Irvine, Calif. - Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Christophe Pourcel won his second-straight supercross lites main event battling throughout the 15-lap race at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Pourcel had to chase down his teammate Dean Wilson who flew out to the holeshot and led the first two-thirds of the race. Wilson would finish one spot off the podium in fourth. In the supercross class, Monster Energy Kawasaki's Nick Wey came home 10th for his fifth straight top-10 finish. Ryan Villopoto finished 19th after crashing.
Pourcel was part of a very eventful race as the top four riders in the supercross lites class raced together right from the drop of the gate. With Wilson up front, Pourcel battled to get close to the lead and with just three laps remaining he claimed the top spot and earned his second win of the season.
“I had a good start and almost got the holeshot,” said Pourcel. “When I saw it was Dean next to me I let him go because he had a good run. I wanted to work together with him so we could both pull away. It was a crazy race; guys were making moves that made it difficult to ride. Everything worked for me though because I won after everybody crashed trying to pass each other.”
In only his second race, Wilson wowed the crowd with a daring holeshot and then the 18-year-old rookie didn’t look back leading the first eight laps of the main event.
“Tonight was great,” said Wilson. “I got out there with the holeshot. I can’t say enough about my Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki. It has so much power and I got a great start. I rode well the first ten laps, but then I started to get tired and my arms began to pump up. I felt great running up front. “
Villopoto looked to be in position to contend for the win at Atlanta running second when he went down just before the mechanics area. Villopoto was uninjured after his trip over the bars, but his muffler packed full of dirt, which kept him from starting his bike right away.
“I was going triple-triple through that section and came up on a lapper,” said Villopoto. “I had to change my line and I ended up casing the jump. That sent me over the bars. Worse than that though was the silencer filled with dirt and I couldn’t get the bike restarted. It wouldn’t have been too bad if I could have got going right away. I wasn’t hurt at all.”