Los Angeles, California’s famed Dodger Stadium hosted its first-ever motorsports event, the third stop of the 2011 AMA Supercross Series, on Saturday night, and Red Bull’s Cole Seely broke the place in with style by capturing his first-ever Supercross Lites victory!
In the premier class, Red Bull’s James Stewart (pictured above) helped give the Los Angeles crowd a show, as well, finishing a close second behind eventual winner Ryan Villopoto after a crash at the midway point robbed him of his second-straight trip to victory lane.
The mixed crowd of Supercross diehards and L.A. socialites enjoyed a spectacular night of racing in the City of Angels, and it went a little something like this…
SUPERCROSS QUALIFYING HEATS
- Red Bull KTM’s Mike Alessi battled to an eighth-place finish in Supercross Heat #1 to transfer directly to the main event.
- Last week’s winner, James Stewart, came into turn number one a bit too hot to kick off Heat #2, eventually pushing wide and off the track.
- After rejoining the race in dead last, JS7 went to work on the field, piloting his Red Bull-backed Yamaha up to the fourth spot.
- In his best qualifying effort of the 2011 season, Kyle Regal piloted his San Manuel/Red Bull Yamaha to an impressive fifth-place finish in Heat #2.
- Andrew Short (pictured below) put in a consistent seventh-place ride aboard his Red Bull KTM to secure a spot in the main.
SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT
- When the gates dropped for, Stewart got pinched off down the start straight but snuck his way to the inside to salvage a top-five start.
- Looking smooth and confident, James moved his way into the lead just before the start of lap four.
- With ten laps in the books, Stewart looked good out front, but pushed his front end in the middle of a tight right-hand corner, handing the lead over to Villopoto.
- After remounting in the fourth spot, James battled his way back to second by lap 17.
- On the final lap, Stewart moved to within a second of the leader, but unfortunately ran out of time and had to settle for the runner-up spot.
- James sits just five points back as the series rolls North to Oakland, California next weekend.
- Short battled to another solid top-ten finish.
1. Ryan Villopoto
2. James Stewart
3. Ryan Dungey
4. Trey Canard
5. Justin Brayton
6. Kevin Windham
7. Chad Reed
8. Brett Metcalfe
9. Andrew Short
10. Kyle Chisholm
SUPERCROSS LITES QUALIFYING HEATS
- Red Bull-backed TLD/Honda’s Cole Seely (pictured above) rode a consistent race behind series points leader Josh Hansen to take the runner-up spot in Lites Heat #1.
- German sensation Ken Roczen nabbed the holeshot to start Lites Heat Race #2, putting his Red Bull KTM out front early.
- A few mistakes dropped Roczen back to the third spot, but a late charge propelled him back up to second by the wave of the checkers.
SUPERCROSS LITES MAIN EVENT
- Roczen kicked off the Lites main event by crossing the holeshot stripe first, with Seely breathing down his neck.
- Seely wasted no time and jumped into the lead early on, and he never looked back, leading all 15 laps of the main.
- Seely’s win not only marks the first race win inside Dodger Stadium, it marks the first Supercross victory of his career.
- Though tangling with another rider on lap three, Roczen (pictured below) rebounded to finish a strong sixth place by night’s end.
- With the series rolling to Oakland, California next weekend for round number four, Seely now sits third in the championship points standings.
SUPERCROSS LITES RESULTS
1. Cole Seely
2. Eli Tomac
3. Ryan Morais
4. Broc Tickle
5. Josh Hansen
6. Ken Roczen
7. Ryan Marmont
8. Jimmy Decotis
9. Nick Paluzzi
10. Kyle Cunningham
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