Monster Energy Kawasaki untouchable in San Diego
Monster Energy Kawasaki´s Ryan Villopoto and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki´s Dean
Wilson both took wins during the Monster Energy AMA Supercross at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.
Leaving California, both riders sit atop the points standings in their respective classes. Villopoto led the final 19 laps of the main event, despite a late race threat that saw him battle for the lead as he came to the white flag. After running away from the field in his heat race, Wilson nearly pulled the holeshot, took control early and led every lap of the supercross lites main event.
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer started the main event in third position, but after going down twice, he finished 20th. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Broc Tickle put together a great ride in his heat race, but he too suffered a string of crashes in the main and ended the night in 18th.
Relaxed and carefree, Wilson came out in the heat race and rode flawlessly on his KX250F, crossing the finish line well ahead of second place on the short, slippery track. When the gate dropped for the main event, Wilson rounded the first corner in third and quickly moved into the lead through the treacherous whoops. Wilson would lead all 15 laps of the supercross lites main event and take over the points lead after many top contenders finished outside the top-10.
“The night went brilliant!” said Wilson. “This week I tried not to put pressure on myself to win and instead just go out and have fun. That’s what it’s all about and what made the difference tonight.”
For Villopoto. after walking the track Saturday morning, it was evident the track at Qualcomm Stadium’s dirt and layout would play into that evening’s results. In the heat race, Ryan discovered that the two passing spots on the sub-50 second track would be the whoops and the corner before the finish line jump. Rounding the first lap of the main event, Villopoto sat in second and wasted no time making his move into the lead, passing the leader before the finish line. He would click off consistent laps until lapped traffic started to hold Villopoto back.
This allowed second place to briefly get by for the lead, but Villopoto would again use
the corner before the finish to retake the lead and take the chequered flag.
“You really had to be smooth every lap to pass lappers and race for the lead," said Villopoto. "San Diego´s dirt is really slippery and the whoops were long and cupped out. Most tracks we don’t even think twice about hitting them wide open, but these you really had to think about going into them”
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