Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto moved one step closer to history following a dominating performance at round 10 of Monster Energy Supercross at Daytona International Speedway. Heading into the event, the three-time and defending champion held a 23-point lead over Ryan Dungey in his quest to join Jeremy McGrath as the only riders to achieve four consecutive premier class titles. Villopoto tamed the notoriously rough Daytona circuit en route to an impressive win—his first since round 4 in Oakland—increasing his lead to 28 over Dungey. Villopto was a force under the lights, as he opened a sizable gap on the field early in the race. Meanwhile, Ryan Dungey, second in points entering the night, was left in a tight battle for podium position with Wilson, and eventually teammate Ken Roczen. Ryan Villopoto went unchallenged en route to his third victory of the season.
Photo: Simon Cudby
Post a photo of the car you would use for a new set of Falken Wildpeak A/T Tires and tell me why you deserve these tires. The best photo and explanation will win the grand prize. Oakley is also kicking in my signature goggle for the top three people. Be sure to tag me (@ryanvillopoto) as well as use the hashtag #thanksRV in order to be eligible for the prizes. 1st place prize: Falken Wildpeak A/T Tires in the size of your choice and a pair of my Oakley goggles. 2nd place prize: A Thor jersey signed by me and a pair of my Oakley goggles. 3rd place prize: A pair of my Oakley goggles. Photos must be posted on Instagram and/or Facebook. The winners will be selected by best photo as well as best reason why they deserve the tires. All participants must follow and like @falkentire and @oakley on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter in order to be eligible for the contest. Contest starts today and ends March 16, 2014 11:59pm PST.
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1st Place – Pair of Falken Wildpeak A/T in the size of your choice and Ryan Villopoto’s signature Oakley goggle
2nd Place – Signed Thor Jersey and pair of Ryan Villopoto’s signature Oakley goggles
3rd Place – Signed pair of Ryan Villopoto’s signature Oakley goggles
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Round 9 of Monster Energy Supercross from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN, produced not only one of the toughest tracks of the year, but also the first time Villopoto would have to work his way through the entire field. A tight first corner produced carnage in the main event, as points leader Ryan Villopoto along with Ken Roczen got tangled out of the gate, which caused them both to go down. Once Villopoto remounted his Monster Energy Kawasaki, he was picking riders off left and right to salvage as many points as possible and managed to work his way all the way up to 4th position. “The track was gnarly tonight and got a few us, including Kenny. I was able to put my head down and charge up to the front and leave with a solid points lead.” Said Villopoto. Now the series heads south to Daytona while Villopoto now has a points lead of 23 over Ryan Dungey.
Photo credit: Transworld MX
Going into Atlanta with a 12 point lead over second place, Ryan’s goal coming into the race was to win but also focus on keeping the points lead. “For how the day went overall, I’m happy to be leaving with a second. We struggled a bit in practice and in the heat race we found some momentum for the main. I started off ok then worked my way to the front. After leading for a bit, I made a small mistake coming out of the corner before the triple which I had to double and that’s when Roczen made the pass. He was riding strong and I’m stoked we went 1 – 2.” Said Villopoto. Ryan now has a 9 point lead over Roczen going into next weekends race at Indy.
Photo Credit: Transworld Motocross
The reigning champion started the day third in qualifying practice and was confident about the night show. Villopoto had been training in California leading up to Dallas and the test track was prepped similar to how the dirt developed at AT&T Stadium – hard, choppy, and slick. In the main event he crossed the green flag in sixth place and began working on the leaders. Villopoto used throttle control and his flat track skills to make passes in the long, slippery sweeper turn and was able to climb back to finish fourth. He extended his points lead to 12 markers and continues to carry the red plate into Atlanta.
“Tonight wasn’t what we wanted,” said Villopoto. “The track was especially difficult to make passes because not only were you battling the guys around you, but you were battling the track as well. Throttle control was key and you had to hit your marks.”