2014 East Rutherford Supercross Results
For the first time in the Monster Energy Supercross history, the series headed to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. – the stadium that hosts the New York Giants NFL games.
And it was lucky for one rider – Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto. By winning at Metlife Stadium, the Kawasaki KX-F 450 pilot clinched his fourth-consecutive SX title. He now becomes the only other rider in history besides Jeremy McGrath to earn four-straight SX titles.
The Washington native also won the inaugural Toyota Triple Challenge, taking ownership of a new Toyota Tundra. Toyota Triple Challenge included the third race at Anaheim, Calif., Arlington, Texas and culminated in East Rutherford.
“It feels great to wrap up my fourth championship in front of this crowd at MetLife Stadium,” said Villopoto. “Our goal coming into every season is to win the title and it is amazing accomplishing that goal year in and year out. We stayed consistent all year long and our hard work has paid off. To match the ‘King of Supercross’ and win four-straight championships is something I never imagined I would achieve.”
Joining Villopoto on the MeLife Stadium Supercross podium was GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac and
RCH/Soaring Eagle/Suzuki’s Josh Hill.
Before over 62,000 fans, Villopoto earned the Nuclear Cowboyz Holeshot Award. His usual rival this season, Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart, did not start. He had injured his left left, and withdrew from the race. He also arrived in New Jersey second in the standings.
By the end of the first lap, Villopoto was out front, followed by Hill and Smartop/Motoconcepts Racing’s Mike Alessi in third place. Behind, Tomac was on a charge, and he eventually passed Alessi for third and Hill for second.
Tomac was eventually finish in second, tying himself for his best-Supercross finish. Hill would finish third, taking his best-career finish. Muscle Milk Honda’s Justin Barcia finished fourth, with Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen taking fifth. As for podium regular Ryan Dungey, the KTM pilot finished sixth.
As for Villopoto, he took his 40th career victory at MetLife Stadium.
“It’s been an awesome day here at MetLife Stadium,” said Villopoto. “We had a little bit of rain, but I couldn’t believe how well the track held up. It feels great to lock in my fourth-consecutive championship. It’s been a hard-fought season with a few ups and downs, but it was obviously my most consistent, so I’m glad to be able to close it out on top.”
GEICO Honda’s Justin Bogle scored his second win of the Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship and moved into the points lead.
Coming into Saturday’s MetLife Stadium, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Martin Davalos had an eight-point lead but suffered a broken ankle in a practice accident that forced him to miss this race.
“It’s a shame that we had all of our guys get injured on the East Coast,” said team owner Mitch Payton. “We were in a great position to win another title and I feel for Martin right now. He has already had surgery and is going to push to get back as soon as he can. With Blake we didn’t want to risk anything, so we are going to make sure he can ride with the contact lens and hopefully he can come back and get a win in Las Vegas.”
Honda-backed Jimmy Decotis captured his first Nuclear Cowboyz Holeshot Award of the season to start the Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship with GEICO Honda’s Matt Bisceglia following in second place. On Lap 3, Decotis and Bisceglia came together after the finish line and Decotis crashed, giving the lead to Bisceglia as Bogle took over the number-two position, Feld Motor Sports says.
Bogle worked his way around Bisceglia on Lap 6 and rode to his second win of the season. Yamaha/Star Racing/Yamalube’s Jeremy Martin made a late-race charge to finish a season-best second place. Vince Friese, who rides for The Factory Metal Works team, also earned a season-best finish with third place, Feld Motor Sports says.
Bogle now has a 17-point lead heading into Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium next weekend for the season finale, Feld Motor Sports says.
“I’m really excited to take home the victory tonight,” said Bogle. “As we were approaching the starting gate the rain picked up, so it got super slick out there as the race went on. I got off to an incredible start, but there were some tough battles out there, and I had to be more cautious because of the rain, so I feel I handled the race well and gave it my best.”
Tonight marked Monster Energy Supercross’ first return to East Rutherford since 1991, when the race was held at the Giants Stadium. With the return to East Rutherford, Monster Energy Supercross set an all-time attendance record in the New York metro area.
The series now heads to Las Vegas for the season finale.
2014 East Rutherford Supercross 450SX Class Results:
1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki
2. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda
3. Josh Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Suzuki
4. Justin Barcia, Pinetta, Fla., Honda
5. Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM
6. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM
7. Mike Alessi, Hilliard, Fla., Suzuki
8. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM
9. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda
10. Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Suzuki
2014 Supercross 450SX Class Season Standings (after 16 of 18 rounds):
1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 343
2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 282
3. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki, 271
4. Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 265
5. Justin Barcia, Pinetta, Fla., Honda, 232
6. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM, 207
7. Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C., Yamaha, 196
8. Josh Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Suzuki, 144
9. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki, 126
10. Wil Hahn, Menifee, Calif., Honda, 122
2014 East Rutherford Supercross Eastern Regional 250SX Class Results:
1. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda
2. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha
3. Vince Friese, Cape Girardeau, Mo., Honda
4. Matt Bisceglia, Weatherford, Texas, Honda
5. Matthew Lemoine, Pilot Point, Texas, Kawasaki
6. Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Honda
7. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha
8. Mitchell Oldenburg, Alvord, Texas, Honda
9. James Decotis, Peabody, Mass., Honda
10. Jackson Richardson, Australia, Honda
2014 Supercross Eastern Regional 250SX Class Season Standings
1. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda, 166
2. Martin Davalos, Cairo, Ga., Kawasaki, 149
3. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki, 120
4. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., 120
5. Vince Friese, Cape Girardeau, Mo., Honda, 120
6. Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Honda, 109
7. Matthew Lemoine, Pilot Point, Texas, Kawasaki, 90
8. James Decotis, Peabody, Mass., Honda, 90
9. Cole Thompson, Brigden, Ontario, KTM, 89
10. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha, 86
2014 Supercross Western Regional 250SX Class Season Standings:
1. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., KTM, 178
2. Cole Seely, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Honda, 170
3. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Kawasaki, 139
4. Dean Wilson, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Kawasaki, 138
5. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha, 121
6. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda, 121
7. Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., Honda, 103
8. Zach Osborne, Chesterfield, S.C., Honda, 100
9. Shane McElrath, Chesterfield, S.C., Honda, 96
10. Jake Canada, Sun City, Calif., Honda, 72
2014 Toyota Triple Challenge Standings
1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 63
2. Justin Barcia, Pinetta, Fla., Honda, 56
3. Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 53
4. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki, 46
5. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 38
6. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM, 36
7. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda, 33
8. Josh Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Suzuki, 32
9. Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Suzuki, 28
10. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Kawasaki, 25