Villopoto dominated once again from qualifying to the main event, taking his seventh win of the season. Teammate Jake Weimer put in one of his best performances since returning from injury finishing in sixth place. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Justin Hill had a strong heat race finish taking second place, but was involved in a crash following the first turn in the main event ending his night.
Villopoto was anxious to start racing after walking the track and checking out the quality of the dirt. He was the fastest qualifier in the afternoon on Saturday and handily won his heat race. The two-time defending champion got a great start in the main event abroad his KX™450F and put himself in position with the leaders. For the first half of the race, Villopoto stalked the leader, applying pressure and awaiting an opportunity to pounce. He was able to make a pass for the lead just past the halfway point after numerous attempts. Once out front, he was able to ride mistake-free laps and take his seventh win of the year.
“Tonight was some tight racing,” said Villopoto. “Everyone is running such a high pace that there is no room for error. I got a great jump and was able to be there from the beginning and just had to wait for my time to make a move. It’s nice to head into the break with a little cushion.”
Weimer’s main event was cut short last weekend after crashing in the first turn, but that just fueled his fire. He came out swinging on Saturday in Toronto with a strong fourth place finish in his heat race to get him into the main event. Weimer got the jump out of the gate and began to pace the leaders. Once he found his place, he rode a consistent and fairly uneventful race to finish sixth.
“I’m happy with tonight’s result,” said Weimer. “I put in some good laps, but still not quite where I know I can be. After being hurt, it’s nice to be up there and actually racing again. We’ll keep building and look forward to Houston.”
Hill was ready to put in his best result of the season in Toronto. The team came up to the Roger Centre early this week to ride for the local Canadian media, which gave Hill an extra opportunity to get on the track and dial it in, so come Saturday he was ready. He posted competitive times all afternoon in qualifying and raced aggressively to finish second in his heat race for the second week in a row. Hill got off to mid-pack start in the main event, but after rounding the first turn another rider collided with him, sending them both to the ground. Hill was forced to retire from the race and will look to bounce back in Houston.
The dirt in Toronto was a big topic on Saturday. In years past, the soil had been stored outside and exposed to the cold, winter climate. This year however the dirt was stored inside and was sifted to remove any larger rocks from its contents. It resulted in a great soil that produced some of the better racing we’ve seen all season.
Instead of the typical Party in the Pits that takes place on Saturdays in the paddock, the Rogers Centre and Monster Energy invited fans to the track on Friday evening for a unique chance to walk the track and get an autograph from their favorite supercross stars. The Monster Energy Kawasaki team was able to interact with over 4000 Canadian fans on Friday night prior to the racing on Saturday.
Monster Energy Supercross heads into a well deserved weekend off next week and will resume in Houston, Texas at Reliant Stadium on April 6, 2013.
Monster Energy AMA Supercross – Round 12
Rogers Centre – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
March 23, 2013
- RYAN VILLOPOTO, MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI
- Davi Millsaps, Suzuki
- Ryan Dungey, KTM
- Chad Reed, Honda
- Justin Barcia, Honda
- JAKE WEIMER, MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI
- James Stewart, Suzuki
- Broc Tickle, Suzuki
- Andrew Short, KTM
- Matt Goerke, KTM
450SX Points Standings
- 1.RYAN VILLOPOTO, MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 252
- 2.Davi Millsaps, Suzuki, 240
- 3.Ryan Dungey, KTM, 230
- 4.Chad Reed, Honda, 196
- 5.Justin Barcia, Honda, 184
- 6.James Stewart, Suzuki, 169
- 7.Trey Canard, Honda, 165
- 8.Andrew Short, KTM, 148
- 9.Justin Brayton, Yamaha, 122
- 10.Broc Tickle, Suzuki, 122
12. JAKE WEIMER, MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 94
- Marvin Musquin, KTM
- Wil Hahn, Honda
- Blake Wharton, Suzuki
- Jeremy Martin, Yamaha
- Vince Friese, Honda
- Cole Thompson, Honda
- Jimmy Decotis, Honda
- Gavin Faith, Honda
- Jackson Richardson, Honda
- Kyle Peters, Honda
20. JUSTIN HILL, MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI
250SX Points Results
- Wil Hahn, Honda, 134
- Marvin Musquin, KTM, 128
- Blake Wharton, 108
- DEAN WILSON, MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI, 87
- Vince Friese, Honda, 81
- Kyle Peters, Honda, 78
- Jeremy Martin, 71
- JUSTIN HILL, MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI, 68
- Gavin Faith, Honda, 66
- Jimmy Decotis, Honda, 66