May 2

Where is Ryan Villopoto’s Place in Supercross History?

Ryan Villopoto celebrating his fourth consecutive Supercross championship in the Metlife Stadium. (Photo courtesy Monster Energy Supercross)

Ryan Villopoto celebrating his fourth consecutive Supercross championship in the Metlife Stadium. (Photo courtesy Monster Energy Supercross)

When he chose the legendary No. 2 as his number in 2008, many wondered whether Ryan Villopoto would be able to live up to the legacy Jeremy McGrath gave it during his illustrious career.

Since then, Villopoto has done much more than simply keep that number’s legacy alive. He has racked up a pair of 450 national championships in motocross and has amassed an even more dominant résumé in supercross, capped off by a fourth consecutive title one week ago to equal the record mark set by his predecessor McGrath. 

Apr 25

450SX Class Power Rankings After Seattle

Ryan Villopoto dominated in Seattle to claim his fifth win of the season. (Photo: Getty Images)

Ryan Villopoto dominated in Seattle to claim his fifth win of the season. (Photo: Getty Images)

Monster Energy Supercross’ anticipated return to New York for the first time in 23 years has the makings of a historic evening with Ryan Villopoto on the verge of securing a fourth consecutive title. Villopoto has been the rider to beat throughout the 2014 season and thanks to back-to-back wins, he needs just an 18th-place finish to continue his dominance of the sport. As a result, Villopoto tops the Power Rankings as he looks to do the same thing his hometown Seattle Seahawks did at the Super Bowl in February, win a world championship inside MetLife Stadium.

Each week, The Power Rankings will recognize the movers and shakers in Monster Energy Supercross.

Apr 25

250SX East Shakeup: Injuries Sideline Davalos And Baggett

Championship leader Martin Davalos will not race this weekend in New Jersey. (Photo: Monster Energy Kawasaki)

Championship leader Martin Davalos will not race this weekend in New Jersey. (Photo: Monster Energy Kawasaki)

Following yesterday’s announcement that neither points leader Martin Davalos nor third-place holder Blake Baggett will compete Saturday night in New York for Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki, the Monster Energy Supercross 250SX East Region received a major shakeup, especially with rookie sensation Adam Cianciarulo already out of the picture.

As a result of the heartbreaking news out of the Pro Circuit camp, just one of the top four riders in the championship will be racing inside MetLife Stadium – Justin Bogle. As the most dominant team in the region throughout the 2014 season, the realization that there will not be a single Pro Circuit Kawasaki bike on the track Saturday night all but ensures Bogle will earn his first career title. In fact, without Pro Circuit in the mix Bogle’s only other challengers still within a mathematical shot at the title are privateers Vince Friese (-41) and Kyle Cunningham (-47).

Apr 22

SX Report Cards: Grading the Top Five in 450SX

Ryan Villopoto looks set to lock up the 450SX Class Championship this weekend. (Photo: Monster Energy Kawasaki)

Ryan Villopoto looks set to win his fourth consecutive 450SX Class Championship this weekend. (Photo courtesy: Monster Energy Kawasaki)

With the 2014 Monster Energy Supercross title likely getting wrapped up this weekend, it’s time to review the respective championship efforts of the top five riders this season.

Apr 12

SX: Seattle Storylines – Villopoto Looks To Wrap Up Fourth Title

Ryan Villopoto was second fastest in qualifying. (Photo: Simon Cudby)

Ryan Villopoto was second fastest in qualifying. (Photo: Simon Cudby)

Practice has wrapped up inside CenturyLink Field, home of the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks. Weather has been uncharacteristically stellar in the days leading up to the race and continues to be great today, making for one of the driest Seattle tracks in recent memory. As a result, the track is breaking down with deep ruts and a rocky surface. When combined with its technicality it has the makings for an unpredictable night of action.

Ryan Villopoto has a fourth consecutive title within reach entering his home race and needs just five points over James Stewart and Ryan Dungey to clinch the championship in Seattle. However, Villopoto has just one 450SX Class win in four attempts at Seattle (he missed 2010 due to injury), which makes for the most intriguing storyline of the evening.