James Stewart made his return to the top step of the podium in Detroit with a vintage ride in which he led 19 of 20 laps and tied Ricky Carmichael for second on the all-time wins list at 48. Unfortunately for Stewart and the rest of the 450SX Class field, Ryan Villopoto had a strong night as well in second and continues to sit atop the Power Rankings this week.
Each week, The Power Rankings will recognize the movers and shakers in Monster Energy Supercross.
1. Ryan Villopoto – Monster Energy Kawasaki (Last Week: 1 / No Change)
Villopoto is officially in championship winning mode. With no real urgency to win, RV can simply post podium results and force his rivals to get the job done while essentially standing in their way. The champ will likely win a few more times before the season is over, but the biggest thing for him from here on out will be to stay out of trouble.
2. Ryan Dungey – Red Bull KTM (Last Week: 2 / No Change)
Dungey grabbed his fifth consecutive podium finish last week in third and continues to be the most consistent rider in the series right now. Unfortunately, Dungey still lost ground to Villopoto and will need to really put an emphasis on winning if he’s going to have any hopes of making this title fight interesting.
3. James Stewart – Yoshimura Suzuki (Last Week: 4 / +1)
We’ve known Stewart has had that kind of speed all season, but things just have been very up and down for the former champ. He ended a tough stretch with that win in Detroit, so let’s see what he does with this momentum.
4. Ken Roczen – Red Bull KTM (Last Week: 3 / -1)
What a tough break for Roczen. He was right where he needed to be until a rock lodged itself in his rear brake and froze up the wheel. He lost a ton of time trying to figure it out and now has two 1-point outings over the last three weeks. The rookie is learning the harsh reality this sport can bring.
5. Andrew Short – BTOSports.com KTM (Last Week: 5 / +1)
Don’t look now but Shorty is coming on strong for the second half of the season. He grabbed a season-best result in Detroit (4th) and is quickly catching Justin Brayton in the standings. The veteran is as solid and reliable as they come and he’s proving that on a team with nowhere near the funding of the factory juggernauts. Really impressive.
6. Broc Tickle – RCH Racing / Soaring Eagle Suzuki (Last Week: 7 / +1)
Just like Short, Tickle has also been moving in the right direction in recent weeks. The entire RCH squad is starting to come into its own and Tickle is the one leading the way. He and Short have a bit of a rivalry, so let’s see if they keep pushing one another to get better.
7. Justin Brayton – Toyota/Yamaha/N-Fab/JGRMX (Last Week: 6 / -1)
After starting the year on a hot streak, Brayton has endured the last few weeks. A lot of it has been the result of some bad starts, which usually is one of Brayton’s strong points. He’s bound to get back in the mix.
8. Justin Barcia – Team Honda Muscle Milk (Last Week: Not Ranked)
Bam Bam was back up towards the front in Detroit after a tough Daytona. He’s still looking for that consistency to be in the hunt each week, but his fifth-place finish is a good place to start.
9. Dean Wilson – Discount Tire Racing/TwoTwo Motorsports
(Last Week: 9 / No Change)
Wilson has the tools to be successful in the 450SX Class, but he needs to find a way to work through the arm pump that has plagued him pretty much all season. Dean was in the mix up front for the second straight week but faded in the end. He’s shown improvement each week, so we’ll see if he can put together 20 solid laps and get the result he deserves.
10. Wil Hahn – GEICO Honda (Last Week: 8 / -2)
Hahn’s had a mix of bad luck and some great efforts this season. In fact, he’s been one of the best riders in the series in recent weeks even though his results haven’t necessarily been an indicator of how well he’s rode.
Biggest Movers: James Stewart, Andrew Short, Broc Tickle (+1)
Biggest Drop: Wil Hahn (-2)
Dropped Out: Matt Goerke (11th in Detroit)