Dungey & Cianciarulo Survive And Succeed | 2014 Indianapolis SX

Photos by Jeff Kardas

Monster Energy Supercross took over Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis for round nine of the 2014 season. Racers competed not only against one another, but the track itself in the Circle City. Built with a very soft soil, the track developed countless ruts through every lane of the tight course and shaped what many riders touted as the most vicious track they had faced this side of a mud race. The vicious track was a major component in the night’s action, as a number of riders destined for success were suddenly bitten by the unpredictable elements and changed championship hopes in both the 250 and 450 divisions.

250 Heat One

Blake Wharton rocketed out of the gate aboard his GECIO Honda to the early lead and avoided the first turn pile-up that claimed teammate Matt Bisceglia, among others. Martin Davalos worked up the order in the early laps, by Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Jeremy Martin for second place, and began a fevered pursuit on Wharton for control of the race. The battle came to a climax in the final laps, when the two riders fought for every available inch of track and Davalos pulled a close pass for the lead. From there, the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider sped to the final flag with a 1.003 second margin of victory.

250 Heat One Results

1. Martin Davalos
2. Blake Wharton
3. Jeremy Martin
4. Matt Lemoine
5. Gavin Faith
6. Kyle Peters
7. AJ Catanzaro
8. Brad Nauditt
9. Vince Friese

250 Heat Two

Adam Cianciarulo added another holeshot to his season stats in the second 250 heat race of the night, and the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider was untouchable throughout the six-lap sprint. Justin Bogle improved with each lap aboard his GEICO Honda, but the early lead built by Cianciarulo was too much overcome. Although Cianciarulo won the race by a 3.341 second margin, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki teammate Blake Baggett turned the fastest lap of the race, worked through the field, and finished in third place.

250 Heat Two Results

1. Adam Cianciarulo
2. Justin Bogle
3. Blake Baggett
4. Cole Thompson
5. Jimmy Decotis
6. Alex Martin
7. Jace Owen
8. Kyle Cunningham
9. Justin Starling

250 LCQ

After missing a direct transfer to the main event by three spots, GEICO Honda rookie Matt Bisceglia jumped to the early lead and this was a major advantage to avoiding the carnage that unfolded behind him. A number of riders went down in the last chance race, and even riders who completed the race had their issues on the technical course. Jackson Richardson and Paul Coates made it through to the main event with second and third place finishes, respectively, while Mitchell Oldenburg worked his way through the pack to take the fourth and final transfer.

250 LCQ Results

1. Matt Bisceglia
2. Jackson Richardson
3. Paul Coates
4. Mitchell Oldenburg

250 Main Event

Vince Friese and his Factory Metal Works/Club MX privateer Honda edged out Martin Davalos to take the holeshot. Davalos moved into the lead by the next turn and quickly proceed to gap the rest of the field. A look at the stopwatch proved the class veteran was the fastest rider on the track, and by lap five he was ahead of teammate and second place runner Adam Cianciarulo by two and a half seconds. As the race approached the halfway point, the track deteriorated to an alarming point. The torque of the four-stroke bikes wore a transition between two jumps down to the plywood baseboards, and Davalos happened to hit the small slick spot when his lead was at its largest. This shot the bike off the track, pinning Davalos on the Tuff Blocks and dropping him to third place.

With his teammate down, Cianciarulo inherited the lead. The East Coast Championship point leader was the only rider in the class to launch a massive quad in a rhythm lane, adding to his gap over GEICO Honda’s Matt Bisceglia, but his race would not be without issue. While navigating a flat hairpin turn, Cianciarulo lost control and hit the ground, losing a significant amount of time but not the lead.

Davalos regained a flow on the track after the crash, eventually taking second place from Bisceglia and then giving chase to Cianciarulo for the lead. While the laps wound down, the distance between the two fluctuated. At one point Davalos had closed in, but Cianciarulo blew the gap open again with just three laps to go and pulled away enough to all but guarantee the victory. A pack of slower riders on the last lap and a small mistake over a triple made Cianciarulo’s last lap somewhat tense, but he held on to take his second win of the year.

A poor start put GEICO Honda’s Justin Bogle deep in the field, but he pushed his way around the treacherous course to move into the front pack and eventually take third place. Blake Wharton’s night, meanwhile, was not a successful when a mistake in a whoop section turned into a violent crash and slammed him into the ground. He would remount after a long moment to regroup and finish the night twentieth. The destroyed course suited the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett, and the former 250 outdoor National champion came from outside the top ten on lap one to an eventual fifth place finish.

Main Event Results
1. Adam Cianciarulo
2. Martin Davalos
3. Justin Bogle
4. Matt Bisceglia
5. Blake Baggett
6. Vince Friese
7. Jimmy Decotis
8. Matt Lemoine
9. Cole Thompson
10. Kyle Cunningham
11. Alex Martin
12. Kyle Peters
13. Mitchell Oldenburg
14. AJ Catanzaro
15. Jackson Richardson
16. Justin Starling
17. Brad Nauditt
18. Jace Owen
19. Jeremy Martin
20. Blake Wharton
21. Paul Coates
22. Gavin Faith
Monster Energy Supercross 250 East Coast Championship Points Standings (After 3 of 9 rounds):
1. Adam Cianciarulo (72pts/2 win)
2. Martin Davalos (67pts/1 win)
3. Justin Bogle (56pts)
4. Blake Baggett (54pts)
5. Vince Friese (48pts)
6. Cole Thompson (40pts)
7. Jimmy Decotis (34pts)
8. Blake Wharton (33pts)
9. Kyle Cunningham (33pts)
10. Mitchell Oldenburg (30pts)