After earning his second win of the 2013 AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, at Minneapolis’ Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome last Saturday night, Ryan Dungey moved into second place in the season standings and has his sights on another win when the championship returns to Seattle’s CenturyLink Field this weekend. Dungey’s teammate Ken Roczen leads the Western Regional 250SX Class Championship into Seattle after a seven race break.
For the first time since 2008, Monster Energy Supercross returned to Minneapolis and Dungey, a Minnesota native, brought 48,846 fans to their feet when he caught and passed two-time defending 450SX Class Champion Villopoto in the Main Event. The blistering pace set by Dungey and Villopoto, who came into the race with a five-race win streak, set the stage for the hotly contested duel that culminated on Lap 16 when Dungey made his final pass on Villopoto.
The win was Dungey’s 13th of his career and he now trails Villopoto by 22 points in the season standings.
“Man, what a ride,” said Dungey, who finished second at the last Supercross race in Minneapolis. “Ryan [Villopoto] and I put on a hard charge and he kept me honest the whole way. It’s been a while since I’ve been on top of box, but, man, in front of all these fans it was amazing. We could hear them out there. It was pretty loud and I’ve never felt anything like it. This is amazing to win in front of the home crowd, and I never could have dreamed something like this.”
“Me and Ryan [Dungey] had a hell of a race out there,” said Villopoto. “The fans were unbelievable. I knew they were rooting for Ryan, but it was awesome to hear them in every turn. It makes it easy to race when they’re so pumped about it. The track was tough, which made it one-lined in some areas, and that allowed [Ryan] to see where I was going and try something else. It was a good night overall.”
Millsaps rounded out the podium in third and lost some ground in the championship. Villopoto maintained his points lead heading into his home race next weekend and now sits 22 points ahead of Dungey, who moved past Millsaps into second.
In the Eastern Regional 250SX Class Main Event in Minneapolis, Marvin Musquin made it a sweep for KTM by claiming his fourth win in five races with a wire-to-wire effort.
“It’s a great day,” exclaimed Musquin. “I was fastest in practice, I won my Heat Race, and I won the Main Event with the holeshot. It was a perfect day and a great feeling. I just try to win and don’t worry about what happens. I didn’t make any mistakes and got the holeshot, then I did my best.”
Wil Hahn, who leads the championship, finished second with Rockstar Energy Racing’s Blake Wharton in third.
“I’ve been strong and been confident,” said Hahn. “I’m bummed I haven’t been able to get a win, but it was still a good night. We have the points lead and we’re ready to go win this thing in Vegas.”
With the Eastern Regional 250SX Class on a two-race break, Roczen and the top riders competing in the Western Regional 250SX Class ramp up with three races remaining on the schedule. Roczen leads defending 250SX Class Champion Eli Tomac by 17 points.
During last year’s race in Seattle, Andrew Short captured the first 450SX Class win of his career and the fifth different rider to pick up a win in 2012. Behind Short in second was Roczen, who was an Eastern Regional 250SX Class rider competing in the premier class.
Villopoto, who already clinched the second AMA Supercross Championship of his career, crashed during last year’s Main Event and suffered a torn ACL, forcing him to miss the final two races of the season.
In the Western Regional 250SX Class action, Ryan Sipes won his first 250SX Class Main Event of the season and the third of his career.
The first race in Seattle was held on February 18, 1978, and Jimmy Ellis won on a Honda. The first 250SX Class race was held on February 8 1985, and Bader Mannea, won on a Kawasaki. The 2013 season marks the 42nd time the gates will drop for a supercross race in Seattle. From 1978 – 1999, the race was held at the Seattle King Dome, and this year marks the ninth race at CenturyLink Field.