CARLSBAD, Calif., (Jan. 29, 2007) — Monster Energy-backed Ryan Villopoto (Monster energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki) took a big step this past weekend in insuring the overall Western Lites class title of the 2007 Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series would be back at the Pro Circuit truck, winning Round Four of the series at San Francisco’s SBC Park in dominant, wire-to-wire fashion.
The emerging superstar from Poulsbo, Wash., had his A-game going from the time the bikes first hit the rain-soaked track for the first practice session, through the checkered flag at the end, topping the timed practice, winning his heat race and winning the main event with the fastest lap time there as well.
About the only thing Villopoto didn’t do was pull the Progressive Direct Holeshot Award, but Monster Energy-backed teammate Chris Gosselaar made sure that was brought back to the Pro Circuit/Kawasaki camp as well.
“I tried to get the best starts I could, ride as well as I can and ride my own race, said Villopoto, who notched is third win of the season. “I’d like to get enough points to win the title before Seattle (the final WSX Lites round). As it stands Villopoto has a 26-point lead over Jason Lawrence for 1st place in the overall standings with three more WSX rounds (Anaheim 3, Houston and San Diego) to go before taking an eight-week break during the Eastern SX Lites rounds.
As Villopoto stood atop the podium, things couldn’t have been worse for Gosselaar. After pulling the holeshot and leading the race, Gosselaar was in a great battle with Martin Davalos for 2nd behind Villopoto, when he lost the front end in a corner and went down — with Davalos crashing into him. Gosselaar was unable to continue the race. With the DNF Gosselaar dropped from 2nd place in the standings all the way down to 6th.
Next up for the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team is Round Five of the 2007 Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series back at Anaheim’s Angels Stadium. San Francisco’s SBC Park (Jan. 27th). Last year at Anaheim 3 Villopoto finished 7th overall in the Lites class.
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