The starts have been crucial this year, and Ryan Villopoto got bad starts in both his heat race and in the main, although in his heat, Jimmy Albertson was right beside Villopoto furiously trying to kickstart his bike, which had to be a major distraction. Nonetheless, Villopoto’s start in the main left him behind the third turn pileup, which slowed him considerably. Then a crash later in the race dropped the defending champ back outside the top 15. For sure, the A3 course was not a good one to pass on and the Monster Energy Kawasaki rider could do no better than eighth in the final results. Still, the defending champ is just 17 points behind Millsaps in the series standings, and with 12 rounds remaining there’s still lots of racing left.