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Villopoto Gains Big Ground With Seventh Win in Houston Pourcel Takes Win and Championship in Supercross Lites HOUSTON, Texas (April 10, 2010) -- Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, visited the great state of Texas for the...

Villopoto Gains Big Ground With Seventh Win in Houston

Pourcel Takes Win and Championship in Supercross Lites

HOUSTON, Texas (April 10, 2010) -- Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, visited the great state of Texas for the second time in 2010 in front of 44,624 fans from Houston's Reliant Stadium. After a one week break, the world's best supercross riders returned to action on Saturday night as Monster Energy Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto, of Poulsbo, Wash., won his seventh AMA Supercross class race of the year. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Christophe Pourcel, of Groveland, Fla., captured his fifth win of the AMA Supercross Lites Eastern Regional Championship season and claimed his second consecutive title in the process.

Villopoto grabbed a great drive out of the gate in the premier class main event to take the Spike Holeshot Award with Rockstar/Makita Suzuki's Ryan Dungey, of Belle Plaine, Minn., and San Manuel Yamaha's Josh Hill, of Carlsbad, Calif., in tow. As Villopoto quickly gapped the field, several heated battles ensued behind him. On lap 10, AMA Supercross class points leader Dungey stalled his bike coming off the main straight, dropping from fourth to eighth. He restarted and worked back through the field to salvage fifth place.

"I think this is my first actual holeshot of year," said Villopoto. "It's always great to get (a good start). I've definitely struggles in practice this season. I don't know why but I turn it around come race time. It bums me out when I look at the board in practice and I'm not on it but at end of the night it's awesome to lead all 20 laps and come out with a win. And tonight I was able to gain a lot of points."

GEICO Powersports Honda's Kevin Windham, of Centreville, Miss., captured a season-best second place finish while Valli Motorsports/Rockstar Yamaha's Ivan Tedesco, of Murrieta, Calif., rounded out the podium in third.

Villopoto gained nine points on his championship rival with as the season heads into the final four, and currently sits just 12 points out of the lead. In his return to the series, Monster Energy Kawasaki's Chad Reed, of Tampa, Fla., finished fourth.

Pourcel entered Saturday's penultimate round of the AMA Supercross Lites Eastern Regional Championship just eight points ahead of Rockstar/Makita Suzuki's Austin Stroupe, of Lincolnton, N.C. However, a practice crash in the afternoon left Stroupe on the sidelines for the night show and allowed the Frenchman to race to his second straight Eastern Regional crown. As the gates dropped on the main event, Pourcel was right on the rear wheel of Rockstar Energy Suzuki's Blake Baggett, of Grand Terrace, Calif., who grabbed the Spike Holeshot Award. The points leader quickly made his move for the lead and went on to lead all 15 laps of the main event for win number five.

"I didn't know I could win the championship tonight," said Pourcel. "I always go out and race and try to win every weekend. You never know when you might win the title and I did tonight. I'm happy. I'm just going to get a good night's rest and try to win next week. Then I can celebrate."

After a heated battle for the remaining spots on the podium, Baggett brought home the runner-up spot while GEICO Powersports Honda's Justin Barcia, of Ochlocknee, Ga., finished in third.

The 2010 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season continues next weekend from St. Louis, Mo., at the Edward Jones Dome.

-source: ama

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Drivers Kevin Windham , Ed Jones , Ryan Dungey , Justin Barcia