A look back at the 2011 Pro Motocross season
Villopoto was chipping away at the points until one wild night in Jacksonville, Florida when he crashed out in his qualifying and LCQ race and failed to qualify for the main event! Then Stewart fell off the start of the main and failed to finish! Reed would emerge with the points lead, but by then a new contender had joined the fray in 450 rookie Trey Canard. Trey won early in the season in Houston, then won the mad dash in Jacksonville to get into the title chase. Then the next weekend in Toronto, Dungey recorded his only victory of the season. It was getting crazy!
It could be argued that the penultimate race of the year, in Salt Lake City, was one of the most pivotal (and underrated) races in supercross history. Duck, unfortunately, was out after suffering a fractured femur during testing. But Villopoto, Dungey, Reed and Stewart were still on the hunt. Stewart came out early but crashed twice – still unable to tame his Yamaha consistently. Villopoto and Reed pulled away from Dungey, and Villopoto grabbed the stretch to beat Reed for a narrow victory. It gave him just enough cushion to clinch the title in the Vegas finale without winning the race. Reed won the final ahead of Dungey, Villopoto took third place and beat Reed for the title by four points. At this final event, banners were hung from the rafters saying, “The Greatest Season Ever”. It may be a little hyperbole, but 2011 is definitely on the short list of the best.
Even better, this amazing supercross campaign slid right into Lucas Oil Pro Motocross, with Villopoto, Dungey and Reed back again (Stewart had a supercross-only contract and didn’t compete, but he would be back the year next). Duck even came back into the fray, running the pace once his femur healed, only to injure him again at Washougal.