Three! Motocross Star Ryan Villopoto Bags Supercross San Diego, Retakes Standings Lead


The heated battle for the top of the Supercross standings is raging on.

Retaking the lead in his Title defense, Oakley Motocross Star Ryan Villopoto claimed a resounding victory in San Diego before a massive crowd of 58,782 raucous fans in Qualcomm Stadium. It was his third victory on the season.

“You really had to be smooth every lap,” Ryan said, rocking his Signature Series Oakley MX Goggles. “San Diego’s dirt is really slippery and made it tough to be consistent for the full 20-lap main event. I’ve never won San Diego in the Supercross Class. It was great to get my first win here and end Chad’s (Reed) win streak at Qualcomm Stadium. Hopefully I can start a streak my own as we head to Cowboys Stadium next week.”

Blazing out of the gates to the Holeshot, RV was clawing toe-to-toe with Jake Weimer until lap two, when he powered to the front.

Meanwhile, Chad Reed, Oakley Superstar James Stewart and O’s Ryan Dungey began boxing for an advantage not far behind.

Halfway through, the fight continued – with Bubba passing Metcalfe for the third position. But the treacherous whoop section claimed its victim, taking Bubba down and effectively handing the third podium spot to RD.

And despite losing the lead briefly in the 18th to Reed, RV fought his way to the triumph.

“The whoops were treacherous tonight,” RV continued. “I knew it was important to be consistent every lap. Battling Reed on the last few laps was exciting and I was able to make a good pass. I’m happy to keep the red plate on my bike and am excited for the Dallas race next week.”

Supercross Class Results: San Diego
1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki
2. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Honda
3. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM
4. Brett Metcalfe, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Suzuki
5. Joshua Hansen, Elbert, Colo., Kawasaki
6. Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., Honda
7. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha
8. Kyle Chisholm, Valrico, Fla., Kawasaki
9. Mike Alessi, Hilliard, Fla., Suzuki

Supercross Class Season Standings
1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki – 133
2. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Honda – 127
3. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM – 123
4. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha – 101


Andrew De Lara


February 14, 2012

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