Supercross

Villopoto Focused on Phoenix after disastrous round one

Author: Aaryn Minerds

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Ryan Villopoto came into the 2013 season as the defending champion and a favourite to win the opening round however a off track excursion and a couple of crashes seen Villopoto leave the opening round with just four points to his name.

The Monster Energy Kawasaki rider was second fastest in qualifying practice only off by one tenth of a second to nearest rival and another favourite heading into the opening round James Stewart.

In his heat race, Villopoto did not get the best of starts, but caught the leaders by the last lap to cross the finish line on the rear wheel of the winner Justin Barcia.

Feeling confident, he lined up for the 450SX main event, but was pushed outside of the top-10 around the first turn. He progressively picked off riders until he a first mistake seen him jump off track losing valuable position and time.

The while coming back through the field clipped a tuffblock while attempting to jump past Stewart for seventh position went down. Despite the scary get-off and a severely damaged bike, Villopoto was able to finish 16th after another small fall and score five championship points.

‰ÛÏThe main event did not go well at all,‰Û

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