Anderson and Villopoto Top 2014 Phoenix SX Barn Burners

Report by Donn Maeda | Photos by Jeff Kardas

Defending Supercross Champion Ryan Villopoto found his form at round two of the Monster Energy Supercross series, held at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. The Monster Energy Kawasaki rider worked through the field after a mediocre start to steal the win from Justin Brayton, who led most of the race aboard his JGRMX/Toyota/NFab/Yamaha. Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey was a solid third, while last week’s winner Ken Roczen crashed early on and regrouped to finish sixth.

In the West Coast Regional 250 Supercross main, Rockstar Energy Racing’s Jason Anderson earned his second win in a row in similar fashion, as he passed Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda rider Cole Seely on the final lap to steal the victory. GEICO Honda’s Zach Osborne earned his first podium of the year with a solid ride for third.

250 WEST COAST REGIONAL SUPERCROSS CLASS

250 HEAT ONE

When the gate dropped at the start of the first 250 heat race, Cooper Webb led the way through turn one aboard his Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha. Dean Wilson was in hot pursuit and took control of the lead on lap one. Webb made an aggressive bid to retake the lead, but the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider was on fire and held control of the lead to the finish.
Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda rider Cole Seely started fourth and steadily closed ground on the riders ahead of him, eventually closing to the rear wheel of Webb. Seely executed a textbook block pass on Webb on the final lap to take the runner-up position, about a second and a half behind Wilson.

250 HEAT ONE RESULTS

1. Dean Wilson (Kaw)
2. Cole Seely (Hon)
3. Cooper Webb (Yam)
4. Jessy Nelson (Hon)
5. Jake Canada (Hon)
6. Shane McElrath (Hon)
7. Colton Aeck (Hon)
8. Dakota Tedder (Kaw)
9. Cole Martinez (Hon)

250 HEAT TWO

Last week’s winner Jason Anderson was quickest off the line in the second heat race and led Zach Osborne, Justin Hill and Darryn Durham onto the technical course. Anderson rode a masterful race until the final lap, when a mistake, coupled with a tremendous charge by Osborne, closed the gap at the finish to less than a second. Osborne attempted a last corner pass, but Anderson held on for the win. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Justin Hill finished third, ahead of Malcolm Stewart, who recovered from a near-crash in turn one to nab fourth. Red Bull KTM’s Dean Ferris earned the ninth and final direct transfer, in spite of going over the bars in the middle of the pack in turn one.

250 HEAT TWO RESULTS

1. Jason Anderson (KTM)
2. Zach Osborne (Hon)
3. Justin Hill (Kaw)
4. Malcolm Stewart (Hon)
5. Scott Champion (Yam)
6. Aaron Siminoe (Kaw)
7. Connor Elliott (Hon)
8. Chris Plouffe (Hon)
9. Dean Ferris (KTM)

250 LCQ

Rocket Exhaust rider Michael Leib took control of the LCQ from the get-go, while Darryn Durham battled into the runner up position aboard his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki. The red flag came out for a downed rider with only a couple laps in the books, and the gate was reloaded for a restart.
Leib’s luck ran out on the restart as he went down in the first turn, but Durham made the most of the opportunity and controlled every lap of the LCQ. Austin Burns, Ruben Alanis and Swiss rider Killian Auberson rounded out the final qualifiers.

250 LCQ RESULTS

1. Darryn Durham (Kaw)
2. Austin Burns (Hon)
3. Ruben Alanis (KTM)
4. Killian Auberson (KTM)

250 MAIN EVENT

Webb dashed into the lead at the drop of the gate and led Anderson, Seely, and the rest. Anderson dove beneath Webb on the first lap and made contact with the leader, and it was just enough to allow Seely to sneak past them both and steal the spot. Moments later, Webb was pushed off the track just before the sand section and lost a few more positions. Shane McElrath took over in third following Webb’s misfortune, and was trailed by heat one winner Wilson.
Wilson found his way past McElrath on the fourth lap and set out after Anderson, leaving McElrath to fend off the charged of a recovered Webb. The Yamaha rider dove inside the Honda rider in a tight right-hander, but the two made contact and both Webb and McElrath crashed to the ground. Zach Osborne avoided the Webb/McElrath pileup and took over fourth, then went on to reel in and pass Wilson for third.
Up front, Seely was the picture of concentration, putting lap after perfect lap together aboard his Rich Simmons-tuned Honda. Anderson, however, was charging hard and closed to the leader’s rear wheel. A bobble exiting a corner on lap 12 by Anderson allowed Seely to pull out another lead, but Anderson was not yet done.
Seely bobbled at the start of the white flag lap and allowed Anderson to draw dangerously close. The New Mexico rider dove under Seely with authority a few corners later and raced to his second win of the season. Osborne rounded out the podium, ahead of Wilson, Malcolm Stewart, Webb, Ferrus, Hill. Nelson and Cole Martinez.
“I am not gonna let this championship slip away,” said Anderson. “Cole rode great, but those late race passes are not planned. I saw an opportunity and went for it. I want to win every race from here on out; my fitness is really good.”

Main Event Results
1. Jason Anderson (KTM)
2. Cole Seely (Hon)
3. Zach Osborne (Hon)
4. Dean Wilson (Kaw)
5. Malcolm Stewart (Kaw)
6. Cooper Webb (Yam)
7. Dean Ferris (KTM)
8. Justin Hill (Kaw)
9. Jessy Nelson (Hon)
10. Cole Martinex (Kaw)
11. Scott Champion (Yam)
12. Shane McElrath (Hon)
13. Austin Burns (Hon)
14. Darryn Durham (Kaw)
15. Chris Plouffe (Hon)
16. Colton Aeck (Hon)
17. Dakota Tedder (Kaw)
18. Aaron Siminoe (Kaw)
19. Ruben Alanis (KTM)
20. Killian Auberson (KTM)
21. Conner Elliott (Hon)
22. Jake Canada (Hon)
Monster Energy Supercross 250 West Coast Championship Points Standings (After 2 of 9 rounds):
1. Jason Anderson (50/2 wins)
2. Cole Seely (44)
3. Zach Osborne (40)
4. Dean WIlson (36)
5. Cooper Webb (31)
6. Malcolm Stewart (29)
7. Justin Hill (28)
8. Jessy Nelson (24)
9. Darryn Durham (21)
10. Dean Ferris (21)
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