What Really Happened: Toronto Supercross and Concho Enduro

James Stewart and Justin Bogle took big wins across the border in Canada at the Toronto Supercross, while way down south in Blackwell, Texas, Charlie Mullins continued to dominate the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series by taking another win at the Concho Enduro. Here’s the scoop…

James Stewart (7) chases down Ken Roczen on his way to a big win in Canada. Photo By Don Brook

James Stewart made an incredible charge from the back of the pack to claim his fourth win of the season and 49th win of his career, which moved the Yoshimura Suzuki rider into sole possession of second place on the all-time supercross wins list behind Jeremy McGrath. And that was just the tip of the iceberg in an ultra eventful day of racing north of the border in Toronto, Canada.

Incredibly, Stewart was 14th after the start, which meant he had to pass the likes of Dean Wilson, Ryan Dungey, Ken Roczen and Ryan Villopoto (to name a few) just to get into second place behind early leader Justin Barcia. Using creative lines that no one else would attempt, including some impossible triples, Stewart managed to drop Barcia on lap 15 before kicking in the afterburners and pulling away to an easy victory in front of a stunned but appreciative crowd in the Rogers Centre.

“That was probably one of my best races ever, I’m speechless,” said Stewart. “To pass Ricky Carmichael and move into second on the all-time wins list is special. This hasn’t even set in yet. The fans kept me motivated tonight. I heard them through every pass, it was great.”

If it hadn’t been for a fall at the series opener at Anaheim I, Stewart would be in the thick of the championship chase after the last few races he’s had. As it is, he sits third in the standings, 14 points behind second place Ryan Dungey and 39 behind leader Ryan Villopoto.

Ryan Villopoto was suffering from the affects of food poisoning but still managed a sixth despite skipping practice. Photo By Don Brook

Villopoto’s story was an amazing one, too. The Monster Energy Kawasaki rider spent most of the day in the hospital suffering from a suspected case of food poisoning and didn’t even attempt to ride practice. However, due to his top-10 status, RV was able to take the final gate for one of the heat races and ultimately qualified for the main after taking second in his semi behind Weston Peick.

In the main, Villopoto gated well, and ran up front for a few laps before dropping off the pace and settling for a points-saving sixth.

“We made the best of a bad scenario,” said Villopoto. “I woke up in a lot of pain this morning and the Asterisk Mobile Medical Crew thought it was best I go to the hospital to get checked out. I got out of the hospital and was lucky to make it in time for the night show. We salvaged a lot of points and I’ll go to the doctor back home in California to make sure we’re ready for St. Louis next weekend.”

With Stewart coming on strong, Villopoto’s gutsy finish in Canada may very well have saved a championship.

Justin Barcia leads eventual winner James Stewart during the early stages of the main event. Photo By Don Brook

Justin Barcia turned in perhaps his best performance of the season in Toronto. The Team Muscle Milk Honda rider looked to have his first win of the year in the bag at the halfway point of the race, however, Stewart was in a class of his own, and Barcia eventually yielded to the Suzuki rider with just five laps to go in the race. Barcia’s contract is up in 2015 and there are rumors going around about where he will end up. Perhaps all the chatter has inspired Bam Bam.

Justin Bogle grabbed his first career AMA Supercross win in Canada. Photo By Don Brook

Justin Bogle has been gaining momentum all season and gradually moving up the order in the 250 SX East Supercross division; and in Toronto the Oklahoman finally put his GEICO Honda on the top step of the podium. After grabbing the holeshot, Bogle led all 15 laps and finished the race with a three-second advantage over runner-up Martin Davalos.

The East regional championship chase tightened up considerable when points leader Adam Cianciarulo pulled out of the main event with a dislocated shoulder. That left Bogle sitting third overall, just five points of the series points lead.

"I'm in the hunt for the championship, but I don't want to think about that," Bogle said. "What got me back in the hunt was trying to win races and going out and doing my thing. I'm going to keep doing that, and it'll play out how it plays out. Hopefully, it plays out in my favor."

With three rounds remaining on the schedule, Davalos leads the standings with 124 points, followed by his Monster Energy Pro Circuit teammate Cianciarulo at 120. Bogle sits one point behind Cianciarulo with 119.

Results

450 Class

1. James Stewart (Suz)

2. Justin Barcia (Hon)

3. Ryan Dungey (KTM)

4. Justin Brayton (Yam)

5. Ken Roczen (KTM)

6. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)

7. Weston Peick (Suz)

8. Dean Wilson (Kaw)

9. Josh Hill (Suz)

10. Matt Goerke (KTM)

250 Class

1. Justin Bogle (Hon)

2. Martin Davalos (Kaw)

3. Matthew Lemoine (Kaw)

4. Jeremy Martin (Yam)

5. Cole Thompson (KTM)

6. Vince Friese (Hon)

7. Alex Martin (Yam)

8. Kyle Cunningham (Hon)

9. AJ Catanzaro (Hon)

10. James Decotis (Hon)

Charlie Mullins grabbed his second win in a row in Texas. Photo By Shan Moore

Charlie Mullins is threatening to run away with this year’s Kenda AMA National Enduro Series unless someone steps up and stops him. The FMF/KTM rider took his second win of the season this weekend at the Concho Enduro in Blackwell, Texas, and he pretty much dominated it like he did the series opener in South Carolina.

Mullins won eight of 10 rounds en route to last year’s title, although he suffered mechanical problems at the Texas round and finish 11th.

“I had some bad luck last year at this race so it was good to get this win,” said Mullins. “I was solid all day and I had some fast tests, so I’m happy with how I rode and happy with the outcome.”

In Texas, Mullins won four of the six tests and took the win with a minute and 24 seconds to spare over second.

Grant Baylor scored a career best runner-up finish. Photo By Shan Moore

Grant Baylor rode a 450 KTM XC to second place at the Concho. The South Carolina rider is just big enough to manhandle the big orange bike and he took full advantage of the bike’s big power on the Concho’s fast and hard-packed terrain. Oh yeah, and there were plenty of rocks at this race, too, although that didn’t seem to slow Baylor down.

“My goal was to have a clean race and that’s what I did,” said Baylor. “I tried to be smooth and I didn’t hit the ground all day.”

Andrew DeLong rounded out the podium in third. Photo By Shan Moore

Factory Husqvarna Racing’s Andrew DeLong rounded out the podium with a solid third, despite getting off to a slow start.

“I didn’t want to destroy my tires right off the bat, so I took it a little too easy in the beginning, but you can’t do that. You have to be aggressive,” said DeLong. “I was a little more amped up after the first gas and I was able to pick up the pace and finish a little stronger.”

DeLong won the Texas race in 2013, but he’s only had his new Husky for about four weeks so let’s see what he can do after a few more races.

Results

1. Charlie Mullins (KTM)

2. Grant Baylor (KTM)

3. Andrew DeLong (Hsq)

4. Shane Hufford (KTM)

5. Nick Fahringer (Hsq)

6. Steward Baylor (KTM)

7. Jesse Groem (KTM)

8. Mike Lafferty (KTM)

9. Cole Kirkpatrick (KTM)

10. Brad Bakken (Yam)