Ryan Villopoto (Monster Energy Kawasaki) grabbed the early lead in moto one of the 450 class, but Justin Barcia (American Honda Racing) briefly took over the point after moving by at the exit of the first turn. But Ryan Dungey (Rockstar Makita Suzuki) worked his way into the lead by the end of lap one, with Villopoto on his tail. They stayed in close contact throughout the rest of the moto, and as it neared the end, it was obvious that Villopoto was intent on trying to nail a moto win, and help pad his lead in the championship chase before heading to the final round at Pala. In the last turn, Villopoto charged to the outside, railed around a surprised Dungey, and shocked everyone with a last-second pass.

In moto two, it was a Villopoto runaway, and he now has a 14-point lead over Dungey, who is the only remaining title threat.

In the 450 class, all eyes were on Ryan Villopoto and Ryan Dungey.

Ryan Villopoto's 1-1 sets him up with a 14-point lead, heading into the final round at Pala.

Ryan Dungey was fast in moto one, but not fast enough to hold off a charging Ryan Villopoto.

A week after taking the win at Southwick, Brett Metcalfe scored a third overall.

450 Overall
1. Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki) 1-1
2. Ryan Dungey 2-2
3. Brett Metcalfe (Suzuki) 3-4
4. Chad Reed (Honda) 5-3
5. Jake Weimer (Kawasaki) 6-6
6. Mike Alessi (KTM) 6-5
7. Justin Brayton (Yamaha) 7-7
8. Kyle Regal (Suzuki) 9-8
9. Nick Wey (Yamaha) 11-10
10. Michael Byrne (Suzuki) 13-9
11. Kyle Chisholm (Yamaha) 12-11
12. Colton Facciotti (Honda) 10-13
13. Justin Barcia (Honda) 4-31
14. Les Smith (Yamaha) 14-14
15. Tye Simmonds (KTM) 15-16
16. Vince Friese (Yamaha) 17-15
17. Ben LaMay (Yamaha) 36-12
18. Jimmy Albertson (Yamaha) 16-38
19. AJ Catanzaro (Yamaha) 21-17
20. Heath Harrison (Honda) 29-18
21. Travis Sewell (Yamaha) 18-37
22. Calle Aspegren (Honda) 33-19
23. Fredrik Noren (Honda) 19-36
24. Sean Lipanovich (Yamaha) 25-20
25. Shane Sewell (Yamaha) 20-33
26. Evgeny Mikhaylov (Suzuki) 23-21
27. Joey Peters (Yamaha) 22-23
28. Tyler Bright (Honda) 26-22
29. Cody Robbins (Honda) 27-25
30. Nico Izzi (Yamaha) 24-30
31. Tony Gallo (Yamaha) 30-28
32. Dean Porter (Suzuki) 31-27
33. Ronnie Stewart (Suzuki) 28-32
34. Robert Fitch Jr. (Honda) 38-24
35. Garret Toth (Yamaha) 34-28
36. Cameron Stone (Kawasaki) 35-29
37. Kyle Keylon (Kawasaki) 32-34
38. Dustin Pipes (Suzuki) 40-35
39. Ricky Dietrich (Yamaha) 37-39
40. Jake Canada (Yamaha) 39-40

450 Point Standings
1. Ryan Villopoto 481
2. Ryan Dungey 467
3. Chad Reed 402
4. Brett Metcalfe 342
5. Mike Alessi 272
6. Jake Weimer 251
7. Andrew Short 196
8. Kevin Windham 193
9. Justin Brayton 191
10. Davi Millsaps 173
11. Nick Wey 164
12. Michael Byrne 154
13. Tommy Hahn 140
14. Ricky Dietrich 133
15. Christian Craig 131
16. Tye Simmonds 105
17. Jimmy Albertson 92
18. Justin Barcia 82
19. Ben LaMay 81
20. Les Smith 76

In the 250 class, Dean Wilson came into the day with 38-point lead, he was fastest during morning practice, and fastest in both motos (with a 1-1 day). After his Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki teammate, Tyla Rattray, went 4-4 on the day, Dean also proved fastest for the season, securing enough points to lock up the 2011 250cc title before the final round.

Eli Tomac (GEICO Honda) found a way to charge through the blazing heat (which is normally his downfall), was second in both motos. Red Bull KTM's Marvin Musquin has been building confidence over the last few rounds following an injury-plagued start to his 2011 campaign, and the MX2 World Champ turned in a pair of third-place finishes to grab third overall.

Eli Tomac was second overall.

Marvin Musquin is looking better at each round, and scored a pair of thirds this week.

Dean Wilson scored his first title in his sophomore season.

