Anderson and Villopoto Top 2014 Phoenix SX Barn Burners

Report by Donn Maeda | Photos by Jeff Kardas

Defending Supercross Champion Ryan Villopoto found his form at round two of the┬áMonster Energy Supercross series, held at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. The Monster Energy Kawasaki rider worked through the field after a mediocre start to steal the win from Justin Brayton, who led most of the race aboard his JGRMX/Toyota/NFab/Yamaha. Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey was a solid third, while last week’s winner Ken Roczen crashed early on and regrouped to finish sixth.

In the West Coast Regional 250 Supercross main, Rockstar Energy Racing’s Jason Anderson earned his second win in a row in similar fashion, as he passed Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda rider Cole Seely on the final lap to steal the victory. GEICO Honda’s Zach Osborne earned his first podium of the year with a solid ride for third.

250 WEST COAST REGIONAL SUPERCROSS CLASS

250 HEAT ONE

When the gate dropped at the start of the first 250 heat race, Cooper Webb led the way through turn one aboard his Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha. Dean Wilson was in hot pursuit and took control of the lead on lap one. Webb made an aggressive bid to retake the lead, but the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider was on fire and held control of the lead to the finish.
Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda rider Cole Seely started fourth and steadily closed ground on the riders ahead of him, eventually closing to the rear wheel of Webb. Seely executed a textbook block pass on Webb on the final lap to take the runner-up position, about a second and a half behind Wilson.

250 HEAT ONE RESULTS

1. Dean Wilson (Kaw)
2. Cole Seely (Hon)
3. Cooper Webb (Yam)
4. Jessy Nelson (Hon)
5. Jake Canada (Hon)
6. Shane McElrath (Hon)
7. Colton Aeck (Hon)
8. Dakota Tedder (Kaw)
9. Cole Martinez (Hon)

250 HEAT TWO

Last week's winner Jason Anderson was quickest off the line in the second heat race and led Zach Osborne, Justin Hill and Darryn Durham onto the technical course. Anderson rode a masterful race until the final lap, when a mistake, coupled with a tremendous charge by Osborne, closed the gap at the finish to less than a second. Osborne attempted a last corner pass, but Anderson held on for the win. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Justin Hill finished third, ahead of Malcolm Stewart, who recovered from a near-crash in turn one to nab fourth. Red Bull KTM's Dean Ferris earned the ninth and final direct transfer, in spite of going over the bars in the middle of the pack in turn one.

250 HEAT TWO RESULTS

1. Jason Anderson (KTM)
2. Zach Osborne (Hon)
3. Justin Hill (Kaw)
4. Malcolm Stewart (Hon)
5. Scott Champion (Yam)
6. Aaron Siminoe (Kaw)
7. Connor Elliott (Hon)
8. Chris Plouffe (Hon)
9. Dean Ferris (KTM)

250 LCQ

Rocket Exhaust rider Michael Leib took control of the LCQ from the get-go, while Darryn Durham battled into the runner up position aboard his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki. The red flag came out for a downed rider with only a couple laps in the books, and the gate was reloaded for a restart.
Leib's luck ran out on the restart as he went down in the first turn, but Durham made the most of the opportunity and controlled every lap of the LCQ. Austin Burns, Ruben Alanis and Swiss rider Killian Auberson rounded out the final qualifiers.

250 LCQ RESULTS

1. Darryn Durham (Kaw)
2. Austin Burns (Hon)
3. Ruben Alanis (KTM)
4. Killian Auberson (KTM)

250 MAIN EVENT

Webb dashed into the lead at the drop of the gate and led Anderson, Seely, and the rest. Anderson dove beneath Webb on the first lap and made contact with the leader, and it was just enough to allow Seely to sneak past them both and steal the spot. Moments later, Webb was pushed off the track just before the sand section and lost a few more positions. Shane McElrath took over in third following Webb's misfortune, and was trailed by heat one winner Wilson.
Wilson found his way past McElrath on the fourth lap and set out after Anderson, leaving McElrath to fend off the charged of a recovered Webb. The Yamaha rider dove inside the Honda rider in a tight right-hander, but the two made contact and both Webb and McElrath crashed to the ground. Zach Osborne avoided the Webb/McElrath pileup and took over fourth, then went on to reel in and pass Wilson for third.
Up front, Seely was the picture of concentration, putting lap after perfect lap together aboard his Rich Simmons-tuned Honda. Anderson, however, was charging hard and closed to the leader's rear wheel. A bobble exiting a corner on lap 12 by Anderson allowed Seely to pull out another lead, but Anderson was not yet done.
Seely bobbled at the start of the white flag lap and allowed Anderson to draw dangerously close. The New Mexico rider dove under Seely with authority a few corners later and raced to his second win of the season. Osborne rounded out the podium, ahead of Wilson, Malcolm Stewart, Webb, Ferrus, Hill. Nelson and Cole Martinez.
"I am not gonna let this championship slip away," said Anderson. "Cole rode great, but those late race passes are not planned. I saw an opportunity and went for it. I want to win every race from here on out; my fitness is really good."

