With the successful completion of the 14th round of the 2012 AMA Supercross Series at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome of New Orleans, Louisiana, the Supercross championship headed back to the western part of the USA for the 15th round of this series. Last Saturday night also marked the comeback of the Western Regional Supercross Lites Class Series during the 15th round of the 2012 AMA Supercross Series at the CenturyLink Field stadium of Seattle. In the Supercross class main event, Honda’s Andrew Short registered the first victory of his career. In the Supercross Lites West Class Series, Ryan Sipes of team Star/Valli Racing Yamaha emerged as the winner.
In the Supercross class standings, Ryan Villopoto, who has already clinched the 2012 title, is still at the top with 321 points followed by Davi Millsaps with 222 points at the second position. Justin Brayton is at the third spot with 219 points and Ryan Dungey at the fourth position with 207 points. Villopoto’s teammate, Jake Weimer is at the fifth position with 191 points. Meanwhile in the SX Lites West Class standings, Eli Tomac is at the top with 134 points closely followed by Dean Wilson at the second position with 130 points. Cole Seely has dropped down to the third position with 119 points under his belt.
The fans at Seattle were highly disappointed when they saw their champ Ryan Villopoto of team Kawasaki crash out early in the race. He missed the entire race on account of some severe injuries which he incurred after the crash. Racing at his home ground, Villopoto didn’t have an amazing start and lacked behind in speed too. While he was trying to charge down the lane and get to a commanding position, he mistimed a flyer shot and crashed down immediately. He lost the front end of his bike and the handle hit his gut badly. He injured his leg badly and was immediately rushed for initial medications. He was immensely disappointed for not being able to complete the race and for letting down his fans.
Gaining on Villopoto’s crash, Andrew Short acquired the holeshot and gained the lead. He then maintained the leading position till the end of the race and captured his debut Supercross victory. Ken Roczen finished second while Jake Weimer came third. In the SX Lites West Class, Ryan Sipes showed great skills to overtake Dean Wilson and gain the lead in the match. He then went on to score a convincing win in the match followed by Marvin Musquin at second and Eli Tomac at third positions.