The Hangtown Motocross Classic picks up Round 2 of the 2014 Lucas Oil Motocross Championship series on Saturday in Rancho Cordova, CA.
Even without the defending champion Ryan Villopoto, the 2014 Motocross series is shaping up to be the deepest field ever as contenders abound this year. Any of the current riders in the Top 10 have a shot at the podium on any given Saturday and to compete for the championship.
Weston Peick posted the best results for the three MotoSport-sponsored riders on the track at Glen Helen last week. His 5-13 finishes gave him a ninth-overall. Jimmy Albertson rode to a 17th place finish twice for 17th overall. Privateer Tucker Saye did not qualify but is headed to Hangtown with confidence.
In the 250 class, Jason Anderson, the current 250 Supercross champion, picked up where he left off with a third-place Moto 1 finish but a crash in Moto 2 dumped him to the back where he landed 31st for a 10th overall.
Davi Millsaps who rides for the MotoSport-sponsored Rockstar Energy KTM team, is out but it's hoped Joey Savatgy, who rides in the 250 class, will be ready for action on Saturday. If not, Savatgy is expected to go for Round 3. Millsaps is not expected back until Round 5.
Overall, only one point separates the points leader Ryan Dungey from the rookie Ken Roczen. Both riders finished second and third, respectively, in Supercross to Villopoto. Teammates on the Red Bull KTM team, Roczen led Moto 2 the entire way until the final moments when Dungey passed on a final turn for the win and overall. Roczen grabbed second-place twice and Dungey took third in Moto 1.
In 2012, James Stewart swept both Motos at Hangtown something he'll be looking to accomplish on Saturday to help him climb up the standings. Stewart is in sixth-place, 15 points from first. Last year, the Top 5 riders finished in their respective positions at Hangtown for both Motos.
Trey Canard showed he's fully healed from his pre-Supercross season injury and raced to a third-place overall finish at Glen Helen yet he's tied in points with Australian Brett Metcalfe who is the reigning Canadian Motocross Champion. Malcolm Stewart, James' brother, is in seventh-place just four points behind the elder Stewart and Chad Reed, who looked strong for the Supercross championship before a Round 6 crash in San Diego ended his season, managed a 10th overall despite not fully 100 percent.
In the 250 class, Jeremy Martin ran away with the overall posting a 1-1 and Cooper Webb took second in both Motos for second overall. Martin cruised to a Moto 2 win by more than 20 seconds. Cole Seely, the runner-up to Anderson in the Supercross championship, took fourth-place in both Motos for a third-place overall. Check out the animated track map:
Gates to Round 2 for the 46th annual Hangtown Classic opened this morning and racing starts at 1 p.m. (PST) on Saturday. Buy tickets online or at the track, 13300 White Rock Road in Rancho Cordova, CA.
2014 Motocross Season Standings
450 Class Standings
- Ryan Dungey (45)
- Ken Roczen (44)
- Trey Canard (34)
- Brett Metcalfe (34)
- Josh Grant (31)
- James Stewart (30)
- Malcolm Stewart (26)
- Jake Weimer (25)
- Weston Peick (24) - MotoSport rider
- Chad Reed (23)
250 Class Standings
- Jeremy Martin (50)
- Cooper Webb (44)
- Cole Seely (36)
- Blake Baggett (33)
- Christophe Pourcel (30)
- Justin Bogle (28)
- Matt Bisceglia (24)
- Marvin Musquin (24)
- Jessy Nelson (21)
- Jason Anderson (20) - MotoSport rider