SX Pics: 2010 AMA Supercross, Round 5

Red Bull Honda rider Davi Millsaps adds his name to the list of 2010 winners.

Photography by Jeff Allen

SX Pics: 2010 AMA Supercross, Round 5

Adverse conditions often open the door of opportunity in racing. In San Diego this past weekend for Round 5 of the 2010 Monster Energy AMA Supercross/FIM World SX Championship, rain prior to the race and then again right before the 450cc Main Event made a challenging track even more difficult. One turn after the drop of the starting gate, another twist was added to a season that has already been a roller-coaster ride.

Turn 1 saw points-leader Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Ryan Dungey go down while braking for the left-hander. In the melee, San Francisco winner, Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto, also went down, opening up an opportunity for any number of new names to find their way to the top step of the podium. Red Bull Honda racing's Davi Millsaps took advantage of the situation, scoring his first victory in two years.With championship favorites James Stewart, Chad Reed and former SX-class winner Josh Grant all sitting on the sidelines, the series has been blown wide open. The second step of the podium was once again taken by hard-charging San Manuel Yamaha rider Josh Hill, who nabbed that position for the third week in a row; a win for Hill is surely imminent. Another welcome face on the podium was former Lites champ Ivan Tedesco, now riding on the privateer Valli Motorsports Yamaha team. Only 10 points separate the top three—Dungey, Hill and Villopoto—in the championship.

Lites was much the same scenario as it has been all year, meaning a fourth win in five races by Pro Circuit Kawasaki's Jake Weimer. Sixteen-year-old British rookie Max Anstie showed a committed riding style on the deteriorating track and pressured Weimer in the latter stages of the race. Anstie ultimately finished fourth.

2010 AMA Supercross/FIM SX World Championship; Round 5, San Diego, California.
2010 AMA Supercross/FIM SX World Championship; Round 5, San Diego, California.
2010 AMA Supercross/FIM SX World Championship; Round 5, San Diego, California.
2010 AMA Supercross/FIM SX World Championship; Round 5, San Diego, California.
2010 AMA Supercross/FIM SX World Championship; Round 5, San Diego, California.
2010 AMA Supercross/FIM SX World Championship; Round 5, San Diego, California.
2010 AMA Supercross/FIM SX World Championship; Round 5, San Diego, California.
2010 AMA Supercross/FIM SX World Championship; Round 5, San Diego, California.
2010 AMA Supercross/FIM SX World Championship; Round 5, San Diego, California.
2010 AMA Supercross/FIM SX World Championship; Round 5, San Diego, California.
2010 AMA Supercross/FIM SX World Championship; Round 5, San Diego, California.
2010 AMA Supercross/FIM SX World Championship; Round 5, San Diego, California.
2010 AMA Supercross/FIM SX World Championship; Round 5, San Diego, California.
2010 AMA Supercross/FIM SX World Championship; Round 5, San Diego, California.
2010 AMA Supercross/FIM SX World Championship; Round 5, San Diego, California.
2010 AMA Supercross/FIM SX World Championship; Round 5, San Diego, California.
2010 AMA Supercross/FIM SX World Championship; Round 5, San Diego, California.
2010 AMA Supercross/FIM SX World Championship; Round 5, San Diego, California.
2010 AMA Supercross/FIM SX World Championship; Round 5, San Diego, California.
2010 AMA Supercross/FIM SX World Championship; Round 5, San Diego, California.
2010 AMA Supercross/FIM SX World Championship; Round 5, San Diego, California.
2010 AMA Supercross/FIM SX World Championship; Round 5, San Diego, California.
2010 AMA Supercross/FIM SX World Championship; Round 5, San Diego, California.
2010 AMA Supercross/FIM SX World Championship; Round 5, San Diego, California.
2010 AMA Supercross/FIM SX World Championship; Round 5, San Diego, California.
2010 AMA Supercross/FIM SX World Championship; Round 5, San Diego, California.
2010 AMA Supercross/FIM SX World Championship; Round 5, San Diego, California.
2010 AMA Supercross/FIM SX World Championship; Round 5, San Diego, California.
2010 AMA Supercross/FIM SX World Championship; Round 5, San Diego, California.