX Class Laps Led: Ryan Villopoto: 96, Davi Millsaps: 37, James Stewart: 35, Justin Barcia: 20, Ryan Dungey: 19, Trey Canard: 7, Ken Roczen: 3, Mike Alessi: 2, Jake Weimer: 1

250SX Class Laps Led: Eli Tomac: 39, Wil Hahn: 30, Cole Seely: 21, Ken Roczen: 19, Marvin Musquin: 16, Dean Wilson: 15, Blake Wharton: 14, Martin Davalos: 7, Jason Anderson: 4

450SX Class Fastest Qualifying Time

Anaheim Race 1: James Stewart
Phoenix: Ryan Villopoto
Anaheim Race 2: Ryan Villopoto
Oakland: James Stewart
Anaheim Race 3: James Stewart
San Diego: Ryan Villopoto
Arlington: Davi Millsaps
Atlanta: James Stewart
St. Louis: James Stewart
Daytona: Ryan Villopoto
Indianapolis: James Stewart

250SX Class Fastest Qualifying Time

Anaheim Race 1: Eli Tomac
Phoenix: Eli Tomac
Anaheim Race 2: Ken Roczen
Oakland: Ken Roczen
Anaheim Race 3: Eli Tomac
San Diego: Martin Davalos
Arlington: Dean Wilson
Atlanta: Marvin Musquin
St. Louis: Dean Wilson
Daytona: Dean Wilson
Indianapolis: Dean Wilson

Past Winners in Toronto

450SX Class

March 24, 2012: Ryan Villopoto
March 26, 2011: Ryan Dungey
March 13, 2010: Ryan Villopoto
March 28, 2009: James Stewart
March 29, 2008: Chad Reed

250SX Class

March 24, 2012: Justin Barcia
March 26, 2011: Dean Wilson
March 13, 2010: Justin Barcia
March 28, 2009: Christophe Pourcel

That’s Wil Hahn on the number 19 GEICO Honda

 

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