News

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto Wins In Salt Lake City To Secure Third Straight Supercross Title

April 29, 2013

Irvine, Calif. (April 28, 2013) - Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto wrapped up his third-consecutive Monster Energy Supercrosstitle at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah on Saturday. Villopoto took the lead in the third turn and sprinted the entire 20-lap main event to hold off his championship rivals and secured the No. 1 plate for his KX™450F next season. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Martin Davalos raced to his third podium of the season, finishing third, while teammate TylaRattray finished eighth. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer was victim to a first turn pile up and fought back to 13th.

 

Monster Energy Kawasaki Under the Tent

 

Three-Peat

With the championship in reach, Villopoto was cool and confident heading to Salt Lake City. In his heat race, the defending champion battled for the lead before settling for second. In order to clinch the championship, Villopoto needed to place ahead of his two closest rivals. Rocketing off the start on his KX450F, he took ahold of the lead by the third corner and began his sprint to the finish. Despite multiple attacks, Villopoto was able to edge out the field leading all 20 laps and winning his third straight Monster Energy Supercross Championship.

 

“It feels amazing,” said Villopoto. “The track was tough and any little mistake could have easily changed the result. We are all pushing so hard it was anyone’s race. It took a lot of hard work to get to this point and it takes a tight knit group to succeed at this level.”

 

On the Podium

Davalos started qualifying at the top of the charts, but suffered a crash in the second practice, which sent him limping down to the start gate for his heat race. Undeterred, he got the holeshot on his KX™250F and ran away with the win, his fifth heat race win of the season. In the main event he was pinched off on the short start-straight and rounded the first turn outside the top-10. Wasting no time, Davalos cut his way through the field using his corners and speed through the whoops to make passes. By lap five he was into third and started reeling in the leaders, but ran out of the time. Davalos sits fifth in the 250SX Western Region standings.

 

“I was really excited for the main event because I felt good all day,” said Davalos. “The bike was working really good and I charged to the end to get on the podium. I’m happy but I feel like I could have been battling for the win had I got a better start. The whoops were super tricky this week and really separated guys.”

 

Consistency

Rattray got off to a good start in his heat race, riding smooth, consistent laps to finish third. When the gate dropped for the main event, Rattray came together with his teammate, almost going down, but recovered and rounded the first turn near the back of the field. The South African put his KX250F to work and fought the treacherous track making his way to eighth by the checkered flag.

 

“The day started off good,” said Rattray. “But I tangled with guys off the start and came around last. It was really hard to pass on the track because the dirt was slippery due to all the pebbles and rocks. Eighth was as far as I could get. I’m looking forward to Vegas.”

 

Always Fighting

After a top five finish one week ago in Seattle, Weimer was looking to continue the momentum through the end of the supercross season. Unfortunately for the Idaho native, crashes plagued his evening and restricted him from showing his full potential. In the heat race, Weimer went down early in the whoops section but was able to fight back, finish in ninth, and transfer to the main event. When the gate dropped for the main event, Weimer timed it perfectly and had a wheel ahead of the field until another rider collided with him in the first turn and sending multiple riders to the ground. Weimer remounted as quickly as possible and made his way back to 13th by the finish.

 

“It was not the result I wanted,” said Weimer. “I have a big fanbase at this race, growing up pretty close to here, and I felt good for the main event. I got a great jump but that all went away when we all came together in the first turn. I did my best to come through, but it wasn’t how I wanted to end the night.”

 

Legend Status

By winning three straight supercross championships, Villopoto joins an elite group of riders that have achieved such a feat. Bob Hannah, Jeremy McGrath, and Ricky Carmichael are the only other riders to have won three in a row.

 

Viva Las Vegas

The finale of the 2013 Monster Energy Supercross season will take place at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas next Saturday. The racing will be intense as the Western and Eastern 250SX Regions will have their final round as well a face off against each other in the East/West Shootout.

 

Results

 

Monster Energy AMA Supercross
Rice-Eccles Stadium – Salt Lake City, Utah
April 27, 2013

 

450SX Main Event

  1. RYAN VILLOPOTO, MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI
  2. DaviMillsaps, Suzuki
  3. Ryan Dungey, KTM
  4. Trey Canard, Honda
  5. Justin Barcia, Honda
  6. Justin BRayton, Yamaha
  7. Josh Hill, Suzuki
  8. Andrew Short, KTM
  9. Weston Peick, Suzuki
    10. Chad Reed, Honda
    13. JAKE WEIMER, MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI

 

450SX Championship Standings

  1. RYAN VILLOPOTO, MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 346
  2. DaviMillsaps, Suzuki, 318
  3. Ryan Dungey, KTM, 315
  4. Justin Barcia, Honda, 261
  5. Chad Reed, Honda, 224
  6. Trey Canard, Honda, 220
  7. Andrew Short, KTM, 202
  8. Justin Brayton, Yamaha, 177
  9. James Stewart, Suzuki, 174
    10. Broc Tickle, Suzuki, 165
    11. JAKE WEIMER, MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 139

 

250SX Western Regional Main Event

  1. Jason Anderson, Suzuki
  2. Cole Seely, Honda
  3. MARTIN DAVALOS, MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI
  4. Malcolm Stewart, KTM
  5. Christian Craig, Honda
  6. Eli Tomac, Honda
  7. Ran Sipes, Suzuki
  8. TYLA RATTRAY, MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI
  9. Joey Savatgy, KTM
    10. Travis Baker, Yamaha

 

250SX Western Regional Points Standings

  1. Ken Roczen, KTM, 163
  2. Eli Tomac, Honda, 158
  3. Cole Seely, Honda, 135
  4. Jason Anderson, Suzuki, 124
  5. MARTIN DAVALOS, MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI, 114
  6. Zach Osborne, Honda, 111
  7. Kyle Cunningham, Yamaha, 96
  8. Christian Craig, Honda, 87
  9. TYLA RATTRAY, MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI, 87
    10.
    Joey Savatgy, KTM, 87

Back