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Chad Reed wins, two riders hurt in supercross race at Dodger Stadium

January 21, 2012 | 10:52 pm

Chad-reed_300Chad Reed earned his first supercross victory of the season at Dodger Stadium on Saturday night in a race marred by a first-lap crash that injured two riders.

Reed, a two-time champion of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series, won by three seconds on his Honda over 2010 title winner Ryan Dungey, who finished second in front of 35,741 in the third race of the series' 17-race schedule.

Two-time champion James Stewart was running second when he fell on the 12th lap, and the Yamaha rider finished third. It was Stewart's first top-three finish in the last five races going back to last season.

Reigning champion Ryan Villopoto ran off the track early and dropped to last place among the races' 20 riders. But he then stormed through most of the field to finish fourth.

On the opening lap, Ryan Morais of Murrieta and Trey Canard of Shawnee, Okla., were injured in a crash on the first lap and the race was stopped for several minutes while they were treated.

Their injuries were not immediately known, but safety workers placed them on back boards and the series said the riders were transported to Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center.

Supercross is the stadium version of off-road motorcycle racing, or motocross. In the AMA's junior-level "supercross lites" division, Eli Tomac of Cortez, Colo., won the 15-lap main event and Dean Wilson of Menifee finished second.

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-- Jim Peltz

Photo: Chad Reed. Credit: Matt Kartozian

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