AMA Supercross: New York State Of Mind Ryan Villopoto wins 40th race and fourth-consecutive 450cc title.


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News that AMA Supercross was heading to 82,000-plus-seat MetLife Stadium, site of last February’s Superbowl XLVIII, kickstarted interest well beyond motorcycling, culminating in unprecedented media buzz and a massive fan turnout Saturday night in East Rutherford, New Jersey, for the first-time event. Thursday’s press event featured the top premier-class racers: Red Bull KTM teammates Ken Roczen and Ryan Dungey, along with Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart, Muscle Milk Honda’s Justin Barcia, and, of course, soon-to-be 4-time champ, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto. The riders provided insights about the track, the crowds, and what it means for them to be on such a giant stage. Supercross wouldn’t be Supercross without a crazy pit party! Series title-sponsor Monster Energy went one step further than usual this round, taking advantage of the stadium’s spacious parking lot by throwing in a freestyle MX show and a demo by drifter Vaughn Gittin, Jr. in his RTR Ford Mustang. Saturday night’s big show was set off with a larger-than-usual fireworks display during the presentation of the riders. New opening-ceremony Jumbotron videos included James Stewart performing Bon Jovi’s hit song “Wanted Dead or Alive” while wearing a big-hair wig and rocking a guitar.
Supercross race action from MetLife Stadium Barcia’s teammate, Trey Canard, apparently used the video for motivation. He beat Stewart for the holeshot in the first 450cc heat race and held off the Yoshimura Suzuki rider for the win. Having come back from serious injury, Canard was delighted with his result. James Decotis also put in a stellar performance, nailing his first 250cc heat-race win and going on to lead the main event before sliding backward through the field. In fact, Justin Bogle was the man to beat in the 250cc class. The Geico Honda rider got a good start in the main event and picked his way through the pack. By the end of the race, he was thrilling the crowd with his signature one-legged jumps. With his second-career main-event win, Bogle took over the 250 East SX points lead heading into the season finale in Las Vegas. Of course, Villopoto was the main topic of discussion all night. Coming into the weekend, punters questioned the champ’s health and, as the evening progressed, if the wet track conditions would hurt his ability to perform well. The Seattle native silenced critics as he took the holeshot in the 20-lap main event. From there, Villopoto was untouchable, never once coming under fire from other racers or making amateur mistakes. Stewart was never in contention and pulled out of the main event after twisting his knee on the third lap. At MetLife Stadium, just across the Hudson River from New York City, Villopoto showed the world why he and Jeremy McGrath are the only riders in the history of AMA Supercross who have won 4-consecutive premier-class titles.
MetLife Stadium. Formula D racer Vaughn Gittin, Jr. Justin Bogle won the 250SX East main event. 250SX East podium Justin Bogle, Jeremy Martin, and Vince Friese. Josh Hill (#75) got a great start and finished third in the 450 main event. Despite rain on and off throughout the evening, MetLife Stadium was packed. Villopoto celebrates his 40th premier class victory. Villopoto also won the Toyota Triple Challenge. Ryan Villopoto hoists Supercross trophy. Numbe one times 4.

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