HOUSTON SUPERCROSS RESULTS: VILLOPOTO WINS HIS FIFTH STRAIGHT WHILE AN AGGRESSIVE WHARTON FINALLY GETS THE ?W’

April 7, 2013
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Inside Reliant Stadium, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto won his fifth consecutive Monster Energy AMA Supercross race in front of 49,438 fans. Rockstar Energy Racing’s Blake Wharton won his first Eastern Regional 250SX Class Main Event of the year. In the 450SX Class Main Event, MCR’s Mike Alessi won the Nuclear Cowboyz Holeshot Award as Villopoto, Team Muscle Milk Honda’s Justin Barcia and Trey Canard followed him through turn one in second and third, respectively.  Villopoto gained the lead on the opening lap, and after five laps, Canard, Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey and Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart held down the second, third and fourth positions. Dungey passed Canard for second place on Lap 7, and on the same lap, Stewart took over third place.  While challenging Dungey for second place, Stewart crashed on Lap 10 before the finish-line jump. Dungey finished second and Canard third in his first race back since an injury sidelined him for a race.
 
Tonight’s race marked Villopoto’s second-consecutive win at Reliant Stadium and he extended his points lead to 21. “It was tough out there tonight,” said Villopoto. “The track was breaking down out there, and there were several variables that we had to deal with. You had to move quickly out there tonight, and that is what I did in the early part of the race. I wanted to establish a lead before the lapped riders would begin to play a factor in the race.”

250 EAST

Zack Freeberg opened the Eastern Regional 250SX Class Main Event with the Nuclear Cowboyz Holeshot Award, but was quickly passed by Wharton and Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin, the winner of the last three races. Musquin made a move around Wharton on the opening lap. On Lap 1, Wharton answered back, passing Musquin for the lead. Musquin ran into bad luck when he crashed on Lap 5 and lost several places. GIECO Honda’s Wil Hahn, who came into tonight’s race as the points leader, took over the number-two position and gave chase to Wharton but several mistakes kept him making the pass. Hahn finished second and extended his points lead to eight with two races remaining.
 
“It’s important to be aggressive out there,” said Wharton. “I had a great start and it was pretty intense during get first few laps, but I was able to give myself a nice cushion until Wil [Hahn] pressured me at the end.”
 
After re-entering the race, Musquin worked his way through the field, eventually securing third place, where he finished. Three-time AMSOIL Arenacross Champion Tyler Bowers finished a career-best fourth place in his debut ride for the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team. Racing resumes next Saturday, April 13 at Minneapolis’ Metrodome.
 
HOUSTON RESULTS: 250 EAST
1. Blake Wharton
2. Wil Hahn
3. Marvin Musquin
4. Tyler Bowers
5. Gavin Faith
6. Cole Thompson
7. Peter Larsen
8. Lance Vincent
9. Daniel Herrlein
10. Steven Clarke
11. Levi Kilbarger
12. Zack Williams
13. Vince Friese
14. Jackson Richardson
15. Ryan Zimmer
16. Brad Ripple
17. A.J. Catanzaro
18. Chad Crawford
19. Mitch Oldenburg
20. Zack Freeberg

HOUSTON RESULTS: 450 CLASS
1. Ryan Villopoto
2. Ryan Dungey
3. Trey Canard
4. Justin Barcia
5. Davi Millsaps
6. Justin Brayton
7. Andrew Short
8. Josh Hill
9. Jake Weimer
10. Broc Tickle
11. Matt Goerke
12. Phil Nicoletti
13. Bobby Kiniry
14. Les Smith
15. Chris Blose
16. Kyle Partridge
17. Weston Peick
18. Adam Enticknap
19. James Stewart
20. Mike Alessi
 
450 POINT STANDINGS

(After 13 of 17 races)

1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 277
2. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 256
3. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 252
4. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda, 202
5. Chad Reed, Australia, Honda, 196
6. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda, 185
7. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki, 171
8. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM, 162
9. Justin Brayton, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Yamaha, 137
10. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki, 133

250 EAST POINT STANDINGS
(After 7 of 8 races)

1. Wil Hahn (Hon)……………….156
2. Marvin Musquin (KTM)…….148
3. Blake Wharton (Suz)………..133
4. Vince Friese (Hon)…………….89
5. Dean Wilson, (Kaw)………….. 87
6. Gavin Faith (Hon)…………….. 82
7. Kyle Peter (Hon)………………. 78
8. Cole Thompson (Hon)…………72
9. Jeremy Martin (Yam)……………71
10. Justin Hill (Kaw)………………..68

CURRENT AMA 250 WEST SUPERCROSS POINTS
(After 6 of 9 races)

1. Ken Roczen (KTM)…………..138
2. Eli Tomac (Hon)……………….121
3. Cole Seely (Hon)………………95
4. Jason Anderson (Suz)……….88
5. Kyle Cunningham (Yam)…….83
6. Martin Davalos (Kaw)…………82
7. Zach Osborne (Hon)………….82
8. Joey Savatgy (KTM)…………..62
9. Christian Craig (Hon)………….62
10. Jessy Nelson (Hon)…………..60

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