The 2014 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series is three rounds old, including Anaheim 1, Phoenix and Anaheim 2. We have three different winners, including rookie Ken Roczen (KTM) at Anaheim 1, defending champ Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki) at Phoenix, and veteran Chad Reed (Kawasaki) at Anaheim 2. Five riders are within five points of the series lead, including Roczen, Villopoto, Reed, past champion Ryan Dungey (KTM) and Justin Brayton (Yamaha).
Let’s not forget two-time champ James Stewart (Suzuki) who nearly won Anaheim 2 before a charging Reed passed him with two laps remaining. Stewart had a crash-fest at Anaheim 1, so he sits 16 points back of the lead.
Rookie Roczen (pictured above) has to be the big surprise, as he came out of the gate in Round 1 to mix it up with three-time champ Villopoto without flinching. Nevertheless, I can’t remember seeing so many riders line up for a 450 main event with a ligitimate chance at the win. Even Justin Brayton, who beat Villopoto straight-up in a heat race at Anaheim 2.
Two-time champ Reed loves his new Kawasaki, and was the fastest, if also the oldest, rider on the track at Anaheim 2. His confidence will be sky high for the Oakland round this weekend. We don’t cover the series race-by-race (although you will see reports from each round in our Industry Press Release section), but we will periodically report on this exciting year in supercross.