Chad Reed Leads Field of Monster EnergyÂ® Supercross Racers into AT&T Park $10 Adult Discount Coupons Available at Big O Tires AURORA, Ill. (January 22, 2008) -- Team San Manuel's Chad Reed, of Tampa, Fla., and Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Ryan...
Chad Reed Leads Field of Monster Energy® Supercross Racers into AT&T Park
$10 Adult Discount Coupons Available at Big O Tires
AURORA, Ill. (January 22, 2008) -- Team San Manuel's Chad Reed, of Tampa, Fla., and Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Ryan Dungey, of Belle Plaine, Minn., carry momentum into this weekend's Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, race at San Francisco's AT&T Park. Fans can pick up a $10 adult coupon from participating Big O Tires locations. In addition, a $5 children's coupon is available at OTD Cyclesports (Bay Area Motorsports). Pit passes are available at participating 7-Eleven stores.
Media Day will be held Thursday, January 24 from Noon-2:00, featuring Team Suzuki's Ryan Dungey, David Vuillemin and Mike Alessi and Team MDK/KTM, featuring Nick Wey, Billy Laninovich and Justin Brayton. The media day will be held on the first-base side of the club level.
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 nearly seven seconds last weekend at Angel Stadium. 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 Anaheim last Saturday. 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 at Anaheim.
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 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 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 moved 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."
Last year in San Francisco, fans were treated to one of the greatest races of the 2007 season as Ricky Carmichael, Stewart and Reed traded positions for the AMA Supercross class lead five times last year at AT&T Park. Both Reed and Stewart crashed, allowing Carmichael to ride away with the second win of his farewell tour.
In dominant fashion, Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto swept seven of eight races last year in the Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites championship, including his first win at AT&T Park. In doing so, the Poulsbo Wash., native captured the Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites championship.
Supercross made its debut at AT&T Park back on January 23, 2003 when Carmichael won the AMA Supercross class and Stewart won the AMA Supercross Lites class. Carmichael holds the record for the most wins at AT&T Park with three.
Tickets are available at www.SupercrossOnline.com, the AT&T Park box office, Giants' Dug Out Stores, participating Yamaha dealerships and all Tickets.com outlets. Club Level seats are $70; Trackside Seats are $45 for adults and $10 for kids; Upper Deck Seats are $35 and $30 for adults and $10 for kids. All seats are $2 more on the day of the race. Practice and qualifying begin at 12:30 and racing begins at 7:00 p.m. The pit party will be open from 12:30-6:00 p.m., and pit passes are now available at participating 7-Eleven stores. The $10 adult coupon and $5 children's coupon excludes Club Level seats and expires Friday, January 25, 2008.