Millsaps Capitalizes on San Diego Win and Brings Momentum East Bound Into Arlington
Highly Anticipated Eastern Regional 250SX Class Begins at Cowboys Stadium
AURORA, Ill. (February 11, 2013) – With his second win of the 2013 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, at San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium, Rockstar Energy Racing’s Davi Millsaps brings a 19-point lead into Arlington’s Cowboys Stadium this Saturday night. This weekend also kicks off the Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship. This weekend’s race will be broadcast live on SPEED beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. CT.
During last weekend’s 450SX Class Main Event in San Diego, Millsaps jumped out to an early lead with the Nuclear Cowboyz® Holeshot Award, leading Dodge/Sycuan Casino/RCH Racing Suzuki’s Broc Tickle and TwoTwo Motorsports’ Chad Reed through turn one. Millsaps successfully held onto the lead the entire race and extended his points lead.
“What can I say, when you’re able to pull the holeshot and ride 20 clean laps you make life a lot easier on yourself,” commented Millsaps, who has now won multiple races in a season for the second time in his career. “It’s been a great start to the season and everyone is working hard to make this happen. You have to be there every week in order to have a chance to win this thing (the championship), and we’re doing our best to keep it out front.”
Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Justin Barcia followed Millsaps across the line in the runner-up position, while Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey, who earned his first win of the season at the third stop in Anaheim, finished third. Two-time defending 450SX Class Champion Ryan Villopoto struggled in the Main Event and finished sixth overall.
In the Western Regional 250SX Class Main Event, Rockstar Energy Racing’s Jason Anderson won the Nuclear Cowboyz Holeshot Award with Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Martin Davalos and JDR/J-Star KTM’s Malcolm Stewart closely behind. As he made a push for the lead on the opening lap, Davalos lost control of his bike and crashed, falling to the tail end of the field.
Davalos’ misfortune allowed Tomac to move into the second position and set his sights on Anderson in the lead. On Lap 4, Tomac made an inside move on Anderson just before the finish and from there opened a comfortable lead. Behind this battle, Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen moved himself into podium position and it wasn’t long before he was on Anderson’s rear fender for second.
Roczen took over the position from Anderson on Lap 7 and set a pace that helped him close the gap on Tomac’s lead. As the laps wound down, Roczen closed in on Tomac and had a chance to steal the win on the final lap. A final desperation move in the final turn put Roczen alongside Tomac heading to the finish, but he missed out on a third straight victory by mere bike lengths.
The Western Regional 250SX Class Championship will now take a break from competition until April 20 in Seattle.
“This was the best way to go into the break,” said Tomac, who has the most wins in the class. “It was an awesome race out there and a good track. It was a little close in the end, but it was a fun race. This place (Qualcomm Stadium) has been hot and cold for me. I won here in 2011, got a DNF last year, and now won here again. We’ll go into the break with some confidence.”
Following a month-and-a-half of competing in the Western Region, the championship’s Eastern Region debut will also signify its first race inside a true domed stadium. For the first time in 2013, weather will influence the outcome of the race, which should result in a captivating battle for the win. Cowboys Stadium will be the first of seven domes over the next eight races.
Following six weeks of Western Regional 250SX Class action, the rising stars of the Eastern Regional Championship will take center stage in Arlington. Led by last season’s Western Regional Championship runner-up Dean Wilson, none of the riders in the East have ever won a Monster Energy Supercross 250SX Class title, which should make for an exciting battle for the championship.
Wilson is the most decorated rider in the field, having won five career 250SX Class races for his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team. He will lead the way for his teammates Darryn Durham, who won his first career race last season, and rookie Justin Hill. A formidable challenge will come from Rockstar Energy Racing’s Blake Wharton, a two-time 250SX Class winner, and his teammate Nico Izzi. Additionally, the GEICO Honda lineup of Wil Hahn, Justin Bogle, and rookie Zach Bell will also be in the hunt. While none of the riders have tasted victory, they have impressive speed. Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin rounds out the group of contenders and while he is still in search of his first win as well, the success of his teammates this season are sure to have a positive influence.
Roczen holds a 17-point lead over Tomac with three races remaining in the championship.
At last year’s 450SX Class Main Event in Arlington, Villopoto captured his third win of the season, while eventual Eastern Regional 250SX Class Champion Barcia earned his first win of the season.
Since Monster Energy Supercross first debuted at Cowboys Stadium in 2010, an average of 51,500 fans have packed the stadium each year to watch their favorite riders battle for the top spot. 2013 will be the 33rd time the gates will drop for a 450SX Class race in the Dallas/Fort-Worth area. It will also be the 28th time the riders will line up at the starting gate for an Eastern Regional 250SX Class race.
Monster Energy Supercross has a storied history in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with the first-ever supercross race being held in Dallas on March 1, 1975, just a year after the sport’s beginning. From 1983-2008, Texas Stadium hosted 26-consecutive Monster Energy Supercross races and is regarded as one of the sport’s most historical cities having hosted.
Monster Energy Supercross continues next weekend, from Arlington, Texas. The annual stop inside Cowboys Stadium will mark the beginning of the Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship and the seventh race for the 450SX Class. The action begins next Saturday, February 16, at 8:30 p.m. ET. SPEED will provide live coverage of the race at 8:30 p.m. ET.
