Photos by Jeff Kardas

The Monster Energy Supercross Series made its way over the border for round twelve of the 2014 season at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Coming into the weekend, it seemed as though both championship were all but presented to the two front runners but major setbacks struck Adam Cianciarulo and Ryan Villopoto, severely shaking their runs to the title. Both riders managed to line up for the night show with varying degrees of success. In the 450 class, history was made as one of the sport’s most decorated riders added another accomplishment to his career, while a young racer in the 250 division scored the first win of his career.

2014 Toronto SX Race Report

250 East Coast Regional Championship

250 Heat One

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Adam Cianciarulo rocketed to the lead in the opening race of the night, a move that surprised many after the shoulder injury suffered during practice. JAB Motorsports Kawasaki's Matt Lemoine feverishly pursued the rookie for the spot, and after a quick run down the track's longest rhythm lane, he slipped by to take the spot. Lemoine upped the pace once in front, and Cianciarulo stayed close by for a short time until his slower laps late in the race allowed GEICO Honda's Justin Bogle to sneak by for second place.

1. Matt Lemoine
2. Justin Bogle
3. Adam Cianciarulo
4. Vince Friese
5. Kyle Cunningham
6. Levi Kilbarger
7. Brad Nauditt
8. Jesse Wentland
9. Taylor Potter
10. Daniel Herrlein

250 Heat Two

A number of riders were collected in a first turn pile up, but Kyle Peters avoided the carnage to claim holeshot aboard his Gurrnaid Energy Honda. Peters soon felt pressure from Martin Davalos for the lead and the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider made a pass for the spot through the whoop section. With a clear track ahead on the second lap, Davalos was able to post his fastest lap and built a gap over the rest of the field that would be too much to close in the six-lap sprint.

After getting a poor jump off of the gate, Blake Baggett fought through the field until the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki was in a fight for a number of spots in the top five. First came passes on Rockstar Energy Racing KTM's Cole Thompson and AJ Catanzaro that put him into third place behind Peters. The two riders were even through a number of sections until Baggett made his first bid for the position, which Peters countered with a close pass. They would dice once more before the checkered flag, with Baggett ultimately taking the spot.

1. Martin Davalos
2. Blake Baggett
3. Kyle Peters
4. Jeremy Martin
5. Cole Thompson
6. AJ Catanzaro
7. Jimmy Decotis
8. Landen Powell
9. Gannon Audette
10. Aaron Gulley

250 LCQ

After going down in his heat race, GEICO Honda's Matt Bisceglia aced the start of the night's LCQ and led the field through the first turn with River/Yamaha's Alex Martin in tow. These two riders immediately gapped the rest of the field and safely qualified for the main event, but a number of riders were vying for the remaining positions. Daniel Herrlein ran third early in the race, but Jackson Richardson overtook the spot near the halfway point. Herrlein lost the final transfer to Ryan Zimmer, who nearly threw away the spot on the final lap with an erratic run through the whoops but managed to hang on.

1. Matt Bisceglia
2. Alex Martin
3. Jackson Richardson
4. Ryan Zimmer
5. Daniel Herrlein
6. Steve Roman
7. Aaron Gulley
8. Jacob Baumert
9. Justin Starling
10. Luke Vonlinger

250 Main Event

A number of holeshot came from the right side of the starter's box in Toronto, and the 250 feature was no different with Justin Bogle taking control from the moment the gate dropped aboard his GEICO Honda. Adam Cianciarulo and Jimmy Decotis fell in line behind Bogle in the opening lap, but an incident would drop Decotis from third to twenty-first by the next lap. Just moments into the race disaster would strike Cianciarulo, with his shoulder once again came out of its socket.. He quickly pulled off the course to the awaiting Asterisk Medical unit, who popped the injury back in place. With the point lead on the line, Cianciarulo returned to the track but could only muster half a lap before the injury became too intense to overcome. He would finish the night scored in twenty-second place.

With Cianciarulo out, another Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider took over the pursuit of Bogle, as Martin Davalos moved into second place. The riding style between first and second place was noticeably different, as Bogle appeared reserved in front while Davalos pushed to close the gap. While encountering heavy lapped traffic at the midway point of the race, Davalos lost control through one of the layout's many rhythm lanes and went down in the next corner. He would remount quickly, after Matt Lemoine passed by, but reclaimed second place just a lap later. He would then make up an incredible amount of time on Bogle, who had switched to a reserved riding, but it was not enough. After coasting through the final lanes, Bogle scored the first main event win of his career and celebrated the triumph with a one-leg turndown whip over the finish line.

Matt Lemoine's success continued in the main event, with the JAB Motorsports/Silkolene/Kawasaki rider coming from outside the top-ten on the start to the front pack by the end of the first lap. He clicked off laps with consistency and fought for his place on the track against the competition, namely Jeremy Martin. The Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha rider spent much of the race setting up pass attempts on the privateer, but seemed to lose ground at the most pivotal moments, which allowed Lemoine to inch away once again and take third place on the night.

