Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship returns to Salt Lake City’s Rice-Eccles Stadium this Saturday night as JGRMX/Toyota/Yamaha’s Davi Millsaps and Muscle Milk Honda’s Justin Brayton showcase their hotly contested points in the Supercross Class.
Before 52,731 fans at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field last Saturday night, L&MC Racing Honda’s Andrew Short, of Smithville, Texas, reached a milestone in capturing the first Supercross Class win of his career. En route, Short, who led all 20 laps in the Main Event, held off the ultra-competitive field of Supercross Class racers, besting Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto, who crashed in the race’s early stages, and withdrew from the Main Event under his own will.
Once he secured the Nuclear Cowboyz® Holeshot Award, Short raced to the checkered flags.
“It doesn’t feel real,” exclaimed Short, who missed seven races earlier this season to injury. “My team has been through some challenges, but we stuck together. There are so many people who have helped me in 11 years of doing this. I’m getting old. I didn’t believe (I could win) too much until the end and I think that’s been one of my problems in the past. All I wanted to do was be out here and to win is unreal.”
Behind Short, Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Justin Brayton, of Murrieta, Calif., and Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen, of Murrieta, Calif., made up the two and three spots, respectively. Out front, Short and Roczen jockeyed for positions but it was Short that showed his prowess and rode off to victory. However, the runner-up position for Roczen, an Eastern Regional Supercross Lites Class rider, was the best Supercross Class finish of his career and his first Supercross Class race of the season. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer, of Rupert, Idaho, rounded out the podium in third.
During the 2011 Monster Energy Supercross stop in Salt Lake City, Ryan Villopoto of Poulsbo, Wash., took home his sixth and final victory of the season. GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac left with his second Western Regional Supercross Lites Class victory of 2011.
Supercross Class Season Standings
1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 323
2. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha, 222
3. Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 219
4. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 207
5. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki, 191
6. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha, 178
7. Mike Alessi, Hilliard, Fla., Suzuki, 176
8. Brett Metcalfe, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Suzuki, 173
9. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda, 166
10.Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Kawasaki, 146