Australian Kawasaki rider Chad Reed became the third different rider in as many races to win a Monster Energy AMA Supercross race this season when he won inside Los Angeles’ Angel Stadium on Saturday.
Saturday night’s race round three of the US series, in front of more than 40,000 fans, was the “40th Anniversary Celebration Race” of Monster Energy Supercross.
After finishing second at the first two races of the Western Regional 250SX Class Championship, Honda’s Cole Seely won his first main event of the season.
KTM’s Ryan Dungey set the pace early by taking the holeshot to start the 450SX class main event. Kawasaki’s Nick Wey trailed Dungey through turn one in second place. On the opening lap, three-time defending Monster Energy Supercross Champion Ryan Villopoto put his Kawasaki into third place while KTM’s Ken Roczen pulled onto Villopoto’s back wheel in fourth. Roczen then passed Villopoto to take over third place.
While leading on lap six, Dungey crashed and dropped to fifth place, giving the lead to Suzuki’s James Stewart. Villopoto bounced back to pass Roczen for the number-two position and set his sights on Stewart. On Lap 14, Villopoto attempted to pass Stewart and crashed, losing several positions.
The crash by Villopoto allowed Roczen to move into second place and Reed to third place. The next lap, Reed passed Roczen for second and two laps later, he passed Stewart for the lead and eventual win. Stewart finished second and Roczen finished third.
“I had 41 of these [wins] before tonight, and they came a hell of a lot easier than this one,” said Reed. “I am so proud and could not have done this without the hard work from my Discount Tire team. We all worked so hard in the off season, and it paid off in a big way tonight. I am so pumped.”
“”The track was tight tonight,” said Stewart. “We had two veterans finish one and two tonight, so that was great. Overall, I am proud of my race tonight.”
This was Reed’s first win since January 21, 2012 in Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium and the 42nd of his career. It was also his first win in Anaheim since February 2, 2008, when he won all three races at the venue.
Roczen reclaimed the points lead with Villopoto trailing by a point. Reed moved into third place.
Yamaha’s Cooper Webb jumped out to the early lead with the holeshot in the Western Regional 250SX class main event with Seely and Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson following in second and third, respectively. Seely snuck around Webb shortly after turn one. On lap three, Wilson crashed and re-entered the race in 15th place. Wilson’s crash allowed KTM’s Jason Anderson to move into third place.
Anderson passed Webb on Lap 8 to secure second place, 5.7 seconds behind Seely. Seely held on for the win, followed by Anderson and Webb. Tonight was the first career podium finish for Webb, who is a rookie this year.
“It was an awesome night for our team,” said Seely. “We have done so much testing before and during the season and spent countless hours at the track, so it is nice to have the hard work pay off. I had some breathing room on the last lap, which was nice. We are going to keep the momentum going headed into next week.”
The win was Seely’s fourth of his career and he trails Anderson in season standings by three points.
Monster Energy Supercross heads to Oakland’s O.co Coliseum next Saturday, January 25, for the fourth race of the 2014 season.
250SX Class Results: Anaheim
1. Cole Seely, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Honda
2. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., KTM
3. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha
4. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda
5. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Kawasaki
6. Shane McElrath, Chesterfield, S.C., Honda
7. Dean Wilson, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Kawasaki
8. Zach Osborne, Chesterfield, S.C., Honda
9. Michael Leib, Menifee, Calif., Honda
10. Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., Honda
250SX Class Season Standings
1. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., KTM, 72
2. Cole Seely, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Honda, 69
3. Zach Osborne, Chesterfield, S.C., Honda, 53
4. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha, 51
5. Dean Wilson, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Kawasaki, 50
6. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda, 47
7. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Kawasaki, 44
8. Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., Honda, 35
9. Dean Ferris, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 31
10. Shane McElrath, Chesterfield, S.C., Honda, 29
450SX Class Results: Anaheim
1. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Kawasaki
2. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki
3. Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM
4. Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C., Yamaha
5. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki
6. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM
7. Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Suzuki
8. Josh Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Suzuki
9. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM
10. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki
450SX Class Season Standings
1. Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 60
2. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 59
3. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Kawasaki, 57
4. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 57
5. Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C., Yamaha, 55
6. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki, 44
7. Justin Barcia, Pinetta, Fla., Honda, 42
8. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM, 38
9. Wil Hahn, Menifee, Calif., Honda, 30
10. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki, 26
KTM Junior Supercross Challenge
1. Reed Vogan, Cameron park, Calif., KTM
2. Justice Rutledge, West Valley, Utah, KTM
3. Ricky Negrate, North Hills, Calif., KTM
4. Dylann Dranke, San Jose, Calif., KTM
5. Dylan Howard, Julian, Calif., KTM
6. Mikayla Nielsen, Riverside, Calif., KTM
7. Jordan Dowell, Ventura, Calif., KTM
8. Aiden Otten, Lakeside, Calif., KTM
9. Raul Gutierez, Temecula, Calif., KTM
10. Maddix Laughton, Escondido, Calif., KTM
11. Landon Glodowski, Twin Falls, Idaho, KTM
12. Niko Munoz, Los Angeles, KTM
13. Mackenzie Caverill, Frazier Park, Calif., KTM
14. Braxton Horta, Mesa, Ariz., KTM
15. Jeremy Garcia, Phoenix, KTM