Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana hosted round 11 of the 2012 AMA Supercross Series on St. Patrick’s Day evening, and the Indy fans came out in droves as nearly 60,000 people piled into the massive dome to take in the action.
Excited to be in Indy after a convincing win in Daytona the week prior, James Stewart looked great aboard his JGRMX Yamaha during the day’s practice sessions, but was unfortunately forced to retire from the event early after a gnarly heat race crash claimed him.
When the gate dropped for the first Supercross-class heat of the night, James jumped out to a solid top-five start, but after spinning his rear wheel off the face of a jump heading into the tracks’ first rhythm section, he unfortunately went down hard.
During the crash, James got smacked in the head by another rider’s rear wheel, and after lying on the stadium floor for several laps, was eventually taken off the track aboard the Asterisk medical Mule. After being closely examined by the Asterisk doctors back in the pits, it was later determined that James had suffered a concussion, and he and his crew made the wise decision to call it a night.
In the Lites class, Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen looked to have his first win of the series on lockdown as he led the majority of the first half of the main event, but unfortunately the “Luck of the Irish” was shining down on the likeable German, as a split second of misfortune cost him the win.
Read on for the play-by-play from Indy…
Supercross Qualifying Heats
- During Stewart’s heat-race crash, his leg got caught under his bike and while lying pinned on the Indy soil, the rear wheel of another rider’s machine tagged his head.
- After being examined back in the pits by the Asterisk medical staff, it was later decided that Stewart would have to sit out of the LCQ due to concussion-like symptoms.
- James will visit with his doctors back in Florida for further observation, but is hopeful he’ll return to action next weekend in Toronto.
- Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin got started just inside the top-ten in SX Heat #1 and finished sixth to safely qualify for the main event.
Supercross Main Event
- The lone Red Bull rider in the Indy Supercross-class main event (Ryan Dungey is still recovering from collarbone surgery), Musquin got out to a great start and rounded turn one in the third spot.
- The Indianapolis track proved to be a tough one for Musquin, but after battling tooth and nail for the entire 20-lap main, the determined Frenchman held tough to finish the night in seventh place.
1. Ryan Villopoto
2. Justin Brayton
3. Davi Millsaps
4. Brett Metcalfe
5. Cole Seely
6. Mike Alessi
7. Marvin Musquin
8. Broc Tickle
9. Weston Peick
10. Nico Izzi
Supercross Lites Qualifying Heats
- After a competitive day of practice inside Lucas Oil Stadium, the gate finally dropped for the first Lites heat race of the night, and Ken Roczen jumped out to a top-five start.
- With just six laps to work his magic, Roczen moved into the second spot midway through the heat and then made a pass on early leader Darryn Durham with just one lap to go.
- Durham retaliated quickly and Roczen ran out of time to strike back as they crossed the line just a single bike length apart.
Supercross Lites Main Event
- Roczen grabbed the holeshot in the Lites main event but was immediately passed by Blake Bagget for the lead.
- After following Bagget around the first lap and a half, Roczen made a move for the lead and immediately began inching away from the pack.
- On lap five, the race was red flagged due to a fallen Kyle Cunningham, and the riders were lined up for a staggered restart in the order they were running when the race was stopped.
- After jumping out to resume the lead upon the restart, Roczen looked smooth and in control out front but unfortunately went down just a lap later after washing out his front end on the face of a slick jump section.
- With bent bars and levers, Roczen was forced into the mechanics area twice and eventually finished the main in 16th place.
- “I don’t know what to say… I had this one tonight,” Roczen said after the race. “It was just bad luck. We all lost our rhythm a little bit after the restart, and I unfortunately couldn’t hold it together. It was just bad luck.”
Supercross Lites Results
1. Blake Wharton
2. Darryn Durham
3. Justin Barcia
4. Blake Baggett
5. Jake Canada
6. Justin Bogle
7. Matt Lemoine
8. Tyler Bowers
9. Les Smith
10. Shawn Rife
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