The Poulsbo, Wash., native pressured the leader throughout the race, but a muddy, slick track kept him from making a move for the win. His teammate Jake Weimer rode aggressively throughout the main event to finish fifth. In the 250SX class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Tyla Rattray came back to finish fifth while his teammate Martin Davalos came home in ninth.
Steady rains late in the week, combined with intermittent showers all day on Saturday led to a very muddy track that was as slick as ice in sections. Knowing he needed to keep pressure on his competitors, Villopoto rode a calculated race to finish second and increase his points lead.
“Tonight was a difficult race,” said Villopoto. “I didn’t get the best start and kind of got bounced around a little bit, but I recovered and was able to quickly get into second. Early on I wanted to put pressure on the leader and try and get close enough to make an aggressive move, but I never got the chance. As the race went on, the track wore down so even though I was pushing, I was making sure not to over ride the track. We have a good lead in the points standing with two races to go so overall I am happy.”
After coming back from injuries earlier in the season, Weimer has been working hard to get back towards the front of the field. On Saturday, he rode one of his best races of the season, despite not getting the best start. In the difficult conditions, Weimer was one of the only riders who was able to move up through the field, eventually finishing fifth.
“Tonight showed that we are making progress,” said Weimer. “I felt good during practice and the heat race and I wish I would have gotten a better jump off of the gate in the main. I was able to move forward in the race by getting up close to guys and then forcing the issue and making the pass. The track was difficult so you had to commit to each move you made.”
For the riders competing in the 250SX Western Region, Seattle marked a return to competition and Tyla Rattray earned his best finish of the season coming home in fifth. Rattray got a decent start and rode a steady race on a very difficult track.
“It was pretty gnarly out there,” said Rattray. “I’m happy I was able to get a fifth tonight. It was pretty hard to pass and I pushed hard to get as many positions as possible. It was a good result and I’m looking forward to Salt Lake City next week.”
After earning a heat race win, Davalos was looking in good shape for a podium result in Seattle, but after not getting traction at the start, he was forced to fight his way up through the field. He was making good progress until a rider crashed right in front of him leaving him no where to go. The result of the crash led to a ninth-place finish.
“I felt like I was riding a good race,” said Davalos. “The track was tricky but I was able to pick up spots here and there. I wish I wouldn’t have spun on the start, because I know I was capable of a podium tonight.”
With 20 riders lined up on the starting gate and the initial straightaway a sloppy mess, you knew trouble was right around the corner. At the start of the 450SX main event, Villopoto was bouncing around like a pinball all the way down the front straight, but despite the slick conditions he was able to stay upright and charge into the first corner. By the end of the long rhythm section, he had moved from seventh to second and focused on the leader.
Only two more events remain in the 2013 Monster Energy Supercross season with the teams heading to Salt Lake City, Utah for Round 16 of the series. Villopoto looks to possibly clinch his third consecutive championship at Rice Eccles Stadium on the University of Utah campus.
Monster Energy AMA Supercross – Round 15
Century Link Field – Seattle, Wash.
April 20, 2013
450SX Main Event
- Justin Barcia, Honda
- RYAN VILLOPOTO, MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI
- Davi Millsaps, Suzuki
- Ryan Dungey, KTM
- JAKE WEIMER, MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI
- Mike Alessi, Suzuki
- Broc Tickle, Suzuki
- Justin Brayton, Yamaha
- Andrew Short, KTM
- Phil Nicoletti, Yamaha
450SX Championship Standings
- RYAN VILLOPOTO, MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 321
- Davi Millsaps, Suzuki, 296
- Ryan Dungey, KTM, 295
- Justin Barcia, Honda, 245
- Chad Reed, Honda, 213
- Trey Canard, Honda, 202
- Andrew Short, KTM, 189
- James Stewart, Suzuki, 174
- Justin Brayton, Yamaha, 162
- Broc Tickle, Suzuki, 155
12. JAKE WEIMER, MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 131
250SX Western Regional Main Event
- Ken Roczen, KTM
- Eli Tomac, Honda
- Zach Osborne, Honda
- Cole Seely, Honda
- TYLA RATTRAY, MONSTER/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI
- Austin Politelli, Honda
- Ryan Sipes, Suzuki
- Joey Savatgy, KTM
- MARTIN DAVALOS, MONSTER/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI
- Jason Anderson, Suzuki
Western Regional 250SX Points Standings
- Ken Roczen, KTM, 163
- Eli Tomac, Honda, 143
- Cole Seely, Honda, 113
- Zach Osborne, Honda, 102
- Jason Anderson, Suzuki, 99
- MARTIN DAVALOS, MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI, 94
- Kyle Cunningham, Yamaha, 86
- Joey Savatgy,., KTM, 75
- TYLA RATTRAY, MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI, 74
- Austin Politelli, Honda, 72