Domination: Oakley Motocross Kicks Off 2012 Supercross Season With Resounding Victories in All Classes, Villopoto Out of the Gates on Fire

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Ryan Villopoto picked up right where he left off…on fire.

Oakley’s defending Supercross Champion (and AMA Motocross Champ) dominated the 2012 Supercross opener at Angel’s Stadium of Anaheim on Saturday, pulling away from the pack after grabbing the Holeshot to cruise onto a smooth victory in front of Chad Reed and fellow Oakley star Ryan Dungey.

The impressive triumph topped off a brilliant evening that saw Oakley-backed Troy Lee Racing claim its own win in the Lite’s Main Event after Cole Seely raged back from behind to claim glory.

Earlier in the evening, however, yet another Oakley-backed team showcased its new rider for the masses.

Joe Gibbs Racing – a team famed for its prominence in NASCAR – saw newly-signed Oakley Superstar James “Bubba” Stewart (motocross arm) display his intention to return to top form as he claimed a resounding win in 450 Heat 2 after rocketing to the front of the field in Lap 4. RD wasn’t far behind – taking a solid second to start off the night.

Even earlier in the day, Bubba and RV battled head-to-head in qualifying – with Bubba chalking in a blazing lap to top RV’s late in the session. Close to 1.3 seconds faster, to be exact.

But fast forward to the Main – and when it counted, it was all RV.

Raging to the Holeshot – Villopoto wasted no time in establishing his dominance…all the way to the checkered flags – with no one in sight behind him.

The trailing pack of podium contenders, however, were engaging in an all out slug fest.

Lead by Chad Reed in the second position, Ryan Dungey was hot on his tail – followed by Bubba.

Then the drama unfolded.

Dungey hit the dirt, briefly, before gaining back his composure and position as he powered his way past Bubba. The three-way battle continued, with Reed briefly taking a spill.

But the major crash of the evening went down when Bubba hit the barriers – effectively handing over the third podium spot to Dungey while sending himself back in the pack. He would finish sixth as his bike was visibly dinged into less-than-prime condition.

With that, the Reed-Dungey duel continued until the very end – with Reed just getting by to grab the runner-up spot.

While RV’s resounding victory came through with ease – another highlight of the night came with RD’s finish. His third-place result was the first-ever podium for the KTM factory team in the 450 class…ever.

A big congratulations to all of Oakley’s star riders for an amazing opening night for the 2012 Supercross Season. There’s no doubt that the O’s heritage and deep roots in the sport will continue to shine – all the way to another championship at the end of the year.

Results
2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross
Anaheim, Calif.

Supercross Lites Heat 1
1. Wil Hahn
2. Tyla Rattray
3. Marvin Musquin
4. Cole Seely
5. Travis Baker
6. Jackson Richardson
7. Vince Friese
8. Max Anstie
9. Billy Laninovich

Supercross Lites Heat 2
1. Martin Davalos
2. Dean Wilson
3. Nico Izzi
4. Zach Osborne
5. Matt Moss
6. Teddy Maier
7. Jason Anderson
8. Christian Craig
9. Ryan Marmont

Supercross Heat 1
1. Chad Reed
2. Mike Alessi
3. Ryan Villopoto
4. Davi Millsaps
5. Ryan Morais
6. Broc Tickle
7. Josh Hansen
8. Jimmy Albertson
9. Chris Blose

Supercross Heat 2
1. James Stewart
2. Ryan Dungey
3. Andrew Short
4. Jake Weimer
5. Ivan Tedesco
6. Brett Metcalfe
7. Josh Grant
8. Kevin Windham
9. Kyle Chisholm

Supercross Lites Main Event
1. Cole Seely (Honda)
2. Tyla Rattray (Kawasaki)
3. Eli Tomac (Honda)
4. Marvin Musquin (KTM)
20. Christian Craig (Honda)

Supercross Main Event
1. Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki)
2. Chad Reed (Honda)
3. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
4. Justin Brayton (Honda)
5. Jake Weimer (Kawasaki)
6. James Stewart (Yamaha)