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 Monster Energy 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.”

struggled with the slick dirt throughout the night and was unable to keep pace with Reed and Roczen. The Kawasaki ace was forced to settle for a podium finish – pushing him to 0 and 3 on the season in races held at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif.

The 20-lap A3 main event began with Yoshimura Suzuki’s grabbing the holeshot. However, he would quickly surrender the lead to Villopoto. The Champ’s stint in the lead was also short-lived as both Reed and Roczen would soar past.

This set up a duel between the two riders, with the veteran ultimately getting the best of the rookie. Reed’s flat-out speed through the difficult whoop section allowed him to keep a slight gap over Roczen, and with help from a lapped-rider, Reed was able to fend off a last lap challenge from the KTM Red Bull rider.

“I tried to make one last push on the last lap but a lapper got in the way. I don’t know if it would have mattered because Reed was riding well,” said Roczen. “It was a fun race and I’m glad to come out in second. The track was really hard in the end, but it made for great racing.”

Justin Barcia notched his best result of the season in fourth while Weston Peick continued to turn heads with an impressive top-five finish.

Despite nailing the holeshot, Stewart took another hit in the championship standings when he crashed with eight laps to go. Stewart was battling for fourth with when a crash dropped him back to eighth. One lap later, Dungey lost control after the whoop section and slammed to the ground, destroying several components of his KTM and relegating him to finish 20th. Stewart bounced back to finish seventh.

The series now heads to San Diego, Calif. on Feb. 8 for round 6 of the championship fight. Villopoto rides into Qualcomm Stadium with a two point lead over Reed.

Anaheim 3 Analysis

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