Indianapolis Supercross Race Report
The Lucas Oil Stadium was filled with cheering and excitement as the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series headed east for the first time this season. Not only did Indy fans witness a fight to the finish in the Lites Main, but they also experienced some great racing in the Supercross class for what has proven to be one of the most exciting seasons in recent years.
GEICO Powersports Honda’s Justin Barcia grabbed the first East Coast Spike Holeshot in the Lites Main Event. The rookie’s lead was cut short when Frenchman, Christophe Pourcel, promptly surpassed him and never looked back at the pack. Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki’s Austin Stoupe also quickly made a move on Barcia. Barcia and Stroupe had the capacity crowd on their feet as they battled throughout the remaining ten laps. Barcia made a mistake and lost a position to Motoconcepts Yamaha’s Ryan Sipes for 3rd. However, just when you took Barcia out of podium position, a lapper ignored the flag to move and Sipes’ was blocked. This was the perfect opportunity for Barcia to slip in for third.
As a result of their dirty riding in the first practice session, Dungey and Lawrence were penalized and both received last gate selections in their heat races. Seriously, as long as those two continue to be rivals it will make things interesting in the 450 class!
One shocker was Ryan Villopoto in the LCQ. In the first heat race of the night, RV went down in the first turn and put a hole in his radiator forcing him to DNF. Ryan took the easy win in the LCQ and later gave us something to stand up for in the Main.
Windham had put up a good fight for the night, but wasn’t a match for RV and Dungey. The two former Champions eventually picked off the veteran. Dungey, like Stroupe, was held up by lappers through the remainder of the race, which paved the way for Villopoto. The series standings continue to have two riders tied for the lead. Dungey and Villopoto are now currently tied for the number one spot, while Hill lost valuable points this weekend and is now ten points behind in third.