CORONA, Calif., (Aug. 13, 2007) – Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s made some 2007 Outdoor Nationals history this past weekend when they became the first team to sweep the AMA Lites class podium this summer, going 1-2-3 at Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, Minn., round nine of the 2007 AMA Toyota Motocross Championships.
Having won the first moto, Monster Energy-backed Ben Townley cranked up his Pro Circuit-tuned Kawasaki KX250F and took an early lead in the race. But charging hard from a 5th place start after the first lap was his teammate, Ryan Villopoto, and Villopoto was able to make the pass on Townley on lap seven (of 15). The two premier Lites class riders would then distance themselves from the pack, with Villopoto eventually taking the overall win ahead of Townley by just over three seconds. Their speed was a testament to their 1-2 ability as teammate Brett Metcalfe (on the same bike) came in 3rd – some 50 seconds later.
“I wanted that second moto bad,” said Villopoto.
With 1-2/2-1 performances, both Townley and Villopoto came away with 47 points. As it stands, after nine rounds, Townley still holds the overall lead in the Lites class championship point chase by a mere two points (404-402). Also, with his podium performance, Metcalfe (3rd o/a) moved into the top ten overall in the standings despite missing five of the nine rounds.
Next up for the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team is the Aug. 26th Monster Energy/Kawasaki Steel City MX National in Delmont, Pa., Round Ten of the 2007 AMA Toyota Motocross Championships.