Windham Closes in on Reed's Points Lead as Monster EnergyÂ® Supercross Heads To Seattle's Qwest Field AURORA (April 21, 2008) -- In one of the most dramatic Monster EnergyÂ® Supercross, an FIM World Championship, seasons in history the fate...
Windham Closes in on Reed's Points Lead as Monster Energy® Supercross Heads To Seattle's Qwest Field
AURORA (April 21, 2008) -- In one of the most dramatic Monster Energy® Supercross, an FIM World Championship, seasons in history the fate of Chad Reed's championship season hangs in the wind as he battles injury this Saturday at Seattle's Qwest Field Saturday. In the Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites class a champion will be crowned this weekend.
The AMA Supercross will air on SPEED Sunday, April 27 at 6:00 p.m., and the AMA Supercross Lites class race will air on SPEED Saturday May 3 at 3:00 p.m. EST.
Last weekend at St. Louis' Edward Jones Dome, Torco Fuels Honda's Kevin Windham, of Centerville, Miss., picked up his third main event win of the season and tightened the championship race between he and Team San Manuel Band of Mission Indians' Reed in the before a crowd of 48,698.
Reed, of Tampa, Fla., took over the lead on the opening lap but would give way to the hard-charging Windham, who steadily pulled away for the win.
Windham, who entered tonight's race trailing Reed by 16 points, cut the deficit to 13 points with two races remaining. Reed, who is riding with a cracked shoulder blade, turned in a valiant ride to earn second. Red Bull Honda's Andrew Short, of Smithville, Texas, finished third.
"Tonight I just wanted to put myself into a good position," said Windham. "(Chad) put himself in a good position to not lose too many points tonight. It's all about me now and I feel good about the ride I put in tonight. I'm giving it all I can and that alone feels good."
Added Reed, "(My shoulder's) definitely a lot better than last weekend. I just couldn't make it happen in the whoops. I didn't want to lay (the bike) down so I rode for second tonight. I want this title and I'm not about to let it go. I feel like I've let these guys into this points battle all season long by making mistakes."
Torco Fuels Honda's Trey Canard clinched his first-ever Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites class championship with a win.
"I really didn't mean to take him out," said Canard, a four-time winner on the season, referencing the exciting finish to the Lites class main event. "I think that's racing and I would expect him to do the same to me if it came down to this last race. I've really wanted this championship since I was like three years old. I just trained hard all week long and I can't thank my team enough for getting this championship."
In the Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites championship, it's a two-horse race between Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Ryan Dungey, of Belle Plain, Minn., and Yamaha of Troy's Jason Lawrence, of Carlsbad, Calif. Heading into the final race of the championship this Saturday, Lawrence carries a six point lead over Dungey. After the third race of the season Dungey had 34 points on Lawrence after winning three consecutive races.
Lawrence capitalized off of a few less-than-favorable performances by Dungey. The 21-year-old Lawrence won three of the last four races and finished second in their last contest in Houston. It's all going to unfold this Saturday night at Qwest Field.
Last year in Seattle Kawasaki's James Stewart, of Haines City, Fla., clinched his first AMA Supercross class championship as he captured the 12th win of the season.
In the AMA Supercross Lites class, Pro Circuit Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto, of Poulsbo, Wash., capped off his championship season with a win in front of his hometown crowd. En route to winning the seventh race of the year, Villopoto charged through the field and on lap six, he moved into the lead and rode to victory.
Tickets are available at www.SupercrossOnline.com, the Qwest Field box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone at 206-628-0888 in Seattle or 253-627-8497 in Tacoma. and participating Yamaha dealerships. Club Level seats are $40; Gold Circle ar $40; Mid-Level seats are $25 for adults and $10 for kids and Treadhead® seats are just $10. 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 will be available at Renton Motorcyles and a participating local retailer prior to the event.