Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto jumped out to an early lead and dominated the supercross class main event at Daytona International Speedway just minutes after Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Christophe Pourcel won his third straight supercross lites main event.
Pourcel’s teammate Dean Wilson scored his first podium finish coming home third. Nick Wey earned his best finish of the season finishing seventh and Chad Reed posted the fastest lap in practice, but did not race as he continues to recover from a broken hand.
After finishing 19th last weekend, Villopoto was determined to get back on the top step of the podium in Daytona. After getting a good start and taking the lead, a red flag came out meaning everyone would have to line up on the gate again. On the restart, Villopoto nailed the holeshot and led wire-to-wire to take the win. “Tonight was good,” said Villopoto. “I got two good starts and rode a solid race. I was a little worried when red flag came out, because I got such a good start. I knew I needed to do it again and I got an even better start the second time. We are chipping away at the points lead and I know what I need to do.”