Chad Reed was the star of here in Dodger stadium as the Aussie was able to post his second victory. Riders Canard and Morais collided with one another as were wheeled out in stretchers. Ryan Dungey and James Stewart landed second and third respectively.
TwoTwo Motorsport’s Chad Reed finally claimed a convincing victory here at Dodger stadium for the second time. Oddly, his first ever victory was marred by crashes as well as poor starts among his fervent competitors. Ryan Dungey of KTM came in second place as well as the overall lead in the series while James Stewart of Yamaha collected the last spot on the podium even after a nasty crash for the third time consecutively.
The competition began with high drama as Trey Canard of Honda still reeling from an injury to his collarbone suffered an accident when another dirt bike rider Yamaha’s Ryan Morais landed on him. This produced quite a scare, as both riders seem to be unconscious as they were led out in stretchers but the early word seems to be that they are alright.
When the race began again it was Jake Weimer of Kawasaki took an early lead. Ryan Villopoto who had an amazing start before the red flag incident between Canard and Morais suffered a really terrible start this time around as he got stuck on the tuff block.
So far it was Weimer and Stewart battling for the lead and Chad Reed in the third. In the succeeding laps it was Reed and Stewart at each other for the second place position as Weimer put some distance over his nearest competitors. When Dungey was beginning to inch back against Stewart, Villopoto began his aggressive charge and was able to reach the top eight. On the succeeding lap Reed was able to wrestle the lead from Weimer as James Stewart and Ryan Dungey fought for the third place slot.
Weimer crashed as Stewart pulled away giving Brett Metcalfe of Suzuki a fourth place spot. Villopoto was still in the running as the race reached past its halfway mark as he now got sixth place. Ryan Dungey continued to pressure James Stewart who cracked and finally gave way to him. While Chad Reed was pulling away for the victory in this round, Villopoto snagged fourth. Even though Stewart crashed his bike he was still able to stay in the top three position.
In the final lap of the race, Reed pulled away and never looked back as Villopoto and Stewart slugged it out for the final slot in the winner’s podium.
In the end, Reed was able to finish three seconds ahead of Ryan Dungey. Even if he made a lot of errors, Stewart was able to stave off Villopoto for the third place slot. Even though Villopoto was not able to garner a win since the Anaheim event, he still deserves recognition for the amazing recovery he made from the bad start.