Super Spoiler: OaklandSaturday, January 26, 2013 | 11:45 PM
The fourth round of Monster Energy Supercross in in the books, and for some riders it was business as usual. For others, not so much.
When the 250SX gate dropped Cole Seely nearly kept the Lucas Oil TLD Honda streak of holeshots alive, but Joey Savatgy just edged him to start the lead in first. Seely made quick work of him, however, and Ken Roczen quickly followed. That set up a duel between the two that would end with Roczen eventually taking the lead and gapping Seely. Jason Anderson rode to a lonely third, followed by Martin Davalos.
The battle for fifth was intense, involving Savatgy, Malcolm Stewart, and Kyle Cunningham. Cunningham was having the best race of the year, but he got tired and started making mistakes. He dialed it back a notch and finished seventh. Stewart edged out Savatgy just a few turns before the finish to round out the top five.
For Tomac, the race was an absolute disaster. He started around eight and went down just a few laps in and restarted miles behind everyone. Then, several laps later he went down hard in the whoops and broke his visor and limped off the track. No word yet on his condition.
In the 450 main the fireworks started almost immediately. Chad Reed ended up getting squirrely in the first whoop section and ended up torpedoing into the pack as they were rounding the 180 degree second turn. It caused a massive pileup that claimed the likes of James Stewart, Justin Barcia, Josh Grant and many more. Barcia looked hurt, but he ended up walking off under his own power. Stewart took a ton of time to get going again, rolled the track and pulled off.
Up front it was all Ryan Villopoto, who avoided the carnage by pulling the holeshot. He would lead the entire race and win by a mile, followed by Davi Millsaps, who rode the entire race in a lonely second. Dungey got third after coming through a few guys. Trey Canard looked good early, but a small crash ruined any chance he had at making a run at the podium.
Stay tuned for a full race report.
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