It’s called the Circle City. And last Saturday night, in front of 60,312 fans, it was Round 11 of the 2013 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series. And just like Daytona the week before, Ryan Villopoto and Marvin Musquin were the two big winners of the night.
Ryan Villopoto is the defending, and two time Supercross Champion. He rides with the number 1 on his Kawasaki. He is also the current series points leader, so he’s heading towards his third straight SX title. He won the 20 lap 450 Main Event Saturday night in Indy – his sixth win of the season, and 30th of his career.
Marvin Musquin is a two time FIM World MX 2 Motocross Champion. Marvin is originally from France, but now makes California his home. He got his first ever AMA Supercross victory in the 250 East class last week in Daytona, and then followed that up with his second win in a row at Indy, by winning the 15 lap 250 Main Event!
What did Ryan Villopoto have to say after winning the 450 Main at Indy?
Ryan Villopoto: Tonight’s race was difficult. The track was deteriorating on every lap and we were pushing it to it’s limits. I was working hard to stay in the lead. James Stewart was riding great. Ryan Dungey was able to make up some time on me here and there, but I just kept pushing hard until the end. It was one of the toughest races of the year. We all had a really fast pace going and with the track breaking down we had to work hard to ride it as hard as we could without over-doing it. I wasn’t able to pull away from the field and I had to run a faster pace throughout the main event. Lucas Oil Stadium has been great to me – it’s an amazing stadium and I love coming here.”
And how about Marvin Musquin? What did he have to say after winning his second 250 race in a row?
“I was really looking for a win tonight, and when I got stuck behind the tuff blocks in the first corner I was so mad and it just made me fight harder. I passed Wil Hahn early on and that made me happy as I need to earn as many points as I can on him. I fought really hard and was able to pass a lot of riders. I was then able to capitalize on the crash of Blake Wharton (who led every lap except the last when he fell) to get the win. It is a lucky win, but this is fantastic to get two race wins in a row. We have been talking about confidence, and tonight I had it. I fought really hard, and I believed in myself. Anything can happen out there.”
2nd place in the 450 Main, Red Bull KTM rider Ryan Dungey: “We made some adjustments in the afternoon practice sessions to get everything dialed in for the night show. The track was both slippery and tacky in spots and it made it a little tricky to determine the best bike set-up. In the end, I was able to pressure Ryan Villopoto throughout the race, but couldn’t make the pass stick. I am happy with second tonight and am looking forward to Toronto next Saturday.”
3rd place in the 450 Main, James Stewart, who led much of the main event “I almost stalled it in that same place twice. But I just stalled it. I don’t know if I hit the brakes … I don’t know what happened. But it’s definitely a bummer because races like that, they’re fun to be in. I was on it from lap one and I felt good. I was pulling away but that happened and I just had to regroup and come back. The Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 worked great in my heat race and even better in the Main Event. That stall was just a stupid move, bogus – that’s what you do when you first get on a motorcycle is stall it! But we’ll regroup and come back strong for Toronto.”
Justin Barcia of the American Honda Muscle Milk 450 team “I’m not completely happy with how tonight went. The track was pretty tough and it was really hard to pass on, which made it difficult. I have some things I need to work on heading into Toronto, so hopefully things will end better next weekend.”
Wil Hahn is the 250 East Series points leader. He finished third in the 250 class at Indy. “I gave it away here tonight. I have to go home and do my homework to get back on top of the box. I am happy that I was able to work my way back to third, but need to win races. There were people flying around everywhere and I was tight and cautious all the way around. That’s just not me. I’m kind of disappointed with the way I raced tonight, to be honest. I’ve got to find a way to get happy and focus on the positives. I’m coming out of here with the points lead still, so the red plate in staying on the GEICO Honda where it belongs. I’m going to put my head down this week before Toronto and just refocus. I want to come out of there with a win. I want to have that feeling again.”
Eli Tomac was racing in his final 450 SX race of the season, as he gets ready to return to the 250 West series in a few weeks. He said about the Main Event at Indy “It was a big mess in the first turn of the main and I had to get around all that. I still rode pretty well and made my way up to sixth until a little mistake cost me a few spots. I’m excited to head back into the 250 class because I feel like I am going to be really strong confidence-wise. I have learned a lot these last few races on the 450 and that is going to be very helpful when I move up to 450’s full-time. I know I can do a lot better on the 450. Confidence-wise I feel like I’m going to be really strong when I get back on the 250. I’m ready for that to happen, for sure. This time I’ve had on the 450 has been a real learning experience and it will only help me when I make the move full-time in 2014.”
Dean Wilson had a tough night. He fell hard, and went to the hospital Saturday night with a cracked rib and punctured lung. We’ll keep you updated as we learn more about Dean’s condition.