The Monster Energy/AMA Supercross Championship kicked off the first round of the 2010 season at Angel Stadium with fans getting more than their money's worth.
The Lites heat races were filled with some gnarly crashes as the riders were getting back to race speed for the new season. One Industries / KTM Factory Services’ rider, Sean Borkenhagen worked his way out of a first turn pile up and rode to victory in the LCQ. In the Main, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer took the holeshot and held the lead for all 15 laps. A good battle between Geico Honda’s Trey Canard and Rockstar Energy Suzuki’s Ryan Morias took place before Morais settled into third where he eventually finished. On the podium, Morias said, “I’m super-excited and can’t wait for next week.”
The excitement was felt throughout the entire stadium as the anxious fans awaited what was sure to be a battle between San Manuel Yamaha’s James Stewart and Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Chad Reed. Veterans Ivan Tedesco of Valli Motorsports and Geico Honda’s Kevin Windham refused to back down from the challenge, and Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey debuted in his first 450 Supercross race.
Everyone held their breath when the gate dropped for the 450 Main Event. Dungey broke through the pack and grabbed the first 450 holeshot of the season. The two 2009 Champions stole the show as a smooth Dungey held off the reigning Stewart lap after lap. Reed quickly pulled off the track due to some bike issues and was unable to finish the race, while J-Law Racing’s Grant Langston crashed early on as well. Windham picked his way through the pack and held a strong 3rd by lap 14. By lap 15, the seats were empty as everyone in the stands were on their feet cheering for Dungey to hold on for just another 5 laps. On lap 17, Stewart was able to make his move and finally pass Dungey. This was the first time in Stewart’s history that it took him 17 laps to pass another rider for the lead. Stewart was all over the track making it difficult for Dungey to pass, however the persistent #5 kept nipping at the fender of the #1 plate, almost passing him on lap 19. Ultimately, Stewart maintained his lead and took the win, followed closely by Dungey with Windham rounding off the top 3.
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