“It’s pretty big,” Villopoto said of winning at Daytona. “This is a unique track like I said earlier, and to get a win here with the way the track is – it’s kinda outdoors, it’s supercross, it’s very technical – so to get a win here it’s awesome. And this is kinda like a turning point in the season, we’re closing down onto the homestretch here and to get a win here is huge.”
Villopoto made a brief mistake on Lap 12 and washed out in a rutted-turn section. However, he recovered quickly and maintained the lead.
“Whenever you have a fall like that, all that’s running through your mind is, `don’t stall the bike and get up as quick as you can and take off,’” Villopoto said. “Luckily, I had a nice lead and I was able to get up and regroup.”
The win gives Villopoto a 28-point lead over Dungey as the series heads to Ford Field in Detroit, Mich. next week. Roczen is third in the championship battle, one point behind his Red Bull KTM teammate.
James Stewart, who sits fourth in the standings, was forced into the mechanics area on the opening lap after colliding with Mike Alessi’s bike. Stewart lost one lap to the leaders while getting repairs and would finish 18th. He now trails Villopoto by 52 points.Andrew Short, Broc Tickle, Daytona, Dean Wilson, Ken Roczen, Ryan Dungey, Ryan Villopoto, Supercross, Video