James Stewart maintained his spot as the hottest rider in Monster Energy Supercross by claiming his third consecutive victory in St. Louis and his fifth of the 2014 season. While his surge may be too little too late in terms of the championship, it’s been fun to see some vintage Stewart do what only he can out on the track. His streak is the reason why he sits atop The Power Rankings.
Each week, The Power Rankings will recognize the movers and shakers in Monster Energy Supercross.
1. James Stewart – Yoshimura Suzuki (Previously: 3 / +2)
Interesting tidbit? Stewart hasn’t won back-to-back-to-back races since his championship-winning 2009 campaign. Stewart talked about how happy he was entering the season and through some trials and tribulations, he’s riding at the level he expected to be at since Anaheim 1. Surely Villopoto has a small sense of relief it took until this point before he had to start worrying about JS7.
2. Ryan Villopoto – Monster Energy Kawasaki (Previously: 1 / -1)
He avoided disaster in Toronto and was right back in top form last weekend in St. Louis. He’s in championship mode right now and just needs to keep doing what he’s doing. He still has a win or two left in him.
3. Justin Barcia – Team Honda Muscle Milk (Previously: 8 / +5)
BamBam is coming on strong and appears to finally be gelling with his Honda in the late stages of the season. It’s been a tough sophomore campaign to say the least, but Barcia’s showing his resiliency and could steal a win before the season wraps up if he keeps riding this well.
4. Ryan Dungey – Red Bull KTM (Previously: 2 / -2)
Not a good ending to Dungey’s night in St. Louis with an uncharacteristic mistake on the final lap. You could sense he was frustrated all night long and it bit him in the end. Now he’s got Stewart breathing down his neck in the standings and could use a rebound race.
5. Ken Roczen – Red Bull KTM (Previously: 4 / -1)
The second half of Roczen’s rookie season has been much more challenging, but he’s gaining invaluable experience. The 17-race season is tough on any rookie so he shouldn’t be down on himself as this is still a year to remember for the German.
6. Justin Brayton – Toyota/Yamaha/N-Fab/JGRMX (Previously: 7 / +1)
Brayton was solidly in the hunt for the top five before he got collected in Dungey’s last-lap incident, dropping him to 10th. Brayton is battered and bruised right now with a broken foot and broken finger but he’s about as tough as they come and will keep fighting on.
7. Andrew Short – BTOSports.com KTM (Previously: 5 / -1)
It was a bummer to see Shorty’s top-10 streak come to an end a couple weeks ago, but he bounced back to his solid form in St. Louis. Considering the level of riders this season, Short has been really impressive at the age of 31 and just continued to get the job done.
8. Trey Canard – Team Honda Muscle Milk (Previously: Not Ranked)
An impressive 2014 debut for Canard considering he gave all his fellow competitors a 12-race head start. The talent of Canard is immense and that showed in St. Louis. He rode solidly all evening long, stayed out of trouble, and ended up with a fifth-place result. A nice foundation to build from.
9. Josh Hill – RCH Racing/Soaring Eagle Suzuki (Previously: Not Ranked)
Hill has looked really racy at times, showing flashes of the speed and tenacity that made him an exciting youngster a few years ago. A seventh in St. Louis was his best result of the year, doing RCH proud in Tickle’s absence.
10. Eli Tomac – GEICO Honda (Previously: Not Ranked)
It’s been a relatively forgettable rookie season for Tomac, but when he’s rode well, it’s led to solid results. He finished sixth in St. Louis in his first race since re-aggravating a shoulder injury in Daytona. Another podium finish isn’t out of the question for Tomac.
Biggest Mover: Justin Barcia (+5)
Biggest Drop: Ryan Dungey (-2)
Dropped Out: Broc Tickle (injured in Toronto), Dean Wilson (not racing), Wil Hahn (injured in St. Louis)