Salt Lake City 450 Supercross Results 2013

April 27, 2013

By Byron Wilson

Though the battle was intense right up to the checkers, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto came out on top in 450 Supercross in Salt Lake City and walks away with this third consecutive 450 Supercross title. Rockstar Energy Suzuki’s Davi Millsaps finished the night in second, just 1.5 seconds behind RV and Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey rounds out the podium.

Dungey came charging off the start, grabbing the holeshot and pushing hard to maintain the lead but Villopoto found a line past within the first lap. The 2013 Supercross champion held the front for all 20 laps in Salt Lake City, but it wasn’t without serious pressure from Millsaps and Dungey. The two riders remained locked in close quarters throughout the race, but it was Millsaps who gained the early upper hand, moving into the runner-up spot within the opening laps. Dungey moved in close a number of times, coming right up on Millsaps’ rear tire, but couldn’t push past.

Villopoto, meanwhile, stretched a multiple second gap early in the race but lost any comfortable buffer as Millsaps continued to turn nearly flawless laps. At one point late in the race, the Suzuki rider came within half a second of RV with Dungey still close behind. It was a nail-biter right to the finish between the top-three and a remarkable night for Villopoto, who marks this as his ninth race win in 2013 in addition to claiming the championship.

“This is an amazing feeling,” said Villopoto. “Every year I have a goal of winning a championship and we all worked hard to accomplish that goal. Everyone on the Monster Energy Kawasaki team worked hard in the off-season and during the week to make sure we could run the Number One plate again next year. Even though we will be celebrating tonight, the work has already started to earn the outdoor title as well.”

Behind the warring riders out front, things remained relatively calm within the ranks of the top-10. Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Trey Canard made an early move past JGRMX’s Justin Brayton for fourth-place, where he would hold to the finish. Canard’s teammate, Justin Barcia, made his way up to fifth in the opening laps as well and held there to the end. Brayton finished in sixth, followed by RCH’s Josh Hill in seventh and BTO Sports’ Andrew Short in eighth. Hyper X’s Weston Peick took ninth while Discount Tire Americas’ Chad Reed secured 10th. Reed had to fight his way through the field following an early fall in the main and settled into his final finishing spot with seven laps remaining.

Even though the 2013 title is decided, the fight for second-place is as close as ever, with Millsaps sitting just three points ahead of Dungey as they prepare for the finale in Vegas. Barcia has a firm hold on fourth while Reed continues to sit in fifth. Canard, four points adrift in sixth, could still earn a top-five overall finish if he’s able to outpace Reed in the final round.

Salt Lake City 450 Supercross Results 2013:
1. Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki)
2. Davi Millsaps (Suzuki)
3. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
4. Trey Canard (Honda)
5. Justin Barcia (Honda)
6. Justin Brayton (Yamaha)
7. Josh Hill (Suzuki)
8. Andrew Short (KTM)
9. Weston Peick (Suzuki)
10. Chad Reed (Honda)
11. Broc Tickle (Suzuki)
12. Ben Lamay (Yamaha)
13. Jake Weimer (Kawasaki)
14. Bobby Kiniry (Yamaha)
15. Phil Nicoletti (Yamaha)

450 Supercross Championship Points 2013:
1. Ryan Villopoto, 346
2. Davi Millsaps, 318
3. Ryan Dungey, 315
4. Justin Barcia, 261
5. Chad Reed, 224
6. Trey Canard, 220
7. Andrew Short, 202
8. Justin Brayton, 177
9. James Stewart, 174
10. Broc Tickle, 165

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