With the 2014 Monster Energy Supercross title likely getting wrapped up this weekend, it’s time to review the respective championship efforts of the top five riders this season.
Practice has wrapped up inside CenturyLink Field, home of the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks. Weather has been uncharacteristically stellar in the days leading up to the race and continues to be great today, making for one of the driest Seattle tracks in recent memory. As a result, the track is breaking down with deep ruts and a rocky surface. When combined with its technicality it has the makings for an unpredictable night of action.
Ryan Villopoto has a fourth consecutive title within reach entering his home race and needs just five points over James Stewart and Ryan Dungey to clinch the championship in Seattle. However, Villopoto has just one 450SX Class win in four attempts at Seattle (he missed 2010 due to injury), which makes for the most intriguing storyline of the evening.
Practice has wrapped up inside Houston’s NRG Stadium and some great dirt combined with a fast-yet-technical layout has set the tone for what will be a dramatic night of competition. While Ryan Villopoto sits well in control of his own destiny atop the 450SX Class standings, any mistake could have major consequences as several of his rivals can attest. The 250SX West Region is also back in action as Jason Anderson and Cole Seely prepare to resume their title fight.
FOX Sports 1 will air all the action from Houston live, beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET with Ralph Sheheen, Jeff Emig, Jeremy McGrath and Jenny Taft. Here are the storylines to watch out for when the gate drops.
James Stewart maintained his spot as the hottest rider in Monster Energy Supercross by claiming his third consecutive victory in St. Louis and his fifth of the 2014 season. While his surge may be too little too late in terms of the championship, it’s been fun to see some vintage Stewart do what only he can out on the track. His streak is the reason why he sits atop The Power Rankings.
Each week, The Power Rankings will recognize the movers and shakers in Monster Energy Supercross.
Monster Energy Kawasaki formally announced today that rookie Adam Cianciarulo will miss the remainder of the 2014 Monster Energy Supercross season for the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki 250SX East Region effort. Cianciarulo will undergo surgery to repair his left shoulder, which was injured this past weekend in Toronto.
Cianciarulo entered his first season of Monster Energy Supercross as a rider to watch thanks to one of the most successful amateur motocross careers in history. Cianciarulo made his pro debut last summer in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, but a brutal bout with salmonella poisoning put him behind the eight ball from the get go and ultimately prevented him from showing his true potential.