Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart went home with $100,000 dollars after winning two of the three main events in the 2013 Monster Energy Cup in Las Vegas. It’s Bubba’s first ever MEC win and he outpaced many of the best riders in the sport on his way to the top-step.
“You don’t understand how special this is for me,” said Stewart. “I am speechless right now; this is a huge win for me and I am pretty damn happy. I know we are making the right steps to get our program to where it needs to be.”
Villopoto was on track to win the million dollars after his win in the first main event, but a crash in ME2 spoiled his chances.
At the beginning of the night, things didn’t look so good for JS7. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto tore off the start to earn the Toyota Holeshot and led for much of the contest until Lap 9 when he turned off to ride through the Joker Lane. Each rider must complete one lap that includes the Joker Lane in each main event, though there’s no set time during competition to take it. RV lost the lead to Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey when he attacked the Joker and it appeared he wouldn’t be able to regain the front, but Dungey failed to take the lane on his final lap and was given a five-position penalty for the miss.
“It is definitely a chance (to win the $1 million),” said Villopoto after Main Event 1. “I still need to get two more good starts and it’s not going to be easy. “On the last lap, I thought he (Dungey) had already rode through the Joke Lane, but, apparently, he did not.”
Marvin Musquin finished ME1 in second-place followed by Villopoto’s teammate, Jake Weimer in third. Ken Roczen took fourth followed by GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac in fifth and Dungey in sixth.
In the second Main Stewart got a great jump off the line and secured the Toyota Holeshot ahead of Villopoto. The two battled hard through the remaining laps and swapped position a handful of times. JS7 went on to win ME2, the first Monster Cup Main Event win of his career, while Villopoto ran into trouble. RV failed to take the Joker Lane during the second contest and then on his final lap the Kawasaki hit the dirt and was unable to finish the race. He was unable to return to compete in the final event of the night.
Honda’s Justin Barcia took second in Main Event 2 followed by Dungey in third and Roczen in fourth. Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson rounded out the top-five.
Roczen found fire in Main Event 3, blasting to the head of the pack to earn the Toyota Holeshot. Stewart was back a few positions, but was quick to pass by Dungey to move into the runner-up spot. By Lap 4 Bubba had caught Roczen and made the move to the front, where he would remain to the checkers.
Dungey finished the final contest of the night in second-place followed by Tomac in third, Roczen in fourth and Troy Lee Designs’ Cole Seely in fifth.
Overall Stewart’s 8-1-1 finish earned him the top-step and cash prize. Dungey took second with his 6-3-2 result followed by Roczen who went 4-4-4 on the night.
RJ Hampshire took the top-spot in the Amateur All-Stars class ahead of Zachary Commans and Jordan Smith. Austin Forkner had a perfect night in the Super Mini class for the overall win, followed by Chase Sexton in second and Michael Moisman in third and Matthew Leblanc finished first in KTM Junior Supercross.
Monster Energy Cup Results 2013:
1. James Stewart (Suzuki) 8-1-1
2. Ryan Dungey (KTM) 6-3-2
3. Ken Roczen (KTM) 4-4-4
4. Eli Tomac (Honda) 5-6-3
5. Marvin Musquin (KTM) 2-9-8
6. Cole Seely (Honda) 13-7-5
7. Broc Tickle (Suzuki) 10-8-9
8. Justin Barcia (Honda) 7-2-18
9. Dean Wilson (Kawasaki) 20-5-6
10. Josh Grant (Yamaha) 15-10-7