2014 Monster Energy Supercross | Arlington SX Preview
2014 Arlington Supercross at AT&T Stadium
Four different winners in six rounds. This is the way the 2014 Monster Energy Supercross Championship is shaping up ahead round 7 this weekend at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Out of those riders, two are repeat winners – the 450SX Champion Ryan Villopoto, who cases his third-straight title, and Discount Tire Racing/TwoTwo Motorsports’ Chad Reed; the other two winners were Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen and Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart.
The latter won last weekend’s round in San Diego after a dominating performance. He took the lead on the opening lap, and though Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Villopoto put in some amazing efforts, Stewart was untouchable.
He went on to lead all 20 laps, and took his 46th Supercross win – his first since Atlanta last year. Joining Stewart on the San Diego podium was Villopoto and Roczen.
Following the race, Stewart said “It is always special to win, but especially this season. (Saturday) was our military-themed race and everyone here was one big family. This was an amazing race and I look forward to heading to AT&T Stadium (in Arlington, Texas) next weekend.”
Stewart has been consistent, taking three podiums in the last five round, and is second only to Villopoto in average finishing; Stewart has 2.4 versus Villopoto’s 3.2 average finish. Stewart also moved to fourth in the standings, 21 behind the leader, Villopoto.
Trailing Villopoto by nine points is Rozcen, with Kawasaki KX450F-pilot Reed in third, 15 points adrift.
But Reed’s appearance at this Saturday’s Arlington SX is uncertain. While battling for the podium in San Diego, he ran into Roczen’s rear tire on the final lap. Reed hit the ground hard, and was unable to rejoin the grid, suffering a DNF.
He was helped off the track by the Asterisk Medical Crew, and later reported via his Twitter that he broke some bones.
Via his Twitter, Reed said “So not the news I wanted 3 broken bones 1) scapula 2) collarbone 3). T1 Explains the pain I guess. Sometimes things don’t make sense it’s that love hate relationship you have with racing but every Saturday night they drop the gate. In six days I plan to be there! Thanks for all the prayers hope to make y’all proud TwoTwo supporters.”
This put a damper on Reed’s performance. He entered San Diego two points behind Villopoto, and is now third. And due to his injuries, he’s appearance is uncertain at Arlington.
For a more in-depth look at San Diego Supercross, click here.
250 SX Class
After a six-race run to start its season, the Western Regional 250SX Class Championship will take its annual midseason break before returning to action on April 5. In its absence, the Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship moves into the spotlight and will kick off a seven-week stretch of competition, Feld Motor Sports says.
With defending Eastern Regional Champion Wil Hahn now competing in the 450SX Class for GEICO Honda, the title is vacant and up for grabs with a talented field of young riders ready to fight for their first career title. Veteran riders like GEICO Honda’s Blake Wharton and Justin Bogle, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett and Martin Davalos, and SmarTop Racing MotoConcepts’ Kyle Cunningham are balanced by experienced young up-and-comers like Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha’s Jeremy Martin, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo, and GEICO Honda’s Matt Bisceglia, Feld Motor Sports says.
The Western Regional 250SX Class Championship ended its six-race run by welcoming its fourth different winner on Saturday as Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Justin Hill won the first Main Event of his career in San Diego.
Rockstar Energy Racing’s Jason Anderson retook the points lead with a runner-up finish while Troy Lee Designs/MAVTV Honda’s Malcolm Stewart secured his second podium finish of the season. Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil Honda’s Cole Seely finished fourth and went from a tie for the points lead to a four-point deficit. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson, who entered San Diego in search of a second straight win, crashed while leading and recorded a 20th-place finish to drop to 33 points out of the lead, Feld Motor Sports says.
Last season in Arlington, Villopoto raced to his third victory of the season to continue his charge towards an eventual third consecutive 450SX Class title. In the Eastern Regional 250SX Class opener, Wilson dominated to secure the fifth win of his career, Feld Motor Sports says.
