Nearly 70,000 fans watched history for Round 8 of the 2014 Monster Energy Supercross series on Saturday in Atlanta and MotoSport-sponsored riders continued their steady hold on consistent riding.
Weston Peick rebounded from a rough outing in Arlington to capture eighth-place. It's the fourth Top 10 finish for the MotoSport-sponsored rider this year and it puts him in 11th-place for the overall points standings, just 10 points from the Top 10.
Weston Peick finishes in 8th-place
MotoSport Crossland Racing rider Jimmy Albertson finished in 18th for the second week in a row. He is still recovering from a wrist injury he suffered in Round 6 that kept him from competing in San Diego but rode well and secured his spot in the Main with a fourth-place showing in Semi 1.
Jimmy Albertson rides despite injured wrist
Ivan Tedesco took 14th-place his seventh Top 15 finish for the season. Tedesco, who rides for the MotoSport-sponsored Rockstar Energy KTM Racing team, is in 12th-place for total points, just five points behind Peick and 15 points out from the Top 10. MotoSport-sponsored rider Nick Wey, won the LCQ and finished 17th in the Main.
Ivan Tedesco just 15 points from the Top 10
Overall, Ken Roczen won his second victory of the year marking the first time in the history of Supercross that four different riders have won twice in the first eight races. Roczen, a rookie who won the season-opener joins James Stewart, Ryan Villopoto and Chad Reed as two-time winners and the only riders thus far to take the checkered flag for 2014.
Stewart, who won the last two races, grabbed the lead on the opening lap looking for a three-peat but quickly crashed. Villopoto took over first on Lap 5 and he was followed by Roczen and Ryan Dungey. On Lap 14 Roczen took the lead from Villopoto who lost ground after failing to jump the triple. Villopoto settled for second and Dungey third. Stewart crawled his way back to finish 11th.
"I don't believe this," Roczen said. "Getting on the podium is one thing but a win is another. This proves that hard work pays off and helps build my confidence."
Three-time champion Villopoto has not won since Round 4 but has reached the podium three times since. He retains his lead in the overall points standings over Roczen by nine points with 166. Stewart holds on to third with 140 points, just four over Dungey.
Cole Thompson, who rides for the injured Joey Savatgy in the 250SX East class on the MotoSport-sponsored Rockstart Energy KTM Racing team, finished in eighth-place his second time out. Martin Davalos won the 250 class. Last week's winner Adam Cianciarulo took second and he hangs on to a slim two-point lead over Davalos.
Supercross Round 9 is Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. Buy tickets online or at the Box Office, 500 S. Capitol Ave. in Indianapolis, IN.
2014 Monster Energy Supercross Atlanta Results
Atlanta 450SX Class Results
- Ken Roczen
- Ryan Villopoto
- Ryan Dungey
- Wil Hahn, Menifee
- Justin Brayton
- Mike Alessi
- Broc Tickle
- Weston Peick - MotoSport Rider
- Josh Grant
- Andrew Short
Atlanta Supercross Eastern Regional 250SX Class Results
- Martin Davalos
- Adam Cianciarulo
- Justin Bogle
- Bale Wharton
- Blake Baggett
- Vince Friese
- James DeCotis
- Cole Thompson - MotoSport Rider
- Matt Lemoine
- Michael Oldenburg
2014 Monster Energy Supercross Season Standings
450SX Class Season Standings
- Ryan Villopoto (166)
- Ken Roczen (157)
- James Stewart (140)
- Ryan Dungey (136)
- Justin Brayton (130)
- Chad Reed (111)
- Justin Barcia (109)
- Andrew Short (94)
- Wil Hahn (83)
- Broc Tickle (77)
Eastern Regional 250SX Class Season Standings
- Adam Cianciarulo (47)
- Martin Davalos (45)
- Blake Baggett (38)
- Justin Bogle (36)
- Vince Friese (33)
- Blake Wharton (32)
- Cole Thompson (28) - MotoSport Rider
- Kyle Cunningham (22)
- Mitchell Oldenburg (22)
- Jimmy DeCotis (20)
AMSOIL Arenacross Starts Race for the Championship
Michael McDade and Willy Browning, both members of the Motosport.com/MJM Express/Spinechillers Racing Kawasaki team, finished in the Top 10 and therefore continue with the AMSOIL Arenacross "Race to the Championship" series that begins March 1 in Tulsa.
McDade (12-2) finished in sixth overall this weekend in Reno and Browning (6-9) finished in ninth overall. Those in the Top 10 now have four dates left to be crowned champion and the twist is everyone starts with zero points. McDade enters the "Race" as the eighth seed and Browning the sixth seed.
Photo by Shiftone Photography
"Race to the Championship" starts Saturday in Tulsa OK. Buy tickets online or at the BOK Center Box Office, 200 South Denver in Tulsa, OK.