Anaheim 1 450 Supercross Results 2014

January 4, 2014
Byron Wilson
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The 2014 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series lit up Aneheim’s Angel Stadium with the 450 SX Main Event, which saw rookie rider Ken Roczen of Red Bull KTM beat a stacked field for his first win in the premier class. Roczen’s teammate, Ryan Dungey, trailed in second-place followed by Two Two Motorsports’ Chad Reed in third.

Defending 450 SX champ Ryan Villopoto of Monster Energy Kawasaki flew off the line for the early lead, followed closely by Roczen, Reed and JGRMX’s Josh Grant. Dungey was back in seventh off the start, but quickly pushed his way up the ranks, finding fifth in the opening laps. Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart was also on the hunt, slotting in behind Dungey soon after.

RV held firm out front for the first half of the race, keeping Roczen a few seconds back while the German rider fought to hold off Reed. Dungey and Stewart, meanwhile, were making up ground as the two dispatched Grant back to sixth. On Lap 11 positions shifted when Villopoto lost the front and went down, falling back to fifth and leaving the door wide open for Roczen to take over the lead.

Stewart was next to move up the ranks and he pushed past Dungey for third. The following lap he got past Reed as well and pushed to close the gap on Roczen. JS7 was able to get within striking distance of Roczen as the race entered the final laps, but while attempting to throttle past Stewart made a mistake and went down hard, ending his night early.

Soon after Stewart’s mishap Dungey slipped past Reed for second-place. Villopoto all-the-while held steady in fourth, but following his off was unable to muster a fight back up the field.

Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Justin Barcia ended the night in fifth after clawing his way back from an abysmal start.

Like Roczen, Wil Hahn of GEICO Honda, marked his rookie debut in the 450 SX class at Anaheim, but the Honda rider was unable to break into the top-10 before the checkers, finishing 11th. Hahn’s teammate, Eli Tomac, was unable to fight for a spot in the main after a crash in his heat race left him with an injured shoulder.

Roczen is now the series points leader trailed by Dungey and Reed. Round 2 of the 2014 championship is set for January 11 in Phoenix, Arizona.

“This is an amazing feeling,” said Roczen. “Not only to get my first win but to get it at the opening round is amazing. I have been working very hard during the off-season and I am so glad the hard work has paid off. Congrats to my teammate, Ryan Dungey, it is great to share this moment on the podium with him.”

Anaheim 1 450 Supercross Results 2014
1. Ken Roczen (KTM)
2. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
3. Chad Reed (Kawasaki)
4. Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki)
5. Justin Barcia (Honda)
6. Justin Brayton (Yamaha)
7. Josh Grant (Yamaha)
8. Broc Tickle (Suzuki)
9. Andrew Short (KTM)
10. Jake Weimer (Kawasaki)
11. Wil Hahn (Honda)
12. Mike Alessi (Suzuki)
13. Matt Moss (Suzuki)
14. Nick Schmidt (Honda)
15. Kyle Partridge (Honda)

450 SX Points 2014:
1. Ken Roczen, 25
2. Ryan Dungey, 22
3. Chad Reed, 20
4. Ryan Villopoto, 18
5. Justin Barcia, 16
6. Justin Brayton, 15
7. Josh Grant, 14
8. Broc Tickle, 13
9. Andrew Short, 12
10. Jake Weimer, 11