Andrew Short Finishes 5th at the 2011 Jacksonville Supercross

Factory Red Bull/KTM riders Andrew Short and Mike Alessi put in impressive rides at the 11th round of the AMA Supercross Series held in Jacksonville, FL with a 5th place performance by Short and a 7th place result for Alessi.

2011 Jacksonville SupercrossBoth Red Bull/KTM riders had excellent heat races with both KTM 350 SX-F machines taking the holeshot in their heats. The #800 machine of Mike Alessi was up first in heat number one. He nailed the holeshot and took the early lead.

He continued to lead for the first half of the race before he was passed on lap five. “I began to get arm pump on the fifth lap and fell off the pace a little bit,” remarked Alessi. “I was still happy to run up front for the time that I did and to finish 5th overall in the heat.”

Andrew Short followed Alessi’s start strategy and grabbed the holeshot in his heat. He led James Stewart briefly on the first lap before dropping to 2nd position. Short and Reed battled on the next two laps before Reed made the pass and Short settled into 3rd. Once in 3rd, Short hung tight to the spot and finished in that position to take a nice qualifying spot into the main event.

In the main event, Alessi duplicated his heat race start and pulled the holeshot around the first corner. Short was a few spots back in 6th position. On the first lap, Alessi and Davi Millsaps came together and allowed Short to pass into 4th. Short remained in 4th through the first half of the race before Kevin Windham made a pass on the tenth lap.

Short was able to ride a consistent race through the remaining laps to finish 5th overall marking his sixth top five finish this season. Meanwhile, Alessi spent the majority of the race in 8th position before closing in on Austin Stroupe with a few laps remaining. With one lap to go, Alessi was all over Stroupe. On the final corner he cut underneath Stroupe and made the pass just in time to cross the finish. That pass moved Alessi up to 7th for the night marking his season best finish.

Next Event: Toronto Supercross – March 26, 2011

Andrew Short Finishes 5th at the 2011 Jacksonville Supercross

Dean Wilson Back on the Podium in the 2011 Jacksonville Supercross

Supercross – Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson made his return to the podium at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla., finishing in the runner-up position and moving into third in the AMA Supercross Lites Eastern Region championship standings.

2011 Jacksonville SupercrossMonster Energy Kawasaki’s Fabien Izoird raced to his best finish since his start as Jake Weimer’s fill-in, narrowly missing the top-10 in 11th. Ryan Villopoto and Blake Baggett were unable to transfer into their respective main events after crashes in their heat and last chance qualifier. Villopoto maintained his lead in the championship standings and currently sits seven points ahead of second place.

Back On The Box
After a two-race hiatus from the podium, Wilson’s determination to be back up front was apparent all day in Jacksonville. He was second in both timed practices and took the wire-to-wire win in his heat race. Wilson was able to get a good jump on the very short start and settled into second early in the race, where he eventually finished the night.

“It’s great to be back,” said Wilson. “I felt that I had speed the past two rounds, but made dumb mistakes. I was able to stay focused tonight and get back on the podium. I really wanted to win, but I know we still have four rounds left and I didn’t want to do any more damage than I already have.”

Track Time
After a tough heat race, Izoird got some extra track time as he won the LCQ race to transfer into the main event. He got out to a decent start, but got pushed off the track after the first turn. He rode hard and overcame a long night to finish 11th.

“It was a long day racing the heat, LCQ and then the main event,” said Izoird. “I was having a little trouble with the track in a few sections, but I think that the extra time in the LCQ helped me in the main event. I was pretty tired with about five laps to go, but I am very happy with the results. The track was easy to make mistakes and I’m glad I made it out okay.”

Good Luck to No Luck
After a putting himself into good position all year, Villopoto wasn’t able to find the same fortune in Jacksonville. In the heat race, Villopoto went down after a rider crashed in front of him, leaving him no where to go. Lucky to ride off uninjured, he lined up for the LCQ. He got a good jump, but as everyone funneled into the first turn, Villopoto got pushed off he track and came around outside the top-10. He was unable to move into the top-two positions during the short six-lap race.

“I am very disappointed with how tonight went,” said Villopoto. “I have been feeling really good and tonight didn’t show it at all. I still have the points lead and I’ll be looking to make up the points next week in Toronto.”

