Villopoto Takes Win Streak To Toronto
Behind Villopoto, a battle for second ensued between Millsaps and Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey. At one point it appeared as though Dungey and Millsaps may have made contact after landing from one of the largest jumps on the track, but it gave Dungey just enough of an edge to take over the position and look to track down Villopoto out front.
Dungey narrowed his deficit to mere bike lengths on several occasions and looked like he could have enough momentum to attempt a pass on Villopoto as the 20-lap Main Event began to wind down. However, a slight bobble by Dungey late in the race separated the duo and allowed Villopoto to take the win with relative ease. The win was Villopoto’s fourth consecutive inside Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium.
“Lucas Oil Stadium has been great to me,” said Villopoto on the podium. “It’s an amazing stadium and I love coming here. Ryan [Dungey] was able to make up some time on me here and there, but I just kept pushing hard until the end.”
The Toronto stop will mark just the third race this season in which Villopoto’s bike will carry the red number plate that signifies the championship leader. After losing possession of the plate at the first race of the season in Anaheim, Calif., Villopoto has overcome a 16th-place start to the championship to make up a deficit in the standings that was as large as 27 points following the sixth race of the season. After taking over the points lead from Millsaps for the first time two races ago, Villopoto has almost opened a double-digit margin over his Suzuki-mounted counterpart.