Villopoto And Wilson Take The Win In Arlington

The seventh round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series came and went inside the Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, over the weekend, with Ryan Villopoto and Dean Wilson taking the win in their respective classes. For Villopoto, the win marked the third of the season, and he now sits in third, 24-points behind Millsaps. For Wilson, Arlington marked the first round of the East Coast 250 series, and he won in a commanding fashion.

250 West Coast Supercross

250 Heat One

The first heat of the night was an exciting one, as Marvin Musquin snapped off the line with an early lead. Gavin Faith would take over the position a couple of turns later, and hold the lead from there. Wil Hahn sat close behind in third, and paced the two riders for a couple of laps before he decided to make the move on the Frenchman. Hahn displayed a textbook block pass on Musquin, and then started to set his sights on Faith. Hahn eventually made the pass on the MotoConcepts rider, however, Faith delivered right back, and moved back into the lead. Musquin tried to sneak on in during the two rider battle, but was unable to get it done. The Geico Honda rider tried to regroup and make another pass on Faith, but a mistake sent him to the ground, and back to fifth. Jimmy Decotis moved on up to the top three, and Faith would take the win.

1. Gavin Faith
2. Marvin Musquin
3. Jimmy Decotis
4. Cole Thompson
5. Wil Hahn
6. Kyle Peters
7. Mitchell Oldenburg
8. Ryan Zimmer
9. Gareth Swanepoel

250 Heat Two

Continuing where the excitement left off in heat one, Supercross newcomer Zach Bell rocketed off the line on his Geico Honda. A massive pileup in the first turn took out many riders including Blake Wharton, Justin Hill, and Dean Wilson. Bell put in some consecutive clean laps and distanced himself from Adam Gulley and Levi Kilbarger. Wilson was on a tear, though, and quickly ravaged his way through the pack on his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki. By the fourth lap, Deano moved his way into second, and knocked Bell’s lead down to a couple of seconds. Disaster would strike a few turns later after Bell was ejected off his bike when his footpeg caught off the face of the triple. As a result, the race was immediately red-flagged so the Asterisk Medical Crew could attend to the young rider. After a few scary minutes, Bell was able get up and walk on his own.

For the second weekend in a row, a staggered start was in play, and Wilson was right at the front of the line. Wilson would check out from there, while Vince Friese and Levi Kilbarger finished second and third, respectively.

1. Dean Wilson
2. Vince Friese
3. Levi Kilbarger
4. Brad Ripple
5. Adam Gulley
6. Jesse Wentland
7. Lance Vincent
8. Justin Hill
9. Jackson Richardson


After missing the final transfer spot by literally inches, Blake Wharton came out strong in the LCQ, and led the race from start to finish. What had the crowd amazed, though, was Zach Bell back on the track after his horrifying crash. The Geico Honda looked to be unphased by his crash, and finished the race in second.

1. Blake Wharton
2. Zach Bell

250 Main Event

When the gates dropped for the 15-lap main, Kyle Peters rocketed out front on his privateer Honda, beating Dean Wilson and Blake Wharton into the first turn. Peters fought hard for the prize position, yet he was unable to keep the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider behind him. Wharton would be the next rider to make the pass, and Peters would eventually drop back to fourth by the end of the main.

Once Wilson moved up into the lead, he slowly started to move away from Wharton, and by the halfway mark, the Kawi rider had built up a five second cushion. Wilson would take the first win of the nine-round series, and claim the coveted red plate. Wharton, meanwhile, rode a quiet race in second.

Geico Honda’s Wil Hahn didn’t have the greatest of starts, but he put his head down, and started to pick riders off, one by one. By the time he moved into fifth, a battle between Peters and Cole Thompson was fully engaged. Unfortunately for Thompson, a critical mistake in a rhythm section would take him out of the race. This allowed Hahn to advance to fourth, and shortly after, he made the pass on Peters for third.

Rookie Justin Hill turned some heads tonight, as he rode a solid race to finish fifth.

Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin fell victim to a first turn crash, and remounted his bike in 19th. By the end of the 15-laps, he moved his way all the way to sixth place.


1. Dean Wilson
2. Blake Wharton
3. Wil Hahn
4. Kyle Peters
5. Justin Hill
6. Marvin Musquin
7. Gavin Faith
8. Jimmy Decotis
9. Vince Friese
10. Lance Vincent
11. Jackson Richardson
12. Mitchell Oldenburg
13. Gareth Swanepoel
14. Levi Kilbarger
15. Adam Gulley
16. Ryan Zimmer
17. Cole Thompson
18. Zach Bell
19. Brad Ripple
20. Jesse Wentland

Top 5 Lap Times
1. Dean Wilson 45.997
2. Blake Wharton 46.482
3. Wil Hahn 46.534
4. Marvin Musquin 46.765
5. Kyle Peters 47.070

