Beast: Ryan Villopoto Seals Back-to-Back Supercross Championships in Houston With Four Races to Go


Oakley’s Motocross Team regularly makes history.

Exhibit O: Motocross Star Ryan Villopoto, who became the first rider in Supercross’ illustrious history to wrap up the title this early in the season…with a whole four races to go. The Houston triumph also marked his 23rd series win and gave him the distinction of being one of only five riders in the sport to claim two titles.

“This is huge,” Ryan said after his victory in Houston, rocking his Oakley Signature Series MX goggles. “You don’t stand up here for nothing. There is a lot of hard work that goes into this and I am just a little piece of the pie from the Monster Energy Kawasaki team. This is unreal. To make it two in a row is pretty amazing.”

But it wasn’t at all a done deal coming into Texas.

A third place finish or above for fellow Oakley Team Superstar (and two time Supercross Champ), James “Bubba” Stewart, would have set RV back in clinching the title.

But Bubba was stuck back in the pack as the 450 Main Event kicked into gear, eventually crashing on Lap 6 to effectively hand the Championship to RV.

“Position-wise, I knew that he (Bubba) wasn’t in third or fourth. Before he crashed, I knew it was in my hands then. Not to say that he wasn’t going to catch up. Then I heard somebody go down, and I figured it would have been him. When I came around, obviously, I knew it was him.”

It was literally cruise control riding from there for Oakley’s speed demon.

“I am just gonna keep racing,” he continued. “It is a lot of fun. My goal isn’t to break records. If I break them, then great, but my goal right now is to win championships. When I decide to walk away, I will have a nice office full of trophies.”

And with the pressure of defending his title lifted off RV’s shoulders so early, he’s now free to focus on his next enormous task: Defending his AMA Motocross Championship Title.

“It’s great: All the above – getting it over so early. No pressure. Now, we can work on some outdoor stuff. Last year, I didn’t ride outdoors until after Vegas. That’s a huge benefit for us.”

From the entire Oakley family: Congratulations to Ryan Villopoto for the back-to-back titles and for continuing Oakley’s rich motocross heritage!

2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross
Houston, TX

Supercross Main Event
1. Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki)
2. Davi Millsaps (Yamaha)
3. Jake Weimer (Kawasaki)
4. Mike Alessi (Suzuki)
5. Justin Brayton (Honda)
6. Robert Kiniry (Yamaha)
7. Broc Tickle (Kawasaki)
8. Nico Izzi (Yamaha)
9. Weston Peick (Yamaha)
10. Josh Grant (Kawasaki)
11. Kyle Chisholm (Kawasaki)
12. Brett Metcalfe (Suzuki)
13. Wil Hahn (Honda)
14. Kyle Regal (Kawasaki)
15. Matt Goerke (Suzuki)
16. Jeff Alessi (Suzuki)
17. Preston Mull (Honda)
18. Daniel Blair (Suzuki)
19. Josh Hansen (Kawasaki)
20. James Stewart (Yamaha)

Supercross Point Standings
1. Ryan Villopoto 296
2. Ryan Dungey 192
3. Davi Millsaps 191
4. Justin Brayton 181
5. James Stewart 178
6. Jake Weimer 170
7. Kevin Windham 166
8. Brett Metcalfe 154
9. Mike Alessi 154
10. Chad Reed 128


Andrew De Lara


April 02, 2012

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