Ryan Villopoto returned to the top step of the podium in Oakland with this season’s most dominant effort. He also returned to the top of the point standings and will be looking to put a stamp on is surge of momentum this weekend. Villopoto’s accomplishments in the Bay Area move him back atop the Power Rankings this week.
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1. Ryan Villopoto – Monster Energy Kawasaki (Last Week: 2 / +1)
Oakland was vintage Villopoto. He got a good start, moved into the lead early, and sprinted the opening laps to establish a gap that would be too much to overcome. He’s the rider to beat once again and could go on a run if he keeps getting such great starts.
2. Chad Reed – Discount Tire Racing/TwoTwo Motorsports (Last Week: 4 / +2)
Reed has proven his critics wrong this season and is amassing a start that is similar to what he did in 2012 when he went toe-to-toe with Villopoto early in the year. He’s got more podiums than anyone and a win already, and is just seven points behind Villopoto in second.
3. Ryan Dungey – Red Bull KTM (Last Week: 3 / No Change)
Dungey wasn’t quite where many expected him to be last week, be he fought hard and earned a fourth-place finish. It’s been two weeks since Dungey was last on the podium, but he was on his way to victory in Anaheim two weeks ago, which means he could bounce back in a big way and defend his win at A3 one year ago.
4. James Stewart – Yoshimura Suzuki (Last Week: 5 / +1)
If not for his big crash at the Anaheim opener, Stewart would be right in the thick of the title fight. He’s been very consistent and in the hunt for victory every week. He looks confident and is riding exceptionally well. You’ve got to think a win isn’t far down the road.
5. Ken Roczen – Red Bull KTM (Last Week: 1 / -4)
By no means did Roczen have a bad race in Oakland, but his worst start of the season left him absent from the battle up front. When you’re racing at the level that these top contenders are, a sixth-place finish will have big consequences and he dropped from first and into a tie for third as a result, nine points out of the lead.
6. Justin Brayton – Toyota/Yamaha/N-Fab/JGRMX (Last Week: 6 / No Change)
Brayton remains the “6th Man” in the rankings for the third straight week. He’s still right there with the big guns and has been a great story so far this season. He’s had some great rides on the hard, dry, slick dirt this season so we’ll see what he does at A3.
7. Justin Barcia – Team Honda Muscle Milk (Last Week: 7 / No Change)
Barcia was fast in Oakland, but he didn’t get a great start and in an effort to make up for lost ground he crashed. He’s as fast as ever, but he’s still looking to put it all together in the main event. Bam Bam will make his presence felt at some point.
8. Andrew Short – BTOSports.com KTM (Last Week: 8 / No Change)
Short’s top-10 streak continued in Oakland, but just barely. His 10th-place finish kept his solid start to the season going and he’ll very well be back in that position again this weekend.
9. Jake Weimer – Monster Energy Kawasaki (Last Week: 9 / No Change)
Weimer’s working hard and earning his finishes this season. While he’s yet to have the chance to run up front and mix it up with his rivals, he’s making progress and will be putting his name into the mix for a top five soon.
10. Wil Hahn – GEICO Honda (Last Week: Not Ranked)
Hahn had arguably his best race aboard the 450 last weekend, finishing eighth and showing he’s adapting to the big bike. Hahn’s starting to figure things out and like Weimer, should be able to contend for a top five soon.
Dropped Out: Weston Peick (DNF in Oakland)
Biggest Mover: Chad Reed (+2)
Biggest Drop: Ken Roczen (-4)