Villopoto opened his season with a victory at the Angel Stadium in Anaheim, and repeated the feat again in the third event held at the Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California, pushing him to the top of the points table.
Following strong places but no wins in the next four events, the Monster Energy Kawasaki rider once more made it to the top step of the podium at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, in February, repeating his winning ways in Daytona and Indianapolis.
“With five victories from ten races, many in the sport confidently predicted the title would be Villopoto’s at season end…but there was still a long way to go!” a Kawasaki statement reads.
Villopoto grabbed his sixth victory at the Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah, on April 30 and, with 16 races competed, only one event was left at Las Vegas, Nevada and all Ryan needed was a fifth place or better to get to take the Supercross crown.
“Avoiding trouble at the 7 May in the US’s gambling capital, Villopoto’s took no chances and his clever and skillful riding allowed him to avoid getting caught up in any on-track issues and finish in third place and take the title in a mature display of tactical racing,” Kawasaki explains. "The third place finish was easily more than sufficient for the Kawasaki rider to secure his first ever AMA Supercross Championship title.”