As we reported, Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto was a shoe-in to clinch his fourth straight Monster Energy Supercross title this year. Well, by winning last weekend in New Jersey, Villopoto accomplished just that … one race early. The final round is next weekend in Las Vegas.
Villopoto is racking up quite an impressive set of career statistics. This supercross crown is Villopoto’s ninth National title. In the comments section below, can a reader identify any other riders in AMA history that have more than nine National titles?
Here is a press release from Monster Energy concerning Villopoto’s accomplishment:
Irvine, Calif. (April 26, 2014) – Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto made history in the shadow of the New York City skyline as Monster Energy Supercross celebrated it’s inaugural visit to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., claiming his fourth-consecutive Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM Championship joining him with Jeremy McGrath as the only riders in history to win four straight titles.
“It feels great to wrap up my fourth championship in front of this crowd at MetLife Stadium,” said Villopoto. “Our goal coming into every season is to win the title and it is amazing accomplishing that goal year in and year out. We stayed consistent all year long and our hard work has paid off. To match the ‘King of Supercross’ and win four-straight championships is something I never imagined I would achieve.”
Saturday night’s main event win is his third-straight victory and his sixth of the season. Villopoto finished on the podium 11 times this season and only finished outside the top-five once. With one round remaining in the 2014 Monster Energy Supercross season, Villopoto will look to earn another victory at the series finale in Las Vegas.