Villopoto Looks For History In Indianapolis

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Ryan Villopoto soars to victory at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., earlier this year. (Simon Cudby photo)
Ryan Villopoto soars to victory at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., earlier this year. (Simon Cudby photo)
Ryan Villopoto soars to victory at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., earlier this year. (Simon Cudby photo)

AURORA, Ill. – Through the first eight Monster Energy AMA Supercross races there have been four two-time race winners.

This Saturday when the championship heads to Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium, points leader Ryan Villopoto can become the first rider this year to post three victories and the first rider to win five consecutive races at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Last weekend at Atlanta’s Georgia Dome, Red Bull KTM’s Roczen won his second-consecutive 450SX Class race of the season as a rookie.

Smartop/Motoconcepts Racing’s Mike Alessi earned his first Nuclear Cowboyz Holeshot Award of the season with Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Villopoto and Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart, whose lone win in Indianapolis came in 2007, following in second and third respectively.

Stewart quickly moved into first place on the opening lap as Roczen took over third. Stewart, who came into Atlanta on a two-race win streak, crashed in a turn moments after taking over the lead position and remounted in last place.

Villopoto moved into second place on lap four and passed Alessi for the lead on lap five. Alessi was also passed by Roczen and Red Bull KTM teammate Dungey for the second and third spots respectively. On lap 14, Villopoto failed to jump the triple and, as a result, Roczen moved into the lead. Villopoto finished second and Dungey finished third.

“I don’t believe this,” said Roczen. “Getting on the podium is one thing but a win is another is such an awesome feeling. This proves that hard work pays off and helps build my confidence.”

Villopoto has a nine-point lead over Roczen in the season standings. Stewart finished 11th and is third in the season standings.

Through eight races, there have been four different two-time winners, marking the first time this has happened in the sport’s history.

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