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Jan 17

SX: The Power Rankings – Phoenix 450 Class

Ryan Villopoto sits atop The Power Ranking's after his big win in Phoenix. (Photo: Monster Energy Kawasaki)

sits atop The Power Ranking’s after his big win in . (Photo: Monster Energy Kawasaki)

The Champ returned to prominence in Phoenix with a very impressive ride through the field. The gap between Ryan Villopoto and his competitors is not very big right now, but if he starts to get on a roll it won’t be long until he is leaving them scratching their heads.

Each week, The Power Rankings will recognize the movers and shakers in Monster Energy . Villopoto’s rise to the top last week not only secured his first win of 2014 and the points lead, but also the top spot in this week’s rankings.

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Jan 12

SX: Video Analysis – Emig, Carmichael and Sheheen Break Down Villopoto’s Phoenix Win

, and break down ’s victory at Chase Field in , Ariz. and look at how ’s riding style impacted his chances at a win.

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Jan 12

SX: Villopoto Overcomes Slow Start To Win In Phoenix

Villopoto earned the first 450Sx Class win of his career at Chase Field. (Photo: Michael Bartovsky)

Villopoto earned the first 450Sx Class win of his career at Chase Field.
(Photo: Michael Bartovsky)

has won plenty of races in his storied career – including three championships – but he had never won a race at Chase Field in , Ariz.

The Kawasaki ace changed that Saturday by winning the 20-lap feature in front of a near sellout crowd of 49,834.

Villopoto overcame a slow start – which had him buried as far back as ninth – to lead the final seven laps en route to his 35th career Monster Energy victory.

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Jan 11

SX: Phoenix Qualifying Report – Villopoto Nabs Top Spot

Ryan Villopoto was quickest in qualifying at Chase Field in Phoenix, Ariz. (Photo: Carey Spencer - Best Digital Shots)

was quickest in qualifying at Chase Field in , Ariz. (Photo: Carey Spencer – Best Digital Shots)

Three-time defending Champion Ryan Villopoto enters Round 2 of the 2014 Monster Energy Championship as the top qualifier.

On his final lap of practice, Villopoto managed to set the fastest lap of the day at 55.546, bumping down to second. The Red Bull KTM duo of and qualified third and fourth, respectively, with in fifth.

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Jan 10

SX: The Power Rankings — Anaheim 450SX Class

Ken Roczen takes the win in Anaheim. (Photo: Red Bull KTM)

takes the win in Anaheim. (Photo: Red Bull KTM)

Anaheim was a wild night of action, as it should be for the hyped-up opening round. The racing was great and filled with drama and while the results may not reflect it, some riders had some stellar showings that should lead to a captivating season.

Each week, The Power Rankings will recognize the movers and shakers in Monster Energy . Thanks to his big win at the “Big A,” Ken Roczen secured pole position for the first installment.

1. Ken Roczen – Red Bull KTM
This wasn’t a fluke win. Roczen has always shown promise on the big bike so it was only a matter of time before he broke through for a win. Sure no one really expected it to be in his first full-time race, but that’s the nature of supercross. Put yourself in good position and its likely going to pay off. While it’s still early, Roczen has put his more experienced rivals on alert as a viable challenger each week.

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