Villopoto takes gutsy Jacksonville win

Monster Energy Kawasaki star Ryan Villopoto overcame foot injuries to get the better of Ryan Dungey and close the points gap on his Makita Suzuki arch-rival in the AMA Supercross Championship at Jacksonville
Ryan Villopoto may be playing catch-up in the AMA Supercross Championship, but his second-place status is absolutely not down to a lack of heart. The Monster Energy Kawasaki rider ran wide and over a berm in practice, suffering injuries rumoured at the time of writing to be broken toes. Undaunted, Villopoto went out and won his heat race ahead of rival and series leader Ryan Dungey – if Makita Suzuki's Dungey thought he was going to be in for an easy night of lead-extending, he was sorely mistaken...

Come the main event, it was Valli Motorsport's Ivan Tedesco quickest out of the gate, but Villopoto was right with him and straight into the lead. Dungey gated fifth, but was soon working his way forward and as Kevin Windham made his way past Tedesco into second, Dungey was also making his way past Hot Sauce and joining battle with K-Dub as Villopoto just gritted his teeth and hung it out up front.

Honda Red Bull's Trey Canard, continuing his epic 450 performance whilst on vacation from West Coast Lites duty, made quick work of the chasing pack, closing in on the Dungey-Windham battle as RD made an uncharacteristic mistake in the same corner that had claimed 'Poto in practice. Dungey, however, stayed on and redoubled his efforts, getting past K-Dub for second but proving unable to make an impression on Villopoto, whilst veteran Windham had to undergo the indignity of an assault by Canard, the youngster sneaking through for third – and his fifth straight podium – at the very death.

In the East Coast Lites title chase, series leader Christophe Pourcel pulled another win out of the bag. Returning veteran and holeshot master Kelly Smith almost predictably led the pack out of turn one, but Brett Metcalfe was straight past him into first. Austin Stroupe, trailing Pourcel in the standings, was soon on Metcalfe's back tyre but the youngster was unable to find a way past the Aussie as Pourcel closed up into third.

Desperate to find a way through, Stroupe got tangled up with Metcalfe, allowing Pourcel through into second. The Frenchman subsequently quickly drove past Metty into the lead, but Stroupe would not give up, following through into second although Pourcel had plenty in-hand. Until, that is, he tangled with a backmarker, allowing Stroupe almost to within sniffing distance, but the former MX2 world champion was not to be denied, piloting himself suavely away for the win.

AMA Supercross Class Results: Jacksonville
1 Ryan Villopoto
2 Ryan Dungey
3 Trey Canard
4 Kevin Windham
5 Ivan Tedesco,
6 Davi Millsaps
7 Josh Hill
8 Tommy Hahn
9 Justin Brayton
10 Michael Byrne

AMA Supercross Class Season Standings
1 Ryan Dungey 261
2 Ryan Villopoto 240
3 Josh Hill 206
4 Davi Millsaps 189
5 Kevin Windham 179
6 Justin Brayton 164
7 Ivan Tedesco 159
8 Nick Wey 131
9 Kyle Chisholm 115
10 Tommy Hahn 113

Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Results: Jacksonville
1 Christophe Pourcel
2 Austin Stroupe
3 Brett Metcalfe
4 Justin Barcia
5 Jimmy Decotis
6 Troy Adams
7 Kyle Cunningham
8 Matt Lemoine
9 Steven Clarke
10 Justin Sipes

Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Season Standings
1 Christophe Pourcel 134
2 Austin Stroupe 126
3 Justin Barcia 102
4 Brett Metcalfe 95
5 Blake Baggett 80
6 Ryan Sipes 77
7 Dean Wilson 71
8 Kyle Cunningham 54
9 Martin Davalos 49
10 Troy Adams 47

By Paul Harris

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tamil tiger - Unregistered

April 02, 2010 9:26 PM

i was at the race last saturday. villapoto has become quite the solid rider. but right now his competition is dungey and stroupe, not stewart and reed. we will see what happens to him and dungey when the sx "aliens" return. pourcell simply kicks ass. this guy has the best style out there.


April 04, 2010 4:59 PM

@tamil tiger You were quite lucky to be in Jville but you need to pay more attention to the most epic dirt bike racing in this world. Because RV2 has always been a solid rider and is the only rider to date to beat JS7 in a supercross race straight up (RC4, the goat, even never achieved this without JS7 crashing first). RD5 and RV2 will be staying right with JS7 and easily with CR22 because time does indeed march on, you heard it here first. BTW Austin Stroupe45 was riding 450s (SX class) in an exhibition capacity, he now is back on a 250 (SX lites) and finishing 2nd to Pourcel like 6 times. On CP377 I agree, but why is he still sandbaggin it in the Lites Class?

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