450SX Class Results: San Diego
1. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki
2. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda
3. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM
4. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki
5. Chad Reed, Australia, Honda
6. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki
7. Justin Brayton, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Yamaha
8. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda
9. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda
10. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Suzuki
450SX Class Points
1. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 132
2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 113
3. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 105
4. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda, 105
5. Chad Reed, Australia, Honda, 97
6. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda, 83
7. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda, 83
8. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki, 74
9. Justin Brayton, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Yamaha, 67
10. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki, 57
Western Regional 250SX Class Results: San Diego
1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda
2. Ken Roczen, Germany, KTM
3. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Suzuki
4. Austin Politelli, Riverside, Calif., Honda
5. Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Yamaha
6. Travis Baker, Romoland, Calif., Yamaha
7. Zach Osborne, Chesterfield, S.C., Honda
8. Tyla Rattray, South Africa, Kawasaki
9. Martin Davalos, Ecuador, Kawasaki
10. Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., Honda
Western Regional 250SX Class Points
1. Ken Roczen, Germany, KTM, 138
2. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda, 121
3. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda, 95
4. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Suzuki, 88
5. Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Yamaha, 83
6. Martin Davalos, Ecuador, Kawasaki, 82
7. Zach Osborne, Chesterfield, S.C., Honda, 82
8. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., KTM, 62
9. Christian Craig, Wildomar, Calif., Honda, 62
10. Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., Honda, 60
Media day is Thursday, February 14 from Noon-2:00 p.m.
In 2008, Reed became the first rider in history to earn four wins in Dallas. Former 450SX Class champion Ricky Johnson is second on the all-time win list in Dallas with three. 250SX Class racing began in Dallas on May 4, 1985 where Suzuki rider Bobby Moore won. Villopoto, Grant Langston and Jeremy McGrath are the only riders to win Dallas twice in the 250SX Class.
Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge by phone at (800) 745-3000, www.supercrossonline.com, or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Cowboys Stadium Box Office opens February 16, 2013. Practice and qualifying begin at 12:30 p.m. and the main event starts at 7:00 p.m. Club Seats tickets are $55 Adult/ $27.50 kid; Lower-Level $50 Adult/ $25 kid; / 200 Level $45 Adult/ $22.50 kid / 300 and Upper Level $40 Adult/ $20 kid. Fans can also get into the Pits for FREE from 12:30-6 p.m. when they recycle a MONSTER Energy Can at the Stadium’s Pit Entrance (valid only with event ticket). Pit passes will be sold in Advance for $10 online or at the stadium Box Office.
2012 450SX Class Results: Arlington
1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki
2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM
3. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki
4. Mike Alessi, Hilliard, Fla., Suzuki
5. Josh Hansen, Elbert, Colo., Kawasaki
6. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha
7. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda
8. Brett Metcalfe, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Suzuki
9. Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., Honda
10. Kyle Chisholm, Valrico, Fla., Kawasaki
2012 Eastern Regional 250SX Class Results: Arlington
1. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda
2. Darryn Dunham, Butler, Pa., Kawasaki
3. Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Ga., KTM
4. Blake Wharton, Beaumont, Texas, Suzuki
5. Phillip Nicoletti, Cochecton, N.Y., Honda
6. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., KTM
7. Jake Canada, Sun City, Calif., Suzuki
8. PJ Larsen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM
9. Cole Thompson, Brigden, Ontario, Honda
10. Lance Vincent, Youngsville, La., KTM
Past Winners in Dallas
February 18, 2012: Ryan Villopoto
April 2, 2011: Trey Canard
March 20, 2010: Ryan Dungey
April 5, 2008: Chad Reed
March 31, 2007: James Stewart
March 22, 2006: Chad Reed
April 2, 2005: James Stewart
April 17, 2004: Chad Reed
April 12, 2003: Chad Reed
April 20, 2002: Ricky Carmichael
April 21, 2001: Ricky Carmichael
April 8, 2000: Kevin Windham
February 27, 1999: Kevin Windham
April 25, 1998: Ezra Lusk
April 26, 1997: Jeff Emig
March 23, 1996: Jeremy McGrath
April 29, 1995: Doug Henry
April 23, 1994: Mike LaRocco
March 28, 1993: Jeremy McGrath
May 30, 1992: Damon Bradshaw
April 27, 1991: Damon Bradshaw
April 7, 1990: Jean-Michael Bayle
April 1, 1989: Jeff Ward
April 16, 1988: Rick Johnson
April 4, 1987: Rick Johnson
April 26, 1986: David Bailey
May 4, 1985: Rick Johnson
April 14, 1984: Johnny O’Mara
April 16, 1983: Mike Bell
March 26, 1977: Bob Hannah
March 19, 1976: Jim Ellis
February 28, 1975: Jim Ellis
March 1, 1975(b): Steve Stackable
February 18, 2012: Justin Barcia
April 2, 2011: Dean Wilson
March 20, 2010: Blake Baggett
April 5, 2008: Ryan Villopoto
March 31, 2007: Ben Townley
March 22, 2006: Ryan Villopoto
April 2, 2005: Grant Langston
April 17, 2004: Ivan Tedesco
April 12, 2003: James Stewart
April 20, 2002: Travis Preston
April 21, 2001: Grant Langston
April 8, 2000: Greg Schnell
February 27, 1999: Nathan Ramsey
April 25, 1998: John Dowd
April 26, 1997: Kevin Windham
March 23, 1996: Mickael Pichon
April 29, 1995: Damon Huffman
April 23, 1994: Jimmy Button
March 28, 1993: Dough Henry
May 30, 1992: Jeremy McGrath
April 27, 1991: Jeremy McGrath
April 7, 1990: Denny Stephenson
April 1, 1989: Mike LaRocco
April 16, 1988: Ty Davis
April 4, 1987: Kyle Lewis
April 26, 1986: Keith Turpin
May 4, 1985: Bobby Moore
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