Reed & Seely Thrill At 2014 Anaheim II Supercross

Fans at Angel’s Stadium were treated to a great night of racing at the second Anaheim Supercross of the year, as Lucas Oil/Troy Lee Designs/Honda’s Cole Seely and Discount Tire/TwoTwo Motorsports rider Chad Reed earned their first wins of the season. While Seely led every lap of ┬áthe Western Regional 250 SX main en route to his win, Reed fought through the field in a thrilling 450 main that had the crowd going nuts. For Reed, it was his eighth win in Anaheim and an undeniably emotional affair for everyone on his team.

Seely’s 250 win allowed him to close the gap on series points leader Jason Anderson of the Rockstar Energy Racing team, who finished a solid second in the 15-lap main. In the 450 class, Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen assumed the series points leader by finishing third behind Reed and Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart.

250 HEAT ONE

Dean Wilson grabbed the holeshot at the start of the first heat race of the evening. Wilson's Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki teammate Justin Hill was second, ahead of GEICO Honda's Zach Osborne and the rest. Osborne moved past Hill before the completion of the first lap and set his sights on the Scot, but Hill had other ideas and retook the position.
Out front, Wilson rode well and established a modest lead, in spite of suffering a scary crash earlier in the day in which he landed on Kawasaki privateer Dakota Tedder. At the finish, Wilson enjoyed nearly two seconds over Hill. Osborne held on for fourth ahead of Lucas Oil/Troy Lee Designs/Honda rider Jessy Nelson and Rocket Exhaust's Michael Leib. Tedder, meanwhile, enjoyed a strong showing and crossed the finish line sixth.

250 HEAT ONE RESULTS

1. Dean Wilson (Kaw)
2. Justin Hill (Kaw)
3. Zach Osborne (Hon)
4. Jessy Nelson (Hon)
5. Michael Leib (Hon)
6. Dakota Tedder (Kaw)
7. Chris Plouffe (Hon)
8. Aaron Siminoe (Kaw)
9. Valentin Teillet (Kaw)
10. Brandon Scharer (Suz)

250 HEAT TWO

Rivals Cole Seely and Jason Anderson found themselves paired up in the second heat race, and it was the red plate holder, Anderson, who led the way through the first corner. Seely's Lucas Oil/Troy lee Designs/Honda teammate Shane McElrath was second, but Seely snuck past and into second in the third corner. Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha's Cooper Webb gated fourth and followed Seely past McElrath aboard his YZ250F.
Mid-race, Anderson adapted to a tricky rhythm section that was changed after practice and used the triple-triple method to pull away from Seely, lap after lap. At the line, Anderson enjoyed nearly four seconds over Seely. Webb came home third, ahead of McElrath and Red Bull KTM's SX rookie, Dean Ferris.

250 HEAT TWO RESULTS

1. Jason Anderson (KTM)
2. Cole Seely (Hon)
3. Cooper Webb (Yam)
4. Shane McElrath (Hon)
5. Dean Ferris (KTM)
6. Malcolm Stewart (Hon)
7. Austin Burns (Hon)
8. Cole Martinez (Kaw)
9. Scott Champion (Yam)
10. Preston Mull (Yam)

250 LCQ

Chris Howell holeshot the LCQ and led all four laps en route to the win. Joseph Dalzell, Chris Proscelle and Connor Elliott earned the final spots into the 250 main.

250 LCQ RESULTS

1. Chris Howell (Yam)
2. Joseph Dalzell (Kaw)
3. Chris Proscell (Hon)
4. Connor Elliott (Hon)

250 MAIN

Seely grabbed the holeshot at the start of the 15-lap main and led Webb, Wilson, Malcolm and Stewart, while Hill went down on the first rhythm section and dropped out of contention. Anderson wasted little time and began to work his way towards the front by passing Stewart at the start of lap two.
Wilson crashed on lap four when his front end hit a tuff block, and all hell broke loose. Anderson was able to jump over Wilson's downed bike, but Stewart slammed into the tuff block that Wilson knocked into the track, and Osborne crashed into Wilson's Kawasaki and went over the bars.
At the third-way mark, Seely enjoyed a comfortable lead over Webb, who in turn held a four-second lead over Anderson, who lost time while avoiding the Wilson pileup. Anderson turned up the heat soon after, however, and reeled in and passed Webb in the next two laps.

