2011 Las Vegas AMA Supercross Results

2011 AMA / FIM World Championship Supercross series round 17, Las Vegas, Nevada race results/recap:

Ryan Villopoto 2011 AMA Supercross Champion Ryan Villopoto 2011 AMA Supercross Champion!
Volcom is stoked to congratulate Ryan Villopoto for his first ever Supercross Championship after a third place finish in last night’s final event of the series in Las Vegas. Ryan worked hard all season, winning 6 of the 17 events while leading the points race the majority of the time. Volcomgratulations Ryan, we can’t wait for outdoors!


Dungey 2nd at Las Vegas SX Finale Dungey 2nd at Las Vegas SX Finale
Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey raced to second place in Saturday night’s AMA/ FIM World Supercross final round, but lost his bid to defend the title.

The 2010 Champion trailed series leader Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki) by 12 points and second-placed Chad Reed (Honda) by three points coming into the 17th and final round at Sam Boyd Stadium, and despite clawing back from sixth at the start of the 20-lap Main Event to finish in Reed’s wheeltracks, the 22-point haul wasn’t enough.

Reed won the race ahead of Dungey and Villopoto – who lifted his first Supercross title with 338 points. Reed finished second on 334 and Dungey was third overall on 328 points.

Dungey and his RM-Z450 showed their strength all day, starting with scoring the third fastest lap in the afternoon timed practices. The reigning Champion grabbed a second-place in his heat race, which resulted in the third best gate pick for the Main Event in front of more than 39,500 fans.

In the Main, Dungey blasted out of the gate to a solid start and into the front group. The Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider was able to work his way into third by lap six and kept pushing hard to eventually pass for second on lap 12. From there, Dungey had the capacity crowd on its feet as he and the frontrunner battled for the remaining eight laps. He pushed hard on his Suzuki, catching the leader, but unfortunately was unable to make the pass and crossed the line in second.

Dungey and his RM-Z450 showed their strength all day“It was a good weekend,” said Dungey. “We got off to a good start with solid practices and I was able to get a second in my heat race, which gave me a good gate pick. I didn’t get such a great start in the Main, which is something I need to work on, but I was able to get up into second and got close to Chad Reed, right up to his wheel, but I wasn’t able to get around him.

“A big thanks to my Rockstar Makita Suzuki team and my family. Without them and my great bike, I wouldn’t be able to be out here doing what I do. They are incredible. It was a long, tough season and I think we can learn a lot from it and apply it to the future and move forward and leave the past behind. The outdoor series is right around the corner and these next few weeks will be crucial to get ready and be in the best position to start the season.”

The Rockstar Makita Suzuki team’s next event is the first round of the 2011 AMA Pro Motocross Championship on Saturday, May 21st at Hangtown in Sacramento, California.

Villopoto secures title with smart ridingVillopoto Secures Title with Smart Riding
Ryan Villopoto showed off some intelligent riding to secure the 2011 AMA Supercross championship in Las Vegas this weekend.

This was one of the most thrilling seasons in memory, and nothing was decided going into the race. Villopoto held a slight lead over Chad Reed and Ryan Dungey, but still needed to place fifth or better to secure his win.

At the outset, none of the three riders were out in front, with Kevin Windham and James Stewart shooting out to the front of the pack. Stewart grabbed the lead but crashed after a tricky section, and Windham couldn’t get out of the way in time, causing him to go down as well. That allowed Villopoto to take the lead.

Ryan Villopoto showed off some intelligent riding to secure the 2011 AMA Supercross championship in Las Vegas this weekend.Reed soon challenged the points leader, and this is where Villopoto played things wisely – he simply let Reed pass. Not wishing to possibly tangle as Stewart and Windham just had, the Kawasaki rider also let Dungey pass him a bit later. No other riders mounted serious challenges, and that’s how the race finished – Reed first, Dungey second and Villopoto in third.

