Oakley's Ryan Villopoto Victorious At Legendary Daytona Supercross

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For Oakley rider Villopoto, the win was made even harder by a red flag off the start of the Supercross main event, which wiped out his early race lead. Veteran Grant Langston went down on the first lap of the race, which led to a red flag situation.

When the race was restarted the Oakley rider Villopoto emerged with the lead again and put the hammer down, while series’ leader fellow Oakley rider and current points leader Ryan Dungey had to fight his way into second around Josh Hill. Hill put up a fight for a few laps, but the Oakley youngster Dungey eventually got around him and went after Villopoto. On Daytona’s rough track, the Dungey versus Villopoto chase would become a true battle of fitness and determination, and for a few laps, it looked like Dungey might be able to close in. But Villopoto proved his fitness is all the way back to 100 percent, after last year’s knee injury, as he never wilted and held strong for his fourth win of the season.

Dungey was second, and he gave Villopoto a run, seemingly never backing off despite having a 23-point advantage over Villopoto coming into the race. Dungey knows it’s a long series and every point counts, especially since Villopoto’s teammate Chad Reed is going to be back racing next weekend in Toronto. Reed tried to race Daytona, logging the fastest qualifying times of the day before deciding his injured hand and thumb were not strong enough to hold on for 20 laps.

Supercross Class
1. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
2. Ryan Dungey (Suz)
3. Trey Canard (Hon)
4. Kevin Windham (Hon)
5. Davi Millsaps (Hon)
6. Thomas Hahn (Suz)
7. Nick Wey (Kaw)
8. Kyle Chisholm (Yam)
9. Josh Hill (Yam)
10. Ryan Morias (Suz)

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March 09, 2010