Villopoto parlays a 2-1 finish into first Lites win of the season,
takes over 2nd place in series points chase and becomes only Lites
class racer eligible to capture Monster Energy’s Triple Crown of
CARLSBAD, Calif., (May 29, 2006) – Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/
Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto had a big day in PA., going 2-1 to in the
Lites class to capture his first overall of the year, vaulting him
into 2nd overall in the points – just eight points behind leader
The win also established Villopoto as the only racer in the class to
be eligible to win the Monster Energy Triple Crown of Motocross.
Should Villopoto also be able to win RedBud and Steel City this
summer, the ripper from the Pacific Northwest would become the first Lites/125 class racer to win the prestigious award.
“I know Ricky (Carmichael) won the Monster Energy Triple Crown last year and I’d be pumped if I could accomplish that this year in the
Lites class,” said Villopoto. “Mitch (Payton) and the guys at Pro
Circuit had my KX250F dialed for High Point and we got off to a great
start. So I’ll for sure have that Monster Energy Triple Crown bonus
in the back of my mind when we line up for RedBud next month.”
As a whole the Monster Energy-backed Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team
stepped it up at High Point after a not-so-great start in the opener
at Hangtown. Team leader Grant Langston was back to his aggressive and fast self and finished just off the box on Sunday, going 4-4 for 4th overall. Teammate Troy Adams really picked it up in the second moto at High Point, taking fifth right behind Langston. Adams would finish 6th overall on the day (8-5). And Chris Gosselaar, who
finished 7th overall at the Hangtown opener, remained in the top 15
overall in the points even though he didn’t score any points at High
Villopoto, Langston, Adams and Gosselaar return to action on June
11th for Round Three of the 2006 Toyota AMA Motocross Championship at Motocross 338 in Southwick, Mass.