The Monster Energy Cup Supercross took place this weekend at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, capping off a big year of racing. James Stewart came away the big winner in Vegas, topping the podium on his Yoshimura Suzuki after going 8-1-1 in the three races.
Newly crowned Supercross and motocross champion Ryan Villopoto won the first moto, but crashed out of the second one while battling with Stewart and did not return for the final race.
Ryan Dungey finished second on the night, despite getting docked five positions in the first race when he failed to take the mandatory “Joker Lane”. Meanwhile, Dungey’s Red Bull KTM teammate Ken Roczen rounded out the podium in third.
James Stewart did not back down to Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto as the two riders turned in one of the best races of the season in the second main event of the evening at this weekend’s Monster Energy Cup in Las Vegas, which offered a million dollars to anyone who could win all three race. That didn’t happen, but Stewart did walk away with $100,000 for taking the overall win.
Stewart got off to a slow start to the evening when he got a poor start in the first main event and could only muster an eighth-place finish, but after grabbing the holeshot to start main event number two, Stewart went back and forth with Villopoto in one of the most hard-fought races of the year. Stewart eventually took the win, with Villopoto crashing out after missing the exit to the Joker Lane. Villopoto didn’t return for the final race, while Stewart came away with the overall win after going 8-1-1 on the night.
Ryan Dungey crossed the finish line first in the opening main event of the evening, but that came as a result of him missing the Joker Lane, which resulted in the Red Bull KTM rider being docked five positions for the mistake. Despite the handicap, Dungey still came back to finish second overall for the evening after taking third and second in the final two races.
Ken Roczen grabbed the holeshot to lead the final main event, and at that point the Red Bull KTM rider was in position to take the overall win. That is, until Stewart made a dramatic pass to take the lead on lap five. Roczen also gave way to Dungey and GECIO Honda’s Eli Tomac, however his 4-4-4 performance was still good enough to give him third overall for the evening.
1. James Stewart (Suz) 8-1-1
2. Ryan Dungey (KTM) 6-3-2
3. Ken Roczen (KTM) 4-4-4
4. Eli Tomac (Hon) 5-6-3
5. Marvin Musquin (KTM) 2-9-8
6. Cole Seely (Hon) 13-7-5
7. Broc Tickle (Suz) 10-8-9
8. Justin Barcia (Hon) 7-2-18
9. Dean Wilson (Kaw) 20-5-6
10. Josh Grant (Yam) 15-10-7
Charlie Mullins finished off a fantastic season with his eighth win of the year at the Cross Timbers Enduro, which was the series finale in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. After posting the fastest time in the first four tests, the FMF/KTM rider was on track to win the Radiant AirGroup $5000 Bounty given to any rider who can win all six tests. However a near-crash in test five forced Mullins to back down his pace and concentrate on the overall win. In the end, Mullins finished the race 37 seconds ahead of runner-up finisher Russell Bobbitt, while Nick Fahringer finished third.
The final series standings were Mullins first, Fahringer second and Bobbitt third.
Cross Timbers National Enduro Results
1. Charlie Mullins (KTM)
2. Russell Bobbitt (Hsb)
3. Nick Fahringer (Hsb)
4. Tony Joiner (Yam)
5. Ian Blythe (KTM)
6. Jesse Groemm (Yam)
7. Mike Lafferty (Hsb)
8. Kyle McDonal (Hsb)
9. Andrew DeLong (Hsq)
10. Brad Bakken (Yam)
Mike Lafferty made his final ride on a Husaberg this weekend at the Cross Timbers National Enduro in Oklahoma, where he finished seventh, the eight-time champ making it known that 2014 will be his final year of racing and he will do it on a KTM.
“I’m really excited about getting back on a KTM,” said Lafferty. “I feel like I really lucky to have the opportunity to go back to KTM, there are a lot of off-road guys out of work or looking for rides right now, so I feel privileged. But it just made sense in my last year of racing to go back to KTM, which is kind of where I started.”
Lafferty started his Pro career on a KTM and switched to Husaberg three years ago.
“It’s hard to believe it’s going to be 20 years that I’ve been racing. It’s been a lot of years and some ups and downs, but I couldn’t be happier. It’s a good time and it’s a good ending to all of this.