Three laps later, Roczen missed a triple jump allowing the 3rd place ride of Ryan Villopoto to move around him. Roczen never let Villopoto out of his sight, and one lap later, the two of them closed the gap on Alessi and made the pass through the whoops. Dungey followed suit and made his pass right after the finish line jump of that same lap. The top three remained in close battle throughout the remainder of the race. With six laps to go, Roczen moved closer to Villopoto and began to apply pressure to take over the lead. Villopoto fell victim to the pressure and missed a triple jump allowing Roczen to jump over him to take the position.