Monster Energy Supercross - Race 15, Seattle





And here we were beginning to think that all of the excitement was a wrap for the 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season. With Ryan Villopoto already holding on to this season's title while his biggest competitors, Chad Reed, Ryan Dungey and James Stewart, are all M.I.A., fans were given quite a shock this weekend.

Seattle was happy to see Dungey back on his bike after being forced to sit out the last few rounds due to a broken collar bone. During his absence, the KTM rider has dropped from second place in the point standings to fourth. With only a few races left in the season, Dungey is surely hoping to make his was back up the point standing to one of the remaining podium spots.

But when the gate dropped, it was neither 2012 Champion Villopoto nor Dungey who took the holeshot. Instead, it was Honda rider Andrew Short who shot out to the front of the pack with Ken Roczen and Jake Weimer on his heals. Justin Brayton snuck out behind them, just in front of Dungey while Villopoto made contact with another rider while in the left hand corner, taking him to the ground. Though Villopoto was able to get up, he had to limp off of the track and was unable to rejoin the race.

Without the current champ in the race, Short stuck to the front of the pack with Roczen close on his tail. As the race raged on, both Short and Roczen stayed close but were able to pull away from the rest of the riders. Behind them, Weimer, Brayton and Dungey battled it out for the last podium spot.

On lap six, Roczen is able to leap past Short while in a left hand corner but Short doesn't take long to overtake Roczen once more by out jumping him just seconds later. Though the fans may have been glued to the battle between the two in front, behind them, Weimer is cruising in third while Brayton and Dungey go at it until Dungey hits the ground while going into a 180 degree right hander.

Halfway through the race, Short is still in the lead and looks to be riding strong. By lap fourteen, he's a full 2.5 seconds ahead of Roczen while Weimer still hangs on to third place and Dungey tries to climb back up to pass Davi Millsaps who is following Brayton.

But Short has a flawless finish and crosses the finish to take his first ever Supercross Main Event win. Though Roczen manages a great race as well, he is unable to overtake Short a second time and takes second place. Weimer takes the final spot on the podium with Brayton coming in fourth. Dungey is unable to overcome Millsaps who takes fifth, leaving Dungey with sixth place and furthering the gap between him and the podium in the overall point standings.

After the race, Short said, "It doesn't even feel real. I give the glory to God first. We've been through some challenges lately, but I've been working for 11 years to achieve this. There are so many people here that have helped me along the way. To win is unreal. I didn't really believe I could win until the very end."

While he came in second, Roczen said, "It was so awesome. I'm super happy for Shorty, too. Everyone saw that the 350 is working great, I almost got the holeshot again. I'm so happy. The track is technical with the ruts, I tried to stay calm and this is so great!"

Though there has been no official word on whether or not Villopoto will be back to race again this weekend, he did post on his twitter on Sunday saying, "I'm ok just tweaked my leg. So we will see how this week goes and keep all of you updated."

James Stewart will still be out for this upcoming race. For more info on his replacement read "Out with Stewart and in with Faith".

Supercross Class Results

Finish Rider City, State
1 Andrew Short Smithville, Texas
2 Kenny Roczen Murrietta, California
3 Jake Weimer Rupert, Idaho
4 Justin Brayton Murrieta, California
5 Davi Millsaps Murrieta, California
6 Ryan Dungey Belle Plaine, Minnesota
7 Mike Alessi Hilliard, Florida
8 Broc Tickle Wilmington, North Carolina
9 Weston Peick Wildomar, California
10 Nick Wey Dewitt, Michegan


Supercross Class Season Standings
Standing Rider City, State Points
1 Ryan Villopoto Seattle, Washington 323
2 Davi Millsaps Murrieta, California 222
3 Justin Brayton Murrieta, California 219
4 Ryan Dungey Belle Plaine, Minnesota 207
5 Jake Weimer Wildomar, Idaho 191
6 James Stewart Haines City, Florida 178
7 Mike Alessi Hilliard, California 176
8 Brett Metcalfe Lake Elsinore, California 173
9 Kevin Windham Centreville, Mississippi 166
10 Broc Tickle Holly, Michegan 146


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