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Villopoto Brings Notable Points Lead into Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium

AURORA, Ill, (March 8, 2011) – Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, heads to the Midwest this weekend with its tenth race from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., on Saturday night. Another dominating performance by Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto from Daytona combined with misfortune by San Manuel Yamaha’s James Stewart has led to a 23-point lead for Villopoto.

Last weekend, Stewart looked to be on the way to his fourth win of the season, but suffered a frightening crash out of the lead. As the former two-time champion attempted to re-enter the race, Villopoto took advantage, moving into the lead and pulling away for his second straight win and his season-leading fourth victory of the season. 

“From the start of the race, I knew I wanted to ride my own pace,” said Villopoto. “No matter what happened, I wanted to be consistent and not make mistakes. James was riding fast right away, so I just had to wait to see if he would make a mistake.”

 “It’s really good to gain a lot of points, but I’m not going to relax, added Villopoto. “I know that if I keep working at it, I will only be putting myself in a better position as the championship goes down to Las Vegas. I want to keep going after wins so I won’t be slacking off at all because of the 23 points.” 

As for Stewart, after reentering the main event in last place, he soldiered on to work through the field and post a ninth-place finish, salvaging valuable points towards the championship and keeping himself within one race of his rival. 

Villopoto was followed on the podium by TwoTwo Motorsports/Bel-Ray Racing’s Chad Reed in second and Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey in third. Reed’s third straight podium effort brings him to within one point of Stewart for second in the standings while Dungey’s fourth consecutive finish of third or better has moved him into fourth, within 10 points of both Stewart and Reed. 

In the Supercross Lites class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett became the third different winner in as many races in the Eastern Regional Supercross Lites class championship. The second-year rider grabbed the holeshot and led wire-to-wire for his first win for the Pro Circuit team. 

“Winning my first heat race was really big for my confidence,” said Baggett. “I have been working on my starts because I haven’t really been known for being a good starter. I knew that it would be important because the start was short. We’ve been putting in the hard work and it feels great to finally see it pay off.” 

“I won’t be happy until I have the points lead, so we just need to keep plugging away at it,” exclaimed Baggett. “I know I am capable of being there every weekend. I think I have my starts figured out and it can only get better from here.” 

After wins by GEICO Honda’s Justin Barcia and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson to open the championship, Baggett’s triumph has led to a three-rider battle atop the standings. At Daytona, Barcia kept his podium streak intact, finishing second to Baggett despite a pair of broken bones in his wrist and moving into sole possession of the points lead. Meanwhile, Wilson suffered from his worst outing of the season, experiencing a bad start and several bouts of misfortune en route to an eighth-place finish. DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing Yamaha’s Ryan Sipes rounded out the podium. 

Barcia’s lead over Baggett, who assumed the runner-up position in the standings after his win, stands at four points while Wilson sits in third, and additional five points behind. 

Last year in Indianapolis, Villopoto captured a hard-fought victory after a troublesome evening forced him into the LCQ to qualify for the main event. In the Supercross Lites action, eventual Eastern Regional champion Christophe Pourcel took the win.

SPEED will broadcast all the action from Indianapolis live beginning at 7 p.m. CST. 

Supercross Class Results: Daytona

  1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki
  2. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Honda
  3. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki
  4. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM
  5. Davi Millsaps, Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha
  6. Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C., Yamaha
  7. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda
  8. Ken Roczen, Germany, KTM
  9. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha
  10. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., KTM           

Supercross Class Season Standings

  1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki – 196
  2. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha – 173
  3. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Honda – 172
  4. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki – 165
  5. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda – 154
  6. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM – 128
  7. Brett Metcalfe, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Suzuki – 107
  8. Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C, Yamaha – 105
  9. Davi Millsaps, Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha – 104
  10. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda – 89 

Eastern Regional Supercross Lites Class Results: Daytona

  1. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki
  2. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda
  3. Ryan Sipes, Ekron, Ky., Yamaha
  4. Blake Wharton, Aubrey, Texas, Honda
  5. P.J. Larsen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM
  6. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Suzuki
  7. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki
  8. Dean Wilson, Menifee, Calif., Kawasaki
  9. Matt Lemoine, Collinsville, Texas, Kawasaki
  10. Les Smith, York, S.C., Honda 

Eastern Regional Supercross Lites Class Season Standings

  1. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda – 69
  2. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki – 65
  3. Dean Wilson, Menifee, Calif., Kawasaki – 60
  4. Ryan Sipes, Ekron, Ky., Yamaha – 54
  5. Blake Wharton, Aubrey, Texas, Honda – 51
  6. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Suzuki – 41
  7. Matt Lemoine, Collinsville, Texas, Kawasaki – 35
  8. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki – 34
  9. P.J. Larsen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM – 33
  10. Lance Vincent, Youngsville, La., Honda – 33 

Past Winners in Indianapolis

Supercross Class

February 20, 2010:                                 Ryan Villopoto

February 28, 2009:                                 Chad Reed

March 1, 2008:                                      Chad Reed

March 24, 2007:                         James Stewart

March 04, 2006:                         Ricky Carmichael

February 12, 2005:                                 Ricky Carmichael

March 20, 2004:                         Mike LaRocco

March 01, 2003:                         Ricky Carmichael

February 09, 2002:                                 David Vuillemin

February 10, 2001:                                 Ricky Carmichael

February 12, 2000:                                 Jeremy McGrath

April 24, 1999:                                       Ezra Lusk

February 14, 1998:                                 Jeremy McGrath

February 15, 1997:                                 Jeff Emig

March 30, 1996:                         Jeremy McGrath

March 18, 1995:                         Jeremy McGrath

March 19, 1994:                         Jeremy McGrath

April 24, 1993:                                       Jeremy McGrath

March 21, 1992:                         Jeff Stanton 

Supercross Lites Class

February 20, 2010:                                 Christophe Pourcel

February 28, 2009:                                 Austin Stroupe

March 1, 2008:                                      Trey Canard

March 24, 2007:                         Ryan Dungey

March 04, 2006:                         David Millsaps

February 12, 2005:                                 David Millsaps

March 20, 2004:                         Josh Hansen

March 01, 2003:                         Branden Jesseman

February 09, 2002:                                 Chad Reed

February 10, 2001:                                 Travis Pastrana

February 12, 2000:                                 Michael Brandes

April 24, 1999:                                       Ernesto Fonseca

February 14, 1998:                                 Ricky Carmichael

February 15, 1997:                                 John Dowd

March 30, 1996:                         Mickael Pichon

March 18, 1995:                         Mickael Pichon

March 19, 1994:                         Ezra Lusk

April 24, 1993:                                       Doug Henry

March 21, 1992:                                  Jimmy Button 

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