As the race wound down, the contrast between the two front-runners was obvious, as Seely turned in precise laps in the lead, while Anderson rode the wheels off his Rockstar Energy Racing KTM in an effort to close the gap. At the checkered flag, Seely and his Rich Simmons-tuned CRF250R enjoyed a 3.5-second lead over Anderson. Webb rode a lonely race in third, while Stewart and Hill rounded out the top five.

After the race, it was announced that Anderson would be docked two positions for jumping in a section with flashing lights displayed. This dropped the Rockstar Energy Racing KTM rider from second to fourth in the event standings and second in the points championship.

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Main Event Results
1. Cole Seely (Hon)
2. Cooper Webb (Yam)
3. Malcolm Stewart (Hon)
4. Jason Anderson (KTM)
5. Justin Hill (Kaw)
6. Shane McElrath (Hon)
7. Dean Wilson (Kaw)
8. Zach Osborne (Hon)
9. Michael Leib (Hon)
10. Jessy Nelson (Hon)
11. Dean Ferris (KTM)
12. Dakota Tedder (Kaw)
13. Cole Martinex (Kaw)
14. Chris Plouffe (Hon)
15. Valentine Teillet (Kaw)
16. Chris Howell (Yam)
17. Chris Proscelle (Hon)
18. Conner Elliott (Hon)
19. Scott Champion (Yam)
20. Aaron Burns (Hon)
21. Aaron Siminoe (Kaw)
22. Josephe Dalzell (Kaw)
Monster Energy Supercross 250 West Coast Championship Points Standings (After 3 of 9 rounds):
1. Cole Seely (69pts/1 win)
2. Jason Anderson (68/2 wins)
3. Zach Osborne (53)
4. Cooper Webb (53)
5. Dean Wilson (50)
6. Malcolm Stewart (49)
7. Justin Hill (44)
8. Jessy Nelson (35)
9. Dean Ferris (31)
10. Shane McElrath (29)

450 HEAT ONE

JGR Yamaha's Justin Brayton led the way at the start of the first 450 heat, and had defending Supercross Champion Ryan Villopoto hot on his heels. Brayton enjoyed the lead on his retro yellow YZ450F through the first lap, but RV attacked and stole the lead at the start of lap two. Brayton, however, retaliated and--to the deliught of the crowd--retook the point position a few corners later. A mistake by Villopoto allowed Brayton to pull out a slight lead, which he held to the finish.
BTOSports/KTM rider Andrew Short rode a quiet race and finished all alone in third, while Red Bull KTM's Ryan Dungey rode and impressively aggressive race to come back to fourth. After starting poorly, RD forced his way past RCH Suzuki riders, Broc Tickle and Josh Hill for the final transfer position.

450 HEAT ONE RESULTS

1. Justin Brayton (Yam)
2. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
3. Andrew Short (KTM)
4. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
5. Josh Hill (Suz)
6. Matt Moss (Suz)
7. Vince Friese (Hon)
8. Lawson Bopping (Suz)
9. Mike Alessi (Suz)
10. Kyle Chisholm (Yam)

450 HEAT TWO

Yoshimura Suzuki's James Stewart led the way at the start of the second heat race, but JGR Yamaha's Josh Grant was a close second and hoping to give his team its second heat race win of the night. Stewart however, had other ideas and set a blazingly fast pace aboard his Rene Zapata-tuned Suzuki RM-Z450 and established an immediate cushion over the field.
Muscle Milk Honda's Justin Barcia displaced Grant early on and looked to have second on lock, but Red Bull KTM's Ken Roczen pushed his way past the Honda rider with an aggressive pass in a right handed corner. Barcia held on to third, ahead of Chad Reed, who earned the fourth and final direct transfer position. GEICO Honda's Wil Hahn was the last rider to sneak past Grant before the checkers, but both would have to return in a semi.

450 HEAT TWO RESULTS

1. James Stewart (Suz)
2. Ken Roczen (KTM)
3. Justin Barcia (Hon)
4. Chad Reed (Kaw)
5. Wil Hahn (Hon)
6. Josh Grant (Yam)
7. Jake Weimer (Kaw)
8. Weston Peick (Suz)
9. Matt Goerke (KTM)
10. Ivan Tedesco (KTM)

450 SEMI ONE

Matt Moss holeshot the first semi over Mafia Moto Crew's Nick Wey, Grant and Kyle Partridge. JG motored past Wey on lap one and set after Moss. The Australian's pace, however, could not be matched and Moss held on for the win over Grant. Weston Peick started poorly but charged to third at the flag over Wey and Rockstar Energy Racing's Ivan Tedesco, who earned the last ticket to the main in fifth.

