Kawasaki racing team dominates at Glen Helen
Team Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider, Ryan Villopoto, capped off a stellar rookie season by finishing 1-1 for the weekend to earn his first ever AMA Motocross Lites Championship as the 2006 AMA/Motocross Series came to Glen Helen Raceway, near San Bernardino, Calif., for the series finale. In the first moto, the 17-year-old KX™250F pilot from Poulsbo, Wash., spent the first four laps just behind leader Mike Alessi before taking control of the lead and going unchallenged for the remainder. After suiting up in his Motocross des Nations gear, Villopoto carried his momentum into the second moto by running down Alessi again and remaining completely untouchable for the 13-lap feature. Villopoto’s teammate, Ben Townley, from Auckland, New Zealand, made an impressive comeback with a 3-3 performance to finish third overall for the weekend. Team Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki riders, Troy Adams and Chris Gosselaar, both had frustrating finishes placing 21st and 38th overall respectively.
In Motocross action, Kawasaki Racing Team rider, James Stewart, captured the holeshot aboard his KX450F in the first moto and led four laps before briefly relinquishing the lead to Ricky Carmichael who went down on the sixth lap which then handed the victory to Stewart. With Carmichael out due to a shoulder injury, Stewart donned his Motocross des Nations gear and mounted his patriotically decorated KX450F before cruising to capture the second moto win and the 1-1 moto sweep. Stewart’s teammate, Michael Byrne, put in a consistent performance going 5-7 to finish sixth overall for the weekend.