During the California swing of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series, Ryan Villopoto has not had the season he would like. However, the Monster Energy Kawasaki rider still holds lead in the series points standings by nine points over Ken Roczen.
Dirt Rider spoke to Villopoto after the San Diego round about his race this past weekend and his outlook on the series.
Q: How did the day progress for you?
A: We were fighting the bike all day, and I felt like we should have been better in practice, but we made a change before the heat races and that’s what we stuck with for the main, and it seemed like it was pretty dialed in. James was able to get around me early and it seemed like we were running back and forth, a couple of tenths here and there from each other. That made it hard to pass, but he rode strong tonight.
Q: Were lappers a factor there at the end?
A: We obviously ran into some lappers and the laps were clicking down, and I almost fell over here by the finish. The track was tough and it was slippery and I was riding well, and I could bridge the gap to him, but bridging the gap and making a pass are different and on this track, it’s not like you can do a lot, I’m happy with it.
Q: What was the track like?
A: These tracks out west are really easy to make a mistake on when they’re this slippery. I was able to hang onto it, but you can do down in the snap of a finger.
Q: How do you feel about where you’re at in the championship?
A: I still have a points lead and now we’re going back east where you can push a little harder, and maybe setup isn’t so key, and you can make up for that in how you ride the track. So we’ll go back east and see what we can do with it.
After coming back from so far down last year, I am looking at more of a broad view now, and not so much tunnel vision,” said Stewart. “Last year, I was way down and I was thinking I didn’t even know if I could win it, now I’m not worried when we get thirds and seconds because I know we’re in the hunt.
Q: Ken Roczen has moved into second in the standings now. What are you thoughts on the KTM rider?
A: Watching Kenny as a Lites rider, he was very smooth and that works on a 450; you can’t ride a 250F like you ride a 450. If you’re smooth like that on a Lites bike, it’s obviously going to transition over to a 450. He’s got that, it’s not a full Euro style, but he’s got a Euro style and he’s obviously able to ride the KTM very well and he’s able to use those things to his advantage.