Monster Energy Supercross Finale from Las Vegas
Action-Packed Night of Racing Set to Bring 2012 Season to a Close
AURORA, Ill. – Following a season of high drama, heartbreaking injuries, and a historic run to the championship, the 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, season is set to come to an exciting conclusion on Saturday night as a capacity crowd inside Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium will welcome the world’s best riders into action for one final time.
Media day is Friday, May 4 from 10:00 a.m. – Noon in the Club Level area, with a special press conference featuring this season’s brightest stars.
Last weekend, Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey returned to the top step of the podium inside Salt Lake City’s Rice-Eccles Stadium, capturing his third victory of the year just two weeks after returning to competition from a broken collar bone. The 2010 Monster Energy Supercross Champion had to dig deep for the win, overcoming an early fall in an incident with Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer to fight his way back from a multiple-second deficit and climb from third to first over the final five laps of the main event.
Dungey’s triumph came at the expense of Toyota/Yamaha/JGRMX’s Davi Millsaps, who took control of the Supercross Class nearly the entire evening. Following an impressive heat race win, Millsaps took the holeshot in the main event and pulled away from the field. It looked as though the Yamaha rider, who has moved from 11th to second in the championship over the second half of the season, was in line for his first victory since 2010, but a couple bobbles allowed Dungey to close the gap and make the winning pass on Lap 18. While the runner-up finish was a hard finish to swallow for Millsaps, he enters Las Vegas as the hottest rider in Monster Energy Supercross.
While the championship has already been decided in the Supercross Class, Millsaps and Dungey are giving the fans something to be excited about. The Salt Lake City race was one of the best of the season and bodes well for the thousands who will be in attendance on Saturday night. Moreover, both Weimer and Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Justin Brayton are in search of their inaugural victories in the class and after amassing the best championship performances of their respective careers, each rider has just one more opportunity to cap off their campaigns with a win.
In the Supercross Class standings, only 12 points separate Millsaps in second to Dungey in fourth, with Brayton serving as the middle man. Bragging rights are on the line heading into Vegas and all three of these riders have their own reasons to take the final checkered flag of the season.
With GEICO Honda rider Eli Tomac’s fourth win of the Western Regional Supercross Lites Class season in Salt Lake City, the second-year rider also secured his first career title as a pro. As a result, both the Eastern and Western Regional Supercross Lites Championships have been decided heading into the final race from Sam Boyd Stadium.
Despite that, the coveted Supercross Lites East/West Shootout is sure to bring some of the biggest fireworks of the evening. By virtue of Tomac’s title-winning performance, GEICO Honda has the rare distinction of sweeping both Supercross Lites Regional Championships for the first time in team history. Tomac, along with teammate and Eastern Regional Champion Justin Barcia, will lead the best riders from each region into action on Saturday night for the one and only showdown between the fastest Supercross Lites competitors on the planet.
Four months and 16 weeks of grueling competition have come down to this. Not a single seat inside Sam Boyd Stadium will be empty on Saturday night as the world’s most elite riders bring the 2012 Monster Energy Supercross season to a close.
All the action from Las Vegas can be seen LIVE on SPEED, with coverage set to begin at 10:30 p.m. EST.
Supercross Class Results: Salt Lake City
Supercross Class Season Standings
Western Regional Supercross Lites Class Results: Salt Lake City
Western Regional Supercross Lites Class Season Standings
Eastern Regional Supercross Lites Class Season Standings
Past Winners in Las Vegas
May 7, 2011: Chad Reed
May 8, 2010: Ryan Dungey
May 3, 2009: Ryan Villopoto
May 3, 2008: Chad Reed
May 5, 2007: James Stewart
May 6, 2006: James Stewart
May 7, 2005: Chad Reed
May 1, 2004: Kevin Windham
May 3, 2003: Chad Reed
May 4, 2002: Ricky Carmichael
May 5, 2001: Ricky Carmichael
May 6, 2000: Jeremy McGrath
May 1, 1999: Jeremy McGrath
May 2, 1998: Jeremy McGrath
May 17, 1997: Doug Henry
June 10, 1995: Jeff Emig
June 11, 1994: Jeremy McGrath
June 12, 1993: Jeff Stanton
April 25, 1992: Jean-Michel Bayle
May 4, 1991: Mike LaRocco
March 17, 1990: Jeff Matiasevich
Supercross Lites Class
May 7, 2011: Ryan Sipes (Shootout)
May 7, 2011: Ken Roczen (WSX)
May 7, 2011: Blake Baggett (ESX)
May 8, 2010: Jake Weimer
May 3, 2009: Christophe Pourcel
May 3, 2008: Ryan Dungey
May 5, 2007: Ryan Dungey
May 6, 2006: Andrew Short
May 7, 2005: Davi Millsaps
May 1, 2004: James Stewart
May 3, 2003: Andrew Short
May 4, 2002: James Stewart
May 5, 2001: Nathan Ramsey
May 6, 2000: Travis Pastrana
May 1, 1999: Nathan Ramsey
May 2, 1998: Ricky Carmichael
May 17, 1997: Kevin Windham
June 10, 1995: Ryan Hughes
June 11, 1994: Ryan Hughes
June 12, 1993: Damon Huffman
April 25, 1992: Jeremy McGrath
May 4, 1991: Jeremy McGrath
March 17, 1990: Jeremy McGrath
Tune into the enhanced exclusive weekly video content from Supercross LIVE! during the entire 2012 season on SupercrossOnline.com, the Official Website of Monster Energy Supercross.
Weekly Supercross LIVE! Video Content Schedule
The Official Supercross LIVE! Pre-Show Race Days at 11 AM Local Race Time
Behind the Scenes with Supercross LIVE! All Day on Race Days
2 Minutes on the Track Race Days at 3:30 & 5:30 PM Local Race Time
And on the Podium Tonight Following Each Round’s Main Events
The Official Supercross LIVE! Post-Show Saturday Nights at Each Round
Toyota Tailgate Talk Wednesdays at 5 PM ET
After The Checkered Flag Thursdays at 5PM ET
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