Oakland Podium

VILLIPOTO RECLAIMS RED PLATE

Published January 27th, 2014

VILLIPOTO RECLAIMS RED PLATE WITH A FLAWLESS WIN IN OAKLAND  

Monster Energy Supercross took the stage Saturday night at O.CO Coliseum in Oakland, California. The venue hosted a packed stadium of fans and the most colossal field of talented Supercross racers in the world. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s three-time Supercross title champion, Ryan Villipoto set the pace early in the main and rode flawlessly to take his second win of the season and reclaim the points lead. Jason Anderson rode the wheels off his Rockstar Energy Racing KTM to earn his third win of the season in his hunt for the championship in the 250SX class.

Factory Metal Works/Honda’s Vince Friese led the pack into turn one, taking the Nuclear Cowboyz Holeshot in the 450SX class. Friese was followed into turn one by Toyota/Yamaha/JGRMX’s Justin Brayton, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Ryan Villipoto, TwoTwo Motorsports/Discount Tire’s Chad Reed and Red Bull/KTM’s Ryan Dungey. Yoshimura/Suzuki’s James Stewart and GEICO Honda’s Justin Barcia went to work early to make their way through the stacked pack of heavy hitters, all hungry for a spot on the podium.

“Bam-Bam” Barcia resurged in Oakland and was on a mission to prove a point, putting teammate Wil Hahn into the tough blocks in lap three to take over sixth position.

Stewart made quick work of Dungey and Brayton, making his way into third and setting his sights on last week’s race winner, Chad Reed. Following pace with Stewart, Dungey also made the pass on Brayton, to settle into fourth position.

Rookie and points leader, Ken Roczen settled back in seventh, seemingly lacking the hunger for a win. Unlike Roczen, youngster “Bam-Bam” Barcia was possibly pushing too hard for the win when he went down after coming up short in the rhythm section and taking a digger in lap nine.

Yoshimura/Suzuki rider James Stewart made a methodical and respectable pass for second on Reed in lap twelve. While Stewart went to work on closing the five second gap up on race leader Ryan Villipoto, Dungey closed the gap on Reed.

Unfortunately, time ran out for Stewart to close the gap on Villipoto’s flawless ride, but the last two weeks have turned some surprisingly consistent results for James Stewart.

GEICO Honda’s rookie Wil Hahn made his way back up to seventh after getting tangled up with teammate Justin Barcia. Red Bull/KTM’s rookie and points leader Ken Roczen found some drive in the closing laps to make a pass on Brayton, but Brayton returned the favour to take fifth place at Oakland.

Ryan Villipoto’s favourite soil conditions certainly turned out to work in his favour as he walked away with his second back to back win in Oakland to reclaim the red plate for Anaheim three. Stewart took second place in Oakland to maintain the consistency he has been working towards since the gate dropped at Anaheim one. Last week’s race winner Chad Reed earned his second back to back podium in the 2014 Supercross race season.

In 250SX action, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson lead the pack into turn one taking the Nuclear Cowboyz Holeshot award. However, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s rookie Justin Hill made a quick pass on Wilson to take the lead from his teammate. Anderson made an easy move to second while Wilson was recovering from a simple rhythm mistake.

After regaining his rhythm, Wilson knuckled down to put Anderson and Hill into a wheel to wheel to wheel battle early in the main.

Last week’s race winner Cole Seely made an effortless move from sixth to fourth, when Cooper Webb and Malcolm Stewart got tangled up in an all out battle for fourth position. After a confrontation both riders remounted and re-entered the race at the back of the pack.

In the closing laps Wilson made his way back to the front but had to settle for second after a strange mechanical malfunction with his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki. While Wilson rolled the last section before the finish line, Anderson took the lead to claim his third win of the season. Dean Wilson took second while his rookie teammate Justin Hill took the final podium position.

Although Eli Tomac was unable to race this weekend in Oakland due to the left shoulder injury he sustained at the opening round, we will be looking forward to seeing him next week at Round Five in the 450SX class.

Josh Hill was out of the mix once again this weekend with another broken bone to add to his long list. Hill tweeted, “busted collarbone tonight, but luckily I’m still pretty”. With his positive attitude it is likely we will see Hill back before the end of the Supercross Season.

GEICO Honda’s Justin Barcia brought “Bam-Bam” back in Oakland to show that he’s not afraid to lay it all on the line for a spot on that podium. With Barcia hungry and long overdue for a win, race fans will be sure to see some exciting battles with this kid in the weeks to come.

Yosimura/Suzuki’s James Stewart has seemingly found his comfort zone where he can produce consistent results week by week. But as long-time race fans surely know Stewart is never happy with second best. Now that he has surpassed the illness that he rode through for the past weeks, Stewart will surely be pushing for a win next week in Anaheim.

Last week’s race winner, Chad Reed didn’t seem, “to be in it to win it until the end”, as he stated, this week in Oakland. Race fans will be looking for the hero they witnessed at A2 to resurface at A3 next weekend.

Dean Wilson, seemingly cursed by bad luck will definitely be reviewing tape this week and looking for a win in Anaheim next weekend.

250SX class privateer, Topher Ingalls definitely turned some heads this week taking sixth in his heat race and a respectable fifteenth in the main event. Ingalls is definitely a rider to keep an eye on as he’s putting in the hard work to turn some results this year.

With a disappointing weekend for many riders in Oakland, next week at Anaheim three will be sure to be exciting as the 2014 Supercross Race Season continues to unfold.

250SX RESULTS-OAKLAND

  1. Jason Anderson
  2. Dean Wilson
  3. Justin Hill
  4. Cole Seely
  5. Zach Osborne
  6. Michael Leib
  7. Jessy Nelson
  8. Shane McElrath
  9. Cooper Webb
  10. Dean Ferris

250SX SEASON STANDINGS

  1. Jason Anderson (93)
  2. Cole Seely (87)
  3. Dean Wilson (72)
  4. Zach Osborne (69)
  5. Cooper Webb (65)
  6. Justin Hill (64)
  7. Malcolm Stewart (54)
  8. Jessy Nelson (49)
  9. Shane McElrath (42)
  10. Dean Ferris (42)

450SX RESULTS-OAKLAND

  1. Ryan Villipoto
  2. James Stewart
  3. Chad Reed
  4. Ryan Dungey
  5. Justin Brayton
  6. Ken Roczen
  7. Justin Barcia
  8. Wil Hahn
  9. Jake Weimer
  10. Andrew Short

450SX SEASON STANDINGS

  1. Ryan Villipoto (84)
  2. Chad Reed (77)
  3. Ken Roczen (75)
  4. Ryan Dungey (75)
  5. Justin Brayton (71)
  6. James Stewart (66)
  7. Justin Barcia (56)
  8. Andrew Short (49)
  9. Wil Hahn (43)
  10. Jake Weimer (37)

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