Villopoto and Anderson Win Again | 2014 Oakland SX

By Donn Maeda | Photos by Jeff Kardas

For the fourth weekend in a row, race action at the Monster Energy Supercross was intense and exciting, this time at Coliseum in Oakland, California. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto became the first rider to win two main events in the 450 class, while Rockstar Energy Racing’s Jason Anderson scored a shocking last-lap win in the 250 class when a mechanical gremlin sidelined Dean Wilson’s chances for his first win of the season.


Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha's Cooper Webb led the way at the start of the first race of the night, but GEICO Honda's Zach Osborne struck immediately and stole the lead. Jason Anderson was next to pressure Webb, and passed the young rookie at the start of lap two, but Webb struck back with an aggressive pass to retake the position. Anderson, however, would not be denied, and made his was back into second moments later and set his sights on Osborne. It took a few laps for the rider from New Mexico to make a move on the leader, but once he moved past, the Rockstar Energy Racing KTM pilot rode away to an easy win. Osborne held on to second, comfortable ahead of Webb.


1. Jason Anderson (KTM)
2. Zach Osborne (Hon)
3. Cooper Webb (Yam)
4. Jessy Nelson (Hon)
5. Michael Leib (Hon)
6. Topher Ingalls (Hon)
7. Ruben Alanis (KTM)
8. Valentin Teillet (Kaw)
9. Cole Martinez (Kaw)
10. Aaron Siminoe (Kaw)


Fast qualifier Dean Wilson grabbed the holeshot aboard his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki at the drop of the gate in heat two, and had series points leader Cole Seely, Malcolm Stewart and Justin Hill in tow. While Wilson pulled away up front, the battle for third between Stewart and Hill began to heat up, and came to a head when Hill pushed the larger rider high in a left-hander. With that, the running order of the top riders stayed the same, with Wilson enjoying a comfortable lead at the checkered flag, Seely a lonely second, with Hill and Stewart third and fourth.


1. Dean Wilson (Kaw)
2. Cole Seely (Hon)
3. Justin Hill (Kaw)
4. Malcolm Stewart (Hon)
5. Jake Canada (Hon)
6. Shaned McElrath (Hon)
7. Dean Ferris (KTM)
8. Dakota Tedder (Kaw)
9. Brandon Scharer (Suz)
10. Austin Burns (Hon)

250 LCQ

Aaron Siminoe grabbed the holeshot on his Kawasaki KX250F and led every lap en route to the LCQ win. Aaron Burns, Scott Champion and Brian Burns made the final cuts.


1. Aaron Siminoe (Kaw)
2. Aaron Burns (Hon)
3. Scott Champion (Yam)
4. Brian Burns (KTM)


Wilson grabbed his second holeshot of the night at the start of the 15-lap main event, but his teammate Hill forced his way past and into the lead. Anderson was next to pressure Wilson, and dogged the Scotsman with his aggressive riding style. Anderson forced his way past on lap three and set out after Hill, who was riding at amazing pace.
Behind the lead trio, Lucas Oils/Troy Lee Designs/Honda teammates Seely and Stewart battled tooth in nail over fourth. Webb joined the battle with an aggressive pass attempt on Stewartm but the two riders made contact and crashed out of contention together.
Up front, Hill, Anderson and Wilson rode in close formation, and brought the crowd to its feet with some amazing racing. Anderson and Wilson traded second multiple times at the halfway point, but Wilson suddenly caught fire and rocketed past both Anderson and Hill to assume the lead. Anderson displaced the younger Hill brother on the next lap and set after Wilson.
Last week's winner, Seely, spent a few laps battling with GEICO Honda's Zach Osborne, before taking first control of fourth.
Up front, Wilson set a blistering pace and turned in lap after perfect lap, looking the best he has all season long as he pulled out a commanding lead over Anderson. It all fell apart on the very last lap when Wilson's bike mysteriously died, a few jumps before the finish line. Wilson's steed fired up just in time to save second, just after Anderson leapt past for the win. Hill was third, ahead of Seely and Osborne.

