Monday, February 1, 2010

Villopoto wins AMA Supercross race in San Francisco; Stewart has surgery

Ryan Villopoto won the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series race at AT&T Park in San Francisco on Saturday night. It was his first win of the season and the third of his career.
Ryan Dungey, the leader in the AMA Supercross Series standings, crashed on lap 10 and fell from first to fourth.
“I lost my foot and went sailing,” said Dungey. “It could have been a lot worse. I am glad I am not hurt.”
Villopoto won for the third time in his AMA Supercross career. He is in third place in the AMA Supercross standings, two points behind second-place Josh Hill and 13 points out of first.
“The track was tough and slippery,” said Villopoto. “It was hard to put in 20 perfect laps out there tonight. It wasn’t the start that I wanted, so I played catch-up. It is a long season with a lot of racing left.”
Hill had another strong race, finishing on the podium for the third race in a row. Hill was second at San Franisco, followed by Davi Millsaps in third. Both riders are from Murrieta.
James Stewart, the reigning AMA Supercross champion, did not race in San Francisco. He had surgery to repair a broken wrist last week. He broke his wrist in a crash during the races at Chase Field in Arizona two weeks ago. He raced at Angel Stadium the following week and finished third despite the broken wrist.
Dr. Arthur Ting, an orthopedic surgeon, performed the surgery on Stewart’s wrist on Friday.
“James is a true champion,” San Manuel Team Manager Larry Brooks said in a release. “The fact that he rode as competitively as he did making the podium at Anaheim 2 with a broken wrist (unknowingly) is testimony to that. He’s anxious to heal and get back on the race track as soon as possible.”
Stewart’s return to racing is unknown. He will be evaluated on a weekly basis, according to the team.
The next AMA Supercross race is Saturday at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.

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