Chad Reed Wins Second Monster EnergyÂ® Supercross Event in Anaheim Ryan Dungey Wins Second Western Regional AMA Supercross Race ANAHEIM, Calif. (January 19, 2008) -- On "Throwback Night" at Angel Stadium, Tampa, Florida's Chad Reed won ...
Chad Reed Wins Second Monster Energy® Supercross Event in Anaheim
Ryan Dungey Wins Second Western Regional AMA Supercross Race
ANAHEIM, Calif. (January 19, 2008) -- On "Throwback Night" at Angel Stadium, Tampa, Florida's Chad Reed won the Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, in front of a sold out crowd of 45,050 in Anaheim, Calif. Ryan Dungey on his Suzuki won the Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites main event.
Mike Alessi of Victorville, Calif., won the $1,500 Progressive Holeshot Award on his Suzuki with Reed coming through in second aboard his Yamaha on a track layout reminiscent of the 1986 Anaheim race.
In capturing his second win of the season, both in Anaheim, Reed took the lead early in Lap 1 and went the distance, beating Yamaha's Josh Hill of Yoncalla, Ore., by 6.911 seconds. It was the first podium finish for Hill, who took second on Lap 3 from Alessi. Kevin Windham of Centreville, Miss., finished third on his Honda.
"I felt awesome out there," said Reed, who leads the Championship standings with 72 points. "The track was a lot of fun. I had a ball with it. My bike is a lot of fun to ride, and I just need to go out and race and try to get wins."
Kawasaki rider James Stewart, the defending Championship title holder and points leader heading into Round Three, did not compete in tonight's race. Stewart injured his left knee last week during his win in Phoenix, and after evaluating the injury following an earlier practice session, Stewart and the team decided to not compete in tonight's event.
Kawasaki rider Austin Stroupe of Corona, Calif., won the $1,000 Progressive Holeshot Award but was unable to hold off a hard-charging Dungey, who took the checkered flag 1.279 seconds ahead of Broc Hepler of Kittanning, Pa., on his Yamaha. Stroupe held on for third place.
Dungey, of Belle Plaine, Minn., battled Stroupe early before taking the lead for good on Lap 6. Hepler made his move into the second spot on Lap 10 and started closing in on Dungey, who held a 3.6 second lead on Lap 12, before putting the race away. It was Dungey's second win of the season as he took the season-opening race in Anaheim on January 5th. Dungey retained his championship points lead, while Hepler moves into second place.
"I was just trying to be consistent," Dungey said. "The track was really choppy, and I made a couple of mistakes. I just tried to not make the same mistake twice. We are just doing our program and trying to be as consistent as we can be."
Racing resumes next Saturday, January 26, at San Francisco's AT&T Park. SPEED will broadcast the AMA Supercross class tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. EST and the AMA Supercross Lites class January 26 at 6:00 p.m.