Taking It To Indy
Villopoto and Barcia Take on the Hoosier State
By Jordan Powell
The 11th round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series takes us to Indianapolis, Indiana, inside the state of the art Lucas Oil Stadium. A little over a month ago, the Lucas Oil Stadium housed more than 67,000 fans for the Superbowl, and this weekend all of the fans in attendance will witness Ryan Villopoto and Justin Barcia fight to control the lead in their respective classes.
Villopoto has had some good luck inside the Indy stadium, and he took home the win inside there in 2010 and 2011. Will he be able to make a three-peat and extend his points lead on James Stewart, who sits just 44-points behind? The last time Stewart saw a win in Indianapolis was back in 2007. Chad Reed took the win in 2008, as well as 2009. With Ryan Dungey and Reed out, this leaves an open door for many 450 riders to make it onto the podium in the Hoosier State. Who will it be?
Since his introduction into the pro leagues, Barcia has yet to grab that top spot in Indy. During his first year in 2010, he finished in third, right behind Austin Stroupe and Christophe Pourcel, and in 2011 he finished just behind Ryan Sipes for second. It’s been a steady climb for Bam Bam in the years past, and now all he’s looking for is that number one spot. A win inside the Lucas Oil Stadium with put him up to five in a row, but there are many competitors that are looking to have their turn in the spotlight. The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki athletes’ Darryn Durham and Blake Baggett have both come within striking distance of the Geico Honda rider, but narrowly missed out on the win. Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen and Rockstar Suzuki’s Blake Wharton have all been in that spot too.
As for the rookies in the East Coast Lites series, Kyle Peters suffered from an injury only a week before Dallas Supercross, but made his return in St. Louis. Unfortunately, he was unable to qualify for the main, but he bounced back in Daytona Beach, Florida, and finished 17th. Geico Honda’s Justin Bogle has had a string of some great rides mixed with some not so great ones. He found himself on the podium in Atlanta, but crashes and a DNF at Daytona have kept him off since then. However, he has the speed to be at the top—fastest qualifier in St. Louis—and you might see that in Indy.
The Indianapolis Supercross will be airing live on SPEED at 7:30pm EST.