Cianciarulo & Stewart Set The Pace | 2014 Atlanta SX Practice Report

2014 Atlanta SX Practice Report

Monster Energy Supercross continues its East Coast run with round eight of the 2014 season in Atlanta, Georgia. The stop in the South is easily the highest attended of the year, and thousands have made the trek to the Georgia Dome for what is set to be another sold out stop in the heart of Dixie. Inside the stadium is a massive, difficult course built with the region’s trademark red clay. The uncharacteristic weather fronts that have hammered this area of the country throughout the winter reportedly hit the clay during its time in storage, and the added moisture has made for a very technical and rutted surface. Getting around the track perfectly was a challenge throughout the day’s timed qualifying sessions, but the order has been set for tonight’s racing.

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250 Timed Qualifying

Adam Cianciarulo seems to be riding the momentum from his win at the Arlington opener, and the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rookie immediately jumped to the top of the charts in the final qualifying session with a 53.076 lap. This early time put Ciaciarulo almost a full second ahead of his competition, until GEICO Honda’s Blake Wharton and PC teammate Martin Davalos chipped away at the margin throughout the remaining minutes. Wharton’s best lap, 53.253, put him in second at the flag, while Davalos took third with a 53.283. Blake Baggett struggled in the opening minutes of the last qualifier, but improved enough to jump to fourth. Privateer Vince Friese ran as high as fourth, and his 54.175 allowed him to hold onto fifth after the late-session shuffle.

250 Timed Qualifying Results

1. Adam Cianciarulo 53.076
2. Blake Wharton 53.253
3. Martin Davalos 53.283
4. Blake Baggett 53.809
5. Vince Friese 54.175
6. Jimmy Decotis 54.798
7. Kyle Peters 54.914
8. Justin Bogle 55.000
9. Matt Lemoine 5.051
10. Alex Martin 55.164

450 Timed Qualifying

After taking the victory in Arlington, James Stewart became the first rider to win back-to-back race this season and the Yoshimura Suzuki rider continued to lead in Atlanta’s practice. Stewart logged only a handful of laps in the first timed session of the day, but was still enough to dial in the course. During the second outing, Stewart went back to the top with a 52.436 time. JGRMX/Toyota/NFab/Yamaha’s Justin Brayton inched up the order throughout the session, and his time was enough to bump RCH/Soaring Eagle/Suzuki’s Broc Tickle for second place on the chart. Ken Roczen ran his Red Bull KTM to a 52.862 lap to take fourth and be the last rider of the day to break into the 52-second range. GEICO Honda’s Wil Hahn found plenty of speed through the difficult whoop sections, and this helped the 450 rookie claim fifth in the order with a 53.066, edging Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto by .010 seconds.

Team Honda Muslce Milk’s Justin Barcia crashed in the whoops during the final session and walked away from the crash noticeably battered, but his 53.084 lap was enough to claim seventh place. Ryan Dungey, Eli Tomac, and Andrew Short completed the top ten.

450 Timed Qualifying Results

1. James Stewart 52.436
2. Justin Brayton 52.668
3. Broc Tickle 52.702
4. Ken Roczen 52.862
5. Wil Hahn 53.066
6. Ryan Villopoto 53.076
7. Justin Barcia 53.084
8. Ryan Dungey 53.099
9. Eli Tomac 53.232
10. Andrew Short 53.360