Villopoto Wins Inaugural Race At Dodger Stadium
January 23, 2011
Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto raced to a hard-fought win and made history as he won the inaugural Supercross at Dodger Stadium. Villopoto came through the pack to finish with his second win of the season.
The rider that wins the inaugural event at a venue earns the right to mark his name down in the history books and Villopoto rode an incredible 20-lap race to earn that right at Dodger Stadium. He didn’t get the start he wanted and had to make a quick push through the pack. He moved into second just before the half-way mark and a few laps later had taken over the lead. Villopoto kept up his quick pace to finish the night with his second win of the season. Since the start of the season three weeks ago, Villopoto has proven he has what it takes to lead a prestigious championship series. While there are 14 races left this season, Villopoto’s prior championship experience may come into play during the long season. While Villopoto collected the most wins in the series last season, there was still uncertainty of where he would stack up after being out for almost nine months. His confidence has been restored and even expanded after showing his true speed at Dodger Stadium as he made pass after pass through the pack.
Keeping His Lead
Hometown rider Hansen didn’t have the race he was hoping to have, but he rode back from nearly last place to finish fifth and gain valuable championship points. He currently holds a four-point lead over his teammate Tickle.
Tickle has shown speed all year aboard his Kawasaki KX250F and after three rounds finds himself in second place in the point standings. His consistency has put him just four points out of first as he finished just off the podium in Los Angeles.
Riding Off The Rust
After a practice crash left him with a sore wrist, Rattray was forced to take the week off from riding to let his injury heal. While his wrist feels better, nothing can replace time on the bike and Rattray felt it on the difficult new dirt in Los Angeles. His spirits are still high as he learns to adapt to a new form of racing.
Another New Venue
With the first of two new venues on the schedule in the books, the riders head to their next new venue in Oakland, Calif. Just across the bay from where Supercross used to stop, the riders will be ready for all that Oakland has in store. While Supercross has visited Oakland before, the Kawasaki riders want to see their names on top of the scoreboard of the Oak-Alameda City Stadium.
AMA Supercross Series
Dodger Stadium – Los Angeles, Calif.
January 22, 2011
AMA Supercross Class Results
1. RYAN VILLOPOTO, POUSLBO, WASH., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI
2. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha
3. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki
4. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda
5. Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C., Yamaha
AMA Supercross Lites Results, Western Region
1. Cole Seely, Corona, Calif., Honda
2. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda
3. Ryan Morais, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki
4. BROC TICKLE, HOLLY, MICH., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI
5. JOSH HANSEN, ELBERT, COLO., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI
AMA Supercross Class Point Standings
1. RYAN VILLOPOTO, POUSLBO, WASH., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 72
2. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha, 67
3. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 58
4. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda, 56
5. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Honda, 48
AMA Supercross Lites Results, Western Region Point Standings
1. JOSH HANSEN, ELBERT, COLO., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI, 66
2. BROC TICKLE, HOLLY, MICH., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI, 62
3. Cole Seely, Corona, Calif., Honda, 59
4. Ryan Morais, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 55
5. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda, 49