Villopoto Locks up His Fourth Consecutive Supercross Championship in NJ
Ryan Villopoto locks up his fourth consecutive 450SX Class Championship with a win in New Jersey to become just the second rider in the sport’s 40-year history, along side Jeremy McGrath, to win four consecutive championships.
Heading into the inaugural race at MetLife Stadium, Villopoto only needed to finish 18th or better in the main event to clinch the championship, but that did not stop him from going wire-to-wire to not only claim the title, but also his sixth victory of the season and 40th career SX450 class win.
After collecting the holeshot at the start of the main event, Villopoto held off Josh Hill, who ran second for the first four laps of the race until Eli Tomac eventually passed Hill. The two Team Oakley riders went head-to-head for the remaining laps, but in the end Tomac could not overtake the champion. Hill held on for third to round out the podium.
“It’s been an awesome day here at MetLife Stadium,” said Villopoto. “We had a little bit of rain, but I couldn’t believe how well the track held up. It feels great to lock in my fourth-consecutive championship. It’s been a hard-fought season with a few ups and downs, but it was obviously my most consistent, so I’m glad to be able to close it out on top.”
Fellow Team Oakley rider, James Stewart, came into tonight’s race in second place in the standings, but withdrew with what looked like an apparent injury to his left leg. With his sixth place finish tonight, Oakley teammate Ryan Dungey, bumped Stewart to third and slid into second in the overall points race.
En route to winning the championship, Villopoto also won the inaugural Toyota Triple Challenge and was awarded a brand new Toyota Tundra for his efforts. The Toyota Triple Challenge included the third race at Anaheim, Calif., Arlington, Texas and culminated tonight in East Rutherford.
Congrats to the 2014 Champion and all the team Oakley riders who raced tonight!