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Villopoto’s teammate Jake Weimer got a mid-pack start and finished the night in seventh place.  Although Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Broc Tickle got a slow start, he managed to advance to 11th before the checkers. In the supercross lites main event, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Darryn Durham and Blake Baggett finished fourth and ninth, respectively.

Villopoto seemed unstoppable in St. Louis aboard his KX™450F. In practice he consistently threw down fast lap times and was the fastest qualifier.  As the night progressed, he continued his winning ways, taking the heat race win and in the process set the fastest lap time of the night at 50.207 seconds. In the main, Villopoto got a great start and came around the first turn in third. By the third lap, Villopoto had taken command of the lead and never looked back. He gapped the field and took the checkered flag to earn his fifth win of the season. Villopoto currently sits atop of the leaderboard with a 13-point lead.

“That was my first win in St. Louis and it felt great,” said Villopoto. “I haven’t had the best luck here in the past so tonight really meant a lot to me. I got good starts all night and found good lines on the track. The track started falling apart halfway through the main event. A lot of concrete was showing on the track after lap 10 so I started taking different lines, slowed down, and played it safe. I’m looking forward to Daytona, it’s always been good to me. I’ve won there the last two years so hopefully I can make it a three-peat.”

Durham

After powering his KX™250F to a second-place finish in the heat race, Durham was feeling confident going into the main event. He got off to a slow start in the main and rounded the first turn in eighth. Undeterred, he started picking off riders, resulting in Durham finishing the night in fourth place. Durham currently sits third in the points standings.

“The track was good tonight,” said Durham.” I was feeling the track all day during qualifying and the heat race, but in the main I had a bad reaction time and got a slow jump off the gate. I was able to find a few places to pass and pushed up to fourth before the finish. I am going to do a little riding outdoors this week to prep for Daytona. It’s more like an outdoor race, you have to be able to handle the bumps and hit the jumps. I really love my Kawasaki, I just need to twist that throttle a little faster off the line next week.”

Weimer

On a tight and technical track like St. Louis, starts are especially crucial. In the heat race, Weimer got a good start and was able to advance to third before the finish. After the gate dropped in the main, Weimer was funneled into eighth going around the first turn and found himself fighting for position. He tried to find a rhythm on the deteriorating track, but ran out of laps and finished seventh. Weimer currently sits sixth in the points standings.

“I’m pretty frustrated with tonight’s result,” said Weimer. “I got a bad start in the main and ended up riding around by myself most of the race. I need to take what I’ve been doing in practice and find a better way to show it on the track. I know I have the speed to be up there on the podium, I just need to put it together. I’m looking forward to Daytona. I’ve never raced there, but it should be fun.”

Baggett

Baggett was working hard all night to find a consistent rhythm on the tight, technical track. He got off to a good start in his heat race, crossing the finish just behind his teammate Durham to take third. In the main event, Baggett was pinched off going around the first turn and found himself in 12th place, in the middle of a congested pack. He managed to work his way past a few riders to finish the night in ninth place and now sits seventh in the points.

“I really attacked in practice, trying to connect all my lines,” said Baggett. “But l just wasn’t able to get the track totally dialed-in by the main event. I just couldn’t find a consistent rhythm which really hurt my result. I’m just going to put this behind me and am looking forward to Daytona. I need to pick things back up and I know the track out there suits my style more, it has more of an outdoor feel. The layout in Daytona is always different too so you never know what to expect. You just have to go out there and hang it out.”

Tickle

Tickle has yet to find a consistent rhythm since moving up to the supercross class. He started off the night by transferring to the supercross class main event after finishing fifth in his heat race. In the main, Tickle got caught in the pack going around the first corner and was pushed back to 14th place.  He tried to loosen up of the tight track and was able to move into 11th by the finish.

“I was feeling really tight all night,” said Tickle. “I need to figure out why I’m feeling so tight every weekend. Once I can pull through that I can loosen up, get the pep back in my step, and ride like I know how. I know I can finish in the top-five if I can just have to put all the key ingredients together on race day. I am going to practice some motocross this week and just try to loosen up and have fun on the bike. That’s the whole reason I started racing in the first place.”

RV_Helmet

When Villopoto arrived at St. Louis, he picked up his new race helmet from Thor with a fresh custom paint job. The impressive art work on the helmet’s shell cost well over a thousand dollars, but was worth every penny. The back of the helmet sported a chromed out red and silver number one to match the red number one plate on his KX450F.

KX450F

Next week, the Monster Energy AMA Supercross heads to the famed Daytona Motor Speedway in Florida. Traditionally the track in Daytona has more of a motocross feel so the Monster Energy teams will be mixing up their training routines this week in hopes to get on the podium at the prestigious venue.

Podium

Results
Monster Energy AMA Supercross Season

Edward George Dome – St. Louis, Mo. March 3, 2012

Supercross Class Results

1. RYAN VILLOPOTO, POULSBO, WASH., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI

2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Paine, Minn., KTM

3. Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., Honda

4. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda

5. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha

6. Davi Milsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha

7. JAKE WEIMER, RUPERT, IDAHO, MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI

8. Brett Metcalfe, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Suzuki

9. Marvin, Musquin, Murrieta, Calif., KTM

10. NICHOLAS WEY, MURRIETA, CALIF., KAWASAKI

11. BROC TICKLE, HOLLY, MICH., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI

12. Matt Georke, Lake Heln, Fla., Suzuki

13. Mike Alessi, Hilliard, Fla., Suzuki

14. Bobby Kiniry, Holland Patent, NY., Yamaha

15. JUSTIN SIPES, VINE GROVE, KY., KAWASAKI

 

Supercross Class Points Standings 

1. RYAN VILLOPOTO, POULSBO, WASH., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 205

2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 192

3. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha, 152

4. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Honda, 128

5. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda, 123

6. JAKE WEIMER, RUPERT, IDAHO, MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 120

7. Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 116

8. Brett Metcalfe, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Suzuki, 113

9. David Milsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha, 109

10. Mike Alessi, Hilliard, Fla., Suzuki, 98

11. JOSH HANSEN, ELBERT, COLO., DODGE/HART & HUNTINGTON KAWASAKI, 87

12. KYLE CHISHOLM, VALRICO, FLA., JWR KAWASAKI, 82

13. BROC TICKLE, HOLLY, MICH., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI, 69

14. NICHOLAS WEY, MURRIETA, CALIF., KAWASAKI, 66

15. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM, 59

 

Supercross Lites Eastern Region Results

1. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda

2. Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM

3. Blake Wharton, Beaumont, Texas, Suzuki

4. DARRYN DURHAM, BUTLER, PA., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI

5. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Oka., Honda

6. Jake Canada, Sun City, Calif., Suzuki

7. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., KTM

8. Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Yamaha

9. BLAKE BAGGETT, GRAND TERRACE, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI

10. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda

20. TYLER BOWERS, DANVILLE, KY., BABBITT’S MONSTER ENERGY AMSOIL KAWASAKI

 

Supercross Lites Eastern Region Points

1. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda, 75

2. Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 57

3. DARRYN DURHAM, BUTLER, PA., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI, 56

4. Blake Wharton, Beaumont, Texas, Suzuki, 56

5. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Oka., Honda, 43

6. Jake Canada, Sun City, Calif., Suzuki, 41

7. BLAKE BAGGETT, GRAND TERRACE, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI, 40

8. Hunter Hewitt, Pilot Point, Texas, Suzuki, 31

9. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., KTM, 29

10. Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Yamaha, 28

28. TYLER BOWERS, DANVILLE, KY., BABBITT’S MONSTER ENERGY AMSOIL KAWASAKI, 1

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