2011 AMA Supercross Champion Ryan Villopoto Former Three-Time Motocross Champion Looking for Premier-Class Sweep
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - MX Sports Pro Racing and Alli, the Alliance of Action Sports - organizers of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship - wish to congratulate Monster Energy Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto on winning his first-ever premier-class title, claiming the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, crown on Saturday night in Las Vegas. Villopoto, a three-time AMA Pro 250cc Motocross Champion from 2006-2008, emerged victorious after withstanding a 17-race charge from the biggest stars in the sport - Chad Reed, Ryan Dungey, James Stewart and Trey Canard - all of whom have AMA Pro Motocross titles on their résumés.
"Ryan had two really tough years once he moved up to the Supercross class, but through hard work and perseverance-not to mention a great team at Monster Energy Kawasaki-he was finally able to grab another #1 plate," said Davey Coombs, Vice President of MX Sports Pro Racing. "Everyone involved in the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship is really proud not only of Ryan, but all of the other athletes out there who challenged him for the title, including our defending champions Ryan Dungey and Trey Canard, who unfortunately was knocked out of the chase last month. We'd also want to acknowledge the effort of past AMA Pro Motocross Champions like Chad Reed, James Stewart and more."
Also earning titles over the weekend were Supercross Lites East- and West-Region Champions Justin Barcia, for GEICO Powersports Honda, and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki's Broc Tickle. Each of these rising stars is expected to be a title contender in the 250 Class this summer in the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship.
A special nod also goes out to DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing Yamaha's Ryan Sipes for winning the Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Shootout on Saturday night. The veteran rider will also be vying for the 250 Class title beginning in just under two weeks on Saturday, May 21 at the Rockstar Energy Hangtown National, located in the shadow of the California State Capital of Sacramento.
"We at MX Sports Pro Racing and Alli would also like to congratulate everyone at Feld Motor Sports for producing such an entertaining and exciting series," added Coombs. "The entire 2011 AMA Supercross Championship delivered great racing, and it will certainly be a tough act to follow. Based on the competition we saw this season, we're all excited to see how things will play out this summer."
Tickets for the 2011 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship are on sale now at www.allisports.com. Special discounts and incentives are available for advance ticket purchasers.
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MX Sports Pro Racing MX Sports Pro Racing manages and produces the world's most prestigious motocross series - the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship. The industry leader in off road powersport event production and management, its mission is to showcase the sport of professional motocross competition at events throughout the United States. Through its various racing properties, partnerships and affiliates, MX Sports Pro Racing organizes events for thousands of action sports athletes each year and attracts millions of motorsports spectators. Visit www.mxsportsproracing.com.
Alli, the Alliance of Action Sports Alli, the Alliance of Action Sports, is a global business that encompasses national and international action sports tours and events, multimedia production, and a consumer facing lifestyle brand. The Alliance includes: the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship, the Dew Tour, Winter Dew Tour, China Invitational, , King of Wake series, and the Gatorade Free Flow Tour. Alli TV Productions creates original content, produces and presents content with partners, and distributes Alli content through a variety of channels. Alli is owned by NBC Sports and MTV Networks and represents a network of athletes, fans, brands and properties. Its mission is to facilitate the momentous growth of action sports, through competition and lifestyle, for a new generation of fans and athletes. The Alli properties are home to more than 550,000 spectators each year and broadcasts more than 150 hours of original content in 100 countries and 280 million homes worldwide. Visit www.allisports.com.
Lucas Oil Products Lucas Oil is a worldwide leader in the production of oils, lubricants and additives. Based in Corona, Calif., Lucas Oil Products is one of the fastest-growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry, featuring a premium line of oils, lubricants and problem-solving performance additives. Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top-selling additive line in the American truck-stop industry. Lucas Oil is involved in an array of motorsports sponsorships, including the "Official Motor Oil of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship." Visit www.LucasOil.com.
AMA Pro Racing AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing sanctioning body in the United States, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. From its Daytona Beach headquarters, the organization sanctions professional motorcycle racing competition, which includes, AMA Pro Motocross, AMA Pro Road Racing, and AMA Pro Flat Track. Visit www.amaproracing.com.