Monster Energy Supercross – Detroit 2014 | Winners & Losers
While it was an unlucky Round 13 for a few riders, most of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross regulars had an up night, and we enjoyed seeing the return of Eli Tomac and Trey Canard’s 2014 debut.
James Stewart. Yoshimura Suzuki. On a three-wins-in-a-row roll, and with no pressure on his back by virtue of being so far down in the points, Stewart is riding loose and having fun. By the third lap he was 2nd behind Ryan Villopoto, and fans got to enjoy watching him reel the leader in and set him up for the inevitable pass on lap 11. Stewart rode his RM-Z450 to his fifth win of the season, though still 36 points out of the lead. Win.
Ryan Villopoto. Monster Energy Kawasaki. Villopoto didn’t have enough to seriously challenge Stewart after the mid-race pass, so he rode smart and put his KX450F on the 2nd step of the podium, comfortable in the knowledge that he’s the only rider who controls his own destiny. “It’s all about the big picture and the championship for me,” said Villopoto. Win.
Justin Barcia. Muscle Milk Honda. Barcia did a great job of getting off the gate quickly, putting his CRF450R into 3rd and staying out of the battles going on just behind him. He managed to ride mostly unchallenged all race and took his 3rd podium of the season in an overall down year. “I rode good tonight,” Barcia said afterward, “but I am definitely not 100-percent satisfied. I really want that win. I’ve won before and I know what that feeling is like and I’m not feeling it right now. It feels good to hit the podium though.” Win.
Trey Canard. Muscle Milk Honda. Finally joining the rest of the Supercross class of 2014 after wisely deciding to sit out until he was 100-percent healed from a pre-season injury, Canard looked comfortable and fit at Edward Jones Dome on his CRF450R. He looked poised to finish a respectable 7th, but benefited from two riders going down in front of him on the last lap, bumping him up to a 5th place finish. “I am so happy to be back,” Canard said following the race. “I was definitely a ball of nerves today, but I was excited to be back out there racing with these guys. I had a lot of fun and am leaving here safe, which is the most important.” Win.
Eli Tomac. GEICO Honda. Tomac has had a tough rookie season in the 450 class, suffering injuries at both A1 and Daytona, causing him to miss seven races. Sounding slightly disappointed with his 6th place finish, Tomac admitted, “I wanted more, to be honest, but we’ll keep working at it.” Realistically, he acknowledged, “All the dudes that finished in front of me are pretty gnarly and they’ve been riding all year, so I guess I’m pleased.” Win.
Justin Brayton. Toyota/JGRMX Yamaha. Battered and bruised, Brayton’s results on Saturday don’t tell the story of his tough night in St. Louis. He broke his foot in his Heat race, but lined up for the Main on his YZ450F and battled for 4th with Roczen and Dungey for most of the race. Brayton was set for a 6th place finish before running into a fallen Dungey on the last lap, breaking a finger in the crash that dropped him to 10th place at the finish. Ironman performance. Win.
Ryan Dungey. Red Bull KTM. A poor mid-pack start meant Dungey had to spend a couple of precious laps getting past non-title contenders, allowing Stewart and Villopoto to get away. He then spent too much time battling with teammate Ken Roczen and JGRMX’s Justin Brayton, finally making a mistake on the last lap while trying to pass Roczen for 4th. He was “just” one race behind Villopoto coming into the night, but leaves 35 points down. Lose.
Wil Hahn. GEICO Honda. The night started out with a red-flagged Heat race when Hahn had a nasty crash in the rhythm section that knocked him out, and left him with a broken humerus in his right arm. It was a scary minute as Hahn laid motionless on the track, and it’s the end of his up-and-down rookie 450 season. Lose.
Next up in the 2014 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series: Reliant Stadium in Houston.
Photography by Simon Cudby and Jake Klingensmith
2014 St. Louis AMA Supercross 450SX Class Results:
1. James Stewart, Suzuki
2. Ryan Villopoto, Kawasaki
3. Justin Barcia, Honda
4. Ken Roczen, KTM
5. Trey Canard, Honda
6. Eli Tomac, Honda
7. Josh Hill, Suzuki
8. Andrew Short, KTM
9. Ryan Dungey, KTM
10. Justin Brayton, Yamaha
2014 AMA Supercross 450SX Class Season Standings after 13 rounds:
1. Ryan Villopoto, 268 points
2. Ryan Dungey, 233
3. James Stewart, 232
4. Ken Roczen, 215
5. Justin Brayton, 196
6. Justin Barcia, 176
7. Andrew Short, 166
8. Broc Tickle, 126
9. Wil Hahn, 122
10. Chad Reed, 111