Texan Weekend – 2013 Houston Kickstart

Photos by Brendan Lutes and Jeff Kardas

This past weekend, the 13th round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series visited the state of Texas for the second time this season. This time, though, the traveling circus stopped in Houston, and after a weekend off, there was plenty to report from the Lone Star State. Defending Champion Ryan Villopoto took home his fifth win of the season in the 450 class while Wil Hahn managed to extend his points led in the 250 class. But that wasn’t all that went down, so sit back, relax with some coffee, and get your Monday started off right with this week’s Kickstart.

While the clouds in this photo might not be evidence of it, the weather in Houston this past weekend was perfect. Mid-70 degree temperatures greeted fans as they flocked into the pits. And throughout the day, the pit party was going off.
As has been the case in previous years, the pits were found on the opposite side of the street from the stadium, offering plenty of room for the teams to spread out and gave an incredible pit experience for the fans.
In order to get to the stadium, though, riders and mechanics had to ride the bikes down a walkway and across a bridge to the stadium. Needless to say, the added distance made it imperative for teams to bring all that is needed for possible repairs mid-race.
Here’s what happens when bikes would break down and needed to be brought back to the pits. Brady Kiesel’s bike broke down and his team was forced to load it onto the team Mule to get it back to the semi.
While there was a lot to report in Houston, perhaps the biggest news of the evening was Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto’s fifth win in a row. This photo of the pack taking off for the start of the main event demonstrates all that anyone saw of RV for the entire night, as he won his heat race and transitioned into a decisive win in the main event. The win extended RV’s points lead to 21 over Rockstar Energy Racing’s Davi Millsaps.