Ryan Villopoto picked up where he left off while Ryan Dungey gave KTM its first ever AMA Supercross podium as the season kicked off in Anaheim, Calif.
Reigning champion and Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Villopoto took the holeshot and led all 20 laps to win the Anaheim I season opener by over 12 seconds ahead of Chad Reed‘s TwoTwo Motorsports Honda.
“Villopoto made us look silly out here tonight,” says Reed. “I am just happy to get second place tonight in this field of riders.”
Third place went to Dungey in his first Supercross race with the Red Bull KTM team. Villopoto was well out of Dungey’s reach but Reed was more attainable until Dungey crashed on lap 9. The mistake allowed Joe Gibbs Racing Yamaha’s James Stewart to gain ground.
With Dungey and Stewart catching up, Reed also crashed narrowing the gap between the three. Stewart crashed on lap 16, dropping him several positions while Dungey continued to battle with Reed.
In the end however, it was Reed crossing the finish ahead by just over a second ahead of Dungey.
“My bike ran flawlessly tonight,” says Dungey. “I would have definitely liked to pass Chad and take 2nd tonight, but I am happy to earn KTM its first podium. I can’t thank the team enough for all they have done for me in the development of this new bike.”
[Source: AMA Supercross, KTM, photos by Hoppenworld]