Villopoto Crowned Champion

Awards Ceremony

Ryan Villopoto accepts the highly coveted world title trophy. (Photo: Field Motorsports)

The 2011 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season concluded this weekend, following the year-end awards ceremony held at The Joint by Rogue inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas. A total of 20 award categories were presented to recognize the championship’s top riders and industry personnel who enjoyed one of the most monumental seasons in the sport’s history.

Prior to the season finale at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium, the Monster Energy Supercross championship saw five different winners in the Supercross class with only 12 points separating first place from third. Through it all, the championship culminated into the most captivating title fights of all time.

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto was crowned the Supercross class champion, which marked the first title of his Supercross class career. Throughout the season, Villopoto led the field with seven wins and earned an additional five podium finishes.

“It’s been an awesome season for me and the team,” Villopoto said. “When I ended up getting hurt last year it was a bummer for sure and it made me question if it was worth coming back. I couldn’t get it done in the first two years, but I was able to finally get one for the team.”

“This was one of the most exciting seasons the sport has witnessed,” said Dave Prater, director of Supercross. “Leading up into the final race in the Supercross class, we saw five different winners throughout the season and three riders sat within 12 points of the highly coveted world title. In both the Western and Eastern Regional Supercross Lites classes, we also saw several riders lining up for the Lites title with only a handful of points separating the field. I’d like to congratulate all of the riders, sponsors and teams for making the 2011 Monster Energy Supercross season a huge success.”

Award Recipients
Rookie of the Year – Trey Canard (American Honda)
Transport Driver of the Year – Ricky Jurado (DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing Yamaha)
Fans Choice – Kevin Windham (GEICO Honda)
Humanitarian of the Year – MX for Children – Accepted on behalf of MX for Children Director Brett Wise
Rising Star – Ken Roczen (Red Bull KTM)
Nuclear Cowboyz Holeshot Awards – 2011 Winners
Team of the Year – TwoTwo Motorsports/Bel Ray Racing
MMI Top Tech – 2011 Winners
Supercross Class Champions Mechanic – Mike Williamson (Monster Energy Kawasaki)
Team Manager of the Year – Dave Osterman (TwoTwo Motorsports/Bel Ray Racing)
Road 2 Recovery Main Jet Award – Jimmy Button
Western Regional Supercross Lites Class Champion – Broc Tickle (Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki)
Eastern Regional Supercross Lites Class Champion – Justin Barcia (GEICO Honda)
Dave Coombs Sr. Supercross Lites East/ West Shootout – Ryan Sipes (DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing Yamaha)
C. E. Altman Lifetime Achievement – Johnny O’Mara
Supercross Class Top Riders – Riders who finished 20th – 5th place overall
Supercross Class Fourth Place – James Stewart (San Manuel Yamaha)
Supercross Class Third Place – Ryan Dungey (Rockstar/Makita Suzuki)
Supercross Class Second Place – Chad Reed (TwoTwo Motorsports/Bel Ray Racing)
Supercross Class Champion – Ryan Villopoto (Monster Energy Kawasaki)

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AMA Supercross, Ryan Villopoto

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