Bel-Ray Powersports Lubricants Seattle Supercross Race Report
Bel-Ray Race Report – Seattle Wrap-Up
Round 15 of The Monster Energy Supercross series took place on Saturday night at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. With the 2011 series drawing to a close, the Bel-Ray backed race teams were prepared for action.
Rains leading up to the event meant a difficult and challenging track was in store for the Supercross racers. The timed qualifying section of the event program was shortened to allow time for extra track preparation. TwoTwo Motorsports / Bel-Ray Racing’s Chad Reed set the 6th fastest time in the evening’s qualifying with a 52.931 lap time, while Dodge / Hart and Huntington / Bel-Ray Racing teammates, Chris Blose and Ivan Tedesco were 14th and 15th with 54.934 and 55.198 respective lap times.
All three racers qualified directly to the main event out if their heat race, with Blose finishing 6th and Reed 7th in heat race #1, while Tedesco was 5th in heat race #2. All three racers have made every main event, quite a feat in this exceptional season.
Tedesco again got a fantastic start and was the winner of the Nuclear Cowboyz holeshot award. Reed too got a good start and grabbed the early lead from Tedesco. Reed would battle series’ rival, James Stewart, but when Stewart passed him, Reed settled into second place. Riding a consistent main event, Reed held second until just 2 laps from the of end. Getting cross-rutted in a rhythm section, he went over the bars in a spectacular crash. He was quickly back up and under way, but Kevin Windham got past the Two Two Motorsports’ rider. Additionally, series points leader, Ryan Villopoto, was now right on Reed’s back fender, challenging him for the final spot in the podium. In a 2 lap drag race, Villopoto and Reed battled each other with Reed holding off a charging Villopoto for third place. Riding injured, Tedesco held on for 14th and Blose, injured as well, finished 19th.
With his podium finish, Reed surpassed Supercross legend, Jeremy McGrath to take the lead on the all-time Supercross podium list.
With only 2 rounds left, Reed is in 2nd in the points standings, just 6 points behind the series leader, Villopoto. Tedesco is in 10th and Blose is in 14th.
The Supercross series will take its first weekend off since the series started in January, but returns to action in Salt Lake City on April 30th.