Ken Roczen
May 4

SX: Villopoto Wraps Up Title-Winning Season With Vegas Victory

Ryan Villopoto earned his 41st career Monster Energy Supercross victory in Las Vegas, Nev. (Photo: Monster Energy Kawasaki)

Ryan Villopoto earned his 41st career Monster Energy Supercross victory in Las Vegas, Nev. (Photo: Monster Energy Kawasaki)

Ryan Villopoto capped off his title-winning season with a dominant win in front of a sold-out crowd at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nev.

After wrapping up his fourth consecutive Monster Energy Supercross Championship last week in East Rutherford, N.J., the Monster Energy Kawasaki rider entered the season finale with no pressure and it showed. Villopoto kicked off the night with a masterful performance in his heat race and followed it up with a wire-to-wire victory in the 450SX main event.

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 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.

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.