Seattle 450 Supercross Results 2014

April 12, 2014
Bart Madson
By Bart Madson
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Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto claimed his fifth victory of the 2014 Supercross season at Seattle. The reigning SX champion nearly treated his home crowd to a fourth consecutive Supercross coronation, but Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart kept the title in play for at least one more round with a second-place finish. KTM’s Ryan Dungey rounded out the Seattle podium.

Villopoto jumped up front early in the 20-lap main event, followed by Dungey, Short and Stewart. In the opening circuits of the Seattle track, RV set the pace while Stewart had to cut past the KTM duo of Dungey and Short to take second and set his sights on the leader.

Five laps in Stewart was around three seconds adrift, but Villopoto pressed his lead up to almost five seconds. Still, J. Stew was closing and cut the lead to just under four at the halfway marker.

While Stewart gave chase up front, Dungey was riding solo in the final rostrum spot with Honda’s Eli Tomac about three seconds behind and Justin Barcia well back, rounding out the top five. But the race was a processional from there on out.

Villopoto was too strong up front and extended his advantage over Stewart to take the checkers with more than a 12 second lead. Dungey easily held onto his podium spot, five seconds ahead of a trio of Honda riders led by Tomac. Barcia completed the top five, with Trey Canard placing sixth. Ken Roczen was not a factor in the Seattle main event, finishing seventh. After a solid start Short dropped to eighth, with Josh Hill and Mike Alessi rounding out the top 10.

Villopoto’s victory did not seal his fourth consecutive Supercross title, as Stewart’s second-place result puts him 48 points down with two races remaining.

“I don’t think I’ve ever raced in front of a crowd cheering me on this loud. It’s tough to race at home and in the past I haven’t been that stellar here, so to have a race like that is awesome,” said Villopoto. “With [James Stewart] and [Ryan Dungey] standing up here next to me, getting a win is huge. I’m not thinking about the championship right now, but it does feel good to have an opportunity to wrap up the title in New York in a couple weeks.”

The Supercross season now heads back east for the penultimate round at East Rutherford followed by the Vegas finale.

2014 Seattle Supercross Results:
1. Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki)
2. James Stewart (Suzuki)
3. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
4. Eli Tomac (Honda)
5. Justin Barcia (Honda)
6. Trey Canard (Honda)
7. Ken Roczen (KTM)
8. Andrew Short (KTM)
9. Joshua Hill (Suzuki)
10. Mike Alessi (Suzuki)
11. Weston Peick (Suzuki)
12. Chris Blose (Honda)
13. Nicholas Wey (Kawasaki)
14. Nicholas Schmidt (Honda)
15. Kyle Regal (Honda)
16. Killian Rusk (Yamaha)
17. Ronnie Stewart (Suzuki)
18. Phillip Nicoletti (Yamaha)
19. Tevin Tapia (Suzuki)
20. Cody Gilmore (Kawasaki)
21. Vince Friese (Yamaha)
22. Bracken Hall (Honda)

2014 Supercross Championship Points:
1. Ryan Villopoto, 318
2. James Stewart, 270
3. Ryan Dungey, 267
4. Ken Roczen, 249
5. Justin Barcia, 214
6. Justin Brayton, 196
7. Andrew Short, 194
8. Broc Tickle, 126
9. Joshua Hill, 124
10. William Hahn, 122


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