Arlington Supercross TV Schedule
Fox Sports 2 will air Monster Energy Supercross at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, with live action beginning at 8:30 p.m. EST.
Arlington Supercross History
The first race held in Dallas was February 28, 1975, when Jimmy Ellis won on Can-Am. Reed has the most wins of any rider, with four victories coming over the span of six seasons. Mike LaRocco, Jeremy McGrath, Doug Henry, Kevin Windham, James Stewart, and Ryan Villopoto have all won in Dallas in both the 450SX Class and 250SX Class. Since 2007, five different winners have claimed victory in the 450SX Class, Feld Motor Sports says.
2014 Monster Energy Supercross 450 Class Season Standings (after six of 17 rounds):
1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 126
2. Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 117
3. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Kawasaki, 111
4. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki, 105
5. Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C., Yamaha, 98
6. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 94
7. Justin Barcia, Pinetta, Fla., Honda, 89
8. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM, 72
9. Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Suzuki, 53
10. Wil Hahn, Menifee, Calif., Honda, 52
Western Regional 250SX Class Season Standings:
1. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., KTM, 131
2. Cole Seely, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Honda, 127
3. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Kawasaki, 107
4. Dean Wilson, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Kawasaki, 98
5. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha, 92
6. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda, 89
7. Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., Honda, 76
8. Shane McElrath, Chesterfield, S.C., Honda, 71
9. Zach Osborne, Chesterfield, S.C., Honda, 69
10. Dean Ferris, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 63
Past Supercross Winners in Arlington
February 16, 2013 Ryan Villopoto
February 18, 2012 Ryan Villopoto
April 2, 2011 Trey Canard
March 20, 2010 Ryan Dungey
April 5, 2008 Chad Reed
March 31, 2007 James Stewart
March 22, 2006 Chad Reed
April 2, 2005 James Stewart
April 17, 2004 Chad Reed
April 12, 2003 Chad Reed
April 20, 2002 Ricky Carmichael
April 21, 2001 Ricky Carmichael
April 8, 2000 Kevin Windham
February 27, 1999 Kevin Windham
April 25, 1998 Ezra Lusk
April 26, 1997 Jeff Emig
March 23, 1996 Jeremy McGrath
April 29, 1995 Dough Henry
April 23, 1994 Mike LaRocco
March 28, 1993 Jeremy McGrath
May 30, 1992 Damon Bradshaw
April 27, 1991 Damon Bradshaw
April 7, 1990 Jean-Michael Bayle
April 1, 1989 Jeff Ward
April 16, 1988 Rick Johnson
April 4, 1987 Rick Johnson
April 26, 1986 David Bailey
May 4, 1985 Rick Johnson
April 14, 1984 Johnny O’Mara
April 16, 1983 Mike Bell
March 26, 1977 Bob Hannah
March 19, 1976 Jim Ellis
February 28, 1975 Jim Ellis
March 1, 1975 (b) Steve Stackable
February 16, 2013 Dean Wilson
February 18, 2012 Justin Barcia
April 2, 2011 Dean Wilson
March 20, 2010 Blake Baggett
April 5, 2008 Ryan Villopoto
March 31, 2007 Ben Townley
March 22, 2006 Ryan Villopoto
April 2, 2005 Grant Langston
April 17, 2004 Ivan Tedesco
April 12, 2003 James Stewart
April 20, 2002 Travis Preston
April 21, 2001 Grant Langston
April 8, 2000 Greg Schnell
February 27, 1999 Nathan Ramsey
April 25, 1998 John Dowd
April 26, 1997 Kevin Windham
March 23, 1996 Mickael Pichon
April 29, 1995 Damon Huffman
April 23, 1994 Jimmy Button
March 28, 1993 Doug Henry
May 30, 1992 Jeremy McGrath
April 27, 1991 Jeremy McGrath
April 7, 1990 Denny Stephenson
April 1, 1989 Mike LaRocco
April 16, 1988 Ty Davis
April 4, 1987 Kyle Lewis
April 26, 1986 Keith Turpin
May 4, 1985 Bobby Moore