Anaheim III 450 Supercross Results 2014

February 1, 2014
Byron Wilson
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Two Two Motorsports’s Chad Reed dominated at Angel Stadium for the second time in the 2014 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season, leading all 20 laps of the Main Event for the win. Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen challenged hard for the victory but fell short by a fraction of a second, finishing in the runner-up position. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto crossed the line in third.

Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart inched ahead of the competition to earn the holeshot, but slipped back to fourth as Reed, Villopoto and Roczen powered to the front. Reed assumed the lead in the opening lap and though he’d face plenty of pressure throughout the night, the veteran rider never ceded his position.

RV settled into second during the opening laps, but had Roczen nipping at his heels from the gate drop. The German rider found an opening after four laps and got past Villopoto for second. The defending Supercross champ remained well within striking distance of the KTM ace until the final laps, but was unable to muster a repass on the slick, hard-packed track.

Behind the leaders, Roczen’s teammate Ryan Dungey and Team Muscle Milk Honda’s Justin Barcia were challenging Stewart for fourth-place. JS7 made it past the half-way mark but with eight laps remaining he went down, allowing Dungey and Barcia to easily slip past. Bubba was able to recover in ninth-place and by the end had clawed his way back to seventh.

Soon after Stewart’s mishap, Dungey ran into trouble of his own. The KTM rider hit the dirt hard in an off that broke his clutch lever. He struggled for a bit to get the bike restarted but had to eventually make his way to the pit for repairs.

Barcia took over fourth and remained there with no pressure to the finish. Suzuki rider Weston Peick put in a notable performance, moving through the pack from 10th during the opening laps to fifth by virtue of some hard-won passes and a little luck. JGRMX’s Justin Brayton ended in sixth ahead of Stewart while Villopoto’s teammate, Jake Weimer, took eighth. The nine and 10 spots were earned by BTO Sports’ Andrew Short and Rockstar Energy’s Ivan Tedesco, respectively.

GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac made his return to the ranks after recovering from an opening round injury, but a bad start set him outside the top-10 early on and bike issues later forced him to pull out of the race.

In the points battle, RV remains the overall leader with Reed in second, just two points back. Roczen sits third followed by Brayton in fourth and Stewart in fifth.

Anaheim III 450 Supercross Results 2014
1. Chad Reed (Kawasaki)
2. Ken Roczen (KTM)
3. Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki)
4. Justin Barcia (Honda)
5. Weston Peick (Suzuki)
6. Justin Brayton (Yamaha)
7. James Stewart (Suzuki)
8. Jake Weimer (Kawasaki)
9. Andrew Short (KTM)
10. Ivan Tedesco (KTM)
11. Broc Tickle (Suzuki)
12. Wil Hahn (Honda)
13. Nick Wey (Kawasaki)
14. Matt Moss (Suzuki)
15. Jimmy Albertson (Honda)

450 Supercross Points 2014
1. Ryan Villopoto, 104
2. Chad Reed, 102
3. Ken Roczen, 97
4. Justin Brayton, 86
5. James Stewart, 80
6. Ryan Dungey, 76
7. Justin Barcia, 74
8. Andrew Short, 61
9. Wil Hahn, 52
10. Jake Weimer, 50