Stewart And Hill Take First Wins | 2014 San Diego SX

By Brendan Lutes | Photos by Jeff Kardas

The sixth round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California, was a night of firsts, as Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Justin Hill and Yoshimura Suzuki's James Stewart both carded their first wins of the season, and both did so in convincing fashion. For Hill, the win was the first of his young career, and for Stewart, the win marked his first of the season, but 46th of his career. Stewart's victory bumped him to fourth in the points standings, while Hill moved into third.

250 West Coast Regional Supercross Championship
The first gate drop of the night sawYamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha's Cooper Webb take the holeshot and early lead. Behind him, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Dean Wilson quickly took over second followed by Kawasaki-mounted Dakota Tedder, Red Bull KTM's Dean Ferris, and Lucas Oil/Troy Lee Designs/Honda's Shane McElrath. On the second lap, Wilson began to close the gap on Webb, as the two started to open up a lead on the field. At the beginning of the second lap, Wilson made a pass, but Webb wouldn't let the Kawasaki rider go, and made several attempts to retake the lead. Behind them, Malcolm Stewart had worked his way into third with his teammate McElrath in fourth. On the final lap, Webb still gave it everything he had to get around Wilson, but all it took were a few mistakes by Webb to give Wilson the win.

1. Dean Wilson (Kaw)
2. Cooper Webb (Yam)
3. Malcolm Stewart (Hon)
4. Shane McElrath (Hon)
5. Dakota Tedder (Kaw)
6. Dean Ferris (KTM)
7. Michael Leib (Hon)
8. Brandon Scharer (Suz)
9. Michael Horban (KTM)
10. Ruban Alanis (KTM)

The pack rounded the first turn without points leader Rockstar Energy/KTM's Jason Anderson, as he hooked bars with another rider just out of the gate and went down. The holeshot, though, went to Lucas Oil/Troy Lee Designs/Honda's Cole Seely, who took control of the race followed by Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Justin Hill and Seely's teammate Jessy Nelson. As the laps clicked away, Anderson began to pick off riders while Seely and Hill opened up a lead over the rest of the field. With two laps to go, Anderson already had worked his way up to eighth. On the final lap, Hill remained close enough to Seely to still make a pass, however, the points leader remained strong to take the victory. Hill finished second, Nelson third, Scott Champion fourth, and Jake Canada fifth. Anderson managed to work his way up to sixth.

1. Cole Seely (Hon)
2. Justin Hill (Kaw)
3. Jessy Nelson (Hon)
4. Scott Champion (Yam)
5. Jake Canada (Hon)
6. Jason Anderson (KTM)
7. Topher Ingalls (Hon)
8. Zach Freeberg (TK)
9. Valentin Teillet (Kaw)
10. Chris Howell (Hon)

250 LCQ:
Chris Howell took early control of the race, taking the lead after only a few turns and checking out on the field. Behind him, Mull held onto second and while he had to fight for the position early on, he held the position comfortably by the end.

1. Chris Howell (Yam)
2. P Mull (Yam)
3. R Alanis (KTM)
4. J Marrone (Suz)
5. B Rangel (Hon)

250 MAIN
The holeshot went to Dean Wilson followed by Malcolm Stewart, Justin Hill, Dakota Tedder, and Jessy Nelson. Meanwhile, Cole Seely and Jason Anderson sat back in fifth and sixth respectively. On the second lap, Wilson went down while leading, handing the point position over to Hill--Wilson remounted his bike, but mechanical problems with what appeared to be his front brake forced him to pull into the mechanic's area. Wilson later returned to the race, but at that point, he was down three laps from the leaders. Up front, Anderson and Seely had worked their way up to third and fourth while Stewart held down second. Then on the seventh lap, Anderson made an aggressive block pass on Stewart to take over second. As the laps clicked off, Hill's lead over Anderson grew to nearly four seconds while Stewart held down third and Seely fourth. When the checkered flag flew and the flames burst out of the finishline, Hill took his first-ever win followed by Anderson, Stewart, Seely, and McElrath. "I did think that I'd be a little more emotional at the point," Hill said on the podium, "But I think that it's just because this has been so overdue."

