Monster Energy rider Ryan Villopoto closed out a stellar 2013 season in true champion style, earning his eighth overall victory in the triple-digit heat at Round 12 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship in Lake Elsinore, Calif. After clinching the 450 Class championship last week in Utah, he didn’t need the win, but in typical Villopoto-fashion took control of both motos early and easily grabbed his seventh moto sweep of the season.
Villopoto’s season has definitely been one to remember, especially since he basically doubled his win-stats from 2011. Villopoto’s first 450 Class championship in 2011 concluded with 10 moto wins and three overall victories. With the same level of competition in 2013, Villopoto was out to prove his motocross skills and captured an amazing 18 moto wins and eight overall victories.
The always-humble Jake Weimer knew that a great race at Lake Elsinore would be a great ending to an up and down season. After coming through the pack in Moto 1 to finish eighth, his second moto effort of fourth helped place him just off the overall podium in fourth. His late season push also kept him charging up the points standings where he finished sixth overall.
Finishing just behind Weimer was the No. 28 of Tyla Rattray. He was looking to bounce back from a Moto 2 mechanical last weekend in Utah and did just that with a strong fifth-place overall in the heat at Lake Elsinore MX Park. Rattray helped place all 450 Class Monster Energy riders in the top five, closing out the season on a great note.
After a start outside the top 20 in Moto 1, Blake Baggett was on a charge that saw him showcase his speed as he broke into the top 10. Unfortunately, a crash took him out of the moto, but he was fired up to make up ground in the second moto. With a great start, Baggett took over the lead and crossed the checkered with the win. He was docked one spot for jumping on a red cross flag, placing him officially second in Moto 2 and giving him ninth overall.
Monster Energy’s Martin Davalos was one of the riders that went down on the opening lap of the first moto. He didn’t give up and charged back from 26th to finish 11th. In Moto 2, he was able to get a good start and ran in the top 10, finishing 10th overall on the day with 11-9 moto scores.
Finishing out his rookie season at Lake Elsinore, Monster Energy rider Justin Hill made the last race count with two solid rides. Following a solid 13th-place finish in Moto 1, Hill conquered the heat and the rough track in Moto 2 to score eighth. He finished 11th on the day and was able to rank 11th in the standings in his first professional season.
The final race of the season saw Darryn Durham fighting until the very end of the race. He rounded out the top-15 in Moto 1, and fought through the exhaustion and heat to come from 22nd to finish 13th in Moto 2. Durham’s moto scores garnered him 14th overall.
Coming off a season-best finish in Utah, rookie Adam Cianciarulo was back at it in California where he put in a solid qualifying effort during the morning sessions. In Moto 1, Cianciarulo went down on the first lap, but still managed to come from 34th to finish an amazing 14th. During the crash, Cianciarulo aggravated a previous injury and sat out of the second moto to get it checked out. He still finished 18th despite not racing Moto 2.
With the 2013 season in the books, the riders will get a well-deserved off-season throughout September before coming back together for the Monster Energy Cup at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas on October 19.
250MX Class Overall Results (Moto Finishes)
1. Eli Tomac (2-1)
2. Ken Roczen (1-7)
3. Cooper Webb (4-3)
250MX Class Points Standings
1. Eli Tomac
2. Ken Roczen
3. Marvin Musquin
450MX Class Overall Results (Moto Finishes)
1. Ryan Villopoto (1-1)
2. Ryan Dungey (2-2)
3. Justin Barcia (5-3)
450MX Class Points Standings
1. Ryan Villopoto
2. Ryan Dungey
3. Justin Barcia