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Ryan Villopoto energizes A3 Supercross

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto dominated the main event Saturday night leading all 20 laps at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California on his way to his second win of the season.

Villopoto rocketed off the starting gate and never looked back on his way to his fourth career Supercross win. After beating everyone through the first turn, the 21-year-old Washington native built a lead early and then rode a steady race maintaining the gap to the checkered flag.

Ryan Villopoto Speaks…

“It was great to get the start I’ve been looking for,” said Villopoto. “Getting the holeshot was key tonight. Getting out front early let me put in 20 solid laps and win the race without tasting any roost.”

In only his second year on the Kawasaki KX450F, Villopoto is showing both he and his bike will be contenders for the top step of the podium for many years to come.

Ryan Villopoto Speaks…

“My KX is the best bike out here,” said Villopoto. “I was able to triple up onto the tabletop after the start, and with the track getting more slippery every lap, I still could cut down in the corners. That gave me a little bit of a lead and that gap gave me what I needed to run 20 laps without worrying about anyone running it in on me. Everyone on the team is working hard and now we’re in a great position as we head back east.”

With one-third of the season in the books, Villopoto is only three points back of the championship lead. With two wins in the last three races, he is looking to use the momentum to catapult into the points lead and then control the series throughout the rest of the season.

Ryan Villopoto Speaks…

“I’m going to keep working hard and doing everything I need too during the week,” said Villopoto. “I want to keep getting holeshots because that made everything easy. I just want to keep making up points and claim the championship when the season ends.”

With the third Anaheim event slated to help raise awareness for Breast Cancer, the Monster Energy Kawasaki team used a special One Industries graphic’s package, changing most of the green elements in the graphics to pink.

Kawasaki also joined in the fundraising by hosting a 24-hour Moto Marathon for the Cure, training 75 new dirt bike riders and raising $2,500 for the Susan G. Komen For the Cure.

2010 450cc Supercross Class Results

1. Ryan D Villopoto

2. Joshua R Hill

3. Kevin W Windham

4. Ryan M Dungey

5. David D Millsaps

6. Justin D Brayton

7. Kyle P Chisholm

8. Michael Byrne

9. Dan Reardon

10. Nicholas A Wey

2010 450cc Supercross Class Overall Points

1. Ryan M Dungey 123

2. Joshua R Hill 123

3. Ryan D Villopoto 120

4. David D Millsaps 98

5. Ivan Tedesco 87

6. Justin D Brayton 87

7. Kevin W Windham 86

8. Andrew T Short 69

9. Nicholas A Wey 61

10. Thomas K Hahn 56

Round 7 of the AMA/FIM Supercross series heads East. The next East Supercross event takes place at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on February 20.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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