Irvine, Calif. (January 20, 2014) – Round 3 of Monster Energy Supercross returned to Angel Stadium in Anaheim to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the sport on Saturday. Two-time supercross champion and Kawasaki mounted Chad Reed powered his KX™450F to his 42nd career supercross win, and his first in nearly two years. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto worked his way into second place before a mistake dropped him to finish fifth. Jake Weimer charged to overcome a poor start and a late-race crash to finish 10th.
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Justin Hill was consistently fast throughout the day and into the night program on the retro-theme course. Hill finished second behind his teammate in his heat race and went into the main event confident. His KX™250F rocketed out of the gate and nearly had the holeshot before his back end stepped out, sending him to the ground. From last position, Hill charged forward to finish an impressive fifth. Teammate Dean Wilson battled for pole position in qualifying for the third consecutive week and dominated his heat race. In the main event, Wilson was up front until he caught a tuff block and went down. He remounted to charge back to seventh place. Darryn Durham suffered a crash in practice and was forced to sit the night out.
PHOENIX, AZ – Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s James Stewart bounced back in a big way from last weekend’s crash to turn in a first-class performance at Saturday’s round two of AMA/FIM Supercross at Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ. Although the Yoshimura Suzuki rider was feeling under the weather, Stewart stepped it up for the main event and raced his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 to an impressive fourth-place result.
“I’ve had some good luck at Phoenix in the past,” said Stewart, one of only two riders to win in both the 450 and 250 classes at this venue. “So Phoenix has been pretty good to me.”
Irvine, Calif. – The excitement of the 2014 Monster Energy Supercross season carried into Round 2 at Chase Field in Phoenix, Ariz., on Saturday as Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto fought to his first win of the season. With the main event win, his first in Phoenix, the reigning champion took over the championship points lead and will return to running his familiar red number plates. Jake Weimer bounced back from a rough opening round to win his heat race but an early collision with another rider in the main event saw him finish 18th.
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson once again established himself as one of the fastest riders in qualifying and captured his first heat race win of 2014. In the main event Wilson started within the top-10 and worked his way forward to battle for the podium, ultimately finishing fourth. Justin Hill had a strong heat race for the second consecutive week finishing third and despite a crash in the main, he finished a respectable eighth. Darryn Durham was forced to qualify from the Last Chance Qualifier and finished 14th.
SEATTLE – Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, returned to the West Coast for the 15th race of the season on Saturday night in front of a crowd of 53,862 inside Seattle’s CenturyLink Field. Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Justin Barcia posted a wire-to-wire performance to win his second career 450SX Class Main Event. Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen captured his third 250SX Class victory in four races in the Western Regional Championship’s return to competition.
Barcia raced to the Nuclear Cowboyz Holeshot Award to begin the 450SX Class Main Event, with MotoConcepts Racing’s Mike Alessi and Slaton Racing Honda’s Vince Friese in tow. Villopoto positioned himself in the top five, while a first-turn pileup claimed both Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey and TwoTwo Motorsports Honda’s Chad Reed.
Monster Energy’s Ryan Villopoto made it four-in-a-row as he claimed his seventh win of the Monster Energy Supercross season in Toronto, Canada. In front of a packed crowd at Rogers Centre, Villopoto extended his lead to 12 points over second place in the championship standings.
Villopoto was unstoppable all day, taking the top qualifier, winning his heat, and eventually racing to the main event victory. The champ continued to add to his career wins total, giving Villopoto a tally of 31 victories in the 450SX class.
It was another solid night for Chad Reed, starting up front in the main event and claiming an impressive fourth-place finish. It was his ninth top-five finish of the season, helping him maintain fourth in the points standings.
Corona, Calif. – Monster Energy’s Ryan Villopoto raced to his fourth win of the season in the 450SX class in St. Louis, Mo., and gained huge ground in the championship standings. Villopoto cut his points deficit to the leader almost in half, going from 22 points down to 12 points down.
During the red flag restart on Lap 3, Villopoto had his work cut out for him as he started sixth. He didn’t waste any time moving to the front and just after halfway had moved into the lead, eventually winning by 3.3 seconds.
Joining Villopoto on the podium was Monster Energy’s Chad Reed who took home third place in St. Louis. Reed has been consistent throughout the Monster Energy Supercross season and currently sits fifth in the points standings, just one point back of fourth.
ARLINGTON, Texas – The seventh race of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, signified the 2013 season’s move east with 54,036 fans in attendance inside Cowboys Stadium. For the third time this season, reigning back-to-back champion Ryan Villopoto posted a dominant effort en route to victory aboard his Monster Energy Kawasaki, leading every lap of the Main Event. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson won the opening race of the Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship, which will be in action for the next eight stops.
Championship leader Davi Millsaps edged out Villopoto to claim the Nuclear Cowboyz® Holeshot Award at the start of the 450SX Class Main Event, but a little more momentum helped Villopoto slip past his Rockstar Energy Racing-mounted rival just a few feet later. Not long after, TwoTwo Motorsports Honda’s Chad Reed made an aggressive move to steal second from Millsaps, which allowed Villopoto to open an early gap.
SAN DIEGO – The sixth race of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, signified the final California stop of the 2013 season on Saturday night, with 55,361 spectators in attendance inside Qualcomm Stadium. For the second time this season, Rockstar Energy Racing’s Davi Millsaps captured the victory with a wire-to-wire performance that extended his lead in the 450SX standings. GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac won his fourth Western Regional 250SX Class race of the season, closing his deficit in the championship.
Millsaps pulled an advantage out of the gate of the 20-lap Main Event to secure the Nuclear Cowboyz Holeshot Award, with Dodge/Sycuan Casino/RCH Racing Suzuki’s Broc Tickle and TwoTwo Motorsports Honda’s Chad Reed in tow. Championship contenders Ryan Dungey, Ryan Villopoto, and Trey Canard, who sit second through fourth in the points, all started outside the top five, with Canard crossing the line outside the top 10 on the opening lap.
Anaheim, CA – Red Bull KTM Factory rider Ryan Dungey won his first 450SX Supercross race of the season in front of a packed Anaheim crowd at Angel Stadium. Dungey’s win marked the second KTM win of the night after his teammate, Ken Roczen, took the victory in the 250SX class for the second weekend in a row.
Dungey’s day started well with him turning fast lap times in the afternoon qualifiers. Unfortunately, a mechanical issue right at the start of his heat caused him to not finish the race and he had to race the LCQ.
In the LCQ, Dungey got caught in a first turn pile up and had to work his way into qualifying position. He passed into the final qualifying spot on the last lap to transfer into the main event.