Villopoto Pulls out Win on Last Lap
MINNEAPOLIS (March 15, 2008) - Yamaha’s Josh Hill, of Yoncalla, Ore., won the first Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, race of his career in front of 40,982 fans at the Metrodome. It was the first race at the Metrodome since 2004. Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto, of Poulsbo, Wash., won his first Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites class race of the season.
Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey, of Belle Plaine, Minn., won the $1,500 Progressive Holeshot Award to open the AMA Supercross class main event. Following Dungey through turn one was Torco Fuels Honda’s Kevin Windham, of Centerville, Miss., and the championship points leader Chad Reed, of Tampa, Fla., was fifth.
On lap three Hill moved past Dungey for the lead and began to pull away. Reed, who rides for Team San Manuel Yamaha, moved into second place and on lap eight, while on the back wheel of Hill, he crashed and re-started in ninth place.
Dungey, who competes in the Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites class championship, moved up to compete in the AMA Supercross class and finished second. Tonight’s race, before his hometown crowd, was his best finish since moving into the premier class.
“I ripped out of the gate tonight and had a good lead,” said Dungey. “The crowd was behind me 100%, and I could hear them on every lap. This is only my third race in this class, so I very happy.
“Getting second was amazing a few races ago,” said Hill. “I do not know how to put it into words this win. The season has had its ups and downs, but this is huge for me. Yamaha put faith in me, and I am grateful for that.”
In the Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites class main event, Torco Fuels Honda’s Josh Grant, of Riverside, Calif., won the $1,000 Progressive Holeshot Award, leading Villopoto through turn one. Grant held the lead until lap six when they traded positions for the number-one position. Grant held the lead until the last lap of the race, and in the track’s final turn, he came together with Villopoto and crashed. Grant finished second overall.
“I came here ready to race tonight,” said Villopoto. “I am still behind in the points, so I have a lot of catching up to do.
“This is how I should be racing,” said Grant. “I have been having a tough season so far, but I am really proud of the way the I rode tonight.”
Torco Fuels Honda’s Trey Canard, of Elk City, Okla., remains in the Lites class points lead after finishing fourth.
Tonight’s AMA Supercross class race will air on SPEED Sunday, March 16 at 6:00 p.m. The AMA Supercross Lites class race will air on SPEED Saturday, March 22 at 6:00 p.m.
AMA Supercross Class Results, Minneapolis
Josh Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Yamaha
Ryan Dungey, of Belle, Plaine, Minn., Suzuki
Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda
Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda
Thomas Hahn, Alvord, Texas, Kawasaki
Davi Millsaps, Cairo, Ga., Honda
Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha
David Vuillemin, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki
Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Kawasaki
Nathan Ramsey, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha
AMA Supercross Class Season Standings
Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha, 237
Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda, 220
Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda, 172
Davi Millsaps, Cairo, Ga., Honda, 164
Tim Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 137
Joshua Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Yamaha, 135
Nathan Ramsey, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha, 134
David Vuillemin, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 115
Paul Carpenter, Ithaca, N.Y., Honda, 97
Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., KTM, 95
Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Results, Minneapolis
Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki
Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Honda
Martin Davalos, Cairo, Ga., KTM
Trey Canard, Elk City, Okla., Honda
Ryan Sipes, Vine Grove, Ken., KTM
Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ken., Yamaha
Ryan Morais, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha
Kyle Partridge, Menifee, Calif., Honda
Nico Izzi, Saint Clair., Mich., Suzuki
Billy Payne, Simi Valley, Calif., Honda
Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Season Standings
Trey Canard, Elk City, Okla., Honda, 93
Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 69
Ryan Sipes, Vine Grove, Ken., KTM, 67
Nico Izzi, Saint Clair., Mich., Suzuki, 54
Martin Davalos, Cairo, Ga., KTM, 53
Ben Coisy, Manosque, France, Honda, 53
Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Honda, 47
Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ken., Yamaha, 45
Billy Payne, Simi Valley, Calif., Honda, 42
Branden Jesseman, New Brighton, Pa., Kawasaki, 39
Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Season Standings
Jason Lawrence, Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha, 135
Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 129
Austin Stroupe, Corona, Calif., Kawasaki, 113
Brett Metcalfe, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki, 112
Tommy Hahn, Alvord, Texas, Kawasaki, 101
Dan Reardon, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 95
Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 85
Robert Kiniry, LaFayette, N.Y., Kawasaki, 71
Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Yamaha, 69
Billy Laninovich, Lake Elsinore, Calif., KTM 62
KTM Junior Supercross Challenge
Bryan Gardner, Paso Robles, Calif., KTM
Mason De Keyrel, White Bear Lake, Minn., KTM
Jacob Beaudoin, Lanesboro, Mass., KTM
Maverick Engstrom, Crossslake, Minn., KTM
Collin Dye, Hensley, Ark., KTM
Hunter Tyson, Havana, Fla., KTM
Ryland Oaks, West Liberty, Iowa, KTM
JT Vietri, Johnstown, N.Y., KTM
Bryce Moore, Horseheads, N.Y., KTM
Matthew Lade, Ormond Beach, Fla., KTM
Judson Bedell, St. Michael, Minn., KTM
Steve Moquin, Maple Shade, N.J., KTM
Matthew Hickmott, Henderson, Mich., KTM
Wyatt Lamson, Ottawa, Kan., KTM
Grayson Johnson, Lawrence, Kan., KTM
The next Monster Energy Supercross race takes place at Toronto’s Rogers Centre Saturday, March 29.
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