STACKED: THE 250SX CLASS EASTERN PREVIEW
STACKED: THE 250SX CLASS EASTERN PREVIEW
This week as Monster Energy Supercross makes its way to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the 250SX class will be hosting the first round of the Eastern Series. In Arlington a new field of young emerging talent, hailing from the eastern states of America, will take the stage to showcase their talents amongst the fastest riders in the world.
The Western 250SX class riders will take a break for the next seven weeks, as the series makes its way through the Eastern states. The West will return for two events in Houston and Seattle before they turn the spotlight back to the East for one round and then the fastest from each series will head to Las Vegas to determine the winner of the East/West Shootout.
As we witnessed in the West, the emerging talent that fills the 250SX class has become the deepest field of talent the sport has witnessed to date. The Western rounds set the stage for battles between veterans of the 250SX class like Wilson, Seely, and Anderson with new comers like Justin Hill and Cooper Webb getting in the mix to put themselves in the spotlight. The East leg of the series promises to be equally as exciting, if not more entertaining, as the field continues to host an enormous amount of unparalleled talent.
Arlington Texas will stage the pro debut of seventeen year-old Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo, who holds one the most successful amateur careers in the history of the sport. The pro career of Cianciarulo has been long awaited for many race fans and all eyes will surely be on this kid when the gate drops in Arlington.
After a stellar amateur career capped by a sweep of the Open Pro Sport class and a 250 A Class title at Loretta Lynn’s in 2013, seventeen year-old, Matt Bisceglia will also make his pro debut at Arlington riding for GEICO/Honda.
Anthony Rodriguez will be riding a MyPlash/Metal Mulisha/Star Racing Yamaha for his pro debut after suffering from a long list of injuries throughout his amateur career. After winning multiple amateur titles in America and Venezuela Rodriguez has gone on to compete in Des Nations and has set his sights high for his first year as a pro in the 250SX East Class.
Blake Baggett is said to be back in the saddle of a Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki for the first round of the East series after suffering a broken foot in the off-season. After taking home a win in Arlington last year Baggett will defiantly be on the hunt to follow that up with a back-to-back win in 2014.
With Team Manager, Mitch Payton and the entire Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Team behind him Martin Davalos will return for the East series as one of the most veteran Lites riders in the class. Davalos has always been able to run up front but he hasn’t been able to finish strong to produce results in past years. Will 2014 be the year for this South American rider?
Canadian rider and long time privateer, Cole Thompson will join the Rockstar Energy Racing/KTM Team as a replacement rider for the injured Joey Savatagy. Thompson has produced consistent results since the beginning of his pro career and it will be exciting to see what he can accomplish with factory bike under him.
The 2013 SX Rookie of the Year award winner, Joey Savatagy will join the bench as he remains on the mend from a broken wrist, AC separation, broken ribs and a partially collapsed lung from a crash in the off-season.
We will see the return of veteran 250 rider Blake Wharton in his first season returning to the GEICO/Honda Team. After spending three years with the team from 2008 to 2011, Blake Wharton has resigned with the team to step in for injured rider Justin Bogle. After finishing third overall in the East last year, achieving five podium finishes and a win in Houston, Wharton is defiantly a good rider to have on board for Team Manager, Mike LaRocco.
Unfortunately, Justin Bogle will sit out the first round of the East series due to injuries suffered in early December. Due to the extent of his injuries it is likely that he will sit out the majority of the series with five broken vertebra and a broken scapula (shoulder blade) on the mend.
Red Bull/KTM rider and former MX2 World Motocross Champion, Marvin Musquin will also sit out the majority of the series with a torn ACL.
Matt Lemoine will return riding for JAB Motorsports after some time on the mend from an ACL injury last year.
North Carolina native, Kyle Peters returns for another season with AG Motorsports after experiencing an injury shortly after his first career podium in Indianapolis 2013. Peters has changed his training program this year and is looking to make a run for the championship in 2014.
After putting in some laps in the 450SX class out West, Jimmy Decotis has announced that he will be competing in the East 250SX class with the help of title sponsor Riverside Harley Davidson.
AJ Catanzaro and Jace Owen will represent Factory Metal Club MX Racing Team, while Ronnie Stewart and Robert Lind represent Team DirtCandy Graphics.
The field of the experienced veteran 250 riders mixed with the new comers, who hold some of the most successful amateur careers in history, will be sure to produce racing that is unparalleled to anything race fans have ever seen in the 250SX Class.
When it comes time to drop the gate on the 250SX East/West Shootout the heavy hitters from the East may very well end up being a handful of riders in their pro debut year.