Villopoto and Anderson Sit Atop Championship Standings, as all 22 Champions from the Last 40 Years Will be in Anaheim

Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, will celebrate its 40th anniversary this Saturday, January 18, as the world’s best riders return to Anaheim, Calif., and Angel Stadium for the third race of the 2014 season.

The 40th Anniversary Celebration Race will honor the champions of both past and present, in addition to celebrating the nostalgia and illustrious history of this one-of-a-kind sport. The track inside Angel Stadium will mimic the layout from the 2001 season, which signified the changing of the guard from one legend to another as Ricky Carmichael won his very first 450SX Class title and Jeremy McGrath completed his final full season of competition, winning one final time in Anaheim to set the landmark record of 72 victories.

Many of the current teams and riders of Monster Energy Supercross are also expected to get into the throwback spirit of the 40th anniversary celebration, and fans are encouraged to embrace the commemorative theme.

“Supercross was a very important part of my racing experience,” said Pierre Karsmakers, the first-ever supercross champion. “I was
fortunate enough to be a part of an emerging sport in its early years. My generation is so impressed by the new generation of riders and of course the development of the bikes. As the first AMA Supercross Champion, I have great respect to be honored with such remarkable riders at the 40th anniversary celebration”

“It is an honor to be among these 22 deserving champions of Monster Energy Supercross,” said Ryan Villopoto, the reigning three-time 450SX Class Champion who rides for Monster Energy Kawasaki. “I am especially excited to race at this 40th-anniversary event and to see the legends of the sport honored in front of a huge crowd. The second race at Anaheim is going to be a great race, and I am also looking forward to seeing everyone in the pits wearing their retro gear.”

“The 2014 season marks a special milestone for the sport as we celebrate its 40th anniversary,” said Todd Jendro, vice president of two-wheel operations, Feld Motor Sports. “We wanted to pay tribute to the heritage of the sport by hosting a commemorative race that reflects on Monster Energy Supercross’ remarkable evolution and expansion into the mainstream. For the first-time ever, we will have all 22 supercross champions on hand at Angel Stadium.”

450SX Class Champions Title(s) Year(s)
Jeremy McGrath 7 / ‘93; ’94; ’95; ’96; ’98; ’99; ’00
Ricky Carmichael 5 / ’01; ’02; ’03; ’05; ’06
Bob Hannah 3 / ’77; ’78; ’79
Jeff Stanton 3 / ’89; ’90; ’92
Ryan Villopoto 3 / ’11; ’12; ‘13
Jeff Ward 2 / ‘85; ’87
Chad Reed 2 / ’04; ’08
Rick Johnson 2 / ’86; ’88
James Stewart 2 / ’07; ’09
Pierre Karsmakers 1 / ’74
Jim Ellis 1 / ‘75
Jim Weinert 1 / ‘76
Mike Bell 1 / ‘80
Mark Barnett 1 / ‘81
Donnie Hansen 1 / ’82
David Bailey 1 / ‘83
Johnny O’Mara 1 / ‘84
J.M. Bayle 1 / ‘91
Jeff Emig 1 / ’97
Ryan Dungey 1 / ’10

Last weekend in front of nearly 50,000 fans inside Phoenix’s Chase Field, reigning three-time 450SX Class Champion Ryan Villopoto captured his first win of the 2014 season aboard his Monster Energy Kawasaki. Villopoto worked hard for his victory, passing eight riders en route to the lead and taking over the early points lead in doing so. Coming into Anaheim, Villopoto carries a slim one-point advantage over longtime rival and Red Bull KTM rider Ryan Dungey.

On the track in Phoenix last Saturday night, Toyota/Yamaha/N-Fab/JGRMX’s Justin Brayton turned heads with the best performance of his career. Brayton took over the early lead from Yoshimura Suzuki’s Matt Moss and held on to it for 13 laps, fending off the challenges of both Dungey and Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Justin Barcia before ultimately giving way to Villopoto late in the Main Event. Brayton pressured Villopoto on the final lap and almost made the pass that would have given him his first career win, but settled for duplicating his career-best finish of second.

“This feels so good,” said Brayton on the podium. “The new Yamaha is unbelievable. We did our homework this year. It’s been a lot of hard work, but being up [on the podium] pays off. I was trying to pay attention to what was going on behind me but still look ahead. I did all I could to stay up front, but Ryan (Villopoto) got by me.”

Villopoto began his Main Event in ninth place after getting shuffled towards the back in the first turn off the start. He immediately went to work on moving towards the front and passed his biggest challengers along the way in order to achieve his first win in Phoenix.

“Justin was riding a hell of a race,” said Villopoto on the podium. “I have to give it to him, he made it tough. I didn’t get the start I wanted because the [starting] gate was slippery, but I just needed to be patient. The Phoenix [track] gets really slick so I had to take my time and make sure my passes stuck.”

Dungey finished third, posting back-to-back podium results through the first two races.

In the Western Regional 250SX Class Main Event, MyPlash/Metal Mulisha/Star Racing Yamaha’s Cooper Webb grabbed his first career holeshot and led his first professional race before getting passed by both Cole Seely aboard his Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil Honda and Rockstar Energy Racing’s Jason Anderson.

Much like the opening race in Anaheim, Seely paced the field throughout the majority of the Main Event and appeared to be on his way to victory. However, as he navigated lapped riders in the late stages of the race, Seely’s advantage over Anderson shrunk dramatically. This allowed Anderson to close in on Seely’s rear fender on the final lap and make a last-lap pass for the win for the second-straight week.