Main Event Results
1. Justin Hill (Kaw)
2. Jason Anderson (KTM)
3. Malcolm Stewart (Hon)
4. Cole Seely (Hon)
5. Shane McElrath (Hon)
6. Jessy Nelson (Hon)
7. Michael Leib (Hon)
8. Scott Champion (Yam)
9. Jake Canada (Hon)
10. Dean Ferris (KTM)
11. Dakota Tedder (Kaw)
12. Preston Mull (Yam)
13. Zach Freeberg (Yam)
14. Cooper Webb (Yam)
15. Ruben Alanis (KTM)
16. Valentin Teillet (Kaw)
17. Topher Ingalls (Hon)
18. Jean Marrone (Suz)
19. Chris Howell (Yam)
20. Brandon Scharer (Suz)
21. Dean Wilson (Kaw)
22. Michael Horban (KTM)
Monster Energy Supercross 250 West Coast Championship Points Standings (After 6 of 9 rounds):
1. Jason Anderson (131/3 wins)
2. Cole Seely (127/1 win)
3. Justin Hill (107/1 win)
4. Dean Wilson (98/1 win)
5. Cooper Webb (92)
6. Malcolm Stewart (89)
7. Jessy Nelson (76)
8. Shane McElrath (71)
9. Zach Osborne (69)
10. Dean Ferris (63)

450 Supercross Championship

The start saw Red Bull/KTM's Ken Roczen take the holeshot and early lead. Behind him, Muscle Milk Honda's Justin Barcia made an aggressive move on Monster Energy Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto to take over second while BTO Sports/KTM's Andrew Short did likewise to move into third. A few laps later, though, and RV made his way around Short. Up front, Roczen had already opened up a two-second lead on Barcia. Three laps in, RV worked his way up to the rear fender of Barcia, as the two began battling for the runner-up position. Mistakes by RV, though, allowed Barcia to maintain second until the checkered flag flew. Meanwhile, Roczen clicked off the fastest laps of the night and grew his lead until the end. The final order saw Roczen take the win followed by Barcia, Villopoto, Short, and GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac.

1. Ken Roczen (KTM)
2. Justin Barcia (Hon)
3. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
4. Andrew Short (KTM)
5. Eli Tomac (Hon)
6. Josh Hill (Suz)
7. Ivan Tedesco (KTM)
8. Vince Friese (Hon)
9. Chris Blose (Hon)
10. Nick Schmidt (Hon)

JGR/Toyota's fill-in rider Phil Nicoletti took the holeshot, but went down hard, handing the lead to Red Bull KTM's Ryan Dungey followed by Motoconcepts' Mike Alessi and Yoshimura Suzuki's James Stewart. Halfway through the race, Stewart began pressuring Alessi for second, making a move through the whoops. As the laps clicked away, the Suzuki rider began turning the fastest laps of the race while closing the gap on Dungey for the lead. Behind them, JGR/Toyota/Yamaha's Justin Brayton had worked his way around Alessi for third, while three laps later Reed did likewise, pushing Alessi back to fifth. After that, the running order remained the same. Dungey held on to take the win followed by Stewart, Brayton, Reed, and Alessi.

1. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
2. James Stewart (Suz)
3. Justin Brayton (Yam)
4. Chad Reed (Kaw)
5. Mike Alessi (Suz)
6. Matt Goerke (KTM)
7. Nick Wey (Kaw)
8. Matt Moss (Suz)
9. Jimmy Decotis (Hon)
10. Broc Tickle (Suz)

The holeshot went to Australian Matt Moss followed by Phil Nicoletti, Vince Friese, Matt Goerke, Josh Hill, and Broc Tickle. After the first few laps, things mellowed out until three laps in when Vince Friese made his way around Nicoletti for second with Goerke doing the same shortly after. Meanwhile, teammates Hill and Tickle stalked the two riders until eventually pushing Nicoletti back to sixth, as both riders passed Nicoletti almost simultaneously. From there, the running order remained the same. Moss took an unchallenged win followed by Goerke, Hill, Tickle, and Friese.