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Main Event Results
1. Jason Anderson (KTM)
2. Cole Seely (Hon)
3. Zach Osborne (Hon)
4. Dean Wilson (Kaw)
5. Malcolm Stewart (Kaw)
6. Cooper Webb (Yam)
7. Dean Ferris (KTM)
8. Justin Hill (Kaw)
9. Jessy Nelson (Hon)
10. Cole Martinex (Kaw)
11. Scott Champion (Yam)
12. Shane McElrath (Hon)
13. Austin Burns (Hon)
14. Darryn Durham (Kaw)
15. Chris Plouffe (Hon)
16. Colton Aeck (Hon)
17. Dakota Tedder (Kaw)
18. Aaron Siminoe (Kaw)
19. Ruben Alanis (KTM)
20. Killian Auberson (KTM)
21. Conner Elliott (Hon)
22. Jake Canada (Hon)
Monster Energy Supercross 250 West Coast Championship Points Standings (After 2 of 9 rounds):
1. Jason Anderson (50/2 wins)
2. Cole Seely (44)
3. Zach Osborne (40)
4. Dean WIlson (36)
5. Cooper Webb (31)
6. Malcolm Stewart (29)
7. Justin Hill (28)
8. Jessy Nelson (24)
9. Darryn Durham (21)
10. Dean Ferris (21)

450 SUPERCROSS CLASS

450 HEAT ONE

Monster Energy Kawasaki's Jake Weimer had the quickest reflexes at the start of the opening 450 heat race, and barely edged out the holeshot king, Mike Alessi, as they raced through turn one. Anaheim 1 winner Ken Roczen was mired at the start and completed lap one near tenth.
Up front, Weimer rode smoothly and controlled the point position with a modest lead over Discount Tire/TwoTwo Motorsports rider Chad Reed and Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Justin Barcia. On the final lap, Barcia made a tremendous charge and dove to the inside of Reed as they negotiated a tricky on-off tabletop into a corner to steal the runner-up position. Weimer crossed the finish line with one-second advantage and a direct transfer to the main...much better than his showing at Anaheim One. Barcia, Reed and Soaring Eagle/RCH/Suzuki’s Broc Tickle rounded out the heat race transfers. Roczen recovered to fifth, but would have to return in a semi.

450 HEAT ONE RESULTS

1. Jake Weimer (Kaw)
2. Justin Barcia (Hon)
3. Chad Reed (Kaw)
4. Broc Tickle (Suz)
5. Ken Roczen (KTM)
6. Mike Alessi (Suz)
7. Ivan Tedesco (KTM)
8. Jimmy Albertson (Hon)
9. Chris Blose (Hon)
10. Kyle Chisholm (Yam)

450 HEAT TWO

Ryan Dungey rocketed into the lead when the gate dropped on heat two, with Australian Supercross Champion Matt Moss, JGRMX/Toyota/NFab/Yamaha’s Justin Brayton, BTOSports.com KTM’s Andrew Short and Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto in tow. Moss flew off the track and dropped out of contention on lap two, leaving Brayton and RV to scrap over the runner-up position. Brayton put up a heck of a fight as the champion made numerous pass attempts, but Villopoto finally found his way past with wo laps remaining in the race.
Up front, Dungey rode a flawless heat and scored and easy win aboard his Carlos Rivera-tuned Red Bull KTM. James Stewart suffered a terrible start but sliced through the field with urgency aboard his Yoshimura Suzuki to earn the fourth and final direct transfer position.

450 HEAT TWO

1. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
2. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
3. Justin Brayton (Yam)
4. James Stewart (Suz)
5. Andrew Short (KTM)
6. Weston Peick (Suz)
7. Wil Hahn (Hon)
8. Matt Moss (Suz)
9. Nick Wey (Kaw)
10. Vince Freise (Hon)

450 SEMI ONE

Moss holeshot the first semi but Lawson Bopping dove beneath the Australian a few corners in and stole the lead. Moss returned the favor in the next lap, and was shadowed by Weston Peick. The husky Suzuki rider forced his way past Moss and into the lead on lap three and rode to the win with a three-second lead. Alessi recovered from a mediocre start to climb to third at the flag, ahead of Rock River Yamaha's Kyle Chisholm and Kyle Partridge, who edged out a hard-charging Vince Freise for the final ticket to the main.

