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|Before getting injured, Ryan Villopoto already secured the 2012 title.|
Feld Motor Sports has announced the 2013 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, schedule. Mostly unchanged from 2012, the championship will once again feature a 17-race season in 10 different states and Canada.
After a four-year hiatus, the series will again visit the Metrodome in Minneapolis, home state to 2010 series champion, Ryan Dungey. The New Orleans round has been dropped from the schedule.
"After reaching milestones in 2012, with sellouts at the two races at Angel Stadium and the Georgia Dome, Monster Energy Supercross also posted record numbers at the Edward Jones Dome," said Charlie Mancuso, President of Feld Motor Sports.
The Metrodome addition means New Orleans fans will once again be without a supercross. After a one-year break, the New Orleans SuperDome got back on the schedule in 2012 but once again disappears in 2013.
For the 22nd time in four decades of competition, Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Calif., will serve as the site of the opening race of the 2013 season. Anaheim will be host for two of the 17 races, on Jan. 5 and Feb. 2, signifying the first and fifth stops, respectively.
Ryan Villopoto, who won the 2012 title four races early, is expected to make his return to racing on Jan. 5, 2013. The Monster Energy Kawasaki rider suffered a knee injury in Seattle that took him out of the remainder of the supercross season and the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship, where he is also the defending champion.
In 2013, Villopoto will attempt to become the fourth rider in supercross history to win three consecutive titles. Dungey, who gave KTM its first Supercross Class main event win in 2012 will also be back in 2013.
The series also hopes to see the return of its other injured riders, former champions James Stewart and Chad Reed, and former SX Lites champions Trey Canard and Kevin Windham. Two-time Lites class champion, Justin Barcia, is expected to make his debut in the premier Supercross Class division.