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2013 Salt Lake City SX Review

There were four story lines from the Monster Energy Supercross race this past Saturday in Salt Lake City. The first, and biggest – Ryan Villopoto won his third straight Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series Championship, putting him in elite company in the sport of supercross. Only Bob Hannah, Jeremy McGrath, and Ricky Carmichael have won three straight SX championships before.

The second storyline – Jason Anderson won his first ever 250 Supercross Main. The third – Ken Roczen failed to qualify for the 250 Main Event, bringing a 20 point lead in the 250 West points chase down to five points with just one round remaining. And the fourth storyline – defending 250 West champ Eli Tomac didn’t fully capitalize on Roczen’s misfortune to tie or even overtake Roczen in that 250 West points chase.

Ryan Villopoto won his ninth 450 Supercross Main Event of the season, which led to his clinching the 2013 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series title. Ryan said after the race “This is an amazing feeling. Every year I have a goal of winning a championship and we all worked hard to accomplish that goal. Everyone on the Monster Energy Kawasaki team worked hard in the off-season and during the week to make sure we could run the No. 1 plate again next year. Even though we will be celebrating tonight, the work has already started to earn the outdoor title as well. The track tonight was tough and any little mistake could have easily changed the result. We are all pushing so hard it was anyone’s race. It took a lot of hard work to get to this point and it takes a tight knit group to succeed at this level. Every lap of that race was intense. I knew for those guys (Dungey and Millsaps) it was all or nothing when I was out front and I had to be smart. At the beginning of the season, we had a bit of a deficit to make up, and we had to chip away as the season went on. I have a great support system behind me.”

Ryan Villopoto

250 winner, with the first pro win of his career, Jason Anderson number 21 on the Rockstar Energy Suzuki team said this after his win in SLC “It was crazy. The last five laps were definitely tough to be out front. To come out with a win, I’m stoked. This team has been there for me from the beginning and to get a win for them is awesome. I always seem to race well here in Salt Lake City. I’m not sure what it is, but I like it. My win tonight was good. I got a good start and led the whole Main Event, which is something I’ve never done. I was stoked to do it here in Salt Lake. It was a good race for me. I got my first podium here last year, which was my first time here. To get my first win this year, I’m happy and super excited. I usually just go crazy. Just being calm and putting in my laps made the difference. The whoops were gnarly tonight, I definitely didn’t ‘wanna crash the last lap in them, but once I made it through them, it was like sigh of relief. It was a good night.”

Jason Anderson takes his first win in 250′s

Ken Roczen still retains the 250 West points lead going into the Vegas Finale. He said “I am really disappointed in the outcome of this race tonight here in Salt Lake. I had a large lead going into this race and now it will be very tight at the final round. I had a bit of a break with Eli Tomac (second in points) finishing 6th tonight, and luckily, I still hold the points lead. I am going to remain as positive as possible and do my best to win in Vegas and hopefully get the championship title. It was a bad night, definitely not what I came here to do. I wanted to finish the season off strong, not with a DNF at the second-to-last race. As much as I had bad luck tonight, I still have the championship lead going into Las Vegas season finale next weekend. I will need to ride the race of my life there.”

Ken Roczen

Eli Tomac said right after the Salt Lake City event: “I started the race in second, but just blew it in the whoops. It was a section that just got me all day. There were a couple of passes where I got through them OK, but there were others where I got wild and out of control. I was like, ‘I can’t completely throw this thing away’. I just started doubling and hopping and skipping.”

Both the 250 West and 250 East Championships will be decided Saturday night in Las Vegas. Should be great battles between Roczen & Tomac for the West, and Wil Hahn & Marvin Musquin for the East …

Eli Tomac

 

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