Villopoto heads to Vegas as head honcho

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto, of Poulsbo, Wash., won his sixth Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, race tonight at Rice Eccles Stadium in front of 39,329 fans. GIECO Honda’s Eli Tomac rode a flawless 15 laps en route to his second Western Regional Supercross Lites class win of the season.

Team San Manuel Yamaha’s James Stewart, of Haines City, Fla., opened the Supercross class main event with the Nuclear Cowboyz® Holeshot with TwoTwo Motorsports/Bel-Ray Racing’s Chad Reed, of Tampa, Fla., in tow. Villopoto started fourth and moved into third place on lap 2.

Villopoto moved around Reed on lap 8 to secure second place. On the same lap, Stewart crashed and moments after remounting, he crashed again and lost several positions, handing the lead over to Villopoto. Reed moved into second and Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey moved into third, where they would finish. Stewart finished 10th.

Villopoto has a nine-point lead over Reed heading into the finals next weekend at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium. “We have all done our work this year, and it is paying off,” said Villopoto. “It is a lot easier going into Vegas with a nine-point lead. Hopefully, I will be standing on top of the box next weekend.”

Tomac started the Western Regional Supercross Lites class main event with the Nuclear Cowboyz® Holeshot with Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Josh Hansen, who came into tonight’s race two points out of the championship points race, and his teammate Broc Tickle following in second and third, respectively.

On lap 2, Hansen attempted to make a pass on Tomac and crashed. Following the crash Hansen was stuck under his bike and lost valuable positions before re-joining the race near last place. On lap 7, Red Bull/KTM Racing’s Ken Roczen moved around Tickle to assume second place.

“Tonight’s track was technical, and it was hard to make passes,” said Tickle. “I am not happy because I wanted to win. I want to be strong heading into Las Vegas next weekend.” Roczen finished second and Tickle finished third. Tomac moved within two points of Tickle’s championship points lead heading into next weekend’s season finale.

“That was out of control for me tonight,” said Tomac. “Hansen (Josh), and I got into one another, and I had to lean into him; that’s just racing. I’ve dreamed of winning the championship as a rookie, and I am getting closer.”

The Monster Energy Supercross finals take place next weekend at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium, where the Supercross class, Western/Eastern Regional Supercross Lites class champions will be crowned.

Supercross Class Results: Salt Lake City
Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki
Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Honda
Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki
Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM
Davi Millsaps, Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha
Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda
Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki
Tommy Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Yamaha
Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C, Yamaha
James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha

Supercross Class Season Standings
Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki – 318
Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Honda – 309
Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki – 306
James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha – 295
Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda – 255
Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM – 214
Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda – 202
Davi Millsaps, Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha – 172
Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C, Yamaha – 153
Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Yamaha – 139

Western Regional Supercross Lites Class Results: Salt Lake City
Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda
Ken Roczen, Germany, KTM
Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Kawasaki
Cole Seely, Corona, Calif., Honda
Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Yamaha
Tyla Rattray, Wildomar, Calif., Kawasaki
Ryan Morais, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki
Martin Davalos, Cairo, Ga., Suzuki
Travis Baker, Temecula, Calif., Honda
Ben Evans, Garden City, Idaho, Kawasaki

Western Regional Supercross Lites Class Season Standings
Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Kawasaki – 165
Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda – 163 Josh Hansen, Elbert, Colo., Kawasaki – 151 Cole Seely, Corona, Calif., Honda – 131 Ryan Morais, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki – 124 Tyla Rattray, Wildomar, Calif., Kawasaki – 111 Ken Roczen, Germany, KTM – 105 Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Yamaha – 105 Martin Davalos, Cairo, Ga., Suzuki – 95 Ben Evans, Garden City, Idaho, Kawasaki – 68

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