30 April 2011 – The engines kicked on, the sun gave way to bright lights and the air became cold as the title fight atmosphere of Supercross forced its way into the chill at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Utah showed the action sports world once again that we are the state of sport. With the tightest points race in recent memory, the Monster Energy Supercross Main Event delivered a thriller to the best fans in the world. The track was tight, the racing was fast and the racers who weren’t ready, were swallowed up by the track, just ask James “Bubba” Stewart.
Heading into Saturday’s race, just nine points separated the first-place rider from the fourth-place competitor. In first place is the only one of the four who does not already own a title — Ryan Villopoto (293). In second place is Chad Reed (287), while Ryan Dungey (286), 2010 Supercross Champion, is in third. James Stewart (284) sits in fourth.
With a strong start and finish by Villopoto, he maintained his points lead over Chad Reed, who fell a step behind the top spot. Every race, from the qualifying rounds to the finals, illustrated why the 2011 AMA Supercross series is being called the greatest season ever.
“For sure, this season has been crazy,” said Ryan Villopoto, who won the Supercross final Saturday night in front of 39,329 fans, thanks to a daring move at the beginning of the eighth of 20 laps
The track at Rice-Eccles was no exception as two riders in the hunt for titles crashed badly and likely took themselves out of contention. Two-time AMA Supercross champion James Stewart had a brilliant start and owned a significant lead until the eighth lap when he lost control of the bike near the finish line laying the bike down on a turn allowing three riders — title contenders Villopoto, Chad Reed and Ryan Dungey — to pass him. He recovered quickly, jumping on his bike only to hit his front tire on one of the bumps in the whoops section and went head over heels and face first into the dirt.
Reed finished second and Dungey third. With the victory, Villopoto gives himself some much-needed breathing room over the competitive field.