Monthly Archives: January 2012
Four weeks down, four different riders, four different colors. The 2012 AMA Monster Energy Supercross Series is proving to be one of the most relentless seasons to date.
As expected former champions Ryan Villopotto, Ryan Dungey, James Stewart and Chad Reed have found a way to grind through the competition and make it to the top of the podium, while other fan favorites Nick Wey, Josh Grant and Broc Tickle have found making a main event a difficult task in it self. With the Supercross class becoming more competitive than ever, one mistake could cost the race and/or championship.
History has been made within the first four weeks of the 2012 season. Ryan Villopoto has now won back-to-back A1’s and Ryan Dungey took home Austrian brand KTM their first American Supercross win. Though these accomplishments bring ultimate highs for these racers in the first few weeks, there have also been potential championship killing incidents.
They say you win your championships on your worse of days and at Dodger stadium on January 21, Villopotto had a potentially horrible day. Making a minor mistake that would send him off the track and into a dance with a tuff block, Villopoto found himself second-to-last and far from the pack. Villopoto would fight through 13 riders, ending up just feet away from a podium position.
One week later Villopoto earned poll position in Oakland, and coming up off an impressive performance in Los Angeles, most would say the Washington native was the favorite to win. The night of January 28, Supercross fans were reminded that you could never bet on this sport.
A clean start for the series favorites would set the stage for one of the closest races of the series. Within the first five laps of the race Reed, Villopoto and Stewart were set for battle. Halfway through the race, Stewart would make a move for the lead on Reed and would walk away, while Reed and Villopoto would battle hard for second.
Holding onto second is just what the two time Supercross champion, Chad Reed, needed to take the points lead as the series heads back to Anaheim. Consistent starts and rides have always been the Australians key to his success. Though never the fastest in practice, Reed seems to be on another level during the race. Does Reed have what it takes to maintain the points lead and make a run to the top of the podium at A2? Or will Stewart, Dungey or Villopoto be the first to get their second win of the season?
2012 AMA Monster Energy Supercross Points Standings
1. Ryan Dungey 85pts. KTM
Chad Reed 85pts. Hon
2. Ryan Villopoto 83pts. Kaw
3. James Stewart 73pts. Yam
4. Jake Weimer 61pts. Kaw
5. Kevin Windham 58pts. Hon
6. Andrew Short 52pts. Hon
7. Josh Hansen 47pts. Kaw
8. Brett Metcalfe 45pts. Suz
9. Davi Millsaps 42pts. Yam
10. Mike Alessi 38pts. Suz
11. Justin Brayton 37pts. Hon
12. Kyle Chisholm 34pts. Kaw
13. Broc Tickle 30pts. Kaw
14. Ivan Tedesco 21pts. Kaw
15. Nick Wey 16pts. Kaw
16. Trey Canard 14pts. Hon
17. Weston Peick 10pts. Kaw
18. Kyle Partridge 10pts. Kaw
19. Chris Blose 9pts. Kaw
It is crunch time in the world of supercross. With only a week left till the big day, fans all around will be bench racing with friends talking about the epic battles that will take place this season.
It seems as if every year is considered to be the most intense season to date. The ever growing technology, advancements in personal training and ever competitiveness in the sport has bridged the gap between talents, thus creating what we call every year “the greatest year ever”. But will this really be the greatest season ever? A season where we can truly never know the outcome before the race? Or will Villopoto, Dungey, Reed, Stewart or even a surprise rider find a way to pull away from the competition.
Lets begin with the obvious, Villopoto. Coming off an amazing season in 2011, Villopoto has not only has his determination and drive that he is known for, but more momentum coming into a supercross season than he has ever had. The new 2012 Kawasaki proved to add more confidence and comfort to the Washington native at the end of the outdoor season, and most would bet this new bike will fit him just as well indoors.
2011 saw fan favorite Chad reed introduce a last minute team to fulfill his supercross efforts. Doubts were high in that no one has ever pulled off such a huge production in such little time, not to mention at the level the competition was at last year. Well folks, Reed did it, and to put it bluntly, he kicked ass. Reed will enter the 2012 season more organized, with more support from factory Honda, and ready to put it to the competition once again.
Moving to the questions everyone is asking himself or herself, how will Dungey and Stewart do? Both riders entering 2012 with new teams, the once favored riders are now questioned in their credibility.
There has never been a major championship earned in the United States supercross or motocross series by KTM. Though the manufacturer is known for pushing the limits in technology in their product, the team has never had the right players to accomplish the task. The Dungey/DeCoster duo is known as a championship driving force, but is it enough to push KTM to win their first supercross championship?
Another team to never reach the championship mark is Joe Gibbs Racing. A team also known to push the limits with the advancements in their bikes, they are now set with former champion James Stewart and hope this combo will bring success.
For the past couple of years these four riders have been at the forefront of our sport, and, from the looks of things, looked at as the only four riders out there by most promoters. But for 2012, promoters will have to change their marketing plan.
With only 20 riders in a main and a talent pool in the Supercross Class deeper than ever, fans could witness the gnarliest races in the LCQ. Andrew Short, Kevin Windham, Josh Grant, Trey Canard (when healed), Mike Alessi, Tommy Hahn, Broc Tickle, Ivan Tedesco, Kyle Chisholm, Josh Hansen, Brett Metcalfe, Kyle Partridge, Josh Hill, Davi Milsaps, Jeff Alessi, Justin Brayton, Ryan Morais, Austin Stroupe, Nico Izzi, Michael Byrne, Nick Wey, Jimmy Albertson, Chris Blose, Jason Thomas. All riders are proven top ten riders at some point or another and if you have been keeping count, not all of these guys can fit into one main event.
Anaheim 1 is just around the corner and is promising to be a big one. So get your A1 party ready and enjoy what is promising to be a great main event, possibly even better LCQ and the start to another great season.