All O: Supercross Atlanta Podium Utterly Owned By Oakley Team Riders, Ryan Dungey Tightens Championship Standings Race
Apparently, Oakley’s Motocross Team loves the A.T.L.
In a monster sweep of the Supercross podium (and the Top Four overall finishes), the team, lead by resurging O star, Ryan Dungey, displayed its utter dominance in the Georgia Dome this past weekend.
Rounding off the awards stage, Oakley’s defending Supercross Champ, Ryan Villopoto (RV), and James “Bubba” Stewart gripped onto their positions amongst the riders in the top of the Championship standings – capping off yet another super intense battle for 450 supremacy in the land of peaches.
More than 71,000 fans packed into the Dome to watch the big bikes go off for the Main Event. But it wasn’t your usual suspect who’d grab the first turn.
Racing the Lites class this year, Oakley’s own Cole Seely, who was on loan to the Team Honda Muscle Milk team from Troy Lee Designs Lucas Oil Honda for the 450 Main, emphatically smashed into the Holeshot – trailed by fellow O star Dungey.
Catching the field off guard, Cole held the lead for six laps – before RD finally powered himself past the young gun with authority.
“Cole, obviously I remember him being on the 450 last year,” RD said, rocking his Signature Series MX goggles. “He’s a great rider, has a lot of speed, and is great in the 250s as well. He’s a great starter, and he showed us that tonight. I had trouble getting around him. He was riding good. The track was tough, being a little bit tacky in some areas, and but being really slippery in others. A couple times I almost tucked my front end but I was able to keep it up and make the pass on Cole.”
While the front of the pack was owned by RD and Cole, their fellow O speed demons RV and Bubba were clawing their way forward from behind. RD sat in the sixth position through Lap 1, while Bubba was peeking his head into the Top 10.
As Lap 7 came around, RV finally found his way to the Top 3, powering his way past Cole for second – while Bubba was making his way to the third position.
Once in pouncing position, RV kept the pressure on RD.
“I was obviously hoping for a different outcome…I was thinking Chisholm would hold him up in that turn, maybe he wasn’t going to triple, and maybe double-double and hold him up on the outside and I’d be able to go underneath him, but that’s not what happened,” RV said, sporting his own Signature Series MX goggles.
With that, RD and his Factory KTM team, grabbed his second Supercross victory of the season – bringing himself back to within 10 points of RV in the overall Championship standings.
And to top that all off, O’s Davi Millsaps took the fourth place finish – capping off an evening where Oakley Team Rippers were in top form and in brilliant display.
But while the 450 crew did their own work, the Lites class team continued its own dominance.
O’s Justin Barcia, fresh on the heels of his first Eastern Regional Supercross Lites Class victory the week prior, fully owned the Lites Main Event in Atlanta, finishing a full 2.253 seconds in front of the second place finisher, Blake Baggett.
Following a dogfight of his own, O’s young ripper, Justin Bogle, found light in Lap 9 – smashing his way to the third position. He eventually held on for his first career podium finish in third – to complement his first career heat race triumph earlier in the evening.
“Two for two (is) not a bad way to start,” Justin said, rocking his own pair of Oakley MX goggles. “I wanted a good start, I got the holeshot, and just rode hard from there. The track was super tough tonight. It was very slick and there were a lot of places where the bike was sliding around. I was trying not to make any mistakes. Fortunately, everything went really smooth and we got the win.”
The victory, which keeps his record perfect in the Eastern Regional Lites Class, extended his lead in the standings by 12.
Congratulations to all Oakley riders who represented the Big O to the Max in ATL!
Supercross Class Results: Atlanta
1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM
2. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki
3. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha
4. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha
5. Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., Honda
6. Cole Seely, Murrieta, Calif., Honda
7. Jake Weimer, Wildomar, Idaho, Kawasaki
8. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda
9. Brett Metcalfe, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Suzuki
10. Nick Wey, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki
Supercross Class Season Standings
1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki – 180
2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM – 170
3. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha – 136
4. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Honda – 128
5. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki – 106
6. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda – 105
7. Brett Metcalfe, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Suzuki – 100
8. Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., Honda – 96
9. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha – 94
10. Mike Alessi, Hilliard, Calif., Suzuki – 90
Eastern Regional Supercross Lites Class Results: Atlanta
1. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda
2. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki
3. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda
4. Blake Wharton, Beaumont, Texas, Suzuki
5. Darryn Durham, Butler, Pa., Kawasaki
6. Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM
7. Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Yamaha
8. Hunter Hewitt, Corona, Texas, Suzuki
9. Jake Canada, Sun City, Calif., Suzuki
10. Shane Sewell, Westville, In, KTM
Eastern Regional Supercross Lites Class Season Standings
1. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda – 50
2. Darryn Durham, Butler, Pa., Kawasaki – 38
3. Blake Wharton, Beaumont, Texas, Suzuki – 36
4. Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM – 35
5. Blake Baggett, Butler, Pa, Kawasaki – 28
6. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda – 27
7. Jake Canada, Sun City, Calif., Honda – 26
8. Hunter Hewitt, Pilot Point, Texas, Suzuki – 22
9. PJ Larsen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM – 21
10. Lance Vincent, Youngsville, La, KTM – 16