What Really Happened: New Jersey Supercross

The weather was the big factor at round 16 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series at MetLife stadium in New Jersey. Even with off and on rain showers it didn’t dampen the spirits of 62,217 in attendance. The riders didn’t have much time to get the track wired with the shortened practice schedule, that the AMA decided to have due to the weather. It made the track tricky to negotiate for all the riders and forced them to get comfortable in a hurry. At the end of the night Ryan Villopoto clinched his fourth straight AMA Supercross title and the Main Event win with relative ease. Justin Bogle won the 250 Eastern Regional Main Event and took over the points lead with Martin Davalos out with injury. Here’s a race-by-race breakdown of went down Saturday night at MetLife:

Ryan Villopoto clinched his fourth straight AMA Supercross Title with his win at the inaugural Monster Energy Supercross at MetLife Stadium.

The night got started in the first 250 Heat with Adam Gulley pulling the holeshot but was soon passed by the local hometown privateer Honda “rippa” Jimmy DeCotis. Decotis would go on to win his first ever heat race and give the local hometown fans what they were looking for. DeCotis said, “It was nice whipping it for the hometown crowd here and gets me fired up for hopefully my first main event win!” Another privateer Honda rider Vince Friese finished second and Mitchell Oldenburg finished third.

Privateer Honda rider Jimmy DeCotis won the first 250 Heat Race in front of his hometown crowd Saturday night. DeCotis was leading the Main Event early, only to wash out after the finish line on lap three.

Heat two of the 250’s was red flagged because AJ Catanzaro had a big crash and looked to be pretty shaken up for a couple minutes. He was soon met by the Asterisk Medical crew and eventually walked off under his own power. Justin Bogle took the Heat Two restart and checked out. Bogle was excited to transfer and set the fastest time for the first gate pick in the Main Event. Jeremy Martin overcame a bad start and finished second while the Factory Connection Honda rider Matt Bisceglia finished third.

450 Heat One holeshot went to Team MotoConcepts Mike Alessi. Team Muscle Milk Honda’s Trey Canard and Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart quickly passed Alessi on the first lap. Canard and Stewart simply checked out on Alessi and had a great race for the top spot. Stewart tried everything to get around Trey, but Canard picked up on some of Stewart’s better lines and held on for the win. “It feels so good to be up here even though it’s only a Heat Race. Coming back from this arm injury hasn’t been easy and it feels good to finally get the ball rolling”. Tomac managed to get around Alessi on lap three but Alessi held off Justin Barcia for the final transfer spot.

In Heat Two the holeshot went to Monster Energy’s Ryan Villopoto. It didn’t take long before Villo opened up a gap on Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey and simply rode off for the win. Dungey controlled the second spot but the surprise of the heat was Monster Energy’s Jake Weimer (first race back from injury) riding well to third. Ken Roczen worked his way all the way up from eighth at the start to transfer to the Main Event in fourth place.

The DC Refuse To Lose 250 LCQ holeshot and race belonged to Honda privateer Kyle Evoy Bitterman. Second through fourth was a battle between AJ Catanzaro, Zach Williams, and Aaron Gulley. Gulley managed to take second ahead of Catanzaro and Williams.

450 Semi number one belonged to RCH Soaring Eagle Suzuki’s Josh Hill. Hill passed Rock River’s Ben Lamay after he got the holeshot but couldn’t match Hill’s pace after lap two. JGR’s Josh Grant came from a terrible start to get second and Lamay hung on to third. JGR replacement rider ended up getting fourth and privateer hero Chris Blose got the last transfer spot to get in the Main Even with a fifth.

RCH Soaring Eagle Suzuki’s Josh Hill finished up on the podium with a third. This marks the first podium for the Oregon native since his backflip crash in 2010.

The second semi was all local hero Justin Barcia throwing big whips for the fans and even a classic fist pump after the finish. The BTOSports.com rider Andrew “silent assassin” Short got close to Barcia but relaxed and backed it down to take second to ensure a main event transfer. Privateer Cody Gilmore put in a great ride as he rode well to gap the battle for fourth and fifth and that transferred him to his third straight Main Event of the year. Fourth and fifth was a battle royal as Weston Peick and Ronnie Stewart swapped positions many times and even had some words after the checkered flag due to some rough riding by Weston. Peick slammed Stewart on the last lap and Stewart felt it wasn’t necessary for such riding, as they both would have transferred easily to the Main anyway.

