Running Away: Ryan Villopoto Tallies Seventh Supercross Victory in Toronto, Continues to Pull Away in Standings

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Ryan Villopoto may be beginning to run away with the Supercross title. But he’s far from resting on his laurels.

Oakley’s Motocross Superstar piled on even more points to his already commanding Championship standings lead – topping the field for victory in Toronto this past weekend to total 271 points. The triumph is his seventh victory on the season.

“My starts were great all night,” Ryan said, rocking his Oakley Signature Series MX Goggles. “I made a couple big mistakes in the whoops the first couple laps and almost threw it away. I felt really good on the rest of the track, but it took me a while to get the whoops sorted out. From here the plan is to keep going for wins and try to wrap this title up while we’re still in dome stadiums.”

His intensity and intent was on full display all day long. In qualifying practice, RV was clearly discontent with a second-place finish.

But all frustration was put to rest – big time – by the time the main event came around.

Sitting in second through the Holeshot, he attempted to pass Justin Brayton shortly after. And despite some trouble on Lap 3 in the whoop section, he pulled away in signature fashion, throwing down the quickest lap of the evening and finishing a whole nine seconds in front of the pack.

But, as usual, RV wasn’t the only Oakley rider to dominate the evening…and the season thus far.

Justin Barcia continued his rampage through the Lites Class-Eastern Regional Championship, claiming his fifth race out of six.

Charging out of the gates on fire, Justin grabbed the Holeshot – only to lose the lead to Ken Roczen. It wasn’t until Lap 3 where he took an inside line and passed Roczen in dramatic fashion – eventually pulling away for yet another impressive win.

“Right now I couldn’t be (happier),” Justin said, sporting his own Oakley MX goggles. “I got my first win here two years ago. My GEICO Honda was hooking up great. This track was really tough tonight. You had to be really smart and really smooth. I made a great pass for the lead and kind of just rode my own race from there.”

He now holds a 28 point lead in the Eastern Regional Lites Standings.

Supercross Class Results: Toronto
1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki
2. Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., Honda
3. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda
4. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha
5. Jake Weimer, Wildomar, Idaho, Kawasaki
6. Marvin Musquin, Murrieta, Calif., KTM
7. Kyle Chisholm, Valrico, Fla., Kawasaki
8. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Kawasaki
9. Robert Kiniry, Holland Patent, NY, Yamaha
10. Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda

Supercross Class Season Standings
1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki – 271
2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM – 192
3. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha – 177
4. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha – 169
5. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda – 166
6. Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., Honda – 165
7. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki – 150
8. Brett Metcalfe, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Suzuki – 145
9. Mike Alessi, Hilliard, Calif., Suzuki – 136
10. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Honda – 128

Eastern Regional Supercross Lites Class Results: Toronto
1. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda
2. Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM
3. Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Suzuki
4. Jake Canada, Sun City, Calif., Honda
5. Darryn Durham, Butler, Pa, Kawasaki
6. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda
7. Tommy Weeck, Menifee, Calif., Honda
8. Justing Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda
9. Matthew Lemoine, Collinsville, Texas, Kawasaki
10. Jeffrey Gibson, Blacklick, Ohio, Honda

Eastern Regional Supercross Lites Class Season Standings
1. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda – 145
2. Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Suzuki – 117
3. Darryn Durham, Butler, Pa., Kawasaki – 114
4. Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM – 102
5. Jake Canada, Sun City, Calif., Honda – 90
6. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki – 86
7. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda – 74
8. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., KTM – 50
9. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda – 50
10. Matthew Lemoine, Collinsville, Texas, Kawasaki – 46

Author

Andrew De Lara

Date

March 27, 2012

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