Main Event Results
1. Jason Anderson (KTM)
2. Dean Wilson (Kaw)
3. Justin Hill (Kaw)
4. Cole Seely (Hon)
5. Zach Osborne (Hon)
6. Michael Leib (Hon)
7. Jessy Nelson (Hon)
8. Shane McElrath (Hon)
9. Cooper Webb (yam)
10. Dean Ferris (KTM)
11. Jake Canada (Hon)
12. Scott Champion (Yam)
13. Dakota Tedder (Hon)
14. Valentine Teilllet (Kaw)
15. Topher Ingalls (Hon)
16. Malcolm Stewart (Hon)
17. Cole Martinez (Kaw)
18. Brandon Scharer (Suz)
19. Ruben Alanis (KTM)
20. Austin Burns (Hon)
21. Brian Nurns (KTM)
22. Aaron Siminoe (Kaw)
Monster Energy Supercross 250 West Coast Championship Points Standings (After 4 of 9 rounds):
1. Jason Anderson (93pts/3 wins)
2. Cole Seely (87pts/1)
3. Dean Wilson (72pts)
4. Zach Osborne (69pts)
5. Cooper Webb (65pts)
6. Justin Hill (64pts)
7. Malcolm Stewart (54pts)
8. Jessy nelson (49pts)
9. Shane McElrath (42pts)


James Stewart was quick off the line in the first 450 heat and led the pack in his stark-white Seven gear. Ivan Tedesco ran second on the first lap, but Red Bull KTM's Ken Roczen swooped past on lap two. Behind the lead duo, privateer Weston Peick, Tedesco, and Muscle Milk Honda's Justin Barcia battled over third. On the last lap, Barcia put some aggressive moves on Peick and eventually found his way past the girthy rider for third. At the finish, Stewart enjoyed a very modest lead over the series points leader.


1. James Stewart (Suz)
2. Ken Roczen (KTM)
3. Justin Barcia (Hon)
4. Weston Peick (Suz)
5. Ivan Tedesco (KTM)
6. Andrew Short (KTM)
7. Jake Weimer (Kaw)
8. Chris Blose (Hon)
9. Matt Goerke (KTM)
10. Kyle Chisholm (Yam)


Defending Supercross Champion Ryan Villopoto rocketed off the line on his Mike Williamson-tuned Monster Energy Kawasaki. Last week's winner Chad Reed held down second ahead of Vince Freise, but Ryan Dungey and Wil Hahn made quick work of the privateer. On the third lap, Hahn caught fire in the whoops and blitzed past Dungey, leaving the Red Bull KTM rider to fend off the charges of Justin Brayton. Up front, Villopoto rode a flawless race and earned an easy win ahead of Reed. Hahn earned his first direct transfer to the main of the year in third with a great performance, while Dungey held off Brayton for the last transfer position.


1. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
2. Chad Reed (Kaw)
3. Wil Hahn (Hon)
4. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
5. Justin Brayton (Yam)
6. Vince Freise (Hon)
7. Josh Grant (Yam)
8. Nick Wey (Kaw)
9. Mike Alessi (Suz)
10. Kyle Partridge (Hon)


Kyle Partridge led the way at the start of the first semi. Matt Moss was second initially, but KTM's Andrew Short smoked past the Australian and set out after Partridge. Shorty made the left side of the split-lane option section work and swooped past Partridge in the conjoining corner, then set said en route to an impressive win. Partridge held on for second ahead of Freise and Rock River Yamaha's Kyle Chisholm.


