AMA-SX: St. Louis results

Dungey clinches title as Villopoto’s season ends with broken leg

By Motorcycle.com Staff, Apr. 20, 2010
The 2010 AMA Supercross Championship battle is all but over as Ryan Dungey’s main challenger Ryan Villopoto broke his leg in a crash at the St. Louis, Mo., round.

Dungey led Villopoto by 12 points heading into St. Louis, but unlike last season’s tilt between James Stewart and Chad Reed, the two frontrunners were rarely involved in head-to-head battles through the opening 13 rounds. That changed in St. Louis.

With Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Dungey in the lead on lap nine, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Villopoto attempted a pass that caused both riders to crash. When they remounted, Villopoto was in the lead with Dungey dropping back to third behind Honda Red Bull’s Andrew Short.

Dungey moved back into second a lap later to set up what appeared to be a dramatic fight to the finish. That fight was not to be however as Villopoto crashed hard on lap 11, breaking his right leg.

With Villopoto out of the race, Dungey held on for his fifth win of the season. Geico Powersports Honda’s Kevin Windham finished second while Short completed the podium in third.

Villopoto underwent surgery to set and stabilize his leg and will need further surgery after the swelling subsides.

With Villopoto’s season over and San Manuel Yamaha’s Josh Hill sitting 77 points back in third place with three rounds remaining, Dungey has clinched the 2010 AMA Supercross Championship. Dungey now joins Jeremy McGrath as the only riders to win the AMA Supercross premier-class title in their rookie seasons.

2010 AMA Supercross: St. Louis Results
450 Supercross Results   450 Series Point Standings
1. Ryan Dungey
2. Kevin Windham
3. Andrew Short
4. Nick Wey
5. Chad Reed
6. Justin Brayton
7. Michael Byrne
8. Kyle Chisholm
9. Davi Millsaps
10. Thomas Hahn
SUZ
HON
HON
KAW
KAW
YAM
YAM
YAM
HON
SUZ
 
1. Ryan Dungey
2. Ryan Villopoto
3. Josh Hill
4. Kevin Windham
5. Davi Millsaps
6. Justin Brayton
7. Ivan Tedesco
8. Nick Wey
9. Thomas Hahn
10. Kyle Chisholm
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