“I was out for redemption tonight,” said Anderson, who failed to qualify for the Main Event in Phoenix the year prior. “I got a good start on my KTM, like I have been all season. I don’t plan on those last-lap passes, but it was there and I needed to take it. My goal is to keep control of the red number plate [signifying the points leader] so I’ll do whatever it takes to do that. I really want it.”

Anderson and Seely were joined on the podium by GEICO Honda’s Zach Osborne, which duplicated the top three finishers from the first race.

Anderson has won three of his last four Western Regional 250SX Class Main Events dating back to last season and carries a six-point lead over Seely into Anaheim.

Angel Stadium has played host to 61 races in the 450SX Class and 52 Western Regional 250SX Class races. Monster Energy Supercross has sold out Angel Stadium 28 times since the 1999 season when it began hosting multiple races in the championship.

The first race held in Anaheim was on December 4, 1976, and Mart Smith won on a Honda. This weekend will mark the 62nd time the gate will drop for a 450SX Class race in Anaheim and the 24th time the city has played host to the season opener. James Stewart, Ricky Carmichael and Jeremy McGrath are tied on the all-time 450SX Class win list at Anaheim with 8 victories. Ivan Tedesco holds the 250SX Class all-time win record in Anaheim with 5 victories. Angel Stadium is the only stop on the tour that will host three races – January 4, January 18 and February 1.

Previous race results: Chase Field – Phoenix, Ariz. – January 11, 2014

250SX Class Results: Phoenix
1. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., KTM
2. Cole Seely, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Honda
3. Zach Osborne, Chesterfield, S.C., Honda
4. Dean Wilson, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Kawasaki
5. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda
6. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha
7. Dean Ferris, Murrieta, Calif., KTM
8. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Kawasaki
9. Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., Honda
10. Cole Martinez, Rimrock, Ariz., Kawasaki

250SX Class Season Standings
1. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., KTM, 50
2. Cole Seely, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Honda, 44
3. Zach Osborne, Chesterfield, S.C., Honda, 40
4. Dean Wilson, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Kawasaki, 36
5. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha, 31
6. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda, 29
7. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Kawasaki, 28
8. Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., Honda, 24
9. Darryn Durham, Butler, Pa., Kawasaki, 21
10. Dean Ferris, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 21

450SX Class Results: Phoenix
1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki
2. Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C., Yamaha
3. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM
4. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki
5. Justin Barcia, Pinetta, Fla., Honda
6. Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM
7. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM
8. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki
9. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Kawasaki
10. Wil Hahn, Menifee, Calif., Honda

450SX Class Season Standings
1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 43
2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 42
3. Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 40
4. Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C., Yamaha, 37
5. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Kawasaki, 32
6. Justin Barcia, Pinetta, Fla., Honda, 32
7. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM, 26
8. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki, 26
9. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki, 22
10. Wil Hahn, Menifee, Calif., Honda, 21

Past Winners in Anaheim - 450SX Class
January 4, 2014 - Ken Roczen
February 2, 2103 - Ryan Dungey
January 19, 2013 - Ryan Villopoto
January 5, 2013 - Davi Millsaps
February 4, 2012 - Ryan Villopoto
January 7, 2012 - Ryan Villopoto
February 5, 2011 - James Stewart
January 8, 2011 - Ryan Villopoto
February 13, 2010 - Ryan Villopoto
January 23, 2010 - Ryan Dungey
January 9, 2010 - James Stewart
February 7, 2009 - James Stewart
January 17, 2009 - James Stewart
January 3, 2009 - Josh Grant
February 2, 2008 - Chad Reed
January 19, 2008 - Chad Reed
January 5, 2008 - Chad Reed
February 3,2007 - James Stewart
January 20, 2007 - James Stewart
January 6, 2007 - James Stewart
February 4, 2006 - Ricky Carmichael
January 21, 2006 - Ricky Carmichael
January 7, 2006 - James Stewart
February 5, 2005 - Ricky Carmichael
January 22, 2005 - Ricky Carmichael
January 8, 2005 - Kevin Windham
January 31, 2004 - Kevin Windham
January 17, 2004 - Chad Reed
January 3, 2004 - Chad Reed
February 1, 2003 - Ricky Carmichael
January 18, 2003 - Ricky Carmichael
January 4, 2003 - Chad Reed
February 2, 2002 - Ricky Carmichael
January 18, 2002 - Mike LaRocco
January 5, 2002 - David Vuillemin
February 3, 2001 - Ricky Carmichael
January 20, 2001 - Jeremy McGrath
January 6, 2001 - Jeremy McGrath
January 15, 2000 - Jeremy McGrath
January 8, 2000 - Jeremy McGrath
February 6, 1999 - Ezra Lusk
January 9, 1999 - Ezra Lusk
January 27, 1996 - Jeremy McGrath
January 28, 1995 - Jeremy McGrath
January 29, 1994 - Jeremy McGrath
January 23, 1993 - Jeremy McGrath
January 25, 1992 - Damon Bradshaw
January 26, 1991 - Jeff Stanton
January 27, 1990 - Damon Bradshaw
January 28, 1989 - Rick Johnson
January 31, 1987 - Jeff Ward
January 18, 1986 - David Bailey
February 2, 1985 - Broc Glover
January 28, 1984 - Johnny O’Mara
January 29, 1983 - David Bailey
January 30, 1982 - Donnie Hansen
January 31, 1981 - Kent Howerton
November 17, 1979 - Kent Howerton
November 11, 1978 - Gaylon Mosier
November 12, 1977 - Bob Hannah
December 4, 1976 - Marty Smith

Villopoto earned the first 450Sx Class win of his career at Chase Field Photo Credit: Michael Bartovsky

Villopoto earned the first 450Sx Class win of his career at Chase Field
Photo Credit: Michael Bartovsky