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The 2014 Monster Energy Supercross series leaves the warm weather of Florida for the below freezing temperatures of Detroit forecast this weekend for Round 11. Lucky thing for all riders, racing takes place inside Ford Field.
All MotoSport-sponsored riders plan to ride this weekend. Weston Peick is still nursing a sore back that kept him from competing in Daytona and Ivan Tedesco, who attempted to ride last week in Florida, is also expected to return to action.
Weston Peick was sidelined at Daytona
Last week, Jimmy Albertson nearly won Semi 1 and raced effectively in the Main landing in 17th place. He spent the week prior to Daytona practicing with fellow Oklahoman Trey Canard. Albertson's confidence as a rider seems higher than it was at the beginning of the season and he indicates a desire to make a statement for the rest of the season.
Jimmy Albertson nearly won Semi 1 at Daytona
"We're just a little bit behind right now. It's either go out and train and get stronger or wait until offseason," he said. "I'm to the point right now where I've got to do everything I can to get better. We're going to grind it out."
Ivan Tedesco is expected to be ready for Detroit
Overall, Ryan Villopoto's lead continues to grow in his quest for a fourth consecutive Supercross championship. He made it look easy in Daytona winning the holeshot and never looking back. He even fell once but was so far ahead no one came close to passing him.
Supercross last raced Detroit in 2008. With a win Saturday by Villopoto, Ryan Dungey or Josh Grant, any of the three can be the first to win Detroit in both the 250 and 450 classes.
Villopoto's third win of the season in Daytona gives him a 28 point lead over second place Dungey. Ken Roczen is a close third with 180 points just one behind Dungey. James Stewart's hopes for a championship got derailed a bit in Florida after he finished in 18th place. Stewart is in a distant fourth place behind Villopoto with 157 points.
In the 250SX East class, MotoSport-sponsored rider Cole Thompson, who rides for the Rockstar Energy KTM Racing team, landed out of the Top 10 in Daytona for the first time this season. He's currently in seventh place on the points board.
Doors open for Round 11 at 12:30 p.m. EST and the Main Event starts at 7 p.m. EST Saturday at Ford Field. Buy tickets online or at the Box Office, 2000 Brush Street in Detroit, MI.
2014 Monster Energy Supercross Season Standings
450SX Class Season Standings
- Ryan Villopoto (209)
- Ryan Dungey (181)
- Ken Roczen (180)
- James Stewart (157)
- Justin Brayton (155)
- Andrew Short (125)
- Justin Barcia (118)
- Chad Reed (111)
- Broc Tickle (111)
- William Hahn (108)
250SX Class Season Standings
- Adam Cianciarulo (94)
- Martin Davalos (87)
- Blake Baggett (79)
- Justin Bogle (72)
- Vince Friese (61)
- Blake Wharton (51)
- Cole Thompson (48) - MotoSport Rider
- Kyle Cunningham (45)
- James Decotis (43)
- Matthew Lemoine (37)
Texas Hosts Penultimate Round for Arenacross
Just two rounds remain for the 10 riders battling for the Race to the Championship crown in the 2014 MASOIL Arenacross season. Action starts at 7 p.m. tonight and continues through Sunday in Hildalgo, TX.
Michael McDade and Willy Browning who ride for the Motosport.com/MJM Express/Spinechillers Racing KTM team, remain in the hunt though both need to take podium positions for the remaining rounds to have any chance of a run for the title.
McDade is in sixth-place with 64 points just four points from fourth-place and 19 points from third-place, Browning is in eighth-place with 60 points. Both riders reached the podium several times earlier this year and have the experience and ability to ride their way to the top.
Photo by Shiftone Photography
Currently, Zack Ames enjoys a three-point lead over Tyler Bowers for first place. Bowers took the overall last week to jump from fifth place to second.
Action for Arenacross Round 11 starts at 7 p.m. tonight at State Farm Arena. Buy tickets online or at the Box Office, 2600 N. 10th Street in Hildalgo, TX.
Arenacross Race to the Championship
- Zach Ames (94)
- Tyler Bowers (91)
- Jacob Hayes (83)
- Cory Green (68)
- Colt Nichols (65)
- Michael McDade (64) - MotoSport Rider
- Kyle Regal (62)
- Willy Browning (60) - MotoSport Rider
- Travis Sewell (59)
- Gared Steinke (45)