Ryan Villopoto just tried to restore order to what has been a wild season of Monster Energy Supercross so far. Tonight, the champ started about 5th, went back to 6th, and then stepped it up and passed his way to the front, taking the lead and pulling away for his first win of the season.
Early, it looked like it would be a wild race, through. Jake Weimer holeshot the main over Justin Barcia, but Trey Canard passed Barcia for second. Barcia would later have his problems when he cased a triple and slammed his face onto the bars--with a bloody nose and a big cut near his eye, Barcia couldn't see, and was forced to pull out of the race. Team officials say he will get stitches and should be okay, long term.
Canard then passed Weimer for the lead and held on for a few laps. But once RV was in second, he ate that gap up, made the pass and took off. Canard held solid for second. Behind them, Davi Millsaps and Chad Reed battled it out for third, but Millsaps fell late, and Reed went past. Millsaps took fourth, ahead of Weimer, who just held off Ryan Dungey.
The 250 SX class presented the battle we’ve been waiting for, as Cole Seely grabbed the holeshot over Ken Roczen and Eli Tomac. The three favorites in the Western Region then went at it in a spectacular battle, with Roczen hounding Seely for the lead, and Tomac showing Roczen a wheel from third. Then Roczen made a mistake, and Tomac blasted past for second. On lap 9, Tomac then got next to Seely and nearly made the move, but Seely held him off momentarily, before Tomac made it stick. Seely spent another lap on Tomac’s rear wheel, but then quickly dropped his pace, allowing Tomac to get away and Roczen to make the move for second. By then, Tomac had begun to pull away, and he brough it home for his third win in three races. Roczen and Seely finished up on the podium, with Zach Osborne coming from way back to fourth, and Jake Canada taking 5th.