After a string of West Coast dates, the 2014 Monster Energy Supercross series returns East for the penultimate ride of Round 16 on Saturday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.
Though the Supercross Championship is all but a foregone conclusion don't expect any riders to coast their way to the finish line. All MotoSport riders plan to race and with the 2014 Motocross series just a month away seat time is vital for a strong start to the Outdoors.
MotoSport Crossland Racing rider Jimmy Albertson is ready to roll after missing Seattle because of a rib injury sustained in Houston. Albertson expressed disappointment with not being able to ride in Seattle but he continues to be hopeful for a Top 10 finish this season and a Top 20 finish in points.
MotoSport rider Weston Peick enjoys his remaining races as a privateer as he'll ride for RCH Racing Soaring Eagle in Outdoors. Peick is closing in on the Top 10 in points and continues to remain in reach of his first Supercross podium. Twice this year, Peick reached a career high of fifth place.
Nick Wey is also looking for a Top 10 race and is close to locking up a Top 15 in points. Wey was the most consistent MotoSport-sponsored rider this year only missing the Main once in the season opener. Wey's last four races is his best series of races all season.
Kyle Regal, the news member of the MotoSport Crossland Racing team, started Supercross in Houston and has raced well coming off a fourth-place finish in Arenacross. He's looking to continue next month for Outdoors. Cody Gilmore has five straight Main appearances his strongest career outing in Supercross.
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Overall, three-time defending champion Ryan Villopoto is two points from locking up the championship. He won it last year in the second to last race and unless he misses the Main and James Stewart wins on Saturday, Villopoto is a lock to win it a race early again. Seattle's win gave Villopoto five on the year and the distinction of the first 450SX class rider in history with five consecutive seasons with at least five victories.
Stewart and Ryan Dungey should make the final two weeks an interesting fight for second place and rookie Ken Roczen can also play spoiler for third or second. Thanks to five wins, including three straight this season, Stewart has a three-point lead over Dungey, who has only won once this year, for second. Roczen has two wins on the season and is 18 points behind Dungey.
In the 250SX East class, Cole Thompson who rides for the MotoSport-sponsored Rockstar Energy Racing team, is done for the season after suffering a torn ACL in Houston. Martin Davalos and Justin Bogle battle for the 250 East crown and only eight points separate the two.
Doors to Round 15 open at 12:30 p.m. (EST) and the Main event starts at 7 p.m. (EST) Saturday at MetLife Stadium. Buy tickets online or at the box office, 1 MetLife Stadium Dr. in East Rutherford, NJ.
2014 Monster Energy Supercross Season Standings
450SX Class Season Standings
- Ryan Villopoto (318)
- James Stewart(270)
- Ryan Dungey (267)
- Ken Roczen (249)
- Justin Barcia (214)
- Justin Brayton (196)
- Andrew Short (194)
- Broc Tickle (126)
- Josh Hill (124)
- Wil Hahn (122)
250SX East Class Season Standings
- Martin Davalos (149)
- Justin Bogle (141)
- Adam Cianciarulo (120)
- Blake Baggett (100)
- Vince Friese (100)
- Kyle Cunningham (94)
- Cole Thompson (89) - MotoSport rider
- James Decotis (65)
- Matthew Lemoine (74)
- Alex Martin (72)