After 16 grueling rounds, the AMA Supercross Series made its annual stop at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas for the season finale, and Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey closed out his 2012 SX campaign with another big victory.
Dungey has been on a tear since coming back from an injured collarbone that forced him to the sidelines for five races. In Vegas, he scored his second win in a row (and fourth of the series) and finished third overall in the championship standings -- the best-ever Supercross-class series finish for Red Bull KTM.
Meanwhile, in the LItes East main event, Red Bull KTM's Ken Roczen piloted his 250 SX-F to second place. In the ensuring Dave Coombs Sr. Lites East/West Shootout, a 10-lap showdown between the best of both coasts, Roczen managed an impressive fourth-place finish, with teammate Marvin Musquin from the Lites West series finishing close behind in fifth.
Here's how the rest of the action went down:
Supercross Qualifying Heats
- In the first heat, Davi Millsaps led from start to finish to land the first qualifying spot for the main event.
- In the second heat, Ryan Dungey came out with a solid top-five start.
- Before the end of the first lap, Dungey had moved his way into fourth, behind Justin Brayton, Nico Izzi, and Mike Alessi.
- At the end of the fourth lap, Dungey put a pass on Alessi for third and began reeling in Izzi.
- Two laps later, Dungey blew by Izzi but still had a four-second gap to Brayton in the lead.
- At the checkers, Dungey was able to chop that gap to 2.5 seconds to qualify second for the main event.
Supercross Main Event
- Dungey got a great jump off the line and found himself drag racing nearly bar-to-bar with Alessi down the start straight.
- Wanting nothing to do with runner-up honors, Dungey wasted little time in passing Alessi for the lead just after the first turn.
- After only three laps, Dungey had opened up a four-second lead and continued dropping quick, consistent lap times out front.
- By the halfway point, Dungey’s lead had increased to 14 seconds.
- With a comfortable lead, Dungey went into cruise control for the second half of the race, and still he managed to take the checkers nearly 10 seconds ahead of Davi Millsaps in second.
- Despite missing five races due to injury, Dungey’s efforts at the final three rounds -- including back-to-back wins in Salt Lake City and Vegas -- propelled him into third-place overall in the championship standings.
1. Ryan Dungey
2. Davi Millsaps
3. Justin Brayton
4. Jake Weimer
5. Josh Grant
6. Nico Izzi
7. Mike Alessi
8. Westin Peick
9. Andrew Short
10. Nick Wey
Supercross Lites East Main Event
- With only the top 20 riders from each coast receiving the invite to compete in the Vegas finale, the usual qualifying heat races were replaced with lap-time results from the final timed qualifying sessions of the day.
- Ken Roczen received the first gate pick after qualifying with the quickest lap time during the Lites East timed sessions.
- With the top 20 from the Lites East locked and loaded, the gates dropped. As the field rocketed into the stadium from the perimeter start, Justin Barcia muscled his way into the front spot with Roczen close in tow.
- On lap 10, Roczen capitalized on a Barcia mistake and was able to close to within a second.
- As the remaining five laps unfolded, Roczen continued stalking Barcia out front but was unable to get within striking distance to make a pass for the lead.
- Finishing second, Roczen (pictured below), as well as the other riders filling in the top nine from the Lites East main event, transferred directly to the Lites East/West Shootout.
Supercross Lites East Results
1. Justin Barcia
2. Ken Roczen
3. Blake Baggett
4. Malcolm Stewart
5. Blake Wharton
6. Kyle Cunningham
7. Hunter Hewitt
8. Jake Canada
9. Matt Lemoine
10. Kyle Peters
Supercross Lites West Main Event
- When the gate dropped for the Lites West main event, newly crowned champion Eli Tomac grabbed the holeshot with Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin working into fourth early on.
- On lap six, Musquin got tangled with Suzuki’s Jason Anderson while working his way toward the leaders and unfortunately fell back to sixth.
- Despite a valiant effort to reel the top five back in, Musquin took the checkers in a somewhat disappointing sixth-place position, but still safely qualified for the Shootout.
Supercross Lites West Results
1. Eli Tomac
2. Dean Wilson
3. Wil Hahn
4. Martin Davalos
5. Jason Anderson
6. Marvin Musquin
7. Matt Moss
8. Ryan Sipes
9. Scott Champion
10. Landon Powell
Supercross Lites East/West Shootout
- When the top 10 riders from each coast rocketed down the enormously long Vegas start-straight, Roczen and Musquin (pictured above) filed into place just outside the top-five.
- On lap four, Roczen began pushing hard from fourth, reeling in the top-three quickly.
- With the Geico Hondas of Barcia and Tomac setting the pace out front, Roczen and Musquin pushed each other from the fourth and fifth spots, respectively, but were unable to catch the lead trio in what proved to be a tight ten-lap sprint race.
- Mistake-free rides out of the frontrunners allowed little room for advancement for Roczen and Musquin, but both were pleased to wrap their 2012 campaigns with solid top-five efforts.
Supercross Lites East/West Shootout Results
1. Justin Barcia
2. Eli Tomac
3. Martin Davalos
4. Ken Roczen
5. Marvin Musquin
6. Wil Hahn
7. Ryan Sipes
8. Malcolm Stewart
9. Blake Wharton
10. Matt Moss
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