Villopoto Victorious In 450 | 2014 Las Vegas SX

Photos by Jeff Kardas

Ryan Villopoto | 1st Place

Ryan Villopoto closed the 2014 Monster Energy Supercross Series in dominating fashion; while the most discussed highlight is his fourth straight championship, the Monster Energy Kawasaki rider led each of the final four rounds from beginning to end, totaling 80 laps. Another holeshot put Villopoto in control just moments into the race and from their no one would show him a wheel. The lack of pressure allowed Villopoto to choose his lines better and he avoided the rougher parts of the track with impressive maneuvers around ruts or through rhythm lanes.

Ryan Dungey | 2nd Place

Ryan Dungey was near the front of the pack from the get-go, but the Red Bull KTM rider never had the chance to pressure Villopoto for the lead. Consistency was Dungey’s biggest asset through the closing stretch of the season and he paced the destroyed circuit with a calm, but quick pace. The second place finish helped Dungey slip into second place on the year’s championship standings.

Ken Roczen | 3rd Place

Ken Roczen qualified for the main event via a semi win, but the Red Bull KTM rider felt the extra time on the track helped him for the main event, as some of his competitors did not ride for over three hours between the heat and the main event. Roczen appeared to close on Dungey for second in the early half of the race, but the gap between the two grew as the laps went on. The third place finish for the rookie came with a vital 20 points, and this surged him up to third place in the season standings.

Justin Barcia | 4th Place

Justin Barcia started the main event in eighth place, but the Team Honda Muscle Milk rider sliced his way through the track and into fourth place just moments into the moto. A daring jump that shot Barcia over one entire sand section was just one of his many lines on the course, but any mistake on the leap risked major mistake and he stated that he made his ankles sore later. The time it took to come through the pack allowed the top three to pull too far ahead to attack and Barcia spent much of the main riding alone.

Trey Canard | 5th Place

Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Trey Canard was in the process of catching Jake Weimer and Josh Grant for fifth and sixth place in the main event and when the two riders crashed late in the race, Canard slipped by and took both positions.

James Stewart | DNF

James Stewart and another rider tangled just moments into the start of the main event and the contact left the front-end of Stewart’s Yoshimura Suzuki tweaked. After pacing the track near the rear of the field, Stewart pulled into the mechanic’s area and then out of the race shortly after due to the issue. The DNF also dropped Stewart to fourth in the season point standings.

Main Event Results
1. Ryan Villopoto
2. Ryan Dungey
3. Ken Roczen
4. Justin Barcia
5. Trey Canard
6. Jake Weimer
7. Josh Hill
8. Josh Grant
9. Chris Blose
10. Andrew Short
11. Kyle Chisholm
12. Ben Lamay
13. Jimmy Albertson
14. Nick Schmidt
15. Cody Gilmore
16. Kyle Regal
17. Mike Alessi
18. Ronnie Stewart
19. Bracken Hall
20. Weston Peick
21. Tyler Bowers
22. James Stewart

450 Championship Standings
1. Ryan Villopoto 368pts
2. Ryan Dungey 304pts
3. Ken Roczen 285pts
4. James Stewart 272pts
5. Justin Barcia 250pts
6. Andrew Short 218pts
7. Justin Brayton 196pts
8. Josh Hill 159pts
9. Broc Tickle 126pts
10. Wil Hahn 122pts