Villopoto Closing In On Third Title
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Despite winning the title in Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, for the past two seasons, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto has never experienced the sort of dominance he’s carrying in to Saturday’s first visit to Minneapolis since the 2008 season.
The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome will be the sight of the 14th race of the championship, which will signify the highly anticipated return of the world’s fastest riders to the “Land of 10,000 Lakes.”
During his two championship-winning efforts in 2011 and 2012, Villopoto captured a total of six and nine races, respectively. However, prior to last Saturday night Villopoto had never won more than four races consecutively. This past weekend in Houston, Villopoto led all 20 laps of the Main Event to win his fifth straight race and extend his points lead to 21 points over Rockstar Energy Racing’s Davi Millsaps.
“Getting five in-a-row is incredible,” said Villopoto, who now has a class-leading eight wins this season. “We’ve come a long way since Anaheim and have constantly improved to the point where we are now on top. The field is so close that you really need to have everything dialed in order to win and we’ve been able to do that these past few weeks.”
The victory continues a dominant second half of the season for Villopoto, who faced a 27-point deficit in the championship following the sixth race of the season. Since then, Villopoto has won six of the last seven races with a worst finish of second, resulting in a virtually unbeatable 1.14 finishing average.