Villopoto Looking for an Edge as Monster Energy Supercross Makes Third Visit to Anaheim
Anderson Reclaims Possession of Western Regional 250SX Class

Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, will return to Anaheim, Calif., and Angel Stadium for the third and final time in 2014 this coming weekend with many developing story lines in both classes of racing. The fifth race of the season serves as an opportunity for Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto to gain an edge on his 450SX Class rivals just one week after capturing his second win of the season and reclaiming possession of the championship lead. In the Western Regional 250SX Class Championship, Rockstar Energy Racing’s Jason Anderson seeks his fourth victory of the year.

A good start was key to Villopoto’s Main Event

A good start was key to Villopoto’s Main Event

Last weekend from Oakland, Calif., and the O.co Coliseum, Villopoto put forth the most dominant effort of the 2014 season, leading all 20 laps of the Main Event to secure his second victory in three races and become the first repeat winner in the early stages of the championship. Team Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart and Discount Tire Racing/TwoTwo Motorsports’ Chad Reed rounded out the podium.

“It feels good to be up here tonight,” said Villopoto from the podium. “We have put in a lot of work at the test track, and I have a great team behind me and a great bike under me. I hope I can carry this momentum into Anaheim next weekend.”

With four races completed and Villopoto earning the distinction of being the first two-time winner of the 2014 season, the storylines in the 450SX Class continue to unfold heading into Anaheim. Some key takeaways in referencing the 40-year history of Monster Energy Supercross suggest Villopoto is in an enviable position, while the parity heavy competition is sure to result in compelling racing:

    • The first repeat winner has won the title in 24 of 40 seasons, a rate of 60%.
    • For the last 11 years, the first rider to win two races in a single season has gone on to win the championship.
    • Jason Anderson has won each of his three Main Events with last lap passes. He has led a total of six laps of the 60 that have been completed in four Main Events.
    • Will someone break through as a two-time winner at Angel Stadium this season?
    • The emergence of Chad Reed and James Stewart, who have earned back-to-back podium finishes following lackluster 2013 seasons.
    • This weekend is the first round of the Toyota Triple Challenge that posts $250,000 to the rider that can win the Main Event at the third race in Anaheim, Arlington, Texas, and East Rutherford, N.J.

In addition to three winners in the first four races in 2014, the 450SX Class Heat Races have had six different winners in eight races, and six different riders have finished on the podium in four Main Events. Additionally, the 450SX Class Semis have had seven different winners in eight races while the LCQ’s have boasted a different winner each week. All this parity has provided some of the most competitive and captivating racing in the 40-year history of Monster Energy Supercross and is an indication of the difficult task that lies ahead of Villopoto as he seeks his fourth-straight world title.

For the third time this season, Anderson won a Western Regional 250SX Class Main Event by making a last-lap pass. Anderson captured the first two races of the 2014 season by surging by Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil Honda’s Cole Seely on the final lap of competition over consecutive weeks and did so again last Saturday when he moved past Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson following a brief loss of power with Wilson’s motorcycle. Anderson reclaimed the points lead with the victory to rebound from a penalty that cost him four points the week prior and give him four wins in his past six Main Events, dating back to last season.

“I can’t believe I keep pulling these off; three wins in four races is huge,” said Anderson. “I hope to come away with the number-one plate at the end of the season. I wanted to be in attack mode tonight, but I also wanted to keep it on two wheels.”

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Wilson recovered to finish second and claim his first podium finish of the season, while his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki teammate Justin Hill secured his first career podium result in third.

Just two weeks after it hosted the 40th Anniversary of Monster Energy Supercross, Angel Stadium will host its 63rd race in the 450SX Class and its 54th Western Regional 250SX Class race.

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 eight victories. Ivan Tedesco holds the 250SX Class all-time win record in Anaheim with five victories. Angel Stadium is the only stop on the tour that will host three races – January 4, January 18 and February 1.

The first two races in Anaheim during the 2014 season produced two different winners. Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen captured his first career victory at the season-opening race on January 4, while Reed raced to his 42nd career win at the second race on January 18, ending a near two-year winless streak.

Previous race results: O.co Coliseum / Oakland, Calif. / January 25, 2014

Western Regional 250SX Class Results: Oakland

1.       Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., KTM

2.       Dean Wilson, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Kawasaki

3.       Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Kawasaki

4.       Cole Seely, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Honda

5.       Zach Osborne, Chesterfield, S.C., Honda

6.       Michael Leib, Menifee, Calif., Honda

7.       Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., Honda

8.       Shane McElrath, Chesterfield, S.C., Honda

9.       Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha

10.    Dean Ferris, Murrieta, Calif., KTM

Western Regional 250SX Class Season Standings

1.       Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., KTM, 93

2.       Cole Seely, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Honda, 87

3.       Dean Wilson, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Kawasaki, 72

4.       Zach Osborne, Chesterfield, S.C., Honda, 69

5.       Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha, 65

6.       Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Kawasaki, 64

7.       Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda, 54

8.       Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., Honda, 49

9.       Shane McElrath, Chesterfield, S.C., Honda, 42

10.    Dean Ferris, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 42

450SX Class Results: Oakland

1.       Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki

2.       James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki

3.       Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Kawasaki

4.       Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM

5.       Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C., Yamaha

6.       Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM

7.       Justin Barcia, Pinetta, Fla., Honda

8.       Wil Hahn, Menifee, Calif., Honda

9.       Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki

10.    Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM

450SX Class Season Standings

1.       Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 84

2.       Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Kawasaki, 77

3.       Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 75

4.       Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 75

5.       Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C., Yamaha, 71

6.       James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki, 66

7.       Justin Barcia, Pinetta, Fla., Honda, 56

8.       Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM, 49

9.       Wil Hahn, Menifee, Calif., Honda, 43

10.    Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki, 37

Past Winners in Anaheim

450SX Class

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

 250SX Class

January 18, 2014January 4, 2014Cole SeelyJason Anderson
February 2, 2013Ken Roczen
January 19, 2013Eli Tomac
January 5, 2013Eli Tomac
February 4, 2012Eli Tomac
January 7, 2012Cole Seely
February 5, 2011Josh Hansen
January 8, 2011Josh Hansen
February 13, 2010Trey Canard
January 23, 2010Jake Weimer
January 9, 2010Jake Weimer
February 7, 2009Jake Weimer
January 17, 2009Ryan Dungey