As usual, Las Vegas did not disappoint. The 2013 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Season ended this past weekend with one of the most exciting nights of racing we’ve seen all year, as intense battles in both of the 250 Regional main events kept the Las Vegas crowd on its feet throughout the evening. It was a history making night as well, with Ryan Villopoto claiming his 10th victory of the season to go with his third-straight 450-class title. Ken Roczen gave KTM a first, as well, when he handed the Austrian marquee its first-ever 250-class SX title by winning the 250 West final. The former MX2 World Champ backed that up by winning the Davey Coombs Sr. East/West Shootout race, too. In the 250 East Regional main event, Wil Hahn did what he needed to do to secure the series title, finishing third behind first-time winner Tyler Bowers and Marvin Musquin.
Ryan Villopoto closed out his historic Supercross season with a bang, coming from behind to claim his 10th win of the season in front of a rowdy and packed crowd in Sam Boyd Stadium. The Monster Energy Kawasaki rider demonstrated why he’s a three-time champ by turning around a relatively poor start to the year and finish out the schedule with some pretty dominating riders. Las Vegas was a good example, as Villopoto quickly moved up from outside the top five to take the lead after a short back-and-forth with teammate Jake Weimer. Once in the lead, Villopoto squirted away and was pretty much untouchable until throttling back near the end of the race.
“This is a great way to cap the season off,” said Villopoto. “We rebounded this year from a bad start at the season opener and won the title. There is no better way to end a season than like this.”
Riding with a sore knee (which he will have surgery on next week), Davi Millsaps turned in a super impressive race, working from well down in the pack to finish third behind title rival Ryan Dungey. With the finish, the Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki rider finished second overall in the series standings for a second-straight season. Once again, Millsaps was aggressive and fast in the whoops, and he came out on top of a particularly good battle with Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer at the midway point of the race to work into podium position. It was a fitting finish to what has been an outstanding season for the Georgia rider.
Jake Weimer had his best showing of the year with a fourth place finish in the 450 SX final (backing up his second place finish in his heat behind Ryan Dungey). The Monster Energy Kawasaki rider grabbed the final holeshot of the year and gave teammate Ryan Villopoto a good run during the early going of the race. Meanwhile, Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey looked fast and comfortable, and moved into second on lap three after also having a good dice with Weimer. Dungey was in hopes of finishing second in the final standings, but he ended up third overall for the year after Millsaps finished the race in third.
“We were able to finish third overall in the championship, which is still something to be proud of,” Dungey said after the race. “We came a long way from where we were at the start of the season and we now need to focus on our next goal which is to defend our 450 Motocross Championship.”
Tyler Bowers paid off big time for Mitch Payton in Vegas. The burly Kentucky rider – who Payton picked up to fill in for the injured Dean Wilson – gave Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki just its second win of the season after leading all but the first two laps of the 250 East Regional final. Bowers affected outcome of the series title, as well, since he kept Marvin Musquin from getting the win, which would have given the Red Bull KTM rider the title instead of Wil Hahn, who ultimately won it with a third place finish.
Despite a nasty crash in practice, which left the GEICO Honda rider with a broken hand, Wil Hahn did just exactly what he needed to do to claim the 250 East Regional title, finishing third behind winner Tyler Bowers and runner-up Marvin Musquin. For sure, the Las Vegas track was fast and gnarly. And to rider to a third place finish in that track took an even gnarlier ride! Hahn has had pretty much a rollercoaster rider during this year’s series, but in the end his toughness and resolve is what won it for him.
Ken Roczen ended several weeks of drama in the 250 West Regional division by making a last lap pass on Martin Davalos to secure the 250 West Regional title with a second place finish behind title rival Eli Tomac. Whew, This class has produced some crazy finishes over the last few rounds and Roczen came into the series finale with a five-point lead in the standings despite failing to make the main event at Salt Lake City. In the meantime, Tomac came into Vegas needing to redeem himself after basically choking at SLC. Tomac jumped out into the lead at the start of the main event, but went wide in the first turn and dropped back around seventh. The GEICO Honda proved that last week’s performance was behind him and blitzed his way past Roczen on lap 10 and then into the lead on lap 11. Roczen was not to be denied, though, and passed Davalos in lap 13 of the 15-lap race to move into second, giving him just enough points to claim the title.
The Davey Coombs Sr. East/West Shootout pits the top 10 riders from each of the East and West 250 regions, and Marvin Musquin took the early lead before Red Bull KTM teammate Ken Roczen took over on lap two and led the remainder of the race to take the win. Star Racing Yamaha’s Kyle Cunningham passed Musquin three laps later to keep it from being a KTM 1-2 sweep.