There were no guarantees coming into the Finals in Las Vegas. Not even close. With the Supercross Title on the line, the ultra intense battle was wide open for the collection World Class Riders at the top of the standings. But following a truly epic night of drama and masterful racing on all levels, Oakley Star Ryan Villopoto gloriously emerged with the 2011 World Championship after finishing the race in a solid third.
Salt Lake City was sure to be ultra intense. With Supercross Championship standings implications, yet another epic battle was set to unfold. And it did – with Oakley Star Ryan Villopoto topping the field of title challengers for a resounding victory, effectively padding his previous lead in the race for the title going into the Finals in Las Vegas this coming Saturday. With just two stops left in the season coming into this past weekend, the drama was at its peak before anyone even set foot in Utah. And with four riders (Villopoto, fellow Oakley Stars James Stewart and Ryan Dungey – as well as Chad Reed) in position to make a charge at the title (all within nine points of the leader), the SLC stop was as crucial as ever. The tension was surely in the air. But reflective of his brilliant riding all season, Villopoto emerged at the front of the pack following yet another heavy battle.