Four Straight For Ryan Villopoto
TORONTO — The lone international stop of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, signified the 12th race of the 2013 season as 48,669 Canadian fans converged inside Toronto’s Rogers Centre on Saturday night.
For the seventh time this season, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto took the checkered flag, increasing his lead in the 450SX Class Championship while also extending his current winning streak to four races. In the 250SX Class, Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin captured his third consecutive win in the Eastern Regional Championship, gaining ground in the standings with a wire-to-wire effort.
The 450SX Class Main Event was one of the most captivating of the season as Villopoto claimed the Nuclear Cowboyz Holeshot Award, but lost the lead shortly thereafter to TwoTwo Motorsports Honda’s Chad Reed. Rockstar Energy Racing’s Davi Millsaps followed Reed by Villopoto as well into second, setting the stage for a thrilling battle that also included Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey and Team Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart.
Millsaps was able to slip past Reed for the lead on the second lap of the race and set the pace for the first half of the 20-lap Main Event. On Lap 3, Villopoto moved past Reed into second and set his sights on Millsaps out front. One lap later, Dungey moved into podium position.
Mere bike lengths separated Millsaps and Villopoto for the next eight laps with Villopoto attempting to slip by his championship rival on several occasions. On Lap 11 just after the finish, Villopoto slipped inside Millsaps and was able to take over the position. Once out front, Villopoto pulled away for his 31st career 450SX Class victory and became the first rider to win back-to-back races in Toronto during the six years the Rogers Centre has been a stop on the Monster Energy Supercross schedule.
“It was unbelievable,” exclaimed Villopoto. “Davi is riding really well and he was riding exceptionally well [tonight]. I got around him with about halfway to go [in the Main Event] and I was able to get a little bit of a gap. Everybody up here [on the podium] is unbelievable and it shows how fast we really are when we run a pace like that on a track that was so [difficult].”