Before the Gates Drop in Detroit
This week Monster Energy AMA Supercross will head to Ford Field Stadium in Detroit, Michigan for round eleven of the FIM World Championship series. This 2014 event will be the first time the series has visited this venue since 2008 when Davi Millsaps claimed his second career victory in the 450SX class.
Monster Energy/Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto will head to Detroit carrying the red plate as the series points leader. After extending his lead with a win last week at Daytona, Villopoto sits twenty-eight points ahead of Ryan Dungey. Villopoto has never visited the Ford Field venue during his career in the 450SX class; however, he did take home a victory at Ford Field in the 250SX class. He sits among a small group of elite riders that hold the possibility of being the first rider in history to claim a 250SX class victory and 450SX class victory at Ford Field Stadium.
For the third time this season, the Red Bull/KTM team had two riders on the podium last week at Daytona, being the first brand to accomplish this feat in 2014. Red Bull/KTM’s rookie, Ken Roczen heads to Ford Field Stadium sitting in third in the points, one point behind his teammate Ryan Dungey. In his debut season in the 450SX class, Roczen looks to etch his name in the record books beside teammate Ryan Dungey, as one of the only riders in history to win a premier class championship in his debut season. After redeeming himself from a disappointing chain of events at Indy, Roczen took home a second place finish at Daytona and will be looking to top the podium in Detroit.
Red Bull/KTM’s Ryan Dungey heads to Detroit in second position in the points chase with only one victory in 2014. Amongst the battles the sport has handed Dungey this season, he has proven faithful to his reputation of being one the most consistent riders in history. Although many riders like former champion Ricky Carmichael and motocross legend Jeremy McGrath, have experienced consistent victories throughout their careers, the sport has never demanded the level of fitness, commitment and competition that it does today. Against all odds and the innumerable number of variables the sport demands week in and week out, the consistency and excellence that Ryan Dungey delivers is what has made him a champion in the past and a championship contender amongst the deepest field of talent the sport has witnessed to date. After a win in Indy and a third place finish at Daytona, Dungey will surely be on the hunt for a win this weekend in Detroit to close the gap on Villopoto’s points lead.
Yoshimura/Suzuki’s James Stewart has managed to maintain a fourth place position in the points chase with two wins so far this season. The Florida native has managed to create a reputation of being the fastest man on the planet, however, alongside this feat has come inconsistency and paramount injuries. Stewart had announced that there is an eighty percent chance that he plans to retire after next year. As long times race fans are aware Stewart never fails to put on a show and as any former champion would, he is definitely looking to go out on top. The Yoshimura Suzuki rider has become the most well known rider of his time, earning himself many fans amongst an immense field of controversial followers. Whether race fans are cheering for a James Stewart win at Detroit or anticipating his next astronomical crash all eyes will be on the number seven this week at Ford Field Stadium.
In the 250SX class, the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Team swept the podium last week at Daytona claiming ten out of twelve podium positions in the Eastern series. Blake Baggett took his first win of the season leading the majority of the laps in the main event.
Monster Energy/Kawasaki’s rookie, Adam Cianciarulo took second position last weekend at Daytona, extending his points lead over Martin Davalos.
Martin Davalos sits seven points behind his seventeen year-old teammate Adam Cianciarulo and eight points ahead of teammate Blake Baggett.
GEICO/Honda’s Justin Bogle has been the only rider to get a different brand up on the podium in four rounds in the Eastern series. He has claimed two third place finishes and two fifths to maintain his fourth place position in the championship points chase.
As the series closes in on the last seven rounds of the championship, the points up for grabs become more valuable with each round. Heading into round eleven at Detroit, Ryan Villopoto will be looking for another win to extend his points lead while the rest of the pack looks to overcome to earn some valuable points to close the gap on the former champ. As the points chase continues to tighten in the 250SX class, the pressure is on Adam Cianciarulo to put his name amongst an elite group of riders that have claimed a championship in their pro debut season.
The gate will drop at Ford Field Stadium in Detroit, Michigan at 7:00PM EST.