Super Spoiler: Anaheim 1Sunday, January 8, 2012 | 1:40 AM
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The first round of the 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season is in the books, and the action from Anaheim did not disappoint.
Vince Friese got things started in the Lites main by nabbing the first main event holeshot of the year, but was promptly passed by Tyla Rattray and Dean Wilson. Cole Seely was also charging, and wasted little time in passing Wilson and going after Rattray. Seely stalked Rattray for a few laps before making the pass and pulling an immediate gap. Wil Hahn was putting in a strong ride, but ended up going down, handing his position over to Eli Tomac, who was flying after a bad start left him buried deep in the back. By the last lap, Tomac had caught all the way up to Wilson and was putting serious pressure on him. Right as Tomac was putting a move on Wilson, Wilson made a mistake, hit a Tuff Block and went down. Seely took the win, followed by Rattray, Tomac, Marvin Musquin, Ryan Sipes and Wilson.
When the gate for the SX main dropped, the crowd erupted when Ryan Villopoto blasted off the line and took the holeshot. RV was absolutely on fire, and checked out like a library book. Behind him, Reed held down second ahead of Dungey, while Stewart battled through the pack after a mediocre start. Dungey was charging in third, and for a little while, it looked like he was going to make a run on Reed. Then, Dungey washed out and went down all by himself and was passed by Stewart. Dungey responded by remounting, catching, and passing, Stewart. The two battled back and forth, and before long they came up on Reed. A great three-way fight took place for a few laps, until Stewart crashed and fell back a few positions. When it was over, Villopoto had taken the win by a mile, followed by Reed, Dungey, Justin Brayton, Jake Weimer and Stewart.
Be sure to check back soon for a detailed race report from Jason Weigandt.
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