The problem for Villopoto is that he’s also lost contact in the point standings with the rookie from Oklahoma. Canard’s now 31 points ahead with just four rounds remaining. The kid’s been unshakeable up to this point, just when RV2 has had a bad run of injuries and uncharacteristic mistakes. It’s too early to start doing the math—something like four fourths to four RV wins would still get the job done here—but the Canard camp can start sharpening their pencils.
The quiet celebration in the Factory Connection pits wasn’t the only one going on after Daytona. For the first time in the team’s history, a DNA Energy Drink / BTO Sports / Rick Case Honda/Butler Brothers MX rider reached the podium in AMA Supercross. Matt Boni, a prospect from nearby Geneva, Florida, survived the storm on his #109 CRF250R to earn the first trophy of his SX career. Boni rode a smart race, hanging around in the top five, then passing both Honda factory rider Ben Coisy and Suzuki City/Rockstar's Jimmy Albertson on the last lap to make a little bit of history for himself, his family, and the Butler family. Congrats to all of them.