Trey Canard Seattle SX

AMA Supercross 2014 450 Recap

Published April 17th, 2014

This week in Monster Energy AMA Supercross, the boys will be taking a break to spend Easter with their families before they head to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. This weekend is the only break for the riders in the 450SX class since the beginning of the Supercross season, back in January. The Eastern 250SX class will be in the line up on Saturday night in New Jersey for their last round of competition, before they head to Vegas for head-to-head competition with the riders from the West.

Monster Energy/Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto will head to MetLife Stadium with a forty-eight point gap over James Stewart, after his showing at his hometown race in Seattle, Washington, last weekend. Villopoto sits fifty-one points out on Red Bull/KTM’s Ryan Dungey, meaning that Yoshimura/Suzuki’s James Stewart is the only man on the track who could shut down Villopoto’s hopes of claiming the championship in 2014.

However, the three times AMA Supercross World Champion will be looking to rap up his fourth Supercross title in a row at East Rutherford, next weekend. The Poulsbo, Washington native has been the only racer in history to clinch a Supercross championship four rounds early. Villopoto will either only need to finish two positions ahead of Stewart or capture the win next weekend to clinch the 2014 championship one round early.

Justin Barcia Celebrates with James Stewart

Yoshimura/Suzuki rider, James Stewart has made claims that he plans to retire in the coming years, but the news has come in one of his most successful seasons to date. Since the gate dropped at Anaheim 1, Stewart has been faced with struggles, bad luck and some gnarly crashes. However, race fans have witnessed a seemingly new and different James Stewart than they have witnessed ever in history. He seems to have found the correct ingredients for consistency that he has lacked for his entire career and yet with this new maturity he still manages to turn heads with his unparalleled speed and talent. Amongst a crowd of former champions, the two –time champion still manages to live up to his nickname of the fastest man on the planet. If the early rounds had gone slightly different for Stewart the championship point chase may have looked a little different come Vegas.

Red Bull/KTM’s Ryan Dungey has dealt with a very frustrating season, as a former champion looking to dominate amongst a field of past champions. Although he has managed to stay healthy throughout the season, the results have been less than satisfactory for the integrity of Ryan Dungey and his team. The KTM team has earned only three wins so far this season, with only one belonging to Dungey.

Red Bull/KTM’s rookie, Ken Roczen has earned the other two wins for the team including his win at the opening round in Anaheim, California. Roczen has proven to be strong despite the challenges that, not only his career has presented him but also the challenges of his personal life. In his decision to work with Alden Baker for training purposes, Roczen had lost the support of his dad, who had stood by him throughout his amateur career. His energy and positive attitude in times of struggle and defeat have earned him much respect in the industry and amongst his competition. The young rookie and German rider sits only eighteen points shy of finishing out the season in the top three. With a strong showing in the next two rounds, Roczen could possibly finish out his rookie season in the top three, amongst the deepest field and most fierce competition the sport has ever witnessed.

Muscle Milk/Honda’s, Justin “Bam-Bam” Barcia has pulled together a strong season despite the early struggles of his season. Although race fans have witnessed glimpses of “Bam-Bam” throughout the season, he too seems to have found a more mature means for competition in 2014. After a bad crash at round eight in Atlanta, Barcia was unable to pick up any points for that weekend and had to sit out the following weekend on the mend. However, the Florida state native bounced back from the injury with his best finishes of the year in the following rounds. The young Honda rider has earned four podiums this year to put himself in fifth in the points chase.

Trey Canard Seattle SX

Muscle Milk/Honda rider, Trey Canard sat out the majority of the season nursing injuries he sustained in December of last year. In his return to the circuit he has defiantly surprised fans with his consistent top five finishes despite his laundry list of previous injuries. Once you reach a certain number of injuries pushing for a certain a goal, many would assume that one would find new dreams. But, despite Canard`s long list of injuries and other tragedies, he still keeps pushing for the top. With a full, healthy season he will surely be there.

This weekend a lot of racers will likely be taking some time to spend with their families in between training sessions to get ready for East Rutherford, New Jersey. This will be the last round before the finale in Las Vegas, where champions will be crowned champions and plans for the 2014 Lucas Oil AMA Motocross Series will begin. The outdoor season will begin the weekend of May 24th, 2014 at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, California, leaving the riders only three weeks to prepare.

 

250SX WEST POINT STANDINGS

  1. Jason Anderson (178)
  2. Cole Seely (170)
  3. Justin Hill (139)
  4. Dean Wilson (138)
  5. Cooper Webb (121)
  6. Malcolm Stewart (121)
  7. Jessy Nelson (103)
  8. Zach Osborne (100)
  9. Shane McElrath (96)
  10. Jake Canada (72)

250SX EAST POINT STANDINGS

  1. Martin Davalos (149)
  2. Justin Bogle (141)
  3. Adam Cianciarulo (120)
  4. Blake Baggett (120)
  5. Vince Friese (100)
  6. Kyle Cunnigham (94)
  7. Cole Thopson (89)
  8. Jimmy Decotis (78)
  9. Matt Lemoine (74)
  10. Alex Martin (72)

450SX POINT STANDINGS

  1. Ryan Villopoto (318)
  2. James Stewart (270)
  3. Ryan Dungey (267)
  4. Ken Roczen (249)
  5. Justin Barcia (214)
  6. Justin Brayton (196)
  7. Andrew Short (194)
  8. Broc Tickle (126)
  9. Josh Hill (124)
  10. Wil Hahn (122)

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