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AMA SX: A third win for Canard in Texas


by Luc Fradette

More than 51,000 fans were at hand in the Cowboys Stadium to witness American Honda’s Trey Canard earned his third win of the 2011 AMA Supercross season with a wire-to-wire victory.

In the first turn of the Class 450 main event, Mike Alessi (KTM) grabbed the holeshot but did not hold on to the lead as Canard soon took over while Chad Reed (Honda), and James Stewart battled for second throughout the first portion of the race.

As Canard extended his multiple-second advantage over the field, Reed and Stewart came together on Lap 8 when Stewart lost control of his motorcycle, ultimately running into his rival and taking both riders off the track.

As the pair looked to re-enter the race, current champion Ryan Dungey (Suzuki) and Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki) assumed the vacated positions. Stewart would remount in fifth while Reed dropped to eighth.

While running second, Dungey made contact with a lapped rider and fell to the ground, allowing Villopoto to take over second while Dungey remounted in third. They would cross the finish in that order, but still over two seconds behind Canard.

Villopoto’s runner-up effort ended two weeks of frustration and also moved him back into the top spot in the championship standings.

AMA Supercross Class 450 Results -: Arlington
Pos. Rider Bike

1. Trey Canard Honda
2. Ryan Villopoto Kawasaki
3. Ryan Dungey Suzuki
4. James Stewart Yamaha
5. Kevin Windham Honda
6. Andrew Short KTM
7. Tommy Hahn Yamaha
8.Chad Reed Honda
9. Austin Stroupe Yamaha
10.Mike Alessi KTM

AMA Supercross Class 450 Season Standings – After 13 rounds
Pos. Rider Bike Points

1. Ryan Villopoto Kawasaki – 255
2. Chad Reed Honda – 249
3. Ryan Dungey Suzuki – 248
4. Trey Canard Honda – 239
5. James Stewart Yamaha – 234