Villopoto races to 3rd Supercross win of season

Steve Cox

Ryan Villopoto won his third Supercross victory of the season in Arlington.

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Ryan Villopoto had a dominant effort to earn his third Supercross victory of the season on Saturday at Cowboys Stadium.

He led every lap of the main event.

Championship leader Davi Millsaps edged out Villopoto to get the holeshot award at the start of the 450SX Class Main Event, but a little more momentum helped Villopoto slip past his Rockstar Energy Racing-mounted rival just a few feet later.

Not long after, TwoTwo Motorsports Honda's Chad Reed made an aggressive move to take second from Millsaps, which allowed Villopoto to open an early gap.

While Villopoto continued to pull away, the battle for the podium intensified. Millsaps retook second place on Lap 3 and settled into the position.

Reed appeared to have a secure hold on third place, but Red Bull KTM's Ryan Dungey began to apply pressure, ultimately making slight contact with Reed after an aggressive pass for the position on Lap 14.

Dungey pushed hard in the closing laps to have a chance at grabbing second from Millsaps, but couldn't get alongside his championship rival in the end.

Steve Cox

The podium in Arlington, Texas.

Villopoto moved into sole possession of third in the championship with his 27th career 450SX Class victory.

"Starts are definitely important," said Villopoto, who has the most wins in the championship. "I've had a target on my back this year, everyone knows that, and it's stressful. I'm just trying to have fun with riding again. If we get third, it's on the podium, and if it's second, that's good, too. Davi has been riding really good this year, so we have to just chip away at it. It's going to take a while."

Millsaps' runner-up finish was his sixth podium in seven races this season, while Dungey extended his podium streak to four with his third-place finish.

"It was definitely a good 20 laps," said Millsaps, who extended his points lead. "I haven't ridden all week because I've been sick, so it's good to come away with a strong finish. Ryan (Villopoto) rode really well, so you have to give it to him."

Millsaps moved 21 points ahead of Dungey in the standings, with Villopoto 24 points behind in third.

Monster Energy AMA Supercross 450 Class results: Arlington, Texas, Feb. 16, 2013

Place Name
1 Ryan Villopoto
2 David Millsaps
3 Ryan Dungey
4 Chad Reed
5 Justin Brayton
6 Justin Barcia
7 Trey Canard
8 Matthew Goerke
9 Andrew Short
10 Broc Tickle

Monster Energy AMA Supercross 450 Class season standings through Feb. 16, 2013

Place Name Points
1 David Millsaps 154
2 Ryan Dungey 133
3 Ryan Villopoto 130
4 Trey Canar 119
5 Chad Reed 115
6 Justin Barcia 98
7 Andrew Short 95
8 Justin Brayton 83
9 James Stewart 75
10 Matthew Goerke 69

Monster Energy AMA Supercross 250 Class results: Arlington, Texas, Feb. 16, 2013

Place Name
1 Dean Wilson
2 Blake Wharton
3 William Hahn
4 Kyle Peters
5 Justin Hill
6 Marvin Musquin
7 Gavin Faith
8 James Decotis
9 Vince Friese
10 Lance Vincent

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