450 SEMI ONE RESULTS

1. Matt Moss (Suz)
2. Josh Grant (Yam)
3. Weston Peick (Suz)
4. Nick Wey (Kaw)
5. Ivan Tedesco (KTM)

450 SEMI TWO

Mike Alessi rocketed out of the gate in the second semi and led the Milestone Assassin, Nick Schmidt, onto the track. Hill and Jake Weimer forced their way into second and third, respectively, on lap one. Hill displaced holeshot artist Alessi on lap three and took over at the front of the pack, and Weimer did the same a few turns later. Though Weimer made a big charge on the last lap, Hill held on for the semi win on his RM-Z450. Alessi was third ahead of Hahn and BTOSports KTM's Matt Goerke.

450 SEMI TWO RESULTS

1. Josh Hill (Suz)
2. Jake Weimer (Kaw)
3. Mike Alessi (Suz)
4. Wil Hahn (Hon)
5. Matt Goerke (KTM)

450 LCQ
Crossland Racing's Jimmy Albertson holeshot the LCQ and led every lap with authority en route to the win and a brilliant air wheelie over the finish line double. Vince Friese, Chris Blose and Kyle Partridge rounded out the final four riders in the 22-rider main event.

450 LCQ RESULTS

1. Jimmy Albertson (Hon)
2. Vince Friese (Hon)
3. Chris Blose (Hon)
4. Kyle Partridge (Hon)

450 MAIN

Dungey grabbed the holeshot aboard his Carlos Rivera-tuned KTM 450SX-F. Wey, Stewart, Villopoto, Reed and Roczen were all close, setting the stage for an amazing main event battle. Roczen passed Reed on lap two and closed to RV's rear wheel. Roczen took over third with an aggressive pass over a table-table section, in which he made contact with his training partner.
The top five of Dungey, Stewart, Roczen, Villopoto and Reed remained the same through the first six laps, but the crowd erupted into screams when Dungey crashed back to sixth when he lost control at the end of the whoops and fell in the following right hander.
Stewart inherited the lead with Dungey's demise, but with only a second over a hard-charging Roczen, the Suzuki rider had no room to relax. With Villopoto pushing him forward, Roczen closed to Stewart's rear wheel at the halfway point, but RV blitzed past in the whoops and took over the pursuit of Stewart.
On lap 15, Villopoto made a serious bid for the lead, but just after the checkered flag the defending champion clipped Stewart's bike and went down. Reed caught fire shortly thereafter and began to pressure Roczen, who was in turn right on Stewrat for the lead. Reed found his way past the German and brought the crowd to its feet on the 18th circuit, and went on to set an amazing pace that propelled him to the rear wheel of the leader. Reed carried more momentum than Stewart in the rollers and swooped into the lead, which he held to the checkered flag for the 42nd win of his career. Stewart was second for his first podium of the season, while Roczen held on to third. Brayton found himself in fourth when Dungey and Villopoto crashed together in the last corner: the result of a last-ditch pass attempt by Dungey that took both of them out. RV remounted before the KTM rider, who was still well ahead of Peick, Hill, Short and Weimer, who rounded out the top 10.

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Main Event Results
1. Chad Reed (Kaw)
2. James Stewart (Suz)
3. Ken Roczen (KTM)
4. Justin Brayton (Yam)
5. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
6. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
7. Weston Peick (Suz)
8. Josh Hill (Suz)
9. Andrew Short (KTM)
10. Jake Weimer (Kaw)
11. Justin Barcia (Hon)
12. Wil Hahn (Hon)
13. Ivan Tedesco (KTM)
14. Josh Grant (Yam)
15. Nick Wey (Kaw)
16. Matt Goerke (KTM)
17. Vince Friese (Hon)
18. Mike Alessi (Suz)
19. Matt Moss (Suz)
20. Chris Blose (Hon)
21. Kyle Partridge (Hon)
22. Jimmy Albertson (Hon)
Monster Energy Supercross 450 Championship Points Standings (After 3 of 17 rounds):
1. Ken Roczen (60/1 win)
2. Ryan Villopoto (59/1)
3. Chad Reed (57/1)
4. Ryan Dungey (57)
5. Justin Brayton (55)
6. James Stewart (44)
7. Justin Barcia (42)
8. Andrew Short (38)
9. Wil Hahn (30)
10. Broc Tickle (26)