Indianapolis Race Report

March 1, 2008 10:58pm

The last running of an AMA Supercross inside the RCA Dome in Indianapolis was simultaneously predictable and exciting.

We can start with the exciting...

And with that out of the way, let's get to the racing:

Torco Racing Fuels Honda's Trey Canard picked up where he left off in Atlanta and won the opening Lites Heat race of the night.

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto (2) got the holeshot over teammate Branden Jessman (77) in the second Lites Heat and went on to win it.

Rockstar/Makita Suzuki's Ryan Dungey (28) and San Manuel Yamaha's Chad Reed (22) fought over the holeshot in the first 450cc Heat, which ultimately Reed hung onto. Reed fought off Kevin Windham to win the Heat.

Honda Red Bull Racing's Davi Millsaps (118) led from start to finish in 450cc Heat two.

Canard (48) looked to have the holeshot in hand in the Lites main, only for Jesseman (77) to steal the Progressive Insurance Holeshot Award. Canard assumed the lead quickly, though.

Canard (behind 77) led the race for the first five laps, but when Ryan Villopoto caught him and attempted to make a pass, he went down, which held Canard up long enough for Jesseman (77) to take over the lead. Jesseman led only lap six before giving way to Canard when Jesseman fell in the same corner as his teammate Villopoto did a lap earlier. Jesseman remounted seventh and finished sixth.

Villopoto got up from his pass attempt in eighth and then passed for second on the last lap, where he finished.

With all of the chaos up front, Rockstar/Makita Suzuki's Nico Izzi ran second for much of the race, only for Villopoto to force his way by on the white-flag lap.

Frenchman Ben Coisy (pronounced Kwa-zee) finished fourth.

For the second week in a row, nobody could stop rookie Trey Canard. He now holds the points lead with 50 over Ryan Sipes, who has 36, with six rounds left to run.

Reed (22) grabbed the early lead in the 450cc main event and never looked back, breaking his losing streak at two.

Honda Red Bull Racing's Andrew Short ran second for much of the race before giving way to both his teammate Millsaps and Yamaha's Josh Hill.

Windham (14) ran as high as third but faded late in the race to finish fifth.

Hill (leading in this photo) came from outside the top five to grab second by the finish.

While running second with less than five laps to go, Millsaps went down in a rhythm section, giving up second to Hill, and putting Short third. It was Short's second podium in a row (and ever) and it matched Hill's best finish of the year as well.

Dungey started out fifth and battled it out with the likes of Windham, Millsaps, Hill and Short in his 450cc debut, and finished fourth.

Monster Energy Kawasaki's lone rider on the weekend, Travis Preston, had his best ride so far in his short season, finishing sixth.

Reed won his sixth race of the season and extended his points lead to 34 with eight rounds left to run over Windham.