Always Next Weekend
Baggett looked to be in good position for the night show as he qualified fifth during the afternoon timed practice. During his heat race, he ended up going down with another rider and wasn’t able to get into the top nine. In the LCQ, Baggett got to the first turn in the lead, but slid out and wasn’t able to rejoin the field right away, leaving him to end his night early.

“It’s a huge bummer for me because I know I am one of the guys that can go out there and win,” said Baggett. “Not being able to even go out there and try in the main event really frustrates me. I do try to stay positive and know that I have four more rounds to prove I can win.”

Dean Wilson Back on the Podium in the 2011 Jacksonville Supercross

No home glory for James Stewart at the 2011 Jacksonville Supercross

Supercross: After winning his heat race by almost thirteen seconds San Manel Yamaha’s James Stewart was unable to toast a home victory at the Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on Saturday night.

supercross, 2011 supercross, 2011 jacksonville supercross, jacksonville supercross, supercross racing, supercross action, supercross resultsAn incident through the rhythm section after the first turn in the Main Event left the former champion unable to continue and nursing a sore back.

Round eleven of seventeen in the AMA Supercross series returned to Florida and although Stewart was in good form during the practice sessions across a new layout, a tight entry to the series of jumps after the opening curve saw the 25 year old fall in what was a scary accident.

Initially it was feared that former champion had dislocated his hip but a message sent from his team after a medical check indicated that he hopes to be in contention for next week’s event in Canada. “I was really hoping to pull this one out,” Stewart said. “It was my home state, I’m familiar with the tracks, all my fans were cheering me on and it’s just really disappointing. It’s all about Toronto and the rest of the season now.”

It was left to Austin Stroupe to record ninth position and be the highest ranked YZ450F rider. Davi Millsaps crashed twice and also failed to finish as JGR Yamaha team-mate Justin Brayton was unlucky to miss the Main after incident in the Heat and LCQ caused him to miss the cut.

Ryan Sipes made the East Coast Lites podium for the second week in succession after his first career victory at Indianapolis. The YZ250F rider is now second in the series. “It’s nice that I’ve been consistent this year,” he said “but since I tasted victory last weekend, getting third is a lot harder to be happy about, if I’m being honest with you!”

Stewart has slipped to fourth in the standings, 23 points behind the leader. Brayton and Millsaps remain eighth and ninth. Round twelve sees the AMA series leave North America for the first, and only, time as the Rogers Centre in Toronto represents the next stop on the calendar.

Dungey accelerated to 3rd place at the 2011 Jacksonville Supercross

Team Suzuki Press Release

Team Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey has closed the lead on the AMA/FIM Supercross Championship after racing to third place in Saturday night’s Jacksonville 11th round in Florida.

2011 Jacksonville SupercrossThe defending Champion is now third overall on his RM-Z450, 18 points behind series leader Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki) with six rounds still to run.

Dungey rode determined in practice, grabbing the second fastest time in timed qualifying. After a good start in his heat race, his RM-Z powered him to the front for a convincing win. After a decent start in the Main, Dungey was able to work his way up to third position by the end of the first lap. He rode tenaciously but couldn’t quite catch the leaders and crossed the line, claiming a podium finish.

“All in all, today was a good day,” said Dungey. “My Rockstar Makita Suzuki felt great, practice was good, and the bike settled in really well too. Going into the night race, I got a good start in my heat race and got the heat win. In the Main, I got caught up in the pack a little bit but was able to work up to third. I was trying to gain on the leaders, but I just couldn’t make up enough time and then made a pretty big mistake on my part. Overall, I think it was a great night and big step in the right direction. I’m looking forward to the next round in Canada. It’s a big stadium and the track layout is pretty amazing there. It will be good to go to another country as well. Hopefully we can get good starts and put ourselves in a good position there.”

Team mate Brett Metcalfe sat out the race to continue his recovery from recent crashes in Atlanta and Daytona. Metcalfe is hopeful to return to action at next week’s event in Toronto.

Supercross results: 1 Trey Canard (Honda), 2 Chad Reed (Honda), 3 Ryan Dungey (Rockstar Makita Suzuki), 4 Kevin Windham (Honda), 5 Andrew Short (KTM), 6 Ivan Tedesco (Kawasaki), 7 Mike Alessi (KTM), 8 Austin Stroupe (Yamaha), 9 Nick Wey (Yamaha), 10 Chris Blose (Kawasaki).