Muscle Milk Honda rider Justin Barcia struggled with starts all night and just missed the podium with a fourth place.

The 450 LCQ was dominated once again by the “King” of LCQ’s, Jimmy Albertson. The air wheelie was in full affect at the checkers much to the delight of the crowd! Mafia Moto Crew’s Nick Wey finished second with Tony Archer and Tevin Tapia rounding out the top four and transferring to the Main Event.

As the rain started to fall once again for the start of the 250 Main Event Jimmy DeCotis grabbed the $1,000 Nuclear Cowboyz holeshot money. Geico Honda’s Matt Bisceglia was in second until lap three where he made his move on DeCotis. Bisceglia stuffed his way to the inside and DeCotis slid out in the corner falling back to 12th. Bisceglia lead until lap six and that is when Justin Bogle made his move in the whoop section to take the lead. A lead he would never let go of. On lap seven Bisceglia stalled his bike in a tricky off-camber corner and relinquished second to Yamalube Star Racing’s Jeremy Martin. Martin clicked off consistent lap times throughout the main event not letting third place Vince Friese ever get close enough to smell blood. After his stall, Bisceglia worked his way up to fourth on lap 12 and set the fastest lap of the race, working his way up through the pack. At the checkers it was Justin Bogle taking a comfortable win and the points lead with Jeremy Martin second and Vince Friese rounding out the podium.

Team Geico Honda’s Justin Bogle took the “W” in the Main Event and also heads into Las Vegas as the East Coast Regional points leader.

The rain let up just in time for the 450 Main Event and Ryan Villopoto grabbed the holeshot and made it a boring race out front. James Stewart pulled off the track after a crash on the second lap. Unfortunately, it looked like he was holding his left knee on the way out of the stadium. Josh Hill followed Villo in second until lap eight where Geico Honda’s Eli Tomac made a pass through the whoops. Once in second Tomac began to pull away from Hill where the top three stayed until the checkered flag. The only real exciting battle on the track was for fourth between Ryan Dungey, Ken Roczen and Justin Barcia. Barcia managed to get by Roczen on lap 14 where he made a risky pass in the whoops using a lapper to his advantage. Roczen didn’t give up as he latched onto Barcia’s rear wheel and the two riders both passed Dungey on lap 16. Dungey seemed flustered by getting passed and slid out on the start straight corner. After 20 laps Ryan Villopoto clinched his fourth straight AMA Supercross title with one round left next week in Las Vegas, Nevada. Eli Tomac crossed the finish in second place and his second podium of the season. Josh Hill made his first podium of the season with a third place on the night. Barcia ended up holding tough for fourth and Roczen seemed to settle for fifth.

Ryan Villopoto pulled the holeshot and led all 20 laps in the Main Event to make it a three-race win streak.
Team Geico Honda’s Eli Tomac negotiates a rutted on/off section that was giving riders fits all night. By the end of the night most riders were rolling this section.

With the 450 title wrapped up leading into the final round in Las Vegas the focus goes to both 250 regional classes. Jason Anderson and Cole Seely will battle it out for the west coast title only separated by eight points. On the east coast we will see if Justin Bogle will hang onto his points lead and take his first title of his career.

Results

450 Class:

1. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)

2. Eli Tomac (Hon)

3. Josh Hill (Suz)

4. Justin Barcia (Hon)

5. Ken Roczen (KTM)

6. Ryan Dungey (KTM)

7. Mike Alessi (Suz)

8. Andrew Short (KTM)

9. Trey Canard (Hon)

10. Weston Peick (Suz)

Eastern Regional 250SX Class:

1. Justin Bogle (Hon)

2. Jeremy Martin (Yam)

3. Vince Friese (Hon)

4. Matt Bisceglia (Hon)

5. Matt Lemoine (Kaw)

6. Kyle Cunningham (Hon)

7. Alex Martin (Yam)

8. Mitchell Oldenburg (Hon)

9. Jimmy Decotis (Hon)

10. Jackson Richardson (Hon)