2014 AMA Supercross Results from Daytona International Speedway
There’s no doubting who is the modern king of Supercross at Daytona International Speedway.
Ryan Villopoto once again impressed this Saturday at Daytona SX, taking the win after leading all 20 laps. He was joined on the Daytona Supercross by Honda podium by Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen and Ryan Dungey, respectively.
This was Villopoto’s third win of the season, and also his fourth in five years at Daytona. Villopoto is now tied with Jeff Stanton for four Daytona SX wins, and is looking to tie Ricky Carmichael’s record of five Supercross by Honda wins in Daytona.
“For sure, it’s achievable,” Villopoto said of tying Carmichael’s mark. “It’s racing. Each year we show up here, it’s a new year and a new track. A lot comes into play but certainly it’s achievable.”
The Washington native Villopoto was never challenged throughout the race, and went on to win by 12.6 seconds ahead of Roczen. Villopoto did have once issue, though; he dropped his bike with seven laps to go, but was able to remount and continue his charge.
“Whenever you have a fall like that, all that’s running through your mind is ‘Don’t stall the bike and get up as quick as you can and take off,’ ” Villopoto said. “Luckily I had a nice lead and I was able to get up and regroup.”
Rounding out the top five were Suzuki’s Broc Tickle and KTM’s Andrew Short. With his win, Villopoto – who chases his fourth straight title – now holds a 28-point lead over Dungey with seven rounds. Roczen is in third, one point behind Dungey.
As for Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart, the Floridian continues to have issues. His RM-Z450 had some issues, and the Dallas Supercross winner suffered another DNF.
In the 250 main event, Monster Energy Kawasaki riders swept the top three spots in the 15-lap event. Blake Baggett on the No. 4 Kawasaki led 14 of 15 laps on his way to a 16.748 second victory, DIS reports.
Hometown favorite Adam Cianciarulo of nearby Port Orange earned his fourth career podium by finishing second, DIS reports.
For the seventh straight year, Carmichael returned as the course designer and Bomber Built, owned by three-time AMA 125cc National Motocross Champion Mark Barnett, built the Supercross course, DIS reports.
Carmichael retired from Supercross in 2007 as the most decorated rider in history with 15 AMA championships and 150 wins, DIS reports.