Dungey, Hill Knotted Atop the Standings as Monster Energy Supercross Heads East Villopoto Making His Move After Dominating Victory at Anaheim III AURORA, Ill. (February 16, 2010) -- After six weeks on the West Coast, the 2010 Monster Energy...
Dungey, Hill Knotted Atop the Standings as Monster Energy Supercross Heads East
Villopoto Making His Move After Dominating Victory at Anaheim III
AURORA, Ill. (February 16, 2010) -- After six weeks on the West Coast, the 2010 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, season is all square at the top of the AMA Supercross class standings as the series heads to Indianapolis' Lucas Oil Stadium. Two-time winner and premier class rookie Ryan Dungey and San Manuel Yamaha's Josh Hill sit at the front of the field with 123 points apiece. While Rockstar/Makita Suzuki's Dungey is in the midst of a three-week hiatus from the podium, Hill continues to rely on consistency as Monster Energy Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto looks to keep up the momentum after a dominating second victory of the season last Saturday in Anaheim.
Last Saturday, Dungey, of Belle Plaine, Minn., brought a four-point lead into the third and final race from Anaheim's Angel Stadium and was looking to bounce back after a troublesome evening the week before in San Diego. Villopoto captured the Spike Holeshot Award with Hill, of Yoncalla, Ore., and San Diego winner Davi Millsaps, of Tallahassee, Fla., in tow. Dungey found himself in fifth behind Windham and began to work on the leaders.
Villopoto would cruise to the win, leading all 20 laps of the main event while Hill stayed strong to take the runner-up finish. Dungey would work his way past Millsaps and set his sights on Windham for third, but as he attempted to set up the pass, he spun out, allowing Millsaps to reclaim the position. In the end, Dungey would reclaim fourth, but lost the four-point advantage he held coming into the race.
"This is a good spot to be in as we head to Indianapolis next week," said Villopoto. "I am looking forward to next weekend's race, and I have put myself in a good position."
Villopoto's win was the fourth of his premier class career and as a result, he sits just three points behind hit two rivals heading into Indianapolis this weekend.
Saturday night also marks the season premiere of the AMA Supercross Lites Eastern Regional Championship. Reigning regional champion Pourcel, of Corona, Calif., will carry the number one plate into battle while challengers Metcalfe, Barcia, Wilson, Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Austin Stroupe and DNA Shred Stix/Division 7/Star Racing Yamaha's Nico Izzi all look for their first-career AMA title.
At the sixth round of the AMA Supercross Lites Western Regional Championship from Anaheim, Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda's Wil Hahn, of Decatur, Texas, won the Spike Holeshot Award with GEICO Powersports Honda's Trey Canard, of Shawnee, Okla., and points leader Jake Weimer, of Rupert, Idaho, following in second and third, respectively.
Canard would make his way into the lead before the completion of lap one and never looked back. While Weimer set his sights on Canard after moving into second, he fell and dropped to the tail end of the field. DNA Shred Stix/Division 7/Star Racing Yamaha's Broc Tickle, of Holly, Mich., achieved a career-best runner-up finish while Hahn held on for third. Weimer rebounded to finish eighth, but saw his points lead fall from 26 to 14 over Canard with just two races remaining.
Last season at the inaugural race from Lucas Oil Stadium, Chad Reed, of Tampa, Fla., broke through for his first win of the 2009 season, rebounding to reclaim a tie atop the points standings just one week after James Stewart took it away from him. Stroupe claimed the AMA Supercross Lites main event win for his first of year.
The first Monster Energy Supercross race at Indianapolis' RCA Dome was March 21, 1992, where Honda's Jeff Stanton won the main event. Yamaha's Jimmy Button won the first AMA Supercross Lites main event the same evening. The venue would serve as the host site until last season's debut from Lucas Oil Stadium. Seven-time supercross champion Jeremy McGrath holds the AMA Supercross all-time win record at Indianapolis with six. Five-time AMA Supercross class champion Ricky Carmichael is the only rider to win the AMA Supercross and AMA Supercross Lites main events in Indianapolis.
SPEED will air the AMA Supercross class and AMA Supercross Lites class races live, starting at 8:00 p.m. EST.
Tickets are available at Lucas Oil Stadium, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 800-745-3000 and soon at participating Yamaha Dealers. Club level tickets are available for $40.00; Gold Circle tickets $35.00; Mid Level tickets $25.00; Treadhead tickets $10.00.