News 26 Jan 2014

Villopoto takes second SX win of the season at Oakland

Reed races to third podium of the 2014 season in third.

Image: Simon Cudby.

Image: Simon Cudby.

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto won his second Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, race of 2014 at Oakland’s Coliseum.

Factory Metal Works/Honda’s Vince Friese led the field of 450SX Class riders through turn one to win the holeshot award with Toyota/Yamaha/JGRMX’s Justin Brayton on his back wheel.

On the opening lap, Villopoto and Discount Tire Racing/TwoTwo Motorsports’ Chad Reed took over the number one and two positions respectively.

Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart started a charge on lap four to take over fourth place, and on lap seven, he moved into third place. Stewart made one last pass on Reed for second place, where he would finish just 4.2 seconds behind Villopoto. Reed finished third.

“It feels good to be up here tonight,” said Villopoto. “We have put in a lot of work at the test track, and I have a great team behind me and a great bike under me. I hope I can carry this momentum into Anaheim next weekend.”

Villopoto moved into the points lead and Reed moved into second place, seven points in arrears.

Australians Matt Moss (Yoshimura Suzuki) and Lawson Bopping (Suzuki) both missed out on the main event, with Moss opting out of proceedings prior to the LCQ with a shoulder injury sustained during practice earlier this week.

Rockstar Energy Racing’s Jason Anderson captured his third win in four races in tonight’s Western Regional 250SX Class main event.

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson edged out teammate Justin Hill for the holeshot, however Hill quickly moved into the lead and by the end of the opening lap. Anderson moved into second place with Wilson assuming third place.

Hill and Anderson traded places on lap six, and while the two jockeyed for position in a corner, Wilson passed Anderson for second place and a few turns later, he passed Hill for the lead. Anderson tracked down Hill on the following lap to moved into second place.

Anderson – for the third time this season – made a pass on the last lap to move into the lead and eventual win after Wilson’s KX250F stalled before the triple. Wilson finished a season-best second place and Hill finished a career-best third place.

“I can’t believe I keep pulling these off – three wins in four races is huge,” said Anderson. “I hope to come away with the number-one plate at the end of the season. I wanted to be in attack mode tonight, but I also wanted to keep it on two wheels.”

Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda’s Cole Seeley came into tonight race with the points lead but dropped to second place as Anderson now moved into the number-one position in season standings and has a six-point lead.

Red Bull KTM’s Dean Ferris scored his second top 10 result of the season, finishing 10th on the most technical track of the season to date.

Monster Energy Supercross heads to Anaheim next Saturday, 1 February, for the third and final race at Angel Stadium.

2014 Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship
Round four – Oakland, CA

450SX Class main event results:
1. Ryan Villopoto
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
11. Josh Grant
12. Ivan Tedesco
13. Mike Alessi
14. Vince Friese
15. Nick Wey
16. Matt Goerke
17. Kyle Chisholm
18. Jimmy Albertson
19. Nick Schmidt
20. Jimmy Decotis
21. Kyle Partridge
22. Weston Peick

450SX Class championship standings (after 4 of 17 rounds):
1. Ryan Villopoto 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
11. Josh Grant 31
12. Ivan Tedesco 27
13. Broc Tickle 26
14. Mike Alessi 24
15. Weston Peick 21
16. Matt Moss 20
17. Nicholas Wey 20
18. Vince Friese 18
19. Matt Goerke 17
20. Joshua Hill 16

West Coast 250SX Class main event results:
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
11. Jake Canada
12. Scott Champion
13. Dakota Tedder
14. Valentin Teillet
15. Topher Ingalls
16. Malcolm Stewart
17. Cole Martinez
18. Brandon Scharer
19. Ruben Alanis
20. Austin Burns
21. Brian Burns
22. Aaron Siminoe

West Coast 250SX Class championship standings (after 4 of 9 rounds):
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
11. Michael Leib 37
12. Dakota Tedder 29
13. Cole Martinez 24
14. Scott Champion 24
15. Darryn Durham 21
16. Jake Canada 20
17. Valentin Teillet 17
18. Chris Plouffe 13
19. Austin Politelli 11
20. Austin Burns 10

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