Three-Time Defending Monster Energy Supercross Champion Ryan Villopoto Looks to Make History as the Championship Heads to Lucas Oil Stadium This Saturday Night

Through the first eight Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, races there have been four two-time race winners, and this Saturday when the championship heads to Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium, points leader Ryan Villopoto can become the first rider this year to post three victories and the first rider to win five consecutive races at Lucas Oil Stadium.

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Some key insights to this weekend’s race include:

  • There can be a three-time winner for the in the 2014 season this weekend
  • How will Dean Wilson do in his first-ever 450SX Class race for Chad Reed’s Discount Tire Racing/TwoTwo Motorsports team?
  • Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki has a four-race win streak (two on the East and two on the West)
  • Ken Roczen can earn his first back to back 450SX Class races
  • With a win by Ryan Dungey this weekend, he can give KTM their first season with two different winners
  • Through eight races, there have been three two-time winners

450SX Class Main Event Holeshot - Photo Credit: Simon Cudby
450SX Class Main Event Holeshot – Photo Credit: Simon Cudby

Last weekend at Atlanta’s Georgia Dome, Red Bull KTM’s Roczen won his second-consecutive 450SX Class race of the season as a rookie and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Martin Davalos captured the first Eastern Regional 250SX Class win of his career.

Smartop/Motoconcepts Racing’s Mike Alessi earned his first Nuclear Cowboyz® Holeshot Award of the season with Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Villopoto and Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart, whose lone win in Indianapolis came in 2007, following in second and third respectively.

Stewart quickly moved into first place on the opening lap as Roczen took over third. Stewart, who came into Atlanta on a two-race win streak, crashed in a turn moments after taking over the lead position and remounted in last place.

Villopoto moved into second place on Lap 4 and passed Alessi for the lead on Lap 5. Alessi was also passed by Roczen and Red Bull KTM teammate Dungey for the second and third spots respectively. On Lap 14, Villopoto failed to jump the triple and, as a result, Roczen moved into the lead. Villopoto finished second and Dungey finished third.

“I don’t believe this,” said Roczen. “Getting on the podium is one thing but a win is another is such an awesome feeling. This proves that hard work pays off and helps build my confidence.”

Villopoto has a nine-point lead over Roczen in the season standings. Stewart finished 11th and is third in the season standings.

Through eight races, there have been four different two-time winners, marking the first time this has happened in the sport’s history.

To open the Eastern Regional 250SX Class Main Event, Monster Energy Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo, who came into tonight’s race as the points leader, led Davalos through Turn 1, winning the Nuclear Cowboyz Holeshot Award. It didn’t take long for Davalos to answer back and make the pass for the lead, and by Lap 7, he opened a 5.1 second advantage.

Factory Metal Works’ Vince Friese was passed by Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Anthony Rodriguez on Lap 1 for third place. Near the halfway point of the race, GEICO Honda’s Justin Bogle took over the number-three position. Cianciarulo finished second and Bogle finished a season-best third place.

Eastern Regional 250SX Class Main Event winner, Martin Davalos - Photo Credit: Hoppenworld
Eastern Regional 250SX Class Main Event winner, Martin Davalos – Photo Credit: Hoppenworld

“At the beginning of the race, Martin [Dav[Davalos]rted to pull away, but toward the second half of the race, I was able to catch up,” said Cianciarulo. “Then, I made a stupid mistake. I guess you live and learn.”

“I am just so happy to be able to give this win to my team,” said Davalos. “There have been so many people that have supported me, and this feels great.”

Cianciarulo has a two-point lead over Davalos in the season standings.

Last year in front of a sold out crowd in Indianapolis, reigning 450SX Class champion Villopoto captured his sixth win of the season, and Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin, who is injured and will not race this season, took home his second consecutive 250SX Class win.

The first supercross race held in Indianapolis was on March 21, 1992 and Jeff Stanton won on a Honda. This will be the 23rd time the gates will drop in Indianapolis and the fifth time that Lucas Oil Stadium has hosted the championship.

