REED “IN IT TO WIN IT” WITH ANOTHER WIN AT ANIHIEM 3
In front of a crowd of 41,000 fans, Monster Energy Supercross took the stage one last time at Angel Stadium for its third and final stop in Anaheim, California. 450SX class veteran Chad Reed led all twenty laps to follow up his win at A2 with a victory to reassure peers and supercross fans, alike, that he’s “in it to win it til’ end”, as he stated last week in Oakland. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson charged to the front early to take home his first win of the season in the 250SX class.
Yoshimura/Suzuki’s James Stewart led the pack into turn one, taking the Nuclear Cowboyz Hole shot award in the 450SX class. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto was nearly side-by-side with Stewart going into turn one and made a successful pass for the lead in turn two, bringing Reed along behind him. Rookie Red Bull/KTM rider Ken Roczen also followed Villopoto and Reed, pushing Stewart from first to fourth before the third corner of the first lap.
After making quick work of race leader Ryan Villopoto on lap one, Discount Tire/TwoTwo Motorsports rider Chad Reed opened up a five second gap between himself and Villopoto by lap five.
As race fans witnessed some of the best riding Mike Alessi has displayed in years, it seemed to be a night filled with a mix of highs and lows for the former “holeshot master”. After nearly putting himself over the berm in an attempt to make a pass on Stewart in his heat race, Alessi managed to qualify in the semi only to find himself unable to finish the main due to mechanical bike issues.
After a couple weeks of mediocre results, Ken Roczen’s pass on former champion Ryan Villopoto surely proved that Roczen is back to battle for the championship. The rookie set up Villopoto like a veteran for a successful pass for second in the most technical set of whoops the series has seen this year. Roczen then set his sights on reeling in race leader, Chad Reed.
Typically conservative Red Bull/KTM rider, Ryan Dungey surprised race fans once again in Anaheim after quading a section that few riders attempted, managing to close the gap on Stewart sitting in fourth.
Stewart seemed to crack under the pressure of the newly aggressive Ryan Dungey as he allowed Dungey and Barcia to pass while taking soil samples around the halfway point. However, Dungey also managed to take himself out of the battle after losing control in the whoops and going down on lap twelve.
Barcia picked up another position and set his sights on closing the gap on the top three and managed to do so in the final laps of the race. Unfortunately, time ran out for Barcia, Roczen and Villopoto to make any kind of attack on Reed’s flawless ride.
Unlike his previous win at round three, a good start allowed Reed to get out front early and lead every lap of the race to take home his second back-to-back win at Angel Stadium. After making several unsuccessful attempts to take the lead from Reed, Roczen rode his way to his third podium of his rookie season in the 450SX class. Villopoto surprisingly seemed to ride contently in third position for the entirety of the moto to take third at Anahiem and maintain his points lead.
After their respective crashes, Stewart managed to fight his way back to seventh, while Dungey experienced bike issues and was unable to make a charge, finishing a disappointing 20th.
Troy Lee/Lucas Oil/Honda’s Cole Seely took the Nuclear Cowboyz Holeshot leading the pack in the 250SX class main event. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Dean Wilson quickly moved into second followed by Honda rider Jake Canada in third.
Last week’s race winner, Jason Anderson managed to put a pass on Malcolm Stewart in lap three. In an attempt to return the favour Stewart took both riders out and sent Anderson flying, allowing Webb, Nelson, and Tedder to get by.
As Anderson went to work on making his way back through the pack, North Carolina-native Cooper Webb made the pass on Jake Canada in the whoops on lap eight to move into third position.
Just as the battle for the lead was beginning to shape up, race leader Cole Seely made it easy for Wilson to make the pass for the lead after tucking his front end just after the whoops. He remounted, re-entering the race in second, just in front of Cooper Webb.
After making the pass on points-leader Cole Seely, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson claimed his very first main event win of year. Troy Lee/Lucas Oil/Honda’s Cole Seely accepted another disappointing second at Anaheim to tie up the points chase with Rockstar Energy Racing’s Jason Anderson. Yamaha’s Cooper Webb took the final podium position to claim the second podium of his career.
With a long overdue win under his belt Dean Wilson will surely be hungry for another win next week in San Diego.
After his crash at round one in Anaheim it was good to see Eli Tomac back in the mix Saturday night at A3. Next week looks to be promising for Tomac as he demonstrated some good results in his heat race and will continue to regain his strength and confidence in the coming weeks.
If Dungey continues to bring the intensity race fans have witnessed lately, he will be sure to put on a show next week on his hunt for his first win of the season.
Due to several unfortunate mishaps for Mike Alessi in Anaheim, fans only got to see a glimpse of what Alessi has up his sleeve this year. If Alessi walks away with the reassurance that he can ride with the top guys, San Diego will be sure to see some intensity shape up in the KTM rider.
Davi Milsaps has been sitting out the 2014 AMA Supercross Series due to a knee and foot injury. After finishing second two years in a row it is unfortunate that Milsaps will likely sit out the rest of the 2014 Supercross season with his ACL on the mend.
Trey Carnard has also been sitting out but he is looking to enter into the 2014 AMA Supercross Series in the coming weeks after surgery on his arm in early December. The eight-week healing period prescribed by the doctor is coming to a close and hopefully Carnard has healed up well so we can see him back in action next week.
As the field of talent continues to deepen, the most daring athletes in the world will be sure to put on a show for race fans next week in celebration of America’s bravest civilians for Military Celebration week at round six in San Diego.
250SX CLASS-ANAHEIM 3
- Dean Wilson
- Cole Seely
- Cooper Webb
- Justin Hill
- Jason Anderson
- Malcolm Stewart
- Jake Canada
- Shane McElrath
- Jessy Nelson
- Dakota Tedder
250SX CLASS- POINT STANDINGS
- Jason Anderson-109
- Cole Seely-109
- Dean Wilson-97
- Cooper Webb-85
- Justin Hill-82
- Zach Osborne-69
- Malcolm Stewart-69
- Jessy Nelson-61
- Shane McElrath
- Dean Ferris
450SX CLASS-ANAHEIM 3
- Chad Reed
- Ken Roczen
- Ryan Villopoto
- Justin Barcia
- Weston Peick
- Justin Brayton
- James Stewart
- Jake Weimer
- Andrew Short
- Ivan Tedesco
450SX CLASS-POINT STANDINGS
- Ryan Villopoto-104
- Chad Reed-102
- Ken Roczen-97
- Justin Brayton-86
- James Stewart-80
- Ryan Dungey-76
- Justin Barcia-74
- Andrew Short-61
- Wil Hahn-52
- Jake Weimer-50