Another poor start buried Blake Baggett in the field, but the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki racer expertly knifed through the competition to run as high as fifth place. While running in a tight pack with Davalos, Lemoine, and Martin, the former National champion had a miscue over one of the track's more awkward obstacles and was thrown over the handlebars. The impact battered both rider and machine, essentially destroying the bike's controls and forcing Baggett to withdraw.

Main Event Results
1. Justin Bogle
2. Martin Davalos
3. Matt Lemoine
4. Jeremy Martin
5. Cole Thompson
6. Vince Friese
7. Alex Martin
8. Kyle Cunningham
9. AJ Catanzaro
10. Jimmy Decotis
11. Jackson Richardson
12. Matt Bisceglia
13. Landen Powell
14. Levi Kilbarger
15. Jesse Wentland
16. Brad Nauditt
17. Taylor Potter
18. Gannon Audette
19. Ryan Zimmer
20. Blake Baggett
21. Kyle Peters
22. Adam Cianciarulo
Monster Energy Supercross 250 East Coast Championship Points Standings (After 6 of 9 rounds):
1. Martin Davalos (124pts/1 win)
2. Adam Cianciarulo (120pts/3 wins)
3. Justin Bogle (119pts/1 win)
4. Blake Baggett (100pts/1 win)
5. Vince Friese (90pts)
6. Kyle Cunningham (76pts)
7. Cole Thompson (74pts)
8. Matthew Lemoine (73pts)
9. James Decotis (65pts)
10. Alex Martin (60pts)

450 National Supercross Championship

450 Heat One

Dean Wilson jumped to an early lead aboard his Discount Tire/TwoTwo Motorsports Kawasaki and spent the first laps sprinting away from the rest of the pack, namely Team Honda Muscle Milk's Justin Barcia. The two riders spent the entire race in first and second, with Wilson some two seconds ahead until the final lap. Just moments from taking the checkered flag, Wilson bobbled in the first jump of a rhythm section and was shot from his bike, which Justin Barcia would run over when passing for the lead just moments later before taking the win. Wilson's quick remount was enough to keep him in second at the finish line.

While Wilson and Barcia raced away, a three-rider fight was one for the final two transfer positions. When the field crossed the line on the first lap, it was BTO Sports KTM's Matt Georke in third, Red Bull KTM's Ryan Dungey fourth, and MotoSport/Fly Racing/Yoshimura's Weston Peick fifth. Soon privateer Peick would force his way by Dungey and set off after Goerke, but Dungey fired back moments later, reclaim the spot, and set off after Georke. With two laps remaining, Dungey moved into third place, leaving Georke and Peick to duel for the last spot. Peick put in a number of attempts to send Georke to the semi round, but was unable to make them stick and finished in fifth.

The heat race marked the first time Ryan Villopoto had ridden the Toronto track at speed, and he appeared to use the race as a sort of practice session. His start and pace would put him in ninth place after a handful of laps, where he ultimately finished. This would force him to race through the night's semi qualifiers.

1. Justin Barcia
2. Dean Wilson
3. Ryan Dungey
4. Matt Goerke
5. Weston Peick
6. Mike Alessi
7. Jimmy Albertson
8. Nick Schmidt
9. Ryan Villopoto
10. Cody Gilmore

450 Heat Two

James Stewart edged BTO Sports KTM's Andrew Short to take the holeshot, putting the Yoshimura Suzuki rider into the lead. Despite a bobble during his first pass through the whoops, Stewart settled into a quick pace and spent the entire six lap race unpressured for the lead, crossing the finish line 1.348 seconds ahead of second place.

While Stewart's win seemed uneventful, the battles for the remaining transfer positions were intense. Rockstar Energy Racing KTM's Ivan Tedesco passed Short for second place, while JGRMX/Toyota/NFAB/Yamaha's Justin Brayton and Red Bull KTM's Ken Roczen fought for their place in the order. Roczen made quick work of the field, climbing from fifth to third in a single lap. After he moved up, GEICO Honda's Wil Hahn entered the mix for the final transfer, and on the final lap passed Tedesco to take fourth place.

1. James Stewart
2. Ken Roczen
3. Justin Brayton
4. Wil Hahn
5. Ivan Tedesco
6. Josh Hill
7. Andrew Short
8. Nick Wey
9. Austin Howell
10. Preston Mull

450 Semi One

Mike Alessi swept in from an outside gate aboard his Smartop MotoConcepts Racing machine to take the holeshot. Alessi has been strong through the qualifying rounds all season and this weekend was no different, as he scored a dominating win in the night's first semi race. The pack separated as the laps clicked off, with a gap between Alessi to second place Josh Hill and over ten seconds between the RCH/Soaring Eagle/Suzuki rider and privateer Nick Schmidt. Schmidt spent the majority of the moto swapping passes with Mafia Moto Crew's Nick Wey in a battle that went down to the final flag. Despite the losing the spot, Wey's fourth place was enough to make the main.

