Ryan Villopoto
Feb 13

SX: The Holeshot San Diego — 22 Takeaways From Round 6

James Stewart captures first Monster Energy Supercross win of the season. (Photo: Monster Energy Supercross / Hoppenworld)

captures first win of the season. (Photo: Supercross / Hoppenworld)

The Military Appreciation Race set the tone for an incredible night of action in last Saturday as the entire industry honored the millions of service men and women who are willing to risk their lives in defense of our country. It was one of the most heartwarming nights in Monster Energy Supercross history and the racing provided a fitting display of the world’s best riders. It was a great way for these men to show their gratitude to the military.

Each week, The Holeshot will provide 22 takeaways – a full starting gate – from the most recent round of action.

1. It was a great visual overload in the pits and on the track in San Diego as many bikes and riders were adorned in camouflage and other military-themed designs and colors for the event.

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Feb 9

SX: Stewart Wins In San Diego; Reed Crashes Out

James Stewart became the fourth different rider in six races to win a 450SX Class Main Event. (Photo: Simon Cudby)

became the fourth different rider in six races to win a 450SX Class Main Event. (Photo: Simon Cudby)

James Stewart was the class of the field Saturday night at Qualcomm Stadium in , Calif., leading wire-to-wire to earn his first victory of the season.

The two-time series Champion worked his way into first on the opening lap and held off reigning Champion to lead all 20 laps and pick up his first win in nearly one year.

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Feb 2

SX: Reed Wins Final Stop In Anaheim

Chad Reed (22) held off a hard-charging Ken Roczen (94) to win Anaheim 3. (Photo: Simon Cudby)

(22) held off a hard-charging (94) to win 3. (Photo: Simon Cudby)

Chad Reed backed up his Anaheim 2 victory with a wire-to-wire win Saturday night at the third and final Anaheim race.

The 31-year-old moved into the lead on the first lap and fought off a determined Ken Roczen to score his second win of the 2014 season.

“It was a tough racetrack tonight,” said Reed. “It was about making smart choices and putting yourself in a good position to ride 20 solid laps. This win means more to me than the last one [on January 18] where I came from behind because it’s tougher to go out there and lead all 20 laps. We had our bike dialed in tonight and it was one of those nights where it felt one with me.”

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Feb 1

SX: Anaheim 3 Practice Report – Kawasaki On Top In Both Classes

Points leader Ryan Villopoto rides into Anaheim 3 as the fastest qualifier. (Photo: Supercrossonline.com / Frank Hoppen)

Points leader rides into 3 as the fastest qualifier. (Photo: Supercrossonline.com / Frank Hoppen)

Kawasaki Team Green appears to be the team to beat at Anaheim 3 with their riders claiming the top qualifying spots. Ryan Villopoto set the fastest time in the 450 Class while Dean Wilson was nearly a second quicker than his 250 Class rivals.

Riding the momentum from his dominant win last weekend, Villopoto set a best lap of 1:02.295 in the closing minutes of the third and final practice session. tried to bump the Champ from the top spot on his final lap, but it was only good enough for second. qualified third followed by the Red Bull KTM duo of and .

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Feb 1

SX: The Power Rankings – Oakland 450 Class

Ryan Villopoto grabbed a dominant win in Oakland. (Photo: Monster Energy Kawasaki)

grabbed a dominant win in . (Photo: Kawasaki)

Ryan Villopoto returned to the top step of the podium in Oakland with this season’s most dominant effort. He also returned to the top of the point standings and will be looking to put a stamp on is surge of momentum this weekend. Villopoto’s accomplishments in the Bay Area move him back atop the Power Rankings this week.

Each week, The Power Rankings will recognize the movers and shakers in Monster Energy .

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