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Supercross/Motocross | 5/6/2013
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Villopoto and Bowers Win Big in Las Vegas
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Villopoto and Bowers Win Big in Las Vegas
Monster Energy Kawasaki rolled the dice last night at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas as Monster Energy Supercross came to a close. Newly crowned Monster Energy Supercross Champion Ryan Villopoto won his 10th main event of the season while Jake Weimer had his best result of the season in fourth. In the 250SX class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Tyler Bowers won his first main event in the East region, while Martin Davalos finished third in the Western regional main event and Tyla Rattray earned a top-10 finish in the West main event finishing ninth.
Exclamation Point
Having already secured the 2013 Monster Energy Supercross championship last weekend, Villopoto came into Las Vegas looking to add an exclamation point on the season. Villopoto was flawless all day long, taking pole position in qualifying, winning his heat race and dominating the main event. He earned his 10th win of the season, which is the most Villopoto has earned in one season.

“Tonight was a great way to cap off the season,” said Villopoto. “Even though we wrapped up the championship early, we are always looking for improvement and made even more strides leading into Vegas. We have been testing for outdoors and actually made adjustments to the KX™ 450F that work great for supercross as well. Tonight was icing on the cake.”
Where He Belongs
Bowers is used to dominating the Arenacross circuit so when he won his first supercross main event, he was right at home on top of the podium. The three-time Arenacross champion made a statement in Vegas by being the top qualifier in the Eastern Region and riding 15 mistake-free laps in the East main event to take his first career supercross win.

“It’s kind of a Cinderella story,” said Bowers. “I had no plans to race supercross after wrapping up the Arenacross championship, but after getting the call from Mitch Payton I was 100-percent committed. The team has worked so hard and I have as well, so it feels great to get my first win.”
On the Podium
Like every weekend, Davalos was extremely fast on his KX™250F. He got out front early in the Western regional main event and led 11 laps on his way to his fourth podium finish of the season in third. Hungry for more, Davalos battled for another podium position in the East/West shootout, but had to settle for fourth place. Davalos finished the West in fifth place overall.

“I was close tonight,” said Davalos. “I felt really good on the bike and led for most of the main, but the guys battling for the championship were on it. Third was the best I could do tonight, but I’m excited for the outdoor season and to be up front there as well.”
The Jake of Old
Following an up and down season for Weimer, he showed where he should have been all year in Vegas by battling for heat wins and podiums. Weimer ripped the holeshot on his KX™450F in his heat race and battled back and forth for the win, ultimately finishing a close second. In the main event, he grabbed another holeshot and led the first lap. From there he ran with the leaders, who had all won main events this season, for the full 20 laps. Weimer finished a season best fourth place and finished 11th overall despite missing three rounds.

“It only took me all season to finish where I should be,” said Weimer. “It took me much longer to get back to where I was. It’s just like when kids miss days at school, it takes time to catch up on all the work you missed. I had to catch up on my homework but tonight I showed where I should have been all season.”
Last Hurrah
Rattray raced his last race aboard a KX250F in Vegas as he will transition to the KX450F for the nationals. He finished off with two top-10 rides in both the Western region main event and the East/West shootout scoring ninth and 10th, respectively. Rattray has been riding the KX450F during the week and feels confident he will be battling up front come Hangtown.

“It was difficult to push on the track tonight,” said Rattray. “It was very slippery and the track really broke down as the night went on. I didn’t get the best of starts, so once I got into the top-10 it was hard to move forward. It was a good season, but I’m really looking forward to outdoors, which I prefer and ride better than supercross.”
Testing
With the AMA Pro Motocross season only weeks away, the Kawasaki riders have been putting in 40-minute motos to prepare. The teams have been working hard to get the KX bikes dialed in for the new season and everyone is excited for a change of scenery and a fresh start.
Countdown to Hangtown
The front of the field should be a sea of green in the 250MX and 450MX classes this summer. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson and Rattray will join Villopoto and Weimer on the KX450F, while Justin Hill, Darryn Durham and Blake Baggett will return along side Davalos on the KX250F to battle it out through the 12 rounds of motocross. The gate will drop for the first race at Hangtown on May 18th, 2013.
Results
Monster Energy Supercross – Round 17
Sam Boyd Stadium – Las Vegas, Nev.
May 4, 2013

450SX Main Event
1. RYAN VILLOPOTO, MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI
2. Ryan Dungey, KTM
3. Davi Millsaps, Suzuki
4. JAKE WEIMER, MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI
5. Justin Barcia, Honda
6. Chad Reed, Honda
7. Weston Peick, Suzuki
8. Justin Brayton, Yamaha
9. Andrew Short, Honda
10. Broc Tickle, Suzuki

450SX Championship Standings
1. RYAN VILLOPOTO, MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 371
2. Davi Millsaps, Suzuki, 338
3. Ryan Dungey, KTM, 337
4. Justin Barcia, Honda, 277
5. Chad Reed, Honda, 239
6. Trey Canard, Honda, 221
7. Andrew Short, KTM, 214
8. Justin Brayton, Yamaha, 190
9. Broc Tickle, Suzuki, 176
10. James Stewart, Suzuki, 174
11. JAKE WEIMER, MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 157

250SX Eastern Regional Main Event
1. TYLER BOWERS, MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI
2. Marvin Musquin, KTM
3. Wil Hahn, Honda
4. Blake Wharton, Suzuki
5. Gavin Faith, Honda
6. Vince Friese, Honda
7. Lance Vincent, KTM
8. Cole Thompson, Honda
9. Daniel Herrlein, Honda
10. AJ CATANZARO, KAWASAKI

250SX Eastern Regional Points Standings
1. Wil Hahn, Honda,
2. Marvin Musquin, KTM,
3. Blake Wharton, Suzuki,
4. Vince Friese, Honda,
5. Gavin Faith, Honda,
6. Cole Thompson, Honda,
7. DEAN WILSON, MONSTER ENERFGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI,
8. Lance Vincent, KTM,
9. Kyle Peters, Yamaha,
10. AJ CATANZARO, KAWASAKI,
12.JUSTIN HILL, MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI,
16. TYLER BOWERS, MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI,

250SX Western Regional Main Event
1. Eli Tomac, Honda
2. Ken Roczen, KTM
3. MARTIN DAVALOS, MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI
4. Kyle Cunningham, Yamaha
5. Ryan Sipes, Suzuki
6. Jason Anderson, Suzuki
7. Malcolm Stewart, KTM
8. Cole Seely, Honda
9. TYLA RATTRAY, MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI
10. Joey Savatgo, KTM

250SX Western Regional Points Standings
1. Ken Roczen, KTM
2. Eli Tomac, Honda
3. Cole Seely, Honda
4. Jason Anderson, Suzuki
5. MARTIN DAVALOS, MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI
6. Kyle Cunningham, Yamaha
7. Zach Osborne, Honda
8. TYLA RATTRAY, MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI
9. Joey Savatgo, KTM
10. Malcolm Stewart, KTM

250SX East/West Shootout
1. Ken Roczen, KTM
2. Kyle Cunningham, Yamaha
3. Marvin Musquin, KTM,
4. MARTIN DAVALOS, MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI
5. Blake Wharton, Suzuki,
6. Jason Anderson, Suzuki
7. Ryan Sipes, Suzuki
8. Cole Seely, Honda
9. Malcolm Stewart, KTM
10. TYLA RATTRAY, MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI
14. TYLER BOWERS, MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI
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