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Supercross/Motocross | 7/8/2013
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto Returns to the Top of the Podium at RedBud
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto Returns to the Top of the Podium at RedBud
Irvine, Calif., (July 8, 2013) – Round 7 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship was a weekend of celebration as Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto swept the 450 class on Saturday to cap off the Fourth of July weekend at the 40th year of RedBud MX in Buchanan, Mich. Villopoto extended his points lead to 42 over the field by pushing the limits and battling to a 1-1 performance in front of an outstanding crowd of patriotic fans. Weimer fought through the field to finish ninth overall. The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki squad conquered the rough and rutted track with defending champion Blake Baggett staying in the title hunt finishing ninth overall, while Adam Cianciarulo finished 12th, Darryn Durham 14th, and Justin Hill 18th in the 250 class. Sitting out the day was Tyla Rattray who after setting a top-10 qualifying time, was unable to line up for the motos due to a crash in practice, and Martin Davalos who will return for Washougal.
For the Fans
Following two straight weeks of second place finishes, Villopoto returned to dominance at RedBud with his 10th and 11th moto wins to take his fourth overall win of the season. The points leader overcame a less than ideal start in the first moto, making quick passes and took over the lead on lap four. The second moto saw Villopoto stalk the leader on his KX™450F and forced him to get creative with his line choices. After some near contact, slicing and dicing Villopoto took the lead through the treacherous sand whoops. The racing was intense and the fans were on their feet every lap.

“We look forward to coming to RedBud for a reason,” said Villopoto. “The track is one of the best and the racing proved that today. There were multiple lines, which allowed us to push the boundaries and ride at our full potential. On top of that, the fans are like no other. Aside from Motocross of Nations, the crowd at the podium was the biggest and craziest I’ve ever seen.”
Fighting Forward
On a track as technical and rough as RedBud, riders must be able to not only race the track but also be aggressive. This is what Weimer credited to be being the difference from the front-runners and the rest of the pack. Weimer had two great starts but a crash in one moto and not being aggressive enough in the other left him with ninth overall. In the 250 class, Baggett, Durham, Hill, and Cianciarulo fell victim to the same issues. Durham and Cianciarulo both suffered crashes while riding within the top-10, while Baggett could not close the gap on the leaders after coming through the field.

“This track is so gnarly,” said Weimer. “The jumps are big and the dirt is so soft that it can swallow you up. At this level, you have to be able to push the limits on the track to be fast and then you have to push beyond that to make any passes. My Kawasaki got me two great starts but I got caught up in trying to be super aggressive and started making mistakes; and mistakes at his track can be costly. I rode alright, but I know I have more.”
Michigan tends to bring the heat for RedBud with high temperatures and humidity, but this year it was the track conditions that were the most challenging. The track conditions varied as the track snaked up and down the hills. The bottoms of the valleys had multiple deep, loamy ruts, while the top of the hills feature a much harder clay, forcing riders to be on their toes at all times. The rough conditions make RedBud one of the most enjoyable and difficult tracks on the championship tour.
Sea of Green
The fans at RedBud were so fired up that Monster Energy Kawasaki provided them with Monster Energy Kawasaki green rally towels for them to show their enthusiasm. As Villopoto let out a “RedBuuuud!” from the top of podium, the fans all waved their green towels creating a sea of green racing fans, who raged with excitement as they awaited the points leader to shower them in winning champagne.
The series takes a one-week hiatus before Round 8 takes Monster Energy Kawasaki up to the Pacific Northwest in Washougal, Wash. Villopoto may be the hometown hero, but he has never won the overall at Washougal and will look to change that. Davalos and Rattray will return under the Pro Circuit awning and the rest of the team will take advantage of the weekend off in order to come out swinging when the series resumes Saturday, July 20th.
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