Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ is the home for Round 2 of the Monster Energy Supercross on Saturday where rookie Ken Roczen will try and prove Round 1 was more than a 4-stroke of luck.
Roczen battled a hard-charging James Stewart last week in Anaheim and pulled off the win putting him on track to be the first rookie to win a Supercross Championship since Ryan Dungey in 2010. Stewart appeared on the verge of passing Roczen in the whoops when he lost control and crashed. Three-time defending champion Ryan Villopoto also crashed but he recovered to place fourth. Dungey took second and Chad Reed held on for third.
Despite the crash, Stewart said Anaheim was his best riding in years and the best he's felt on a motorcycle in years.
MotoSport.com Crossland Racing rider Jimmy Albertson finished 19th and though everything seemed to go smoothly he said it was an awful weekend and he didn't feel good about his race. Albertson said he needs to focus on his riding and stop falling back into the same mistakes he's made his whole career.
"It's funny you try and work on those mistakes all off-season and round one comes around and you line up on the gate for practice or out on the track for practice and it just all goes out the window," he said. "You go back to your same old habits."
Albertson said he'll work to focus on his race and not worry about what others are doing or who is riding past him. In his mind come Phoenix, it'll be just another day on the track back at home in Oklahoma.
Privateer Weston Peick, a MotoSport-sponsored rider, was impressive at A1 nailing down the 6th fastest lap in the main and riding in the Top 10 until bike trouble forced him off the track for two laps. Peick is healthy and as long as his bike stays healthy, he's going to give the factory-riders some serious competition on Saturday.
Davi Millsaps, riding on the MotoSport-sponsored Rockstar Energy Racing KTM team, missed the opener and is not expected to race in Phoenix. His return to Supercross is unknown after a knee injury during a practice run at the end of November side-lined him. Veteran rider Ivan Tedesco filled in admirably placing 21st as he too experienced some bike troubles.
Jason Anderson took first in the 250SX Western Class with a strong move on Cole Seely towards the penultimate lap to take first and his second career win. Anderson, who also rides on the Rockstar Energy KTM Racing team, was fourth for the 2013 season and with Roczen and Eli Tomac racing in the 450 class, looks to be a strong contender for the 250SX West title.
Doors open for Phoenix Round 2 of Supercross at 12:30 p.m. (PST) and the Main event starts at 7 p.m. Saturday at Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ. FOX Sports 1 airs the event live and FOX Sports 2 will rebroadcast the race on Sunday. Tickets are available online or at the Chase Field Box Office.
Check out the animated track map for Phoenix:
AMSOIL Arenacross Heads to Baltimore
After Round 1 in the AMSOIL Arenacross series the competition is already tightly wound as each night's Main Event featured a different winner but the points leader came in second both races.
Zach Ames leads the series with 58 points, but Night Two overall winner Michael McDade, aboard his Motorsport.com/Spinechillers Racing Kawasaki, is just two points out. McDade's teammate Willy Browning sits in third place with 49 points after a 7th place showing on Night One and an impressive 3rd place (5-2) on Night Two.
Three-time Arenacross champion Tyler Bowers swept the Main Event on Night One but bike troubles on Night Two kicked him out of the Top 10.
Arenacross resumes today through Sunday at Baltimore Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St in Baltimore, MD. The Pros headline Friday and Saturday night and amateur racing takes over Sunday. Show starts at 7 p.m. (EST) today and Saturday, and 12 p.m. Sunday. Get tickets online or at the Baltimore Arena Box Office.
Written By: AndrewT