Villopoto Rebounds At RedBud MX

Ryan Villopoto claimed the overall victory during Saturday's Lucas Oil Pro Motocross event at RedBud MX in Buchanan, Mich. (Simon Cudby Photo)
Ryan Villopoto claimed the overall victory during Saturday’s Lucas Oil Pro Motocross event at RedBud MX in Buchanan, Mich. (Simon Cudby Photo)

BUCHANAN, Mich. – RedBud MX celebrated 40 years of hosting the world’s fastest racers on Saturday during round seven of the 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing.

Taking place over Fourth of July weekend, a massive crowd was on hand to witness some of the most intense racing of the season at Buchanan’s Red Bull RedBud National in southwestern Michigan.

Amongst some of the sports most decorated racers, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto swept both motos in the 450 Class to capture his fourth overall victory of the season; further extending his points lead in the class. In the 250 Class, Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen maintained his points lead after capturing a 2-1 moto score en route to his second overall win this season.

Thousands of fans lined the fences as the gate dropped for Moto 1 of the 450 Class, led immediately by Toyota/JGR/Yamaha’s Josh Grant, who grabbed the Motorcycle Superstore Holeshot. Grant maintained his lead in the opening laps but a hard charging Villopoto came through the pack from a seventh place start to eventually take over the lead by Lap 4.

Villopoto, current 450 Class points leader, established a comfortable gap on the rest of the field, leaving the battle for second place to ensue between Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey and Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart. However, a mechanical issue ultimately ended Dungey’s charge in Moto 1, allowing Stewart to inherit the runner-up position late in the race.

Dungey’s 34th place finish in the first moto marked the first time this season that the reigning champion has finished off the podium. Grant maintained a smooth and consistent performance, securing a season-best third place finish in Moto 1.

In Moto 2 of the 450 Class, it was Stewart and Villopoto who commanded the early lead as the two former 450 Class champions diced back and forth in the opening laps. It didn’t take long for Dungey to inject himself into the battle where he created a three-way fight for the lead.

Villopoto powered by Stewart in the infamous sandy whoop-section and Dungey followed suit, moving past Stewart for the second place position. With track conditions shaping up to be brutal, Villopoto worked hard to hold off the charging duo of Dungey and Stewart, who trailed close behind.

Bad luck struck again for Dungey in Moto 2 but this time as the result of a crash near the end of the race. Dungey’s misfortune allowed Stewart to reclaim the second place position, where he ultimately finished second behind Villopoto. Dungey was able to bounce back to salvage third place in Moto 2, where he finished 11th overall with a moto score of 34-3.