Stewart Goes Back-To-Back And Cianciarulo Wins Debut | 2014 Arlington SX

Photos by Jeff Kardas

After six rounds of west coast action, the racing headed east to Arlington, Texas, for round seven of Monster Energy Supercross at AT&T Stadium. The night not only delivered a fresh crop of rookies as the 250 East Coast series kicked off its season, but the 450 series also saw its first back-to-back winner of the year. Adam Cianciarulo made a statement to the world by winning his first-ever Supercross race, and James Stewart proved his championship contention with his second win in a row. Dallas always delivers.

250 East Coast Regional Supercross Championship

250 HEAT ONE

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Black Baggett grabbed the first holeshot of the 250 East Coast season, with teammate Adam Cianciarulo close behind in second. But the rookie, in his Supercross debut, snuck his way past Baggett almost immediately to take over the lead. Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha's Anthony Rodriguez pursued the pair of Pro Circuit riders in third, while Rockstar Energy Racing KTM's Cole Thompson also got off to a great start in fourth. Out front, Cianciarulo held off his teammate despite Baggett's late advances, and he went on to take the win with Baggett finishing in second. Rodriguez finished in third, Matt Lemoine in fourth, and Thompson in fifth. Expected championship contender Jeremy Martin went down early in the race, and the Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha rider finished in 19th.

250 HEAT ONE RESULTS

1. Adam Cianciarulo (Kaw)
2. Blake Baggett (Kaw)
3. Anthony Rodriguez (Yam)
4. Matthew Lemoine (Kaw)
5. Cole Thompson  (KTM)
6. Vince Friese (Hon)
7. Mitchell Oldenburg (Hon)
8. Daniel Herrlein  (Hon)
9. Gannon Audette (Kaw)
10. AJ Catanzaro (Hon)

250 HEAT TWO

New England privateer Jimmy DeCotis led the pack into the first corner in 250 heat two, but the fastest qualifier, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Martin Davalos, charged by on the first straightaway to take over first place. Gavin Faith got off the gate in third with GEICO Honda's Blake Wharton close behind in fourth. On lap three, an advancing Wharton stole the second place position away from DeCotis with Gavin Faith in tow, dropping DeCotis back to fourth. Davalos, however, ran away with the win, leaving behind Wharton in second. Faith finished in third, DeCotis fourth, and GEICO Honda's Matt Bisceglia fifth.

250 HEAT TWO RESULTS

1. Martin Davalos (Kaw)
2. Blake Wharton (Hon)
3. Gavin Faith (Hon)
4. Jimmy DeCotis (Hon)
5. Matthew Bisceglia (Hon)
6. Kyle Cunningham (Hon)
7. Kyle Peters (Hon)
8. Alex Martin (Yam)
9. Levi Kilbarger (Hon)
10. Justin Bogle (Hon)

250 LCQ

In the 250 LCQ, a contact-riddled first turn left several riders on the ground, but it was Jackson Richardson who got through safely to take the holeshot and early lead with AJ Catanzaro in second, GEICO Honda's Justin Bogle in third, and Jesse Wentland in fourth. Bogle made quick work of Catanzaro and Richardson to take the lead and eventually the win. Catanzaro grabbed second, Richardson held on to third, and Wentland took the final transfer spot in fourth. Jeremy Martin had a terrible start, and although he fought his way though the pack, he could only salvage a seventh and failed to make the first main event of the season.

250 LCQ RESULTS

1. Justin Bogle (Hon)
2. AJ Catanzaro (Hon)
3. Jackson Richardson (Hon)
4. Jesse Wentland (Hon)

250 MAIN EVENT

The entire Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team led the way into the first turn of the 250 main event, but it was Adam Cianciarulo who rocketed off the gate to take the holeshot with teammates Martin Davalos in second and Blake Baggett in third. Davalos, who had proved he was the fastest rider throughout the day, quickly attacked for the lead and took over first place. In the early laps, Cianciarulo came up short on a triple, but somehow the small-framed rookie absorbed the brutal landing and stayed upright as the three teammates pulled away from the rest of the pack. Not long after, a costly mistake by Davalos caused him to highside in a corner, snapping the visor from his helmet has he hit the dirt and handed the lead back to Cianciarulo. Davalos remounted quickly but had dropped back to fifth place behind Anthony Rodriguez and Gavin Faith. Back out front, the rookie remained calm as Baggett pushed the pace and showed Cianciarulo a wheel. Cianciarulo rode like a veteran, and pulled away to establish a comfortable lead. Rodriguez had his troubles while running in third and dropped out of the race allowing Davalos to take over the position. Despite once again setting the fastest lap of the night, Davalos crashed again, and Cianciarulo rode on to take his first win of his pro career. Baggett finished in second and Davalos in third, as Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki swept the podium.

