Another chapter has closed in the seventeen-chapter saga known as the AMA Monster Energy Supercross series, and once again, it delivered everything that has made 2011 one of the greatest series’ of all time. As the Supercross class headed to Dallas, the top five riders were only separated by twenty-two points, with every one of them carrying podiums, main event wins and a belief that they can become the 2011 450 SX champ. Each and every week this year, at least one of the top five has had a weekend they would rather forget, and every week one or more of them has stepped up to fill their memory with rides they will remember as the greatest of their lives. Who would leave Dallas wishing for amnesia, and who would leave with a memory that would a life time?

James Stewart Dallas

Photo by Brian Robinette.

As the day qualifiers got going, it was easy to see where the biggest issues would be. The whoops in Dallas were huge. The first pics that came in of these monsters showed that they looked like a rhythm section from the past, but in 2011, riders are expected to grab a handful of 450cc power and skim over them. Anytime there is a whoops section like the one these guys faced inside the beautiful Cowboy Stadium, it is sure to play a part in the outcome of the main event. In qualifying, though, San Manuel/Yamaha rider and team owner James Stewart would go through them better than anyone else and record the fastest lap of the day sessions.

The heat races in 2011 seem to be as stacked as any main event from the past, and heat one would feature three of the “big five:” Monster Energy/Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto, Two-Two Motorsports/Bel Ray’s Chad Reed and Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey. RV2 would grab the lead in turn one and ride his own race, while both Reed and Dungey would have their issues. In the end, RV2 would take the first transfer spot of the night, winning the heat by ten seconds.

Ryan Villopoto Dallas

Photo by Brian Robinette.

Heat two brought out the two other big five riders: San Manuel/Yamaha’s James Stewart and Factory Honda’s Trey Canard. Trey was out front early, but by the end of the heat, JS7 would secure the lead and the win, making this his tenth heat race win of the season. The LCQ would be won by GEICO Powersports Kevin Windham—who had crashed in his heat race—and the final gate pick for the main event would go to the very likable privateer Weston Peick.

Main Event
When the gate fell on round thirteen, it was the Red Bull/KTM rider Mike Alessi—on the KTM 350—grabbing his second-straight main event holeshot of the year. Right behind the orange number 800 through the first turn—and quickly around him—was Trey Canard. By the the end of lap one and some shuffling amongst the top five, the running order would be Canard, Reed, Stewart, Dungey and Villopoto. The quickness with which he had attacked and gotten away was working in Trey’s favor. On lap one, Trey sprinted to a two-second gap, while Dungey, Reed and Stewart were behind him playing a game of “who can block pass better.” While the three former and current SX champs were swapping positions, the Honda rookie rode flawlessly and stretched his lead.

Chad Reed Dallas

Photo by Brian Robinette.

On lap four—while still in second position—JS7 would begin to huck-a-buck in the whoops and allow Reedy back into second spot. For the next five laps, Reedy would click off some perfect laps with Stewart, Dungey and Villopoto all matching him lap for lap. The whole train was slightly closing on the number fourty-one until lap nine when, once again, all hell would break loose for Stewart, and he would take someone down with him. Stewart lost control of his 450 in the whoops while closing in on Reed, and whiskey-throttled right into his unsuspecting competitor. This contact sent Reed cartwheeling over the berm and Stewart down as well. Stewart quickly remounted in fifth, while Reed would remount seventh but fall back as far as tenth due to issues with the bike caused by the crash.

Out front of all the drama—and having the race of his life—was the Oklahoman, Trey Canard. Trey, being from Shawnee, Okla., was feeling that hometown vibe, and was surely smiling from ear-to-ear knowing that he was about to win his third race of the year in front of his friends and family. After riding twenty flawless main event laps, Trey did just that, securing another win and his spot atop the podium yet again.

Ryan Dungey Dallas

Photo by Brian Robinette.

Behind Trey, Dungey looked to have second position locked down. A late race mistake, though, would briefly send the 2010 champ down and allow RV2 to take over second. With a second in Dallas, he regains the points-lead he had given up just one week ago. JS7, after his rendezvous with arch-rival Reed, would make his way back by Windham—who finished a solid fifth—to grab fourth on the night.

Reed would end up the man who wished to forget this night. His Two-Two Motorsports bike continued to have problems after the mid-race crash, and the best Reedy could do would be eighth, relinquishing his number one position in the points as he left Dallas. Reed now sits in second, just six points back from RV2. After the race, Chad would say, “that’s better than the twenty-nine I was back just three races ago.”

Photo by Brian Robinette.

Main Event results
1  41 Trey Canard
2   2 Ryan Villopoto
3   1 Ryan Dungey
4   7 James Stewart
5  14 Kevin Windham
6  29 Andrew Short
7  12 Thomas Hahn
8  22 Chad Reed
9  74 Austin Stroupe
10 800 Mike Alessi
11  43 Weston Peick
12 321 Fabien Izoird
13  38 Chris Blose
14  26 Michael Byrne
15   9 Ivan Tedesco
16  30 Kyle Regal
17  10 Justin Brayton
18  27 Nicholas Wey
19  36 Cole Seely
20  18 David Millsaps

450 points
1st   2 Ryan Villopoto   255
2nd 22 Chad Reed       249
3rd   1 Ryan Dungey   248
4th  41 Trey Canard     239
5th   7 James Stewart  234