Ryan Villopoto continued his streak in the AMA Supercross championship over the weekend, taking victory in front of a crowd of 49,438 at Houston’s Reliant Stadium.
It was MCR Suzuki’s Mike Alessi who claimed the holeshot in the 450SX Main Event, leading Villopoto, Justin Barcia and Trey Canard through the first corner.
That’s where Alessi’s luck ran out however, as Villopoto pushed passed before the end of lap one to claim a lead that he wouldn’t relinquish, while Alessi later crashed.
Behind Villopoto, Canard, Ryan Dungey and James Stewart were involved in a three-way fight for second place. Dungey and Stewart nipped passed Canard on lap seven to claim second and third place before Stewart, trying to challenge Dungey over the finish line jump, crashed and damaged his front brake.
After twenty laps, Villopoto took the checkered flag to claim his fifth victory in a row, with Dungey leading Canard home to claim the other two spots on the podium.
“It was tough out there tonight,” said Villopoto. “The track was breaking down out there, and there were several variables that we had to deal with.
"You had to move quickly, and that's what I did in the early part of the race. I wanted to establish a lead before the lapped riders would begin to play a factor in the race.”
Dungey’s performance sees him close in on Davi Millsaps’ second place in the championship standings, with Millsaps finishing the race down in fifth, while Villopoto now holds a 21-point advantage at the top of the table.
In the Eastern Regional 250 SX Main Event, Blake Wharton claimed his first win of the year after two hard-fought battles, first with Marvin Musquin and then with Wil Hahn.
Musquin was beaten to second place by championship leader Hahn after a crash on his KTM saw him dropped down to third.
The Supercross series now heads to Minneapolis’ Metrodome for the next race on Saturday 14th April.
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