Reed and Wilson Thrill With Wins | 2014 Anaheim III SX

By Donn Maeda | Photos by Jeff Kardas

Discount Tire/TwoTwo Motorsports rider Chad Reed and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson earned popular wins at the final Anaheim stop of 2014, making it a Kawasaki sweep at round five of the Monster Energy Supercross Series. For Reed, it was his second win of the year and came after fending off the race-long charges from 450-class rookie Ken Roczen. Wilson’s win, meanwhile, came after race leader Cole Seely lost his front-end in the closing moments of the main event and crashed out of the lead. This was Wilson’s first win of the season, even though he was considered by most to be the championship favorite coming into 2014.

250 West Coast Regional Supercross Championship

250 HEAT ONE

A number of riders stacked it up in turn one at the start of the first race of the night, thanks to a shorter-than-normal start straight. Among the riders trapped in the carnage were Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda teammates Cole Seely and Shane McElrath. Series points leader Jason Anderson narrowly avoided the tangle and started around fifth, while Malcolm Stewart took control of the race up front on yet another Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda. Anderson sliced through the pack and closed to Stewart's rear wheel and the two waged an all-out war on the white flag lap. Anderson actually stole the lead for a moment, but Stewart retaliated instantly and retook control of the point position. Though the Rockstar Energy Racing KTM rider made two more aggressive bids at the lead, there was no denying Stewart his second heat race win of the year. Seely rode an amazing race and rebounded from his turn one crash to claim third at the finish.

250 HEAT ONE RESULTS

1. Malcolm Stewart (Hon)
2. Jason Anderson (KTM)
3. Cole Seely (Hon)
4. Valentin Teillet (Kaw)
5. Dean Ferris (KTM)
6. Shane McElrath (Hon)
7. Jake Canada (Hon)
8. Brandon Scharer (Suz)
9. Scott Champion (Yam)
10. Chris Howell (Yam)

250 HEAT TWO

Fastest qualifier of the day Dean Wilson took control of the second heat race only a couple corners into the first lap and checked out with relative ease aboard his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki. Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha rookie Cooper Webb held down firm control of the runner-up position, and enjoyed some breathing room between he and third-place Jessy Nelson. Justin Hill was plenty fast, but a handful of crashes held him to fifth.

250 HEAT TWO RESULTS

1. Dean Wilson (Kaw)
2. Cooper Webb (Yam)
3. Jessy Nelson (Hon)
4. Dakota Tedder (Kaw)
5. Justin Hill (Kaw)
6. Shawn Rhinehart (Suz)
7. Topher Ingalls (Hon)
8. Preston Mull (Yam)
9. Brandon Rangel (Hon)
10. Chris Proscelle (Hon)

250 LCQ

Joseph Dalzell jumped to an early lead in the 250 LCQ, but soon found fast company in Conner Elliot. The two riders fought for control of the race for the opening laps, with Elliot eventually taking the win. Chris Howell made a well-timed pair of passes on the final laps of the LCQ and went from fifth to third at the final flag.

250 LCQ RESULTS

1. Conner Elliot
2. Joseph Dalzell
3. Chris Howell
4. Jean Marrone

250 MAIN EVENT

Seely grabbed another main event holeshot at the drop of the gate and led Wilson and the rest onto the track. Anderson gated around ninth, but set to work quickly with his eyes at the front of the pack. Anderson moved into third with an aggressive move on Stewart on lap four, but their different approaches in the following rhythm section saw the two riders collide and crash together. Stewart remounted quickly in seventh, but Anderson rejoined the race 11th.
Up front, Seely rode a flawless race and established a three-second lead over Wilson, while Jake Canada held down third in the middle of the race. Webb picked up the pace and moved into the last podium position at the halfway point, displacing Canada with an easy pass.
As the laps wound down, Wilson began to pick up the pace, setting the fastest laps of the race as he chopped away at Seely's lead. It all fell apart for Seely on the 12th lap when he tucked his front end in the corner after the whoops. Wilson nearly ran over Seely, and was forced to actually roll his bike backwards to get going again and take over the lead. Seely remounted before Webb caught up, and with that, the top three positions were set. Wilson earned his first win of the season, comfortably ahead of Seely, Webb, Hill, and Anderson, who rode like a madman to overcome his early spill with Stewart.

