Recent Motor Sports News
Unbeatable: Ryan Villopoto Dominates End of AMA Motocross Season For Second Title, Eighth Overall AMA Crown
Ryan Villopoto dominating Motocross races: It’s becoming all too much like clockwork. The three-time defending Supercross Champion stuck another feather in his Championship cap after sweeping both Motos at the Utah National on Aug. 17 – claiming his second Outdoors crown and even more accolades before the season even ended. High-fiving hordes of admiring fans after his season triumph was secured, the legend-in-the-making celebrated his eighth overall AMA Championship – tying him for second all-time with Jeremy McGrath. The feat places him 15 titles behind fellow Oakley MX superstar, Ricky Carmichael.
2X! Motocross Teen Phenom Jeffrey Herlings Crowned With Second Consecutive MX2 World Title, Charges Into History Books
It’s one thing to have a teen phenom absolutely dominate his rivals in his sport. But to have one with such a sense of humility as he charges into the annals of Motocross history…is all the more impressive. “It is an amazing feeling, but maybe only when I’m older I’ll realize what I have accomplished,” said Jeffrey Herlings – shortly after wrapping up his 14th World Motocross Grand Prix victory on the season and his second consecutive MX2 World Title. At a mere 18 years old, Oakley’s Dutch rider has tallied an astonishing 30th career GP victory on top of his taking the MX2 crown with three races to go. Not to mention his perfect record through all rounds thus far.
Marc Marquez is the real deal. Sure, the humble Spanish phenom may be inclined to play down the fact that he holds a 16-point lead in the Championship standings as a MotoGP rookie. Or the fact the fact that he’s on the heels of three recent victories (the most recent coming at Laguna Seca in Northern California – where he became the first rookie to have ever triumphed at the track). He’s the youngest ever to tally back-to-back wins, by the way. Marc’s quick to point out that the absences and injuries of fellow Spanish superstars like Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo allowed him chances to win – and that their presence may have altered the results. But he also noticeably omits the fact that his first-ever victory, coming at the inaugural Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin (Texas), was achieved by convincingly outgunning his childhood hero (and fellow Oakley superstar), Valentino Rossi, who’s finally found his form after a couple of tough years with Ducati.