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August 19, 2013

Unadilla motocross champions clinch season titles

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TOOELE, Utah — Unadilla Pro National MX winner Ryan Villopoto ended the chase for the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship in the 450 Class on Saturday, sweeping both motos at the Utah National for his second overall points title in three seasons.

“It is gnarly to be at this level of racing, but you just take it year by year and race by race,” Villopoto said. “There’s really no time to sit down and look at it as how many races do we need to win. The thing that keeps us going as racers is definitely winning.”

Villopoto earned the maximum of 50 points with his 1-1 sweep, extending his season lead to 50 points over 2012 series champion Ryan Dungey. Villopoto holds a 513-463 advantage over Dungey with one event remaining in the 12-round circuit.

Dungey placed second overall Saturday with consecutive runner-up moto finishes, and Trey Canard went 3-3 in the motos to finish on the podium. Monroe native Justin Barcia, who stands third overall with 375 points, followed an 11th in the opening moto with a fourth in the second and finished sixth overall.

Villopoto won the 450 track title at the Unadilla Valley Sports Center during Round 10 of the series Aug. 10. Barcia placed second overall at the New Berlin track, where Dungey finished third.

Also Saturday, Eli Tomac clinched the 250 Class season championship with a sweep at Utah.

“I didn’t really know I had the championship wrapped up. I was just going with the flow,” said Tomac, the 250 Class track champion at Unadilla who will compete in the 450 Class next season.

“I didn’t really think it was going to happen today. I am sort of in shock right now,” he continued. “I think it will sink in more after I get some rest. Right now, I’m pretty tired and just out of energy.”

Tomac boosted his points total to 505 for the season. Ken Roczen stands second at 454, followed by Marvin Musquin at 388.

The season-ending event is this Saturday in Lake Elsinore, Calif.