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3 Maj 2011 Villopoto Captures Season-High Sixth Win in Salt Lake City

Villopoto earned his sixth win of the season after an impressive ride aboard his Kawasaki KX450F during the penultimate round of the Monster Energy Supercross in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The win extended his points lead to nine going into the final round in Las Vegas. Making his supercross class debut, Jake Weimer finished with a solid seventh-place result. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Broc Tickle also maintained his points lead in the AMA Supercross Lites, Western Region with a podium finish heading into the final race. Teammate Tyla Rattray finished just outside the top-five in sixth, while Josh Hansen overcame an early-race crash to come back for 13th.

Entering the night with a six-point lead in the championships standings, a win wasn’t necessary for Villopoto to maintain the points lead with his KX450F. Improving with each lap around the track, he qualified second during timed practice and went on to finish third in his heat. His start in the main put him in fourth after the first lap and he was quickly making up time on the riders in front of him. He passed for second on the seventh lap, and took over the lead on the eighth, never looking back as he went on to win a season-high sixth win. “I knew that I didn’t have to win for the championship, but I really wanted to give myself a better cushion going into Las Vegas,” said Villopoto. “Considering the weather we saw over the two days in Salt Lake City, the track turned out great. It is nice to head into the last round with a little bit of a gap. If the opportunity presents itself, I want to go after the win, but I know what I have to do (for the championship).”

Making his first appearance in the supercross class, Weimer showed he was ready to make his presence known on the Kawasaki KX450F. The day started slow for the reigning AMA Supercross Lites, Western Region champion, but he started to shine once the gate dropped. He earned fourth in his heat race and went on to finish seventh in the main event. “It was definitely good to be back,” said Weimer. “I was a little hesitant at the start of the day and not sure why I was holding back. I got more comfortable as the day went on. I know I’m only racing supercross for two races, but it was good to get some racing under my belt before we move on to outdoors.“