AMASX: Round #16 Supercross Race Preview – MetLife Stadium, NJ


Ryan Villopoto race action shot Supercross Media Press Release: This Saturday night MetLife Stadium host its first-ever Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, race, where 3-time defending champion Ryan Villopoto will race for his 4th consecutive title in the 450SX Class. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Martin Davalos brings an 8-point lead in the Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship as he closes in on his first-ever title. Villopoto, a native of the Seattle area, expects to close out another championship-winning year by winning his 4th title at the same venue that the Seattle Seahawks did earlier this year with a Super Bowl victory. The winner of 5 races this season, Villopoto has established a 48-point lead in the points race and has been the most consistent rider with an average finish of 2.6.
James Stewart race action shot The hotly contested battle for second place in the championship pits 2 former champions in Yoshimura Suzuki’s Stewart and Red Bull KTM’s Dungey. Stewart, a 2-time champion to Dungey’s one, has a 3-point advantage. Team Honda/Muscle Milk’s Justin Barcia will serve as the race’s hometown hero as a native of nearby Patterson, N.J. Currently fifth in the season standings, Barcia, a 2-time career race winner, looks to score the first win of his 2014 season to narrow the 35-point gap that Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen for 4th place and extend Honda’s undefeated streak in East Rutherford to 5-0. Some key insights into this weekend’s race are: – First Monster Energy Supercross race in the New York metropolitan area in 23 years – Villopoto is racing for his 4th consecutive championship and 40th race win – Honda has never lost a 450SX Class in East Rutherford – Davalos is racing for his first-ever championship and third race win – Villopoto and James Stewart are separated by one point in the Toyota Triple Challenge and Stewart leads Ryan Dungey in the race for second place in the 450SX Class season standings by 3 points
Martin Davalos race action shot Villopoto put an exclamation point on his rise to the top at the championship’s last race at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field before 53,927 fans, winning his fifth race of the season. Stewart hoped to spoil Villopoto’s run for the win in the early stages of the race but settled for second overall. Dungey rounded out the field in third. The hometown win for Villopoto marked the second of his career. “I don’t think I’ve ever raced in front of a crowd cheering me on this loud. It’s tough to race at home and in the past I haven’t been that stellar here, so to have a race like that is awesome,” said Villopoto, who’s first career 450SX Class win came in Seattle during his 2009 rookie season. “With [James Stewart] and [Ryan Dungey] standing up here next to me, getting a win is huge. I’m not thinking about the championship right now, but it does feel good to have an opportunity to wrap up the title in New York in a couple weeks.”


Supercross LIVE! 2014 – Press Day in E. Rutherford with Ryan Dungey:

Through the first 5 races of the Eastern Regional Championship, Davalos battled with teammates Adam Cianciarulo, who at one point had the points lead but suffered a season-ending shoulder injury, and Blake Baggett. MetLife Stadium will serve as the final stop of the Toyota Triple Challenge that posted $ 250,000 and a 2014 Toyota Tundra for the winner of the third stop in Anaheim, Arlington, Texas and East Rutherford, N.J. Stewart has a one-point lead over Stewart in this mini-series. Fun Facts: – The host venue of the Super Bowl has also played host to Monster Energy Supercross in the same season 15 times – A NFC team has won the game 10 times and with the Seahawks win this year at MetLife, the AFC has won 6 times – Villopoto can become the first rider to win a Monster Energy Supercross title in the same year that his hometown NFL achieved the same accomplishment

East Rutherford 4/26/14 – Monster Energy Supercross Animated Track Map:

