Race Report: Daytona

Race Report: Daytona

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Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto moved one step closer to history following a dominating performance at round 10 of Monster Energy Supercross at Daytona International Speedway. Heading into the event, the three-time and defending champion held a 23-point lead over Ryan Dungey in his quest to join Jeremy McGrath as the only riders to achieve four consecutive premier class titles. Villopoto tamed the notoriously rough Daytona circuit en route to an impressive win—his first since round 4 in Oakland—increasing his lead to 28 over Dungey.

In 250SX, we can officially put to rest any notion that Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki has “lost a step”, as the green crew sweep the podium for the second time in four races. Entering Daytona 18 points back of rookie teammate Adam Cianciarulo, Blake Baggett took advantage of the rough terrain to capture his first win of the season, and his first since Las Vegas in 2011. Cianciarulo still maintains control of the points lead following a second, with Martin Davalos finishing off the Pro Circuit podium sweep.

Photo: Simon Cudby
In just his second career 450SX race, Dean Wilson, filling in for the injured Chad Reed, grabbed the holeshot. It was short lived, as Villopoto (pictured) quickly took command of the race. Mike Alessi, known for his holeshot artistry, was unable to squeeze through and crashed in the first turn. He would rebound to finish fourteenth.
Photo: Simon Cudby
Photo: Simon Cudby
Villopto was a force under the lights, as he opened a sizable gap on the field early in the race. Meanwhile, Ryan Dungey, second in points entering the night, was left in a tight battle for podium position with Wilson, and eventually teammate Ken Roczen.
Photo: Simon Cudby
Photo: Simon Cudby
With Dungey applying pressure, Roczen was able to capitalize, quickly inserting himself into the battle for second. Roczen struck first on lap 11, getting by both Dungey and Wilson to firmly grasp second. Then Dungey struck, passing Wilson shortly after. Dungey wasn’t able to make a charge after Roczen, while Wilson struggled down the stretch—eventually holding off a late charge from Matt Goerke to finish seventh.
Photo: Simon Cudby
Photo: Simon Cudby
Lucas Oil/Troy Lee Designs Honda’s Malcolm Stewart was impressive in his 450SX debut, running inside the top five early. But a late collision with Justin Barcia left both on the ground and Malcolm out of the race with bike problems.
Photo: Simon Cudby
Photo: Simon Cudby It was a rough night all around for the Stewart family, as James damaged his bike in the first turn after running into Alessi. He would have to pull into the mechanics area before rejoining the race and finish 18th.
Photo: Simon Cudby
Photo: Simon Cudby Soaring Eagle/RCH Suzuki’s Broc Tickle continued his string of impressive performances with a career-high fourth in Daytona.
Photo: Simon Cudby
Ryan Villopoto went unchallenged en route to his third victory of the season. Photo: Simon Cudby
Ryan Villopoto went unchallenged en route to his third victory of the season.
Photo: Simon Cudby
Red Bull KTM rounded out the podium with a 2-3 performance. Photo: Simon Cudby
Red Bull KTM rounded out the podium with a 2-3 performance. Photo: Simon Cudby
Photo: Simon Cudby
Starts have been the Achilles heel of Blake Baggett in 2014, but at Daytona, he started right behind teammates Martin Davalos and Adam Cianciarulo, and was able to use the great jump to quickly take control of the race.
Photo: Simon Cudby
Photo: Simon Cudby Cianciarulo found his way around his teammate Davalos, but was never able to make a serious charge on Baggett. The rookie still holds the red plate following a second place finish.
Photo: Simon Cudby
Davalos would finish third on the night giving Pro Circuit a 1-2-3 finish. Photo: Simon Cudby
Davalos would finish third on the night giving Pro Circuit a 1-2-3 finish. Photo: Simon Cudby
Photo: Simon Cudby Blake Wharton rebounded from a tough race last weekend to finish fourth in Daytona.
Photo: Simon Cudby
Photo: Simon Cudby Following a disappointing start to the season Jeremy Martin had his best finish of the season at Daytona.
Photo: Simon Cudby
It was an all green podium at Daytona.  Photo: Simon Cudby
It was an all green podium at Daytona.  Photo: Simon Cudby

450SX Overall

  1. Ryan Villopoto
  2. Ken Roczen
  3. Ryan Dungey
  4. Broc Tickle
  5. Andrew Short
  6. Wil Hahn
  7. Dean Wilson
  8. Matt Goerke
  9. Justin Brayton
    10. Josh Grant

11. Cole Seely

12. Justin Barcia

13. Phil Nicoletti

14. Mike Alessi

15. Josh Hill

16. Chris Blose

17. Jimmy Albertson

18. James Stewart

19. Nick Schmidt

20. Ronnie Stewart

21. Malcolm Stewart

22. Nick Wey

 250SX Overall

1. Blake Baggett
2. Adam Cianciarulo
3. Martin Davalos
4. Blake Wharton
5. Justin Bogle
6. Jeremy Martin
7. Matt Bisceglia
8. Vince Friese
9. Kyle Cunningham
10. Matt Lemoine
11. Kyle Peters
12. Jimmy Decotis
13. Cole Thompson
14. Alex Martin
15. Mitchell Oldenburg
16. Gavin Faith
17. Jackson Richardson
18. Justin Starling
19. AJ Catanzaro
20. Jacob Baumert
21. Auston Albers
22. Jace Owen

450SX Point Standings

1. Ryan Villopoto 209
2. Ryan Dungey 181
3. Ken Roczen 180
4. James Stewart 157
5. Justin Brayton 155
6. Andrew Short 125
7. Justin Barcia 118
8. Chad Reed 111
9. Broc Tickle 111
10. Wil Hahn 108

 250SX East Region Point Standings

1. Adam Cianciarulo 94
2. Martin Davalos 87
3. Blake Baggett 79
4. Justin Bogle 72
5. Vince Friese 61
6. Blake Wharton 51
7. Cole Thompson 48
8. Kyle Cunningham 45
9. Jimmy Decotis 43
10. Matt Lemoine 37

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