AURORA, Ill. – In the span of five weeks, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto has climbed from a 24-point deficit and sitting third in the 450SX Class standings, to carrying a nine-point advantage as the points leader into this weekend’s Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, visit to Canada’s largest city of Toronto.
The lone international race of the 2013 season will return to the Rogers Centre for the 12th race of the championship on Saturday night.
The key to Villopoto’s resurgence in the championship has been a result of a string of victories that reached three straight last weekend in Indianapolis. The reigning back-to-back Monster Energy Supercross Champion has won four of the last five races and now boasts a class-leading six victories this season.
In Indianapolis, Villopoto positioned himself inside the top three out of the gate, following Team Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart and Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki’s Davi Millsaps. This trio set a fast pace early and Villopoto was able to move past Millsaps for second on Lap 5 and set his sights on Stewart out front. Just one lap later, Stewart stalled his motorcycle while navigating the slowest turn on the track, which allowed Villopoto to take over the lead. Once out front, Villopoto never relinquished his hold of the top spot.