Last Saturday night witnessed the 14th match of the 2012 AMA Supercross Series at the famous Mercedes-Benz Superdome of New Orleans, Louisiana. The event ran houseful and was jam-packed with about 34,000 fans attending the thrilling dirt bike race. It was an extravagant race which saw numerous nail-biting moments and some high voltage performances. The night was a memorable one for Kawasaki racing team as its ace rider, Ryan Villopoto from Poulsbo, Washington, won the Supercross main event. It was yet another victory for Ryan Villopoto, his ninth win of this season. He rode extremely well and showed some great efforts. He looked completely untouchable on the race track and registered a convincing win.
Villopoto, who has already captured the 2012 AMA Supercross title with a heavy lead in the points standings, just needed an average performance at New Orleans to walk away with the title of this season very easily. He was in great momentum with his win in the last match at Houston and was riding well. He definitely wished to retain the dominance on the race track and continue with his superb form and he did so at New Orleans.
When the gates for the 20-lap main event were brought down, Villopoto was the first rider to come out. He had a great start in the main event and acquired the Nuclear Cowboyz Holeshot Award in no time. He gained high speed and was riding superbly. Behind him were Nick Wey of team Foremost Insurance/Motosport.com Kawasaki and Jake Weimer of team Monster Energy Kawasaki. Being in the lead for the first lap, Villopoto never looked back and went on to register the victory. None of the other riders seemed to pose any kind of threat to Villopoto during the entire 20 laps. In fact, no other rider could even come close to Villopoto during the entire race.
Meanwhile, Josh Grant of Jeff Ward Racing Kawasaki and Mike Alessi of MotoConcepts Suzuki got involved in a fierce battle for the second and third spot. Grant was riding at the second position while Alessi at the third spot. In the 16th lap, Alessi got entangled with another rider and immediately came down. This allowed Justin Brayton of Team Honda Muscle Milk to acquire the third position. While Grant maintained his position to finally finish second in the race, Brayton held onto the final position in the podium by finishing third. It was Grant’s best performance in this entire season.