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Villopoto Heads Home to Seattle’s CenturyLink Field with Monster Energy Supercross’ Point Lead

AURORA, Ill. (April 7, 2014) – As the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, returns to Seattle’s CenturyLink Field this Saturday night, Monster Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto, who is from nearby Poulsbo, Wash., carries a 45-point lead in the 450SX Class point standings. With his fourth win in the Western Regional 250SX Class Championship, Rockstar Energy Racing’s Jason Anderson continues his pursuit of winning his first title.

**FOX Sports 1 will air the Seattle race live at 10:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. PT**
**Coverage from Seattle will also be available on the authenticated FOX Sports GO app**
**FOX Sports 2 will re-air the Seattle race on Sunday, April 13 at 5:00 p.m. ET/ 8:00 a.m. PT**

Some key insights into this weekend’s race are:

  • Villopoto has his sights set on his 70th 450SX Class victory
  • Justin Barcia attempts to earn for his fifth top-five finish
  • In his first two races back from injury, Trey Canard earned back-to-back top-five finishes for the first time since races three and four in 2013
  • Anderson earned the fifth 250SX Class win of his career
  • Cole Seely, who finished fourth last weekend, is the only rider to have a top-four finish in each race this year

Last weekend, Villopoto won his fourth race of the 2014 season in front of 49,759 fans at NRG Stadium.

Despite a difficult path to the Main Event that included a hard crash in his Heat Race and a needed win in the Semi, Villopoto put himself up front early after racing to the Nuclear Cowboyz® Holeshot Award to start the 20-lap 450SX Class Main Event.

“It was awesome tonight considering everything we had to overcome,” said Villopoto. “With the start the way it was, I don’t think I could have asked for anything more and it made my life easy. The track was tough, but our Kawasaki was able to handle everything. That’s not the way I wanted the Heat Race to go, but we were able to bounce back even stronger.”

Team Honda/Muscle Milk’s Justin Barcia secured his third consecutive podium finish in second, while Dungey’s teammate Ken Roczen finished on the podium for the first time in three races in third. Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart, who was battling an illness all day, rode to a fifth-place finish that allowed him to take over second in the 450SX Class standings while Dungey battled back from his opening lap crash to pass 11 riders and finish seventh.

En route to his win, Villopoto extended his lead in the championship to 45 points over Stewart as he chases a fourth straight title with three races remaining.

Saturday night’s Western Regional 250SX Class Race was the first since the San Diego stop on February 8, and Anderson welcomed the challenge as he built on the four-point lead he brought into Houston.

“It feels great to come back strong after such a long break. I’m super stoked to get the win,” said Anderson. “We did a lot of work over the break and it paid off. We killed it off the start and were able to run our own race. That’s going to be the key to winning this championship over the last few rounds, put myself up front and move into a position so we can do what we need to do.”

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson overcame a dislocated shoulder he suffered in a crash during his Heat Race to finish second and grab his third podium in four races, while Troy Lee Designs/MAVTV’s Malcolm Stewart posted the third podium result of his career in third. Anderson’s main challenger in the Western Regional Championship standings, Cole Seely, finished fourth aboard his Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil Honda.

Anderson’s lead over Seely in the championship now sits at 11 points with two races remaining in the Western Regional 250SX Class Championship.

In front of a crowd of 53,862 fans during the 2013 race in Seattle, Barcia took home the second 450SX Class win of his career. Roczen captured his third Western Regional 250SX Class victory in four races last season in Seattle.

The first race in Seattle was held on February 18, 1978 and Jimmy Ellis won on a Honda. The first 250SX Class race was held on February 8, 1985 and Bader Mannea won on a Kawasaki. The 2014 season marks the 43rd time the gates will drop for a supercross race in Seattle.

450SX Class Results: Houston

  1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki
  2. Justin Barcia, Pinetta, Fla., Honda
  3. Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM
  4. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda
  5. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki
  6. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM
  7. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM
  8. Mike Alessi, Hilliard, Fla., Suzuki
  9. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda
  10. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Honda

450SX Class Season Standings

  1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 293
  2. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki, 248
  3. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 247
  4. Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 235
  5. Justin Barcia, Pinetta, Fla., Honda, 198
  6. Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C., Yamaha, 196
  7. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM, 181
  8. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki, 126
  9. Wil Hahn, Menifee, Calif., Honda, 122
  10. Josh Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Suzuki, 112

