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Supercross/Motocross | 7/29/2013
Monster Energy Kawasaki Scores Top 10 Results in Minnesota
Monster Energy Kawasaki Scores Top 10 Results in Minnesota
Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, Minn. played host to the ninth round of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship as Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto and Jake Weimer both scored top-10 finishes on the sandy layout in America’s heartland. Villopoto overcame multiple crashes to finish 6-4 in the motos and fifth overall while Weimer rode consistently to finish 9-9 for ninth overall. In the 250cc class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett put in an impressive second moto, leading and eventually finishing third in the moto and fifth overall, while his teammates Justin Hill (7-11) and Adam Cianciarulo (9-12) battled to eighth and 11th place overall finishes respectively. Darryn Durham finished 12th and Martin Davalos finished 14th. Tyla Rattray also had a busy day in the 450cc class finishing 13th overall.
Salvaging Results
The first moto for Villopoto was a difficult one, after the current points leader crashed on the first lap and found himself rejoining the race in 28th place. A strong ride through the field saw Villopoto work his way up to sixth, just one spot behind his closest rival. In the second moto, a slow start and early trip to the ground saw Villopoto have to make up time once again as he picked his way through the field to finish fourth in the moto and fifth overall. Villopoto goes into the final three events of the series with a 34-point lead in the standings.

“Today was a tough day, but I was able to salvage points as best as I could,” said Villopoto. “All along the goal is the championship and we are all pulling together towards getting back the No.1 plate and adversity like we saw today isn’t going to slow us down.”
Keep It Close
Baggett rode two strong motos in Minnesota, as he had to overcome a tough start in the first and fight his way up to sixth place. In the second moto, he jumped out of the gate strong and led early in the race doing his best to keep his competitors in tow. After battling for 35 minutes, Baggett held on for third in the moto, but caught a bit of bad luck as his 6-3 motos score was only good enough for fifth, just one point back of a three way tie for third.

“It was difficult out there today,” said Baggett. “I worked really hard this week to try and improve my results and I think the work is starting to pay off. It was good to be back out front again but I know I have to keep working to get back on the podium.”
The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team was out in full force at Millville with defending 250cc champion Baggett leading the way. But the rookies Hill and Cianciarulo both held their own on the day, battling together for most of the afternoon. As has been seen in the last couple of weeks, the Pro Circuit riders can’t seem to get away from one another as they all race to get to the front.

“Today didn’t go exactly to plan,” said Hill. “I wasn’t able to get the starts I wanted or needed but it was good to be out there racing bar-to-bar for both motos. It is a little more difficult when you are racing so close with your teammates because you want to beat them, but you don’t want to be too rough and have to face Mitch (Payton) back at the hauler.”
Unseasonably Cool
The weather in Minnesota was unseasonably cool as temperatures stayed in the 60’s and overhead clouds threatened rain most of the day. The cooler weather was a welcome relief compared to races in Millville’s past where hot and humid conditions had led many a rider to want to take a dip in the tracks namesake, Spring Creek to cool off after the long motos.
A Thin Line
The track at Spring Creek MX was a little different this year with some subtle changes leading to quicker lap times. Also the soil wasn’t tilled as deep as a hard base sat under a thin layer of sand and wood chips. The surface made for a slippery track that also saw a lot of good side-by-side racing.
Looking Forward

The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will take its final break of the summer as the teams get a weekend off before heading to Unadilla for the 10th round of the AMA Pro Motocross National Series.
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