A night of drama at Seattle ended with Ryan Villopoto winning his first AMA Supercross main event and James Stewart taking the title lead with just two rounds to go.

As the AMA Supercross main event blasted out of the gates, Rockstar/Makita Suzuki's Mike Alessi sped to yet another holeshot with U.S. Air Force Honda's Heath Voss and hometown rider Villopoto in tow.

Meanwhile, title leader and reigning champion Chad Reed crashed from his Makita Suzuki and found himself in 19th place, while Stewart was mired in 11th by the end of lap one.

Throughout the early part of the race, Alessi and Villopoto battled for the top spot before Alessi washed out just before halfway to give up the lead. Villopoto, in his first race back since New Orleans on March 14, put his head down and rode to an impressive and surprising victory for Monster Energy Kawasaki.

"It's awesome," boasted Villopoto, who missed the last three races with a virus. "I can't thank my team enough and everybody that put effort into it. It hasn't been the year we wanted but they never gave up. I could see James and Chad out of the corner of my eye sometimes. I just focused on Mike [Alessi] and he made that mistake. The track was super tricky tonight and there were some slick spots so you really had to ride smart."

Stewart worked his way through the field to bring home a hard-earned runner-up finish, while Reed found difficulty passing his competitors and could only muster a seventh-place finish, his first outside of the top three this season.

"They told me how far I was back - fifteenth or something like that - and it was crazy," said Stewart. "I bent my clutch lever as soon as I got hit in that first corner, and it was just like, 'Man, just try to stay up.' The first couple laps were carnage, with guys trying to pass each other. I'm pretty stunned that I was able to come up and get second because I saw how far ahead those guys were."

Stewart had trailed Reed by five points coming to Seattle but the classification from Saturday evening mean that the pair have swapped positions at the top of the championship standings. The Yamaha rider now has a 3 point advantage with only trips to Salt Lake City and Las Vegas in the next two weeks left to run.

"We've had 15 races and I've been in the points lead twice now," said Stewart who is still hoping to be the first rider to give Yamaha 11 victories in one season (he currently has 10 and a career total of 35). "At the end of the day, it's for the championship. It's all about the championship right now. I've won a lot of races this year, and I always found myself in second place in the points - always catching up - so it feels good to be in the points lead, but we've got a long way to go still."

In the penultimate round of the AMA Supercross Lites Western Regional Championship, Rockstar/Makita Suzuki's Ryan Dungey took advantage of a stellar start to gap the field and extend his points lead heading into the class' final round next weekend in Salt Lake City.

GEICO Powersports Honda's Trey Canard grabbed the holeshot but was quickly overcome by Troy Lee Designs Honda's Jake Moss, Dungey, and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki's Ryan Morais.

Dungey moved into the lead by the end of the first lap and never looked back.

"I'm super pumped," exclaimed Dungey. "Just pumped on the whole day. I had 100-percent effort from my team. The track was falling apart out there but they just kept working hard. I was able to get a good start and just took it from there. I do have a [bigger] points lead but we still got a race left so it's not over. I'm just really happy, the fans were great and now I have some momentum going into next weekend."

Dungey's closest challenger in the championship, Jake Weimer, suffered from a bad start on his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki and completed the first lap in eighth place.

As Dungey continued to pull away, Morais asserted himself in second while Canard moved into third to complete the final podium. Weimer rebounded for a fourth place finish, but now trails Dungey by nine points heading into the AMA Supercross Lites Western Regional Championship finale next weekend.

Monster Energy Supercross resumes racing next Saturday, April, 25 at Salt Lake City's Rice-Eccles Stadium.
AMA Supercross Class Results, Seattle:
1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash. Kawasaki
2. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha
3. Davi Millsaps, Tallahassee, Fla., Honda
4. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Suzuki
5. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda
6. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha
7. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Suzuki
8. Paul Carpenter, Ithaca, N.Y., Kawasaki
9. Ivan Tedesco, Tallahassee,, Fla., Honda
10. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda
AMA Supercross Class Season Standings:
1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha, 332
2. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Suzuki, 329
3. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda, 241
4. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha, 208
5. Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Honda, 204
6. Mike Alessi, Apple Valley, Calif., Suzuki, 203
7. Ivan Tedesco, Tallahassee, Fla., Honda, 199
8. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 190
9. Davi Millsaps, Tallahassee, Fla., Honda, 188
10. Josh Hill, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha, 146
Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Results, Seattle:
1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki
2. Ryan Morais, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki
3. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda
4. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki
5. Jake Moss, Temecula, Calif., Honda
6. Jimmy Albertson, Ozark, Mo., Honda
7. Kyle Cunningham, Fort Worth, Texas, Kawasaki
8. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Honda
9. Michael Hall, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha
10. Jeff Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Honda
Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Season Standings:
1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 160
2. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki, 151
3. Ryan Morais, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki, 146
4. Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 103
5. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Honda, 95
6. Ryan Sipes, Vine Grove, Ky., KTM, 89
7. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda, 74
8. Dan Reardon, Menifee, Calif., Honda, 67
9. Jeff Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Honda, 62
10. P.J. Larsen, Stanley, N.C., Kawasaki, 61



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