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Main Event Results
1. Adam Cianciarulo (Kaw)
2. Blake Baggett (Kaw)
3. Martin Davalos (Kaw)
4. Vince Friese (Hon)
5. Justin Bogle (Hon)
6. Cole Thompson (KTM)
7. Blake Wharton (Hon)
8. Kyle Cunningham (Hon)
9. Alex Martin (Yam)
10. Mitchell Oldenburg (Hon)
11. Kyle Peters (Hon)
12. Levi Kilbarger (Hon)
13. AJ Catanzaro (Hon)
14. Jesse Wentland (Hon)
15. Jimmy DeCotis (Hon)
16. Gannon Audette (Kaw)
17. Jackson Richardson (Hon)
18. Daniel Herrlein (Hon)
19. Matt Bisceglia (Hon)
20. Gavin Faith (Hon)
21. Matt Lemoine (Kaw)
22. Anthony Rodriguez (Yam)
Monster Energy Supercross 250 East Coast Championship Points Standings (After 1 of 9 rounds):
1. Adam Cianciarulo (25pts/1 win)
2. Blake Baggett (22pts)
3. Martin Davalos (20pts)
4. Vince Friese (18pts)
5. Justin Bogle (16pts)
6. Cole Thompson (15pts)
7. Blake Wharton (14pts)
8. Kyle Cunningham (13pts)
9. Alex Martin (12pts)
10. Mitchell Oldenburg (11pts)

450 Supercross Championship

450 HEAT ONE

GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac finally got the start that he had been looking for, as he launched off the gate and took the first 450 holeshot of the night with Yoshimura Suzuki's James Stewart in second, Weston Peick in third, Team Honda Muscle Milk's Justin Barcia in fourth, and Red Bull KTM's Ryan Dungey in fifth. On lap one, Stewart stole the lead as he made his way past Tomac in the first rhythm section after the start, and Tomac continued to drop back as Peick, Barcia, and Dungey all slid past. Stewart took a narrow win after Barcia attempted a last lap charge for the lead. Peick finished in third and Dungey in fourth. Despite the great start, Tomac headed to the semi.

450 HEAT ONE RESULTS

1. James Stewart (Suz)
2. Justin Barcia (Hon)
3. Weston Peick (Suz)
4. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
5. Eli Tomac (Hon)
6. Broc Tickle (Suz)
7. Chris Blose (Hon)
8. Kyle Chisholm (Yam)
9. Killian Rusk (Yam)
10. Daniel Meynet (Kaw)

450 HEAT TWO

Soaring Eagle/RCH Racing/Suzuki’s Josh Hill had a massive jump off the gate, but it was Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto who led the way through the first turn with Hill in second, SmarTop/Motoconcepts Racing's Mike Alessi in third, JGRMX/Toyota/NFAB/Yamaha's Justin Brayton in fourth, and Red Bull KTM's Ken Roczen in fifth. Villopoto would not run away with the win, however, and after losing his front-end in a corner he remounted in fourth as Hill took over the lead. An ambitious Alessi saw an opportunity for another heat win, but after pushing Hill wide while attempting the pass, a patient Roczen slid past both riders to take over first place. Roczen grabbed the win, Villopoto worked his way back into second, Hill finished in third, and Alessi took the final transfer position in fourth.

450 HEAT TWO RESULTS

1. Ken Roczen (KTM)
2. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
3. Josh Hill (Suz)
4. Mike Alessi (Suz)
5. Justin Brayton (Yam)
6. Wil Hahn (Hon)
7. Ivan Tedesco (KTM)
8. Matt Goerke (KTM)
9. Andrew Short (KTM)
10. Nick Wey (Kaw)

450 SEMI ONE

Wil Hahn snagged the holeshot in semi one aboard his GEICO Honda CRF450R, with Motosport.com/Crossland Racing’s Jimmy Albertson in second, BTOSports.com KTM’s Matt Goerke in third, Cycletrader.com/Rock River/Yamaha’s Kyle Chisholm in fourth, and Soaring Eagle/RCH Racing/Suzuki’s Broc Tickle in fifth. Hahn rode flawlessly out front to run away with the win, Tickle worked his way through the pack to take second, Albertson finished third, Chisholm fourth, and JGRMX/Toyota/NFAB/Yamaha’s Phil Nicoletti grabbed the last transfer spot in fifth.

