Villopoto Controls Lake Elsinore National
LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. – The 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, wrapped up its 12-round series on Saturday with the second running of the Red Bull Lake Elsinore National.
With temperatures topping out at over 100 degrees, Southern California’s season finale presented some of the most grueling race conditions of the season.
After wrapping up the 450 Class title last round, Ryan Villopoto swept the final two motos of the season at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park, capturing his eighth overall victory of the season. Newly crowned 250 Class Champion Eli Tomac captured his seventh overall victory of the season with a moto score of 2-1.
Toyota/JGR/Yamaha’s Josh Grant kicked off Moto 1 of the 450 Class in a big way, grabbing his fourth Motorcycle Superstore Holeshot of the season. Grant was able to hold off Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Justin Barcia and Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto to maintain the early lead. However, the recently crowned 450 Class Champion wasted no time moving to the front as he made the pass on Grant to take over the lead by lap five.
Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey started off just inside the top five, quickly moving into the third-place position, where he set his sights on Grant for the second place position. With two laps to go, Dungey made the pass on Grant to take over second place where he finished nearly 30 seconds behind Villopoto in the first moto.
Villopoto continued his dominance in Moto 2, grabbing the early lead after getting around Toyota/JGR/Yamaha’s Justin Brayton, the Motorcycle Superstore Holeshot recipient. Dungey once again settled behind Villopoto in the second place position, with Barcia close in tow.
In Moto 2, a majority of the excitement came outside of the top three, including the race-long battle between Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer and Canadian Motocross Champion Brett Metcalfe. The duo started off just inside the top ten where they pushed their way through the pack and inside the top five. Weimer eventually broke away from Metcalfe and finished fourth place in Moto 2, giving the Idaho native fourth overall for the day with a moto score of 8-4. Barcia maintained third place in the final moto of the season, ultimately securing third overall with a 5-3 moto score.
Villopoto maintained a comfortable lead over Dungey in the second moto, securing his 18th moto win of the season. Villopoto’s eighth overall victory of 2013 puts the two-time 450 Class Champion in a three-way tie for 10th place for all-time race wins with a total of 12 career wins in the premier class.
“With the great team that I have behind me, we were really able to turn the ship and go in the right direction with tuning the bike this season,” Villopoto said.
On his upcoming ankle surgery during the off-season, Villopoto said, “We’ll be back on the bike before you know it and we’ll be focused on the prep for supercross. We’ll go to the Monster Energy Cup to see where we’re at and what we need to work on and after that A1 [the first round] will be right around the corner.”