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Main Event Results
1. Dean Wilson (Kaw)
2. Cole Seely (Hon)
3. Cooper Webb (Yam)
4. Justin Hill (Kaw)
5. Jason Anderson (KTM)
6. Malcolm Stewart (Hon)
7. Jake Canada (Hon)
8. Shane McElrath (Hon)
9. Jessy Nelson (Hon)
10. Dakota Tedder (Kaw)
11. Dean Ferris (KTM)
12. Scott Champion (Yam)
13. Topher Ingalls (Hon)
14. Preston Mull (Yam)
15. Valentine Teillet (Kaw)
16. Brandon Sharer (Suz)
17. Chris Howell (Yam)
18. Shawn Rhinehart (Suz)
19. Jean Marrone (Suz)
20. Joseph Dalzell (Kaw)
21. Brandon Rangel (Hon)
22. Conner Elliot (Hon)
Monster Energy Supercross 250 West Coast Championship Points Standings (After 5 of 9 rounds):
1. Jason Anderson (109pts/3 wins)
2. Cole Seely (109pts/1)
3. Dean Wilson (97pts/1)
4. Cooper Webb (85pts)
5. Justin Hill (82pts)
6. Zach Osborne (69pts)
7. Malcolm Stewart (69pts)
8. Jessy Nelson (61pts)
9. Shane McElrath (55pts)
10. Dean Ferris (52pts)

450 Supercross Championship

450 HEAT ONE

Anaheim 1 winner Ken Roczen rocketed off the line on his Red Bull KTM and led the way through turn one in the first 450 heat and was never challenged aboard his Kelly Lumgair-tuned KTM 450SX-F. RCH Suzuki's Broc Tickle was second at the start, but there was no denying JGR Yamaha's Justin Brayton, as he raced past on the opening lap to take control of the runner-up position. Weston Peick muscled his way past Tickle to steal third aboard his privateer Suzuki, and GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac did the same on the last lap. Tickle made a valiant effort to retake the final transfer position, but ultimately came up short and would have to return in a semi.

450 HEAT ONE RESULTS

1. Ken Roczen (KTM)
2. Justin Brayton (Yam)
3. Weston Peick (Suz)
4. Eli Tomac (Hon)
5. Broc Tickle (Suz)
6. Matt Moss (Suz)
7. Matt Goerke (KTM)
8. Kyle Chisholm (Yam)
9. Justin Barcia (Hon)
10. Andrew Short (KTM)

450 HEAT TWO

James Stewart led the way at the start of heat two, and was trailed by Ryan Villopoto and Mike Alessi, who was riding the ragged edge in an attempt to win his second heat of the year. Alessi passed RV on the first rhythm section and took over second, but two corners crashed into the side of Stewart and high-sided out of contention. Aside from the impact from Alessi, Stewart rode an uneventful race and emerged with the win, comfortably ahead of Villopoto. Third went to Red Bull KTM's Ryan Dungey, while Chad Reed earned the last transfer after overtaking Jake Weimer in the closing moments of the race.

450 HEAT TWO RESULTS

1. James Stewart (Suz)
2. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
3. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
4. Chad Reed (Kaw)
5. Jake Weimer (Kaw)
6. Ivan Tedesco (KTM)
7. Josh Grant (Yam)
8. Jimmy Albertson (Hon)
9. Jimmy DeCotis (Hon)
10. Nick Wey (Kaw)

450 SEMI ONE

Jimmy Albertson snagged the holeshot aboard his Crossland Racing Honda and raced to his first semi win of the year. BTOSports.com KTM's Andrew Short worked past Ivan Tedesco and Chris Blose with some aggressive moves to take over third, then reeled in Mafia Moto Crew captain Nick Wey for second at the finish. Albertson celebrated with his trademark air wheelie, to the delight of the crowd.

