The constant, frigid rain Saturday night altered everything from the course to the length of the races at the Monster Energy Supercross races at Rice-Eccles Stadium. It did not, however, change Josh Hansen’s strategy. “I just really felt like I wanted to win. I wanted to beat everybody — bad. I didn’t want to ride conservative,” he said. “No matter what the conditions were, I just felt like when you ride like conservative, that’s when you make mistakes. I just put my head down and took chances.” Shaking his head and smiled when asked why he kept throwing triples when everyone else, including the second-place finisher Trey Canard, Oklahoma, stuck with doubles on slick bumps. “I just did what I felt like doing,” said Hansen. “I just didn’t want to ride too cautious.” The win was Hansen’s first this season, but he said he’s been on the verge of a break through most of the year.
In the 450 class main event, Kevin Windham took first, while David Millsaps was second. The crowd was screamed with delight when Windham lapped overall champion Ryan Dungey late in the race. Landen Powell was one of two Utahns in the competition and the only one to make the finals. It was the 18-year-old Bingham High student’s first appearance in a main event finals this season. He finished 18th out of 20 riders.
1. Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Honda
2. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Honda
3. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda
Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites
1. Josh Hansen, Elbert, Colo., Kawasaki
2. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda
3. Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda