With a win at Seattle last weekend, his fifth of the year and 40th of his career, Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto is close to clinching his fourth consecutive Supercross Championship in the premier class, tying the record set by Jeremy McGrath.
The only other rider left with a statistical chance at the title is James Stewart (Suzuki). With two races remaining, Villopoto needs only 3 points to take the title. For perspective, at his worst race this year Villopoto scored 15 points, after a disastrous start to the main event required him to charge through the field from the back of the pack.
The surprise this year has been the resurgence of Stewart, who also has 5 wins. Crashes and illness cost Stewart big points at several rounds, however.
Remarkably, Villopoto is only 25 years old, and could possibly challenge McGrath’s career numbers, including 72 supercross wins and 7 supercross titles.