Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT hosted history on August 18 as 21,000 fans witnessed Ryan Villopoto capture his second career 450 Class Championship and Eli Tomac secure his first 250 Class crown at the inaugural Built Ford Tough Utah National stop of the 2013 Lucas Oil Pro AMA Motorcross Championship series.
Villopoto, representing Monster Energy Kawasaki, finished first in both weekend races to wrap up the title with 513 points. Defending champion Red Bull KTM's Ryan Dungey finished second in both weekend runs and holds down second in the series standings, a full 60 points behind Villopoto. Team Honda Muscle Milk's Trey Canard went 3-3 on the weekend to pull into fourth place in the overall standings.
Villopoto became the 11th rider in Lucas Oil Pro Motorcross to win multiple 450 championships. He now has five titles across the 250 and 450 series. He said riders rarely have the time to look at the big picture to determine how many races they need to win to claim a title. Simply put, they go week to week and winning is the driving force.
Meanwhile, GEICO Honda's Tomac ran first in both 250 races to win his first series title, wresting the championship from Blake Baggett. Tomac, the son of mountain bike legend John Tomac and a multiple national amateur champion, won the first pro race he entered in 2010 and has been building to this point for some time. Baggett's strong 2-2 performance propelled him into fourt h place in the points standings.
Villiopoto sweeps 450 races
Villipoto put the pack on its heels and opened an immediate gap with his third consecutive Motorcylce Superstore Holeshot to start Moto 1. The Poulsbo, WA rider was never threatened. Dungey worked his way through the field to pick off second place to keep his series hopes alive and extend the championship battle to Moto 2. Canard ran a strong third with Weston Peick and Justin Brayton rounding out the top five.
In Moto 2, Rockstar Energy Racing's Ryan Sipes captured the holeshot but Villipoto tracked him down in short order. Dungey stayed in touch as he tried to extend his series championship hopes to the season's final race but ultimately finished second, 11 seconds back of Villipoto. Canard completed a strong weekend showing with another third-place showing.
Tomac doubles up in 250
Stuck in the pack early in Moto 1, Tomac maneuvered his way to the front and held off defending series champion Baggett for the win. Ken Roczen nailed down third place. The outcome gave Tomac the opportunity to wrap up the series title in Moto 2 – a possibility he wasn't entirely aware of. He admitted to being a bit shocked to learn that he had indeed claimed the series crown.
Oddly, the Cortez, CO rider got a championship assist from Baggett. After Tomac overtook mid-race leader Roczen, who finished second in the points chase, Baggett executed a last-lap pass of Roczen to finish second in the race and provide Tomac the cushion he needed to wrap up the championship.
450 Class Top 20 Overall Results
1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki (1-1)
2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM (2-2)
3. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda (3-3)
4. Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Suzuki (5-5)
5. Justin Brayton, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Yamaha (6-7)
6. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Honda (11-4)
7. Jake Weimer, Twin Falls, Idaho, Kawasaki (8-6)
8. Phil Nicoletti, Cohocton, N.Y., Yamaha (12-8)
9. Matt Goerke, Sun City, Calif., KTM (9-11)
10.Ben LaMay, Wasilla, Ala., Yamaha (13-10)
450 Class Championship Standings?
1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 513
2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 463
3. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Honda, 375
4. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda, 303
5. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki, 289
6. Jake Weimer, Twin Falls, Idaho, Kawasaki, 244
7. Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., KTM, 238
8. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki, 216
9. Josh Grant, black porn Riverside, Calif., Yamaha, 208?
0. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Suzuki, 204
250 Class Top 20 Overall Results
1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda (1-1)
2. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki (2-2)
3. Ken Roczen, Apolda, Germany, KTM (4-3)
4. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (3-9)
5. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda (9-4)
6. Darryn Durham, Butler, Pa., Kawasaki (8-5)
7. Marvin Musquin, La Reole, France, KTM (5-8)
8. Cooper Webb, Morehead City, N.C., Yamaha (7-7)
9. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Honda (6-10)
10.Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Kawasaki (10-14)
250 Class Championship Standings
1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda, 505?
2. Ken Roczen, Apolda, Germany, KTM, 454?
3. Marvin Musquin, La Reole, France, KTM, 388?
4. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki, 373?
5. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Honda, 322?
6. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda, 268?
7. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha, 264?
8. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Suzuki, 256?
9. Cooper Webb, Morehead City, N.C., Yamaha, 217?
10. Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Yamaha, 214