MotoSport riders basked in a bit of season best glory after Round 12 of the 2014 Monster Energy Supercross series in Toronto but tomorrow they return to business and try to capitalize on their success in St. Louis, MO.
Jimmy Albertson, Nick Wey, and Cody Gilmore inched towards a Top 10 finish and in the 250 East class Cole Thompson rode to a career best fifth-place. Weston Peick took seventh for the third time this season, also his sixth Top 10 finish of the year.
Albertson's 13th place finish in Toronto provided proof and assurance for the Oklahoman that his new workout routine seems to be working. Prior to Toronto, Albertson mentioned his new routine that, at the time, had yet to show results but was something he could tell made him feel better after every weekend.
Weston Peick continues his quest to reach the podium and surpass his career best of fifth-place which he's reached twice this year. Peick is 11th in the point standings and if he takes sixth-place or higher this weekend he'll tie or pass Chad Reed, who is out for the season, for 10th place in points.
Overall, Trey Canard, who was expected to contend for the title until he broke his arm at the end of November, returns to Supercross adding even more depth to the already deep 2014 field. James Stewart looks for a third straight win and fifth of the season as he tries to make up for some lost ground after a crash in Round 1 and mechanical issues in Round 10 sent him near the back of the pack.
Stewart's win in Toronto broke a tie for second with Ricky Carmichael on the all-time 450SX class wins list. A win in St. Louis gives him 50 for his career. Three time defending champion and current points leader Ryan Villopoto snapped his 22-race Top 5 finish last week when he took sixth place. Villopoto reportedly suffered from food poisoning at the time so he is expected to be ready to go on Saturday.
Ryan Dungey's third-place finish in Toronto was his sixth consecutive podium and eighth of the season. Dungey, who is in second-place in points, closed the gap with Villopoto to 25. Stewart is in third-place just 14 points behind Dungey.
Doors open and practice stars at 12:30 p.m. (CST) and the Main event starts t 7 p.m. (CST) Saturday at Edward Jones Dome. Buy tickets online or at the Box Office, 701 Convention Plaza in St. Louis, MO.
2014 Monster Energy Supercross Season Standings
450SX Class Season Standings
- Ryan Villopoto (246)
- Ryan Dungey (221)
- James Stewart (207)
- Ken Roczen (197)
- Justin Brayton (185)
- Justin Barcia (156)
- Andrew Short (153)
- Broc Tickle (126)
- Wil Hahn (122)
- Chad Reed (111)
250SX East Class Season Standings
- Martin Davalos (124)
- Adam Cianciarulo (120)
- Justin Bogle (119)
- Blake Baggett (100)
- Vince Friese (90)
- Kyle Cunningham (76)
- Cole Thompson (74) - MotoSport rider
- Matthew Lemoine (73)
- James Decotis (65)
- Alex Martin (60)
Arenacross to Crown a Champion
The AMSOIL Arenacross Race to the Championship comes to a conclusion this weekend in Salt Lake City, UT.
The season took a dramatic turn four weeks ago when the Top 10 riders in points moved on to the Race for the Championship series and their points were re-set based on their place in the standings. Three-time defending champion Tyler Bowers went into the new format in first and he rides into the finals with an 18-point lead over Jacob Hayes. Bowers and Hayes battle for first, while Zach Ames, who is in third, battles for a shot at second-place on the season.
MotoSport riders Michael McDade and Willy Browning enter the championship final in sixth and eighth place respectively. Both riders have an outside shot of reaching the podium but will have to finish well and get a bit of help.
Arenacross Race to the Championship
- Tyler Bowers (158)
- Jacob Hayes (140)
- Zach Ames (131)
- Kyle Regal (121)
- Cory Green (110)
- Michael McDade (104) - MotoSport rider
- Travis Sewell (103)
- Willy Browning (102) - MotoSport rider
- Colt Nichols (90)
- Gared Steinke (89)