Ryan Villopoto Daytona win2

Daytona Beach, Florida (March 8, 2014) – Ryan Villopoto took the lead away from Discount Tire Racing/TwoTwo Motorsports Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson two turns into the 450-class final and then blitzed his way to a dominating win on an extremely rough and difficult track, leading every lap of the 2014 Daytona Supercross by Honda. After 20 laps of racing, the Monster Energy Kawasaki rider crossed the finish line with 12.632 seconds to spare over runner-up Ken Roczen.

The win was Villopoto’s fourth at Daytona in the last five years and it put him within one win of Ricky Carmichael’s career win record at the legendary facility.

“I was able to get our front and just ride my own laps,” said Villopoto. “The track was tough, and you had to pick good lines and be smart with where you were going.”

Roczen came from sixth on the opening lap, and ran down Wilson to take over second on lap 15, but that was not without a fierce battle his Red Bull KTM teammate Ryan Dungey.

Dungey rounded out the podium in third, with RCH/Soaring Eagle/Suzuki’s Broc Tickle finishing fourth and BTO Sports KTM’s Andrew Short in fifth.

Wilson looked tired near the end of the race and eventually dropped back to seventh at the finish.

TLD/MavTV/Honda’s Malcolm Stewart ran in fourth for the first nine laps of the race, but tangled with Team Muscle Milk Honda’s Justin Barcia, which put both riders on the ground.

Villopoto stretched his lead to 28 points over Dungey in the series standings with Roczen in third, one point behind Dungey.

 

 

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