The supercross lites race made history in Indianapolis. For the first time ever, a supercross lites main event was re-started single-file by running order. After the red flag was drawn following the completion of the fourth lap, a single-file restart, reminiscent of flat track racing occurred.
AMA Supercross Rule Book
The AMA Supercross Rule Book for 2012 clearly states how this situation should be handled.
Section "4.21 Restarts" section b. states;
The race is stopped (with more than three laps and less than 90% of the total distance completed by the race leader, rounded down to the nearest whole number of laps / whether it be a Heat, Last Chance Qualifier or Main Event)
4. Riders will be restarted from a staggered standing start in
the starting area .
a. Riders will be lined up in a staggered formation beginning
on the starting straight at a start line located by the first
turn, starting with the rider that was in the first posi tion
and continuing back towards the starting area.
b. Riders not ready to take their position in line will be placed
c. Once all riders are in position, the starter will display a
green flag to signal the start.
d. Any movement of the motorcycle before the display of the
green flag will be considered a jumped start. Any rider
deemed to have jumped the start will be penalized a
minimum of two positions in the final results.
e. Eligible riders who are unable to participate in the re- start
due to a stalled motorcycle or continued repairs may join
the race from the starting area at anytime during the race.
6. The race will be run for the remaining number of laps .
7. In the case of a Main Event, full championship points will be
So they got it right at the Indy Supercross. The Lites main event went on with only a few othe shake-ups that night. Primarily it was Ken Roczen throughing away his position out front with a mishape on a tricky single-in-table-top that sent Rockies KTM ghost riding over the backside of the jump. Blake Wharton made the most of Roczens mishape to take over first and the main event vicrtory just ahead of Pro Circuits Darryn Durham and Geico Hondas Justin Barcia who missed the top step of the podium for the first time this season with a third place finish.