Round five of the 2012 AMA Supercross Series was greeted by perfect weather and a challenging track inside Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California on Saturday night, and the capacity crowd was treated to some of the best racing of the year as James Stewart triumphed through adversity to finish in a gutsy second-place aboard his JGRMX Yamaha.
A bit beat up after a gnarly heat race crash, Stewart was stoked to walk away from Anaheim with second-place points, and looks forward to going after win number two for the season next weekend in San Diego.
In the Lites class, TLD/Honda/Red Bull’s Cole Seely and Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin finished on the podium in second and third, respectively, as they continue to battle it out for the Lites West Championship.
Supercross Qualifying Heats
- When the gate dropped for the first Supercross-class heat of the night, Stewart got taken wide in turn one but blasted into the lead in the following rhythm section.
- Behind Stewart, Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey moved into second on lap number two, and had Chad Reed close behind in third.
- On lap four, while building a massive lead over the rest of the field, Stewart went down hard in the same rhythm section that he used to pass for the lead early on, and was unable to rejoin the race.
- Inheriting the lead, Dungey and Reed engaged in a tight battle during the final four laps of the heat, but it was Dungey who held tough to take the win.
- With his perfect heat race streak now broken (4 of 4 heading into A2), JS7 lined up in the gate for the Supercross-class LCQ despite being banged up from his earlier crash, and immediately took the lead on lap one.
- Though riding a conservative pace, Stewart led all six laps en route to the LCQ win.
Supercross Main Event
- After a solid start from the outside, Stewart rounded lap number one in fourth place.
- Behind Stewart, Dungey sat in sixth early on.
- Toward the end of lap eight, Stewart passed Reed to take over second but had his work cut out for him to catch Villopoto, who had established a five-second lead up front.
- In the end, Villopoto’s gap proved too much to overcome as JS7 settled in for a second-place finish for the night.
- Though bummed to not back up his Oakland win with a second-straight in Anaheim, Stewart’s second-place finish was still plenty to be proud of after his hard get-off earlier in the evening.
- Dungey fought his way into fourth by the midway point but was unable to make up enough ground on Reed in third to challenge for the podium.
- The series now moves to San Diego next weekend for round number six, and the championship points chase is still completely up for grabs with the top four riders separated by a mere 13 points (Dungey 3rd with 103, and Stewart 4th with 95).
1. Ryan Villopoto
2. James Stewart
3. Chad Reed
4. Ryan Dungey
5. Justin Brayton
6. Kevin Windham
7. Davi Millsaps
8. Mike Alessi
9. Brett Metcalfe
10. Broc Tickle
Supercross Lites Qualifying Heats
- TLD/Honda/Red Bull’s Travis Baker lined up for Lites Heat #1 looking to do some damage, but unfortunately got slammed from the side heading into turn one and went down.
- Starting from dead last place, Baker was able to work all the way up to tenth but narrowly missed a direct transfer spot by a single position.
- Marvin Musquin grabbed the early lead in Lites Heat #2, with series points leader Eli Tomac close in-tow.
- Behind the leaders Cole Seely moved into fourth early on and immediately began a charge toward the third-place rider, Nico Izzi.
- On lap four, Musquin dropped to second after Tomac jumped past in a tricky rhythm section, but Musquin held the position through the final two laps to safely qualify for the main event.
- On the final lap, Seely put a textbook move on Izzi to finish the heat in third.
- In the Lites LCQ, Baker grabbed the holeshot to lead momentarily but got pushed back to third in turn two.
- With just the top-two riders advancing to the main event, Baker wasted little time and regained the lead on lap two, eventually taking the win.
Supercross Lites Main Event
- With the Anaheim fans on their feet, the gate dropped for the Lites main event, and Seely grabbed the early lead.
- Behind Seely, Tomac sat in second and Musquin jockeyed his way into third.
- Midway through lap four while beginning to stretch his lead, Seely pushed just a bit too hard and spun out in a high-speed right-hand sweeper.
- Fortunately, Seely was able to keep his bike running and remounted in the second spot behind Tomac.
- The running order up front remained the same for the next 11 laps as Tomac captured his third-straight win and Seely and Musquin rounded out the podium in second and third, respectively.
- After starting outside of the top-ten, Baker was putting in a solid effort as he began reeling in the top-five but unfortunately a mid-race mistake pushed him back to ninth at the checkers.
Supercross Lites Results
1. Eli Tomac
2. Cole Seely
3. Marvin Musquin
4. Dean Wilson
5. Nico Izzi
6. Michael Leib
7. Matt Moss
8. Vince Friese
9. Travis Baker
10. Martin Davalos
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