That meant that although both Reed and Dungey closed the gap on Villopoto, it wasn’t enough to usurp his points lead. The Kawasaki rider ended up coming out on top for the season by a mere four points over Reed, with defending champion Dungey in third overall six points back.

Simmonds Earns Career Best Supercross Finish Simmonds Earns Career Best Supercross Finish
JDR/J-Star/KTM rider Tye Simmonds earned his career best finish at the final round of the AMA Supercross Series held at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, NV when he crossed the checkered flag in 10th overall.

Simmonds had a great heat race starting inside the top four. He rode a smooth race only losing two positions and qualified 6th into the main event.

In the main event, Simmonds earned another great start almost nailing the holeshot. “I got a great jump and nearly pulled the holeshot but I went a little too wide at the end and ended up about 4th through the first corner,” stated Simmonds.

Simmonds fell back to about eighth at the end of the first lap and then slipped to 11th on the second lap. He rode a strong and consistent race and stayed around the top ten throughout the entire twenty lap main. “I wasn’t sure how many laps were left so I just kept pushing as hard as I could. I didn’t even know I was in 10th at the end of the race, I was so happy to find out when I crossed the finish line.”

Simmonds went on to finish 10th overall and put in his season best finish at the final round of the series. “Starts were the key to my results today. I was able to get great starts in my heat and the main and that helped me finish up where I belong,” remarked Simmonds.

The JDR/J-Star/KTM Team will spend the next two weeks preparing for the Outdoor Motocross Series which will begin May 21, 2011 at Hangtown Raceway.

Stewart Ends 2011 AMA SX Series in 4th Stewart Ends 2011 AMA SX Series in 4th
San Manuel Yamaha’s James Stewart has finished the 2011 AMA SX series – also an FIM World Championship – in 4th position after suffering a crash and DNF at the seventeenth and final round of the competition in Las Vegas last Saturday. Stewart did not break into the podium positions for the title after an exciting and unpredictable campaign but he did capture five victories and was the first of four YZ450Fs in the top ten of the season standings.

39, 506 spectators filled the Sam Boyd stadium for a tense climax to a schedule that has been relentless since the second week of January. Stewart started well and moved from third position into the lead where he stayed for three laps until a mistake through the whoops section caused him to fall and ended his evening. 2011 has seen ‘JS7’ experiencing the highs and lows of the racing spectrum and now the Floridian will make a late decision on whether to enter the AMA MX Nationals, due to start in two weeks at Hangtown.

“We didn’t end the season like we thought we would,’ he said afterwards. “I got a good start but struggled through the whoops. I dropped the front end. I have been crashing a lot in the whoops lately and I’m not really sure what is going on. We will keep trying to get better. We have some other things going on now that I am excited about. It’s a bummer year but what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. I appreciate all the support I’ve had this year and we’ll step it up.”

Austin Stroupe was the best Yamaha runner in Las Vegas with 6th position and finished one second ahead of Nick Wey while Kyle Regal was 9th.

In the 2011 points table JGR’s Davi Millsaps managed 8th in his first season on the YZ450F. His team-mate Justin Brayton took 9th while Wey made sure of 10th on his VMS Rockstar Yamaha. Ryan Sipes used his YZ250F to confirm 3rd overall in the AMA Supercross Lites East category.

Roczen Shines in Las Vegas Roczen Shines in Las Vegas
Red Bull/KTM rider Ken Roczen won his first race on the KTM 250 SX-F at the final round of the West Lites AMA Supercross Series in Las Vegas, NV.

The final round of the series had riders from both coasts compete in a final race for their respective series championships before taking the top 20 riders and placing them into a ten lap East/West Lites Supercross Shootout.

In the West Lites fifteen lap main event, Roczen nailed the holeshot on his KTM and pulled out to an early lead. Roczen led the first three laps before washing out in a turn before the finish line jump. Roczen recovered quickly and was able to move into 2nd place behind Cole Seely. He then closed the gap on Seely the next few laps and moved closer to retaking the number one position. Soon Seely suffered a crash and allowed Roczen to regain the lead. Once back out front Roczen began to pull away from the rest of the riders and stretched his lead.

