COLUMBUS – Monster Energy Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto took another step toward capturing the 450 Class Championship after sweeping both motos at Unadilla National Saturday afternoon 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing.
It was a flawless day for Villopoto on New York’s historic Unadilla MX in the tenth round of the 13-race championship in the final stop on the East Coast as the series heads west for the final rounds of competition.
Following up his impressive morning qualifying session, Villopoto captured the Motorcycle Superstore Holeshot in moto one of the 450 Class to grab an early lead over Red Bull KTM's Ryan Dungey. Dungey was accompanied in the early laps by BTO Sports.com/KTM's Andrew Short and N-FAB/TiLube Yamaha's Bobby Kiniry. Kiniry soon ran into issues that forced the New York native to pull off in moto one, while Short eventually dropped outside the top five.
Team Honda Muscle Milk's Justin Barcia and Trey Canard joined Yoshimura Suzuki's James Stewart in moving through the pack early on as the trio quickly caught up to Dungey in the second place position. Canard encountered a mechanical issue that removed him from the battle, allowing his teammate Barcia to move into fourth. Stewart pressured Dungey for the second place position in moto one, but the reigning 450 Class Champion held strong to finish 20 seconds behind Villopoto.