Villopoto Victorious in San Francisco; Canard Cruises to Lites Class SAN FRANCISCO (January 30, 2009) -- Before 41,872 at AT&T Park tonight, Monster Energy Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto, of Poulsbo, Wash., won his first Monster Energy AMA...
Villopoto Victorious in San Francisco; Canard Cruises to Lites Class
SAN FRANCISCO (January 30, 2009) -- Before 41,872 at AT&T Park tonight, Monster Energy Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto, of Poulsbo, Wash., won his first Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, race. GEICO Powersports Honda's Trey Canard, of Shawnee, Okla., won his first Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites class race of the season, leading wire-to-wire.
Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki's Ryan Dungey, of Belle Plaine, Minn., captured the Spike Holeshot Award with Villopoto and Honda Red Bull Racing's Davi Millsaps, of Tallahassee, Fla., following in second and third respectively. Millsaps passed Villopoto on the first lap but crashed on lap four, giving second place back to Villopoto.
While leading on lap 10, Dungey crashed and dropped back to fourth place. This allowed Villopoto to move into the lead, Hill to second and Millsaps to third.
"I lost my foot and went sailing," said Dungey. "It could have been a lot worse. I am glad I am not hurt."
The win for Villopoto marked the third in his career. Hill finished second and Millsaps finished third.
"The track was tough and slippery," said Villopoto. "It was hard to put in 20 perfect laps out there tonight. It wasn't the start that I wanted, so I played catch-up. It is a long season with a lot of racing left."
Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda's Cole Seeley, of Newbury Park, Calif., won the Spike Holeshot Award, but it was Canard, who quickly stole the lead. Current Lites class points leader Jake Weimer, of the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team, moved into second with DNA Energy/Star Racing Yamaha's Broc Tickle held the number three position. Weimer held on for second and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Josh Hansen for third.
"I had a rough start to this season, and I am finally starting to come around," said Canard. "This was great night for me and my team."
"I hate losing and I lost tonight, but I have the points lead and am thankful for everyone that has helped me get here," said Weimer.