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Anaheim Stadium Feb. 4, 2012 When the series came back to its starting point at Ana- heim stadium, no single rider had managed to win more than one event. That would change quickly, as defending SX champ, Ryan Villopoto, put his Monster Energy Kawasaki to the front of the pack, to be- come the first double winner of a young racing season (there are still 12 rounds to go). RV2 did it with a fierce show of riding prowness that had the champ and Chad Reed battling, bar-to-bar, for a large part of the race. Villopoto prevailed and kept it pinned to the stops, to win the main event at Ana- heim 2 and become the first repeat winner of the New Year. Chief competitors, Ryan Dungey and James Stewart, both got poor starts in the main, and played ketchup (sic) for most of the race. Even with Stewart pounding into the Tough Blocks in an earlier race, he showed his consistency by taking a hard fought second to RV2 in the main. Reed followed in third, with Dungey work- ing his way to fourth, ahead of Honda mounted Justin Brayton. Who looks good to win more than two races this season? Now the bookies were revising their odds and taking bets. The smart money was on RV2 go- ing the distance, to repeat his championship from last year. The fact that he was the only rider to win two events thus far, had him in the cat birds seat. Villopoto was simply showing the pack how you notch your belt with championship trophies and big bonuses. You do so by winning lots of races. Round# 5: Anaheim, CA. Feb. 4, 2012 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Ryan Villopoto - Kaw James Stewart - Yam Chad Reed - Hon Ryan Dungey - KTM Justin Brayton - Hon Kevin Windham - Hon Davi Millsaps - Yam 8. Mike Alessi - Suz 9. Brett Metcalfe - Suz 10. Broc Tickle - Kaw www.dirtillustrated.com