(January 10, 2011- By Ashley Little, Kawasaki USA) – Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto capped off a perfect night for Kawasaki with a win during the opening round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM Championship, while the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team swept the Lites podium. Josh Hansen earned his fifth-career AMA Supercross Lites win, while Broc Tickle showed he could run up front as he led eight laps before Hansen got by. In his first-ever supercross race, Tyla Rattray overcame a crash earlier in practice to round out the podium. The domination showed as Kawasaki led every lap of both main events.
After not racing for nearly nine months, Villopoto entered the night prepared to shake off the cobwebs and get down to business. The road to recovery may have been long, but taking home the win was a good way to leave Round 1.
“One of the big goals for the weekend was to leave Anaheim 1 healthy,” said Villopoto. “I felt really good in the main and didn’t get tired. It’s a good way to start the season. I know it's a long year, but if I could put together more wins, that would put myself in good position for a championship.”
With his victory, Hansen picked up where he left off last season in the AMA Supercross Lites class. Last season he won the 2010 AMA Supercross Lites Western Region finale in Salt Lake City, Utah and now another win comes at the beginning of the 2011 season. The Anaheim 1 victory puts him in good position to move toward the ultimate goal of a championship.
“It's really great to start the season off on top," said Hansen. "There are a lot of guys going fast out there and you can't really count any one of those guys out. I knew I had put in the work before hand and had the confidence to win."
The Kawasaki KX™250F and KX™450F had a successful night, leading every lap of both main events. Between Hansen and Tickle, the KX250F led every lap in the Lites class and between Ivan Tedesco and Villopoto, the KX450F led every lap of the Supercross class main event.
The supercross season is off and running with the next event moving the circuit to Chase Field in Phoenix, Ariz. With one round under every ones belt, Kawasaki looks to continue their success from Anaheim.
AMA Supercross Series
Angel Stadium – Anaheim, Calif.
January 8, 2011
AMA Supercross Class Results
1. RYAN VILLOPOTO, POUSLBO, WASH., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI
2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki
3. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha
4. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda
5. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Honda
6. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda
7. IVAN TEDESCO, MURRIETA, CALIF., KAWASAKI
8. Brett Metcalfe, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Suzuki
9. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Honda
10. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM
AMA Supercross Lites Results, Western Region
1. JOSH HANSEN, ELBERT, COLO., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI
2. BROC TICKLE, HOLLY, MICH., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI
3. TYLA RATTRAY, WILDOMAR, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI
4. Martin Davalos, Cairo, Ga., Suzuki
5. Cole Seely, Corona, Calif., Honda
6. Ryan Morais, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki
7. Ken Roczen, Germany, KTM
8. Travis Baker, Temecula, Calif., Honda
9. Nick Paluzzi, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha
10. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda