In a season filled with unpredictable outcomes, TwoTwo Motorsports/Bel-Ray Racing’s Chad Reed, of Tampa, Fla., moved into the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, points lead heading into Cowboys Stadium this Saturday night after finishing second in Toronto last weekend. As Reed moved into the points lead, Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey, the defending Supercross class champion, earned his first win of the season and secured third place in the points standings, eight points behind Reed. While much attention is aid to the hotly contested Supercross class points race, the Eastern Regional Supercross Lites class is providing its share of parity with Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson winning his second race of the season last weekend in Toronto.
Ryan Villopoto, who rides for the Monster Energy Kawasaki team, came into Toronto with the Supercross class points lead. After colliding with Stewart on the first turn and later in the race, and pulling off the track to attend to a matter with the bike, Villopoto finished ninth and now sits in second place, three points behind Reed, a former two-time Supercross class champion.
As the Supercross class main event got underway, Dungey took an early lead on lap one, trailed by Reed and American Honda’s Trey Canard. Dungey held off a pestering Reed for all 20 laps to register his first victory of the season, which marked the seventh Supercross class win of his career.
“It’s been a tough one (this season) and it feels great to pull (a win) off,” said Dungey. “Everyone goes through this at some point because it’s a tough road. I got a great start tonight which was huge. The track was really tough and you had to watch the mistakes.”
Reed followed Dungey through the finish line to lock in his fourth second place finish this season, with Canard rounding out the podium in third.
“That’s the positive from tonight,” said Reed, who claimed the points lead after Villopoto’s misfortune. “I have to just carry on. Ryan (Dungey) road a great race, he was faster in the whoops and turns. It took everything I had to pressure him into making a mistake.
Earlier in the evening, San Manuel Yamaha’s James Stewart posted the fastest lap time of 51.81 seconds in qualifying and won his heat race. As the gates dropped for the main, Stewart once again ran into trouble on the first turn, colliding with several riders, including ex-points leader Villopoto, who he also collided with later in the race. This misfortune left him sitting in seventh place, nearly 20 seconds from the leader.
Unable to move in on Dungey, Stewart finished fourth and has lost significant ground in the points standings where he now sits in fourth place with 216 points.
Last year at the inaugural Monster Energy Supercross race at Cowboys Stadium, Dungey won his fourth Supercross class main event. In the Eastern Regional Supercross Lites Championship, Blake Bagget won the main event, marking the first win of his career.
Monster Energy Supercross has a storied history in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with the first-ever supercross race held in Dallas on March 1, 1975. From 1983-2008, Texas Stadium hosted 26 consecutive Monster Energy Supercross races and is regarded as one of the sport’s most historical cities having hosted.
In 2008 Reed became the first rider in history to earn four wins in Dallas. Former Supercross class champion Ricky Johnson is second on the all-time win list in Dallas with three. Supercross Lites racing began in Dallas on May 4, 1985 where Suzuki rider Bobby Moore won. Villopoto, Grant Langston and Jeremy McGrath are the only riders to win Dallas twice in the Lites class.
Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Honda – 236
Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki – 233
Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki – 228
James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha – 216
Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda – 214
Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM – 159
Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C, Yamaha – 137
Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda - 134
Davi Millsaps, Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha – 128
Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Yamaha – 109
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