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)

450 Heat One

Mike Alessi nabbed the holeshot on his Smartop/MotoConcepts Racing ride and the clear track helped him inch away from the field of riders behind him. JGRMX/Toyota/NFab/Yamaha's Justin Brayton started the race in second place, but midway through began to feel pressure from Ryan Dungey. The Red Bull KTM rider overtook Brayton for the spot, but the Yamaha rider retaliated with a number of pass attempts. This made for great racing, but also allowed Ken Roczen and Ryan Villopoto to close in. Villopoto pushed his way from a poor start to fifth in short order, and after vanquishing Red Bull KTM's Roczen for the final transfer spot, set off after Brayton. As the two approached the finish line on the final, Villopoto snuck by and stole third place from Brayton.

450 Heat One Results

1. Mike Alessi
2. Ryan Dungey
3. Ryan Villopoto
4. Justin Brayton
5. Ken Roczen
6. Weston Peick
7. Dean Wilson
8. Broc Tickle
9. Chris Blose
10. Jimmy Albertson

450 Heat Two

GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac took the holeshot and early lead in the second 450 heat, and for a number of lap the rookie faced an ambush by James Stewart. The Yoshimura Suzuki rider came from a few seconds back in the opening laps to dead-even by the midway point, thanks in part to the use of different rhythm lines than Tomac, and soon took over the lead. Tomac hung close in the remaining laps and finished 1.782 seconds behind Stewart at the checkered flag.

While Stewart and Tomac scuffled for the lead, Josh Grant and Cole Seely diced for third place. Seely, a temporary rider for Team Honda Muscle Milk during the 250 West Coast break, was not intimidated by class veteran Grant and the two exchanged many passes mere inches apart. The two nearly made contact by the mechanics area and this allowed the JGRMX/Toyota/NFab/Yamaha to pull away, but Seely reeled him back in with laps to go and retook third place, where he would eventually finish.

450 Heat Two Results

1. James Stewart
2. Eli Tomac
3. Cole Seely
4. Josh Grant
5. Wil Hahn
6. Josh Hill
7. Andrew Short
8. Nick Wey
9. Kyle Chisholm
10. Matt Goerke

450 Semi One

Motosport.com/Fly Racing privateer Weston Peick powered his way to first turn to take control of the first semi of the night, and with just a few laps and fewer transfer positions at stake, the entire field began a long fight for a spot in the top five. RCH/Soaring Eagle/Suzuki's Josh Hill slammed through the pack to move into third place behind teammate Broc Tickle, and a mistake by Tickle allowed Hill to move up another position. Peick's start was more than enough to build a large gap on the rest of the pack, but Hill's quicker lap times helped him reel in the leader. As the two approached the finish line, the gap between them was less than a second, with Peick holding on for the win.

450 Semi One Results

1. Weston Peick
2. Josh Hill
3. Broc Tickle
4. Cody Gilmore
5. Nick Wey

450 Semi Two

Ken Roczen controlled the night's second 450 semi race from the moment he rounded the first corner, with BTO Sports KTM's Andrew Short in tow. Short momentarily reeled in the Red Bull KTM rider midway through the race, Roczen's lead was never truly in jeopardy and he crossed the finish line with a four second advantage.

While the action at the front of the pack was lackluster, the battles further back were intense. Kyle Chisholm, Josh Grant, and Ivan Tedesco diced for the fifth and final transfer spot, with Grant outlasting the battle and eventually moving up to fourth.

450 Semi Two Results

1. Ken Roczen
2. Andrew Short
3. Dean Wilson
4. Josh Grant

450 LCQ

Although Ronnie Stewart snatched the holeshot, all of the attention from the start was on Ivan Tedesco. The Rockstar Energy Racing KTM veteran and Tevin Tapia collided just feet out of the gate, and Tedesco leg was pulled into the rear wheel and drug the length of the start straightway. This would mark the end of Tedesco's night.

It was madness at the front of the pack for the final slots to the main event. Stewart held the control for the first laps until Nick Schmidt snuck by to take the lead and eventual win, while Motosport.com/Crossland Racing's powered around the course and moved up to third past BTO Sports KTM's Matt Goerke.

Kyle Chisholm's moved through the pack throughout the main event, with Adam Enticknap as his opponent for the last transfer. With the spot on the line and the moments winding down, Chisholm pushed Enticknap off the track, but the privateer shot down the pavement alongside the course, pulled back in ahead of the CycleTrader.com/Rock River/Yamaha rider, and "crossed" the line in fifth. After the race, Enticknap was docked two positions and credited seventh, giving Chisholm the transfer spot.

450 LCQ Results

1. Nick Schmidt
2. Ronnie Stewart
3. Jimmy Albertson
4. Kyle Chisholm

450 Main Event

Mike Alessi scored yet another holeshot in the night's main event and while he and most of the pack made it through the first turn, all three title contenders were saddled with issues. James Stewart made an error on his approach to the first jump and was slammed by those behind him. Ken Roczen and Ryan Villopoto had problems of their own, and neither scored in the top ten on the first lap.

Mike Alessi maintained control of the race through the opening moments and fended off Ryan Dungey's fevered advances for the spot. Certain sections of the track had one main line the entire pack followed through, and Alessi closed every small opening that Dungey attempted to make into a pass for the lead. Dungey spent many laps eyeing a steep wall jump after the whoops, and on lap five made his drive on the downside for the spot. Third place runner Eli Tomac looked to make a similar pass in the section, but Alessi would not allow the spot to be used against him twice. The clash continued through the entire first half of the race, but on lap eleven Alessi cross-rutted on a jump and face was flung to the ground, moving both Tomac and Cole Seely up a spot. From there the podium was set, and would finish with Dungey, Tomac, and Seely all scoring their best finishes of the season.

Ryan Villopoto, James Stewart, and Ken Roczen spent the main event doing damage control on their championship hopes. Villopoto's race was taxing, as the Monster Energy Kawasaki rider charged from seventeenth to seventh around the halfway mark, and into fourth place by the checkered flag. Stewart made a similar run, coming from twenty-first to seventh. Ken Roczen, however, would not be as successful when a crash at the end of the long rhythm lane smashed him into the ground. Although he remounted and attempted to salvage points, the pain in his back and right side was too much to bear and he withdrew from the race, taking twenty-first for the night.

Main Event Results
1. Ryan Dungey
2. Eli Tomac
3. Cole Seely
4. Ryan Villopoto
5. Broc Tickle
6. Andrew Short
7. James Stewart
8. Justin Brayton
9. Josh Hill
10. Dean Wilson
11. Wil Hahn
12. Josh Grant
13. Nick Wey
14. Chris Blose
15. Mike Alessi
16. Kyle Chisholm
17. Jimmy Albertson
18. Cody Gilmore
19. Nick Schmidt
20. Ronnie Stewart
21. Ken Roczen
22. Weston Peick
Monster Energy Supercross 450 Championship Points Standings (After 9 of 17 rounds):
1. Ryan Villopoto (184pts/2 wins)
2. Ryan Dungey (161pts/1 win)
3. Ken Roczen (158pts/2 wins)
4. James Stewart (154pts/ 2 wins)
5. Justin Brayton (143pts)
6. Chad Reed (111pts/2 wins)
7. Justin Barcia (109pts)
8. Andrew Short (109pts)
9. Wil Hahn (93pts)
10. Broc Tickle (93pts)