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Ryan Villopoto Takes a Curtain Call in Las Vegas

The curtain drew on yet another storied Supercross season this weekend at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. And although GoPro athlete Ryan Villopoto had already locked up the championship a week earlier, the three-time champ rode as if the crown was still just outside his reach.

Villopoto drew the second heat of the night, alongside fellow GoPro athlete Davi Millsaps, who is nursing an injured knee. The defending champ jumped out of the gates first to win the holeshot with Millsaps on his rear wheel. The two racers held strong at 1 and 2, easily qualifying for the main event.

When the gates dropped for the final 450 main event of the 2013 season, Villopoto rounded the first sweeping turn in fourth place, but claimed the lead before the end of the first lap. From there, the Monster Energy Kawasaki racer clicked off aggressive laps en route to his tenth main event win of the series. Millsaps, who started his main event in sixth place, clawed his up to third place by the time the checkers flew, securing yet another podium for the Rockstar Energy Racing team.

When the torches lit as Villopoto sailed over the finish line with his third-straight championship locked up safely, another epic Supercross narrative was put to rest. For Villopoto, the final chapter proved historical; he joins an small, elite group of legends to win three championship. For Davi Millsaps, potential and progress finally met, and if it were not for a fateful torque of the knee, perhaps the script would have read differently. However, both Millsaps and Supercross alike have a restored faith and excitement for the future of the Rockstar Energy Racing rider.

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