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2012 Monster Energy Supercross Championship Kicks off This Saturday Night

AURORA, Ill. (January 2, 2012) – The 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, season kicks off this Saturday at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif., with defending Supercross Class champion Ryan Villopoto staging a title defense against the world’s greatest riders. SPEED will broadcast the race live at 7:00 p.m. PT.

Villopoto, who rides for the Monster Energy Kawasaki team, made a statement at last year’s season opener by leading all 20 laps of the main event en route to his 10th career win. This year Villopoto will not only defend his title, he is trying to become only the sixth rider in history to win the season opener in back-to-back years.

“It’s a nice way to start out the season,” said Villopoto following last year’s season opener. “Starting out this way makes things much easier. I hope I can start putting together some more wins and a championship this year.”

Villopoto didn’t waiver from his winning ways as he was crowned the sport’s biggest prize at the season finale at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium. In doing so, he became the 12th rider to win the season opener and the championship.

In last year’s Western Regional Supercross Lites Class main event, Monster Energy/Pro-Circuit/Kawasaki’s Josh Hansen opened the season with win after taking the lead on lap eight.

The first supercross race held in Anaheim was December 4, 1976, and Marty Smith won on a Honda. This weekend will mark the 56th time the gate will drop for a race in Anaheim and the 22nd the city has played host to the season opener. Stewart Ricky Carmichael and Jeremy McGrath are tied on the all-time Supercross Class win list in Anaheim at 8. Ivan Tedesco hold the Supercross Lites Class all-time win record in Anaheim at 5. Angel Stadium is the only stop on the tour that will host two races, January 7 and February 4.

Past Winners in Anaheim

Supercross Class

February 5, 2011: James Stewart

January 8, 2011: Ryan Villopoto

February 13, 2010: Ryan Villopoto

January 23, 2010: Ryan Dungey

January 9, 2010: James Stewart

February 7, 2009: James Stewart

January 17, 2009: James Stewart

January 3, 2009: Josh Grant

January 5, 2008: Chad Reed

January 19, 2008: Chad Reed

February 2, 2008: Chad Reed

January 6, 2007: James Stewart

January 20, 2007: James Stewart

February 3, 2007: James Stewart

January 07, 2006: James Stewart

January 21, 2006: Ricky Carmichael

February 04, 2006: Ricky Carmichael

January 8, 2005 Kevin Windham

January 22, 2005 Ricky Carmichael

February 5, 2005 Ricky Carmichael

January 3, 2004 Chad Reed

January 17, 2004 Chad Reed

January 31, 2004 Kevin Windham

January 04, 2003: Chad Reed

January 18, 2003: Ricky Carmichael

February 01, 2003: Ricky Carmichael

January 05, 2002: David Vuillemin

January 19, 2002: Mike LaRocco

February 02, 2002: Ricky Carmichael

January 06, 2001: Jeremy McGrath

January 20, 2001: Jeremy McGrath

February 03, 2001: Ricky Carmichael

January 8, 2000: Jeremy McGrath

January 15, 2000: Jeremy McGrath

January 09, 1999: Ezra Lusk

February 06, 1999: Ezra Lusk

January 27, 1996: Jeremy McGrath

January 28, 1995: Jeremy McGrath

January 29, 1994: Jeremy McGrath

January 23, 1993: Jeremy McGrath

January 25, 1992: Damon Bradshaw

January 26, 1991: Jeff Stanton

January 27, 1990: Damon Bradshaw

January 28, 1989: Rick Johnson

January 31, 1987: Jeff Ward

January 18, 1986: David Bailey

February 02, 1985: Broc Glover

January 28, 1984: Johnny O’Mara

January 29, 1983: David Bailey

January 30, 1982: Donnie Hansen

January 31, 1981: Kent Howerton

November 17, 1979: Kent Howerton

November 11, 1978: Gaylon Mosier

November 12, 1977: Bob Hannah

December 04, 1976: Marty Smith

Supercross Lites Class

February 5, 2011: Joshua Hansen

January 8, 2011: Joshua Hansen

February 13, 2010: Trey Canard

January 23, 2010: Jake Weimer

January 9, 2010: Jake Weimer

February 7, 2009: Jake Weimer

January 17, 2009: Ryan Dungey

January 3, 2009: Jake Weimer

January 5, 2008: Ryan Dungey

January 19, 2008: Ryan Dungey

February 2, 2008: Jason Lawrence

January 6, 2007: Ryan Villopoto

January 20, 2007: Ryan Villopoto

February 3, 2007: Ryan Villopoto

January 07, 2006: Andrew Short

January 21, 2006: Grant Langston

February 04, 2006: Grant Langston

January 8, 2005 Nathan Ramsey

January 22, 2005 Ivan Tedesco

February 5, 2005 Ivan Tedesco

January 3, 2004 Ivan Tedesco

January 17, 2004 Ivan Tedesco

January 31, 2004 Ivan Tedesco

January 04, 2003: Travis Preston

January 18, 2003: James Stewart Jr.

February 01, 2003: James Stewart Jr.

January 05, 2002: Travis Preston

January 19, 2002: David Pingree

February 02, 2002: Brock Sellards

January 06, 2001: Ernesto Fonseca

January 20, 2001: Ernesto Fonseca

February 03, 2001: Ernesto Fonseca

January 8, 2000: David Pingree

January 15, 2000: Tallon Vohland

January 09, 1999: Casey Johnson

February 06, 1999: Nathan Ramsey

January 27, 1996: Kevin Windham

January 28, 1995: Damon Huffman

January 29, 1994: Damon Huffman

January 09, 1993: Damon Huffman

January 25, 1992: Jeremy McGrath

January 26, 1991: Jeremy McGrath

January 27, 1990: Michael Craig

January 28, 1989: Jeff Matiasevich

January 31, 1987: Jeff Matiasevich

January 18, 1986: Tyson Vohland

February 02, 1985: Mike Healy

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