Last Saturday night was Round 12 of the 2013 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series, held at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada. And there was great racing in both the 450 class, and the 250 East class.
Now let’s get on with what some of the riders had to say afterwards. First, 450 winner, and series points leader Ryan Villopoto: “Tonight in Toronto was some tight racing. Everyone is running such a high pace that there is no room for error. I got a great jump and was able to be there from the beginning and just had to wait for my time to make a move for the lead (on Davi Millsaps). It’s nice to head into the break with a little cushion.”
Ryan Villopoto top of the podium Toronto 2013
Ryan leads Davi in the points, 252 to 240, with Ryan Dungey in third at 230. The next supercross will be in Houston, April 6.
And what did Davi Millsaps have to say after finishing second to Villopoto Saturday night in Toronto? “It’s definitely good to get a solid weekend under my belt – it’s been about 6 weeks for me. I have a weekend off now (for Easter) so I will have a lot of time to practice and get back to where I was. It was a great race for sure and Ryan Villopoto rode awesome. I just made a few mistakes here and there and he capitalised on it. He was obviously going faster than me tonight. All in all, from the past couple weekends to this weekend, I’m going in the right direction. It’s crazy how three days of riding helps so much. I block-passed him in the second turn and he knew I was there so he just had to stand up and let me go by. We’re riding clean. There’s no reason to get all stupid and punt each other and just be enemies for the next five rounds or two years … we’re riding clean and we’ll pass when we have to pass and block-pass when we have to block pass. As fast as we’re going, to take someone out is wrong. We have more respect than that. If it came down to the championship, I think we’d both try – but nothing stupid.”
Some ‘breaking’ news coming from Toronto was that two-time Supercross Champion, and a former AMA National Motocross Champion, Chad Reed is going to have knee surgery Tuesday, March 26. He hopes to be back in action for Round 14 in Minneapolis. Here’s what Reedy has to say: “Well, I got a sniff of the podium tonight. I am excited to be getting the surgery so I can get back to being 100% healthy. My knee surgery that I had last year unfortunately has not healed 100%. I got to a level and it never progressed past that. I actually thought I could get through supercross and motocross and have it fixed in the off season. Now I am favoring it and I am starting to tweak my back. I think it is best that I get it fixed as soon as possible and then get back on the bike ASAP as well. I am looking forward getting back out there, representing my sponsors and my team and having fun with the fans.”
OK, let’s turn to the 250 class for a minute. Marvin Musquin won his third 250 Main Event in a row! He’s second in points, just six behind Wil Hahn. Marvin says: “The track was very tough and slippery today. I had a crash earlier in the day and felt horrible going into the main, but my Red Bull KTM team helped motivate me and I was able to pull it off. My holeshot helped a lot and I am happy to get my third win in a row.”
Marvin Musquin after winning the 250 Main
And Wil Hahn finished second in the 250 Main at Toronto: “It’s crazy to say this but second place doesn’t feel that great tonight. I need wins. I can’t have starts like I did tonight and expect to win the championship. From how it is looking now, the championship battle is definitely going to come down to the wire in Vegas. I’m looking forward to this weekend off so I can get some things figured out and remember how I earned the red plate in the first place. I need to get back to riding like I did in Atlanta and St. Louis (both wins). The championship battle between me and Marvin is going to come down to the wire, it looks like,” Hahn said. “I’m really happy we’re going back to Texas, my home state, and it’s cool we have a weekend off for Easter because that gives me another week to get my head straight and remind myself what got me the red plate in the first place. You’re going to see a different rider in Texas.”
And below are quotes from two time Supercross champion and former National MX Champion James Stewart, multi-time AMA National MX Champion and 2010 Supercross Champion Ryan Dungey, 2012 Monster Energy Cup winner Justin Barcia, and Blake Wharton ….
James Stewart: “The heat race went pretty well. In the Main Event, I got an OK start. I kind of slid out on the first jump and almost went down, but I made my way up to fifth and just stayed there. I couldn’t get around those guys in front of me; they were battling pretty hard. I’m very disappointed in myself, no excuses, I just didn’t get it done. It was a bummer, for sure. The Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 was awesome. We made a change after the heat race and the bike was just phenomenal. These results are frustrating for me, we’ve been working so hard, but I’m still fighting and we’ll keep working during the break and come back strong for Houston.”
Ryan Dungey: “After the first lap in the Main, I tried to follow Villopoto through the pack and we had a good battle going, but unfortunately I made a bummer move and stalled the bike. It caused me to not jump the triple and I lost a position. I’m bummed for my mistake but happy I was able to get the position back and land on the podium.”
Justin Barcia: “I’m not quite sure what happened in the main. I felt good all day in qualifying and got second in my heat, but rode really tight in the main. The track was really gnarly and changed so much heading into the night. Starts are so important and mine haven’t been that great in the last couple weeks, which has really hurt me. I know I have the speed to be in front; I just need to work on a few things.”
Blake Wharton: “Canada was pretty good but not where I wanted to be. I won the heat race but in the Main I need more. My speed is good, I feel like my speed is there. I was picking some lines I shouldn’t, doing some things I shouldn’t; and I just didn’t ride the whole time the way I needed to. I feel good on the bike and everything is right there but there are just a few things I’m missing. This weekend is off but it won’t really be off. I’m going to do my thing, I’ll be riding. There’s not really any time to rest during Supercross. ‘Gotta keep sprinting.”
This coming weekend on Supercross.com will be Round 3 of the 2013 FIM World Motocross Championships from Holland. The following weekend supercross returns to action at Reliant Stadium in Houston.