AURORA, Ill. (January 2, 2014) – Since the inception of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, in 1974, the 250SX Class has served as the breeding ground for the future stars of the sport. A collection of youthful exuberance has often led to some of the most memorable moments of each season. Culminating with the celebration of the 40th anniversary for the 2014 season, the 250SX Class will arguably feature its most talented field to date.
The 250SX Class is distinctly different from its 450SX Class counterpart, dividing up the 17-race season into respective Western and Eastern Regional Championships. The Western Regional season will take center stage for the first six races of the year before giving way to the Eastern Regional competitors for eight weeks. The Western Regional season wraps up over the course of two more weeks before both regions come together in May at Las Vegas to host the final race in each respective title fight and prepare for one of the most exciting races of the season and one of the hallmarks of the 250SX Class – the Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Shootout. For one time only, each region will face off in a best-of-the best race to determine which 250SX Class of riders stands above the rest. A season of anticipation culminates with one captivating showcase of the world’s best young riders.
This year’s collection of competitors features a unique mix of aspiring youngsters and experienced veterans that should lead to great action throughout the Monster Energy Supercross season. Leading the way are Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson and Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin. As the two winningest riders in the division, they are considered to be two heavy favorites as each rider seeks his first Monster Energy Supercross title in their final season of 250SX Class competition.
Joining Wilson and Musquin as former winners are Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki riders Blake Baggett and Darryn Durham, Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil Honda’s Cole Seely, Rockstar Energy Racing’s Jason Anderson, and Blake Wharton. Each of these riders have proven they have the ability to take the checkered flag and will challenge their rivals week in and week out.
Another strong contingent of riders who have yet to find their way to the top of the podium are going to give it their all in hopes of becoming factors in the respective championships. Longtime veterans Martin Davalos, who rides for Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki, and Kyle Cunningham, of MotoConcepts Racing, spearhead this group as the duo brings the most on-track experience of any competitor to the 2014 season. These two are flanked by GEICO Honda’s Zach Bell, Justin Bogle, and Zach Osborne, Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil Honda’s Malcolm Stewart and Jessy Nelson, as well as second year riders Jeremy Martin, of Star Racing Yamaha, and Joey Savatgy, with Rockstar Energy Racing.
This collection of riders already cements the 2014 field as one of the best of all time, but the addition of four of the most successful amateur racers in history – each of whom will embark on their rookie Monster Energy Supercross seasons in 2014 – is sure to add even more excitement to the upcoming season. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo and Star Racing Yamaha’s Cooper Webb established a longstanding rivalry in their youth that is sure to carry into their professional careers. As two of the most acclaimed amateurs in history, many will be eager to see what this pair is capable of at the professional level. Additionally, GEICO Honda’s Matt Bisceglia and Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil Honda’s Shane McElrath will do whatever they can to add their names to the long list of contenders for the upcoming season.
For the first-time ever, the entire Monster Energy Supercross season will air live on FOX Sports. FOX Sports 1 will air 13 races live and FOX Sports 2 will air four races live, in addition to every race re-airing on FOX Sports 2. The live Monster Energy Supercross programming on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2 also includes live coverage on the authenticated FOX Sports Go app.
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