Stewart And Hill Take First Wins | 2014 San Diego SX

By Brendan Lutes | Photos by Jeff Kardas

The sixth round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California, was a night of firsts, as Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Justin Hill and Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart both carded their first wins of the season, and both did so in convincing fashion. For Hill, the win was the first of his young career, and for Stewart, the win marked his first of the season, but 46th of his career. Stewart’s victory bumped him to fourth in the points standings, while Hill moved into third.

250 West Coast Regional Supercross Championship
The first gate drop of the night sawYamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Cooper Webb take the holeshot and early lead. Behind him, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson quickly took over second followed by Kawasaki-mounted Dakota Tedder, Red Bull KTM’s Dean Ferris, and Lucas Oil/Troy Lee Designs/Honda’s Shane McElrath. On the second lap, Wilson began to close the gap on Webb, as the two started to open up a lead on the field. At the beginning of the second lap, Wilson made a pass, but Webb wouldn’t let the Kawasaki rider go, and made several attempts to retake the lead. Behind them, Malcolm Stewart had worked his way into third with his teammate McElrath in fourth. On the final lap, Webb still gave it everything he had to get around Wilson, but all it took were a few mistakes by Webb to give Wilson the win.

1. Dean Wilson (Kaw)
2. Cooper Webb (Yam)
3. Malcolm Stewart (Hon)
4. Shane McElrath (Hon)
5. Dakota Tedder (Kaw)
6. Dean Ferris (KTM)
7. Michael Leib (Hon)
8. Brandon Scharer (Suz)
9. Michael Horban (KTM)
10. Ruban Alanis (KTM)

The pack rounded the first turn without points leader Rockstar Energy/KTM’s Jason Anderson, as he hooked bars with another rider just out of the gate and went down. The holeshot, though, went to Lucas Oil/Troy Lee Designs/Honda’s Cole Seely, who took control of the race followed by Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Justin Hill and Seely’s teammate Jessy Nelson. As the laps clicked away, Anderson began to pick off riders while Seely and Hill opened up a lead over the rest of the field. With two laps to go, Anderson already had worked his way up to eighth. On the final lap, Hill remained close enough to Seely to still make a pass, however, the points leader remained strong to take the victory. Hill finished second, Nelson third, Scott Champion fourth, and Jake Canada fifth. Anderson managed to work his way up to sixth.

1. Cole Seely (Hon)
2. Justin Hill (Kaw)
3. Jessy Nelson (Hon)
4. Scott Champion (Yam)
5. Jake Canada (Hon)
6. Jason Anderson (KTM)
7. Topher Ingalls (Hon)
8. Zach Freeberg (TK)
9. Valentin Teillet (Kaw)
10. Chris Howell (Hon)

250 LCQ:
Chris Howell took early control of the race, taking the lead after only a few turns and checking out on the field. Behind him, Mull held onto second and while he had to fight for the position early on, he held the position comfortably by the end.

1. Chris Howell (Yam)
2. P Mull (Yam)
3. R Alanis (KTM)
4. J Marrone (Suz)
5. B Rangel (Hon)

250 MAIN
The holeshot went to Dean Wilson followed by Malcolm Stewart, Justin Hill, Dakota Tedder, and Jessy Nelson. Meanwhile, Cole Seely and Jason Anderson sat back in fifth and sixth respectively. On the second lap, Wilson went down while leading, handing the point position over to Hill—Wilson remounted his bike, but mechanical problems with what appeared to be his front brake forced him to pull into the mechanic’s area. Wilson later returned to the race, but at that point, he was down three laps from the leaders. Up front, Anderson and Seely had worked their way up to third and fourth while Stewart held down second. Then on the seventh lap, Anderson made an aggressive block pass on Stewart to take over second. As the laps clicked off, Hill’s lead over Anderson grew to nearly four seconds while Stewart held down third and Seely fourth. When the checkered flag flew and the flames burst out of the finishline, Hill took his first-ever win followed by Anderson, Stewart, Seely, and McElrath. “I did think that I’d be a little more emotional at the point,” Hill said on the podium, “But I think that it’s just because this has been so overdue.”

Main Event Results
1. Justin Hill (Kaw)
2. Jason Anderson (KTM)
3. Malcolm Stewart (Hon)
4. Cole Seely (Hon)
5. Shane McElrath (Hon)
6. Jessy Nelson (Hon)
7. Michael Leib (Hon)
8. Scott Champion (Yam)
9. Jake Canada (Hon)
10. Dean Ferris (KTM)
11. Dakota Tedder (Kaw)
12. Preston Mull (Yam)
13. Zach Freeberg (Yam)
14. Cooper Webb (Yam)
15. Ruben Alanis (KTM)
16. Valentin Teillet (Kaw)
17. Topher Ingalls (Hon)
18. Jean Marrone (Suz)
19. Chris Howell (Yam)
20. Brandon Scharer (Suz)
21. Dean Wilson (Kaw)
22. Michael Horban (KTM)
Monster Energy Supercross 250 West Coast Championship Points Standings (After 6 of 9 rounds):
1. Jason Anderson (131/3 wins)
2. Cole Seely (127/1 win)
3. Justin Hill (107/1 win)
4. Dean Wilson (98/1 win)
5. Cooper Webb (92)
6. Malcolm Stewart (89)
7. Jessy Nelson (76)
8. Shane McElrath (71)
9. Zach Osborne (69)
10. Dean Ferris (63)