Ken Roczen
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.

Apr 5

SX: Villopoto Extends Points Lead With Fourth Supercross Victory

Ryan Villopoto now holds a 45-point advantage in the championship standings. (Photo: Monster Energy Kawasaki)

Ryan Villopoto now holds a 45-point advantage in the championship standings. (Photo: Monster Energy Kawasaki)

Ryan Villopoto overcame adversity Saturday night in Houston, Texas to earn his fourth Monster Energy Supercross win of the season.

After crashing several times in practice and again in his heat, Villopoto advanced out of Semi 2 and went on to dominate the 20-lap 450SX Main Event. The three-time reigning champ moved into the lead on the opening lap and was unchallenged for the remainder of the race, ultimately beating Justin Barcia by 13.7 seconds.

Mar 21

SX: 450 Class Power Rankings After Detroit

Ryan Villopoto was unable to pick up the win in Detroit, but he continues to lead the championship battle. (Photo: Monster Energy Kawasaki)

Ryan Villopoto was unable to pick up the win in Detroit, but he continues to lead the championship battle. (Photo: Monster Energy Kawasaki)

James Stewart made his return to the top step of the podium in Detroit with a vintage ride in which he led 19 of 20 laps and tied Ricky Carmichael for second on the all-time wins list at 48. Unfortunately for Stewart and the rest of the 450SX Class field, Ryan Villopoto had a strong night as well in second and continues to sit atop the Power Rankings this week.

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

Mar 14

SX: 450SX Class Power Rankings After Daytona

Ryan Villopoto scored his fourth career Daytona Supercross victory last weekend. (Photo: Monster Energy Kawasaki)

Ryan Villopoto scored his fourth career Daytona Supercross victory last weekend. (Photo: Monster Energy Kawasaki)

We’ve almost been waiting for the ball to drop that resulted in the kind of dominant ride that has not only made Ryan Villopoto a back-to-back-to-back champion, but also the most dominant rider on the planet. In Daytona, RV was in top form. It was his best ride of the season and the most convincing performance of the year thus far. All this doesn’t bode well for the likes of Ryan Dungey and Ken Roczen, who now face a deficit of over one race in the standings. Villopoto is starting to find that groove that separates him from everyone else and he remains the frontrunner in the Power Rankings this week.

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

Mar 13

SX: The Holeshot – 22 Takeaways From Daytona

The Supercross field heading into the turn for round ten at Daytona. (Photo: Racer X / Simon Cudby)

The Supercross field making their way through the turn during round ten at Daytona. (Photo: Racer X / Simon Cudby)

Daytona is as brutal as they come and it’s for that very reason why the winners of the prestigious event are a who’s who of the sport. Last Saturday night, a pair of familiar faces with past success at the World Center of Racing stood atop the podium. With this big test now out of the way for the world’s best riders, the 2014 Monster Energy Supercross season now hits the home stretch and, unfortunately for the 450SX Class field, time is not on their side as they look to track down Ryan Villopoto.

Each week, The Holeshot will provide 22 takeaways – a full starting gate – from the most recent round of action.