Atlanta, Georgia was the site for Rd 7 for the Monster Energy Super Cross Series.would be a little different without 22 Motorsports Rider Chad Reed. Last week Reed crashed ending his season with multiple injuries, and giving up second place in the highly intense points battle. Ryan Dungey came into Atlanta 13 points behind last years Champ Ryan Villopoto. Dungey has one win this season on his factory KTM ,and has been pretty consistent keeping him in the hunt for the title. Villopoto is the hottest rider in SX at the moment winning three races in a row looking to put number four in the bank and increasing his point lead over Dungey.
The nights heat races set the stage for the ever exciting main event with both James Sterwart (on his JGR,Toyota Yamaha) and Ryan Villopoto (riding his Monster Energy Drink Factory Kawasaki) winning each of their respected heats. Dungey had a little incident, giving up the lead to Villopoto, but came back to put himself into the nights main event. Cole Seely and Davey Millsaps battled for the second spot behind Stewart in first heat race.This was Seely’s first ride on a 450, giving it a good run for Team Muscle Milk, Honda. Cole is filling in for Hondas Trey Canard, who was badly hurt earlier in the year. Cole won the opening round in Anaheim, CA in the lites West Class aboard a Honda as well.
As the riders lined up at the gate for the nights SX Main Event, the holeshot was going to be very important for the participants of the 20 lap Main. Heading into the first turn it was the Newbie Cole Seely on his (Team Muscle Milk Honda) with KTM rider Ryan Dungey fast on his rear wheel. The two were followed by Millsaps, Villopoto and James Sterwart for the first lap on the floor of the Georgia Dome. Cole Seely put some dirt in between himself and Dungey for the first few laps getting into a nice rhythm on his Honda. Back in the pack Ryan Villopoto, and James Stewart were trying to make their way to the front after bad gates from both riders. Sterwart and Villopoto were both swapping fast laps back and forth as they pulled up into the top five. Dungey set up the pass for the lead in the rhythm section on lap seven setting his sights on his second win of the year. Meanwhile The champ was on the move to the front with Stewart not to far behind. The two made their way to the second and third positions, about 3 seconds behind the leader Dungey. As the race passed the half way point it was evident that Villopoto and Stewart were on the move setting fast laps, while Dungey was fighting his way through lap traffic.
Each of the top riders needed to stay mistake free on the tricky Atlanta track, to get on the podium at the end of the night. With four laps to go Ryan Villopoto closed up within a second and a half behind Dungey. The two were both “knuckles up “ riding on the edge, trying to get the most out of their machines and themselves. This was a very exciting race to watch from the couch, when Dungey bobbled Villopoto would catch him, only to give it right back after a mistake of his own. The Champ put on one more charge on the last lap, but could not get close enough and had to settle for second behind Dungey. Stewart finished a strong third with his (JGR,TOYOTA YAMAHA) teammate Millsaps getting his best finish of the year in the fourth spot.
Justin Barcia logged his second win of the Lites East Series on his (Geico Honda) over( Kawasaki’s) Blake Baggett, giving Barcia a perfect 50 points heading into St.Louis next week.
Dungey pulled within 10 points on Villapoto going into St Louis next weekend for round 10 of the Monster Energy SuperCross Series. Kevin Windham finished 8th on his ( Geico Honda) for his 200th SX start.