Past Winners in Indianapolis – 450SX Class

  • March 16, 2013                          Ryan Villopoto
  • March 17, 2012                          Ryan Villopoto
  • March 12, 2011                          Ryan Villopoto
  • February 20, 2010                      Ryan Villopoto
  • February 28, 2009                      Chad Reed
  • March 1, 2008                           Chad Reed
  • March 24, 2007                          James Stewart
  • March 4, 2006                           Ricky Carmichael
  • February 12, 2005                      Ricky Carmichael
  • March 20, 2004                          Mike LaRocco
  • March 1, 2003                           Ricky Carmichael
  • February 8, 2002                       David Vuillemin
  • February 10, 2001                      Ricky Carmichael
  • February 12, 2000                      Jeremy McGrath
  • April 24, 1999                            Ezra Lusk
  • February 14, 1998                      Jeremy McGrath
  • February 15, 1997                      Jeff Emig
  • March 30, 1996                          Jeremy McGrath
  • March 18, 1995                          Jeremy McGrath
  • March 19, 1994                          Jeremy McGrath
  • April 24, 1993                            Jeremy McGrath
  • March 21, 1992                          Jeff Stanton

Past Winners in Indianapolis – 250SX Class

  • March 16, 2013                          Marvin Musquin
  • March 17, 2012                          Blake Wharton
  • March 12, 2011                          Ryan Sipes
  • February 20, 2010                      Christophe Pourcel
  • February 28, 2009                      Austin Stroupe
  • March 1, 2008                           Trey Canard
  • March 24, 2007                          Ryan Dungey
  • March 4, 2006                           Davi Millsaps
  • February 12, 2005                      Davi Millsaps
  • March 20, 2004                          Josh Hansen
  • March 1, 2003                           Branden Jesseman
  • February 9, 2002                       Chad Reed
  • February 10, 2001                      Travis Pastrana
  • February 12, 2000                      Michael Brandes
  • April 24, 1999                            Ernesto Fonseca
  • February 14, 1998                      Ricky Carmichael
  • February 15, 1997                      John Dowd
  • March 30, 1996                          Mickael Pichon
  • March 18, 1995                          Mickael Pichon
  • March 19, 1994                          Ezra Lusk
  • April 24, 1993                            Doug Henry
  • March 21, 1992                          Jimmy Button

Eastern Regional 250SX Class Results: Atlanta

  1. Martin Davalos, Cairo, Ga., Kawasaki
  2. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki
  3. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda
  4. Bale Wharton, Beaumont, Texas, Honda
  5. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki
  6. Vince Friese, Cape Girardeau, Mo., Honda
  7. James DeCotis, Peabody, Mass., Honda
  8. Cole Thomson, Brigden, Canada, KTM
  9. Matt Lemoine, Pilot Point, Texas, Kawasaki
  10. Michael Oldenburg, Alvord, Texas, Honda

Eastern Regional 250SX Class Season Standings

  1. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki, 47
  2. Martin Davalos, Cairo, Ga., Kawasaki, 45
  3. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki, 38
  4. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda, 36
  5. Vince Friese, Cape Girardeau, Mo., Honda, 33
  6. Blake Wharton, Beaumont, Texas, Honda, 32
  7. Cole Thompson, Brigden, Canada, KTM, 28
  8. Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Honda, 22
  9. Mitchell Oldenburg, Alvord, Texas, Honda, 22
  10. Jimmy DeCotis, Peabody, Mass., Honda, 20

450SX Class Results: Atlanta

  1. Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM
  2. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki
  3. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM
  4. Wil Hahn, Menifee, Calif., Honda
  5. Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C., Yamaha
  6. Mike Alessi, Hilliard, Fla., Suzuki
  7. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki
  8. Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Suzuki
  9. Josh Grant, Corona, Calif., Yamaha
  10. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM

450SX Class Season Standings

  1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 166
  2. Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 157
  3. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki, 140
  4. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 136
  5. Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C., Yamaha, 130
  6. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Kawasaki, 111
  7. Justin Barcia, Pinetta, Fla., Honda, 109
  8. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM, 94
  9. Wil Hahn, Menifee, Calif., Honda, 83
  10. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki, 77

Toyota Triple Challenge Standings

  1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki, 39
  2. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo Wash., Kawasaki, 38
  3. Justin Barcia, Pinetta, Fla., Honda, 38
  4. Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 37
  5. Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C., Yamaha, 31
  6. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Kawasaki, 25
  7. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM, 23
  8. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 22
  9. Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Suzuki, 16
  10. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki, 14

2013 450SX Class Results: Indianapolis

  1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki
  2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM
  3. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki
  4. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki
  5. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda
  6. Chad Reed, Australia, Honda
  7. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM
  8. Matt Goerke, Lake Helen, Fla., KTM
  9. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda
  10. Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Suzuki

Eastern Regional 250SX Class Results: Indianapolis

  1. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM
  2. Kyle Peters, Greensboro, N.C., Suzuki
  3. Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda
  4. AJ Catanzaro, Portland, Conn., Kawasaki
  5. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Kawasaki
  6. Vince Friese, Cape Girardeau, Mo., Honda
  7. Mitchell Oldenburg, Alvord, Texas, Honda
  8. Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Honda
  9. Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Suzuki
  10. Peter Larsen, Menifee, Calif., Honda