Exactly what Really Happened: Seattle Supercross

The weather was nice the track was in relatively good condition for Seattle, and Ryan Villopoto moved a step closer to a fourth-straight supercross title with a convincing earn at round 15 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series within Seattle. Meanwhile, Cole Seely kept his 250-class title hopes survive with a big victory in the two hundred fifity SX West Regional Main. Here is the scoop:

Ryan Villopoto

Ryan Villopoto came upward just short in his bid in order to wrap up a fourth SX title, but still took a convincing earn in front of a hometown crowd. Photo By Shan Moore

For the second race in a row, Ryan Villopoto had to come through the semi to qualify for the main event. And for the second race in a row, the Monster Energy Kawasaki driver grabbed the holeshot from a lower than desirable gate pick. In the end, RV1 did what he needed to perform to clinch the title by taking his fifth win of the season, however , James Stewart and Ryan Dungey didn’t cooperate, so today the championship will go down to the particular next-to-last race in New York were Villopoto has a chance to tie Jeremy McGrath’s record of four supercross titles.

“I couldn’t ask for anything more tonight, ” stated Villopoto. “Points-wise, we could have wrapped it up, but I’m not going to gripe or be bummed about it. Wayne rides these conditions well as well as for me to have a race like this felt good. And to get a win before the break felt good too, after that going to New York and having a opportunity to wrap it up is what we’ll end up being thinking about. ”

James Stewart jumping

James Stewart pushed RECREATIONAL VEHICLE early on in the main, but a couple of bobbles and a scary incident where he emerged up short over the quad pressured the Yoshimura Suzuki rider in order to back off. Photo By Shan Moore

James Stewart was not happy with his race within the Seattle main event, and even called it his “worst race of the 12 months. ” Still, the Yoshimura Suzuki rider extended the title chase for another race with a second location finish.

In the main, Stewart pushed Villopoto early on, but the scary moment on the quad jump where he came up short gave Stewart reason to re-access his game plan.

“All day time I struggled, ” said Wayne. “The track was pretty easy and a little tough with all the ruts. There really wasn’t anything to separate all of us; even that quad wasn’t any faster. We just never really obtained the bike setup all night. In the main event I was trying to push and am would make a little time and then I’d almost crash in the whoops or simply make a mistake. ”

Ryan Dungey jumping

Ryan Dungey turned in his usual consistent ride to finish 3rd. Photo By Shan Moore

Once again, Ryan Dungey was Ryan Dungey. The Red Bull KTM rider got away to a second-place start but didn’t seem to take too many chances and by virtue of pure consistency got on the podium for the ninth time this year after getting passed by Stewart on lap four.

“I was right behind Villopoto and he started inching away, ” Dungey said about the main event. “And then Stewart got around myself and he started inching away as well. I’m happy with the night, but it is give and take, sometimes you have a rougher time at certain songs than others. We tried plenty of stuff today, which isn’t perfect, but we had to look around for a good setup, and with being out of the championship chase, we have to keep searching for stuff for next year, too. As a rider, I have to show up too, even though, so it was just one of those evenings. ”

Eli Tomac riding

Eli Tomac had what he or she called his best race from the year to finish fourth. Photo By Shan Moore

It’s been an up and down 12 months for GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac, due to injuries. Midway into the primary, Tomac settled in right on Dungey’s rear but wasn’t quit able to get close enough to make a move.

“Dungey was in third the whole time, and we were kind of yo-yoing each other back and forth, but I could never really catch him, ” said Tomac. “He rode a strong 20 laps and never made a mistake, so I can never quite get to that 3rd place. ”

Justin Barcia, Trey Canard & Andrew Short jumping

Team Muscle Milk Ford riders Justin Barcia (51) and Trey Canard battled all night over fifth, with Barcia finally getting the spot. Andrew Short (29) completed eighth. Photo By Shan Moore

Justin Barcia’s string of three-straight podiums finished in Seattle with a fifth location finish. The Team Muscle Dairy Honda rider passed Andrew Short early in the race and then spent most of the rest of the main holding away his teammate Trey Canard.

Cole Seely riding

Cole Seely kept his title hopes survive with a main event win in the two hundred fifity class. Photo By Shan Moore

Cole Seely passed Dean Wilson on the very first lap of the main event, and then rode an impressive race to take the earn while a lot of crazy action happened behind him.

With all the win, Seely gained three factors on 250 SX West Local points leader Jason Anderson, but nonetheless sits eight points down within the title chase with just one race remaining on the West schedule.

“I’m just trying to stay alive in the points hunt, ” said Seely. “I’ve been strong and Jason has been solid. I got off to good start after that Dean Wilson made a mistake and am capitalized. We were able to put together 15 solid laps. This is where I need to end up being, so I’m pumped. I’m not really thinking about the points. Whatever happens occurs. It’s been a fun year. ”

Jason Anderson passing rider

Jason Anderson had a crazy race, going off the track on one lap and crashing on another, but the Rockstar Racing Suzuki rider still completed second. Photo By Shan Moore

Jason Anderson ran off the track once, one more time he crashed, and he furthermore went head to head with Monster Energy Pro Circuit’s Justin Hill just before finally settling in for a well-deserved but wild runner-up finish. The particular Rockstar Energy Racing-backed KTM driver just needs to have a steady race within Las Vegas to wrap up his very first Supercross title.

Seattle Notes:

Dean Wilson struggled with the Seattle track, crashing in his heat race and then crashing again in the main event.

Most of the riders agreed that this year’s Seattle course was the best ever, including Eli Tomac. “This was the hardest base I’ve seen at Seattle, ” stated Tomac. “I don’t know what these people did with the dirt, if they saved it or what, but it wasn’t the normal Seattle because the normal Seattle would be crazy rutted and sketchy. ”


Results

450 Class

1 . Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)

2 . James Stewart (Suz)

3. Ryan Dungey (KTM)

4. Eli Tomac (Hon)

5. Justin Barcia (Hon)

6. Trey Canard (Hon)

7. Ken Roczen (KTM)

8. Andrew Short (KTM)

9. Josh Hill (Suz)

10. Mike Alessi (Suz)

Western Local 250SX Class

1 . Cole Seely (Hon)

2 . Jason Anderson (KTM)

3. Justin Hill (Kaw)

4. Dean Wilson (Kaw)

5. Jessy Nelson (Hon)

6. Zach Osborne (Hon)

7. Cooper Webb (Yam)

8. Jake Canada (Hon)

9. Malcolm Stewart (Hon)

10. Shane McElrath (Hon)


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