Villopoto Moves Three Points Closer to Dungey with Sixth Victory in Jacksonville Pourcel Returns to Top of Supercross Lites Podium JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (March 27, 2010) -- The Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, return to...
Villopoto Moves Three Points Closer to Dungey with Sixth Victory in Jacksonville
Pourcel Returns to Top of Supercross Lites Podium
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (March 27, 2010) -- The Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, return to Jacksonville Municipal Stadium welcomed 38,321 devoted North Florida race fans on Saturday night for round 12 of the 2010 season. After a tough outing one week ago, Monster Energy Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto, of Poulsbo, Wash., rebounded to capture his sixth win of the year. AMA Supercross Lites Eastern Regional points leader and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Christophe Pourcel, of Groveland, Fla., grabbed his fourth AMA Supercross Lites victory of the season.
Valli Motorsports/Rockstar Yamaha's Ivan Tedesco, of Murrieta, Calif., took the Spike Holeshot Award at the start of the AMA Supercross class main event, with Villopoto and GEICO Powersports Honda's Kevin Windham, of Centreville, Mass., in tow. Rockstar/Makita Suzuki's Ryan Dungey, of Belle Plaine, Minn., found himself in fifth. Shortly after the first corner, Villopoto made his winning pass and went on to lead all 20 laps. Behind him, Windham and Dungey both moved forward and battled for the runner-up spot throughout the race before Dungey made his pass stick on lap 12. Villopoto and Dungey would finish 1-2 while Honda Red Bull Racing's Trey Canard, of Shawnee, Okla., edged out Windham at the line for third.
"Yeah, you know, it's awesome," said Villopoto. "(I) got two good starts in the heat race and the main event. It started out as a rough day, going down in practice. I hurt my foot and went down the next lap after I finally got back up. I sat out the second practice because of it, so it was kind of a bummer of a day for me but this feels great."
With the win, Villopoto gained three points on his championship rival with five races remaining.
After winning the first three races of the season, Pourcel battled a pair of tough outings over the last two weeks, but returned to his tactical form in Jacksonville. Privateer KTM rider Kelly Smith, of Ludington, Mich., grabbed the Spike Holeshot Award with Honda of Troy's Sean Lipanovich, of Cairo, Ga., and Kenny G Performance Honda's Jimmy Decotis, of Peabody, Mass., following in second and third, respectively. Before the completion of the first lap, GEICO Powersports Honda's Brett Metcalfe, of Lake Elsinore, Calif., moved into the lead, bringing Rockstar/Makita Suzuki's Austin Stroupe, of Lincolnton, N.C., and Pourcel along with him. The trio quickly gapped the field before Pourcel made a pair of great passes to take the lead on lap six and never look back. Stroupe kept his rival honest, finishing in second while Metcalfe held on for third.
Dungey currently holds a 21-point lead over Villopoto in the AMA Supercross standings. Pourcel leads Stroupe by seven points in the AMA Supercross Lites Eastern Regional Championship. The 2010 Monster Energy AMA Supercross takes the Easter weekend off before resuming action in two weeks from Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.