VILLOPOTO AND TICKLE TAKE THE 2011 AMA SUPERCROSS TROPHIES!

LAS VEGAS, NV (MAY 8, 2011) Ryan Villopoto captured his first career championship in the supercross class at the final event of the Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM Championship at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. Villopoto, making steady passes on VP’s MR-Pro5, grabbed a third-place finish that maintained his points lead and granted him his first championship in the 450 class.

In one of the most exciting supercross seasons on record, Villopoto overcame the odds of coming back from a badly broken leg in 2010 to earn his first 450 trophy. The season saw Villopoto win the first race of the year at Anaheim and slowly build a nice cushion in the points led, only to have three other riders fight their way into title contention. With just two races to go, only six points separated the top four in points. At the penultimate round, Villopoto took the win and set the stage for his Las Vegas triumph. With his third-place finish at the finale, Villopoto earned his first championship amongst the fiercest competition.

"To win during a season that has been marked the greatest season ever is an amazing feeling," said Villopoto. "I put into this season and to see the hard work pay off is awesome. It's really hard to describe just how much this means. I know I've won championships, but this one feels just as special as the ones before. I'm so grateful for all the people that are behind me and have supported me."

Broc Tickle overtook second-place with MR-Pro5 in his tank during the final laps of the Supercross Lites - West main event to win his first championship ever.

Tickle entered the final round only two points ahead of second place and his task for the night was to make sure his Kawasaki KX250F was in front of the second-place points contender. After a tough start, Tickle methodically moved his way through the field, inching closer to where he needed to sit for the championship. On the final laps of the race, Tickle moved into second and finished exactly where he needed to be for the championship.

"I can't even begin to say how I feel," said Tickle. "This championship is something I've dreamed about since I was young and racing amateurs. The crazy part is that I always dreamed about winning the West Coast championship so it all doesn't feel real. I don't think it will hit me even when I see the number one plate on the door of the semi. I knew I could win the championship coming into the season, but I had to go through a lot to get here and I'm so thankful for everyone who helped me get it."

Congratulations to all of the 2011 SX champs! VP is happy to be a part of the action.