Adam Cianciarulo made his way to the podium for the first time this season with consistent, strong riding and smart passes on his rivals. On a track that claimed many riders, Cianciarulo kept it steady and upright for an easy fifth place finish in the first moto. In the second moto Cianciarulo battled nearly the entire race with Jordan Smith. On the last lap Cianciarulo made his move on Smith and sprinted to a fourth place finish, enough for third overall. The series picks up again next weekend in Blountville, TN.
Martin Davalos rode a smooth and calculated race to land himself on the box. Second place for the night, but now first place in the 250cc East Coast series points.
The rest of the Thor Elite team showed heart. Ryan Villopoto arrived in Toronto ready to go, but woke up Saturday with a terrible illness. He finished just outside the top 5 in the main event after spending the whole day in the hospital.
Adam Cianciarulo dislocated his shoulder in practice, but he decided to continue on after having it reset. Fast forward to the main event.., he’s running second place early in the moto, and his shoulder pops out after the gnarly whoop section. He tries to roll it back in on his own, then pulls over to have the medical unit reset it. After all that, he still tries to continue. As anyone could guess, the pain must have been too much, forcing him to pull off and end his night.
The 2014 Supercross season returns to Detroit and the track proved to be a technical challenge. Loose pebbles, tight rhythm sections, and a turn that rode into the venue seating made for some interesting lines.
Ryan Villopoto once again proves that he has the speed this year to consistently run up front and finish the season strong with another podium finish, increasing his points lead to thirty over Dungey.
Adam Cianciarulo is proving to be the rookie to beat this season on the East Coast. In five races so far, he has never finished lower than second place, and has won three. In Detroit he rode smooth and stylish out front to finish on the top step.
Blake Baggett put in another strong performance in Detroit coming through the pack to finish in third.
Daytona Supercross is noted as being one of the most difficult rounds on the circuit. It truly separates the men from the boys. And our Thor Elite Pros came out to show the rest of the field who’s boss.
250 Heat 1: Blake Baggett gets warmed up by leading from holeshot to finish.
250 Heat 2: Martin Davalos beats teammate Adam Cianciarulo after he suffers some bike issues.
450 Heat 1: Ryan Villopoto looks smooth and fast on the rough track.
450 Heat 2: Dean Wilson beats some of the top 450 riders in Heat 2 to prove he is ready for the premiere class.
250 Main: Davalos takes the Holeshot and the early lead. Baggett consistently clicks off the fastest laps to walk away with the win. Adam Cianciarulo finds some mid-moto strength to pass his teammate and steal 2nd place from Davalos.
Final podium: Baggett, Cianciarulo, and Davalos. Making it the second Pro Circuit podium sweep of the East Coast 250 class.
450 Main: Villopoto takes his third win of the season in dominating fashion, extending his points lead to 28 over Dungey.
The most technical track of the year so far, proved to be difficult and rewarding at the same time.
Adam rode a smart, smooth race to claim the top step. Congrats on your second win bud!
Martin Davalos had the early lead and looked like the guy to win, but a slick spot on the track stole his glory. He was able to remount and cruise to second place. A great regrouping to stay in the points chase.
The clay was red and the whoops were gnarly… 2014 Atlanta Supercross proved to be an awesome round of racing.
Villopoto rode the Georgia clay like the champ he is, and walked away with a second place finish, retaining the red plate.
Martin Davalos proves that he belongs up front this year with his first ever 250 Supercross win. Congrats MD.
Adam Cianciarulo struggled with the two whoop sections during the heat races, but regrouped in the Main Event with a runner up finish. He’ll remain the points leader going into Indianapolis.
After watching the West Coast Pro Circuit team race for the last 6 weeks, the East Coast crew has been itching to hit the gate. And boy, they came out swinging.
Adam Cianciarulo, Blake Baggett, and Martin Davalos crushed the 250 field by winning both heat races, grabbing the holeshot in the main, and sweeping the podium.
In his first professional Supercross race ever, Adam Cianciarulo rode calmly like a seasoned vet to take home the win. Congrats buddy.
After breaking his foot in 10 places before the Supercross season started, Blake Baggett made a strong showing with a Second place finish.
Martin Davalos was setting the fastest 250 class lap times all day. After a heat race win, he pulled the early lead in the Main Event. But, the tricky Texas dirt took away the top step of the podium for him, after a couple of small errors. Martin was able to remount, and attack to a third place finish.
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Not only did Ryan Villopoto make a statement with his 1-1 moto sweep at RedBud in Buchanan, Mich., he benefitted from mistakes made by his closest rival in the chase for the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. Villopoto bounced back from a two-round hiatus from the top of the 450 Class podium and walked out of Round 7 with a massive 42-point lead in the championship standings.
Thanks to past success at previous visits to the Red Bud National, Thor’s Josh Grant came into the seventh round more confident than ever. He started the day on fire, getting out to the holeshot in the opening moto and leading the first three laps. Once Grant settled in, he maintained a solid pace to come across the finish in third. Grant almost repeated his start from Moto 1 and set himself up for another good race. When the scores were tallied, Grant’s 3-5 moto scores were enough to stand on the overall podium for the first time this season in third.
In the stacked 250 Class, starts have become important component of race strategy. Marvin Musquin proved once again that he was able to make it happen out of the gate and ran up near the front of the field all afternoon. His consistent 3-4 moto scores nearly landed him on the podium, but the Frenchman happily took fourth overall. Musquin’s performance at RedBud also moved him into third in the championship standings.
It’s been an up and down year for defending 250 Class Champion Blake Baggett, but he continued to show his resilience at the RedBud National. In the first moto, Baggett made a good push to the front after starting outside the top 20, eventually finishing inside the top 10 in eighth. In the second moto, Baggett was running well and finished 10th to secure ninth overall.
In just his third professional race, Adam Cianciarulo continued to adapt to brand new circuits and the heightened pace of professional competition. Despite the learning curve, Cianciarulo continued to impress at RedBud. His opening moto had him finishing just outside the top 10 in 11th, while a great come-from-behind ride in Moto 2 saw him go from 38th to 15th. His 11-15 moto scores placed him 12th overall.
Another rider showing determination was veteran Darryn Durham. His opening moto was a fight until the end where Durham came back from a crash to score 18th. He picked it up in the second moto, finishing 13th to place 14th overall.
Like his teammate Cianciarulo, Justin Hill is another rookie learning the ropes of the 250 Class. After having to retire early in the opening moto with a bike issue, Hill was ready for redemption in the second moto. With the last gate pick in Moto 2 that forced him to start way outside, Hill came around the first lap in 23rd and went to work. He made his way all the way up to 14th, finishing the day 18th overall.
Two riders that were absent from the starting gate on Saturday were Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki riders Tyla Rattray and Martin Davalos. Rattray suffered a crash during practice that ultimately forced him to forego competition. Davalos has been recovering from an illness that has kept him out of the past three rounds, but is expected to return at Round 8 in two weeks.
The riders get a weekend off before heading to the beautiful Pacific Northwest for the annual stop at Washougal MX Park in Washougal, Wash., just outside Portland, Ore.
Photos: Simon Cudby