Riders in the 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship series get an extra weekend to make the trek from the Washougal National on the West Coast to the Unadilla National on the East Coast where racing resumes August 9.
Just three rounds remain in the season and after last week's results predicting a Motocross Champion is a bit more muddy making for an exciting finish that likely gets decided at the final race of the year in Utah.
As for MotoSport riders, Weston Peick remains in the thick of the Top 10 with 217 points. He has no chance of winning the championship and barely a mathematical chance of stepping on the final podium, however landing in the Top 5 is absolutely a possibility and even finishing in fourth. Peick currently sits in eighth place, just a point behind Andrew Short in seventh and Grant in sixth.
James Stewart is in fifth with 226 points but his emerging dominance on the track ended rather abruptly after the news of his failed drug test in the Seattle Supercross made headlines. Coincidence or not, Peick's consistent racing gives him a chance to leap frog three spots if he bests the other riders in New York. Peick has finished in the Top 10 every round this year except at RedBud when he crashed and stayed out of Moto 2.
Of note, the United States Anti-Doping Agency tested riders at Thunder Valley more than a week prior to when the Seattle results were announced.
Jimmy Albertson's move to the KTM appears to be a positive for the privateer. He's finished in 13th twice and landed in the Top 20 in both Motos at Washougal. He's in 20th place in points and with some solid racing for the final weeks can likely move up some spots.
Elsewhere in the 450 class, rookie Ken Roczen now holds on to a slim Championship points lead over his Red Bull KTM teammate Ryan Dungey, who swept Washougal and closed in on the top spot. Roczen finished third overall on Saturday and now only has a 13 point lead for the title but his point total assures him of a spot on the final podium.
Trey Canard rounds out the Top 3 with a comfortable 74-point lead over fourth place Brett Metcalfe. However, Canard hasn't stepped on the podium since Round 4 thanks to Eli Tomac who returned from injury in Round 5 at Tennessee and has ripped up the tracks ever since. Tomac swept Spring Creek and consistent Top 3 finishes rocketed him up the point standings. Mathematically he can catch Canard and unless things change he'll likely be in the Top 5 after Unadilla.
In the 250 class, the Top 7 riders remain in Championship contention, mathematically, which includes the MotoSport-sponsored and reigning 2014 AMA Supercross Champion Jason Anderson who is in seventh-place. Reality provides a different perspective as leader Jeremy Martin holds a 43 point lead over second-place Cooper Webb thanks to seven Moto wins including five straight to open the season. Anderson is 141 points from the lead.
Anderson's crash at Unadilla gave him zero points for the day which did not drop him out of seventh-place but he fell further behind Justin Bogle and Christophe Pourcel, holders of the fifth- and sixth-place spots respectively, each with 274 points. He'll need Top 3 Moto finishes in the final three rounds to step on the final podium.
Both Webb and Baggett changed spots in the last two rounds and a charging Marvin Musquin, who swept Washougal, is sure to make the final rounds quite exciting. Martin has a chance to at least cement a spot on the final podium at Unadilla depending on Musquin's performance.
Joey Savatgy, Anderson's teammate on the Rockstar Energy KTM team and also MotoSport-sponsored, took sixth overall at Washougal, a season best, and his second straight Top 10 finish. Savatagy is in 14th place for points with 132 and closing out the season in the Top 10 is doable if he can keep up the solid racing.
2014 Motocross Season Standings
450 Class Standings
- Ken Roczen (407)
- Ryan Dungey, (393)
- Trey Canard (330)
- Brett Metcalfe (256)
- James Stewart (226)
- Josh Grant (218)
- Andrew Short (218)
- Weston Peick (217) - MotoSport rider
- Eli Tomac (212)
- Chad Reed (156)
250 Class Standings
- Jeremy Martin (377)
- Cooper Webb (334)
- Blake Baggett (323)
- Marvin Musquin (291)
- Justin Bogle (274)
- Christophe Pourcel (274)
- Jason Anderson (236) - MotoSport rider
- Cole Seely (212)
- Jessy Nelson (185)
- Alex Martin (156)
Written By: AndrewT