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Ryan Villopoto edges closer to 4th title with hometown win

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In front of 53,927 fans inside CenturyLink Field, Seattle-area native Ryan Villopoto grabbed his fifth win of the 2014 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, season during the 15th stop of the 17-race championship tonight.

In the penultimate race of the Western Regional 250SX Class Championship, Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil Honda‰Ûªs Cole Seely led every lap of the Main Event to capture his second win of the season.

For the second straight week, Villopoto had to earn his way into the 450SX Class Main Event through the Semi and once again was able to pilot his Monster Energy Kawasaki to the Nuclear Cowboyz Holeshot Award when the gates dropped on the night‰Ûªs final 20-lap race. Red Bull KTM‰Ûªs Ryan Dungey followed in second with BTO Sports/FLY Racing KTM‰Ûªs Andrew Short in third. Team Yoshimura Suzuki‰Ûªs James Stewart asserted himself into fifth.

By the time the field came around to complete the opening lap Villopoto was followed by Dungey and Stewart, pitting the top three riders in the championship in a battle for the win.



Stewart made the pass on Dungey for second on Lap 3 and attempted to track down the lead. Villopoto held a comfortable margin from the get go and was able to extend it throughout the race, ultimately posting a wire-to-wire effort to earn just his second career win at his hometown race in six years.

‰ÛÏI don‰Ûªt think I‰Ûªve ever raced in front of a crowd cheering me on this loud. It‰Ûªs tough to race at home and in the past I haven‰Ûªt been that stellar here, so to have a race like that is awesome,‰Û
Cole Seely grabbed his second win of the 2014 season to keep the Western Regional 250SX Class Championship battle tight heading into Las Vegas. Photo Credit: Simon Cudby
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki‰Ûªs Dean Wilson started the Western Regional 250SX Class Main Event by grabbing the Nuclear Cowboyz Holeshot Award with Seely close behind. Seely maintained the pressure on Wilson and was able to make the pass for the lead coming to the line to complete the first lap. Wilson didn‰Ûªt lose much ground on Seely and was within striking distance throughout the opening laps until he lost traction and went down on Lap 4, dropping to fifth. Wilson‰Ûªs misfortune allowed Seely to open a gap on the field that he would ultimately maintain for the remainder of the race.

Behind Seely, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki‰Ûªs Justin Hill and Rockstar Energy Racing‰Ûªs Jason Anderson engaged in a spirited battle for second.

The duo traded spots on multiple occasions with Anderson, the championship leader, crashing and going off the track on separate occasions. Despite his misfortune, Anderson was able to continue the fight with Hill for second and made the pass stick on Lap 12.



Seely‰Ûªs win helped him gain three points on Anderson, who finished second, to close to within eight points in the championships standings with one race remaining in the Western Regional Championship.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm just trying to stay alive in the points hunt,‰Û
Dean Wilson (15) started the 250SX Class Main Event with the Nuclear Cowboyz Holeshot Award. Photo Credit: Simon Cudby
Main Photo: Ryan Villopoto won at his hometown race in Seattle for just the second time in his 450SX Class career.
Credit: Simon Cudby


450SX Class Results: Seattle
1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki
2. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki
3. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM
4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda
5. Justin Barcia, Pinetta, Fla., Honda
6. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda
7. Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM
8. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM
9. Josh Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Suzuki
10. Mike Alessi, Hilliard, Fla., Suzuki

450SX Class Season Standings
1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 318
2. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki, 270
3. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 267
4. Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 249
5. Justin Barcia, Pinetta, Fla., Honda, 214
6. Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C., Yamaha, 196
7. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM, 194
8. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki, 126
9. Josh Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Suzuki, 124
10. Wil Hahn, Menifee, Calif., Honda, 122

Western Regional 250SX Class Results: Seattle
1. Cole Seely, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Honda
2. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., KTM
3. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Kawasaki
4. Dean Wilson, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Kawasaki
5. Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., Honda
6. Zach Osborne, Chesterfield, S.C., Honda
7. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha
8. Jake Canada, Sun City, Calif., Honda
9. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda
10. Shane McElrath, Chesterfield, S.C., Honda

Western Regional 250SX Class Season Standings
1. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., KTM, 178
2. Cole Seely, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Honda, 170
3. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Kawasaki, 139
4. Dean Wilson, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Kawasaki, 138
5. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha, 121
6. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda, 121
7. Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., Honda, 103
8. Zach Osborne, Chesterfield, S.C., Honda, 100
9. Shane McElrath, Chesterfield, S.C., Honda, 96
10. Jake Canada, Sun City, Calif., Honda, 72

Toyota Triple Challenge Standings
1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki, 39
2. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo Wash., Kawasaki, 38
3. Justin Barcia, Pinetta, Fla., Honda, 38
4. Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 37
5. Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C., Yamaha, 31
6. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Kawasaki, 25
7. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM, 23
8. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 22
9. Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Suzuki, 16
10. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki, 14

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