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April 29, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
When the supercross season opened with a race at Angel Stadium in early January, reigning champion Ryan Villopoto stumbled to a 16th-place finish. But two weeks later Villopoto won the sport's second stop in Anaheim and the Seattle-area native never looked back. Villopoto, 24, clinched his third consecutive title in the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series with a win in Salt Lake City on Saturday night, the Kawasaki rider's series-high ninth win of the season. "This is an amazing feeling," Villopoto said.
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February 1, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Two-time champion Chad Reed held off rookie Ken Roczen of Murrieta to win his second supercross race of the season Saturday night at Angel Stadium. This was the third and final season stop in Anaheim for the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series, and Reed also won at Angel Stadium two weeks ago. Roczen won the first Anaheim race Jan. 4, which opened the series' season. Supercross is the stadium version of off-road motorcycle racing, or motocross. On Saturday, Reed passed reigning champion Ryan Villopoto on the first lap of the 20-lap main event, then spent the rest of the race keep Roczen at bay. Roczen was able to get his KTM motorcycle alongside Reed's Kawasaki on the 10th lap, but Reed, 31, never relinquished the lead.
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January 19, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Ryan Villopoto took a step toward his third consecutive supercross title Saturday night with a win at Angel Stadium, his first victory of the season. The Kawasaki rider passed Trey Canard on the sixth lap of the 20-lap main event and never was challenged after that. Canard finished second, former champion Chad Reed was third and Davi Millsaps of Murrieta -- who won the season opener Jan. 5, also at Angel Stadium -- finished fourth. Millsaps also kept the lead in the title standings of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series by three points over Canard.
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January 31, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
The supercross series is set to make its third and final season stop at Angel Stadium on Saturday night with reigning champion Ryan Villopoto again atop the point standings. Rookie Ken Roczen of Murrieta won the season opener at Angel Stadium in early January, and Villopoto won the next race in Phoenix. Chad Reed then won the second Anaheim race of the season Jan. 18 and Villopoto won his second race of the year last weekend in Oakland. Villopoto, a Kawasaki rider who is seeking his fourth consecutive Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series championship, now leads the title standings by seven points over Reed and by nine points over Roczen.
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January 20, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
Supercross returns to Dodger Stadium on Saturday night with reigning champion Ryan Villopoto hoping to repeat his win in the series' inaugural race at Chavez Ravine a year ago. This will be the third race on this year's 17-race schedule for the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series. Villopoto, 23, won the season opener on his Kawasaki at Angel Stadium on Jan. 7, and Ryan Dungey, 22, won a week ago at Chase Field in Phoenix. Supercross is the stadium version of motocross, or off-road motorcycle racing.
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May 13, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Fresh off his third consecutive supercross championship, Ryan Villopoto is the rider everyone will be chasing when the motocross season opens Saturday near Sacramento. The 12-race Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship series starts with the Red Bull Hangtown Motocross Classic in Rancho Cordova and ends Aug. 24 at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park in Riverside County. Motocross is off-road motorcycle racing and supercross, whose schedule runs from January to May, is the stadium version of motocross.
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January 22, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
Ryan Villopoto outdueled James Stewart and Ryan Dungey to win the inaugural AMA supercross race at Dodger Stadium on Saturday night. It was Villopoto's second win of the season. Stewart held the early lead but spun and fell on the 11th lap, and Villopoto ended up winning on his Kawasaki by nearly five seconds over Stewart in the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series' 20-lap main event, the third race of the series' 17-race season. Dungey was third. There were 41,107 on hand for the first supercross race held in Chavez Ravine, it was announced.
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February 1, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Davi Millsaps of Murrieta is enjoying his first career lead in the supercross championship standings, but reigning title holder Ryan Villopoto is breathing down his neck. Villopoto will try to catch Millsaps for the points lead when the series makes its third and final season stop at Angel Stadium on Saturday night. Millsaps, a 24-year-old Suzuki rider, won the season opener in Anaheim on Jan. 5, and rookie Justin Barcia won the following week in Phoenix. But Villopoto, who has captured the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series title the last two years, then rebounded with consecutive wins at the second Anaheim race Jan. 19 and last weekend in Oakland.