450 SEMI ONE RESULTS

1. Weston Peick (Suz)
2. Matt Mass (Suz)
3. Mike Alessi (Suz)
4. Kyle Chisholm (Yam)
5. Kyle Partridge (Hon)

450 SEMI TWO

Andrew Short was fastest to turn one in the second semi and led Roczen and BTOSports.com KTM teammate Matt Goerke onto the track. Up front, Short rode a flawless race and was never seriously challenged by his factory counterpart. At the finish, Short enjoyed nearly two second of breathing room over Roczen, while GEICO Honda's Wil Hahn moved up to fourth after starting poorly. Goerke and Rockstar Energy Racing's Ivan Tedesco rounded out the transfers from the final semi.

450 SEMI TWO RESULTS

1. Andrew Short (KTM)
2. Ken Roczen (KTM)
3. Wil Hahn (Hon)
4. Matt Goerke (KTM)
5. Ivan Tedesco (KTM)

450 LCQ

Vince Freise holeshot the LCQ and led every lap of the four-lap contest. Motosport.com/Crossland Racing's Jimmy Alberston held down second early on but took a spectacular trip over the bars and ended his night early, leaving Mafia Moto Crew's Nick Wey to collect second at the finish. Milestone MX Park's Nick Schmidt finished third and made it into his second-consecutive main, while Chris Blose earned the last ticket to the main event.

450 LCQ RESULTS

1. Vince Freise (Hon)
2. Nick Wey (Kaw)
3. Nick Schmidt (Hon)
4. Chris Blose (Hon)

450 MAIN EVENT

When the gate dropped at the start of the 22-rider, 20-lap main, Moss led the way through the first corner. Brayton forced his way past in the second corner aboard his JGR Yamaha. Dungey also displaced the Australian on the first lap, and at the end of lap one the order was Brayton, Dungey, Barcia, Moss, Roczen, Short and Stewart. Defending champion Villopoto completed the first circuit in ninth.
Barcia repeatedly challenged Brayton for the lead and made a serious bid for the point position on lap six, but Brayton forced the Honda rider wide in a rhythm section and nearly into a big crash. Dungey was there to capitalize on Barcia's loss of momentum and moved into second. Barcia struck back a few corners later, and they were joined by Roczen and Villopoto soon after and a fantastic battle for second ensued. Action got crazy in a flat corner and Roczen high-sided out of contention, leaving Dungey in control of second.
At the halfway point, Brayton continued to lead with Dungey and Villopoto hot on his tail. RV crushed the whoops on lap 12 and smoked past Dungey in the following corner, then set out to take down the Yamaha rider for the win. It took one more lap for the defending champion to find his way past the rider from Iowa. Dungey was next to pressure Brayton, but the Yamaha rider was able to gain some breathing room by storming through the whoops, lap after lap.
On the final lap, Brayton used his superb whoop speed to close to within striking range of Villopoto, but it was too little, too late, as the Kawasaki rider was able to earn his first career Phoenix Supercross win aboard his Mike Williamson-tuned Kawasaki KX450F. Dungey came home a distant third, some four seconds behind Brayton, while Stewart and Barcia rounded out the top five.

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Main Event Results
1. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
2. Justin Brayton (Yam)
3. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
4. James Stewart (Suz)
5. Justin Barcia (Hon)
6. Ken Roczen (KTM)
7. Andrew Short (KTM)
8. Broc Tickle (Suz)
9. Chad Reed (Kaw)
10. Wil Hahn (Hon)
11. Matt Moss (Suz)
12. Ivan Tedesco (KTM)
13. Nick Wey (Kaw)
14. Vince Freise (Hon)
15. Matt Goerke (KTM)
16. Kyle Chisholm (Yam)
17. Mike Alessi (Suz)
18. Jake Weimer (Kaw)
19. Kyle Partridge (Hon)
20. Nick Schmidt (Hon)
21. Weston Peick (Suz)
22. Chris Blose (Hon)
Monster Energy Supercross 450 Championship Points Standings (After 1 of 17 rounds):
1. Ryan Villopoto (43/1 win)
2. Ryan Dungey (42)
3. Ken Roczen (40/1 win)
4. Justin Brayton (37)
5. Chad Reed (32)
6. Justin Barcia (32)
7. Broc Tickle (26)
8. Andrew Short (26)
9. James Stewart (22)
10. Wil Hahn (21)