Windham and Reed bring it down to the wire with a winner-take-all event in Vegas this weekend
CARLSBAD, Calif., (April 29, 2008) – Spy Optic’s Kevin Windham (Torco/Honda) is doing all he possibly can to win the 2008 Monster Energy AMA Supercross title, as is the guy he’s battling, current points leader Chad Reed.
With a win at Seattle this past weekend – his third straight and fourth overall in ’08 - Windham again cut into Reed’s premier Supercross class points lead, trimming the margin to a clean ten points (340-330) with one winner-take-all battle at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium this Saturday night.
“Man, that was a crazy race,” said Windham. “I got a good start, got out in front and heard the crowd start to go crazy. Figured something happened to Chad (Reed) and I went over a jump, looked over saw him down in the first turn.
“I thought to myself ‘This is a good opportunity to make up some points.’”
Which is what Windham would eventually do, despite getting a Tuff Block cover wrapped up in his bike and having to pull over and stop to remove it. A terribly exciting race would ensue with Windham battling back and forth with fellow Spy Optic racer Andrew Short (Honda) for the overall lead for much of the race, Reed mounted a comeback and eventually caught up to the front runners. Windham was able to make one last pass on Short with three laps to go, then Short held off Reed as long as he could – finally settling on a 3rd place podium finish (to Reed’s 2nd place).
“I was able to turn it around tonight, did what I had to do with Reed,” said Short, who won the $1,500 Progressive Direct Holeshot.
“It’s racing and I can’t give up spots. There’ll be a lot of red (Honda) out there this weekend and we’ll do whatever it takes to help Kevin out.”
Stepping up a class and riding with the big dogs to an impressive 6th place overall finish was Spy Optic’s Josh Grant. The Torco/Honda rider making the top ten overall at Seattle in the premier Supercross class, pulling a great start (5th) and battling through to the checkers on the lead lap.
Also running in the Supercross class top ten for Spy Optic was Nick Wey (MDK/KTM). Wey scored his first top ten finish since round 12 with an 8th place finish at Seattle, moving him solidly into 9th place in the overall standings with 144 points. Rounding out Spy Optic’s athletes in the top 15 of the Supercross class was Jeff Gibson (Cernic’s/Kawasaki) in 13th place.
Next up for the Spy Optic racers on the Monster Energy Supercross tour is the Saturday, May 3rd finals at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium.