What Really Happened: Las Vegas

Villopoto Wins, Anderson And Bogle Wrap Up, And Hill Takes The Shootout; Plus Cody Webb Tops Endurocross

By Pete Peterson and Shan Moore

Las Vegas was the site of the final round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series and the opening round of the GEICO AMA EnduroCross Series. There were winners and losers at both races. There’s lots to talk about and we’ve got the scoop.

Jason Anderson won the 250 SX West Championship. Photo By Shan Moore

The 2014 Monster Energy Supercross season is a wrap, and the closest title battle - Jason Anderson leading Cole Seely by 8 points heading into the final race – was settled without much drama or close racing, as Anderson used a distant sixth place to Seely’s fourth to win the 250 West Championship.

Both 250 series, East and West, run their final events for each season as the first race after practice. So after two 450 heats, the two 15 lap division finals are ran. Then where the 250 Main would be in the night, the top riders from each series face off in an East/West one-off race for bragging rights. For the 450 racers, it was business as usual for the race schedule as well as for most of the finishing positions. The hard pack track never looked easy for any of the racers, with multiple crashes in practice and some full-berm pile-ups through the night.

Dean Wilson took the win in the West final. Photo By Shan Moore

The 250 West main raced first, with Cooper Webb taking the lead and stretching a little distance between himself and Dean Wilson while Jason Anderson and Cole Seeley were back in 5th and 6th. If Anderson stayed in 6th and Seely could make it to the lead, he would win the championship. Not only that, Seely had two teammates ahead of him, which could look good for him passing through, and for giving Anderson trouble to reach fifth (the spot that would guarantee Anderson the title). Seely made the charge, but the slick track didn’t reward riders who pushed its limits, and Seely needed to keep it on two wheels. Seely made it only as far as fourth by the end. Up front, Wilson closed on Webb as the two riders approached a yellow flag section, and passed shortly after. Webb struck back and regained the front spot, but Wilson soon passed for good and took the win.

250 West Main

1. Dean Wilson

2. Cooper Webb

3. Justin Hill

4. Cole Seely

5. Malcolm Stewart

6. Jason Anderson

7. Zach Osborne

8. Shane Mcelrath

9. Jessy Nelson

10. Jake Canada

Justin Bogle took the win in the East final. Photo By Shan Moore

The 250 East main didn’t have the points drama or the race drama. Justin Bogle lined up with a 46- point lead over the nearest competitor on the line. With all three Pro Circuit riders out with injury, the championship was settled before the race really began. Bogle still holeshot and lead for several laps, but Jeremy Martin, who had some bad breaks early in the season and didn’t even qualify for the first few races, took the lead from Boggle and held it to the checkers. Bogle maintained second, and of course, the title.

250 East Main

1. Jeremy Martin

2. Justin Bogle

3. Matt Bisceglia

4. Kyle Cunningham

5. James Decotis

6. Mitchell Oldenburg

7. Alex Martin

8. Gannon Audette

9. Jackson Richardson

10. Vince Friese

Justin Hill won the East/West Shootout. Photo By Shan Moore

In the 250 East/West Shootout, Justin Hill took the lead and never got challenged for it. Dean Wilson spend the 10-lap race in second, and did close in at the end, but never got within striking distance. The race had some bad crashes in it. After Osborne shorted a jump, another rider hit his back wheel and Osborne and went down. Bogle hit the deck in the stadium-long rhythm section, and Malcolm Stewart crashed hard after a steep jump and was down for a while without really moving. It was scary, but he got to his feet, remounted, and slowly rode his bike back to the pits.

250 East/West Shootout

1. Justin Hill

2. Dean Wilson

3. Jason Anderson

4. Cooper Webb

5. Jeremy Martin

6. Cole Seely

7. Jake Canada

8. Kyle Cunningham

9. Shane Mcelrath

10. Jessy Nelson

Ryan Villopoto wrapped up the season with another win. Photo By Shan Moore

The 450 Main closed out the show, and the exciting season ended without much action in the final race. Jake Weimer grabbed the holeshot, but Villopoto took the lead in the second corner and never looked back. Ryan Dungey got quickly into second, with Ken Roczen close behind, the three held those positions to the end; Roczen kept Dungey in site, but Villoporo stretched out a safe lead to take the win. James Stewart, who had a shot at second overall on the season, started mid pack, and left the race after a few laps for reasons (as of now) unknown. He did crash in practice, so he may have been hurt earlier in the day and elected not to push it.

450 Main

1. Ryan Villopoto

2. Ryan Dungey

3. Ken Roczen

4. Justin Barcia

5. Trey Canard

6. Josh Hill

7. Josh Grant

8. Jake Weimer, Rupert

9. Chris Blose

10. Andrew Short

250 WEST CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL STANDINGS

1. Jason Anderson 193

2. Cole Seely 188

3. Dean Wilson 163

4. Justin Hill 159

5. Cooper Webb 143

6. Malcolm Stewart 137

7. Jessy Nelson 115

8. Zach Osborne 114

9. Shane Mcelrath 109

10. Jake Canada 83

250 EAST CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL STANDINGS

Justin Bogle 188

Martin Davalos 149

Vince Friese 131

Kyle Cunningham 127

Adam Cianciarulo 120

Blake Baggett 120

James Decotis 106

Alex Martin 100

Matt Bisceglia 98

Jeremy Martin 96

450 CHAMPIONSHIOP FINAL STANDINGS

1. Ryan Villopoto 368

2. Ryan Dungey 304

3. Ken Roczen 285

4. James Stewart 272

5. Justin Barcia 250

6. Andrew Short 218

7. Justin Brayton 196

8. Josh Hill 159

9. Broc Tickle 126

10. Wil Hahn 122

Cody Webb Wins GEICO AMA Endurocross

Cody Webb blitzed the Orleans Arena to take the first Endurocross win of the season. Photo By Shan Moore

Cody Webb rode an amazing race to take the first win in the GEICO AMA EnduroCross Series with an impressive performance at the opening round of the series in the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

At the end of 15 laps, Webb lapped up to fourth place on his Beta USA/GEICO/Stillwell Performance-sponsored Beta 300 RR, beating out Lucas Oil/Rockstar/JCR Honda’s Colton Haaker, and perennial Endurocross champ Taddy Blazusiak on a factory KTM.

After passing Blazusiak on lap one, Webb put down several error-free laps and pulled away from the pack. In the meantime, Haaker passed Blazusiak on lap two after a rare mistake by the Factory KTM racer. By the end of the lap, Blazusiak had moved back into second after Haaker made a similar bobble in a tricky rock turn. The two riders would exchange the runner-up spot a few more times before the end of the race with Haaker getting the last pass for second on the last lap when the defending champ got stuck in a challenging rock corner.

In the end, Webb took the convincing win with Haaker in second and Blazusiak in third.

“I only made a few mistakes the whole main event,” said Webb. “I have been practicing just racing the track at home and when I passed Taddy on the first lap, I just focused on the track for six laps and did not even know how much of a lead I had.”

Webb now carries the series points lead into round two of the series on June 6 at X Games in Austin, Texas.

Results

1. Cody Webb Beta

2. Colton Haaker Honda

3. Taddy Blazusiak KTM

4. Bobby Prachnau KTM

5. Taylor Robert KTM

6. Geoff Aaron KTM

7. Gary Sutherlin KTM

8. Cory Graffunder KTM

9. Bryan Roper KTM

10. Jamie Lanza Husqvarna