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Supercross champ Ryan Villopoto wins again at Angel Stadium

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Reigning supercross champion Ryan Villopoto repeated his season-opening win at Angel Stadium with a second victory there Saturday night.

The Kawasaki rider took the lead on the opening lap of the 20-lap main event and finished nearly five seconds ahead of second-place James Stewart. Chad Reed finished third.

"The track was really slippery," Villopoto said. "I really couldn't make a mistake."

Villopoto, Stewart, Reed and Ryan Dungey -- all former champions in the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series -- each had won one of the first four races in the 17-race season, so Villopoto becomes the first two-time winner this year.

Before the main event, the field was divided for two preliminary heats to set the field. Stewart, 26, was holding a comfortable lead in the first heat when he crashed midway through the eight-lap race.

Stewart, who rides for the Yamaha motorcycle team of Joe Gibbs Racing of NASCAR fame, then had to finish first or second in a "last chance qualifier" race to reach the main event, which he did by winning that six-lap race.

In the AMA's second-tier "supercross lites" series, Honda rider Eli Tomac of Cortez, Colo., won his third consecutive main event and Cole Seely of Murrieta finished second.

-- Jim Peltz

Photo: Ryan Villopoto collects a win last year at Dodger Stadium. Credit: Jae C. Hong / Associated Press

Both riders in Dodger Stadium supercross crash have back fractures

Supercross riders Trey Canard and Ryan Morais both suffered back fractures, among other injuries, when they crashed into each other in Saturday night's race at Dodger Stadium.

Morais' team manager earlier had said the Murrieta rider had broken his jaw. But in a statement Monday, his Star Valli Yamaha team said Morais, 28, also had "several fractured vertebrae and some broken ribs."

"There is no sign of spinal-cord damage at this time and Morais is continuing to be evaluated," the team said. "A full recovery is anticipated."

Canard, 21, likewise had unspecified back fractures but has "100% feeling in his legs" and was awaiting a decision by doctors as to whether he needed surgery, according to a statement on his website.

The Dodger Stadium incident was the latest in a string of injuries for Canard, an Oklahoma native and Honda rider. He missed the last three races in 2011 due to a broken thigh bone and he broke his collarbone in a practice crash before this season opened Jan. 7.

Canard and Morais crashed after making a lofty jump on the first lap of the 20-lap main event in the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series race at Dodger Stadium. Supercross is the stadium version of motocross, or off-road motorcycle racing.

The race was won by Chad Reed after it was halted for about 20 minutes while Canard and Morais were treated. They were taken by ambulance to Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center.

-- Jim Peltz

Chad Reed wins, two riders hurt in supercross race at Dodger Stadium

Chad-reed_300Chad Reed earned his first supercross victory of the season at Dodger Stadium on Saturday night in a race marred by a first-lap crash that injured two riders.

Reed, a two-time champion of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series, won by three seconds on his Honda over 2010 title winner Ryan Dungey, who finished second in front of 35,741 in the third race of the series' 17-race schedule.

Two-time champion James Stewart was running second when he fell on the 12th lap, and the Yamaha rider finished third. It was Stewart's first top-three finish in the last five races going back to last season.

Reigning champion Ryan Villopoto ran off the track early and dropped to last place among the races' 20 riders. But he then stormed through most of the field to finish fourth.

On the opening lap, Ryan Morais of Murrieta and Trey Canard of Shawnee, Okla., were injured in a crash on the first lap and the race was stopped for several minutes while they were treated.

Their injuries were not immediately known, but safety workers placed them on back boards and the series said the riders were transported to Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center.

Supercross is the stadium version of off-road motorcycle racing, or motocross. In the AMA's junior-level "supercross lites" division, Eli Tomac of Cortez, Colo., won the 15-lap main event and Dean Wilson of Menifee finished second.

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-- Jim Peltz

Photo: Chad Reed. Credit: Matt Kartozian

Ryan Villopoto wins supercross race in Anaheim

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Ryan Villopoto of Seattle trounced the field in the season opener Saturday night at Angel Stadium as he set out to defend his championship in the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series.

After attaining the "holeshot," or reaching the first turn ahead of the pack, Villopoto cruised to a 12-second win on his Kawasaki over second-place finisher Chad Reed in front of a sold-out crowd of 45,050. Ryan Dungey, the 2010 champion, finished third.

Supercross is the stadium version of off-road motorcycle racing, or motocross.

At times Villopoto's lead in the 20-lap main event reached more than 20 seconds. "Villopoto made us look silly out here tonight," said Reed, a two-time AMA champion.

Villopoto said that "once I got that holeshot, I just tried to lay down fast laps and get a gap, and that's what I was able to do."

James Stewart, another two-time title winner, finished sixth in his debut race with his new team Joe Gibbs Racing. Stewart had climbed as high as third but lost control and fell on Lap 16.

In the second-tier supercross lites division, Honda rider Cole Seely of Murrieta won the 15-lap main event and Tyla Rattray of Wildomar, Calif., was second.

-- Jim Peltz

Photo: Ryan Villopoto wins the AMA Supercross Series event at Dodger Stadium last year. Credit: Jae C. Hong / Associated Press

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