Following yesterday’s announcement that neither points leader Martin Davalos nor third-place holder Blake Baggett will compete Saturday night in New York for Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki, the Monster Energy Supercross 250SX East Region received a major shakeup, especially with rookie sensation Adam Cianciarulo already out of the picture.
As a result of the heartbreaking news out of the Pro Circuit camp, just one of the top four riders in the championship will be racing inside MetLife Stadium – Justin Bogle. As the most dominant team in the region throughout the 2014 season, the realization that there will not be a single Pro Circuit Kawasaki bike on the track Saturday night all but ensures Bogle will earn his first career title. In fact, without Pro Circuit in the mix Bogle’s only other challengers still within a mathematical shot at the title are privateers Vince Friese (-41) and Kyle Cunningham (-47).
Attrition has been unusually high in 2014 across the board, with four of the top 10 riders in the East Region out of action and riders like Chad Reed, Wil Hahn, Justin Brayton and Broc Tickle out of commission in the premier class. Even Bogle wasn’t sure he would be able to race at all in 2014 after a huge crash in preseason testing left him with multiple injuries, including a broken back.
While it’s unfortunate the captivating stories of both Cianciarulo and nine-year veteran Davalos wont end with a championship or any more wins, it’s just another harsh truth about this inherently dangerous sport. No rider is ever in the clear until the title is officially his. There are simply too many variables constantly in play considering these athletes are riding at their physical limit upwards of five days a week when you factor in the races.
Davalos’ injury came mere days ago while preparing for New York, while Cianciarulo’s happened as he was gunning for a fourth career win at the race in Toronto. Adversity can strike at any moment and while things are looking good for Bogle, he’ll be the first one to tell you that nothing is done until he’s holding the No. 1 plate in his hands.
Bogle has had to endure his own hardships since turning pro in 2011. He and supercross have never had a great relationship, and that looked to continue this season. However, when Bogle learned he would be able to line up for the start of the East Region, it’s as if he realized the opportunity that lied ahead. Bogle has been considered one of the sport’s most promising young riders but injures have hindered his ability to show what he’s capable of. This season he has made consistent gains each week and finally broke through for his first career win in Toronto. He’s finished on the podium in five of seven races this season and if he can replicate those statistics tomorrow, he will be crowned champion.
In the sport of supercross one rider’s loss is always another’s gain, and given what has happened in the East Region over the last 24 hours, that truth is clearly evident.Adam Cianciarulo, Blake Baggett, Martin Davalos, New Jersey, Supercross