Roczen went on to take his first career Supercross Lites win 12 seconds ahead of 2nd place rider Broc Tickle. “It feels so good to take the holeshot and the win in Las Vegas. I have always dreamed of racing in Vegas and to see the happiness on my teams face makes this the greatest win of my career,” remarked Roczen.

After only a short break Roczen was back in action and lining up for the ten lap shootout. Roczen had another decent start within the top six. He remained close to the lead riders and crossed the line the first lap in 5th. By the fourth lap he had climbed up to 4th and on lap six he passed Martin Davalos to move into 3rd. Roczen spent the next few laps all over the 2nd place ride of Cole Seely but was unable to make the pass at the end of ten laps. Roczen finished 3rd overall for the night putting his KTM on the podium for a second time.

Finishing well in Vegas was Red Bull/KTM Team rider Andrew ShortAlso finishing well in Vegas was Red Bull/KTM Team rider Andrew Short. After getting a flat tire in his heat race Short had to get in the main event through the LCQ. Short easily won the LCQ and headed toward the main event where he lined up with his teammate, Mike Alessi, who qualified 5th into the main from his heat.

At the start of the Supercross main event, it was Alessi with the holeshot on his KTM 350 SX-F. Alessi remained inside the top five until a crash a few laps into the race sent him over the bars. Alessi tweaked his knee slightly and hit his head and decided to return to the pits to recover and was unable to finish the race.

Tickle takes down Tomac for West title Tickle Takes Down Tomac for West Title
There were plenty of riders on the track for the Lites West final in Las Vegas, but there might as well have only been two. That’s because with just two points separating them in the overall standings, the race was ultimately a duel between Kawasaki’s Broc Tickle and Honda’s Eli Tomac.

The two riders were never at the front of the pack, but it’s safe to say that all eyes were on them as they each tried to outdo the other. Since three points separates each position, no matter where the riders finished in the race, the championship would go to whoever was closer to the front.

For much of the race, it looked like the title might be Tomac’s for the taking. The Honda rider had less points than Tickle in the standings but looked like the better rider for much of the day. Trouble arose for Tomac, however, when he attempted to get around Kyle Cunningham in order to take second place in the competition.

That move caused Tomac to give up some ground and allow Tickle to slip by both riders. Tomac was never able to mount a serious charge after that and finished fourth overall, handing Tickle the championship. Ken Roczen won the actual race. Meanwhile, Josh Hansen ended up finishing third overall in the point standings despite a disappointing tenth-place finish.

Barcia able to hold on for Lites East championship Barcia Able to Hold on for Lites East Championship
Going into the AMA Lites East final in Las Vegas, there wasn’t much question who would be walking away with the championship. Justin Barcia held a big lead over second-place Dean Wilson, but Barcia nearly created a fatal error for himself on the track.

Barcia needed only five points to secure the title, which essentially meant he just needed to finish the race without crashing. Of course, Barcia is a born competitor and he went out to the track with something to prove, grabbing the holeshot and looking to show the Las Vegas crowd that there was no doubt who was the best in the class.

The Honda rider had a scary moment on lap four when he crashed and went down. Fortunately, he was not seriously injured and would be able to continue the race, as if he had been forced to leave the track it could have meant someone else walking off with the title.

As it was, both Blake Baggett and Ryan Sipes passed Barcia, and the Honda rider dialed it back a bit from there on out, ultimately finishing third in the race. Wilson was right behind him in fourth, which was enough to secure his second place overall in the points standings. Sipes’ finish was good enough for second on the day and third overall.

