CORONA, Calif., (Aug. 27, 2007) – For the second week in a row Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s made motocross racing history, this past weekend in Delmont, Pa., doing the unthinkable when its team of four racers – Ryan Villopoto, Ben Townley, Brett Metcalfe and Austin Stroupe – took the top four spots (1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th), respectively, at the Monster/Kawasaki Steel City MX National – marking the first time ever a single team has swept the top four classes in an AMA-sanctioned pro motocross race.
“Everybody at Monster Energy is ecstatic for Mitch (Payton) and his Monster Energy-backed racers and crew on this historic day,” said John Lee, Director of Sports Marketing for Monster Energy. “Monster got involved with motocross through Pro Circuit and are pleased to be standing right there with the team each and every weekend. Something like this 1-2-3-4 sweep is just amazing to be a part of.”
Leading the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team at Steel City was Villopoto who, with a 3-1 overall finish, led the Monster Energy-backed charge at Steel City that also saw him wrestle the Lites class points lead from Townley, 447-441.
“I can’t explain how excellent the feeling was around the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki hauler on Sunday,” said Villopoto, who charged from back in the pack to make the podium in the first moto, then won gate-to-checkers in the second moto. “I was so pumped for all the guys on the team that the fact I took over the points lead didn’t really register until I was on my way home. I mean, for the same team to take the top four overall spots in a race – everybody was saying that’d never happened before. So to be part of that was unreal.”
The win was Villopoto’s fourth of the season.
Next up for the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team is the Sept. 2nd Monster Energy Freestone Motocross National in Wortham, Texas, Round 11 of the 2007 AMA Toyota Motocross Championships.