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250 AMA Supercross Recap 2014

Published April 22nd, 2014

250 AMA Supercross Hole Shot St. Louis

250 AMA Supercross Hole Shot St. Louis

As the boys of Supercross took some time off this weekend, preparation for next weekend was surely an important part of the Easter celebrations. James Stewart only has two more weekends to hold off Ryan Villopoto from capturing his fourth consecutive FIM World Championship. And the guys in the East 250SX class have one more round this coming weekend at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, before they head to Vegas to battle it out in the East/West Shootout and crown champions.

In the 250SX East class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Martin Davalos is in the driver’s seat this weekend, eight points out on GEICO/Honda’s Justin Bogle. With only three wins so far this season and many unfulfilled attempts at claiming a championship in the past, Davalos has his first ever run at achieving this feat. Heading into this season Davalos was known as the guy to win heat races, but not mains. After taking home a few wins early in the season and leading many of the laps in each main event, the opinions of many race fans seemed to change. However, his rookie teammate, Cianciarulo had always been there to put the pressure on and take advantage of his mistakes. Many race fans have formed a new opinion of the 250SX class veteran in 2014 that he seems to lack the mental confidence that the young Cianciarulo seems to have locked down in his debut season.

Adam Cianciarulo 250 SX

Adam Cianciarulo Pops Shoulder Back in to Continue Riding

Unfortunately for Adam Cianciarulo, he is now out of the championship points chase due to a devastating injury he sustained in Toronto just a few weeks back. Heading into Toronto, Cianciarulo was holding the red number plate and had already achieved his maiden victory in his first ever career supercross race. Coming off one of the most successful amateur careers the sport had ever witnessed, Cianciarulo had the confidence to excel in the 250SX class. Although he wasn’t necessarily the fastest guy on the track every weekend his mental perseverance put him up on the podium each weekend. The 17 year-old rookie has undergone surgery in hopes that the reconstruction of his shoulder will be his best bet at a long professional career in the sport. Hopefully he will be healed and recovered for the opening rounds of the Lucas Oil AMA Motocross series.

GEICO/Honda’s Justin Bogle sits in the number two spot in the championship points battle, only eight points behind long time 250SX veteran, Martin Davalos. Bogle had a slow start to the season but has seemingly built speed and confidence throughout the season. Since the kick-off of the East Coast, Bogle has accomplished many feats in the past weeks. He has been on the podium five out of seven rounds, he claimed his best career finish in Detroit with a second and then went on to earn his first ever victory the following weekend in Toronto. In the last few weeks the competition has tightened between Bogle and Davalos and this weekend in East Rutherford looks to be one of the most exciting races to date in the 250SX East class.

Jason Anderson 250 SX Practice

Jason Anderson 250 SX Seattle

The West Coast 250SX wrapped up their last round last weekend in Seattle before they head to Vegas for the final round and the East/West shootout. Rockstar Racing/KTM’s Jason Anderson leads Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda rival Cole Seely by only eight points. The red plate has been tossed back and forth a few times this season between the two riders and neither rider is willing to give up the championship without a fight.

Seely has led the majority of the laps in the 250SX West class with Jason Anderson capturing many of his wins in the closing laps of the race. Anderson has claimed four wins so far this season and has seemingly found all the pieces to dominate the class as a long time 250SX competitor. The Rio Rancho-native has a strong foundation behind him, with his team manager backing him one hundred percent, which has seemingly given him the confidence to excel in the most competitive class to date.

Cole Seely has dominated most races leading the class right to the white flag, only to have Anderson steal his thunder in the closing laps. Seely has captured two wins so far this season with only one of the two with Andeson in sight. With four second place finishes so far this season, Vegas will be the venue for Seely to either step up and shut down Anderson or accept that he is a more consistent second place finisher.

Unfortunately race fans will have to hold off for one more week before they can choose sides and witness one of the biggest rivalry battles the 250SX has ever unveiled. As Seely and Anderson and the rest of the West class take the next two weeks to prep for Vegas, the East Coast riders will head to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey for one more round of battle before the season finale.

250SX WEST POINT STANDINGS

  1. Jason Anderson (178)
  2. Cole Seely (170)
  3. Justin Hill (139)
  4. Dean Wilson (138)
  5. Cooper Webb (121)
  6. Malcolm Stewart (121)
  7. Jessy Nelson (103)
  8. Zach Osborne (100)
  9. Shane McElrath (96)
  10. Jake Canada (72)

250SX EAST POINT STANDINGS

  1. Martin Davalos (149)
  2. Justin Bogle (141)
  3. Adam Cianciarulo (120)
  4. Blake Baggett (120)
  5. Vince Friese (100)
  6. Kyle Cunnigham (94)
  7. Cole Thopson (89)
  8. Jimmy Decotis (78)
  9. Matt Lemoine (74)
  10. Alex Martin (72)

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