1. Mike Alessi
2. Josh Hill
3. Nick Schmidt
4. Nick Wey
5. Cody Gilmore

450 Semi Two

Adam Enticknap was the first to the stripe, but Ivan Tedesco, Weston Peick, and Ryan Villopoto shuffled the FLY Racing/TPJ rider backwards with a series of quick passes. A bad lap on Tedesco's part knocked the veteran out of the lead and three-man fight for the spot, a misfortune Peick capitalized on. Villopoto's reserved pace continued through the qualifier, which allowed Peick the chance to power away from the field and take the win.

Andrew Short and Racing's Jimmy Albertson managed to inch up the running order in the short amount of laps, with Albertson taking the final transfer with a clean block pass on Enticknap.

1. Weston Peick
2. Ryan Villopoto
3. Ivan Tedesco
4. Andrew Short
5. Jimmy Albertson

450 LCQ

Daniel Meynet controlled the 450 LCQ from the time the gate dropped, avoiding a major pile-up on lap one and the pressure applied from Ronnie Stewart for the lead for the duration of the final four lap qualifier. The two maintained a steady pace lap after lap, which let them pull away from the rest of the field, including third place finisher Enticknap. These rides marked the fourth consecutive 450 main event for Stewart, while it was the first main event of Enticknap's season. Preston Mull scored the final transfer after a spirited duel with Brice Klippel that ended with Klippel finishing seventh.

450 Main Event

After the way the afternoon played out, many expected the night to have another dramatic twist occur in the 450 main event, be it crash or come from behind ride. The race began when Ken Roczen claimed the lead through the first aboard his Red Bull KTM, with rival Justin Barcia a close second place. Pitting two riders with a small history and aggressive riding styles together often leads to action, and the battle between the two for first place throughout the early laps did not disappoint. They tackled the numerous obstacles with opposing rhythms, with Barcia pulling even to the leader on the third lap. A close, but clean block pass put the Team Honda Muscle Milk rider into first place, with Roczen doing everything possible to stay within striking distance. On lap seven, the gap between the two riders shrunk substantially, but moments later Barcia managed to turn a half second quicker lap and pull back ahead.

As these two tussled for first place, Yoshimura Suzuki's James Stewart began dissecting the pack in a push to reach the front. Stewart's main event started deep in the field, running near tenth on the first lap, but a number of unique lines, plotted passes, and flat-out speed helped him climb up the order. By lap ten, he had moved into fourth place and began chopping away at the distance between himself, Ryan Dungey, Roczen, and Barcia. Two passes at the end of the long whoop section on consecutive laps put him past the Red Bull KTM teammates and within range of the leader. A look at the lap times will show that the difference between Stewart's fastest lap and Barcia's was not a significant amount, but Stewart managed post his quickest in the final moments of the moto using radically different lines. With this, he passed by Barcia on lap fifteen and sped off to a dominating win, the forty-ninth of his career. This accomplishment puts him second on the all-time main event winner's list, second to Jeremy McGrath and one ahead of Ricky Carmichael.

Damage control was the main reason for Ryan Villopoto's efforts on the night, and the Monster Energy Kawasaki rider did just that. After starting the main event in the front pack, the ailing racer fell back through the top-ten before landing in sixth place. His main event was eventful, however, as he put up a fight against Weston Peick and Dean Wilson to hold the spot until the finish. With this, he kept control of the champion standings and lost only a handful of points to Ryan Dungey.

Main Event Results
1. James Stewart
2. Justin Barcia
3. Ryan Dungey
4. Justin Brayton
5. Ken Roczen
6. Ryan Villopoto
7. Weston Peick
8. Dean Wilson
9. Josh Hill
10. Matt Goerke
11. Andrew Short
12. Nick Wey
13. Jimmy Albertson
14. Wil Hahn
15. Cody Gilmore
16. Nick Schmidt
17. Ronnie Stewart
18. Adam Enticknap
19. Mike Alessi
20. Preston Mull
21. Daniel Meynet
22. Ivan Tedesco
Monster Energy Supercross 450 Championship Points Standings (After 12 of 17 rounds):
1. Ryan Villopoto (246pts/3 wins)
2. Ryan Dungey (221pts/1 win)
3. James Stewart (207pts/4 wins)
4. Ken Roczen (197pts/2 wins)
5. Justin Brayton (185pts)
6. Justin Barcia (156pts)
7. Andrew Short (153pts)
8. Broc Tickle (126pts)
9. Wil Hahn (122pts)
10. Chad Reed (111/2 wins)