Ryan Villopoto continues to rack up points in the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series and after claiming his sixth win of the season, the Monster Energy Kawasaki rider left Indy’s Lucas Oil Stadium with a nine point lead in the series standings.
At first, it looked like James Stewart might give Villopoto the most problems, however, the Yoshimura Suzuki rider stalled his bike in a turn and dropped back to fifth, leaving Villopoto to battle with Davi Millsaps for the lead. It wasn’t long, though, before Villopoto passed Millsaps to take the top spot. Near the end of the race, Ryan Dungey closed in on Villopoto and at one point was close enough to attempt a pass, however, Villopoto pulled away to take the win. Villopoto was faster than Dungey on most of the track, except for one segment that led into an off-camber, and it was in this area that Dungey was making up all his ground.
“We had a good race the entire 20 laps,” said Villopoto. “Ryan was right there and it seemed like he had a good line going into the off-camber, but I knew as soon as I went to the outside, he would go inside. So I just tried to take the inside and make that line work.”
Ryan Dungey turned in arguably his best performance of the year in Indy. The Red Bull KTM rider was fifth after the first lap and worked his way around Matt Goerke and Davi Millsaps to move in behind Stewart. When Stewart stalled his bike on lap six, Dungey moved into second.
“The track was really tough tonight and there were a lot of mistakes being made out there,” said Dungey. “Stewart actually made a mistake and I got around him, and then I put in a hard charge to catch Villopoto and I was right there, but couldn’t make the pass. I felt like we made a good run on him over at the off-camber section, and I was hoping to pressure him into making a mistake, but no mistakes were made.”
James Stewart jumped out to a good gap at the start of the race, passing holeshotter Davi Millsaps early in the opening lap to take the lead position. At that point, the race look like it might turn into a repeat of the Atlanta race, where the Yoshimura Suzuki rider ran away with the race. However, a small slip up on lap six dropped Stewart back to sixth, although he managed to fight his way back to third by the end of the race.
“I just stalled the bike, it was as simple as that,” said Stewart. “I don’t know it I hit the brakes too hard, but I just stalled it and fell over. In practice I almost did the same thing twice, and I was conscious of that. I was so focused on the rest of the track and I was so worried about getting away from these guys and then the slowest part of the racetrack caught me up.”
Stewart fought his way back up to fourth by the end of the race and then inherited third when Millsaps tipped over on the final lap.
Davi Millsaps was limited on the amount of practice he could get in during the week leading up to Indy due to an injury to his knee, and he admitted that he was a bit rusty coming into the race. After running second for the first five laps of the race and then third for the next 11, Millsaps ended up tipping over on the final lap and gave up third place to Stewart.
“I didn’t have that good of a race,” said Millsaps. “I got the holeshot but from there I went backwards. On the last lap, my front end just pushed on me and I fell over.”
At Indy, Rob Kiniry and Weston Peick renewed their epic LCQ encounter from Daytona; however, this time the finish was reversed, with Kiniry getting the “W” this time over Peick. In the main event, Peick went on to finish a respectable 10th, while Kiniry was 18th after getting caught up in a first turn crash.
Dean Wilson had another bad race in the East Region 250 division, this time the Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider went down on the first lap of his heat race and did not return for the LCQ. It was later reported by Kawasaki’s PR person that Wilson had been taken to a local hospital to get checked out. At the time of this report there was no word on Wilson’s condition.
Marvin Musquin made it two wins in a row and this time he did it the hard way, coming from 16th on the opening lap and working his way up to second by the next-to-last lap. When early leader Blake Wharton crashed in the whoops on the final lap, Musquin rode away with the win.
“I didn’t get a good start and then me and Wil got stuck behind two Tuf Blocks,” said Musquin. “I really fought all the way through, and when I got into second I was happy with that, but I knew anything could happen because we were starting to hit lapped riders. And then Blake went down and I couldn’t believe it. It’s incredible.”
Kyle Peters turned in his best ever 250 SX performance with a surprising runner-up finish. The AG Motorsports’ rider turned in a super solid performance, running all 15 laps in second place.
“I’m so pumped I can’t believe it,” said Peters. “I got off to a great start – I thought I had the holeshot, but Wharton got around me, so I just tried to ride a consistent race. Near the end I started to tighten up, around lap 10, so I just did the best I could. I’ve been working for this for a really long time and I’m so excited.”
Wil Hahn was next to last by the time he got untangled from the Tuf Blocks that he and Musquin got caught up on after the start. Once clear of the obstacles, the GEICO Honda rider put on an amazing charge through the field to finish third, and thanks to the points he salvaged, he now holds a nine-point lead over Musquin in the 250 point standings.
“I’m not sure who drug the Tuf Block out, but a Tuf Block got drug out and I looked over and it was me and Marvin stuck there,” said Hahn. “There was nothing I could do but regroup and put my head down. It was a tough 15 laps and I was able to get third. Regardless of getting hung up at the start, I rode like crap tonight. I didn’t ride like I’ve been riding so I just need to regroup and come back strong for Toronto.”
Blake Wharton probably had an evening he would like to forget. After leading the first 14 laps of the race, the Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki rider went down in a rut on the final lap of the main event, throwing away a certain victory. What more can you say?
450SX Class Results:
1. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
2. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
3. James Stewart (Suz)
4. Davi Millsaps (Suz)
5. Justin Barcia (Hon)
6. Chad Reed (Hon)
7. Andrew Short (KTM)
8. Matt Goerke (KTM)
9. Eli Tomac (Hon)
10. Weston Peick (Suz)
Eastern Regional 250SX Class Results:
1. Marvin Musquin (KTM)
2. Kyle Peters (Hon)
3. Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda
4. AJ Catanzero (Kaw)
5. Justin Hill (Kaw)
6. Vince Friese (Hon)
7. Mitchell Oldenburg (Hon)
8. Gavin Faith (Hon)
9. Blake Wharton (Suz)
10. Peter Larsen (Hon)
Ten-time World Motocross Champ Stefan Evert was on hand to watch his son Liam compete in the KTM Junior Supercross challenge. Liam finished second to Jordan Biese of Wisconsin.
Trey Canard crashed hard over a jump on lap three of the main event after a close encounter with Muscle Milk Honda teammate Justin Barcia. Barcia claims the two riders didn’t touch, but at any rate, Canard to carted off for x-rays, which came back negative on his shoulder.