Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green racers Adam Cianciarulo and Justin Hill earned wins in their respective supermini and amateur all-star classes, giving Kawasaki top honors at the inaugural race. Villopoto’s teammate Jake Weimer qualified straight into the main event where he finished ninth with a 12-6-11 moto result. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki racers Ben Townley, Broc Tickle, and Josh Hansen finished 15th, 16th, and 21st, respectively.
While Villopoto had already completed a dream season with championships earned in supercross, motocross and at the Motocross of Nations, he decided to go for one more win at the Monster Energy Cup. With his competition keeping him honest, Villopoto knew that the start would be crucial to breaking away from the pack. He led all 30 laps of the main event races, which earned him the top prize of $1 Million.
“The start was the key to the race tonight and I had an amazing bike underneath me to get me to out front early in every race,” said Villopoto. “We did a lot of testing on the 2012 KX™450F and it really showed tonight. The track was a bit different than a typical supercross, but there were enough big jumps to need supercross testing before coming out to the event. I had to miss our dealer meeting because of training and testing and I’m really happy all the work paid off so I could win this one for all the people that have stuck by me at Kawasaki.”
With a one-class format for the premier riders, the Monster Energy Cup invited top amateur athletes to compete on the same stage as the big bikes. Cianciarulo proved once again that he is going to be one to watch as he comes up the ranks, earning a 1-1 finish in the supermini class in front of a huge crowd at Sam Boyd Stadium.
“I am really honored to have been a part of such a great event,” said Cianciarulo. “I really hope they invite us back. All the fans were awesome and after I won, I could hear them cheering, which was a cool feeling. We only had four laps in our race, so I had to make sure I got a good start. Both starts were exactly what I wanted and it feels great to win at the first Monster Energy Cup.”
The competition was stiff in the amateur all-stars class and Hill knew that after a fourth place finish in the first moto, he would have to win in order to have a chance at victory. Getting out front early, Hill rode an impressive second moto to earn himself the honor of being the first amateur all-star winner at the Monster Energy Cup.
“It feels great to win for Kawasaki and for Monster Energy,” said Hill. “ I had an up-and-down year, but this really ends the season on a good note. Hopefully we are able to come back next year and I can try and back up the win.”
With the last scheduled race complete, the racers will get a chance to take a short break before testing resumes. The countdown now begins for Anaheim 1 that will take place at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on January 7, 2012.
Monster Energy CupSam Boyd Stadium – Las Vegas, Nev.October 15, 2011
Premier Class Overall (Moto Finishes)
1. RYAN VILLOPOTO, MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 1-1-1
2. Ryan Dungey, KTM, 3-2-2
3. Brett Metcalfe, Suzuki, 4-3-3
4. Martin Davalos, Suzuki, 7-7-5
5. Eli Tomac, Honda, 5-4-10
6. Kyle Chisholm, Yamaha, 9-9-7
7. NICK WEY, KAWASAKI, 14-11-4
8. Jimmy Albertson, Yamaha, 11-10-8
9. JAKE WEIMER, MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 12-6-11
10. Mike Alessi, Suzuki, 6-21-6
15. BEN TOWNLEY, MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI, 2-19-20
16. BROC TICKLE, MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI, 16-18-9
21. JOSH HANSEN, MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI, 22-17-21