Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Villopoto Scores Podium Finish at Inaugural Tennessee National
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto started the day at Muddy Creek MX in Blountiville, TN as the man to beat. Villopoto rocketed to the holeshot in the first moto and won his fifth straight moto of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross season. In the second moto, Villopoto was right where he wanted to be on the start, but a crash early in the race sent him back to 18th and he fought hard to finish fourth in the moto and third overall. His teammate Jake Weimer looked good on the tight twisty track, overcoming a tough first moto to finish 18-8 for 11th overall. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Tyla Rattray also had a tough day in the 450cc class. After finishing 11th in the first moto, the South African was part of a first turn pileup that damaged his bike and forced him to retire in 38th which was good enough for 17th overall. In the 250cc class, Blake Baggett rode strong all day finishing 3-3 for fourth overall. Martin Davalos was 11th overall, Justin Hill 14th and Darryn Durham still racing his way back from injury was 17th. During the week leading up to Muddy Creek, Dean Wilson re-injured his shoulder and will miss the rest of the season following surgery this coming week.