1. Matt Moss (Suz)
2. Matt Goerke (KTM)
3. Josh Hill (Suz)
4. Broc Tickle (Suz)
5. Vince Friese (Hon)
6. Phil Nicoletti (Yam)
7. Nick Schmidt (Hon)
8. Adam Enticknap (Hon)
9. Killian Rusk (Yam)
10. Teddy Parks (Suz)

Mike Alessi pulled the holeshot, but GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac made quick work of the Motoconcepts rider, taking over the lead in the second corner. Behind them, Moto Mafia Crew/Kawasaki's Nick Wey held onto third with Honda-mounted Chris Blose fourth. As the race continued, Tomac began to open up a lead over Alessi while Wey held onto a comfortable third; Blose, however, dropped back out of the top-10, allowing Rockstar Energy/KTM's Ivan Tedesco to take over fourth. After that, the running order remained the same until the end of the race. Tomac took the win, followed by Alessi, Wey, Ivan Tedesco, and Jimmy Decotis.

1. Eli Tomac (Hon)
2. Mike Alessi (Suz)
3. Nick Wey (Kaw)
4. Ivan Tedesco (KTM)
5. Jimmy Decotis (Hon)
6. Kyle Chisholm (Yam)
7. Weston Peick (Suz)
8. Lawson Bopping (Suz)
9. Jackson Richardson (Hon)
10. Bracken Hall (Hon)

450 LCQ:
Nicoletti again took a holeshot, but Weston Peick quickly took over the lead, as Chris Blose moved into third. Behind them, a big battle broke out between Bopping, Schmidt, and Chisholm for the final transfer position. On the final lap, Bopping went down in a corner after some contact, as Chisholm rode off to fourth and Schmidt fifth. When the checkered flag flew, Peick took the win followed by Nicoletti, Blose, and Chisholm.

1. Weston Peick (Suz)
2. Phil Nicoletti (Yam)
3. Chris Blose (Hon)
4. Kyle Chisholm (Yam)
5. Nick Schmidt (Hon)
6. Tommy Weeck (Hon)
7. Kyle Peters (Hon)
8. Bracken Hall (Hon)
9. Killian Rusk (Hon)
10. Tevin Tapia (Suz)

450 MAIN
The holeshot went to Villopoto, but before the conclusion of the first lap, Stewart took over the lead. Behind the top two, Andrew Short held down third with Dungey fourth, Roczen fifth, and Reed sixth. On the second lap, though, Reed managed to make quick moves around all three KTM riders and into third behind RV, while Roczen also passed Dungey for fourth. A few laps later, a battle broke out between Reed and Roczen for third, while Stewart and RV began to jockey for the lead position. Then a mistake by RV allowed Stewart to open up a bit of a cushion. Meanwhile, Roczen--who had just turned the quickest lap time of the race at the time--continued to pressure Reed for third until finally making a pass just following the finish line jump at the beginning of lap eight.
Just past the halfway mark the biggest battle of the race ensued, Dungey had closed the gap on Reed for fourth, as the two riders began to slowly catch up to Roczen in third. With two laps to go, only bike lengths separated the three riders. On the last lap, the three riders got into lappers. When entering the whoops, Reed came into the back of Roczen and went down hard into the face of the next jump. Up front, Stewart held onto a comfortable lead that RV couldn't touch. When the checkered flag flew, Stewart took his first win of the season and 46th of his career, Villopoto finished second, Roczen third, Dungey fourth, and Weston Peick fifth.

Main Event Results
1. James Stewart (Suz)
2. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
3. Ken Roczen (KTM)
4. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
5. Weston Peick (Suz)
6. Justin Barcia (Hon)
7. Eli Tomac (Hon)
8. Broc Tickle (Suz)
9. Justin Brayton (Yam)
10. Andrew Short (KTM)
11. Josh Hill (Suz)
12. Chad Reed (Kaw)
13. Ivan Tedesco (KTM)
14. Mike Alessi (Suz)
15. Matt Goerke (KTM)
16. Vince Friese (Hon)
17. Nick Wey (Kaw)
18. Kyle Chisholm (Yam)
19. Jimmy Decotis (Hon)
20. Phil Nicoletti (Yam)
21. Chris Blose (Hon)
22. Matt Moss (Suz)
Monster Energy Supercross 450 Championship Points Standings (After 6 of 17 rounds):
1. Ryan Villopoto (126/2 wins)
2. Ken Roczen (117/1 win)
3. Chad Reed (111/2 wins)
4. James Stewart (105/1 win)
5. Justin Brayton (98)
6. Ryan Dungey (94)
7. Justin Barcia (89)
8. Andrew Short (72)
9. Weston Peick (53)
10. Wil Hahn (52)