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Villopoto Races to Second SX Win of the Season

| 26 January 2014 8:58 am

Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series
Round 4: O.Co Coliseum

Courtesy of Feld Motor Sports
Photos by Simon Cudby
OAKLAND, CA, JAN. 25, 2014

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto won his second Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, race of 2014, in front of 47,339 fans at O.Co Coliseum in Oakland, California. Rockstar Energy Racing’s Jason Anderson captured his third win in four races in the Western Regional 250SX-class main event.

On Saturday night, Ryan Villopoto (1) became the first two-time winner of 2014.

On Saturday night, Ryan Villopoto (1) became the first two-time winner of 2014.

Factory Metal Works/ Honda’s Vince Friese led the field of 450SX-class riders through turn one to win the Nuclear Cowboyz Holeshot Award, with Toyota/ Yamaha/ JGRMX’s Justin Brayton on his back wheel. On the opening lap, Villopoto and Discount Tire Racing/ TwoTwo Motorsports’ Chad Reed took over the number one and two positions, respectively.

Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart started a charge on lap four to take over fourth place, and on lap seven he secured third place. Stewart made one last pass on Reed for second place, and that’s where he would finish, just 4.2 seconds behind Villopoto. Reed finished third.

“The track was really one-lined tonight,” said Stewart. “I had to take some chances out there to move through the field.”

“It feels good to be up here tonight,” said Villopoto from the podium. “We have put in a lot of work at the test track, and I have a great team behind me and a great bike under me. I hope I can carry this momentum into Anaheim next weekend.”

Villopoto moved into the points lead, and Reed moved into second place, seven points behind Villopoto.

A good start was key to Ryan Villopoto’s (1) main event in Oakland.

A good start was key to Ryan Villopoto’s (1) main event in Oakland.

Monster Energy/ Pro Circuit/ Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson edged out his teammate Justin Hill for the Nuclear Cowboyz Holeshot Award in the Western Regional 250SX-class main event. Hill quickly moved into the lead, and by the end of the opening lap Anderson had moved into second place, with Wilson assuming third place.

Hill and Anderson traded places on lap six, and while the two jockeyed for position in a corner, Wilson passed Anderson for second place, and a few turns later, he passed Hill for the lead. Anderson tracked down Hill on the following lap to move into second place.

Anderson – for the third time this season – made a pass on the last lap to move into the lead and eventually take the win. Wilson finished a season-best second place, and Hill finished a career-best third place.

Jason Anderson (17) has now won three of the four 250SX-class main events this year.

Jason Anderson (17) has now won three of the four 250SX-class main events this year.

“I have been working very hard, and everything was coming together tonight, but my bike stalled,” said Wilson. “I have always had the speed, but I have yet to put it together.”

“I can’t believe I keep pulling these off; three wins in four races is huge,” said Anderson. “I hope to come away with the number-one plate at the end of the season. I wanted to be in attack mode tonight, but I also wanted to keep it on two wheels.”

Troy Lee Designs/ Lucas Oil/ Honda’s Cole Seeley came into the evening’s race with the points lead but dropped to second place, as Anderson has now moved into the number-one position in the season’s points standings and has a six-point lead.

Monster Energy Supercross now heads to Anaheim next Saturday, February 1, for the third and final race of the season at Angel Stadium.

O.Co Coliseum
Oakland, California
Results: January 25, 2014 (Round 4)

250SX: 1. Jason Anderson (KTM); 2. Dean Wilson (Kaw); 3. Justin Hill (Kaw); 4. Cole Seely (Hon); 5. Zach Osborne (Hon); 6. Michael Leib (Hon); 7. Jessy Nelson (Hon); 8. Shane McElrath (Hon); 9. Cooper Webb (Yam); 10. Dean Ferris (KTM).

450SX: 1. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw); 2. James Stewart (Suz); 3. Chad Reed (Kaw); 4. Ryan Dungey (KTM); 5. Justin Brayton (Yam); 6. Ken Roczen (KTM); 7. Justin Barcia (Hon); 8. Wil Hahn (Hon); 9. Jake Weimer (Kaw); 10. Andrew Short (KTM).

Monster Energy Supercross Series Season Points Standings (After round 4 of 17)

250SX: 1. Jason Anderson (93); 2. Cole Seely (87); 3. Dean Wilson (72); 4. Zach Osborne (69); 5. Cooper Webb (65); 6. Justin Hill (64); 7. Malcolm Stewart (54); 8. Jessy Nelson (49); 9. (TIE) Shane McElrath (42)/ Dean Ferris (42).

450SX: 1. Ryan Villopoto (84); 2. Chad Reed (77); 3. (TIE) Ken Roczen (75)/ Ryan Dungey (75); 5. Justin Brayton (71); 6. James Stewart (66); 7. Justin Barcia (56); 8. Andrew Short (49); 9. Wil Hahn (43); 10. Jake Weimer (37).

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