250 West Coast Championship Point Standings (After 1 of 9 rounds)

1. Dean Wilson (25/1 Win)
2. Blake Wharton (22)
3. Wil Hahn (20)
4. Kyle Peters
5. Justin Hill
6. Marvin Musquin
7. Gavin Faith
8. Jimmy Decotis
9. Vince Friese
10. Lance Vincent

450 Supercross

450 Heat One

James Stewart claimed the holeshot in the first 450 heat race of the night, but he was quickly under attack by Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto. After the riders came out of the first rhythm section, Villopoto took control of the lead, but he did not pull away. The two riders pulled away from the pack as they set down lap times that were almost a second faster than the rest of the field. Villopoto wasn’t able to shake away Stewart, and halfway through the race, the Yoshimura Suzuki rider reclaimed the lead. The two riders continued to dominate the rest of the pack, however; Villopoto was unable to make the pass back on Stewart.

When the race began, Josh Hill came out of the first turn in third, and held that position for a couple of laps before he started to get some company from Weston Peick, Justin Brayton, and Chad Reed. Peick would be the first rider to go for the move on the RCH rider, and was successful. Leaving where Peick left off, Brayton and Reed would follow suit. At the halfway mark, Brayton made the pass on Peick, and finished the race comfortably in third. Reed tried to make the pass on Peick, but couldn’t seal the deal by the time the checkers flew.

After the race, Stewart commented that he has been feeling good, and has been able to do some testing during the week, which has helped his program.

1. James Stewart
2. Ryan Villopoto
3. Justin Brayton
4. Weston Peick
5. Chad Reed
6. Andrew Short
7. Broc Tickle
8. Josh Hill
9. Trey Canard

450 Heat 2

Holeshot hero Mike Alessi beat the pack to the first corner in heat number two, but he quickly had some company from the series points leader, Davi Millsaps. The Rockstar Energy Racing rider tailed Alessi for few a turns, and then made his move shortly after. Once this happened, Millsaps started to slowly check out, and took a commanding win. The coast wasn’t clear for Alessi, though, as Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey came back from a mid-pack start, and finished the heat in second.

1. Davi Millsaps
2. Ryan Dungey
3. Mike Alessi
4. Kyle Partridge
5. Bob Kiniry
6. Ben Lamay
7. Jimmy Albertson
8. Matt Goerke
9. Justin Sipes

450 LCQ

Justin Barcia came out swinging in the 450 LCQ, and never looked back once the gates dropped. Phil Nicoletti maintained control of second place for a few laps, however, he started to take some heat from his teammate, Chris Blose, shortly after. Nicoletti eventually lost the battle, and Blose would take the final transfer spot.

1. Justin Barcia
2. Chris Blose

450 Main

Chad Reed grabbed the last holeshot of the night, but it was short-lived as Ryan Villopoto quickly dove into first. After having a battle with bad starts the last few rounds, Villopoto was given a clear track within the first corner. The defending Supercross champion didn’t waste any time, and slowly started to pull away with each lap. Davi Millsaps kept Villopoto within his sights for the first five laps, but he simply didn’t have the speed to match the Kawi rider.

Millsaps, Reed, and Ryan Dungey put on a battle from start to finish. Right when the gate hit the ground, Millsaps was hot on Reed’s tire. Within a couple of laps, Millsaps made the pass stick. However, their battle allowed Dungey to catch up. With each turn, Dungey desperately tried to find a way around Reed, but the Two Two Motorsports rider shut down every attempt. At the halfway mark, Dungey dove on the inside of Reed, catching him off guard, and moved into third. At the same time, Millsaps had ran into a handful of lappers, which allowed the Red Bull KTM rider to catch up. Millsaps managed to hold off Dungey for a couple more laps, and took home second.


1. Ryan Villopoto
2. Davi Millsaps
3. Ryan Dungey
4. Chad Reed
5. Justin Brayton
6. Justin Barcia
7. Trey Canard
8. Matt Goerke
9. Andrew Short
10. Broc Tickle
11. Weston Peick
12. Mike Alessi
13. Jimmy Albertson
14. Bob Kiniry
15. Justin Hill
16. Ben Lamay
17. Justin Sipes
18. Kyle Partridge
19. Chris Blose
20. James Stewart

Top 5 Lap Times
1. Ryan Villopoto 44.356
2. Davi Millsaps 44.530
3. Ryan Dungey 44.800
4. Chad Reed 44.923
5. Justin Brayton 45.071

450 Class Championship Points Standings (After 7 of 17 rounds)
1. Davi Millsaps (154/ 2 wins)
2. Ryan Dungey (133/ 1 win)
3. Ryan Villopoto (130/ 3 wins)
4. Trey Canard (119)
5. Chad Reed (115)
6. Justin Barcia (98/ 1 win)
7. Andrew Short (95)
8. Justin Brayton (83)
9. James Stewart (75)
10. Matt Goerke (69)