450 SEMI ONE RESULTS

1. Wil Hahn (Hon)
2. Broc Tickle (Suz)
3. Jimmy Albertson (Hon)
4. Kyle Chisholm (Yam)
5. Phil Nicoletti (Yam)

450 SEMI TWO

450 semi two belonged to Justin Brayton as he grabbed the holeshot and the early lead on his YZ450F. Andrew Short got off the gate in second, Chris Blose in third, Teddy parks in fourth, and Justin Sipes in fifth. Eli Tomac suffered from a bad start and sat back in eighth early on, but as he worked his way up he finally moved into the last transfer spot after ramming Sipes and his Kawasaki out of the way. Brayton won semi two, Short finished in second, Blose took third, Parks fourth, and Tomac fifth.

450 SEMI TWO RESULTS

1. Justin Brayton (Yam)
2. Andrew Short (KTM)
3. Chris Blose (Hon)
4. Teddy Parks (Suz)
5. Eli Tomac (Hon)

450 LCQ

Justin Sipes led the way from the start of the LCQ and held on to win despite having Matt Goerke glued to his rear fender for the entire race. Mafia Moto Crew’s Nick Wey finished in third, and Rockstar Energy Racing KTM’s Ivan Tedesco crossed the line shaking his head in fourth.

450 LCQ RESULTS

1. Justin Sipes (Kaw)
2. Matt Goerke (KTM)
3. Nick Wey (Kaw)
4. Ivan Tedesco (KTM)

450 MAIN EVENT

In the 450 main event, Ryan Dungey caught a much needed holeshot with James Stewart in second, Justin Barcia in third, Justin Brayton in fourth, and Ken Roczen in fifth. Stewart pressured Dungey early, but the Yoshimura Suzuki rider wasn't able to secure the pass until lap three. Behind the leaders, Brayton moved into third leaving Barcia to deal with a charging Roczen, who looked eager to advance his position. Roczen reeled Barcia in, only to run "Bam Bam" high in a corner as he took away fourth place. The pass,however, didn't seem to sit well with Barcia, and the Honda rider retaliated with a high pass of his own followed up with a massive whip, which Barcia threw nearly in the German's face over a triple. Barcia continued on his tear as he went after Brayton, and he soon moved up into the third spot. Further back, Ryan Villopoto sat in sixth after the start, but the champ had difficulty making his way through the lead group after getting hung up on Roczen and Brayton. Villopoto would eventually move into fourth, but the race was too far gone. Stewart's slight lead on Dungey continued to grow lap by lap, and as he took his second win in a row, James Stewart simply coasted over the finish line double with his hands in the air. Dungey crossed the line in second, and Justin Barcia rounded off the podium in third.

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Main Event Results
1. James Stewart (Suz)
2. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
3. Justin Barcia (Hon)
4. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
5. Justin Brayton (Yam)
6. Ken Roczen (KTM)
7. Broc Tickle (Suz)
8. Wil Hahn (Hon)
9. Josh Hill (Suz)
10. Andrew Short (KTM)
11. Eli Tomac (Hon)
12. Ivan Tedesco (KTM)
13. Kyle Chisholm (Yam)
14. Nick Wey (Kaw)
15. Matt Goerke (KTM)
16. Justin Sipes (Kaw)
17. Chris Blose (Hon)
18. Jimmy Albertson (Hon)
19. Mike Alessi (Suz)
20. Weston Peick (Suz)
21. Teddy Parks (Suz
22. Phil Nicoletti (Yam)
Monster Energy Supercross 450 Championship Points Standings (After 7 of 17 rounds):
1. Ryan Villopoto (144pts/2 wins)
2. Ken Roczen (132pts/1)
3. James Stewart (130pts/2)
4. Ryan Dungey (116pts)
5. Justin Brayton (114pts)
6. Chad Reed (111pts/2)
7. Justin Barcia (109pts)
8. Andrew Short (83pts)
9. Wil Hahn (65pts)
10. Broc Tickle (63pts)