Corona, Calif. (August 17, 2013) – After clinching his 2013 Monster Energy Supercross title one round early at the Salt Lake City stop, Monster Energy’s Ryan Villopoto provided a sense of deja vu when he collected enough points with his seventh overall victory to clinch his second Lucas Oil Pro Motocross 450 Class championship one round early at the inaugural event at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah. Villopoto has yet to lose a motocross championship while racing a full season, adding another title to his three previously earned 250 Class championships and one 450 Class championship.
Villopoto entered the penultimate round needing six points to celebrate his fifth motocross championship. He was a man on a mission during the first moto as he grabbed the holeshot and started separating himself from the rest of the pack, eventually winning by 26.6 seconds. Villopoto’s second moto wasn’t much different as he quickly put a gap of his rival Ryan Dungey and rode to his ninth professional championship.
The No. 1 of Blake Baggett displayed his hard-charing style in both 250 Class motos, adding another podium finish to his season. In the first moto, Baggett battled back from outside the top 10 to earn the runner-up spot, and in the second moto made a late race pass to collect second overall.
250 Class rookie Adam Cianciarulo wanted to have a breakout race before the 2013 season was over and he got it at the penultimate round in Utah. Starting the day with successful qualifying practice where he was the second-fastest rider on the track, Cianciraulo transferred that speed into both motos. His Moto 1 ride found him racing with the front-runners, eventually finishing with his best moto result in third. It was an uphill battle in Moto 2 after getting collected in a first turn pile-up, coming from near last to finish inside the top 10, scoring Cianciarulo a career-best fourth overall.
Jake Weimer’s confidence has seen a big boost over the past few races and was able to put it to play once again on Saturday with two come-from-behind rides. Showcasing his speed, Weimer worked his way through the pack from 14th in the first moto to finish eighth. Again he started 14th in the second moto, but battled up to sixth by the checkered flag to finish seventh overall. Weimer also moved up to sixth in the points standings following his ride in Utah.
Tyla Rattray’s 12th overall doesn’t tell the story of how well he was riding in Utah. Like a few of this Monster Energy teammates, he was forced to come through the pack in the first moto, making swift work of his competition to finish fourth. Moto 2 started nearly the same way, but bad luck struck and a mechanical took him out of the race early.
Monster Energy’s Darryn Durham was determined to leave the bad luck he found in New York and set his sights on a great result at the penultimate round. He did just that with an impressive sixth overall result after two great starts put him in great position to come home with a strong finish.
For the first time this season, rookie Justin Hill wasn’t the only one learning the personality of a new track as all the riders had to take in the circuit at Miller Motorsports Park. Hill qualified inside the top 10 and was able to put what he learned into good use, finishing the day with a solid 10th overall.
The day started well for Martin Davalos, who grabbed his second holeshot of the season on his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki. Following the good start in Moto 1, he overcame some small mistakes to finish 11th. He was all set to score another solid finish in Moto 2, but a mechanical ended his moto early. His 11-37 moto scores still totaled him 16th overall.
Always popular in Utah, Chad Reed entered the weekend ready to conquer the track at Miller Motorsports Park he tested back in April. In Moto 1, he was making his move through the pack after starting 16th, but eventually retired from the race at the halfway point and didn’t line up for Moto 2.