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from ... Ryan Villopoto

Villopoto took back the points lead he held for the first four races after a come-from-behind third-place finish during the sixth round of the Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship.

Villopoto now holds a nine-point lead over second place. Villopoto continues to put in consistent finishes on his Kawasaki KX450F and after a third-place finish, he now leads by nine points. His night wasn't easy as he had to go around the first turn pile-up and work his way up from 12th to third.

"I couldn't seem to get a good start tonight and I had to come from the back in both my heat race and main event,” said Villopoto. "I knew I didn't want to do anything that could cost me. It's hard to come through the pack when the track doesn't have much room for passing. I always wish I could be collecting wins, but at this point, I'm happy to get the points lead back.”

Leaving Texas with a nine-point lead, Villopoto's focus continues to be the long-term goal of a championship. He has only been off the podium at one race out of six, which has helped him maintain the consistency he is looking for.

"I definitely want to win, but I also have to be smart and know that there are 11 races left in the season,” said Villopoto. "I am happy to leave here healthy. That is going to be very important this year since everyone is riding so well.”