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January 6, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
The 17-race supercross season opens Saturday night at Angel Stadium with several former champions hoping to challenge reigning title holder Ryan Villopoto. Among Villopoto's rivals is James Stewart, the series champion in 2007 and 2009 who this year moved to the Yamaha team run by Joe Gibbs Racing of NASCAR fame. But also in the hunt for this year's Monster Energy AMA Supercross title are Ryan Dungey, who won the 2010 championship as a rookie, and veteran Chad Reed, the title winner in 2004 and 2008.
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January 31, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
The supercross series is set to make its third and final season stop at Angel Stadium on Saturday night with reigning champion Ryan Villopoto again atop the point standings. Rookie Ken Roczen of Murrieta won the season opener at Angel Stadium in early January, and Villopoto won the next race in Phoenix. Chad Reed then won the second Anaheim race of the season Jan. 18 and Villopoto won his second race of the year last weekend in Oakland. Villopoto, a Kawasaki rider who is seeking his fourth consecutive Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series championship, now leads the title standings by seven points over Reed and by nine points over Roczen.
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January 18, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Chad Reed held off another two-time champion, James Stewart, to win the supercross race at Angel Stadium on Saturday night. With the victory in the 20-lap main event of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series, Reed joined Stewart and the legendary Jeremy McGrath for the most career wins in Anaheim with eight. The 31-year-old Reed now has 42 career wins overall. "I got 41 of these [previous victories] and they all came a lot easier than this one," Reed said. "I'm just proud.
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January 8, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
James Stewart looked poised to win the season-opening supercross race at Angel Stadium until he went flying off his motorcycle in a crash. But the two-time champion said he's put the wreck behind him and remains confident as the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series heads to Phoenix for its second race Saturday night. "I felt like this was the best I've been riding in years and this was the best I've felt on a motorcycle in years," Stewart, 28, said in a statement after his 17th-place finish Saturday night in Anaheim.
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January 4, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Rookie Ken Roczen of Murrieta won the season-opening supercross race at Angel Stadium on Saturday night. "This is insane, I can't believe it," Roczen, 19, said after winning his first race in the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series. Supercross is the stadium version of off-road motorcycle racing, or motocross. James Stewart, a two-time series champion, was just about to pass Roczen for the lead on the 16th lap of the 20-lap main event when Stewart lost control of his Suzuki and crashed.
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August 21, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
The nation's leading motocross series heads to Lake Elsinore for its season finale Saturday, although the championships for its two classes of bikes already have been decided. Ryan Villopoto of Poulsbo, Wash., has clinched the title in the premier 450 class of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, and Eli Tomac of Cortez, Colo., has clinched the title in the second-level 250 class. The event at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park is the 12th and final round of the series, and Villopoto won seven of the first 11 rounds on his Kawasaki.
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August 19, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Looking back at the weekend in motor racing -- including the NASCAR race in Michigan, NHRA drag racing in Minnesota and the motocross event in Utah -- five things come to mind: 1. Clint Bowyer keeps rolling. The headlines naturally went to Joey Logano for winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway, but save one for Bowyer. Although he's winless this season, the 34-year-old Kansan finished fifth at Michigan despite an early spinout, his 13th top-10 finish of the year.
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June 25, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Blake Baggett of Grand Terrace is trying to make a charge for his second consecutive motocross championship in the 250-class division of the off-road motorcycle series. Baggett, 21, earned his first win of the season Saturday at the Budds Creek National in Mechanicsville, Md., the fifth race on the 12-race schedule of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. "It's a step in the right direction," Baggett said. The victory lifted the Kawasaki rider to fourth place in the championship standings, but he still trails series leader Ken Roczen by 32 points.
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May 13, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Fresh off his third consecutive supercross championship, Ryan Villopoto is the rider everyone will be chasing when the motocross season opens Saturday near Sacramento. The 12-race Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship series starts with the Red Bull Hangtown Motocross Classic in Rancho Cordova and ends Aug. 24 at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park in Riverside County. Motocross is off-road motorcycle racing and supercross, whose schedule runs from January to May, is the stadium version of motocross.
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April 29, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
When the supercross season opened with a race at Angel Stadium in early January, reigning champion Ryan Villopoto stumbled to a 16th-place finish. But two weeks later Villopoto won the sport's second stop in Anaheim and the Seattle-area native never looked back. Villopoto, 24, clinched his third consecutive title in the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series with a win in Salt Lake City on Saturday night, the Kawasaki rider's series-high ninth win of the season. "This is an amazing feeling," Villopoto said.
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