CARLSBAD, Calif., (July 17, 2006) – Monster Energy-backed Ryan Villopoto captured the overall Lites class title this past Sunday at Unadilla and, in the process, took control of the overall points lead over longtime rival Mike Alessi.
With the overall 2-1 win Villopoto now holds a three-point lead (240-237) over Alessi. More importantly, Villopoto has now won three consecutive races, four overall. Alessi has only managed to win one race (Hangtown).
“I was real happy with the way things went at Unadilla,” said Villopoto. “I didn’t get the greatest starts, but my Pro Circuit- tuned Kawasaki KX250F was running unreal and allowed me to make up time on the guys ahead of me. This is the first time I’d raced Unadilla and having a bike capable of handling those speeds and the tough conditions was key. I’m having a blast and can’t wait to get back after it this weekend at Thunder Valley.”
In the first moto Villopoto found himself in 5th place after the first lap. Over the course of the next several laps Villopoto caught and passed Andrew Short (Southwick overall winner), Andrew McFarlane and Josh Grant – both of whom have made the Lites class podium twice this year.
In the second moto, which was one of the most exciting races of the season, Villopoto got a better start (3rd) and had a four-way battle for the lead with Josh Grant, Nathan Ramsey and Andrew Short. Villopoto passed longtime Lites class racer Ramsey for 2nd place on lap six, then reeled in and past Honda factory rider Short for the lead on lap ten. This come-from-behind effort would award Villopoto the overall win and give him the Lites class points lead for the first time this season.
Teammate Troy Adams barely missed out on the top ten, going 13-9 for 11th overall.
The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team returns to action on the 2006 Toyota AMA Motocross Championship this weekend (July 23rd) when the tour stops at Thunder Valley in Lakewood, Colo.
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