Supercross To Visit New Orleans In 2012, First Time In 3 Years
The 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross schedule once again begins in Anaheim, California at Angel Stadium and culminates with the World Finals at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mark your calendar as next year's season starts Jan. 7 and ends May 5.
The newest stop on the circuit is the Superdome in New Orleans. The tour rolls into the Big Easy on April 14, 2012. The last time Supercross tickets were sold in The Crescent City was 2009. James Stewart took the checkered flag that year en route to his second Supercross title.
The 2012 Monster Energy Supercross schedule has a lot to live up to. The 2011 season was one of the most exciting and closest in the sport's history. Only ten points separated champion Ryan Villopoto from runner-up Chad Reed and third place finisher Ryan Dungey.
“The 2012 Monster Energy Supercross schedule is the map to the coveted championship trophy,” said Todd Jendro, an executive with Feld Motor Sports. “While 2011 is the greatest season ever, it is a primer for 2012. The returning veterans and the youthful challengers are the perfect blend for a parity-driven championship.”
To get you ready for the upcoming season Clickitticket takes a look at the top ten racers of 2011.
2011 Finish: Champion (338 points)
Team: Monster Energy Kawasaki
Bike: Kawasaki KX 450F
Racing #: 2
DOB: Aug. 13, 1988
Hometown: Poulsbo, WA
Ryan Villopoto is the 2011 AMA Supercross Series Champion. He also won seven races in the 2010 AMA Supercross season.
2011 Finish: 2nd (334 points)
Team: Monster Kawasaki Team
Bike: KX 450F
Racing #: 22
Nickname: "Speedy Reedy"
DOB: March 15, 1982
Hometown: Kurri Kurri, Australia
Australian born Chad Reed won the AMA Supercross Championship in 2004 and 2008.
2011 Finish: 3rd (328 points)
Team: Rockstar Makita Suzuki
Bike: Suzuki RM-Z450
Racing #: 1
DOB: December 4, 1989
Hometown: Belle Plaine, MN
Ryan Dungey is just the second rider to win the premier Supercross title as a rookie. The other is legend Jeremy McGrath.
James Stewart, Jr.
2011 Finish: 4th (301 points)
Team: L & M San Manuel Yamaha
Bike: 450cc YAMAHA YZ-F
Racing #: 7
Nickname: "Bubba," "The Tiger Woods of Supercross"
DOB: December 21, 1985
Hometown: Winterhaven, FL
In 2008, James Stewart pulled off a "Perfect Season" winning 24 out of 24 races.
2011 Finish: 5th (255 points)
Team: GEICO Powersports Honda
Bike: Honda CRF450R
Racing #: 41
Hobbies: Bicycling, snowboarding
DOB: September 17, 1990
Hometown: Shawnee, OK
Trey Canard captured the 2008 AMA Supercross Lites East Championship and then in 2010 he won the AMA 250 Motocross title.
2011 Finish: 6th (230 points)
Team: Honda Red Bull
Racing #: 29
Hobbies: Road biking, tennis
DOB: November 28, 1982
Hometown: Tulsa, OK
Andrew Short came in first at the 2006 AMA East/West Supercross Lites Shootout.
2011 Finish: 7th (207 points)
Team: GEICO Honda
Racing #: 14
DOB: February 28, 1978
Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA
Often teased as the "Old Man" of Supercross, Kevin Windham made an amazing comeback in the 2003 season to finish second behind Ricky Carmichael. Windham had missed most of 2002 with a broken femur.
2011 Finish: 8th (180 points)
Team: Muscle Milk/Toyota/JGRMX
Bike: Yamaha YZ450F
Racing #: 18
Hobbies: Basketball, boating
DOB: February 15, 1988
Hometown: Orlando, FL
When David Millsaps was 18 he won the AMA Supercross East Lites title. Then in his first season in the AMA 450 Class he finished third overall.
2011 Finish: 9th (155 points)
Team: Muscle Milk/Toyota/JGRMX
Bike: Yamaha YZ450F
Racing #: 10
Favorite Movie: 8 Seconds
DOB: March 14, 1984
Hometown: Fort Dodge, Iowa
In 2010, Justin Brayton won the 25th Annual Geneva Supercross and then took home a silver medal at the ESPN X Games.
2011 Finish: Finished 10 (152 points)
Team: BoostMobile/ampm/Monster Energy/Troy Racing
Racing #: 27
DOB: June 18, 1980
Hometown: Lansing, MI
Nick Wey turned pro in 1997 and was deemed by many to have tons of potential. He's never lived up to the expectations, but he's a smart rider and with a good bike he's a threat to win.
2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Itinerary
>>Jan. 7 - AMA Supercross in Anaheim, CA @ Angel Stadium
>>Jan. 14 - AMA Supercross in Phoenix, AZ @ Chase Field
>>Jan. 21 - AMA Supercross in Los Angeles, CA @ Dodger Stadium
>>Jan. 28 - AMA Supercross in Oakland, CA @ Overstock.com Coliseum
>>Feb. 4 - AMA Supercross in Anaheim, CA @ Angel Stadium
>>Feb. 11 - AMA Supercross in San Diego, CA @ Qualcomm Stadium
>>Feb. 18 - AMA Supercross in Arlington, TX @ Dallas Cowboys Stadium
>>Feb. 25 - AMA Supercross in Atlanta, GA @ Georgia Dome
>>March 3 - AMA Supercross in Saint Louis, MO @ Edward Jones Dome
>>March 10 - AMA Supercross in Daytona Beach, FL @ Daytona International Speedway
>>March 17 - AMA Supercross in Indianapolis, IN @ Lucas Oil Stadium
>>March 24 - AMA Supercross in Toronto, ON @ Rogers Centre
>>March 31 - AMA Supercross in Houston, TX @ Reliant Stadium
>>April 14 - AMA Supercross in New Orleans, LA @ Louisiana Superdome
>>April 21 - AMA Supercross in Seattle, WA @ Qwest Field
>>April 28 - AMA Supercross in Salt Lake City, UT @ Rice Eccles Stadium
>>May 5 - AMA Supercross in Las Vegas, NV @ Sam Boyd Stadium