The 2014 Monster Energy Supercross series returns to Texas for Round 14 and the penultimate round of the 250SX West class.
MotoSport riders seem to have found a second half spark turning in some of their best performances in the last few weeks.
MotoSport Crossland Racing rider Jimmy Albertson not only started a new exercise regime but he got his riding partner back. Fellow Oklahoman Trey Canard started his first Supercross race of the season in St. Louis and took fifth. Albertson took 14th place in St. Louis, his second straight Top 15 showing of the year.
"You always think when you're riding by yourself, 'I can't go any faster, that's the limit,' and then somebody goes faster and all of a sudden you're going faster and you're constantly pushing each other," Albertson said of practicing with Canard. "It's good for him too, he's competitive. Even when he's beating me every day he's always wanting to beat me by more, and for me, I'm always wanting to get closer and closer."
Albertson ran in 12th place for much of the St. Louis race but lost time after pulling aside for the frontrunners lapping him. That resulted in dropping two spots and is something Albertson plans to work on so he can stick to his race and finish strong.
MotoSport rider Nick Wey just missed finishing in 10th but settled on a season best 11th position in St. Louis. The last two weeks for Wey mark the best riding of the season for him. Cody Gilmore's mid-season return from injury has him in the last four of five Mains and nailing 15th place in the last two races.
Weston Peick slipped to 12th place in the point standings after crashing in St. Louis but a solid showing in Houston can pop him into the 10th position. Peick's season is just about as up and down as one can be with him either in the Top 10 or out of the Top 15. He's finished in fifth-place twice, seventh-place three times and scored just one point five times.
Fresh from a fourth-place showing in the AMSOIL Arenacross series, Kyle Regal joins the MotoSport Crossland Racing team this week in the 450SX class.
Overall, James Stewart is on a tear winning three straight and a season leading five victories. Despite the wins, Stewart is in third place in the point standings. Two races resulted in negligible points for Stewart but three-time defending champion Ryan Villopoto's eight podiums keep him well in the points lead with 268 as he looks for a fourth-consecutive Supercross championship.
Jason Anderson, who rides for the MotoSport-sponsored Rockstar Energy KTM team, holds a slim four-point lead in the 250SX West class point standings over Cole Seely. Anderson has three victories and four podiums, Seely has one victory but three second place finishes. The 250SX West Championship is likely going to be determined in Seattle.
Doors open for Round 14 at 12:30 p.m. (CT) and the Main event starts at 7 p.m. (CT) Saturday at NRG Stadium in Houston, TX. Buy tickets online or at the box office, 1 Reliant Park in Houston.
2014 Monster Energy Supercross Season Standings
450SX Class Season Standings
- Ryan Villopoto (268)
- Ryan Dungey (233)
- James Stewart (232)
- Ken Roczen (215)
- Justin Brayton (196)
- Justin Barcia (176)
- Andrew Short (166)
- Broc Tickle (126)
- Wil Hahn (122)
- Chad Reed (111)
250SX West Class Season Standings
- Jason Anderson (131) - MotoSport Rider
- Cole Seely (127)
- Justin Hill (107)
- Dean Wilson (98)
- Cooper Webb (92)
- Malcolm Stewart (89)
- Jessy Nelson (76)
- Shane McElrath (71)
- Zach Osborne (69)
- Dean Ferris (63)
Written By: AndrewT