Fast forward to RV’s heat race in Oakland. James Stewart won the race, but it was Villopoto who stole the show when he finished mere inches behind Stewart after coming through the pack. Several laps into the main event, Villopoto once again found himself on Stewart’s tail, and the crowd leaned forward and waited in frenzied anticipation of the pass that was sure to come. And they kept waiting. Then, they waited some more. The moment that seemed inevitable never happened. In fact, Stewart motored away from Villopoto, an act that would be repeated later in the race by Chad Reed. Remember, just two weeks ago, Villopoto came all the way back from a first-lap crash to catch and pass Reed in Phoenix.
Things just got even more interesting in this series. After Villopoto blasted into the season and asserted himself with potential dominance, Reed and Stewart have responded back with wins of their own. There were no crashes, no bad starts, and no mechanical issues in Oakland. In fact, the race for the lead was about as straight up as it gets. Stay tuned, the road to the championship just picked up a few more twists and turns--and remember that as quickly as Reed and Stewart turned the tables back on Villopoto, Villopoto could turn them right back.