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Dodger Stadium Monster Energy Supercross 2012- Dirt Illustrated

Chad Reed Takes Dodger Stadium Monster Energy Supercross 2012

Supercross: As the Monster Energy Supercross circus moved into the fabled L.A. Dodgers home turf of Dodger stadium, the usual cast of characters were on hand to do battle at round three of the AMA/FIM SX Series. Chad Reed (#22), Ryan Dungey (#5) and James Stewart (#7) gave the crowd something to cheer, stand up for, and roar about in the Los Angeles round of the World Supercross Circuit.
Chad Reed Takes L.A. - Reedy City
By Dennis Cox | 2012-01-22

Photos by Brennan Wright

Supercross racing saw one its most impressive races thus far, as the Monster Energy Supecross series rolled into LA's Chavez Ravine, home of the legendary- and currently for sale- LA Dodgers.
Team Two Two Motosports, chief rider/owner/operator- Chad Reed, took an action filled main event win aboard his Bel-Ray Honda CRF450 in round three of the 17 race Supercross Series. Reed put his Honda out in front ahead of a scrappy field of racers, all battling for what promises to be, one of the most competitive moto seasons ever!
Team Two-Two Motosport Racing's, Chad Reed, (#22) was large, and in charge at Dodgertown. Chad put a move on Jake Weimer's (#21) Kawasaki after Jake got the main event holeshot. Meanwhile, fellow Kawie pilot and defending Supercross champ, Ryan Villopoto had to deal with yet another bad start in the main. RV2 managed to work his way from last to fourth but just missed the podium.
450 Main Event
Chad Reed, looking smooth and controlled, got by early main event leader, Kawasaki mounted Jake Weimer, who nailed down the Nuclear Cowboys holeshot start money. For Chad, it was a business-as-usual ride, out front, while the pack behind the Aussie import, banged bars to see who was going to be second.
KTM/Red Bull racer, Ryan Dungey showed his Phoenix win was no fluke. Dungey has the kind of consistency and talent that wins championships. He showed he's fully capable of doing just that. His top podium spots at the last three races have catapulted him into the series points lead, aboard his slick Orange-hued Austrian machine.
Reed wins Battle, Dungey leads war...
It was a slam-bam, thank-you-ma'am, main event win for Reed, who now sits in second place in the tightly wound, 450 SX points battle. Who's running up front in the series? Why none other than new series points leader -Ryan Dungey, who took second at Dodger stadium aboard his Red Bull/KTM 450SX-F.
In the 450 main event, there was a spectacular crash on the first lap, involving Honda mounted Trey Canard, and Yamaha equipped Ryan Morais. It was a brutal crash, with Ryan landing on top of Canard, when Ryan tripled a jump that Canard had only doubled. The result was a concussion and a broken jaw for Morais, and Canard being carted off with a fractured back, and possibly being out for the season. Bad news for both riders.
A forecast of rain, and possibly mud, the track stayed mostly dry, and an enthusiastic crowd of over 35,000 fans got to see some outstanding racing.
What happened with Joe Gibbs Racing' James Stewart at Dodger stadium? Young Mr. Stewart (#7) gives a subtle bump to Kawie's Jake Weidmer (#21) early in the main event... Jake lost this battle (see entire footage of this sequence in an upcoming post) and dropped to 14th while Stewart kept it upright for at least a few more laps. Ryan Dungey (#5) motors on....
With Reed out front, and riding a mistake free race, it was the runner up spot that had to be determined at Dodger stadium. Pack in the pack, Joe Gibbs Racing' Yamaha YZ450 equipped, James Stewart, was on the gas and looking to make his return to the top spot on the podium. James was making one of his patented, 'no-holds-barred' charges up front. Unfortunately for Stewart, his penchant for 'out-of-control' passing, left him, yet again, tasting dirt. As he blew past early main event holeshot leader, Kawasaki's Jake Weimer, Stewart made a 'do-or-die' pass of Weimer (see our incredible photo sequence of this in a soon to follow post). This pass bounced Weimer off the track, and back into14th place. Bummer for Weider. Not out of character for Stewart.
Meanwhile, running backwards on the course...James Stewart keeps his eyes peeled for wherever his bike might be laying. Stewart has a ways to go before he shakes off his 'Crash and Berm' reputation...
This 'bump-and-run'', was followed by yet another soil sample by Stewart after another miscue in his charge to the front of the pack. That, opened the door for Phoenix, SX winner, KTM's/Red Bull's Ryan Dungey, who made his move into second spot.
Dungey put in a smooth, championship-like performance, with a strong second place showing at Dodgers Chaves Ravine, placing ahead of Stewart, who had worked his way back into third, which is where he ended up at the finish.
The solid second spot, combined with a podium at the opener in Anaheim, and a win in Phoenix, gives the 450 SX class points lead to KTM's Ryan Dungey. This puts Dungey, and the emerging Austrian Orange marque, into it a solid first place in the points series. Very impressive, especially considering this is a brand new machine and team, in one of the most demanding forms of off road competition ever.
In the fierce 250 Lites class, it was an on-the-gas, GEICO Honda mounted Eli Tomac, who captured his first Western Regional Supercross Lites Class main event win of the season.
Eli Tomac passed Martin Davalos, of the Rockstar Suzuki team, in the main event, and rode an impressive race. He even managed to set what would be the fastest lap times of the night, aboard his Honda CRF250.
Yamaha’s American/European GP racer, Zach Osborne, showed that he will be a force to be reckoned with with an impressive ride in the Lites division at Dodger Stadium. He did so, with a stellar pass of Rockstar Suzuki mounted Martin Davalos, in the main event, and then a 'wire-to-wire' win in the Western Lites class. For Tomac, it would be his first win in the series, but certainly not his last. The battle for the number two position in the Western Lites class would be between Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson, who won last weekend’s main event in Phoenix, and Zach Osborne.
Wilson got by Osbourne, and went on to take second behind Tomac in the final event, with Osborne making the podium, with a solid third in the main event. For Osborne, it was a Supercross career-best, third-place finish. Eli Tomac’s win marked the third of his career, as he now sits atop the Western Regional Supercross Lites points championship, one point ahead of Wilson in second as they ready for the fourth race in the series at Oakland stadium.
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
1. Chad Reed (HON)
2. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
3. James Stewart (YAM)
250 SX Lites
1. Eli Tomac (HON)
2. Dean Wilson (KAW)
3. Zachary Osborne (YAM)
1. Ryan Dungey (KTM), 67B
2. Chad Reed (HON), 63
3. Ryan Villopoto (KAW), 63
SX Lites West
1. Eli Tomac (HON), 63
2. Dean Wilson (KAW), 62
3. Tyla Rattray (KAW), 60
Racing resumes next Saturday at Oakland, CA Coliseum.