1. Andrew Short (KTM)
2. Kyle Partridge (Hon)
3. Vince Freise (Hon)
4. Kyle Chisholm (Yam)
5. Jimmy DeCotis (Hon)
6. Lawson Bopping (Suz)
7. Killian Rusk (Yam)
8. Adam Enticnap (Hon)
9. Tevin Tapia (Suz)
10. Greg Crater (Hon)


Josh Grant led the way aboard his JGR Yamaha at the drop of the gate in the second semi, but his teammate Brayton was hot on his heels in second. Brayton made short work of Grant with his superior whoop speed. Kawasaki's Jake Weimer was next to displace Grant, and took over the runner-up position on lap three. Though Weimer put on a massive charge that saw him close to Brayton's rear wheel at the finish, it was not enough to steal the win. Grant held on to third ahead of Mike Alessi.


1. Justin Brayton (Yam)
2. Jake Weimer (Kaw)
3. Josh Grant (Yam)
4. Mike Alessi (Suz)
5. Jimmy Albertson (Hon)
6. Ivan Tedesco (KTM)
7. Nick Schmidt (Hon)
8. Kyle Peters (Hon)
9. Matt Goerke (KTM)
10. Matt Moss (Suz)

450 LCQ

Tedesco took control of the LCQ from the get-go and led every lap en route to the win. Mafia Moto Crew's Nick Wey, Matt Goerke and the Milestone Assassin, Nick Schmidt, who qualified for this third main of the year.


1. Ivan Tedesco (KTM)
2. Nick Wey (Kaw)
3. Matt Goerke (KTM)
4. Nick Schmidt (Hon)


Freise grabbed an unbelievable holeshot and led the field through the first couple of corners before being swallowed by the pack. Villopoto took control of the point position in turn three, with Reed, Brayton, Dungey, Hahn and Stewart in tow.
Stewart was quick to turn up his pace and passed Hahn and Dungey on consecutive laps. Hahn's top-five run came to an end when Justin Barcia stuffed him into the tuff blocks soon after Stewart found his way past.
Up front, RV pulled out a two-second lead on Reed early on and put in solid, consistent laps. Stewart hounded Brayton for third and pushed his way past on lap eight, and Dungey did the same a few corners later.
At the halfway point, RV enjoyed a two-second lead over Reed, who found himself under fire from his old rival Stewart. Stewart did the big quad after the first corner and closed in considerably on lap 11, but didn't use the jump to his advantage on the next circuit. On lap 12, Stewart made his way past Reed and found himself with a 3.5 second deficit to Villopoto in the lead.
In the final laps of the race, Dungey turned up the intensity and closed to Reed's rear wheel, but it time ran out for the former champion and he was forced to settle for fourth behind the podium of Villopoto, Stewart and Reed. Villopoto became the first two-time winner of 2014 and took over the series point lead from Roczen, who rode an uneventful race to fifth.

Main Event Results
1. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
2. James Stewart (Suz)
3. Chad Reed (Kaw)
4. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
5. Justin Brayton (Yam)
6. Ken Roczen (KTM)
7. Justin Barcia (Hon)
8. Wil Hahn (Hon)
9. Jake Weimer (Kaw)
10. Andrew Short (KTM)
11. Josh Grant (Yam)
12. Ivan Tedesco (KTM)
13. Mike Alessi (Suz)
14. Vince Freise (Hon)
15. Nick Wey (Kaw)
16. Matt Goerke (KTM)
17. Kyle Chisholm (Yam)
18. Jimmy Albertson (Hon)
19. Nick Schmidt (Hon)
20. Jimmy DeCotis (Hon)
21. Kyle Partridge (Hon)
22. Weston Peick (Suz)
Monster Energy Supercross 450 Championship Points Standings (After 4 of 17 rounds):
1. Ryan Villopoto (84/2 wins)
2. Chad Reed (77/1)
3. Ken Roczen (75/1)
4. Ryan Dungey (75)
5. Justin Brayton (71)
6. James Stewart (66)
7. Justin Barcia (56)
8. Andrew Short (49)
9. Wil Hahn (43)
10. Jake Weimer (37)