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Villopoto Extends Points Lead in 450 Class in Houston AMA Supercross Stop 2014

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Ryan Villopoto and Eli Tomac Battling it out at the houston stop of the AMA Supercross series.

VILLOPOTO DOMINATES HOUSTON TO EXTEND POINTS LEAD

This weekend Monster Energy AMA Supercross headed to Houston to showcase the return of the West Coast 250SX class at NRG Stadium in Houston. Monster Energy/Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto dominated the pack in the 450SX class to claim the win in Houston, extending his points lead even further. Rockstar Racing/KTM’s Jason Anderson capitalized on Seely’s poor start and held off Wilson to take the win in Houston and extend his points lead in the west.

As the gate dropped for the premier 450SX class, Ryan Villopoto got the jump out of the gate with his Monster Energy/Kawasaki to grab the Nuclear Cowboyz Holeshot Award. Not far behind were Andrew Short, Mike Alessi, Justin Barcia and Ken Roczen.

Unfortunately Josh Hill went down out of the gate, after banging bars with Stewart, putting himself out of the running after a great showing in his heat race earlier in the night.

GEICO/Honda’s Justin Barcia quickly made his way into second avoiding the first lap carnage not far behind him. In the rhythm section on lap one, Ryan Dungey edged in too far on Weston Peick managing to land on him, taking out both riders, as well as, Josh Grant and Vince Friese.

In his second race back after returning from injury, last week in St. Louis, Honda rider, Trey Canard got himself up into fourth position and maintained this position throughout the entire moto.

After his disappointing crash on lap one, Ryan Dungey went to work making his way through the pack, managing to get himself into eighth by lap eleven. Dungey dug deep to minimize the damage in the points, continuing to make his way through the pack and as close to Stewart as possible.

As Ryan Villopoto continued to put time between himself and the rest of the pack, James Stewart and Eli Tomac battled it out for sixth place. The two riders swapped the position back and forth with Tomac finally taking the upper hand over the ill, James Stewart.

Points leader, Ryan Villopoto rode with admirable confidence to dominate the main despite multiple crashes earlier in the night. The Monster Energy/Kawasaki rider captured the win in Houston to take home his thirty-seventh career win and his fourth win of the year.

GEICO/Honda’s Justin Barcia got out in second early to ride his own race and claim his best finish of the season in second. Red Bull/KTM’s rookie Ken Roczen also got into position early but unfortunately didn’t push too hard to battle with Barcia for second.

In 250SX action, Jessy Nelson led the pack into turn one capturing the Nuclear Cowboyz Holeshot Award. Nelson was followed into turn one by Jason Anderson, Justin Hill and Dean Wilson, on his heels. Malcolm Stewart and championship contender, Cole Seely could only manage to get out of the gate in about eighth position and had to go to work early making their way up to the front.

Rockstar Racing/KTM’s Jason Anderson got by Nelson early to get out front and start putting some time on the clock between himself and the rest of the pack. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson also put a pass on Nelson to move into second followed by rookie rider, Justin Hill. Unfortunately after his best career start, Nelson dropped off back to tenth by lap five.

Going into lap six Wilson pushed to close the gap on Anderson down to two seconds. While Wilson went to work on Anderson, Hill got a little sideways in the whoops going down on lap seven, allowing Stewart to move into third.

As the laps closed down on the main event, Wilson brought the crowd to their feet as he edged in on Anderson. However despite his efforts to make the pass on Anderson, Wilson ran out of time before he could get it done.

With a strong season behind him and eight weeks off, Anderson had the confidence to get himself out front and hold off Wilson to capture another win and extend his points lead.

Despite his effort to make a move for the win, Wilson rode a strong race to capture second in the main event at Houston. Malcolm Stewart also had a strong showing as he capitalized on Hill`s mistake to take over third position in the main.

Next week Monster Energy AMA Supercross heads to Seattle to witness the 250SX class in their second last round before Vegas and the third last round for the 450SX class. Ryan Villopoto will have the opportunity to clinch the title next week at his hometown race in Seattle, Washington.

250SX CLASS-HOUSTON

  1. Jason Anderson
  2. Dean Wilson
  3. Malcolm Stewart
  4. Cole Seely
  5. Zach Osborne
  6. Cooper Webb
  7. Shane Mcelrath
  8. Jake Canada
  9. Justin Hill
  10. Jessy Nelson

450SX CLASS-HOUSTON

  1. Ryan Villopoto
  2. Justin Barcia
  3. Ken Roczen
  4. Trey Canard
  5. James Stewart
  6. Andrew Short
  7. Ryan Dungey
  8. Mike Alessi
  9. Eli Tomac
  10. Chris Blose

250SX WEST CLASS POINT STANDINGS

  1. Jason Anderson (156)
  2. Cole Seely (145)
  3. Dean Wilson (120)
  4. Justin Hill (119)
  5. Malcolm Stewart (109)
  6. Cooper Webb (107)
  7. Jessy Nelson (87)
  8. Zach Osborne (85)
  9. Shane Mcelrath (85)
  10. Dean Ferris (63)

450SX CLASS POINT STANDINGS

  1. Ryan Villopoto (293)
  2. James Stewart (248)
  3. Ryan Dungey (247)
  4. Ken Roczen (235)
  5. Justin Barcia (198)
  6. Justin Brayton (196)
  7. Andrew Short (181)
  8. Broc Tickle (126)
  9. Wil Hahn (122)
  10. Josh Hill (112)

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