250 Overall
1. Dean Wilson (Kawasaki) 1-1
2. Eli Tomac (Honda) 2-2
3. Marvin Musquin (KTM) 3-3
4. Tyla Rattray (Kawasaki) 4-4
5. Gareth Swanepoel (Yamaha) 7-6
6. Blake Baggett (Kawasaki) 5-8
7. Justin Bogle (Honda)
8. Alex Martin (Honda) 10-7
9. Martin Davalos (Suzuki) 11-9
10. Malcolm Stewart (Suzuki) 8-14
11. Kyle Cunningham (Yamaha) 12-11
12. Broc Tickle (Kawasaki) 37-4
13. Jason Anderson (Suzuki) 15-13
14. Gannon Audette (Yamaha) 13-17
15. Darryn Durham (Honda) 9-35
16. Ryan Morais (Suzuki) 38-12
17. Lance Vincent (Honda) 14-31
18. Austin Howell (Suzuki) 40-15
19. Chris Plouffe (KTM) 30-16
20. Kyle Peters (Yamaha) 16-24
21. Nick Paluzzi (Suzuki) 17-30
22. Cole Seely (Honda) 26-18
23. Tevin Tapia (KTM) 18-32
24. Jimmy DeCotis (Honda) 33-19
25. Justin Sipes (Kawasaki) 19-37
26. Michael McDade (Kawasaki) 23-20
27. Willy Browning (Honda) 20-29
28. Levi Kilbarger (Honda) 21-21
29. Johnny Moore (Honda) 24-22
30. Broc Schmelyun (Kawasaki) 22-26
31. Dakota Tedder (Kawasaki) 27-25
32. Luke Volinger (Kawasaki) 25-27
33. Ryan Sipes (Yamaha) 31-23
34. Alexander Millican (Yamaha) 28-28
35. Jeffrey Britt (Yamaha) 29-34
36. Dalton Carlson (KTM) 35-33
37. Shawn Rife (Honda) 32-38
38. Tyler Medaglia (Yamaha) 34-39
39. Jason Brooks (Kawasaki) 39-36
40. Daniel Herrlein (Honda) 36-40

250 Point Standings
1. Dean Wilson 488
2. Tyla Rattray 436
3. Blake Baggett 427
4. Eli Tomac 290
5. Kyle Cunningham 283
6. Gareth Swanepoel 270
7. Broc Tickle 236
8. Martin Davalos 197
9. Alex Martin 195
10. Justin Barcia 181
11. Darryn Durham 181
12. Malcolm Stewart 177
13. Cole Seely 154
14. Gannon Audette 153
15. Marvin Musquin 141
16. Jason Anderson 103
17. Nick Paluzzi 101
18. Travis Baker 98
19. Nico Izzi 92
20. Ryan Sipes 80

After a crushing blow to her championship hopes with a moto one DNF at Southwick, Jessica Patterson's only shot at the WMX title was to win all four of the remaining motos at Steel City and Pala, and hope for some help. She did her part in Steel City, putting her DNA Shred Stix / Star Racing / Yamaha out front in each of the motos, while the series points leader, Ashley Fiolek (American Honda Racing) went 3-2 for second overall. Ashley was also beat out in moto one by Tarah Gieger (Troy Lee Designs / Lucas Oil / Honda), but she still has a substantial 22-point lead heading into a the final round.

Ashley Fiolek continued her holeshot mastery at Steel City, but settled for second overall.


WMX Overall
1. Jessica Patterson (Yamaha) 1-1
2. Ashley Fiolek (Honda) 3-2
3. Tarah Gieger (Honda) 2-3
4. Mariana Balbi (Yamaha) 5-4
5. Jacqueline Strong (KTM) 4-6
6. Vicki Golden (Kawasaki) 6-5
7. Kasie Creson (Honda) 8-7
8. Sayaka Kaneshiro (Suzuki) 7-8
9. Alexa Pearson (KTM) 9-9
10. Sarah Whitmore (KTM) 10-10
11. Marissa Markelon (Yamaha) 11-11
12. Amanda Brown (Honda) 16-12
13. Jenica Paulsen (Honda) 15-13
14. Shelby Rolen (Yamaha) 14-14
15. Sara Pettersson (KTM) 13-17
16. Sade Allender (Kawasaki) 12-18
17. Ashley Boham (Kawasaki) 18-15
18. Lindsey Palmer (Honda) 22-16
19. Shelbie Brittain (KTM) 17-20
20. Alyssa Fitch (Honda) 24-19
21. Taylor Levic (Kawasaki) 19-24
22. Brianna DeGray (Kawasaki) 20-22
23. Toni Kirby (Kawasaki) 23-21
24. Justine Cox (Kawasaki) 21-23

WMX Point Standings
1. Ashley Fiolek 321
2. Jessica Patterson 299
3. Tarah Gieger 268
4. Jacqueline Strong 195
5. Kasie Creson 180
6. Vicki Golden 171
7. Marissa Markelon 168
8. Alexa Pearson 161
9. Sayaka Kaneshiro 140
10. Lindsey Palmer 137

Be sure to check back later for our Photo Blast, with much more from the day, as well as Pit Bits.

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