Cody Webb defended his 2013 King of the Motos title today after winning the 2014 King of the Motos.

Cody Webb defended his 2013 King of the Motos title today after winning the 2014 King of the Motos. ALL PHOTOS BY JOSH BURNS

Defending King of the Motos Champion Cody Webb couldn’t have gotten a better start if he had bribed the officials and the rest of his competition.

The American Beta rider, who had finished second by mere seconds after the morning loop, dominated the 2014 King of the Motos in Johnson Valley, California, today, defending his KoM crown after pulling an incredible holeshot up the rock formation known as Chocolate Thunder during the afternoon’s second, more technical, loop.

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American Beta announces that factory riders Cody Webb and Max Gerston are preparing to compete in this weekend’s King of Motos Race that kick off the week-long list of event for the King of the Hammers. Beta sent over some sneak peeks of Cody’s #1 Beta 300 RR that was built exclusively for the event.

In yesterday’s King of the Motos race, Cody Webb was able to hold off last year’s winner Graham Jarvis for the win (check out highlights of last year’s event here).

Webb, on the #247 Beta, was the overall King of the Motos winner after completing the 160 miles of race course for two laps with an elapsed time of 4 hours, 50 minutes and 38 second.

Jarvis was in the mix with Webb until a flat tire he sustained on his Husaberg pushed him off the pace and he had to settle for second. Rounding out the podium in the pro class was the Kawasaki-mounted Taylor Robert.