450 SEMI ONE RESULTS

1. Jimmy Albertson (Hon)
2. Andrew Short (KTM)
3. Nick Wey (Kaw)
4. Ivan Tedesco (KTM)
5. Chris Blose (Hon)

450 SEMI TWO

Alessi holeshot the second semi and looked to be well on his way to the win. Barcia, however, had other ideas and although he was mired at the start, BamBam ripped through the pack and stoke the lead with a little over a lap to go. After Barcia stole the lead, Alessi seemed to lose the wind in his sails and was easy prey for Tickle, who finished second. Alessi held on for third, but nearly lost it to Wil Hahn, who charged hard in spite of taking a huge spill in practice.

450 SEMI RESULTS

1. Justin Barcia (Hon)
2. Broc Tickle (Suz)
3. Mike Alessi (Suz)
4. Wil Hahn (Hon)
5. Vince Freise (Hon)

450 LCQ

Matt Moss holeshot the LCQ aboard his Yoshimura Suzuki and led every lap of the LCQ. JGR Yamaha's Josh Grant held down second throughout, while Monster Energy Kawasaki's Jake Weimer came from behind to earn third. Matt Goerke held off Nick Schmidt to take the final transfer position of the night.

450 LCQ RESULTS

1. Matt Moss (Suz)
2. Josh Grant (Yam)
3. Jake Weimer (Kaw)
4. Matt Goerke (KTM)

450 MAIN EVENT

Stewart holeshot the main event but Villopoto pushed his way beneath to steal the lead. Reed, Roczen and Alessi also passed Stewart, who was forced to go a little wide. The crowd went nuts when Reed overtook RV on lap one aboard his Discount Tire/TwoTwo Motorsports Kawasaki. Once into the lead, Reed began to inch away from Villopoto, who suddenly found himself under fire from his training partner Roczen. The German made the pass on the champion with a tremendous run through the whoops, and then set his sights on the leader.
At the halfway point, Ryan Dungey closed to the rear of Stewart and began to pressure the Suzuki rider for fourth. Barcia wasn't far behind in sixth.
Roczen continually used his exceptional whoop speed to chip away at Reed's lead, and he made a serious bid for the point position on lap 12. Villopoto, meanwhile, quietly closed the gap on the lead duo and stalked them in third.
Stewart went down on lap 15 and dropped to eighth, allowing Dungey, Barcia, Peick, Brayton and Short by. Dungey lost control in the whoops moments later and crashed out of the race, as he had to pull into the mechanic's area with a badly bent front end.
As the laps wound down, Reed appeared to gain strength and rode a flawless race en route to his second win of the season. Roczen closed in at one point, but the KTM rider was forced to settle for second, well ahead of RV, who seemed to slow in the closing moments. A lonely fourth went to Barcia, while Peick raced to a career-best fifth place, ahead of Brayton and Stewart.

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Main Event Results
1. Chad Reed (Kaw)
2. Ken Roczen (KTM)
3. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
4. Justin Barcia (Hon)
5. Weston Peick (Suz)
6. Justin Brayton (Yam)
7. James Stewart (Suz)
8. Jake Weimer (Kaw)
9. Andrew Short (KTM)
10. Ivan Tedesco (KTM)
11. Broc Tickle (Suz)
12. Wil Hahn (Hon)
13. Nick Wey (Kaw)
14. Matt Moss (Suz)
15. Jimmy Albertson (Hon)
16. Vince Freise (Hon)
17. Josh Grant (Yam)
18. Matt Goerke (KTM)
19. Chris Blose (Hon)
20. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
21. Eli Tomac (Hon)
22. Mike Alessi (Suz)
Monster Energy Supercross 450 Championship Points Standings (After 5 of 17 rounds):
1. Ryan Villopoto (104pts/2 wins)
2. Chad Reed (102pts/2)
3. Ken Roczen (97pts/1)
4. Justin Brayton (86pts)
5. James Stewart (80pts)
6. Ryan Dungey (76pts)
7. Justin Barcia (74pts)
8. Andrew Short (61pts)
9. Wil Hahn (52pts)
10. Jake Weimer (50pts)