The battle between Ryan Villopoto (left) and Ryan Dungey (right) at Minneapolis was one of the top moments of the season, but was it number one? (Photo: Frank Hoppen/Supercrossonline.com)

The battle between (left) and (right) at Minneapolis was one of the top moments of the season, but was it number one? (Photo: Frank Hoppen/Supercrossonline.com)

With Anaheim 1 rapidly approaching, we wanted to help you get pumped up for what is sure to be a thrilling 2014 Monster Energy season.

What better way to do that than by looking back at the best moments from last season? Here’s a look at the top five races from 2013.

5. Las Vegas 250SX East Final: ’ performance in Las Vegas will easily go down as one of the best of his career, as the three-time Arenacross Champion finally captured his first Supercross win in front of a sold-out Sam Boyd Stadium. Bowers passed Gavin Faith on the third lap and stretched a huge gap over the competition. Eyes quickly turned to the championship battle between and , which went down to the wire. Hahn, running second, had the upper hand for the majority of the race as Musquin trailed in third. Musquin put in the ride of his life of to catch and pass his title rival, but was unable to get by Bowers, forcing him to settle for second in the race and title fight. It was Hahn’s first Supercross title.

 

4. Salt Lake City 250SX Main Event: It was a wild night of racing for the 250SX boys in Salt Lake City, Utah. entered the night with a shot at locking up the 250SX West title, but it went all wrong when he missed the main event. This opened the door for to claw his way back into the title fight, but he also had his fare share of struggles. Tomac dropped as far back as ninth before rebounding to a sixth-place finish, shrinking Roczen’s points lead to five heading into the Las Vegas finale. Meanwhile at the front, it was Jason Anderson making headlines of his own by capturing his first career Supercross victory. The Rockstar Energy-backed rider worked his past Zach Osborne on Lap 2 and put on a dominating performance to secure a win in front of the ecstatic Salt Lake City crowd.

 

3. Phoenix 450SX Main Event: Rookie  wasted no time in asserting himself as a Championship contender, dominating round two of the season in Phoenix, Arizona to earn his first career 450SX class victory. The Honda Muscle Milk rider nabbed the holeshot and led all 20 laps, ultimately triumphing over Ryan Villopoto by a margin of 4.065 seconds.

 

2. Minneapolis 450SX Main Event: Supercross’ return to Minneapolis, Minnesota was headlined by an incredible battle between Ryan Dungey and Ryan Villopoto – battle of the Ryans, if you will. Villopoto had the advantage with four to go, but Dungey was a man on a mission in front of his hometown crowd. Dungey made a bold pass on Villopoto to assume the lead, maintained balance when the two collided and powered away from his title rival to score his second – and final – win of the season.

 

1. Anaheim 1 450SX Main Event: There’s no better way to kick off a season than with an epic, bar-banging battle, and that’s exactly what and Trey Canard gave us. Despite being wrote off by many before the season began, Millsaps controlled the majority of the race before being forced into a spectacular fight with Canard in the closing stages of the 20-lap feature. Canard moved past Millsaps with four to go and by the end of Lap 18, held a 1.6 second lead. Millsaps, however, was not to be denied and would battle back on the final lap with an unbelievable charge through the whoops. A slight bobble from Canard would allow Millsaps to retake the lead and ultimately grab the win.

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