Monster Energy Kawasaki Takes Team USA to the Top of the Podium at the Motocross of Nations Monster Energy Kawasaki riders James Stewart, Ryan Villopoto and Timmy Ferry claimed the Motocross of Nations crown at Donington Park. Stewart ...
Monster Energy Kawasaki Takes Team USA to the Top of the Podium at the Motocross of Nations
Monster Energy Kawasaki riders James Stewart, Ryan Villopoto and Timmy Ferry claimed the Motocross of Nations crown at Donington Park. Stewart and Villopoto won the first two motos and Ferry secured the team title with a fifth place finish in the final moto. Villopoto and Ferry also earned the MX2 and MX3 class championships respectively.
On the Top of the Box
Stewart got the team off to a good start in the first moto claiming the win. A quick rain shower changed the track conditions just before the start of the race, but Stewart had no problems adapting to the slippery conditions. While Stewart went on to the win, Villopoto went down on the first lap and fought his way up to a tenth place finish.
"In my first moto I gave my gate to Ryan (Villopoto)," said Stewart. "I had a little battle on the first lap, but then I got the lead and was able to pull away. In the second moto I got the holeshot. After a few laps I built a big lead. I was riding well but I went to the right on the tabletop and landed on a hay bale. I got up quick, but it took me a while to restart the bike."
Leaving on Top
Villopoto's tenth-place result in the first moto energized him for the second moto. He got a good start off the gate and rode to a commanding win against both his MX2 class and the MX3 class. The ride was Villopoto's final race on the Kawasaki KX™250F as he will move to the big class next season.
"It feels good to leave the lites class with a win," said Villopoto. "To move up is something I'm ready for. It's something I've been preparing for and to win the MX2 class at the Nations, and get the Chamberlin Trophy is how I wanted my last race to go."
Getting it Done
While Villopoto was taking the win in the second moto of the day, Ferry was battling the muddy track conditions to get the best result he could for the team. The thick and heavy mud caused problems for him throughout most of the moto, but he was able to ride strong and finish ninth.
"It was tough in my first moto," said Ferry. "It goes back to not riding a lot in these conditions. My helmet had a lot of mud and it was falling down. My clutch lever was covered in mud and moving every time I landed."
In the final moto Ferry carried the "Red, White and Blue" finishing fifth and giving Team USA the overall victory in the event. After getting tangled up in the second corner, Ferry rode through the pack in Red Dog fashion, getting all the way to fifth by the checkered flag.
"It feels good to have USA win again," said Ferry. "The first moto was difficult. I underestimated the track and it was really gnarly. I thought there was no way to top last year, but I know we did it today. I feel we accomplished more this year. The weather was different and we had to travel over here. This win is special because we came through and won as a team."
After the event, the riders were happy the team pulled together and earned the win.
"This win is really special." said Stewart. "The track was gnarly out there. Each moto someone on our team had some problems. We all rode well and picked up each other to get the team win. That is what this event is about. We had to be a team today to win and we did it."
"The team win is what really matters," said Villopoto. "We don't come over here for ourselves. This is a team event. We all had some troubles in the motos, but James, Timmy and I came through and got the win for the USA."
Riding for Your Country
The Motocross of Nations is always a special event for Ferry. This is the third time he has ridden for Team USA. For the second straight year the team won the championship and Ferry won the Open Class title.
"It is really something special to represent your country," said Ferry. "Growing up, I just wanted to ride dirt bikes and now I was chosen as one of the top three in the US. It's an honor, this was just a hobby a long time ago and it has grown into something special."