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Villopoto wins Daytona

After his disaster last weekend, Ryan Villopoto came out strong for the legendary Daytona round of the AMA Supercross series.

Villopoto was initially leading when a horrific crash by Grant Langston bought the red flags out and stopped the race - the former World and AMA champion came up short on a big triple and cartwheeled out of the race. In a career that's been dogged by injury, let's hope the South African has been lucky this time.

When the race restarted, Villopoto again got the jump out of the gate with rival with series leader Ryan Dungey behind Josh Hill in third place.

Dungey battled his way past Hill but was unable to close the gap down to Villopoto - if there were any question marks about Villopoto's fitness after his knee injury last, year, the Monster Energy Kawasaki star answered them all at Daytona, running strong all the way to the finish and never giving Dungey any chance to engage him in battle.

Behind them, Trey Canard took his third podium in a row ahead of Kevin Windham, who had to come from deep in the pack for fourth.

In the east coast Lites class, reigning champion Christophe Pourcel overcame early leader Austin Stroupe and edged away for the win to remain unbeaten thus far - Stroupe took second after fighting off the attentions of Dean Wilson and Blake Baggett, with Justin Barcia making a last lap pass on Ryan Sipes for fifth.

Supercross Class
1. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
2. Ryan Dungey (Suz)
3. Trey Canard (Hon)
4. Kevin Windham (Hon)
5. Davi Millsaps (Hon)
6. Thomas Hahn (Suz)
7. Nick Wey (Kaw)
8. Kyle Chisholm (Yam)
9. Josh Hill (Yam)
10. Ryan Morias (Suz)

Supercross Class Points:
1. Dungey 192
2. Villopoto 172
3. Hill 162
4. Millsaps 150
5. Windham 131

Lites Class East Region
1. Christophe Pourcel (Kaw)
2. Austin Stroupe (Suz)
3. Dean Wilson (Kaw)
4. Blake Baggett (Suz)
5. Justin Barcia (Hon)
6. Ryan Sipes (Yam)
7. Brett Metcalfe (Hon)
8. Darryn Durham (Hon)
9. Kyle Cunningham (Hon)
10. Martin Davalos (Yam)

Lites East Region Points:
1. Pourcel 75
2. Stroupe 66
3. Wilson 53
4. Metcalfe 50
5. Baggett 44

By Paul Harris



Related Pictures

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Ryan Villopoto - Kawasaki (Pic: allisports.com)
Ryan Dungey - Suzuki
Ryan Dungey – Suzuki (pic: Suzuki).
Josh Grant wins Anaheim I 2009 (Pic: Yamaha).
Team USA wins the 2008 Motocross of Nations at Donington Park.
Ryan Villopoto – Kawasaki.
Grant Langston - Yamaha (pic: Yamaha)
Grant Langston leads Chad Reed.
Ryan Villopoto won both his motos at the 2007 Motocross of Nations.
USA (1st), France (2nd) and Belgium (3rd) on the 2007 Motocross of Nations podium.
Grant Langston celebrates winning the 2007 AMA Motocross championship.
Grant Langston – Yamaha.
Grant Langston – Yamaha.
Ben Townley and Kawasaki team-mate Ryan Villopoto (pic: TFS).
Grant Langston - Yamaha (pic: Steve Bruhn).
Grant Langston – Yamaha (Pic: Steve Bruhn).
Ben Townley and Kawasaki team-mate Ryan Villopoto (pic: TFS).
Ryan Morais - Boost Mobile Yamaha. (pic: Frank Hoppen).

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powerstroke

March 08, 2010 6:27 PM

@mxer I must disagree. The loss of the fastest(JS7) and 2nd fastest (CR22) had blown this series wide open. Only now, half way through the season is there a clear favourite. When was the last time AMASX was such a toss up? I was bored watching the goat (RC4) run away every race, so the greatest letdown IMHO was watching JS7 smoke CR22 who smoked everyone else all the bloody time. I just want to see some close racing. cheers.

mxchick - Unregistered

March 08, 2010 2:11 PM

Reed ran through practice laps @ Daytona and went down. While he didn't re-injure he decided to play it safe and not run the race. In spite of how extreme the track was, can't say I blame him.



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