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Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Josh Hansen Is Two For Two

Monster Energy Kawasaki's Villopoto Retains Points Lead in Phoenix

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Josh Hansen earned his second win in a row in the AMA Supercross Lites class, a part of the Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship. Monster Energy Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto finished on the podium once again and leaves the second round with a two-point lead in the championship standings. In the AMA Supercross Lites class, Hansen holds a six-point lead over his teammate Broc Tickle, who finished in the runner-up position for the second straight week. Tyla Rattray fought through a sore wrist to finish sixth.

Keeping The Momentum
Villopoto's strong start at the first round seemed to carry over into the second round as the Washington native posted fast laps all day on his Kawasaki KX450F. His night started with a heat race win and he looked to carry that into the main event. After getting a fourth-place start, Villopoto quickly moved into second and was riding strong just behind the leader, but a quick tip over halfway through the race forced him to settle for the runner up position.

Another Win
With his season starting off with a bang, Hansen followed up his good ride in Anaheim with a strong showing in Phoenix. After posting the fastest lap in practice, Hansen took that speed and won his heat race. In the main event, he patiently rode behind his teammate Tickle and made the pass for the lead after a mistake from Tickle.

Two Races, Two Holeshots
Already this year, Tickle has come out swinging, looking to put his name on the list of potential champions. He's proven he can get good starts with two holeshots in two races, and has been very close to coming away with his first win of the season.

Riding Through The Pain
From looking at his riding, most fans wouldn't have known that Rattray was riding with a sore wrist that he injured while practicing during the week. He put together good times in practice, won his heat race, and rode to finish just outside the top-five with a sixth-place finish.

Getting Over A Cold
Even though Villopoto had much to celebrate after the first race in Anaheim, celebration took a back seat as Villopoto worked through a cold. His program through the week stayed the same and it showed in Phoenix. Despite feeling a little under the weather, he rode with more confidence throughout the entire day.

Taking Some Time
His results throughout the night wouldn't show it, but another rider that wasn't 100 percent on the track was second-place supercross lites finisher Tickle. After riding once this week, he took time to recuperate from a cold.

Confidence
With only two races completed and 15 more races to come, Villopoto is already making positive strides toward becoming a regular to the podium.

New Venue
For the third round of the circuit, the riders are traveling to a brand new venue at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. All the riders are excited to visit a new venue, but Hansen seems to be the most excited.

-source: kawasaki

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Series AMA
Drivers Broc Tickle