Las Vegas Photo Report
By:
Lissimore

Vegas has come and gone. All that's left are hangovers and these photos...

 

By James Lissimore

 

That's it. The 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series a FIM World Championship(I can't believe the TV guys had to say that a million times a show) is now in the books and even though all the titles were wrapped up coming in to the final round, there was no shortage of action on the track. Here's a few photos from Sam Boyd Stadium...

 

 

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The final round

With Cole Seely and Travis Baker out, the TLD Honda team brought in Billy Laninovich to fill in for the next few races. He rode Lites at Vegas and then will jump on a 450 for Hangtown.

Nick Wey dials in his bike.

JT looks for a little pre-race inspiration at the Monster pool.

Trey Canard lets the sign do the talking.

Nick Wey fan with JT hair?

Opening ceremonies

Ryan Villopoto is fresh off of knee surgery but he still came out on his bike to wave to the crowd.

SPEED tried something new at Vegas with a roundtable panel, featuring Chad Reed, Trey Canard and Kevin Windham.

Justin Barcia grabbed the holeshot in the first race of the night - the East Coast main.

Barcia made a few bobbles, allowing Ken Roczen to close up on him but then he settled down and stretched his lead back out.

There wasn't much in custom, Vegas stuff this year. The Motoconcepts guys, like Jake Canada here, had some Vegas themed jersey lettering.

For Barcia it was one race win down, one more to go, after the East main.

The East podium: Blake Baggett, Justin Barcia and Ken Roczen(l-r)

It was more Geico for the start of the West main as Eli Tomac(17) grabbed the holeshot.

Dean Wilson recovered from a bad start in the West main to work his way past riders like Jason Anderson(44) on his way to second.

It was all Tomac though and the newly crowned West Champ celebrated with a McGrath-esque Nac-Nac

Tomac wins the West main.

After starting off the season with an injury, Will Hahn completed his comeback with a third place in the series finale.

Hahn, Tomac and Wilson were your West Lites podium.

Ice Ice Baby

With the East and West mains out of the way it was time for the Shootout.

Though Barcia grabbed the holeshot, a surprisingly fast Martin Davalos put a pass on the East champ and got out front of the Geico duo.

Hahn couldn't repeat his podium heroics in the Shootout but still finished a solid 6th.

The battle for the lead was intense.

The KTM duo of Roczen and Musquin were battling over fourth. Roczen came out on top.

Eventually both Barcia and Tomac got by Davalos and went wheel to wheel for the win.

The 1E would end up holding off the 1W to take the win.

How hot is this duo right now?

These guys are having a good year.

Windham and Canard watch Mike Alessi grab the holeshot in the 450 main from their broadcast spot.

With a bad start, Justin Brayton and Josh Grant tag-teamed their way through the pack.

Clearly JT's pre-race pool visit paid off as he put it in the main event, finishing 16th.

Nico Izzi finally delivered on the promise he's been showing during the practice sessions with a career best 6th.

After getting the holeshot, Alessi would eventually go on to finish seventh.

Brett Metcalfe has had a season to forget. It was looking like Metty's black cloud had finally lifted when he was battling for a podium position but then it came back with a vengeance when his bike broke.

Jake Weimer and Davi Millsaps had a great battle for second. They even touched wheels in the air at one point but luckily didn't crash. Millsaps eventually got by to take the second spot on the podium.

Josh Grant rode well to get 5th.

Out front, Ryan Dungey was running away with it and took his fourth win of the season.

Feld goes all out with the fireworks after the checkered flag flies.

They also dumped a bunch of confetti to mark the end of another season of Supercross.

Millsaps' second place finish sealed his spot as runner up in the Championship.

The final SX podium of the year: Brayton, Dungey and Millsaps.