What Really Happened: San Diego Supercross

James Stewart plus Justin Hill left San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium with lots of momentum in the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Collection after taking big-time wins this weekend.

James Stewart pass Ryan Villopoto on the opening lap of the main and then held his ground for the remainder of the race. Photo By Shan Moore

James Stewart pass Ryan Villopoto on the opening lap of the primary and then held his ground for the remainder of the race. Photo By Shan Moore

James Stewart grabbed his first main event win of 2014 in San Diego this weekend, and the Yoshimura Suzuki rider did it in amazing fashion, passing Ryan Villopoto over the first lap and then holding from the defending series champ for twenty laps to take the “W”. The win was Stewart’s 46th associated with his career, leaving him just two wins behind the all-time Supercross wins leader Jeremy McGrath.

“We’ve been shut all year, ” said Stewart. “We had a chance to pass for the lead at Anaheim and then went down. And at Oakland to ride great and just run out of time, so we were there all along, but now we finally put it all together. We all knew i was close; it was just a matter of time. Tonight, we put 20 strong laps in, and I thought i was fairly aggressive in the opening laps and we ran a solid pace through the night. ”

After the race, Villopoto admitted that he and his group struggled with bike setup, but the Monster Energy Kawasaki rider eventually left Qualcomm Stadium with the points business lead intact and was more or less pleased with his runner-up finish.

“We were fighting the bicycle all day, and I felt like we should are actually better in practice, but we produced a change before the heat races plus that’s what we stuck with for the primary, and it seemed like it was pretty called in, ” said Villopoto. “James was able to get around me early and it also seemed like we were running back and forth, a few tenths here and there from each other. That made it hard to pass, but he rode strong tonight. ”

Ken Roczen held on to claim a podium finish in third. Photo By Shan Moore

Ken Roczen held on to claim a podium finish in third. Photo By Shan Moore

Ken Roczen didn’t like the monitor and didn’t like the way he rode, but the Red Bull KTM rider still came away having a solid third place finish and today sits second overall in the collection standings, nine points behind Villopoto.

“I’m not too happy with my race in the main occasion, but I’m happy to get an additional podium, ” said Roczen. “I was just really sketched out, I made a lot of mistakes and almost crashed, so I’m clearly unhappy with the riding, but we’re in the championship hunt, so everything excellent. ”

On the final lap of the race, Chad Reed got squirrelly in the whoops plus ran into the back of Roczen when Roczen got out of shape wanting to pass lapper Nick Wey. That caused Reed to go down plus injure himself.

“I’m bummed about Reed and I hope he’s okay, ” said Roczen. “On that last lap, Dont really know if he got on my rear, but I was really close to Nick Wey and I got squirrelly in the whoops and Reed hit me, so I hope he is okay. ”

Weston Peick finished fifth for the second race in a row. Photo By Shan Moore

Weston Peick finished 5th for the second race in a line. Photo By Shan Moore

Riding what is fundamentally a privateer Suzuki, Weston Peick stunned the factory boys again by grabbing his second-straight 5th place finish this weekend. The Motorsports. com/Fly Racing-backed rider started around 15th in the main event, then amazingly worked his way to the top-10 before passing Andrew Short, Justin Barcia and Eli Tomac. And, he had to come through the LCQ to get into the main! “I think this actually worked to my advantage having to come through the LCQ, since I a new lot more laps to get the track down plus figure out those lines, ” stated Peick. “There was a kind of slower section of the track that I had been capitalizing on, and that’s where I made most of my passes. Which was one of the only places on the monitor where you could make clean passes and am was just kind of squared everyone up and shot to the inside and made a block move. ”

Surely it will be just a matter of time before this guy gets a factory deal.

Justin Hill grabbed the first SX main event win of this career. Photo By Shan Moore

Justin Hill grabbed the first SX main event earn of this career. Photo By Shan Moore

Mr. bieber Hill took advantage of a nasty crash by Dean Wilson to take the particular lead in the 250 main event, plus from there the Monster Energy Professional Circuit Kawasaki rider rode a steady race to claim his first-ever supercross main event win. Points innovator Jason Anderson tried to reel Hill in late in the race, but Hill was able to maintain a gap on the Rockstar Energy Racing rider.

“What an amazing feeling to get a win, ” said Hill. “I had a lot more confidence after getting on the podium in Oakland and am was able to stay focused. I was so focused I missed the white flag; so when I got the checkered I kept charging thinking there was yet another lap. This is just so amazing. ”

Dean Wilson took a nasty looking crash in the main event of the 250 race. Photo By Shan Moore

Dean Wilson took a nasty looking crash in the main event of the two hundred and fifty race. Photo By Shan Moore

After successful the fastest heat race plus earning the first gate pick for the main, Dean Wilson grabbed the particular lead early in the 250 main event and looked to be on his way to a second big win. However , the particular Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider endoed hard in the whoop section plus dropped outside the top-10, which makes it very much more difficult to win the title.

Malcolm Stewart came away with his first-ever podium. Photo By Shan Moore

Malcolm Stewart came away with his first-ever podium. Photo By Shan Moore

After top a short distance of the race, Malcolm Stewart claimed his the first podium finish of his career having a third place. The TLD/Lucas Oil Honda rider even ran more than Dean Wilson’s bike when Wilson went down, but he managed to keep it on two wheels and carry on. Malcolm was particularly pleased that both he and his brother, Adam, finished on the podium in the same race.

San Diego Notes:

• Chad Reed revealed on his tweets feed Sunday that he broke their scapula, collarbone, and fractured their T1 in his crash on the final lap of the main. However , he says he’ll be riding next weekend in Dallas. We’ll see…

• Jake Weimer went down hard in practice, dislocating his shoulder and hurting his wrist, plus according to his team will be evaluated before next week’s race.

• Eli Tomac finally completed a race in his inaugural season aboard the GEICO Ford 450, and his seventh-place result with brother Greg, a Captain in the U. S. Air Force cheering him on, made for a satisfying Military Appreciation Day at Qualcomm Stadium. “Not bad for just my second race back, ” said Tomac, who suffered a flat tire in last weekend’ s main event plus was unable to finish. “I’ meters feeling better and better plus my shoulder (injured in practice during the first race of the year) is definitely stronger. It’ s still not 100 percent but it’ s very close. I know that as it gets better, I’ ll get better overall. ”

• GEICO Honda’s Wil Hahn went down in practice and hurt the same hand he injured last week at Anaheim. The hand was still hurting once the evening program rolled around so the Honda rider elected to sit down the race out. “I probably should have waited a week but I desired to race here, especially by it being Military Appreciation night, ” Hahn said. “I really tried to ride but as soon as I damaged (in practice) I realized immediately that it happened because my hand isn’ t healed all the way. If I could grip the handlebars like regular, I wouldn’ t have gone down. I decided to take the night away from to make absolutely sure I can race in advance next weekend in Dallas. ”

Results

450 Class

1 . James Stewart (Suz)

2 . Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)

3. Ken Roczen (KTM)

4. Ryan Dungey (KTM)

5. Weston Peick (Suz)

6. Justin Barcia (Hon)

7. Eli Tomac (Hon)

8. Brock Tickle (Suz)

9. Justin Brayton (Yam)

10. Andrew Short (KTM)

250 Course

1 . Justin Hill (Kaw)

2 . Jason Anderson (KTM)

3. Malcolm Stewart (Hon)

4. Cole Seely (Hon)

5. Shane McElrath (Hon)

6. Jessy Nelson (Hon)

7. Michael Körper (Hon)

8. Scott Champion (Yam)

9. Jake Canada (Hon)

10. Dean Ferris (KTM)


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