2011 AMA Motocross
Spoiler Alert: 2011 Steel City AMA Motocross 450 results below
The penultimate round of the 2011 AMA Motocross Championship got underway this Labor Day weekend at Steel City Raceway in Delmont, Pa.
And for third time in 2011, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto took the overall win, the Poulsbo, Wash., native dominating both motos.
Joining Villopoto on the overall AMA Motocross podium was the Rockstar Maktia Suzuki duo of Ryan Dungey and Brett Metcalfe, respectively.
In the first moto, the holeshot went to American Honda’s Justin Barcia. But the before the first lap was complete, Dungey took the lead from Barcia. A few laps later, Villopoto passed Barcia, setting his focus on Dungey.
The two Motocross riders battled intensely until the final lap, when lap traffic slowed the riders down. While in the traffic, Villopto made a move on the outside, passing Dungey for the win. Taking the final Moto 1 podium was Metcalfe.
In the second moto, Dungey grabbed the holeshot and quickly put distance on the field. But Villopoto passed Dungey before the end of the first lap. Villopoto would lead all 15 laps of the moto, and be joined on the podium by Dungey and Two Two Motorsports Honda’s Chad Reed.
Ryan Villopto (Monster Energy Kawasaki KX450F Motocross) says: “You had to ride the track as hard as you could without making mistakes, which was really tough. Getting a win in one of the motos was crucial heading into Pala. I have a little breathing room which is nice, but I’m still going to have to go out there and race, just like everyone else. The last couple years haven’t been the greatest, but it’s nice to get in a full season. Now, we’re almost done. Hopefully we have a good weekend at Pala, and wrap it up.”
Ryan Dungey (Rockstar Makita Suzuki RMZ450 Motocross) says: “It was a pretty tough and technical track, but good overall. I just have to put the Suzuki up front next weekend. To go 1-1 would be great, but all I can ask for is the most from myself. It’s a long series at 24 motos. Consistency is the key, and there is a lot of hard work that goes into it. You’ve got to make the most of your bad days and keep your head up. It’s not over until it’s over. You’ve got to have faith in that.”
With one round remaining, Villopoto leads Dungey by 14 points. The series concludes next Saturday at Pala Raceway in California, where either Villopoto will claim his first AMA Motocross 450cc title, or the reigning champ Dungey will make it two in a row.
2011 AMA Motocross 450cc: Steel City Results
- Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki (1-1)
- Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki (2-2)
- Brett Metcalfe, Mannum, Australia, Suzuki (3-4)
- Chad Reed, Kurri Kurri, Australia, Honda (5-3)
- Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki (6-6)
- Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., KTM (8-5)
- Justin Brayton, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Yamaha (7-7)
- Kyle Regal, Howell, Mich., Suzuki (9-8)
- Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Yamaha (11-10)
- Michael Byrne, Rockhampton, Australia, Suzuki (13-9)
2011 AMA Motocross: 450 Class Championship Standings
- Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki – 481
- Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki – 467
- Chad Reed, Kurri Kurri, Australia, Honda – 402
- Brett Metcalfe, Mannum, Australia, Suzuki – 342
- Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., KTM – 272
- Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki – 251
- Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., KTM – 196
- Kevin Windham, Baton Rouge, La., Honda – 193
- Justin Brayton, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Yamaha – 191
- Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha – 173