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2012 AMA SuperCross, an FIM World Championship

Round 16: Rice-Eccles Stadium - Salt Lake City

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Salt Lake City
April 28, 2012

Tomac Wraps Up the Lites West Championship

Rice-Eccles Stadium was filled Saturday night for Round 16 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship series in Salt Lake City, UT. It was an exciting night with GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac taking the win and wrapping up the Lites West Championship with one round still remaining. Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Justin Brayton rode a solid Supercross race, finishing in fourth place to gain valuable points.

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Justin Brayton
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Justin Brayton

Brayton rode an impressive heat race aboard his factory CRF450R, finishing second after leading throughout the majority of the race. In the main, Brayton got a mid-pack start and spent the race charging forward through the pack to finish fourth.

“Today was a little frustrating for me. I had a hard time finding my rhythm on the track during practice but in the heat race things started to feel really good. I led the majority of the race but after a good battle, Millsaps got by me,” said Brayton. “In the main I got a bad start, which made it really tough to get to the front where I needed to be to battle with the leaders. After being on the podium so many times it’s hard not to be up there, and I’m determined to get on the top of the box. With one more round I am hoping to make it all count and take the win in Vegas.” 

After an impressive win in Seattle, Andrew Short finished a respectable seventh place aboard his new Chaparral Honda CRF450R.

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Eli Tomac
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Eli Tomac

In the Lites West class, GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac grabbed his fourth win of the season and wrapped up his first-ever Supercross title. Tomac got a mid-pack start in the main but quickly made his way through the field. Once in the lead, Tomac never looked back, checking out and taking the checkered flag. Both Tomac and teammate Justin Barcia will head into the final round in Las Vegas with the number one plates.

“This is an awesome feeling. Honestly, I didn’t even know I had won the championship at first. I came off the track and had no idea. Then when someone told me I couldn’t believe it. I have worked so hard this season, so knowing it has paid off is great,” stated Tomac.

Teammate Wil Hahn finished second in his heat, and a solid fourth in the main.

2012 AMA SuperCross, an FIM World Championship
Round 16: Rice-Eccles Stadium - Salt Lake City

Supercross Main Event
Rank Rider (Team)
1 Ryan Dungey
2 Davi Millsaps
3 Jake Weimer
4 Justin Brayton (Honda)
5 Mike Alessi
6 Broc Tickle
7 Andrew Short (Honda)
8 Josh Grant
9 Robert Kiniry
10 Tyler Bowes
Supercross Championship Points (after 16 of 17 rounds)
Rank Rider (Team) Point
1 Ryan Villopoto 323
2 Davi Millsaps 244
3 Justin Brayton (Honda) 237
4 Ryan Dungey 232
5 Jake Wiemer 211
6 Mike Alessi 192
7 James Stewart 178
8 Brett Metcalf 174
9 Kevin Windham (Honda) 166
10 Broc Tickle 161
Supercross Lites West Main Event
Rank Rider (Team)
1 Eli Tomac (Honda)
2 Jason Anderson
3 Martin Davalos
4 Wil Hahn (Honda)
5 Marvin Musquin
6 Matt Moss
7 Billy Laninovich
8 Topher Ingalls
9 Vince Friese
10 Scott Champion
Supercross LitesWest Points (after 8 of 9 rounds)
Rank Rider (Team) Point
1 Eli Tomac (Honda) 159
2 Dean Wilson 132
3 Marvin Musquin 127
4 Cole Seely (Honda) 119
5 Jason Anderson 95
6 Matt Moss 92
7 Billy Laninovich 84
8 Ryan Sipes 83
9 Nico Izzi 78
10 Travis Baker (Honda) 75

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