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Supercross/Motocross | 4/15/2013
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto Thrills the Crowd in Minneapolis
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto Thrills the Crowd in Minneapolis
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto led the most laps on Saturday night but had to settle for second place as Monster Energy Supercross invaded the Metrodome in Minneapolis. The runner-up finish marks the eighth consecutive race that Villopoto has finished second or better. His teammate Jake Weimer got bottled up on the start and finished 12th. In the 250SX class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Tyler Bowers put in another impressive run finishing fifth.
Edge of the Seat
The track at the Metrodome was a technical layout that featured dirt that was very similar to the slick surface the series races on at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif. Villopoto posted the second fastest time in qualifying practice utilizing the multiple options that the layout offered. In the main event, Villopoto got a good start out of the gate and led the first 16 laps of the race. The fans were treated to a show as there were nearly two full laps of side-by-side racing for the lead and after choosing a slower line, Villopoto was relegated to second place. With the runner-up finish, Villopoto holds a 22-point lead in the championship standings with three races remaining.

“It was a really good race tonight,” said Villopoto. “I was riding well, and Ryan (Dungey) also was on top of his game and we had a good battle out there. The track was tricky and I didn’t want to be too aggressive. We have three races left and the title is still on the line.”
Riding Strong
After making his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki debut last weekend in Houston, Bowers was ready to challenge for a podium finish in the 250SX class. The three-time arenacross champion posted the second fastest time in qualifying and battled for the lead throughout his heat race. In the main event, he got out to a good start and was running in a podium position when he was taken out in the corner following the mechanics area. Though he went down, Bowers was able to regroup and finish fifth.

“It is great having this team behind me,” said Bowers. “We spent all week getting the bike ready and I was really confident heading into the main event. Coming in late to the series I want to race these guys hard, but I don’t want to affect the championship so I have been very careful as I make passes. Now I know some of these guys want to go after it so I know I’ll have to be a little tougher out there.”
Bottled Up
Weimer had another tough night in Minnesota after qualifying for the main event through his heat race. In the feature race, Weimer got caught behind a pack of riders and had to dice his way through. By the end of the race he was only able to get up to 12th place.

“I need to get better starts,” said Weimer. “Once I got caught up in the back of the pack I was doing everything I could to move up. I’m going to keep working on it and try and get back up on the podium.”
Winter Wonderland
Everyone in the pits was glad to be racing inside a dome, as a spring snowstorm struck Minneapolis this week. Though it was cold and wet in the pits, it didn’t keep the fans away as they turned out in droves to see their supercross heroes.
Raucous Crowd

Every good story needs a hero and a villain and this week itwas Villopoto wearing the black hat. Inside the stadium the crowd was obviously partial to hometown rider, Ryan Dungey. As he stalked Villopoto throughout the main event, everyone could tell how close he was by the roar of the crowd. The tables will be turned next week as the series heads to Villopoto’s hometown in Seattle.

 

“The fans were really into it tonight,” said Villopoto. “It made it a little more exciting knowing Ryan was coming and hearing everyone cheering for him. I hope the fans next week return the favor and stay on their feet all night cheering me on.”

Results
Monster Energy AMA Supercross – Round 14
Metrodome – Minneapolis, Minn.
April 13, 2013

450SX Main Event
1. Ryan Dungey, KTM
2. RYAN VILLOPOTO, MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI
3. Davi Millsaps, Suzuki
4. Justin Barcia, Honda
5. Chad Reed, Honda
6. Andrew Short, KTM
7. Trey Canard, Honda
8. Josh Hill, Suzuki
9. Justin Brayton, Yamaha
10. Weston Peick, Suzuki
12. JAKE WEIMER, MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI

450SX Championship Standings
1. RYAN VILLOPOTO, MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 299
2. Ryan Dungey, KTM, 277
3. Davi Millsaps, Suzuki, 276
4. Justin Barcia, Honda, 220
5. Chad Reed, Honda, 212
6. Trey Canard, Honda, 199
7. Andrew Short, KTM, 177
8. James Stewart, Suzuki, 174
9. Justin Brayton, Yamaha, 149
10. Broc Tickle, Suzuki, 141
12. JAKE WEIMER, MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 115

250SX Eastern Regional Main Event
1. Marvin Musquin, KTM
2. Wil Hahn, Honda
3. Blake Wharton, Suzuki
4. Gavin Faith, Honda
5. TYLER BOWERS, MONSTER/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI
6. Lance Vincent, KTM
7. Vince Friese, Honda
8. AJ CATANZERO, KAWASAKI
9. Steven Clarke, KTM
10. Cole Thompson, Honda


250SX Eastern Regional Points Standings
1. Wil Hahn, Honda, 178
2. Marvin Musquin, KTM, 173
3. Blake Wharton, Suzuki, 153
4. Vince Friese, Honda, 103
5. Gavin Faith, Honda, 100
6. DEAN WILSON, MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI, 87
7. Cole Thompson, Honda, 83
8. Kyle Peters, Honda, 78,
9. Jeremy Martin, Yamaha, 71
10. JUSTIN HILL, MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI, 68
21. TYLER BOWERS, MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI, 34
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