Tally 2: Ryan Villopoto Claims First Supercross Victory at Anaheim 2, Eli Tomac Takes Second Lights Win
Ryan Villopoto wasn’t going to be held down for long.
Snapping dramatically out of his five-race winless streak, Oakley’s defending Supercross champ smashed his way to his first triumph on the season – topping Trey Canard to claim the second overall victory for the newly launched, game-changing Airbrake MX goggle at Anaheim 2.
Starting back in sixth position through the Holeshot, Ryan wasted no time in clawing his way up to the front of the pack on Lap 4.
Shooting past Canard on the following lap, he’d never be seriously challenged again – cruising onto victory by close to seven seconds.
“The season didn’t start like we wanted it to,” Ryan said. “I had a decent race in Phoenix and the team made good changes to the bike this week. We’ve finally got the ball going in the right direction and are digging ourselves out of the hole. Once I got into the lead, I was just trying to click of the laps and keep it consistent. The track was really slippery tonight, but I still tried to keep the pace up.”
The triumph capped off a glorious week for Oakley’s Motocross Family – who kicked off the weekend with a dramatic, amped up event to mark the official launch of the truly groundbreaking Airbrake MX goggle.
But it wasn’t just RV who’d claim victory in his Airbrake.
Extending his win streak to three through three races this season, fellow O star Eli Tomac continued his domination of the Lights Class – edging Ken Roczen for his 10th overall career ‘W.’
Eli now stands atop the 250 standings at nine points over Roczen.
“I definitely started off slower (today),” said Eli, who took the first-ever victory for any athlete wearing the Airbrake MX Goggle – at Anaheim 1. “I was good in one practice and struggled in the other, so it definitely made the race matter that much for the (win). It was a great battle out there. The track was tough, so I had to keep my feet tight and the bike under control. From now on I just need to keep it on the podium.”