The state-of-the-art MetLife Stadium, in the greater New York Metropolitan area, is not only one of the newest venues in the country, but it sits on one of the most iconic pieces of land in the history of major sports competition. For more than 30 years, The Meadowlands, which was torn down a few years ago and replaced with the beautiful MetLife Stadium, has been the site of some of the biggest events in sports and entertainment, including a 5-year period with Monster Energy Supercross in the late 80s and early 90s. 450SX Class Results: Seattle 1.     Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki 2.     James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki 3.     Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM 4.     Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda 5.     Justin Barcia, Pinetta, Fla., Honda 6.     Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda 7.     Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM 8.     Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM 9.     Josh Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Suzuki 10.    Mike Alessi, Hilliard, Fla., Suzuki 450SX Class Season Standings: 1.     Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 318 2.     James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki, 270 3.     Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 267 4.     Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 249 5.     Justin Barcia, Pinetta, Fla., Honda, 214 6.     Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C., Yamaha, 196 7.     Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM, 194 8.     Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki, 126 9.     Josh Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Suzuki, 124 10.    Wil Hahn, Menifee, Calif., Honda, 122

Supercross LIVE! 2014 – Official Post Show from Seattle:

Western Regional 250SX Class Results: Seattle Cole Seely, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Honda Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., KTM Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Kawasaki Dean Wilson, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Kawasaki Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., Honda Zach Osborne, Chesterfield, S.C., Honda Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha Jake Canada, Sun City, Calif., Honda Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda Shane McElrath, Chesterfield, S.C., Honda Western Regional 250SX Class Season Standings: Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., KTM, 178 Cole Seely, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Honda, 170 Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Kawasaki, 139 Dean Wilson, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Kawasaki, 138 Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha, 121 Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda, 121 Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., Honda, 103 Zach Osborne, Chesterfield, S.C., Honda, 100 Shane McElrath, Chesterfield, S.C., Honda, 96 Jake Canada, Sun City, Calif., Honda, 72 Toyota Triple Challenge Standings: James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki, 39 Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo Wash., Kawasaki, 38 Justin Barcia, Pinetta, Fla., Honda, 38 Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 37 Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C., Yamaha, 31 Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Kawasaki, 25 Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM, 23 Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 22 Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Suzuki, 16 Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki, 14 1991 450SX Class Results: East Rutherford 1.     Jeff Stanton, Sherwood, Mich., Honda 2.     Damon Bradshaw, Charlotte, N.C., Yamaha 3.     Mike LaRocco, La Porte, In., Suzuki 4.     Jean-Michel Bayle, France, Honda 5.     Guy Cooper, Stillwater, Okla., Suzuki 6.     Jeff Matiasevich, La Habra Heights, Calif., Kawasaki 7.     Mike Kiedrowski, Canyon Country, Calif., Kawasaki 8.     Mike Fisher, Santee, Calif., KTM 9.     Dough Dubach, Costa Mesa, Calif., Yamaha 10.    Ron Tichenor, Palm Harbor, Fla., Suzuki 1991 250SX Class Results: East Rutherford 1.     Brian Swink, Fenton, Mich., Honda 2.     Michael Brown, Gray, Tenn., Honda 3.     Doug Henry, Torrington, Conn., Yamaha 4.     Chris Coleman, Skaneateles, N.Y., Kawasaki 5.     Barry Carsten, Bayville, N.J., Suzuki 6.     Cliff Palmer, Del City, Okla., Suzuki 7.     Chris Neal, Hollister, Calif., Suzuki 8.     Jeff Glass, Duncansville, Penn., Honda 9.     David Beckington, Saline, Mich., Suzuki 10.    Ty Wallace, Boyertown, Penn., Kawasaki Past Winners in East Rutherford: 450SX Class: May 18, 1991 – Jeff Stanton May 19, 1990 – Jean-Michel Bayle May 6, 1989 – Jeff Stanton May 14, 1988 – Rick Johnson June 7, 1987 – Rick Johnson 250SX Class: May 18, 1991 – Brian Swink May 19, 1990 – Denny Stephenson May 6, 1989 – Damon Bradshaw May 14, 1988 – Mike LaRocco June 7, 1987 – Keith Tuprin For the first time ever, the entire Monster Energy Supercross season will air on FOX Sports.  Catch every Monster Energy Supercross race Saturday night on FOX Sports 1 (4teen races) and FOX Sports 2 (3 races) including next-day re-airs on FOX Sports 1. For more information: www.supercrossonline.com

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