—Monster Energy PR—
Corona, Calif. (May 25, 2013) – Monster Energy’s Ryan Villopoto continued his win streak at Thunder Valley Raceway in Lakewood, Colo., going 1-1 for the second week in a row. Despite the higher elevation and short breaks in between motos, Villopoto gained another six points on second place and now leads the 450MX championship by 12 points.
After last week’s performance at Hangtown, Villopoto was able to back up his moto sweep with another 1-1 performance. He showed maturity in the opening moto after hanging back in the roost for more than 15 minutes, eventually making his charge during the final 15 minutes of the race. Villopoto had it a little easier in the second moto, taking over the lead on the fourth lap.
It was another solid weekend for Monster Energy’s Tyla Rattray, who showed his fitness during both motos. He got decent starts and was able to improve upon his overall finish from last weekend in eighth.
Blake Baggett’s 9-5 moto score might not sound impressive, but it was a hard fought fifth overall for the reigning champion. In the opening 250MX moto, Baggett posted 28th on the opening lap and was able to break into the top 10 by the checkered flag. He bettered his result in the second moto, finishing fifth.
On the super rutted track, Wilson was able to put his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki in the overall top 10. His solid 11-9 moto result was an improvement from last week’s finish, helping him make strides during his first year in the premier class.
After suffering from a crash at Hangtown, Davalos was eager to prove his speed in Colorado. He charged to seventh in the opening 250MX moto, while in the second moto had to push through the pack and finish 10th for seventh overall.
Rookie Justin Hill continued his good results at the second round, posting a 12th overall in the 250MX class. Getting good starts in both motos, he managed to ride strong and finish with a 12-11 moto finish.
Jake Weimer had a decent weekend on his Monster Energy Kawasaki, finishing 16th the first moto and improving to 12th second moto for 14th overall.
Monster Energy rider Chad Reed had a tough weekend in the mile-high city as he was still feeling the effects of the illness he’s been fighting since last week. With little energy, Reed didn’t give up all day and finished 23rd overall.
Darryn Durham came out to try and ride the Thunder Valley National, despite not being 100 percent from his crash last weekend. He rode practice and determined it was better to sit out Round 2 and heal up for next weekend.
The third round of the series will bring the riders to Muddy Creek Raceway for the first time. The track is near Bristol, Tenn. and will be the first time the riders face the humidity of the east coast.
250MX Class Overall Results (Moto Finishes)
Eli Tomac (2-1)
Ken Roczen (1-3)
Zach Osborne (6-2)
Blake Baggett 5 (9-5)
Martin Davalos 7 (7-10)
Justin Hill 12 (12-11)
Darryn Durham DNS
250MX Class Points Standings
Blake Baggett 4
Justin Hill 10
Martin Davalos 13
Darryn Durham 18
450MX Class Overall Results (Moto Finishes)
Ryan Villopoto (1-1)
Ryan Dungey (2-2)
Justin Barcia (3-4)
Tyla Rattray – 8 (7-10)
Dean Wilson – 10 (11-9)
Jake Weimer – 14 (16-12)
Chad Reed – 23 (23-21)
450MX Class Points Standings
Tyla Rattray – 7
Dean Wilson – 11
Jake Weimer – 15
Chad Reed – 20