James Stewarts First 2014 Supercross Victory
STEWART CLAIMS HIS FIRST WIN OF THE 2014 AMA SUPERCROSS SERIES
AMA Monster Energy Supercross made its last stop in California at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego to put on a show for nearly 57,000 race fans and American Military Troops. Yoshimura Suzuki rider and two time AMA Supercross champion James Stewart took home his 46th career win Saturday night and his first win of the 2014 Supercross series. In the 250SX class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s rookie, Justin Hill got out front early to claim his first ever career win in Monster Energy Supercross.
In the 450SX class main event, it was Monster Energy/Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto who led the pack into the first turn, taking the Nuclear Cowboyz holeshot award, followed by Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart and BTO Sports/KTM rider Andrew Short. Rounding out the top ten out of the gate; Ken Roczen, Ryan Dungey, Chad Reed and Justin Barcia had their work cut out for themselves to make their way to the front.
Stewart made quick work of points leader, Ryan Villopoto making the pass for the lead before the end of lap one. Red Bull/KTM riders, Ryan Dungey and Ken Roczen also went to work early making their way into fourth and fifth position going into lap two.
As Dungey made the pass for third on Short in lap two, last week’s race winner Chad Reed made his way from sixth to third in seconds passing Roczen, Short and Dungey all at once. Muscle Milk/Honda’s Justin Barcia made his way into sixth in lap three after making a clean pass on Short.
Red Bull/KTM rookie Ken Roczen made the pass on teammate Ryan Dungey to make his way into fourth and set his sights on TwoTwo Motorsports’ Chad Reed. Roczen pushed hard in the early laps to put pressure on veteran Chad Reed and finally found the right spot to take the inside on Reed and put himself into third.
Shortly after making the pass on Dungey for fifth, Barcia washed out the front end and went down on lap ten allowing Dungey to reclaim fifth position.
With seven laps to go race leader, James Stewart found himself amongst some lapped traffic allowing Villopoto to close up the gap on the lead. The battle for third between Roczen, Reed and Dungey also tightened as the riders made their way into the thick of lapped riders.
As the final lap of the race closed in, the battle for the last podium position also became dangerous as Reed managed to get caught up in Roczen’s back tire going down hard in the final lap and allowing Dungey to take fourth position.
Yoshimura/Suzuki’s James Stewart led every lap at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California to claim his very first win of the 2014 AMA Monster Energy Supercross Series.
Monster Energy/Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto took second overall at San Diego to maintain his points lead in the series and take the red plate to Arlington Texas next week.
Red Bull/KTM’s rookie, Ken Roczen captured the final podium spot after a hard fought battle again this week with Discount Tire/Twotwo Motorsports’ rider Chad Reed to reclaim second place in the points chase.
Red Bull/KTM’s Ryan Dungey took fourth while California-native Weston Peick took fifth and Muscle Milk/Honda’s Justin Barcia took sixth overall Saturday night at Qualcomm Stadium.
In 250SX class action, it was Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson who led the pack into turn one taking the Nuclear Cowboyz Holeshot award, followed by Troy Lee Designs/Honda’s Malcolm Stewart and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s rookie Justin Hill.
Justin Hill made quick work of Stewart moving into second behind teammate and last week’s race winner Dean Wilson. In lap two Dean Wilson handed over the lead to Justin Hill after going down and experiencing mechanical bike issues once again.
After a poor start, points leaders Jason Anderson and Cole Seely went to work early to make their way through the pack and managed to move into third and fourth nearing the half way point. Anderson made a clean pass on Stewart after trading some paint last week in Anaheim to take second on lap seven.
With six laps to go Wilson re-entered the race after some mechanical tuning with the intent to un-lap himself after missing three laps. He managed to make his way into twenty-first position to maintain a fourth in the point standings before the series heads to the east.
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s rookie Justin Hill led all the laps but one to capture his first ever career win in the 250 AMA Monster Energy Supercross class.
Rockstar Energy Racing’s Jason Anderson rode his way from mid pack to finish second overall and maintain his points lead. Troy Lee Designs/Honda’s Malcolm Stewart took the final podium spot to earn his second podium of the 2014 Supercross series.
Next week the series moves east to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas for the first round of the 250SX East class. The class will be stacked with multiple championship contenders like the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Team of Martin Davalos, Blake Bagget and little bike superstar, Adam Cianciarulo in his rookie year, as well as, GEICO Honda’s Justin Bogle and Blake Wharton.
The series will also see some talent from the north as Canadian rider Cole Thompson joins the Rockstar Energy Racing KTM team on the East coast.
The premier 450SX points chase will continue in Arlington, Texas next week with previous champions Ryan Dungey and Justin Barcia still on hunt for a win in the 2014 series.
Discount Tire/TwoTwo Motorsports’ rider Chad Reed left Qualcomm Stadium in an ambulance and was kept overnight but it is said that he will be preparing this week for the race in Arlington.
As the series heads East it will be exciting to see how the 250SX East class pans out in the opening round and how the premier class continues to unfold in the 2014 Monster Energy Supercross, FIM World Championship series.
250SX CLASS-SAN DIEGO
- Justin Hill
- Jason Anderson
- Malcolm Stewart
- Cole Seely
- Shane Mcelrath
- Jessy Nelson
- Michael Leib
- Scott Champion
- Jake Canada
- Dean Ferris
250SX CLASS-STANDINGS (WEST)
- Jason Anderson (131)
- Cole Seely (127)
- Justin Hill (107)
- Dean Wilson (98)
- Cooper Webb (92)
- Malcolm Stewart (89)
- Jessy Nelson (76)
- Shane Mcelrath (71)
- Zach Osborne (69)
- Dean Ferris (63)
450SX CLASS-SAN DIEGO
- James Stewart
- Ryan Villopoto
- Ken Roczen
- Ryan Dungey
- Weston Peick
- Justin Barcia
- Eli Tomac
- Broc Tickle
- Justin Brayton
- Andrew Short
450SX CLASS-POINT STANDINGS
- Ryan Villopoto (126)
- Ken Roczen (117)
- Chad Reed (111)
- James Stewart (108)
- Justin Brayton (98)
- Ryan Dungey (94)
- Justin Barcia (89)
- Andrew Short (72)
- Weston Peick (53)
- Wil Hahn (52)