TORRANCE, CA – January 24, 2012 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship series made its way to Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California this weekend for round three. Honda was on the top of the podium with TwoTwo Motorsport’s Chad Reed winning the Supercross class and GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac winning the Lites class.
It was a tough night for Team Honda Muscle Milk. After getting a bad start in his heat race Justin Brayton missed transferring to the main by one position. In the LCQ he got the holeshot and led for the first few laps but crashed in the whoops, sending him to sixth place, out of contention for the main. Right after the main began, fellow Team Honda Muscle Milk rider Trey Canard got tangled up with a tuff block in the first corner, dragging the cover with him. As a result, he was hindered through the triple jump and was unfortunate enough to have another rider land on him. Canard was knocked unconscious and taken off the track by the Asterisk medical team, where he was then transferred to the hospital for further evaluation.
Canard injured his back in the accident, but has 100-percent movement of his legs. American Honda will release additional information on his condition as it becomes available.
Following a less-than-desirable start in the main, TwoTwo Motorsports Honda rider Chad Reed was given a second chance after the race was red flagged due to the first-lap pileup. Reed got a third-place start the second time around and battled his way to the front of the pack, where he rode consistently to a first-place podium finish. “It feels awesome to get a win, especially at the third round. We are early in the series so I am trying to stay consistent to hopefully get more wins,” said Reed.
Lites rider Eli Tomac was setting remarkable lap times during both his practice and heat race, showing that he was going to be the guy to beat that night. In the main event the GEICO Honda rider took the holeshot and never looked back. He quickly gapped the rest of the pack by several seconds, riding a solid 15 laps to the checkered flag. “I am excited for the win tonight and am happy to be leading the points into round four,” said Tomac. “If I can get consistently good starts, I believe I can win like I did tonight. I am comfortable out front and plan to stay there.”
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