DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — There is something about the grueling Supercross course at Daytona Int’l Speedway that suits Ryan Villopoto.
Villopoto won the event for the fourth time in five years before a crowd of more than 30,000. The victory leaves him one shy of Ricky Carmichael’s five Daytona victories. Ironically, Carmichael designed the course in the infield section of Daytona’s famed superspeedway.
“For sure, it’s achievable,” Villopoto said. “Racing comes into play, but sure it’s achievable.”
It was Villopoto’s third victory of the season and gives him a 28-point lead in the Monster Energy Supercross standings heading into next week’s event at Detroit’s Ford Field.
Villopoto took the lead on the opening lap and beat Ken Roczen to the finish by more than 12 seconds despite a fall on lap 12 of the 20-lap event.
“Anytime you have a fall like that, you just don’t want to stall; you want to take right off again,” the three-time Supercross champion said. “I had a nice lead was able to get up and regroup. I was a little tight in the laps to the finish.”
Roczen finished second with his KTM teammate, Ryan Dungey, rounding out the podium. Broc Tickle and Andrew Short completed the top five.
Blake Baggett took the lead on the second lap of the East Region 250SX event and held off his Kawasaki teammate, Adam Cianciarulo, for the victory.