The 450 Supercross battle in St. Louis saw Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto
and Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart
fight for the front after a restart, but in the end it was RV who gained the advantage, finishing with his fourth win of the season. Trailing Stewart, Two Two Motorsports’ Chad Reed
earned his second trip to the rostrum this season in third.
Reed and Stewart were fast off the start, each claiming the lead for a period in the opening laps but the contest was stalled when JGRMX rider Kyle Chisholm
went down hard, forcing a red flag. Stewart was quick to resume his position out front following the restart and had Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Justin Barcia
close behind in second, Alessi trailing in third, Reed back in fourth and Villopoto in fifth. Alessi couldn’t hold off the onslaught and lost ground immediately, with Reed moving to third, RV to fourth and Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey
taking fifth. RV blew past Reed soon after, challenging Stewart with Barcia as the three riders fought almost neck-and-neck leading up to the half-way point.
With 11 laps remaining, Villopoto made the move on Barcia, taking over second-place and on the following lap, found a line past Bubba for the lead. After the Kawasaki rider got to the front, Stewart had no chance to reclaim the lead as RV opened up a multi-second gap on the Suzuki ace.
“It was a crazy night out there,” said Villopoto. “I made a costly mistake on the first start, so I knew my work was cut out for me. I was able to make things happen on the second start and get out in front after some wild racing. It’s coming down to crunch time and we were all able to make it happen tonight.”
“That was a good race for us, we’re slowly getting better out here,” said Stewart. “Villopoto caught me by surprise on the pass, but I was still able to keep it together and hold the second place spot. It was one heck of a race tonight. That’s what it’s about.”
Barcia held on as best he could, but a small bobble in the final laps cost him two positions, with Reed and Dungey seizing the opportunity to move into third and fourth respectively. Barica finished the night in fifth, followed by Rockstar Suzuki’s Davi Millsaps in sixth. Millsaps didn’t get the start he hoped for and was unable to gain ground through the contest, languishing outside the top-five in the opening laps and after the restart. Alessi ended the night in seventh followed by Barcia’s teammate, Trey Canard, in eighth. Chisholm’s teammate, Justin Brayton, took ninth while BTO KTM’s Andrew Short rounded out the top-10.
Though Millsaps remains the overall 450 SX points leader, Villopto gained 10 points on the Suzuki ace in St. Louis, and now sits just 12 points adrift of the lead. Dungey is an additional 11 points back in third and Canard holds to fourth, one point ahead of Reed in fifth.
St. Louis 450 Supercross Results 2013:
1. Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki)
2. James Stewart (Suzuki)
3. Chad Reed (Honda)
4. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
5. Justin Barcia (Honda0
6. Davi Millsaps (Suzuki)
7. Mike Alessi (Suzuki)
8. Trey Canard (Honda)
9. Justin Brayton (Yamaha)
10. Andrew Short (KTM)
11. Broc Tickle (Suzuki)
12. Jake Weimer (Kawasaki)
13. Eli Tomac (Honda)
14. Jimmy Albertson (Honda)
15. Matt Goerke (KTM)
450 Supercross Championship Points 2013:
1. Davi Millsaps, 189
2. Ryan Villopoto, 177
3. Ryan Dungey, 166
4. Trey Canard, 148
5. Chad Reed, 147
6. Justin Barcia, 132
7. James Stewart, 122
8. Andrew Short, 113
9. Justin Brayton, 103
10. Broc Tickle, 87