Northern California’s motocross faithful packed into the home of the Oakland Raiders (and A’s) on Saturday night to witness round number four of the 2012 AMA Supercross series, and for the second year in a row, Red Bull’s James Stewart took home the NorCal win in impressive fashion.
Having lost his practice mechanic, Mark “Tex” Adams, earlier in the week to a tragic traffic accident, Stewart no doubt rode an inspired main event and later dedicated the win to his fallen friend. The victory was James’ first of the year and gives him a much-needed boost in confidence as the series heads back to Anaheim for round number five next weekend.
In the Lites class, Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin rebounded huge after a mediocre start to kick off the Oakland main event, eventually bobbing and weaving his factory 250 SX-F to an impressive second-place finish.
Read on for the Oaktown play-by-play…
Supercross Qualifying Heats
- Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey (pictured above) stormed out to the early lead to get things crackin’ in Supercross-class Heat #1.
- Looking smooth and confident out front, Dungey led wire-to-wire to finish the heat three seconds ahead of Kevin Windham in second, with last week’s winner, Chad Reed, close behind in third.
- When the gate dropped for Supercross Heat #2, James Stewart got a great jump to enter turn one with a momentary lead, but after nearly washing out his front end midway through the corner, JS7 dropped to fifth.
- Quickly regrouping, Stewart worked his way toward the front by lap five, eventually putting a move on Andrew Short to take over the lead.
- Under pressure from Ryan Villopoto at the finish, JS7 held strong to take the heat win -- his fourth of the series.
Supercross Main Event
- After a great jump out of the gate, Stewart circulated lap number one of the main in the fifth spot, but made his way into second by the beginning of lap three.
- Dungey got pinched off hard as the pack funneled into turn one, and he found himself uncharacteristically near the back of the pack early on.
- With Villopoto close in tow, JS7 patiently stalked early leader Reed until lap 10, and then made a pass for the lead just after the halfway point.
- Meanwhile, Dungey had impressively charged his way from 17th to fifth by lap 10, and had his sights set on Short in fourth.
- By lap 15, JS7 had opened up a four-second lead over Reed but still had plenty of lapped riders to contend with ahead.
- After successfully navigating his way through the slower traffic, Stewart maintained his buffer on Reed and rode a conservative final lap en route to his first win of the series.
- During his podium speech, JS7 proudly dedicated his win to his late mechanic, Tex.
- Despite getting off to a rocky start, Dungey rebounded strong to finish the main in a hard-fought fourth.
- Heading into round five in Anaheim next weekend, Dungey is now tied with Reed for the points lead, with Stewart just 12 points back in the fourth spot.
1. James Stewart
2. Chad Reed
3. Ryan Villopoto
4. Ryan Dungey
5. Andrew Short
6. Kevin Windham
7. Davi Millsaps
8. Jake Weimer
9. Justin Brayton
10. Josh Hansen
Supercross Lites Qualifying Heats
- After a delay in the action due to a fallen rider (Tyla Rattray) in Lites Heat #1, the gate dropped for the second Lites qualifier of the night and TLD/Honda/Red Bull’s Cole Seely jumped out to a second-place start.
- Behind Seely, Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin (pictured below) rounded lap number one in the seventh spot and immediately went to work on the riders up front.
- On lap two, Seely grabbed the lead and quickly began opening up a gap over second.
- When the checkers flew, Seely took the win ahead of Eli Tomac and Musquin crossed the line comfortably in fourth.
- TLD/Honda/Red Bull’s Travis Baker finished the heat in ninth to take the final transfer spot into the main.
Supercross Lites Main Event
- While running fourth during the early stages of the Lites main event, Seely went down hard in a corner, dropping to the back of the pack.
- After a subpar jump out of the gate, Musquin worked his way inside the top ten by lap four but had his work cut out for him to catch the lead pack.
- By the halfway point, Musquin had worked his way into sixth and had the second through fifth-place riders well within reach.
- With just two laps to go, Musquin miraculously muscled his way into the second spot after weaving his way through traffic.
- With eventual winner Eli Tomac too far out front, Musquin celebrated a hard-fought second-place effort on the podium.
- Baker finished the main with a solid sixth-place finish (his best of the series), and teammate Seely crossed the line in a respectable 11th after crashing early on.
Supercross Lites Results
1. Eli Tomac
2. Marvin Musquin
3. Zach Osborne
4. Ryan Sipes
5. Matt Moss
6. Travis Baker
7. Nico Izzi
8. Max Anstie
9. Martin Davalos
10. Dean Wilson
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