Western Regional 250SX Class Results: Houston

  1. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., KTM
  2. Dean Wilson, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Kawasaki
  3. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda
  4. Cole Seely, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Honda
  5. Zach Osborne, Chesterfield, S.C., Honda
  6. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha
  7. Shane McElrath, Chesterfield, S.C., Honda
  8. Jake Canada, Sun City, Calif., Honda
  9. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Kawasaki
  10. Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., Honda

Western Regional 250SX Class Season Standings

  1. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., KTM, 156
  2. Cole Seely, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Honda, 145
  3. Dean Wilson, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Kawasaki, 120
  4. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Kawasaki, 119
  5. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda, 109
  6. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha, 107
  7. Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., Honda, 87
  8. Zach Osborne, Chesterfield, S.C., Honda, 85
  9. Shane McElrath, Chesterfield, S.C., Honda, 85
  10. Dean Ferris, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 63

Past Winners in Seattle

 

450SX Class

April 20, 2013                            Justin Barcia

April 21, 2012                            Andrew Short

April 16, 2011                            James Stewart

April 24, 2010                            Kevin Windham

April 18, 2009                            Ryan Villopoto

April 26, 2008                            Kevin Windham

April 28, 2007                            James Stewart

April 29, 2006                            James Stewart

April 23, 2005                            James Stewart

January 30, 1999                       Larry Ward

January 31, 1998                       Jeremy McGrath

February 1, 1997                       Doug Henry

February 3, 1996                       Jeremy McGrath

February 4, 1995                       Jeremy McGrath

May 7, 1994                              Mike Kiedrowski

January 30, 1993                       Jeremy McGrath

February 1, 1992                       Damon Bradshaw

February 2, 1991                       Jean-Michel Bayle

February 17, 1990                      Larry Ward

February 5, 1989                       Rick Johnson

February 4, 1989                       Rick Johnson

February 14, 1988                      Ron Lechien

February 13, 1988                      Rick Johnson

March 29, 1987                          Rick Johnson

March 28, 1987                          Rick Johnson

February 16, 1986                      Rick Johnson

February 15, 1986                      Jeff Ward

February 9, 1985                       Ron Lechien

February 8, 1985                       Ron Lechien

February 12, 1984                      Rick Johnson

February 11, 1984                      Jeff Ward

February 13, 1983                      Bob Hannah

February 12, 1983                      Bob Hannah

February 14, 1982                      Mark Barnett

February 13, 1982                      Donnie Hansen

February 15, 1981                      Darrell Schultz

February 14, 1981                      Darrell Schultz

February 10, 1980                      Mike Bell

February 9, 1980                       Mike Bell

February 10, 1979                      Bob Hannah

February 9, 1979                       Mike Bell

February 19, 1978                      Jimmy Ellis

250SX Class

April 20, 2013                            Ken Roczen

April 21, 2012                            Ryan Sipes

April 16, 2011                            Cole Seely

April 24, 2010                            Broc Tickle

April 18, 2009                            Ryan Dungey

April 26, 2008                            Ryan Dungey

April 28, 2007                            Ryan Villopoto

April 29, 2006                            James Stewart

April 23, 2005                            James Stewart

January 30, 1999                       Nathan Ramsey

January 31, 1998                       David Vuillemin

February 1, 1997                       David Vuillemin

February 3, 1996                       Kevin Windham

February 4, 1995                       Damon Huffman

May 7, 1994                              Ryan Hughes

January 30, 1993                       Phil Lawrence

February 2, 1992                       Jeremy McGrath

February 1, 1991                       Jeremy McGrath

February 17, 1990                      Ty Davis

February 5, 1989                       Jeff Matiasevich

February 4, 1989                       Jeff Matiasevich

February 14, 1988                      Jeff Matiasevich

February 13, 1988                      Jeff Matiasevich

March 29, 1987                          Kyle Lewis

March 28, 1987                          Donnie Schmit

February 16, 1986                      Donnie Schmit

February 15, 1986                      Willie Surratt

February 9, 1985                       Mike Healey

February 8, 1985                       Bader Mannea

For the first time ever, the entire Monster Energy Supercross season will air on FOX Sports.  Catch every Monster Energy Supercross race Saturday night on FOX Sports 1 (fourteen races) and FOX Sports 2 (three races) including next-day re-airs on FOX Sports 1.  In addition, the authenticated Fox Sports Go app will air each race at the same time it airs on FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports 2.

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