Round Five at Anaheim in the 2014 Monster Energy Supercross season could be the defining race for all MotoSport-sponsored riders in the 450SX class as they turned in the best racing of the year and look to continue their momentum on Saturday for Round Six at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.
Privateer Weston Peick finished in fifth-place at A3 - a career best for Supercross. Peick is widely believed to be one of, if not the strongest, non-factory racers out there. Look for him to reach the podium in the coming weeks. Peick has two Top 10 finishes so far this season, the other also at Anaheim when he finished seventh.
Weston Peick Riding High at A3
Jimmy Albertson went into A3 not feeling his best but got his first career Semi win which seemed to lift his game a bit.
"That was by far my best riding all year," Albertson said after the Main. "I got 15th but I could see 12th. I was wrecked after practice. It was probably one of the lowest I've ever been so I'm pumped for my whole team, they all stepped behind me."
Jimmy Albertson racing his best all season
Veteran rider Ivan Tedesco, filling in for for the injured Davi Millsaps on the MotoSport-sponsored Rockstar Energy KTM Racing team, landed in 10th place, a season best. Tedesco's performance gives him four Top 15 finishes for the season. Nick Wey, also a MotoSport-sponsored rider, ended A3 in 13th place, his fourth Top 15 finish and second of the year in 13th. A3 marked Wey's 160th career 450SX Class start. He'll break a tie with Jeff Ward for sixth on the all-time start list in San Diego.
Nick Wey has 160 career 450SX starts
Overall, Ryan Villopoto holds on to a slim lead in the points standings with 104 to Chad Reed's 102. Ken Roczen, a rookie who won A1, is in third-place with 97 points. Villopoto and Reed are the only two-time winners this year. Reed holds the record for most wins in San Diego with six and is the only rider to be on the podium four times this season. Villopoto and Roczen each have three podium appearances.
Reed has 125 career podiums and is the all-time leader in 450SX Class podium finishes. He is also the only rider in history to have two wins in his 13th year of racing.
Ivan Tedesco gets a season high 10th place at A3
Jason Anderson, who rides the 250SX class on the MotoSport-sponsored Rockstar Energy KTM Racing team, took fifth at A3. It was the fifth Top 5 finish of the season and Anderson made headlines earlier this year by winning three races on the last lap. He is currently tied with Cole Seely for first in the points standings with 109.
Doors for Supercross Round 6 open at 12:30 p.m. and the Main Event begins at 7 p.m. Buy tickets online or at Qualcomm Stadium Box Office, 9449 Friars Road in San Diego, CA. Television coverage is on Fox Sports 1.
2014 Monster Energy Supercross Season Standings
450SX Class Season Standings
- Ryan Villopoto (104)
- Chad Reed (102)
- Ken Roczen (97)
- Justin Brayton (86)
- James Stewart (80)
- Ryan Dungey (76)
- Justin Barcia (74)
- Andrew Short (61)
- Wil Hahn (52)
- Jake Weimer (50)
250SX Class Season Standings
- Jason Anderson (109) - MotoSport sponsored rider
- Cole Seely (109)
- Dean Wilson (97)
- Cooper Webb (85)
- Justin Hill (82)
- Zach Osborne Honda, (69)
- Malcolm Stewart Honda, (69)
- Jessy Nelson Honda, (61)
- Shane McElrath Honda, (55)
- Dean Ferris (52)
Spinechillers Racing Looks to Bounce Back in Sacramento
The Motosport.com/MJM Express/Spinechillers Racing Kawasaki team hit some whoops last weekend in Milwaukee for the AMSOIL Arencross series, which bumped Michael McDade and Willy Browning down in the standings. Earlier this year, the Spinechillers Racing teammates were in second- and third-place respectively but three-time defending champion Tyler Bowers has come on strong and now sits in second behind points leader Zach Ames.
Arenacross is in Sacramento, CA this weekend which also begins the first round of the Western Regional Arenacross Lites class. Buy tickets online or at the Sleep Train Arena Box Office, One Sports Parkway in Sacramento, CA.
Arenacross Class Points (After Race 6 of 19)
- Zach Ames (208)
- Tyler Bowers (202)
- Jacob Hayes (177)
- Michael McDade (168) - MotoSport sponsored rider
- Willy Browning (148) - MotoSport sponsored rider
- Cory Green (133)
- Kyle Regal (123)
- Colt Nichols (122)
- Travis Sewell (121)
- Kelly Smith (116)
AX Tour Finals in Tunica, MS
The MotoSport.com AX Tour wraps up Saturday with the finals in Tunica, MS. Johnny Moore has all but wrapped up victories in the three main events - AX Lites Pro, AX Pro and the Clash for Cash. He swept all three events twice and nearly did it a third time in December. With Cole Thompson leaving the series to race in the 250SX East Class in Supercross, Moore's surge put him on top of the points standings with his primary competition in the absent Thompson.
Written By: AndrewT