RYAN VILLOPOTO SWEEPS ELSINORE NATIONAL

 
(8/24/2013)

Ryan Villopoto Finishes with a Sweep, Wins 450 Moto 2 at Lake Elsinore

Ryan Villopoto finished his 2013 campaign the same way he started it, with a sweep and a dominant performance in California.  Villopoto made quick work of Justin Brayton, passing the Motorcycle Superstore Holeshot winner after the first turn and coasting his way to victory.  Villopoto finishes the season by taking 8 of 12 overall wins and winning 18 of 24 motos.  This is the second title in the 450 Class for the Monster Energy Kawasaki rider and his 5th total in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.


It was a dominant season for Villopoto. (Photo: George Crosland)

Villopoto was followed by the 2012 champion Ryan Dungey, who finished 19 seconds behind the leader.  Dungey rode in second all season and was unable to match the speed of Villopoto who made his return to the series after missing 2012 due to injury.  Dungey finishes with 3 overall wins on the year and will not have much of a break as he prepares to ride in the Motocross des Nations contest in Germany this September.

Dungey's Motocross des Nations teammate, Justin Barcia finished the moto in third.  Barcia was passed by Dungey early in the race as they went down one of the hills and fell 24 seconds behind the second-place finisher.  Barcia takes the final overall podium spot for the day and also completes the season in third place for the Honda Muscle Milk team.


Dungey passed Barcia for his 14th second-place finish of the year. (Photo: George Crosland)

Jake Weimer finishes fourth, matching a season high, and secures 6th place on the season after being threatened by Andrew Short, who came into the day only 6 points behind Weimer. Weimer had a rocky start to the year but has really straightened the ship lately. Mike Alessi had a strong moto, finishing 5th to go 12-5 at Lake Elsinore.  

Tyla Rattray finished 6th followed by privateer, Weston Peick, who put in a good result after being unable to finish Moto 1.  Brett Metcalfe came in 8th, Brayton drifted back to 9th after winning the Motorcycle Superstore Holeshot, and Trey Canard rounded out the top 10.

After a great first moto, Josh Grant did not line up for Moto 2.


Metcalfe (24) posted another top-ten, while Weimer (12) impressed. (Photo: George Crosland)

After a dominant 2013 season, Villopoto will have his work cut out for him with an even more loaded 450 class in 2014 with Eli Tomac and Ken Roczen planning to move up to big bikes.  Villopoto has proven to be the fastest man on a 450 and doesn't look to be slowing down anytime soon.  Villopoto has already cemented his legacy as one of the best riders ever and can make his case even stronger with another great Supercross season and another championship in 2014.

Lake Elsinore 450 Moto 2 Results

1. Ryan Villopoto
2. Ryan Dungey (-19.0 seconds)
3. Justin Barcia
4. Jake Weimer
5. Mike Alessi
6. Tyla Rattray
7. Weston Peick
8. Brett Metcalfe
9. Justin Brayton
10. Trey Canard
11. Broc Tickle
12. Andrew Short
13. Ben LaMay
14. Ryan Sipes
15. Michael Byrne
16. Zack Freeberg
17. Nick Wey
18. Malcolm Stewart
19. Evgeny Mikhalylov
20. Derek Anderson

Lake Elsinore 450 Class Overall Results

1. Ryan Villopoto (1-1)
2. Ryan Dungey (2-2)
3. Justin Barcia (5-3)
4. Jake Weimer (8-4)
5. Tyla Rattray (7-6)
6. Trey Canard (4-10)
7. Mike Alessi (12-5)
8. Brett Metcalfe (10-8)
9. Andrew Short (6-12)
10. Broc Tickle (11-11)
11. Josh Grant (3-38)
12. Justin Brayton (14-9)
13. Ryan Sipes (13-14)
14. Malcolm Stewart (9-18)
15. Weston Peick (33-7)
16. Ben LaMay (16-13)
17. Nick Wey (17-17)
18. Michael Byrne (23-15)
19. Phil Nicoletti (15-37)
20. Zack Freeberg (22-16)


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