Supercross Class Results
1. Chad Reed
2. Ryan Dungey
3. Ryan Villopoto
4. Chris Blose
5. Andrew Short
6. Jake Weimer
7. Austin Stroupe
8. Nick Wey
9. Kyle Regal
10. Tye Simmonds
11. Tyler Bowers
12. Weston Peick
13. David D Millsaps
14. Michael Byrne
15. James Stewart
16. Kevin Windham
17. Thomas Hahn
18. Mike Alessi
19. Justin Brayton
20. Robert Kiniry

Supercross Class Lites West Results (15 Laps)
1. Ken Roczen
2. Broc Tickl
3. Kyle Cunningha
4. Eli Toma
5. Cole Seel
6. Tyla Rattra
7. Ryan Morai
8. Travis Bake
9. Martin Davalo
10. Joshua Hanse
11. Bruce Rutherfor
12 Nick Paluzz
13. Jake Canad
14. Ben Evan
15. Casey Hinso
16. Dakota Tedde
17. Landen Powel
18. Tommy Weec
19. Gared Steink
20. Topher Ingalls

Supercross Class Lites East Results (15 Laps)
1. Blake Baggett
2. Ryan Sipes
3. Justin Barcia
4. Dean Wilson
5. Malcolm Stewart
6. Matthew Lemoine
7. Lance Vincent
8. Hunter Hewitt
9. Les Smith
10. Justin Sipes
11. Christopher Gosselaar
12. Taylor Futrell
13. Levi Kilbarger
14. Tyler Bright
15. A Catanzaro
16. Johnny Moore
17. Killy Rusk
18. Ricky Renner
19. Bradley Ripple
20. Gannon Audette

Supercross Class Lites East Coast/West Coast Shootout Results (10 laps)
1. Ryan Sipes
2. Cole Seely
3. Ken Roczen
4. Dean Wilson
5. Martin Davalos
6. Eli Tomac
7. Kyle Cunningham
8. Lance Vincent
9. Travis Baker
10. Broc Tickle
11. Tyla Rattray
12. Blake Baggett
13. Nick Paluzzi
14. Matthew Lemoine
15. Ryan Morais
16. Justin Barcia
17. Les Smith
18. Malcolm Stewart
19. Jake Canada
20. Hunter Hewitt

Supercross Class Point Standings
1. Ryan Villopoto 338
2. Chad Reed 334
3. Ryan Dungey 328
4. James Stewart 301
5. Trey Canard 255
6. Andrew Short 230
7. Kevin Windham 207
8. David D Millsaps 180
9. Justin Brayton 155
10. Nicholas Wey 152
11. Ivan Tedesco 134
12. Mike Alessi 117
13. Chris Blose 112
14. Brett Metcalfe 107
15. Kyle Regal 107
16. Michael Byrne 74
17. Thomas Hahn 70
18. Austin Stroupe 69
19. Fabien Izoird 63
20. Weston Peick 54

Overall Supercross Lites West Class Point Standings
1. Broc Tickle 187
2. Eli Tomac 181
3. Josh Hansen 162
4. Cole Seely 147
5. Ryan Morais 138
6. Tyla Rattray 130
7. Ken Roczen 126
8. Kyle Cunningham 125
9. Martin Davalos 109
10. Ben Evans 75
11. Travis Baker 74
12. James Decotis 67
13. Nick Paluzzi 63
14. Bruce Rutherford 54
15. Antonio Balbi 50
16. Ryan Marmont 48
17. Jake Canada 46
18. Casey Hinson 32
19. Tommy Weeck 27
20. Gared Steinke 23

Overall Supercross Lites East Class Point Standings
1. Broc Tickle 187
2. Eli Tomac 181
3. Joshua Hansen 162
4. Cole Seely 147
5. Ryan Morais 138
6. Ken Roczen 130
7. Tyla Rattray 126
8. Kyle Cunningham 125
9. Martin Davalos 109
10. Ben Evans 75
11. Travis Baker 74
12. James Decotis 67
13. Nick Paluzzi 63
14. Bruce Rutherford 54
15. Antonio Balbi 50
16. Ryan Marmont 48
17. Jake Canada 46
18. Casey Hinson 32
19. Tommy Weeck 27
20. Gared Steinke 23

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