They call New Orleans the Big Easy, and it would seem Ryan Villopoto took that moniker to heart. He easily scored the win inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, showing no signs of relaxing with his new number one plate. Taking a page from RV1’s game, Pro Circuit’s Darryn Durham serenaded Nola for his first-ever SX win in the Lites class. For others, however, the New Orleans track didn’t quite put out the way they’d probably hoped. Some gnarly crashes kept a few from the front of the pack, while injuries kept some of the sport’s favorites from even attempting to spit some game to the Big Easy.
To be frank, the 450 class paled in comparison to the Lites. With the championship wrapped up, the hometown favorite and People’s Champ (Windham) sidelined next to Chad Reed, James Stewart, and a small host of others, the premier class was all but over before it started. Conversely, the Lites class hosted a relatively exciting main event, saw a first-time winner, and crowned an East Coast champ.