ATLANTA — On the final lap of Saturday night's Monster Energy Supercross race, Ryan Villopoto had a feeling there'd be fireworks between Chad Reed and James Stewart.
But the grand finale was more explosive than the Kawasaki rider expected — as was his ensuing top spot on the podium. "
It's definitely a gift, and I'll take it," Villopoto said after his third win of the season and 12th of his career. "I knew something was coming. I didn't know it was going to be to that extent."
The latest white-hot battle between Reed and Stewart — one of the best rivalries in motor sports — reached another flashpoint before 69,517 at the Georgia Dome.
After capitalizing on a mistake by Reed on the penultimate lap, Stewart was leading entering Lap 20. But Reed countered with an aggressive move for first on the turn preceding the whoops section.
The riders collided and went to the dirt. By the time, they re-fired their bikes, Villopoto and runner-up Ryan Dungey's Suzuki had whizzed past.
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